Judy Spiers Detailed Meeting Notes-4/6/11

Self Reliant Community  April 6, 2011 Meeting Report

 Self Reliant Community met April 6th with 44 people in attendance.    

 Bruce Lachney’s rhubarb project is offering 2000 pounds of rhubarb, to be picked and sold for a non-profit to feed homeless and displaced kids this summer in the greater Graham area.  Volunteers are requested.  Contact Carol Wright at 847-9755 or Wayne Cooke 847-4614.

 Spring into Health Fair will be held April 30th at Eatonville Middle School.  It will feature vendors and for-profit merchants who are promoting their goods and services.  At the SRC booth at the Fair an attempt will be made to identify people who would like to start a Self Reliant Community for Eatonville.

 In Kent,, the  Bishop’s Storehouse of the LDS church is open to non-members on Tuesdays from 10:00 to 6:00 pm.  Debbie Pyeatt, LDS, (253) 846-3903, made booklets of information.  The available items are on the checklist and highlighted in yellow.  These are bulk or prepackaged items only, and cash, check, Visa or Mastercard will be accepted.  For any other items, contact LDS in your area to sign up to go when the LDS group goes.  The booklet contains information on five ways to get a year’s food stored, what can be refrozen, basic storage for one year, a 72-hour checklist, and many more helpful ideas.  THANK YOU, Debbie!

 Radiation concerns were discussed by Anuttama Budd.  It’s important not to trust too much in news reports about contamination since authorities are protecting industries in general and the milk industry in particular.  These chemicals may not be damaging if ingested in a small amount for one day, but when ingested daily over a month, they may cause health problems.  To avoid contamination, she recommended keeping animals’ water out of the rain, and covering leafy vegetables in the garden with plastic.     

 The Future of Food” is going to be shown as a fundraiser by The Friends of Pierce County at the Tacoma Grand Cinema at 606 So. Fawcett in Tacoma on April 19th at 6:00 p.m.  Funds go to help the health of the people of the County and to fight unscrupulous developers.  A silent auction will be held.

 The Mountain News, recently published an article on the 7 Tasks to self-reliance written by, and based on the personal experiences of, Judy Spiers and her husband Mark Schooley.  Everyone is encouraged to read it.  It’s at www.themountainnewswa.wordpress.com. Bruce can also be reached at 360 832-6248, or at brucesmith@rainierconnect.com.  Don’t forget when you visit the site to subscribe—it’s free.  Every “click” builds this endeavor and assures that Graham will continue to have its own coverage.  Paula Morris was introduced.  She writes a feature called “A newbie in Graham.”

 Earthquake preparedness:  What are other groups doing.  Bruce Smith updated those at the meeting.  In a personal interview, Steve Bailey at the Department of Emergency Services said, “We’re due.” 

 The Twin Firs Mobile Home Park (TFMHP) on the Mountain Highway across from Wal-mart has developed expertise in the use of ham radios.  They have taught firemen how to use them and TFMHP is preparing to serve as back-up for all Pierce County. 

Mormons have been preparing for the big one by having 2 years of water and food stocked.  They, too, have been building a ham radio network that could be an internal community system outside public agencies.

 Steve Bailey (DEM) said that buildings erected in the 1950s and 1960s were not built to withstand 9.0 earthquakes.  From 1980 and on codes were better.  The need is to assure that stick-built houses have their floor joists fastened with J-bolts to the foundation footings.  Manufactured homes should be anchored with tie-downs. 

 Mountain Community Co-op representative, Frank Coombs, reported that the co-op, which  started 6 years ago in Eatonville, has a storefront at 105 Carter Street which offers natural and organic groceries and produce, local milk, honey, eggs and beef, dairy products, and gentle personal care items, to name a few.  (360) 832-COOP (2667), or at www.mountaincommunitycoop.wetpaint.com.

 Seed Saver graduate Bill Budd reported on his year long course on seed saving, which he took in hopes of being able to teach it locally.  He says the easiest thing to do is to put potato tubers in the ground and in three or four months you’ll have potatoes.  Bill said the Seed Saver educational program is complex and in-depth.  He highly recommended it.  Meetings are held in Yelm every month with classes from 6:30 to 8:30.

 Mailing Program:  Wayne Cooke reported that he sent out a report on last month’s meeting to 20 people—thirteen to members without e-mail, and seven outside our group who are interested.  Karelina Resnick said that she will be setting up raffles for future meetings to raise money for the mailing.  Cost will be $1 for 1 ticket, or 6 tickets for $5.  Bring donations.  Sky is donating a rain barrel for next month’s door prize..

 A 4.2 earthquake was reported on the news in Ashford at 10:45 am this day.

  Mother Earth has a free garden planner available on-line, Margie Pratt reported.

 Laundry soap making will be held at Lynn Worley’s home next Tuesday, April 12th.  Call 253 209-2625 or at charmaineworley@yahoo.com for information and to sign up.

 Sign up for SRC e-mails.  Holly will no longer be sending them out unsolicited.

 “Free University Classes” are available.  Karelina Resnick said that if you wish to share your skills and talents, this is a good place to do it. 

 Heirloom seeds were displayed at the meeting.  Information on them can be gotten from Raquel Roos at 253-377-8787[WC1] .

 Borton Garden is being made available to those who need space for a garden for some members who would like to learn from an expert…Mr. Borten. 

 The next SRC meeting will be May 4th.

 Submitted by

Judy Spiers

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