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Re: Cooperative Evolution mailing list, week of Jan 18th

From: Matt B.
Sent on: Saturday, January 23, 2010 3:39 AM
are you on yet?�� it's a great blog & RL community that meets up monthly in 30 cities around the world. each meeting, called a spore, is based on a topic on co-evolving our own culture including basically every topic on the cooperative evolution mailing list.�� brought to you by the same folks who run

I've been going to the ones in Philadelphia and they've connected me to wonderful caring people ready to walk the next steps together.

fun healing hearts unite,
Matthew Bennett

On Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Sturm, Lois M. <[address removed]> wrote:

These are excerpts from the Cooperative Evolution Mailing list.�� If you wish to sign up for this email list, please contact Gigi Chew at [address removed]. Events listed here run from January to March and include an off-topic notice about a local initiative for helping people in Haiti.


Cooperative Evolution is a mailing list that announces NYC events and workshops related to the following issues:��

Food justice and security, water security, renewable energy, urban farming, sustainable agriculture,��land restoration,��organic foods, gardening, local and alternative currencies, bartering and gift economies, peak oil, transition off of oil dependency, permaculture, wild foraging, homesteading, biomimicry, sustainable cities, social ecology, skill building, ecopsychology, self reliance, ecovillages and intentional communities, conservation biology, biodiversity preservation, CSAs, ecosystem health and ecology, natural building, zero waste systems,��shifting global consciousness,��earth stewardship, indigenous ways of life,��wilderness survival,��ethnobotany, alternative health care,��nature crafts��etc.


The concept of��Cooperative Evolution stems from biologist Lynn Margulis' theory that evolution is driven not by competition, but by cooperation. This mailing list attempts to facilitate convergence and cooperation amongst New Yorkers who feel strongly about the above subjects. ��Please send relevant event announcements to [address removed]. Please also notify me if you would like to be removed from this list.


Enjoy the week!




* Though this isn't an event in NYC, given the severity of the crisis in Haiti, it's important to note that there are opportunities to donate money and/or supplies.


Earthquake in Haiti


Money donations here:

Action Against Hunger

Red Cross


Goods donations here:


HAITIAN WOMEN FOR HAITIAN REFUGEES���335 Maple Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY (this is not a mailing address) (718) [masked]

Please use rear entrance on Lincoln Road between Nostrand and New York Avenue. Enter through St. Francis Church parking lot




(718)[masked] Parkside, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226



FIRST AID SUPPLIES:���- Ace bandages, gauze pads, bandage & tape���- Water purification tablets & Rehydration salts���- antibiotic and antifungal (Mycology) creams���- anti-allergy medication (i.e. Benadryl)���- anti-parasite medication���- Tylenol; children's Tylenol���- cold and cough medicine���- diarrhea medication���- eye drops���- insect repellent���- hydrogen peroxide���- skin disinfectant spray

PERSONAL HYGIENE GOODS:���- Toothpaste and tooth brushes���- soap and deodorant���- sanitary napkins���- brand new under wear - adult (small & med.) and children sizes

DRY FOODS & OTHER ITEMS:���- Nutritional bars, fruit & nut bars, cereal bars (NO CANNED FOODS PLEASE)���- Tea Light candles & quality batteries (AA & D)





Waterpod and Exit Art Events

Jan.9- Feb. 6���

Stop by and visit Waterpod: Autonomy and Ecology exhibit at Exit Art

Underground Jan. 9- Feb. 6

Take a look at our events throughout the exhibit, all taking place at

Exit Art at 475 Tenth Ave at 36th Street.


FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2010 / 7-10pm

Back to Land: Waterpod Party

$15 suggested donation at the door (pay what you can)

Spend a night with the Waterpod team and celebrate their return to

land with a special "cleansing" meal, drinks, performances, films,

journal readings from pod residents, ephemera, new project highlights

and much more. More details coming very soon.



Panel Discussion: Public Art and Sustainability

Organized and Moderated by Sara Reisman.

Panelists: Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator for

Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center in Bronx, New York;

Mary Miss, artist working primarily with issues of sustainability,

collaboration, and public art; and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, a

���maintenance artist��� known for her feminist and service-oriented

artworks. This panel discussion will focus on how public art and art in general

can be sustainable, with an emphasis on how the terms ���temporary��� and

���permanent��� impact the possibilities for sustainability when it comes

to artmaking.


NEW YORK ��� Waterpod: Autonomy and Ecology, the sixth exhibition of the

SEA (Social Envrionmental Aesthetics) program, is a survey of the

Waterpod's five-month voyage around the boroughs of New York. It

includes videos, photographs, relics, art works, journal entries, and

ephemera that tell the story of this unusual public art project.

The Waterpod was a floating, sculptural structure designed as a

futuristic habitat and an experimental platform for assessing the

design and efficacy of living systems fashioned to create an

autonomous, fully functional marine shelter.


A New York-based multinational team, led by founder and artistic

director Mary Mattingly, drew upon the talents of artists, designers,

builders, civic activists, scientists, environmentalists, and marine

engineers to bring this cross-disciplinary collaboration to fruition

in the waterways of New York City. During a global recession and

within strict government guidelines, the Waterpod managed to achieve

new ways of community outreach, resource sharing, and art creation.

To fortify against the possibility of widespread climate change,

desertification, overpopulation, and rising sea levels, the Waterpod

offered a pathway to sustainable survival, mobility, and community

building through a free, participatory project and event space that

visited the five boroughs and Governors Island, for a voyage lasting

from June to October 2009. The Waterpod���s mission has been to prepare,

inform, and offer alternatives to current and future living spaces.

As a self-sufficient, navigable living space, the Waterpod showcased

the critical importance of water within the natural world.


Collectively embracing the richly-patterned folkways of the five

boroughs of metropolitan New York, the Waterpod reified positive

interactions between communities: private and public; artistic and

societal; scientific and agricultural; aquatic and terrestrial.



Exit Art is located at 475 Tenth Avenue, corner of 36th Street. Hours:

Tues. ��� Thurs., 10am ��� 6pm; Fri., 10am ��� 8pm; and Sat., noon ��� 8pm.

Closed Sun. and Mon. We will be closed Tuesday, December 22 to Friday,

January 8 for the holidays and installation. There is a suggested

donation of $5. For more information please call[masked] or visit ��





* I highly recommend this inspiring film about how Cuba's citizens banded together to feed and support one another during an oil and food crisis.



The Power of Community film screening and discussion, Brooklyn

Thurs. Jan. 21, 6:30 pm

At the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture,���53 Prospect Park West near 2nd Street in Park Slope���#2 or #3 train to Grand Army Plaza������More info: [address removed]�� or [masked]������Screening of the documentary THE POWER OF COMMUNITY: HOW CUBA SURVIVED PEAK OIL (2006), by Faith Morgan. With the loss of Soviet oil in the early ���90s, Cuba transitioned from fossil fuel intensive farming to organic agriculture and urban gardens, providing a valuable example of how to effectively address the challenge of reducing our energy use.

Discussion to follow.

Sponsored by the Latin America Committee of Brooklyn For Peace.



New York Botanical Gardens

Lecture Series | From the Ground Up: Gardens Re-Imagined

Three Thursdays: January 21, February 18, March 25, 2010, 10 a.m.���12 p.m.��

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to hear from some of the world's premier landscape designers and gardening experts. Natural landscapes, edible gardens, and year-round vegetable gardening take center stage as our speakers discuss cutting-edge trends and techniques. Traditional approaches to gardening are giving way to more creative, practical, and sustainable designs. Re-establishing natural landscapes with indigenous flora and transforming yards and gardens with edible plants create a new awareness of our interconnectedness to nature, the environment, and community. This year���s lineup of exceptional speakers presents provocative insights into redefining today���s gardens. Seating is limited, so please register early. Registration will be accepted at the door only if seating is available

For more information please call 800.322.NYBG (6924) or email [address removed].




3rd Annual Brooklyn Pie Contest to Benefit BK Farmyards

Time:��January 23, 2010��from 6pm to 11pm

Location:��K&M Bar


City/Town:��Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It's that time again, folks! It's our THIRD Annual Pie Contest. Come show off your pie making skills to help raise funds for a great organization, BK Farmyards, an organization seeking to turn the vast amount of unused acreage in NYC into farmable land. (����)

Bring your pies at 5:30, just make sure that:

a. The crust is homemade.

b. It's not a pizza pie

c. you bring a modestly sized place card with a description of the pie ONLY written on it

Entry is free for those with a pie and $5 for those there to indulge. WIth your entry fee you get a judging ballot so that you can pick your favorite pie. There will be 3 local chefs (Cody Utzman -Papacitos/Brooklyn Standard and Food Network's Chopped), Seamus Mullen- Boqueria and The Next Iron Chef and Diane DiMeo-Red Box Bistro and Chopped champion!) present to preside over the judges table. Prizes from local businesses will be awarded to the BEST SWEET, BEST SAVORY and PEOPLE'S CHOICE. Please email [address removed] to sign up. You don't have to sign up to enter but it helps us to get an idea of how many pies to expect.��

Hope you can join us! Find out more about BK Farmyards here:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden GreenBridge workshops

1000 Washington Avenue���Brooklyn, NY


Street Tree Care

Thursday, January 28

6pm���8pm���Wednesday, February 10


Learn the benefits of street trees and how to improve the health of a street tree by caring for its bed. Get tips on tree-bed gardening and more in-depth information on street tree care. Bring your street-tree care questions and find out more about MillionTreesNYC's efforts to increase and protect the urban forest canopy.


Organizing for Community Greening

Wednesday, February 16


This workshop covers the basics of community organizing for neighborhood greening projects. Topics include outreach, presentation skills, project management, and consensus building. Learn about simple projects that have had a big impact in neighborhoods throughout the city, and brainstorm with workshop instructors on your own community greening project.


Starting Seeds Indoors

Thursday, February 25


Learn what skills, equipment, and techniques are needed to start your own seeds at home while getting some hands-on practice right here atBrooklyn��Botanic Garden.

Preregistration is required for all classes; call[masked]-7220. Para clases en espa��ol, por favor llamar a [masked]-7385.


"Standing Our Ground to Save All Gardens!"

NYCCGC Community Gardeners Forum 2010

Saturday February 6 @ The New School

66 West 12th St NYC ��� map + directions

9:00am - 4:30pm ��� free admission ��� lunch $5 donation

Limited seating ��� Register NOW online:


In 2002, most community gardens were "saved" by a legal agreement.

That agreement expires in September, 2010.

Will community gardens be safe after the agreement expires?

United we will demand to know from our state and city representatives

what is being done to make our community gardens permanent!

All community gardeners and supporters need to be at this Forum!

Keynote Speaker Livia Marques

Director, US Dept. Of Agriculture People's Garden Initiative

The keynote address will be followed by a panel discussion

about the future of our city's community gardens.

Afternoon breakout sessions will give community gardeners

the opportunity to voice their concerns, address individual issues,

and learn about community organizing in "Growing Communities"

workshops sponsored by the American Community Gardening Association

that continue on Sunday.

February Bronx Green-Up Workshops and Programs.

Bronx Green-Up Schedule

Starting Seeds in Greenhouses and Cold Frames

Get a head start by planting seeds in a greenhouse and by learning techniques for gardening outdoors earlier in the season. Registered GreenThumb community gardens will receive ���Greenhouse Gardening: Step by Step to Growing Success���, by Jonathan Edwards.

Saturday, February 6 ��� 11 a.m. ���12:30 p.m. ��� Jard��n de la Roca/The Rock Garden ��� Corner of Elton Avenue and East 160 Street


Fruit Tree Pruning

Learn the art of pruning fruit trees for better quality fruits and healthy trees. This workshop will include hands-on instruction and practice.

Saturday, February 20 ��� 11 a.m.���1 p.m. ��� El Girasol Community Garden ��� East 138 Street between Cypress and St. Ann���s Avenues


Grow More Vegetables Certificate Program, Applications due February 5

Do you wish to grow more food in your community garden? This certificate is designed to equip you with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively. The program consists of six courses, both classroom and hands-on garden instruction. For an application and more details, contact Sara Katz at[masked] or [address removed].

6 Wednesdays, February 24���March 31 ��� 6���8:30 pm ��� The New York Botanical Garden, Watson Building, Room 307

���Community Supported Agriculture for Everyone: Outreach to Low-Income Community Members��� Workshop on February 10 in Manhattan.

Wednesday, February 10, 6���8 pm

Just Food offices

1155 Avenue of the Americas (between 44 Street and 45 Streets), 3rd Floor

We will explore ways to get the word out to your community members about CSAs and how to help people see the benefits (and challenges) of the CSA model. We will brainstorm which places to outreach in your communities and which outreach strategies are the most effective.

E-mail [address removed] to RSVP.

Composting Classes at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens

Section B (EVENING): Thursday, February 25 | 6���8 p.m.���

Luke Halligan and Jenny Blackwell

Leaves, kitchen scraps, garden trimmings, and weeds can all become garden gold through composting. Making dark, rich, crumbly compost doesn't take much time, work, or space. This class covers the essentials: the composting process, how to compost even in small city yards, using finished compost, avoiding and solving problems, and helpful equipment and tools.

$5 materials fee; registration required.

Food��4��Thought: Fourth Annual��Horticultural Therapy��Partnership Forum

At The Horticultural Society of New York Conference Space

Friday, March 12th, 2010

On behalf of HSNY and the Horticultural Therapy Partnership I welcome any and all practitioners who are engaged in improving the wellbeing of others through horticulture. Come and be inspired! This conference is about the horticultural therapy work being done out there in the field of urban farming, community gardening, education, prison horticulture and healing gardens. It is a chance to see and hear about the latest work being done by the Horticultural Therapy Partners in a diverse range of settings, and demonstrating the many possibilities in the use of horticulture for health, learning and development. Together with clinicians, teachers, gardeners, community development advocates and our own horticultural therapy practitioners, come take a look at the good work being done both here and overseas. You will experience ���hands on��� from leaders in the community and take with you practical ideas and new knowledge confirming the possibilities of this work. We look forward to the company of yourself and your colleagues to attend and enjoy what promises to be a unique and informative event.

The topics of the Morning RoundTable discussion are:

��� Urban Farming ��� Farm stands & Farmers Markets

��� Organizing Among Community

After Casual Lunch grilled vegetables, fruit and salad there will be a Lectures by:

��� Sandra Powers: on the subject of Horticultural Therapy in application overseas

��� Hilda Krus: on the subject of Horticultural Therapy in application at the Rikers Island Vocational Horticulture Training Program

Conference Themes

��� The people we engage with ��� abilities and circumstances

��� The areas we work in ��� Urban farming & farm stands/markets; healing gardens

��� The ways we work ��� teaching, doing, planning

Conference Domains

��� Cultural ��� Clinical ��� Vocational ��� Educational ��� Sustainable

Conference Discussions

Urban Farming

Environmental Remediation

Farmers Markets

Community Development

Healing Gardens

Vocational Education

Recreational Spaces

Multi-Modal Combinations

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