Sustainable Renton March Happenings

As always, Sustainable Renton has a lot happening during March. Come join us for these great events!

March 8th- 2 pm Sustainable Renton Community Farm Gardener’s Meeting This meeting is for current gardeners at SRCF. Come and learn about the protocol and meet everyone. Held at Sustainable Renton Community Farm.

March 10th 6 pm Renton Food Co-Op Monthly Meeting. This meeting is open to anyone interested in helping the initiative to open a food cooperative in Renton. There is a potluck beforehand at 5:30 for those that wish. This meeting is held at the Sustainable Renton Office.

March 14th 10 am-12 pm Sustainable Renton Study Group This month our group thinks Beyond Consumerism. We are introduced to campaigns against the ‘commercialization of childhood’, and we read about diverse traditions—old and new—which assert the values of sufficiency, contentment, and cooperation over unending consumption, greed and competition. We will be meeting at the Sustainable Renton office.

March 21st 1 pm Sustainable Renton Seed Exchange Bring extra seeds that you have and trade them for seeds that you want or need. This event is held at Sustainable Renton Office.

March 26th 7 pm Sustainable Renton Board Meeting This meeting is open for anyone interested in getting involved in Sustainable Renton. This meeting will be held at Sustainable Renton Office. This meeting is being held a week later than usual this month.

March 31st 7 pm Meaningful Movies of Renton presents ‘Economics of Happiness’ ‘The Economics of Happiness’ features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change. The documentary describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance – and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

This film will be followed by a community discussion with experts on the subject available for questions. Come join us in our new, welcoming venue at Luther’s Table.

Sustainable Renton Community Farm is located at 11840 148th Ave S.E. Renton, WA 98059

Sustainable Renton Office is located at 970 Harrington Ave. N.E. Renton, WA 98056

Luther’s Table is located at 419 S. 2nd St. Renton, WA 98057

If you have any questions about these events or Sustainable Renton in general, be sure to drop me a line.

Preston Glidden

President, Sustainable Renton

sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Garden Planning with Urban Food Warrior Caitlin Moore

image4On February 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sustainable Renton will be hosting a garden planning workshop with Caitlin Moore, also known as The Urban Food Warrior. This workshop will give you practical advice on how to yield the most produce that you can using the space you have available. Caitlin is extremely knowledgeable and gives a wonderful workshop.

This workshop has a suggested fee of $25.00 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

This workshop will be held at the Sustainable Renton Office at 970 Harrington Ave. N.E. Renton 98056

Beverages and light refreshments provided.

Renton Food Co-Op to hold its first membership drive

Originally posted on Renton Food Coop:

cropped-copy-rentonfoodcoop.pngHello Co-Op supporters!

Renton Food Co-Op will be hosting its first membership drive in February! Renton Food Co-Op is a grassroots movement to bring a food cooperative to the Renton area. We are in the Organizaing Stage of our process and are looking for people to support this effort. You can show support a number of ways. You can come to our monthly meetings held the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6 pm at the Sustainable Renton Office located at 970 Harrington Ave N.E. in the Renton Highlands, or you can become a member/owner and support this effort financially as we strive to make the Renton Food Co-Op a reality.

If you would like to become a member/owner of Renton Food Co-Op, come on down to Luther’s Table on February 25th at 7 pm and we will get you signed up. The cost for membership is $150.00 per household…

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Meaningful Movies of Renton has a NEW location

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Meaningful Movies of Renton has joined forces with Luther’s Table. We will now be hosting our events in a new venue. Luther’s Table is a beautiful space that offers a welcoming environment for our community documentary film viewing, and they serve delicious beverages.
Our new day will be the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.
We will be starting the year out with a series of films covering the topic of alternative economics. Tomorrow night, January 27th, we will show two short films-Sacred Economics, which highlights the ideas of economist and activist Charles Eisenstein, followed by Prosperity Without Growth, which is a TED Talk given by Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development and an economist.
Then, on February 24th we will show Shift Change. This film shows the amazing economic transformation that Cooperatives have had on the Mondragon Region of Spain.
On March 31st we will show The Economics of Happiness, this film describes the effects of globalization on culture, peoples ability to achieve happiness and what we can do to change it.
Our community discussions after the films will always concentrate on what positive steps we can take to make a difference within our neighborhoods as well as ourselves.
Our goal is to educate and empower folks using the tool of film. An educated populace makes richer, more intentional communities for Renton.

The address for Luther’s Table is 419 S. 2nd St. Renton Wa 98057

See you all there!

Meaningful Movies of Renton has a New Home

Meaningful Movies of Renton has joined forces with Luther’s Table. We will now be hosting our events in a new venue. Luther’s Table is a beautiful space that offers a welcoming environment for our community documentary film viewing, and they serve delicious beverages.

Our new day will be the last Tuesday of every month at 7 pm.

We will be starting the year out with a series of films covering the topic of alternative economics. Tomorrow night, January 27th, we will show two short films-Sacred Economics, which highlights the ideas of economist and activist Charles Eisenstein, followed by Prosperity Without Growth, which is a TED Talk given by Tim Jackson, a professor of sustainable development and an economist.

Then, on February 24th we will show Shift Change. This film shows the amazing economic transformation that Cooperatives have had on the Mondragon Region of Spain.

On March 31st we will show The Economics of Happiness, this film describes the effects of globalization on culture, peoples ability to achieve happiness and what we can do to change it.

Our community discussions after the films will always concentrate on what positive steps we can take to make a difference within our neighborhoods as well as ourselves.

Our goal is to educate and empower folks using the tool of film. An educated populace makes richer, more intentional communities for Renton.

The address of Luther’s Table is:

429 S. 2nd St Renton, Wa 98057

See you there!meaningfulmovieslogo

Buy Local!

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Some of you may already be familiar with Rely on Renton and their buy local campaign. Well, Sustainable Renton is now selling the Local Rewards card. If you are not familiar with the program, here’s how it works: (taken from the Rely on Renton site) Local businesses want to reward you for your loyalty and support by offering you special deals on everything from your daily coffee to a new roof for your house. These rewards can save you a few cents on a car cash or a few hundred dollars on car repair. And, the best news is – the cards are valid for one full year! Businesses will post their ever-changing “Rewards” right on the Rely on Renton site. Or you can use the cool mobile app to access them on the go! All you need to do is show your own Local Rewards card to the vendor in order to receive their special reward.

You can purchase a Local Rewards card for the nominal price of $15. This card will provide you excellent savings on a great variety of products and services. It’s up to you how quickly this card pays for itself determined by how loyal of a local customer you already are or hopefully will become. You can buy this card in two different ways, 1) you can go to the Rely on Renton website (www.relyonrenton.com) and purchase a card there. During checkout you will be asked which non-profit you would like to donate the proceeds to and you will check Sustainable Renton and then Rely On Renton will make sure that our organization receives the funds. It’s as easy as that. Or you can order one from us by contacting us at sustainablerenton@gmail.com and we will send you a card.

Not only can you support Rely on Renton and our local business owners, you can also support some really great non-profit organizations in the process. So, get your card today and buy local to start the savings!

Renton Buying Club!

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The Renton Food Co-Op has opted to engage in a local Buying Club as an interim step towards realizing our own dream of opening a storefront. We did this in the hopes that we would be able to reach out to more people who may be interested in helping open a food co-op and so far that is what has happened.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Buying Clubs here is a definition borrowed from the Internet:

Buying Clubs are comprised of individuals and families ordering collectively to achieve a bulk purchasing advantage. Aside from the time and devotion involved in the buying club process, there are many benefits to this arrangement not the least of which is access to high quality, wholesome foods at affordable prices.  Beyond the monetary advantage, there is often a sense of community that belonging to an organization of like-minded people generates.  Many buying clubs are comprised of neighbors, mother’s groups, co-workers, young couples, church members, or family members.

If that sounds interesting to you then I wanted to let you know about some of the options that exist in the Renton area already. There are three stops in Renton currently. Two stops are active and are both located in the Renton Highlands neighborhood. The third stop is closer to the Cascade neighborhood, but they have a history of ordering less frequently than normal. The drops typically happen once a month on a Thursday ranging from 7-8:30 am in the morning. This means that you have to be available on that day and  time to meet the truck to pick up your order, or you can talk with the drop site coordinator to make other arrangements for a later pick-up.

The first drop is located at St. Matthew’s Church at 1700 Edmonds Ave NE Renton 98056 around 7 a.m. The drop site coordinator is Leya Stefanski and her e-mail is lrmerideth@yahoo.com You can contact her or sustainablerenton@gmail.com for more information on this drop. The next drop occurs around 8:30 am and is located in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood. The next drop is Thursday June 12th, and the order cut-off time and date is June 9th by 4:00 pm. The drop site coordinator is Katherine Rausch and her e-mail is krausch@gmail.com You contact her for more information about this drop.

Both of these drop sites are for Azure Standard which is a company out of Oregon. If you would like to look at their catalog on line and see what they have to offer you can visit www.azurestandard.com If you wanted to find out more about the drop in the Cascade neighborhood you would have to call Azure Standard at 971-200-8350. They are very friendly and helpful.

Also, we have been coordinating with Blue Valley Meats located in Walla Walla, WA for a meat drop off. These drops happen every 3 to 4 weeks. The first one was right in front of the Sustainable Renton Office located in the Renton Highlands on Saturday, May 31st. If you would like to check out their product you can visit www.bluevalleymeats.com and make an order for our pick-up site. This company also offers Raw and grass fed Dairy products for delivery. The cut off for ordering is 4-5 days in advance of delivery depending on if it is dairy or meat.

I hope this is all making sense, if for any reason you have any questions please contact sustainablerenton@gmail.com for more information.

Thanks, and happy buying!