2500 County Road E West, St. Anthony, MN
Items made from natural, renewable, and truly recyclable materials are more sustainable than things made of plastics or other synthetic materials. Join our information cooperative by researching practitioners of a particular folk art skill that interests you and bringing what you find back to the group to add to our resource list.
Some examples: basketry | pottery | beer brewing and wine making | barrel-making (coopers) | blacksmithing | food preservation (vegetable drying, pickle-making, etc.) | sheep shearing, wool dyeing, carding, spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and felting | shoemaking | acoustic instrument making | joinery, woodworking, and timberframing | tinkering (repairing pots and pans) | soap making.
Also relevant would be sustainable services such as home-grown entertainment (puppetry, storytelling, singing, dancing, community theater), time-banking...as well as applications of traditional technologies (a technology being defined merely as "a way to get things done"...) such as solar-oven cooking or use of human-powered mechanisms like treadle sewing machines or treadle wheel sharpeners.
We will begin assembling a Minnesota resource directory and perhaps brainstorm about events that could feature these folk-art skills. Bring any information you have, including event announcements + your ideas, and we'll springboard the discussion from there.
6-7:30 pm (arrive when you can) Kathy A will provide a crockpot of vegan main dish (e.g., vegetarian chili or stew.) If you wish, bring a salad (store-bought is fine), bread, chips, dessert, beverage or other item to share. If you have food allergies/sensitivities, it's fine just to pack your own dinner. Bring your own place setting if you can; a few paper items will be available, or maybe the coffee/sandwich shop would lend or sell you something.
Optional half-hour walk after the meeting on Silverwood's paved nature trail, weather permitting.
I started the group because there wasn't any other type of group like this. I've met some great folks in the group who have become close friends and have also met some amazing business owners.
— Bill, started New York City Gay Craft Beer Lovers