This past meeting was a very informative meeting! I learned how easy it is to be a honey bee keeper while helping with the fast diminishing honey bee population. Lesley has successfully kept her bees alive for over 2 years which according to the Atlanta Bee Society is a miracle unto itself since they are dying at such an alarming rate. I also learned about something called Casino of Hunger which depicts how the commodities market is now mimicking what the housing market did. Be sure to check out the link that Denise posted! Don shared how 50 families got together and organically farmed 5 acres in Florida producing ample food for the 50 families and enough leftovers to give away food! Don is currently working with an acre offered by Unity North Church to organically garden it. Don you mentioned a couple of helpful websites - could you share those with the group? Tom and I shared the emergency dehydrated food and non-hybrid seeds we purchased from Costco.com along with some wild edible weeds I foraged from our front yard. We ate a full salad from our weeds in our yard this evening! We will be building another gardening bed in our yard this spring. Our goal is to keep adding gardening space until we have enough veggies to eat, can, freeze, and share. Finally, We all discussed how we could draw more people's interest in this group if the name was changed. Most people are either confused or not interested in a group that has the word 'sustainability'. One suggestion that was made was to either incorporate 'tag words' that would gather more interest...or call it something relating to 'organic gardening.' Thoughts anyone? Thanks for your feedback! Wanda (P.S. Atlanta Beyond Oil meetup group is hosting their annual holiday party with re-use/re-gift exchange this Wednesday...Just find something around the house in good condition that you no longer want, wrap it up and bring it to the party along with a side dish and your drink of choice. The location is easy to get to from just about anywhere and both the hosts and guests are fabulous people!)
At the heart of sustainability, lies the simple quest for a better way of life, now, and into the future. Measured primarily in the balanced relationships between the three “E’s:” Economy, Ecology, and Equity.
Economy: to be self-renewing; foster local commodities; and ensure self- reliance.
Ecology: to understand that nature has its threshold capacities, while protecting and building natural resources in order to create a holistic balance between man and nature.
Equity: to provide full opportunity for access and engagement in activities, benefits, and invaluable decision-making strategies for a society.
We seek to ensure that people’s needs, hopes, and dreams are obtainable through thorough understandings of these inter-dependencies. Our mission is to build friendly and sustainable fellowships through the passionate exchanges of knowledge and shared expertise.
We do this in the spirit of community. Every scheduled meeting begins with a pot-luck dinner in which we encourage you to share a part of your harvest or labor (a dish). We laugh, we toast (BYOB), and we unwind from the day’s events as we enjoy our circle of camaraderie. This repast is followed by a guest speaker’s appearance from a quantifiable expert in his or her field. We learn.
From time to time, we travel to local areas in search of new skills, new finds, and new understandings: an organic farm, a cannery, a renewable eco-site, a market, a study on perma-culture, or a heritage crafts lesson.
We hope that you will join our circle of friends soon!
P.S. This is an all adult gathering since alcoholic beverages may be served, as well as this forum is an environment free from a breadth of distractions. Some events will be child-oriented for holiday celebrations and we will update you in advance of these dates and times.