We are fortunate in Bluffton to have curbside recycling to keep many of our recyclables out of landfills. But what about our food waste? Join Sally Weaver Sommer, Jon Sommer and Wendy Chappell-Dick for a forum discussion on small scale and community composting. The program is designed for inexperienced and experienced composters alike. The program will consist of a short presentation and sharing by participants about what has worked well and what has not worked well for them. Ideas for creating community wide opportunities to compost will be discussed in addition to single-home composting.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency food is the largest single source of waste in our landfills. The EPA estimates that 20 percent of what goes into municipal landfills is food, and consumers are responsible for 40 to 50 percent of this food waste. While reducing the amount of food waste in our kitchens and at our tables is important in addressing this problem, composting is a way of keeping the waste we do create from entering the landfill with the added bonus of providing fertile soil for our gardens and yards.
The event is sponsored by Transition Bluffton and will take place in the Town Hall meeting room at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 13.
Chrissy Lugibihl of the Et Cetera Shop will show ways to recycle, repurpose and revive clothing and textiles at 7 p.m. on April 17 in the Fellowship Hall at First Mennonite Church, 101 S Jackson St.
Lugibihl, the Et Cetera Shop manager since 2003, will demonstrate how to dress and use textiles more sustainably and ethically. This is the April meeting for Transition Bluffton; if you are a regular attendee, please note this temporary meeting location.
Lugibihl will also provide an update on the thrift store, which will be moving from the current 111 S Main St. store to the Peerless Glove Factory building after extensive renovations, sometime in 2019. The Et Cetera Shop sells donated clothing and apparel, housewares, and other goods, and in turn gives funds to the Mennonite Central Committee and local charities.
The 3 R’s of Fashion Event event is being held during Fashion Revolution month, which marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on April 24, 2013. This tragedy sparked a demand for greater transparency in the garment and textile industries, causing people to ask “Who made my clothes?” and what is their social, economic and environmental impact?
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Amanda Wischmeyer of Little Riley Farm will be giving an informative talk on vegetable and organic gardening on March 20, 7:00 PM at the Bluffton town hall, third floor. Anyone is welcome to attend at no charge.
Join us for Transition Bluffton’s game night on Tuesday, February 20, 7:00 PM on the third floor of the town hall. Enjoy a break from the winter doldrums playing games with your friends (and meet new friends). If you have a favorite game bring it along or try something new. Snacks will be provided.
Transition Bluffton will host a meeting at the Bluffton Town Hall on Tuesday, January 16 at 7 pm. Randy Augsburger will be speaking on Emergency Preparedness. Augsburger previously spoke at Bluffton Public Library for September’s Emergency Preparedness Month last year.
Augsburger will be covering how to take practical steps to prepare your family for emergencies, assess your own preparedness, and deal with major and minor disasters that could reasonably happen in Northwest Ohio. He will address such questions as: What is a bug out bag and what should be put in one? He will also talk about prepping awareness, misconceptions surrounding prepping, and why exploring prepping can be a positive aspect in your life.
“Prepping: A Sustainable Approach” is one of many events hosted by Transition Bluffton. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build resilience and sustainability in Bluffton and beyond. To learn more about this and future events, visit TransitionBluffton.org.
Skill Sharing Event!
We are hosting a skill sharing event in which experts in a variety of crafts will share their knowledge with others interested in learning a new skill. The event is open to the public at no charge and will be held on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 PM in the third floor meeting room of the Bluffton town hall. Experts have been lined up to teach such skills as knitting, sock darning, knife sharpening, waste-free gift wrapping, bicycle flat tire repair, and mending with Sugru. The skill sharing is one of several events hosted by Transition Bluffton over the past summer and fall. The organization’s mission is to bring people together to build resilience and sustainability in Bluffton and beyond. To learn more about future events, visit TransitionBluffton.org.
Greetings to all Bluffton Transitioners,
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and are ready to enjoy the Blaze of Lights tomorrow. Our plans are in place for a fun Transition Bluffton unit in the parade but we are still in need of a few volunteers to help out. We could use at least one more person to pedal our bicycle “surrey” and a few more people to walk along side to either help carry our banner or to hand out seed packets. We also have two seats on the surrey where kids could ride (non-pedaling).
If you are interested, please call Ken or Sara at 419-358-0572 or just show up at the staging area. Anyone is welcome to join us, either walking or on your bike, costumed or not. Please dress warmly. The parade is at 5:00 and staging begins at 4:00 at the corner of Main and Snider Rd. (by the Pool).
Just a heads up that under the About tab we have added a page for all links and resources from meetings. We will index this by meeting title and date. As always, we endever to get you the cleanest information for you to make pertinent decisions. After all, TRANSITION starts with you.
Transition Bluffton is hosting a presentation on invasive plant species at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, at the Bluffton Town Hall, 154 N. Main St. Botanist Bob Antibus will talk and take questions about invasive plants in northwest Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.
Invasive plants are non-native species that can threaten our natural resources. Problems caused by invasive plants include crowding out of native Ohio plants, loss of suitable foods for area wildlife, and less plant diversity.
A professor emeritus at Bluffton University, Antibus taught botany from 1980 to 2015. After completing PhD research in Point Barrow Alaska, he conducted funded research in the Lake District of England, Costa Rica, Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park.
Antibus also serves as a Johnny Appleseed Park District Commissioner and member of the Blanchard River Watershed Board.