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Treasurer Bonnie Julsen
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Sustainable Ways 5th Annual Solar Home Tour
Saturday, July 24th 2010
8:30 am in the south parking lot of the
Custer County Courthouse.
We leave promptly at 9:00am (12:30 pm
approx. return to town.) Please bring sunscreen, water, and
Three Passive solar homes include:
Performance Block home: This ICF home has many custom features with
a southwest style. Great passive solar, sunk-in living room,
beautiful entryway. This home is currently on the market.
Strawbale Home: New to the tour this year, this home has very
thought out sustainable materials, non-toxic paints and stains,
unique features around every corner, and locally and recycled wood
used to round out its features.
3. NuDura ICF Home: This
home is under construction to give you the best views of the
skeleton of the home. High R-values, passive solar and off the grid.
One of a kind design called "The Eagle" named by it's shape
Sustainable Ways is asking for community support to be awarded a
grant for 18 fruit trees at Cliffs' Park Community Garden by voting
for the proposal via the internet. The grant is being offered
through "The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation" and includes training
about how to care for fruit trees in this climate. The top 25 vote
getters will be funded. Individuals can vote up to once each day
until the end of August.
The Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Club, in conjunction
with the Custer County School Excellence in Education group, is
working to get volunteers to help in the Custer County School.
Volunteers might help in classrooms, with tutoring or mentoring.
The volunteer schedule is flexible. Volunteers will undergo a CBI
background check. If you are interested, please let me know and I
will let the Excellence in Education group know of your interest.
The Westcliffe Farmers Market will open its 4th season,
Thursday June 17th. The market will run every Thursday from
3:30-6:00pm through September, and is located at Jess Price
Park (formerly Vimont Park) at 315 Main St. in Westcliffe.
There will be a special table set up for members of the
community garden who would like to sell their surplus
produce, so feel free to join the other vendors any time!
For the first market of the season we will be having a
barbecue to raise money for the farmers market. We'll be
selling hamburgers made with local grass-finished beef,
chips and fruit salad for $6 , and drinks for $1. Bring
your family for an early dinner and check out what locals
farmers and artists have to offer.
Sustainable Ways deadline for scholarship
for learning how to be self sufficient and protect our families and
community from the effects of economic downturns
Reminder: June 15 is the deadline for submission of
the Sustainable Ways Scholarships for the Westcliffe Permaculture
Design Certificate Course – July 26-August 7, 2010. The application
form is attached.
In my (Sue Pitman) opinion it is very
important to the future of our community for as many local people as
possible to be trained in Permaculture. That is why I have worked to
bring this training to Westcliffe and am donating the use of my
property to host it.
In good economic times we tend to
forget that we are vulnerable to economic downturns. We have been
riding an economic boom fed by cheap and abundant oil for so long
that most of us have lost the old knowledge of how to live off the
land. Sure, our Valley was pretty self sufficient in the days of the
early settlers. Many of us are comforted by that fact and feel that
if they could do it, we could too. But HOW?
teaches the basics of how to live with nature, meeting human needs
while protecting the earth and its capacity to keep on giving. It is
a once in a life-time chance to acquire these skills without ever
leaving our Valley.
It is obvious that the cost of this
training makes it difficult for most people in our community to
attend. That is why Sustainable Ways is offering a local scholarship
– now two scholarships due to the generous donation of one of our
members who cannot attend but realizes the importance of bringing
this knowledge to our Valley for the benefit of everyone who lives
and visits here. In addition, the Hospital District included in
their grant request to the Colorado Health Foundation (which has not
yet been funded) money for a full scholarship to support the design
and operation of Cliffs’ Park Community Garden.
that it was hard for me to part with the money (and time and effort)
to take the course in 2007 but I am glad that I did. It was the best
investment I have ever made.
I urge everyone to again
re-evaluate their priorities in time and money and invest in the
future by taking this course, scholarship or no.
Hello Sustainable Ways Members!!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to those
of you who don't know me. My name is Robin Young and I am the new
chairman of Sustainable Ways. I have been a member since 2006 and
have served on the board since November of 2007. My husband Mitch
and I moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in 1998 when I was pregnant
with my son, Ryan. Like many of you, we have fallen in love with the
Valley and would do anything to keep it special for ourselves and
As your Chairman, I am committed to working with the board of
directors on the mission of Sustainable Ways which is to educate,
advocate, and demonstrate ways of living that are consistent with
the principles of sustainability for our selves, our family, and our
community. Sustainable Ways is committed to working towards
improving the quality of life with in the Wet Mountain Valley by
encouraging sustainable behavior in the areas of healthy food
production, community education, recycling, green construction,
renewable energy, and earth-friendly technologies.
There are currently five focus groups that each have their own
projects. I encourage all of you to visit the newly updated website,
www.sustainableways.org to see what is happening in these focus
groups. These groups need volunteers so as a member, you can choose
what you would like to be involved in and help. Each group has a
leader you can contact from the website. You can also see our
calendar of events. This has been fun-filled year with our continued
monthly educational presentations, home tours, and conferences. Next
year looks to be even more exciting.
Our upcoming meetings that will round out the year will be on Sept.
23rd at 6pm at Cliff Lanes, Christina MacLeod will talk about United
Plant Savers; Stewarding our Healing Plants for our Community. On
October 28th 6pm at Cliff Lanes, we will have a Custer County
Commissioners Candidates Q and A. This is one week before the
elections and I urge you to think about what you would like to ask
the commissioner hopefuls about sustainability in our community.
This will be the last Sustainable Ways forum for the year.
We are putting on our first annual fundraiser our Potato Fling! This
will take place at Jim and Jo McMahons ranch on October 11th. This
is an all day harvest with events happening at 12pm. You can check
out the details on the website.
I would like to thank all of you for your support for Sustainable
Ways. I believe this organization is imperative to our community and
through you the members, we can nurture a more sustainable way!
December 11 anyone who is interested in pursuing the establishment
of a Community Garden in Westcliffe/Silver Cliff is invited to meet
with Melissa Marts from Care and Share (Colorado Springs), beginning
at Candy's Coffee Shop at 10:30 AM . Melissa runs the Care and
Share Food Bank Community Gardens and has a Permaculture Design
Certificate. She will tell us about what she has learned with their
garden and help us assess the site that Steve Willman has offered to
write a grant for as part of a collaborative community effort.
Check your email for updates and potential scheduling changes.
At the November Sustainable Ways Transition Town
Movie Night, Steve Willman asked for help to cost out a potential
one and one half acre community garden down the street across from
Vali and next to the High School stadium for inclusion in a grant
request he is putting together. As I remember what he said, this
grant would be asking for funds for a sidewalk between Vali, Club
America, and this site next to the High School as well as a
community garden and some light outdoor recreation at Club America
designed for the elderly (which can be used by Vali residents.)
Steve wants the site assessed by people who know about growing
to figure out what would be needed and, once he has a list, will do
the cost estimates and write the grant request. PLEASE LET ME KNOW
IF YOU CAN HELP WITH THIS.
I have asked Melissa Mart from
Care and Share (Food Bank) in Colorado Springs to help us with this.
She operates a large garden at Share and Care which grows food for
the Food Insecure to supplement the Food Bank's offerings. Melissa
has agreed to come to Westcliffe to assist us in this matter. She
will let me know when she can come to Westcliffe to do so.
WILL SCHEDULE A SITE VISIT AND MEETING with Melissa (to pick her
brain) when Melissa lets me know she can come to Westcliffe. PLEASE
LET ME KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE INCLUDED so I can let you know when
this meeting comes to pass.
I look forward to assembling the
contact information of people interested in increasing our local
food supply through growing our own food in a variety of venues.
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