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
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.
Transition Bluffton will be participating once again in the Blaze of Lights parade on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5:00. Please join us in walking behind our banner and passing out seeds. Costumes on a nature or environmental theme are encouraged but not necessary. More details to come.
The Rain Gardens & Rock Gardens presentation by Transition Bluffton is on Tuesday, July 24 at 6:00 p.m. Please register in advance. Information will be presented on the water-saving impact of rain gardens and the aesthetics of implementing rocks into landscaping. A variety of applicable plant selections will be discussed, as well as the different styles and forms of rain gardens and the various methods of water collection as a source of irrigation as opposed to utilizing city water.
Link to the BPL event page
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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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).
July 23 Green Home Tour hosted by Transition Bluffton
Transition Bluffton is hosting a Green Home Tour on Sunday, July 23 from 1-4:00 p.m. Three homes in the Bluffton area are featured. Visitors are encouraged to ride their bikes on the 12-mile route; a prize drawing will be held for those who collect colored tickets at all three locations.
The tour showcases homes in the Bluffton area that emphasize energy efficiency and sustainable building. Tour organizers explain, “It might be through clever design, technology, or just plain hard work, but it’s inspiring to see what others have done.” They also note, “The homeowners on the tour have been gracious enough to open their gates for us, so please be respectful of their properties and the time-frame of the tour.”
The three tour stops are a 1970s home with solar PV and battery backup, a new home with monopole PV arrays, and a home with earth berm, PV solar and passive solar design. Maps will be available at CG Pro Bikes, The Food Store, and the Bluffton Public Library after July 7th.
Transition Bluffton’s mission is to be a catalyst for conversation and sustainable change in the Bluffton community. To learn more about the organization, visit TransitionBluffton.org. To contact the organizers, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you have a home that you would like to exhibit your green building practices? Click on this link to apply.
The Bluffton Public Library has invited Transition Bluffton to have a program and discussion on October 17 at 6:00-7:30. Find out what Transition is and how Bluffton could be a Transition Town. Questions are heartily encouraged. Join us for cake and conversation! RSVP through the Public Library.