Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 12:00 PM
Edible Wild Mushrooms, Art of Salve Making, Using Plants for Dye, Beekeeping, Permaculture, Backyard Habitats, Making Herbal Infusions, Rocket Stoves, Aquaponics 101, Sustainable Parenting, Raising Backyard Chickens, Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”… and many more! SKILLS FOR A NEW MILLENNIUM
Sponsored by Green Sanctuary, Small Waters Education and McHenry County Transition
Local Organizations are teaming up to share essential skills that will be useful in building resilient local communities. To help people prepare for economic uncertainty, climate fluctuation, and rising energy costs, they are offering a program, “Skills for a New Millennium” on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation located at 5603 Bull Valley Road in McHenry, IL.
This event is free though there is a suggested donation of $10
Art of Salve Making
You will learn the process of salve making from ethically wild harvesting a plant and infusing the oil to making a beautiful and effective salve. Also discuss the various wild plants in our environment that are useful in salves and their properties.
Saving the Planet One Yard at Time
Our gardens can also sustain our local web of life. From permaculture and restoration ecology, learn how our landscapes can be multi-functional by growing native plant communities.
This is a simplified “how to” make fabric dyes from common plants in the yard, weeds and some kitchen supplies to create unique clothing, crafts and recycled clothing products.
An introduction to beekeeping including a display of primary equipment, costs to get started and list of suppliers, contact information for local bee club. Includes extensive Q & A!
Intro to Permaculture
An introduction to the principals of permaculture such as overall site design and integration, water harvesting, edible landscaping, food forests, self-watering garden beds and integrating animals into your design and landscape. Herbal Infusions
Learn how to make infusions of nettle, oat straw and red clover and discuss their health benefits. Samples to taste will be available.
Learn about backyard enhancement ideas such as fruit trees, bird feeders-baths-houses, vegetable gardens, bat houses, bee keeping, owl houses, chickens, footpaths, and ponds. Also demonstrate the construction of a native bee nest boxes.
Hands on session to build a real rocket stove!
Sharing the Journey of Transition
We are in the midst of a Transition from an Industrial Growth Society to a more Life-Sustaining Society. This group activity will energize and empower us by celebrating the transformations we are already experiencing. Intro to Aquaponics
Learn about building a backyard aquaponics system and about small scale commercial aquaponics. Creating a Sense of Place
Increase the quality of your life by creating a more meaningful relationship with your home place, and cut your fossil fuel use at the same time. Sustainable Parenting
Author of “Sustainable Parenting: Unlocking Our Human Potential” will discuss and share excerpts from his newly updated book.
Cooperatives: “Why” & “How”
This session will focus on cooperative business models, the why and how. Cooperatives will be a key to a sustainable future. The local Food Shed Co-op will be featured in the presentation.
Raising Backyard Chickens
This session will provide a realistic picture of raising a small flock of chickens primarily for eggs including brooding chicks, housing, supplies, predators and health issues.
Learn about Illinois’ common edibles, how to prepare them, laws pertaining to mushroom hunting, and how to avoid poisonous look-alikes.