Feb 15

Upcoming “Curing the Winter Blues” event, Pecha Kucha next week, and WETCC Wolf Conference

Happy Friday, everyone!  Here’s a quick look back at the events of this week, plus some upcoming events to keep an eye out for.

This past Tuesday, Sustainable Tuesdays began preparing for gardening season – we held a garden planning event for those interested in starting their own gardens, then followed up with a community seed exchange!

We started off the night with presentations by Diana Kuklinski and Rochelle Quick, who both shared their gardening skills with us.  Diana talked about the importance of having healthy soil, explained the three-legged stool approach to healthy soils (which addresses biological, physical, and chemical aspects of soil health) and shared some simple soil tests you can use to check the soil in your garden area.  If you’d like more information on soil health, you can check out these handouts that were distributed at Tuesdays event: Six Rules of Biological Farming and Characteristics of Different Soil Types.

Rochelle shared her own gardening experiences with us, talking about how she began growing using a backyard swimming pool—an inexpensive version of a raised bed, and a great option for those who are unable to garden directly in their own yard.  Rochelle also shared a lot of companion planting tips and gave us a wonderful list of varieties that grow well together.

To get everyone ready for planting season, we followed this event up with a seed exchange!  Diana had brought a host of different organic and heirloom varieties from companies like Baker’s Creek, and several community members brought in their own seeds to share.  Check out some more photos below:

A big thank you to everyone that participated in this event, and we hope that you will all be in touch in April when we have our seed starting event!

Next week, Sustainable Tuesdays is looking to cure your winter blues!  If you find that bleak winter weather is getting you down, join us on February 19th in Harmony Co-op’s Community Kitchen for our “Curing the Winter Blues” workshop!

We’ll be brewing herbal teas and talking about natural remedies to help improve your mood.  Many people feel sluggish in the winter months, experiencing decreased energy and motivation levels.  If you’d like to learn more about ways to combat these winter blues, head over to Harmony Co-op’s Community Kitchen at 5:30pm this coming Tuesday!

When: Tuesday, February 19th from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: Harmony Co-op Community Kitchen

Hope to see you there!

North Country Youth Radio Connection debuts their first show this Saturday, February 16th!

Awhile back, I shared information about the new North Country Youth Radio Connection program, whose mission is to provide youth in northern Minnesota training and support to produce their own programming for community stations.  These kids have been hard at work preparing for their first show, which is airing this weekend!

Tune in to KBXE on Saturday from 6:30 to 7:00pm for a great mix of music, interviews, produced features, and lots and lots of fun!

You can also visit the North Country Youth Radio Connection’s facebook page to keep up to date with their programming and learn about upcoming opportunities for involvement.  Encourage you all to check them out and “like” their page!

Next week also brings us another wonderful community event … Bemidji’s next Pecha Kucha Night is February 21st at 6:30pm!

The theme of this event is “What makes Bemidji so great?”  Here’s the event’s poster beautiful poster, designed by Cody Bartz!

For a list of presenters, check out the Pecha Kucha Bemidji page. They also have a great description of what exactly this event is:

“Each pecha kucha (or “20×20”) is a fresh, locally harvested presentation. Speakers take turns giving six-minute-forty-second presentations, which are made up of exactly 20 slides shown for exactly 20 seconds. Presenters can talk about any topic, but they must keep it brief. In the spirit of sharing stories and talents, local artists also put their work on display! You can meet the artists and admire their creations before the event or during intermission.”

This is another great community-oriented event to take advantage of this coming week!

Looking ahead to late Feburary … there’s another opportunity learn more about Minnesota’s wolves at the White Earth Wolf Conference, “Revitalizing the Anishinaabe Eco-Cultural Landscape” on February 28th.

Those interested are encouraged to pre-register.  For more details on registration, please visit their blog here.

From their website:

It is the intent of the White Earth Wolf Conference to further the knowledge about wolves in Indian Country and to build a broader base of first hand knowledge about the Tribal relationship to wolves. The conference will include the following educational components: wolf science and biology, wolf politics, and the cultural and historical importance of wolves to Ojibwe people on the White Earth Indian Reservation and elsewhere. Educators for the conference include Jessica Edberg from the International Wolf Center, Mike Swan and Doug McArthur from the White Earth DNR, and Dan Stark from the Minnesota DNR. The conference is free and is open to the public by pre-registration. Agenda will be available at http://maiingan.org and www.wetcc.edu. For more information, please call WETCC at 218-935-0417, Ext. 612 or 326.”

This weekend is also President’s Day Weekend and it’s bound to be one making history in Washington, DC.  Thousands of activists are heading to the White House for one of the largest climate change rallies in history!

This is a movement that you definitely want to be keeping an eye on.  If you’re like me and unable to make it to the actual rally, you can follow the Forward on Climate updates on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ClimateForward  or check in at www.350.org to learn more about why it’s so critical to have climate leadership!

That’s all for this week!  Enjoy the long weekend, everyone!

As always, our program depends on your input and feedback, and we welcome your ideas and suggestions to broaden our community. Sustainable Tuesdays feature a variety of learning opportunities focused on sustainability that connect our beautiful, vibrant community and is a partnership program with the Indigenous Environmental Network, MN GreenCorps, Rail River Folk School and BSU’s Sustainability Office.

For more information, contact Caitlyn Schuchhardt at 755-3765 or Simone Senogles at 751-4967.

With peace,