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          March 22-24 2012 Lexington KY             Crestwood Christian Church, | Map1882 Bellefonte Dr. 

Sustainable Living Workshops

                     Saturday March 24, 2012

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that can be sustained without exhausting natural resources. That is- living simply and efficiently, and making everything we do or use go as far as possible and achieve as much for us as possible! Self sufficiency - providing much of your own needs – is an important strategy to achieve this. It is sobering to realize that self sufficiency and sustainable living are necessities of life for 80% of the world’s people. By comparison even the poorest of us in western societies would be considered very wealthy indeed.

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resources and his/her own resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet. Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.

In 1954 the publication of Living the Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing marked the beginning of the modern day sustainable living movement. The publication paved the way for the "back-to-the-land movement" in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sustainable living in the 21st century means a shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system. Sustainable living is fundamentally the application of sustainability to lifestyle choice and decisions. Sustainability itself is expressed as meeting present ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising these factors for future generations. Sustainable living can therefore be described as living within the innate carrying capacities defined by these factors.

 Downshifting to a more materially simple life allows us to exchange the stress, social injustice and ecological irresponsibility of consumerism for improved financial security, quality of life, personal sustainability and enhanced spirituality. 

These workshops are meant to serve as a guide to developing  a few of the skillls that we need to live sustainably

Sustainable Living Skills workshops: 

Crestwood Christian Church, | Map1882 Bellefonte Dr.

Registration fee: $20 for each workshop

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#1    Beekeeping Basics                                                                                                        Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                                                  Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                             Instructor: Tammy Horn, Tammy Horn , Environmental Research Institute at EKU , and author of   Bee Economy: What Women and Bees can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market  and  Bees and America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation, 2009 Kentucky State Beekeeper of the Year Award, 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Kentucky State Beekeeper Association , tammyhorn.com

The Beginning Beekeeping course is for anyone with no prior beekeeping experience. The course will cover all aspects of basic beekeeping including honey bee biology, site location, equipment requirements, honey bee sources, and producing, harvesting, extracting, bottling, and selling honey and hive products. The course will also cover the basics of disease and pest management and control. Beekeeping or apiculture, is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps bees in order to collect honey and other products of the hive (including beeswax, propolis, pollen, and royal jelly), to pollinate crops, or to produce bees for sale to other beekeepers.

#2..Raising Chickens 101

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                                                              Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                          Instructors:  Wayne Davis, Beverly Davis

A workshop for novice chicken owners or those who are looking at buying chickens. The program includes information on topics such as selecting breeds, common diseases and challenges, nutrition, housing and the environmental sustainable benefits and tastier aspect of organic poultry. Chickens are indispensable to self sufficiency. Luckily raising chickens successfully is not rocket-science! Learning how to raise chickens is simple enough that anyone can benefit from the many jobs they do, particularly in Permaculture systems. Raising chickens is proficient, sustainable and easy to tend in an backyard. It’s a complete cycle. The chickens will eat from the ground, they will produce eggs or meat and in turn, they’re going to fertilize the grass area they’ve eaten without waste or pollution.

#3 Healthy Cooking, 

 Time: 10am-12noon                                                                                                                    Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                         Instructors: Chefs Carolyn Gilles and Mary Katherine Miller, The Wholesome Chef, Health & Nutrition Focused Cooking, www.TheWholesomeChef.com 

"We believe in and support local food. We know eating more plants is good for our body. Let Chefs Carolyn Gilles and Mary Katherine Miller and the other instructors at The Wholesome Chef bridge the gap between knowing and doing! This workshop will examine the whys and hows of local food (all diet types welcome!) and then dive into recipes, cooking techniques and discussion of disease prevention and healing through food." 

# 4 The ABCs of Composting

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                                                  Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                         Instructor: Chad Hilton, Employment Solutions

Compost is an essential organic farming fertilizer. Composting accelerates the natural processes that recycle nutrients to produce humus, which is the foundation of soil fertility. While left to her own devices, nature can take years to make humus, you can do it in a matter of weeks by simply making homemade compost. Compost Creates Humus Humus is the end product of the action of soil life on organic matter (particularly lignin from plant matter), and a major constituent of mature compost. Whether the organic matter is a dead sheep, a fallen tree, manure, crop residues or a cardboard box, none are available as food for plants until they have been duly processed and recycled through life. And the ultimate recyclers are the living things in soil.

#5 Introduction to Goats in the City

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm                                                                                                                  Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                          Instructor: Susan Miller, Bleugrass Chevre, Farmstead Goat Cheese,www.bleugrasschevre.com 

 In this workshop participants will learn what it means to be a goat farmer and how to make good use of goat's milk. While the class is geared toward keeping dairy goats, most of the information is helpful for all goat keeping. This class will cover all the basics: nutrition, milking, fencing, shelter, breeding, parasite management, common health concerns, and pasture management. Not to mention that goat milk can also be used to make yogurt, soap, and even ice cream. Goats are also a great resource for brush clearing, fertilizer, meat, and being super cute!                                                   

#6  Rain Barrel Workshop

Time: 10am-12 noon                                                                                                                     Location: Crestwood Christian Church                                                                                        Instructor: Bluegrass Pride, Obiora Embry, E Consulting, LLC

Cosponsored by :  Key Conversations Radio, Pepsi Cola of Lexington

A rain barrel is an inexpensive means of capturing and storing some of this water  for later use. By installing a rain barrel you will not only help reduce pollution from stormwater runoff, but also have a supply of free non-chlorinated Ph neutral water for watering your vegetable garden, potted plants and much more!

Learn about water conservation issues and how to construct and install your very own rain barrel. 


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Jim Embry

 Sustainable Communities Network

573 Stratford Dr. Lexington, KY 40503

http://sustainlex.org/, embryjim@gmail.com, 859-270-3699







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