NEWS for GRAHAM, & Self Reliant Comm. meets 6:30 March 2nd at 70th Ave. fire station
The March 2nd Self Reliant Community meeting, will focus on Seven Tasks, (helpful to new members) discussing specifically how we might create a group of “interdependent” neighbors, actually see a five gallon bucket loaded with food, de-oxygenated, and sealed, talk about hands-on classes in preserving, see a chafing can/ceramic room-warmer, see a prepared rain barrel, etc. We will have some of the 30 WINDOWS Paul and I obtained (for greenhouses). Sizes are: 33″x58″ high, 39″x58″ high, etc. Pick up at Wayne’s. 847-4614
Thurs., Feb. 24th, 6:30, at the 70th Ave. Fire Station, Jerry will show the DVD “Taking Control of Diabetes”, by Dr. Barnard. This was a PBS presentation, purchased by Jerry for you. It is a lot of information about the effect of various foods on your body, good and bad. Come & see.
At the last meeting, Steve Pruitt of Pioneer Farm and the Nisqually Land Trust talked about self reliance being the fourth phase of five. Interdependence is the fifth and most mature phase, meaning we are able to care for ourselves AND care for the community in sustainable ways.
Carol Depp, in her new and very popular book, “The Resilient Gardener“, says she wants to be “self reliant enough to be able to hold up her end of an honorable interdependence”. Her most important objective is growing plenty of calory food with the least amount of effort.
Jacob Christensen, in a very impressive ceremony conducted mostly by other poised and confident Eagle Scouts of Troop DXVI, was elevated to the rank of Eagle Scout. He credited his parents, Kurt and Omma Christensen, and other troop leaders, for his success. His Eagle Scout project was to make significant improvements to the playground at Graham Elementary School, including a large sandbox containing forty yards of sand.
Graham Can Dance! Again, the community dance will be put on by the Graham-Kapowsin Community Council Youth Group (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
It will be on Saturday, February 26th from 7-10pm at Frontier Junior High School.
Entry is $5 each, or $15 per family. (You don’t have to know how, just come and hang out and enjoy.)
Graham Expo 2011, will be Saturday, March 5th, also at Frontier Junior High School commons area, from 10am to 4pm. Booths will display the many activities, products, and interests of the amazing people who live in Graham. HOLLY is leading our SRC booth, with exciting ideas.
Baskets are already available and started. A Pirate’s Treasure basket, a BBQ basket, an AT-HOME basket, a CANDLE basket, or you-name-it baskets are ready to pick up and finish filling. Provide a list of what you put in and a rough total value, and bring it before 10am. Phone Carol at 847-9755 for more details.
Remember that Ray suggested visiting www.chrismartenson.com and clicking on “The Crash Course”, for a very comprehensive and well-researched video explaining what is really happening today with the economic situation, the environmental resources picture, and what we can expect with future energy supplies. You will learn more than you ever thought possible.
Life Dollars. Join Fourth Corner Exchange. I did, and just today learned that a “Steve” in Puyallup, has handmade crafts for sale for Life Dollars only. See www.lifedollars.org .
Raw Milk Drop Site. Becky Dow, (email@example.com) is working to become a “drop site” for a local WSDA certified organic dairy. She needs 20 people to sign up for whole raw milk by the gallon.
If you are interested in joining a GLEANING group, please contact Sue and Wayne Hollins, on your contact list (846-1196). They will be active this summer and fall.
Put food SEEDS in the ground and watch them grow? But there is a little more to it than that! Visit www.billyandanuttama.wordpress.com and arrange to actually go to the Budd’s home on Mountain Highway and LEARN how to grow food successfully, incorporating features of Permaculture. They are willing to organize small hands-on classes, for a small fee. 875-1842.
Plant FOOD. The last straw in Egypt was rising prices and lessening supplies of food, along with unemployment, etc. In China, a prolonged drought in their vast grain-growing area has forced them into spending a billion dollars drilling water wells. In our country, commodities grain prices have risen about 50%, beginning to be reflected in store prices. (Remember that food and fuel are not included in our government’s “Base CPI” index).
Plant FOOD… in Robert Borten’s fertile 60′ x 60′ garden on 82nd near 224th. Four people are interested so far. Simply following 89-year-old Robert’s advice will teach you much about growing food. I have our big old Ariens rototiller almost ready and looking forward to using it first on the Borten Garden.
RAQUEL phoned to say her SEEDS ARE IN. While their Organic by Nature Farm is not open until April, you can phone 253-377-8787 to arrange to come buy seeds from them.
Because inflation seems likely, and also because there is talk by a few politicians of cutting Federal benefit programs, it might be useful to take a few minutes and think seriously about what your actual personal situation would be if your income of today were cut in half. What would you lose? What tough decisions might you have to make? What would you keep, no matter what? We have rarely been forced to choose what is most important to us. We might find that it is relationships, not things, which make us happy. What would we really be forced to do. Actually, I’m sure we know people, perhaps in SRC, who have found themselves in just that situation, and were able to cope with it successfully. Maybe they could teach us.
Job Opening? Kimille Douglass, directress of Rainier View Montessori Academy, is looking for an accredited administrator. If you are Montessori-trained and otherwise accredited, phone her at 262-3292 or cell: 686-7205.
Job Listing? Someone in Graham should set up internet job listing services for young (or otherwise) people in Graham looking for ways to earn a few bucks. Summer is coming, school is out, and there will be strong youngsters willing to do yard work, painting, odd jobs, etc.