Ann Torrence wrote:Sorry Elle, I missed a few days of permies time.
I asked a few folks and they asked a few folks. The only criteria we have is that members be "do-ers" and not just talkers. If you didn't already at least have a garden going, you didn't get invited. We got to about 10 right away. The beekeeping workshop introduced us to some other people through one guy from whom we all bought hives. But this is a really small community, so somebody always knows somebody.
The other thing that helps is to have 2-3 activities in mind when you start so you can get things rolling. Movie night is easy to pull off. Pooling chickie orders is another instant gratification opportunity. Then ask everyone what they know and who can teach it. Turns out one of our members is mad for fermentation. A couple of us make a decent cheese. I really want to have our local chef show us how to butcher a whole pig, but she's pregnant so that idea is on hold.
I can imagine a sustainable bee co-op spinning off of this group pretty soon. For now, we are all excited for the apple grafting supplies to show up.
Will Holland wrote:This thread/ idea makes me so happy! I haven't got even the slightest idea how to make something like this happen but the idea is in my mind now at least.
Michael Bushman wrote:If you are looking for workshop ideas, meetup.com is a great resource, just search for various terms like permaculture, urban ag, etc and see what other groups are doing. I help run a meetup group here in Sacramento that has about 500 members although less than 100 are really active.
We do seed swaps in the spring, food swaps at various harvest times, and then stuff like drip irrigation, grafting, I even did a class on how to get the best deal on residential solar as I used to sell it.
One of the things we do is "barnraising" where people propose projects on their property and we all pitch in to help out. Its a lot of fun and helps build community. We also tend to host things on the day of th big local farmer's market that is a block from the house so people can cram in two fun things with one trip.
Ann Torrence wrote:Elle,
I must not have finished my reply, argh. Glad this is working for you and yes it is work but definitely worth it.
Our next group meeting is going to be a tomato tasting! We took much of the summer off, everyone's busy, so this gives us a chance to get together, eat yummy garden stuff and drink adult beverages as summer winds down. DH and I will also demo making mozzarella with both raw cow and goat milk.
Another member on another day is going to demo lacto-fermentation.
And we will probably watch Incubate together, but I want to watch it myself first.
Angelika Maier wrote:It is a really great idea. I have a question: do you organise all the meetings or is it a self runner that people take turns - in an organised or unorganised fashion?
Angelika Maier wrote:do you organise all the meetings or is it a self runner that people take turns - in an organised or unorganised fashion?