Join us for our Monthly Open House to learn about living a lifestyle that is community oriented and environmentally conscious. Stay for the afternoon for a workshop that will provide a hands-on skill.
10:00 Introductory Talk on Stelle & CSC
11:00 Tour of Community
12:30 Lunch ($10 includes the morning walk & talk)
1:30-3:30 Afternoon Workshop on Climate Change and Alternative Lifestyle / Community
Suggested $15 donation
$25 for the whole day including lunch.
10 am Morning Tour and Walk About
In the morning, we will take a walking tour of Stelle and show you some of the neighborhood’s examples of sustainable living and how it is possible foster the intention of living in community within a suburban atmosphere. Learn of the Nation’s first solar telephone company, a wind power supported water treatment plant, permaculture home design techniques, and more.
1:30 Afternoon Workshop
Randall Jamrok – How Community Can Respond to Global Climate Change And His Report on the International Permaculture Convergence hosted in Cuba, Nov. 2013
Randall Jamrok practices permaculture in Northwest Indiana and took his permaculture certificate training from Midwest Permaculture here in Stelle, IL. He recently attended the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC) in Cuba.
It was his goal to bring what was the theme of the conference “Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change” back to his community and to the greater Midwest. This presentation is about the permaculture solutions to climate change that he learned while at the IPC and while touring many Cuban urban gardens and organoponicos (organic farms that came about during Cuba’s special period).
After returning from Cuba, Randall put together a booklet based on the knowledge he took from the convergence: “Permaculture Solutions to Climate Change: Pieces of the Puzzle Learned at the IPC 11 Cuba.”
It includes five main solutions and sixty seven additional solutions for communities to implement that are presented in a checklist-style format which can be used to prioritize and set goals. In the booklet he explains that it is imperative for communities to redesign the social system they use in their interpersonal communication first, since a dysfunctional community will likely fail at the important task of creating sustainable agricultural systems. The booklet is a tool that communities can use for taking on collective projects that will effect systemic change.
Pictures from the urban gardens and other permaculture sites in Cuba will be featured and discussed as well.
To reserve a spot, please e-mail Mary-Kate at [masked]