Community Potluck and Jam

Come join in some community building, food and music! Bring a locally sourced food dish, a musical instrument ….or both to the Buckeye Park south shelter (closest to the pool and Main Street) at 7pm on Tuesday August 20th. Bring your family and friends! Let’s allow our differences to melt away and celebrate what we have in common. Bring your own dishes. We will provide water and lemonade.

We are hoping for a fun event full of laughter and camaraderie. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Produce swap and discussion of Kimmerer’s Honorable Harvest

7:00 PM, Tuesday July 23
Come, join Transition Bluffton for an evening of fun and discussion. Bring any abundance of vegetables you would like to trade or share. Join in a discussion about Robin Kimmerer’s Potawatomi ideal of Honorable Harvest set forth in her book, Braiding Sweetgrass. Let’s explore what following such an ideal would mean for you, your neighbors and the community at large.
Kimmerer is Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of
New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Location: Buckeye Park in Bluffton, South picnic shelter (by the swimming pool).

Beekeeping Presentation June 18

— Join Transition Bluffton and Jon Tuttle for a field presentation on small scale bee keeping. We will meet on Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm at Little Riley Creek Farm, Jon and Amanda’s organic farm. The farm is located at 9255 Lugabill Road, about three miles south of Bluffton. Jon will give us a primer on beekeeping basics including hive location and equipment. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers. This will be a good demonstration of how we can respond to the declining bee population throughout the country.

Permaculture on One Acre

Have you ever wondered if you could live off your own land, produce food for you and your family on an acre or less? How to position your garden for the best water access and sunlight? What plants can yield the most production on a small plot? Transition Bluffton will present a discussion about Permaculture On One Acre on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 pm on the third floor of Bluffton Town Hall. Whether you have experience in gardening, agriculture, permaculture or just curious, all are welcome to this open discussion led by Pete Badertscher of Transition Bluffton.


The Slide Show that goes with the presentation is below for those that wanted the links

Responses to Climate Change: Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel discussion on responding to climate change hosted by Transition Bluffton and the Bluffton University Sustainability Club at 7:00 on March 19 in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center, Bluffton University. The evening will begin with three panelists sharing their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual responses to the reality of global climate change. The panelists are: Ken Lawrence, retired machinist and former bicycle shop owner and Bluffton resident; Kelsey Dyez, paleo climatologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and Emily Rush, Bluffton University student majoring in English. After the panelists each share their responses to global climate change there will be ample time for discussion among all those present at the event.

Movie Showing: : “Anima Mundi”

We are happy to be working with the Bluffton University Sustainability Club to present a showing of the movie “Anima Mundi”, a 2011 documentary that looks at peak oil, climate change, permaculture, and Gaia theory. Some of the deep thinkers heard on the movie include David Holmgren, Stephan Harding, Vandana Shiva, Michael C. Ruppert, and Noam Chomsky. There will be a discussion period following the movie.

See the trailer here.

The show begins at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, February 19 in the Stutzman Lecture Hall in Centennial Hall on the Bluffton University campus. It is open to the public at no charge. Popcorn will be provided.

Swap Night

Transition Bluffton is pleased to host a Swap Night in the Village of Bluffton. Bring new, unwanted items or gently used, no longer needed things to trade for something that you can use. Items for the swap will include: clothing, small appliances, tools, books and other miscellaneous items. Open to the public at no charge.

Bring items to swap between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Swapping starts at 7:00.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Third Floor, Bluffton Town Hall

Visit Carey Link

Carey Link is a group of folks in Carey, a town about 40 minutes east of Bluffton, that has much in common with Transition Bluffton. A regular activity they have is a repair clinic, where volunteers fix small appliances, clothing, bicycles, etc. at no charge for people in the community. The Link has a storefront in downtown Carey where the repair clinics and other activities take place.

We are planning a visit to Carey on this Saturday, Nov. 17 to check out the repair clinic and learn more about the organization. All are invited – we will be carpooling, meeting at the Twisted Whisk coffee shop at 9 AM Saturday. If you are interested please call Ken at 417-358-0572. Read more about the Link here.

“Unleashing the Collective Genius”

Transition Bluffton and the Bluffton University Sustainability Club invite all Bluffton and surrounding residents to join in a nationwide event, “Unleashing the Collective Genius: Celebrating 10 years of Transition in the US.” The Bluffton event will be held on Saturday, October 27, in the Kreider Room of Marbeck Center, Bluffton University.

We will be celebrating with each other here in Northwest Ohio and joining those from around the country in several recorded and live events. Participants should feel free to join any or all of the festivities:

12:30 to 1:00: Arrival and welcome with Suter’s apple cider and donuts
1:00 to 1:45: Keynote with Rob Hopkins, co-founder of the Transition Network
1:45 to 2:30: Panel of people from Transition towns around the country sharing success stories
2:30 to 3:15: Keynote with Margaret Wheatley, world-renowned author, educator, and activist
3:15 to 4:00: Panel on deepening connections with the wider movement for community resilience
4:00 to 5:15: Live session with Transition US staff
5:15 to 6:00: Visioning the next 10 years and closing

Read more about the speakers and discussion topics here.

The afternoon will include time for informal conversation. Participants are invited to bring refreshments they would like to share with the group.