"The Importance of Water Stewardship" Cleo Woelfe-Erskine. June 11th, 7-9 pm at Manitou Community Center. Cleo Woelfe-Erskine is with the group Greywater Action and is editor and primary author of Dam Nation: Dispatches from the Water Undergroundand The Urban Wilds: Gardener's Stories of the Struggle for Land and Justice. (Tacoma's Guadalupe Gardens is featured in The Urban Wilds). He will discuss the human impact on watersheds, and what we can do in our urban homes and gardens (greywater, rainwater, composting toilets, urban gardening and permaculture). Woelfe-Erskine is rarely in this area, and it is a great treat to have him share his experiences here.
"Seed-Saving as an Activist Practice" Marisha Auerbach, July 2nd, 7-9pm at King's Books 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma. $10-$7 sliding scale, noone turned away for lack of funds. Seedsaving is a great localizing buffer against the corporatization of our food supply, because it encourages diversity and increases the resilience in our gardens to pests and diseases. As corporations attempt to take control of our genetic diversity, seedsaving becomes an important political act. Come join us to learn how you can take responsibility for your own food supply by saving your seeds from your own garden.
"Permaculture Now!" Jenny Pell, July 16th, 7-9pm at King's Books 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma. $10-$7 sliding scale, noone turned away for lack of funds. Jenny Pell is a permaculture educator, designer, and consultant based in Seattle. She has developed and managed a variety of projects in Central America, Hawaii, and the PNW. Her specialty is developing perennial edible and multifunctional polycultures in urban landscapes. Former tree planter, helicopter pilot, carpenter, and yurt builder, Jenny brings a depth of experience to the table; her slideshows and presentations inform, inspire, and motivate people to make changes that help us move toward a sustainable future.
"Alternative Local Currency for Tacoma" Francis Ayley from Fourth Corner Exchange, August 11th, 7-9pm at King's Books 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma. $10-$7 sliding scale, Life Dollars happily accepted, noone turned away for lack of funds. Are you short on cash? Never seem to reach a point where money is not a worry? The present bank issued money system is not working for the common good of the people or environment. It is driving a destructive economy and rewarding anti-social behavior. Come find out more about what is wrong with traditional money and discover what you can do to take back your economic power. Francis Ayley has spent the last 37 years exploring the alternatives to the destructive mainstream money system and will be sharing these alternatives in his presentation.
"Inspiration from Portland's City Repair" Matt Bibeau, August 20th, 7-9pm at King's Books 218 St. Helens Ave, Tacoma. $10-$7 sliding scale, noone turned away for lack of funds. The City Repair Project was born from the desire for urban dwellers to transform their environment, turning street intersections into community spaces, and spawning a nation-wide movement in beautifully inspiring 'placemaking'. Come learn about City Repair's amazing story and on-going projects. Matt Bibeau will share about City Repair and also the story of his home, Tryon Life Community Farm. TLC Farm won attention for teaming urban farmers, natural builders, and community networks up against corporate development, and winning.