A Community Grant was awarded to the Non-Violent Communication Group that meets bi-monthly at the Grange. The money will be used for a trainer for the group. Grange members are welcome to join the group and after the trainings, a presentation will be made to Grange members at a monthly potluck.
Youth Granger Scholarships were awarded to Sakiko Pizzorno for her high school study abroad program in France, and both Iris Panameno (SRJC) and Ariel Scholten (Oklahoma State) for college studies next school year. Recipients will share about their studies at future potlucks.
Our Sebastopol Grange website has been updated with new details and dates, so please check it out. We have added a new scholarship, the Youth Extended Family Scholarship, to help students in our extended Grange family, those from groups who have regular interactions with our Grange or regular use of our Grange Hall. Read scholarship details and help spread the word to any possible applicants that you may know, deadline May 31, 2019.
With climate change threatening our farms and food system, more and more Americans are doubting the promise of incremental reform, calling instead for bold, sweeping legislation to develop a carbon-neutral economy as soon as possible. For some, the Green New Deal holds this promise. But what does this resolution actually say about agriculture? Who from the farm community is at the table helping to develop its details? And what can we—farmers, ranchers and advocates of regenerative agriculture—provide to policymakers to assure their efforts are informed by those in the field?
Join CAFF & The Farmers Guild for an interactive public forum asking: what would a Green New Deal need to include if it were to truly support family farms, regenerative agriculture and equitable rural economies?
Contrary to popular belief, the Green New Deal (as currently written) is not a comprehensive bill, but rather an aspirational manifesto of sorts. The only language specific to agriculture states that among its strategies would be:
“working collaboratively with farmers and ranchers in the United States to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from the agricultural sector as much as is technologically feasible, including by supporting family farming; by investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health; and by building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food.”
But the devil is in the details, yes? Unless we write them. The goal of this evening is to engage you, our community, in a robust conversation and develop a set of recommendations for our policymakers: food system and agricultural reforms needed to achieve the Deal’s admirable if still vague goals, as stated above.
Donations are welcome at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds
All are welcome, however attendees are asked to join us prioritizing the input of those working in the agricultural field.
May 7, 2019
6 PM – 9 PM
Sebastopol Grange Hall
6000 Sebastopol Rd (Hwy 12)
LandPaths is an organization dedicated to connecting people with place. The idea is to restore ecological functioning and people’s relationship with land.
Question: Where were you young? How has that place changed?
Importance of Youth: Kids have been disconnected from the land. The land is the vehicle to help people connect to nature and appreciate a different part of the world and themselves. The LandPaths approach is to invite people to discover their place in the world. As such, the idea is to provide access to land parcels that are held in the commons for the people within Sonoma County.
Engagement with many types of people:
• Engage teens /Gen X Y Z
• Engage with diverse ethnicities
• Engage youth with elders
Further increasing our relevance by asking, “Who are we not reaching?” Provide transformational experiences for all. Make the land accessible, approachable and open for exploration. The organization has 20 staff members and numerous volunteers.
An Offering of Programs
In our own backyard
It is a program to connect school kids and a piece of land (public or private) close to their school. The students visit the site four times per year so it becomes their outdoor classroom. LandPaths staff makes two in-class visits and LandPaths pays for bus transportation for the kids.
Bayer Farm is a community garden in the middle of Roseland that started August 10, 2007. Many diverse folks have come together to create something that reaches different aspects of the population. During the fires of 2017 folks at Bayer Farm cooked meals for two straight weeks.
This idea is to spend multiple days trekking across Sonoma County while eating local food, camping out, and really seeing the land without the need for vehicles. Some locations are:
Coast to Freestone
Willow Creek Ranch
Community Care—Community to take care of Place
Grove of Old Trees
Bohemia Ecological Preserve
Rancho Mark West
The Ag and Open Space District has helped keep Sonoma County green.
Getting Involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend their programs—outdoor expeditions, volunteer with school programs, build trails, maintain historic structures, garden, plan outdoor sites, and more.
Brunch will be prepared by Matt Roberts, a fellow Grange Member
We will have Hot Coffee, Hot Tea, and Mates available. Additional Snacks for the afternoon portion are welcome and encouraged.
Join us at our Grange Hall to do some Spring Cleaning. We will be pruning, weeding, and laying out fresh wood chips in our planted areas at the Grange. We will be cleaning out the storage container and doing some work on Kid’s Mountain in the back area.
It’s going to be FUN, we hope to see you there!
KIDS are Most Welcome!
Please RSVP and let us know that you will be attending so that we can cook the right amount of food.
Send your RSVP to : email@example.com
(Rescheduled from February)
Join us for a great meal with Grangers and friends. Everyone is welcome!
Craig Anderson, executive director of LandPaths, will be our speaker this month. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land in their local communities with significant focus on reaching underserved populations. Craig is a dynamic visionary, storyteller and just plain fun. He is also a Bay Nature Magazine Conservation Hero. Fishing from his kayak, hunting nonnative hog and turkey, front-yard farming and playing music in his band Cahoots are some of his other joys. Craig & banjo will be part of our musical portion of our meeting.
Don’t miss it!
Meghan Walla-Murphy, an ecological and conservation educator, researcher, author and storyteller, gave a fascinating presentation at our January potluck meeting. Meghan has traveled the world living with peoples whose lives are naturally integrated with the environment.
• Meghan is a wildlife tracker who has worked with ranchers and vintners, as well as many conservation groups and native peoples.
• Meghan’s work describes the intersection between humans and the wild. Wild is here with us all of the time, and she reminds us that we all are descended from trackers.
• What is tracking? —following footprints—but also the lens through which to see life as we can track emotions, relations, trends and changes.
• All tracking comes from a knowledge home, ecology, and place.
• Pattern literacy is where science and creativity meet to inform us about ecology and its inherent beauty and complexity.
• The story of geology, water, plants, and animals is all related.
• Mountains are tracks of plate tectonics, and the San Andreas Fault has informed the geology of where we are.
• Patterns of weather are in turn influenced by geology.
• Topography and weather make our area one of the 7 hotspots of biodiversity on the planet.
• Biological diversity equals cultural diversity.
• When you lose the relationship between land and water, you lose the language and culture of the people who lived there.
• California was highly managed by native people through harvesting and tending the land for food and diversity.
• There is a huge contrast between the culture of resource extraction and then later the conservation ideology of no intervention with land and plants—hence the build up of trees that have become fuel for the recent fires. We need to be intentional in our interventions.
• Early societies that combined agriculture and hunting/gathering together had a rich diet of high protein and promoted the local biodiversity.
• California has highest number of endangered species partly because we have many species endemic to California.
• Landscapes are getting fragmented which puts stress on the plants and animals in the populations.
• Sonoma Co. is 85% privately owned.
• Michael Soule has done work on “islands of habitat” which can lead to a loss of biodiversity.
• Breaks in the pattern gives us new information and the story becomes rich.
• Tracking gives us a sense of place—where you live and knowing where you live.
• Salmon returning to natal tributaries and are able to travel up to 7,000 miles and return years later.
• Each animal has a story to tell—become in relationship with any species, create habitat wherever you are.
• Beavers are starting to return. If you see any beaver anywhere, be sure to notify a wildlife organization.
• Beavers created dams that helped replenish the ground water.
• Bears are in Sonoma County. Coastal California had the most grizzlies anywhere and now they don’t exist in California.
• Both bears and salmons are keystone species—the loss of either would cause disproportionate damage.
• Anadromous Nutrient Cycle–anadromous means the ability to live in salt and breed in fresh water.
• Bears eat salmon, and when they are plentiful, they eat only the heads and then spread the fish bodies in the forest. Other animals come and then the breakdown goes into the nutrition of the trees.
• Scientists have found marine isotopes in the core samples of trees because of this interrelationship.
• Humans and bears deeply intertwined in stories and shape shifting—humans have watched the bears to learn about what plants to eat for medicines as another example of the deep connections between people and nature.
Books Meghan recommended for further exploration of these topics.
1. On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor
2. Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and Management of California Resources by Kat Anderson
3. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles Mann
4. Enduring Seeds: Native American Agriculture and Wild Plant Conservation by Gary Paul Nabham
5. The Fish in the Forest: Salmon and the Web of Life by Dale Stokes
Tuesday Feb. 12. 7-8:30pm
Bring seed you have saved, excess commercial seed, plants and resources to share. Label your seed with date & details. You don’t have to bring seeds to participate.
Let us celebrate all the good work that has happened at our Hall this year and enjoy each other’s company with a night full of good food, laughter, music, and maybe some magic too, on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
We’ll have live music by local band “The Sebtown Strutters”, great food, fun crafts, and more!
We will have our Granger gift raffle table if you would like to bring something to contribute , although not necessary at all. Each Granger will receive a raffle ticket and have a chance of winning something special to take home.
Bring a dish to share, a beverage, and some festive attire. The Grange will provide lasagne, turkey, and Wild Flour bread.
Potluck starts at 6🍾
The Sebastopol Grange is grateful for the opportunity to support the California Homemakers Assn in providing holiday food baskets for domestic workers, farm workers, and service workers struggling to make ends meet during the holiday season.