What Renton needs is more martyrs

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What Renton needs are more martyrs. By martyrs I do not mean people who feel sorry for themselves, obviously that is not what the world needs. By martyrs I mean people who are willing to make sacrifices for something they believe in. Yes, we often think of the infamous religious martyrs, but I am speaking of the martyrs who give their energy and time for something they believe in. Not just their own reflections, but a larger cause-a purpose or principle that enriches a larger body of people such as a community or a city. Let’s raise our eyes a little higher than our own homes. There are thousands of people in need right here in Renton. There are people that need food and shelter, people that need mental health services, people who are dying of alcoholism and drug addiction, people suffering from discrimination and prejudice, all sorts of social injustice right here in Renton.
There are numerous organizations that are working towards reducing or eliminating these problems such as CryOut!, REACH, Vision House, Center of Hope, YWCA, Friends of Youth, Emergency Feeding Program, The Salvation Army, Sustainable Renton and many more. These organizations are located in Renton working towards solutions to problems right here in Renton.
Working on behalf of an organization that wants to do some good in the community has definite benefits. However, it can get tiresome. The constant asking for help with a small return gets exhausting. It certainly isn’t something one does for fame or fortune, however, science supports the benefits of service work. It gets you out of yourself and thinking about your own problems and focuses your thoughts on helping someone else. The shift of perception can be life altering and perhaps life saving for both the giver and the recipient.
What cause motivates you? There are so many pressing social and environmental issues, it probably wouldn’t be too hard to find one that resonates with you and dedicate just an hour a week towards being a solution to that problem.
These organizations are always looking for volunteers or martyrs-people who are willing to sacrifice some time and energy for a greater good.
If food justice is something that resonates with you, one simple thing you can do this week is attend the work party to build a giving garden at Sustainable Renton office located in the Highlands at 1067 Harrington Ave NE Renton 98056. We will be building and planting the garden from 4-7 pm complete with a potluck dinner. Come and get your hands dirty for the good of the neighborhood.

Something new is buzzing at Sustainable Renton

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Sustainable Renton was recently connected with local beekeeper, Gene GreccoStoliesSimile’, who was looking for a place to keep his hive. We jumped at the opportunity to have him keep a hive at our new office location in the Renton Highlands, thanks to the Renton Housing Authority. Our new office space comes with a nice yard that we are currently working on turning into a giving garden for the neighborhood.
We got a chance to ask Gene a few questions and his answers follow:
1. How long have you been beekeeping?
Answer: I believe 7 1/2 years; Bellevue 1 year 1998, Everett 4 years1999-2002, and Renton 2 years 2010-11.

2. How long have you been a Renton resident?
Answer: Seven Years

3. What about beekeeping do you love the most?

Answer: There is not one simple answer for my complete fascination with honey bees. I personally like the fact that the honey bees are consider important archetypes symbols for self-reliance and personal industry. My involvement in beekeeping was a gradual thing.
My introduction to real beekeeping took place in the spring of 1976. I was a senior year of high school. For speech class, my final speech project was a presentation on Beekeeping.
I had gotten the idea from a conversation I had with a local I knew more personally because they were members of a local Mormon church I attended. I interviewed him and other local beekeepers who kept bees as a hobby or commercially. By interviewing both type of beekeepers I got perspective about what beekeeping was all about. My speech was held outside.
I demonstrated, “How to’s” like “smoke” the bees. Even though the hive equipment I brought for the presentation had no live insect, I wanted to impart a feeling of authenticity and show by example what was involved in lighting up the smoker and then demonstrating it use. It made the speech more interesting. That was

I had gotten stung a number of times while researching my speech and my interest to keep bees then waned till 1998. I was living in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area with my family . While exploring a property, I came across abandoned bee equipment. I contacted the realtor who in turned contacted the owner because I wanted to know if I could have the equipment. I was living on two acres of land, with a well and septic system and my desire for self sufficiency was enlarged by my nostalgic notion of becoming a beekeeper. The bee stings of the years before, resulting from my speech research had faded long ago. I was older and more mature and in North Carolina beekeepers, are more highly regarded.

4. What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Answer: Several things:
     A. Joy; a little bit of happiness.
     B. To see an old apiary inspiration of mine {Which I called the “The Renton Beekeeping Experience Project”}, 2010, be resurrected
     C. If my health permits, maybe I do some presentations on beekeeping.
D. Honey and wax
5. What is your hope for the community with this experience?
Answer: That is kind of still to be explored as a topic. I think it would be cool if my apiary could become a  formal learning lab for the citizens of Renton. If there is a need and I can help, I would be happy to do what I can  community.
6. Also, are you interested in teaching a beekeeping workshop for Sustainable Renton?
Answer: Yes! I think I need to learn more about what Sustainable Renton is all about first.

6a. Have you done something like this before?
Answer: Yes. I was I was a member of the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association for 5 years.

                -President for one year
                -Trustee three years.
                -Apiary manager for about 8 month
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We are delighted to have Gene join forces with us. Our office is located at 1067 Harrington Ave NE Renton, 98056 Feel free to stop by and gander at the giving garden progress as well as the newly established beehive.

So you say you want a Hugelkultur?

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On April 25th, Laura Sweany from Always Growing Design will be conducting a workshop discussing the details of ‘How to Plant a P-Patch Using Permaculture Design’ . One of the techniques employed will be Hugelkultur. This method of gardening comes from Germany originally and the word means hill culture or mound culture. It essentially means planting directly into a compost pile. What’s not to love about that idea?

If you would like to learn more about Hugelkultur you can go here:  http://richsoil.com/hugelkultur/

If you would like to learn more about permaculture you can go here: http://permacultureprinciples.com/

This workshop will be held at Sustainable Renton Community Farm located behind Celebration Church at 11840 148th Ave. S.E. Renton, Wa 98059 from 4-6 p.m.

There is a $10 suggested donation for this workshop but no one will be turned away.

For more information on the workshop please go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/392843760900966/

Sustainable Renton April Happenings

Spring is here, and Sustainable Renton is buzzing with activity this month!

April 11th-10 a.m. Study Group CANCELLED We will be wrapping up the Roots of Change curriculum next month. Look for another study topic coming soon!

April 11th-10 a.m.-12 p.m. Spring Veggie Class and Plant Sale This class and sale is offered by Michael Seliga and Cascadia Edible Landscapes. Spring Veggies, herbs, and perennial edible berries, natives will be for sale at the class. This event will be held at Sustainable Renton Community Farm. 11840 148th Ave. SE, Renton, WA 98059

April 14th- 6 p.m. Renton Food Co-Op Monthly Meeting There will be an informal potluck directly preceding meeting at 5:30 for those who care to join. At this month’s meeting we will be populating our committees and planning the next events for gleaning membership. This event will be held at the new Sustainable Renton Office at 1067 Harrington Ave N.E. Renton 98056

April 16th- 7 p.m. Sustainable Renton Board Meeting. This meeting is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about Sustainable Renton and becoming involved. This event will be held at the Sustainable Renton Office.

April 25th- 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Planting a P-Patch using Permaculture Design Are you looking for a lower-maintenance food garden style that uses every square inch of garden space to its best advantage? Then you’re looking for a permaculture-style food garden! Can you use permaculture strategies for a small area? You bet! In this hands-on session, learn how to plant out your garden to reduce the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides, and use low-tech, natural resources for many of your needs. We will review the strategies of keyholes and hugelkultures, as well as planting using layers, zones and polycultures. We will also include seed saving strategies for common food garden plants. The first hour will be lecture and the second will be planting out our permaculture display garden at the farm!
$10 suggested donation. This event will be held at Sustainable Renton Communtiy Farm.

April 28th- 7 p.m. Meaningful Movies of Renton presents Movie TBD This event will be held at Luther’s Table at 419 So. 2nd St. Renton 98057.

We look forward to seeing you this month!

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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