Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Transition Town Workshops

As part of my ongoing search to live more sustainably, I've taken quite a few classes and workshops from the Heathcote community. Thanks for the lessons on worm composting and forest gardening!

I'm happy to publicize an announcement about more of their upcoming workshops. (click on the flyer image to enlarge)

Training for Transition Towns Workshop

When: Saturday, August 21st – Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Where: Heathcote Community, Freeland, MD

Cost: Sliding scale $150 - $250 before Aug. 1 (meals and lodging available at extra cost)

Concerned about climate change? Worried about our nation’s fossil fuel consumption? Want to be a part of the solution and not the problem?

Then come out to the Training for Transition Town workshop!

The Transition Town movement is a direct answer to all of the issues that our country is facing, and outlines a comprehensive strategy for reducing our energy consumption and making ourselves more self-sustainable, all on the community level.

By attending this workshop you will learn about peak oil and its consequences, learn strategies for reducing your community’s energy consumption, brainstorm creative and locally relevant solutions to the current economic crisis, and – best of all – meet and network with like-minded people.

Whether you are an educator, a student, an employer, an employee, you can’t afford to miss out on the Transition Movement!

(If you can’t make this workshop, it will also be offered the following weekend, August 28th & 29th, in Washington, D.C.)

Register online here.

For more information, please contact Kat at patteka1@umbc.edu, or Karen at

If you're too excited to wait until August for this class, you're in luck! Heathcote is also offering a free class about permaculture gardens THIS WEEKEND.

Introductory Workshop on Permaculture Gardens

When: Saturday, July 10, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Where: Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234

Cost: Free

A Permaculture garden is a landscape designed with edible and native plants in beneficial relationships, replicating a natural ecosystem.

It can be as orderly or as free-form as you like. Each tree and plant in a Permaculture garden is located where its needs are best met so that it will be productive. Rainwater is collected from sloped yards, rooftops and impervious surfaces in swales and rain gardens to irrigate useful plants and absorb excess stormwater.

A Permaculture garden uses polycultures, guilds and forest garden techniques to attract beneficial insects and repel pests, fix nitrogen and draw minerals up from deep in the soil.

By installing a permaculture garden you can help protect local streams and the Bay while simultaneously beautifying your yard and growing healthy organic food. Come learn more!

More information is here.

Please RSVP by emailing education@heathcote.org or calling 410-357-9523.


Katica said...

Do you know of any Transition Town communities in Baltimore City? Most of the groups are in the DC area or outside the city. It'd be great to connect with folks close by. After all, that's one of the goals of Transition Town - to connect with neighbors!

************* said...

Hi Katica- Heathcote is probably the closest thing to a Transition Town, but there are of course lots of different groups involved in creating sustainable communities throughout Baltimore.

Ian said...

Hi, Aliza. FYI this post is the first non-map link for my Googling "transition town Baltimore". :)

Also FYI here's a link to a Rodgers Forge blog that has Transition Town very much in mind even if RF itself could hardly be called a Transition Town:

I actually found that in the same websurfing session that turned up Foodmakers back before ChiliBrew I.

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