LOCAL SHARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Date:  Monday, September 4, 2017, 8:30 – 10:30 am

Place:  Longmeadow Farm, 561 Blairstown Road ( County Rd 521), Hope, NJ 07844

On Labor Day, before you head to your cookouts, parties and pools, help us glean apples at Longmeadow Farm in Hope. You’ll be done by 10:30 a.m. Get your family, friends, book club, church group, soccer team and other buddies to come too. We’ll deliver these apples, generously donated by Long Meadow Farm, to food pantries to feed our neighbors in need.   Bring plenty of water to drink, sunscreen, hat, wear comfortable closed-toe shoes, etc. Children are welcome but must be well-supervised by an adult at all times.  Gleanings are weather-dependent; you will receive an email or text if the gleaning is changed or cancelled. If you have any questions, please call or text Christine at 908-619-7232.

Please RSVP here: http://www.localsharenj.org/event/gleaning-at-long-meadow-9-4-17/

Timebank hours will be earned for any time worked.

 

TIMEBANK POT LUCK & PLANT & HERB WALK WITH REID GIACOMARRA

Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 4:30  – 7:30  pm

Place:  Stokes State Forest Picnic Area near Kittle Field

Stokes State Forest (Kittle Field Picnic Area) Park entrance GPS coordinates: 41.18439, -74.79732 Enter the park & drive 2 miles on Coursen Rd to a T-intersection. Turn left onto Kittle Rd – the parking area will immediately be next to the field on the left. Picnic area on right.

We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.

  • Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.
  • Come and learn about the timebank and get to know other members.
  • Bring a dish to share with others.
  • Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending.

 

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

FILM SCREENING:  ONE BIG HOME

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7 – 9 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, 1 West Nelson St, Newton, NJ

“One Big Home” follows the journey of a carpenter from Martha’s Vineyard who grows concerned about the trend toward building giant houses.  When he feels complicit in wrecking the place he calls home, he takes off his tool belt, picks up a camera and joins a group of community activists working to get local building codes changed to manage the environmental footprint of mansions on the island.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.  Event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

ANDOVER DRIVE ELECTRIC EVENT

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5 – 8 pm

Place:  Green Life Market, 238 Newton Sparta Road, Andover, NJ

Celebrate today’s widespread availability and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars They are fun to drive, more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.  Please register for event at www.driveelectricweek.org  or just drop in and enjoy.

Sussex Warren COAD Presents:

NUCLEAR DISASTER RESPONSE GOTHEM SHIELD:  LESSONS LEARNED

Date:  Thursday, September 14, 2017 10 am – 12 pm

Place:  Tranquility Church, 5 Kennedy Road, Andover.  Intersection of Kennedy Rd & Rt 517

Gotham Shield was a FEMA sponsored response drill to expand the ability of local and national levels to coordinate a large-scale nuclear disaster.  It was a multi-agency, real-time drill that involved a number of law enforcement and rescue agencies from New Jersey and the Northeast.

This meeting will help participants understand response and recovery to an event like this and aid in implementing lessons learned from Gotham Shield to improve our ability to help our neighbors in disaster recovery.

Sussex Warren COAD is a member of NJVOAD, a statewide parternships of organizations and entities that respond to disaster as part of their overall mission.  For further information e-mail sussexwarrencoad@gmail.com

 

Sponsored by Transition Newton, Foodshed Alliance and Skylands Sierra Club

NORTHWEST EARTH INSTITUTE DISCUSSION COURSE

Dates:  Tuesdays at 7 pm starting on 9/19.  Seven sessions to be agreed upon with interested participants.

Place:  Foodshed Alliance Office, 27 Main St., Blairstown, NJ

Cost:  Course book is $28

Please join our self-led discussion course “A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World”.   Through shared learning, shared stories and shared action, Northwest Earth Institute programs help foster a spirit of community and inspire change.

The concept of “living simply so that others may simply live” has been around for hundreds of years. People choose to live simply for many reasons and as our world changes, the motivations for and benefits of living a simple life also evolve. Today, we choose simple living as a way to make our own paths in life, paths that allow for investing our time in the things that matter most to us, making choices that create less waste and more good, using (or not using) technology intentionally, and critically examining the messages that tell us what to believe, what to value, and who to be. A Different Way: Living Simply in a Complex World connects our individual values and actions to the larger picture and helps us to find power to make real change in our lives, communities, and in the world at large.

Participants read each week’s material (includes brief articles, book excerpts and/or links to online content) on their own.  During each session, group members take turns facilitating by leading others through discussion questions provided in the course book.

Please contact Kim at kimmlatham@gmail.com with questions and for more information.

 

PAST EVENTS

LOCAL SHARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Date:  August 9  from 9 – 11 am at  Circle Brook Farm, 141 Brighton Road, Andover, NJ

Date:  August 11 from 9 – 11 am at Caristi Farm, 98 Belcher Road, Blairstown, NJ

Help pick farm-fresh food that would otherwise go to waste for donation to local food pantries.  We’ll be Please call or text Christine at 908-619-7232 with any questions.

Timebank hours will be earned for any time worked.

 

TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Place:  Jim & Kim Fiola’s, 2 East Trail, Branchville, NJ

The Fiola’s are graciously hosting the potluck at their home again this year.   We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.

  • Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.
  • Come and learn about the timebank and get to know other members.
  • Bring a dish to share with others.
  • Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending.

 

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

SKYLANDS SIERRA CLUB 5th ANNUAL PICNIC

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017, 11 am to 2 pm

Place:  Kittatinny Valley State Park, Limecrest Road, Andover Twp.

Hot dogs, beef and veggie burgers will be provided as well as soft drinks.  Attendees are invited to bring a side dish or dessert.    The picnic area is located by the boat launch, park entrance from Limecrest Road.  Boat, bike and fishing equipment rentals available.

 

 

TIMEBANK POT LUCK – SUNDAY, JULY 9 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Place:  Kemah Lake Big Beach

Franks Lane, Newton, NJ.  Follow Franks Lane to the right to the beach.

Come and learn about the timebank and get to know other members.

Bring a dish to share with others.  There are some electric outlets if you want to bring a crock pot.  Paper products will be provided.

Chat with others, swim or play games:  croquet, horseshoes, cards or bring along a favorite outdoor game to share.

Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending.

LOCAL SHARE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Help pick farm-fresh food that would otherwise go to waste for donation to local food pantries.  We’ll be gleaning at Circle Brook Farm in Andover on July 12 and 19 from  9 – 11 am. Please call or text Christine at 908-619-7232 with any questions.

Timebank hours will be earned for any time worked.

 

WOMEN’S SELF-DEFENSE CLASS

Date:  Saturday, June 3, 2017, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join 5-foot tall, 4th degree black belt and Isshin Ryu Instructor Vivian Sammartino as she teaches women of any age and size how to be prepared for anything and defend themselves.  The instruction will include easy to learn and remember techniques to keep you safe.

Suggested donation $10, $5 for students.  1 ½ hours time exchange for NW NJ Timebank members.  For questions contact Kim at kimmlatham@gmail.com

PERMACULTURE WATER SOLUTIONS FOR HOMEOWNERS AND COMMUNITIES AND TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, June 11, 2017 5:30 pm

Place:  Chan’s Farmhouse, 90 Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

Learn how to design systems for rainwater harvesting, storm water catchment, and alternate water reuse, on your landscape and in your communities.  By using the principles of natural systems, learn how to implement simple solutions to better manage water in the environmentally challenged world we live in today.  Collecting and storing rainwater links human and environmental systems in mutually beneficial relationships, ensuring the health of both in the short and long term. Cultures have been using captured rainwater for thousands of years, following the sacred principle of “slow it, spread it, sink it, store it”.

Wanda Knapik, Permaculture Designer and Educator, has been designing and implementing water management solutions for growing food, preventing runoff on sloped and terraced landscapes, in communities across NJ for many years.  She will share examples from recent projects as well as her resource list and rainwater calculator, to determine size and scale of appropriate solutions. Upstream, on-site and downstream considerations that are taken into account during the design process, will also be covered.

Come and meet other members and/or learn more about the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club and Transition Newton

DOCUMENTARY FILM & DISCUSSION– FROM THE ASHES

Date:  Thursday, June 15, 2017 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St. Newton, NJ

A clear-eyed and intimate approach to a hot-button topic, From the Ashes captures Americans in communities across the country as they wrestle with the legacy of the coal industry, and what its future should be under the Trump Administration. In stories spanning from Appalachia to the West’s Powder River Basin, the film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling and often heartbreaking stories of individuals affected that speak to what’s at stake for our economy, health, and climate. From the Ashes invites audiences to learn more about an industry on the edge through the lived experiences of those most closely affected, to begin to chart a path forward for and our energy policy and our country itself.

Snack and refreshments will be served.  Event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

HERBALIST REID GIACOMARRA  “EMERGING PLANTS IN THE SPRING AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM”  &  TIMEBANK POTLUCK

Date:  Sunday, April 9, 2017, 5:30 dinner.

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

 Sponsored by Transition Newton and Skylands Sierra Club

SIGN MAKING EVENT

Date:  Thursday, April 20, 2017 7:00 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

In preparation for the Science March on April 22 and the Climate March on April 29, we will be hosting a sign-making event.  We will provide some materials but please bring any supplies that you have.  Snack and refreshments will be served.  Event is free and open to the public so tell your friends!

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GARDEN (CSG) ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE & EARTH DAY CELEBRATION  

Date:  Saturday, April 22 11 am – 4 pm

Place: 41 Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

Celebrate Earth Day at the farm with tours, exhibits, entertainment, food, kids’ activities and more! It’s free and all are welcome.  Interested in joining the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm? It’s a great way to get all your questions answered and meet our farmers and members.  Already a member? It’s a terrific time to renew and get reacquainted with old friends!

–Meet our farmers, apprentices & shareholders!
–Farm and greenhouse tours
–Opportunity to purchase a sample share
–Hay rides
–Demonstration on how to use your share
–Ongoing cooking demos
–Children’s activities
–Maypole Dance
–Yoga for Kids
–Edible Weed Walk
–Table-top displays from local nonprofits, artists and holistic vendors
–Wine tasting
–Drum circle
–Light garden lunch
–Live music
–SwapFest! Bring good stuff you no longer need, find a treasure to take home and make a free-will donation to the CSG. Please take home anything you brought at the end of the day that has not found a home.

TIMEBANK POTLUCK & PRESENTATION BY VIVIAN SAMMARTINO, HARMONY HOLISTIC WELLNESS

Date:  Sunday, May 7, 2017, 5:30 dinner.

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Vivian will speak about the Women’s Self-Defense program we will be offering on June 3 at 2 pm.  We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

 

Sponsored by Transition Newton and Skylands Sierra Club

FILM & DISCUSSION “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING”

Date:  Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This film, based upon Naomi Klein’s book, presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.  Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Snack and refreshments will be served.  Event is free and open to the public.

MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN CELEBRATION

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, May 20th & 21st  10 AM – 8 PM

Place:   Lusscroft Farm, 50 Nielson Rd, Wantage, NJ

Come and experience Living Art & Culture! Both days include an amazing array of Music, Workshops, Garden Tours, Plant Sale, Wild Food Walk, Farmers, Crafters & Vendors, Poetry Readings, Great Food, Pony Rides, Bake Sale, Carriage Rides, Photography Contest, Barn Sale and a Historical House Tour on Sunday! $7 donation, Kids FREE! All proceeds go to the restoration and maintenance of Lusscroft Farm. Join us as a guest or a volunteer or both! For Directions and updates go to  www.medicinewheelgarden.wordpress.com

 

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION GHOST WATERS

Date:  Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

A fascinating story of the 20+ year struggle locals had to face in the midst of the looming Tocks Island Dam Project, a massive dam and reservoir on the Delaware River which would have dramatically changed the PA, NJ, and NY region as we currently know it. The film is a tribute to the locals who were affected, their sacrifices, and their rigorous efforts to fight against damming the last major free flowing river east of the Mississippi. Ghost Waters tells the dynamic story of deep history, loss, preservation, and environmental success.

Sponsored by Transition Newton & Skylands Sierra Club

FILM & DISCUSSION “BEFORE THE FLOOD”

Date:  Thursday, Feb 16, 2017, 7 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time.

Sponsored by Transition Newton and Foodshed Alliance

DISCUSSION BOOK GROUP – HUNGRY FOR CHANGE:  FOOD ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Date:  Every Wednesday at 7 pm for 6 weeks – March 1 to April 12

Place:  Foodshed Alliance Office, 27 Main St., Blairstown, NJ

Participants in the six-session discussion course will:

  • Explore the interconnected nature of food systems and our relationships to them.
  • Examine the impact our food choices have on our health, the health of others and the health of our planet.
  • Consider the ethical and political implications of our current food system and our personal food choices.

Free with exception of purchase of discussion course book from nwei.org for $28.  Call Kim at 973-903-2895 for more information.

 

ORGANIZER MEETING FOR TRANSITION NEWTON & NW NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm

Place:  Sharon’s House, Kemah Lake

All are welcome you to join our meeting.  We value your input and ideas.

 

 Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

TIMEBANK POTLUCK & SEED STARTING PROGRAM WITH GINA BARKOVITCH

Date:  Sunday, March 12, 2017, 5:30 dinner.  Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Timebank member, Gina Barkovitch, will share her knowledge of seed starting and growing.   We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION “PAY 2 PLAY:  DEMOCRACY’S HIGH STAKES”

Date:  Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 7 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy’s High Stakes is an entertaining documentary about the corrupting influence of money in politics featuring Robert Reich, Lawrence Lessig, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, Van Jones and more. If our political system is like a game of Monopoly, how can outsider have a voice when only money speaks?  John Ennis documents comical corruption, follows political newcomers, and uncovers intrigue in this colorful journey that connect the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process.  From billionaires meeting in secret to citizens taking to the streets, Pay 2 Play follows the money and connects the dots in this portrait of people power rising.  The film explores the status quo and offers a set of simple solutions we can all work on together to take back our democracy.

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM:  GATHERING OUR STRENGTH AND MOVING FORWARD IN 2017

Date:  Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017, 7 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join Sierra Club for a roundtable discussion.  Bring your ideas!  Voice your concerns! Get involved! Stay connected! Make a difference (or Make an Impact!)

TIMEBANK POTLUCK AND SURVIVING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY PRESENTATION

Date:  Sunday, Jan 15, 2017, 5:30 dinner.  Presentation from 6:00 – 7:45 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Learn to be comfortable and self-sustaining, both long and short-term, when electricity goes down. Sussex County often has brief power outages, but our entire national power grid is vulnerable and a national outage could last over a year. Be prepared.  Presenter is timebank member Linda Grinthal of Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center.
We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!    Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.  Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

A SOLSTICE CELEBRATION

Date:  Friday, 12/23/16 @ 7 – 11 pm

Place:  Newton VFW, 85 Mill St, Newton, NJ

and after party at Greeks till close

Featuring our County’s finest artists and artisans!  **Door prize graciously donated by Freehand Custom Carvings. Musically Featuring:
VFW
7-8 Mike Lawlor Banned
8-820 Andrew Lister
830-930 Matty Carl Project
930-950 Kelsey Lynn Stoll
10-11 The Fantasia Project

Greeks
10-1045 Big Drops
11-1145 Sean Henry Tonight!
12-130 Cabbage Platter

And shop local and shop last minute with Sequoia’s Garden, Miner’s Daughter, Totten Family Farm, & Earthspun Offerings.   Community potluck style on Christmas Adam ( Christmas eve eve ) plus hopefully we have Emily’s Hearth wood fired pizza!! Donation of $20 suggested.  Proceeds to benefit The Medicine Wheel Project Fund.  Current project is building a permanent community stage at Lusscroft Farm.

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

MUSHROOM TALK AND TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, 11/20  5:30pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Frank from Group Growing www.groupgrowing.com  will teach us how to grow oyster and lion’s mane mushrooms and will speak with us about the work Group Growing is doing.  Their mission is to teach people and communities how to grow mushrooms and to empower people and communities to add value to society. We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

ORGANIZER MEETING FOR TRANSITION NEWTON & NW NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Monday, 11/21 7:00 pm

Place:  Kim’s Home, Newton

All are welcome you to join our meeting.  We value your input and ideas.

Save the Date

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, Dec 11, 2016, 5:30 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/ 

SURVIVING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY

Date:  Tuesday, 11/8 10:30 am – noon.

Place:  Train Creative, 30 Station Road, Sparta, NJ

Learn to be comfortable and self-sustaining, both long and short-term, when electricity goes down. Sussex County often has brief power outages, but our entire national power grid is vulnerable and a national outage could last over a year. Be prepared.

Presenter: Linda Grinthal of Sunset Vista Community Garden & Learning Center
Cost: $12
Register: www.TrainCreative.org

 Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

MUSCONETCONG WATERSHED ASSOCIATION PRESENTATION

Date:  Tuesday,11/15  7:00 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Kyle Richter of the Musconetcong Watershed Association will be presenting on water quality science, relationship between land use and water quality, State and Federal Environmental Regulations, river restoration-dam removals, the Wild and Scenic River program.

Sponsored by Transition Newton

DRUM AND PERCUSSION CIRCLE

Date:  Thursday, 11/17, 2016  7:00 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Come join us for a fun African drum and percussion circle.  All are welcome and extra instruments will be available.  With all of the craziness in the world come experience drumming – it has a distinctly therapeutic aspect – it’s good for our state of mind. It exercises the brain through stimulating cognitive functions like perception, attention and memory and group drumming especially reduces the experience of anxiety, depression and loneliness.

 Sponsored by Skyland Sierra Club

HIKE FOR OUR FUTURE EVENT

Date:  Saturday, 11/19 10 AM TO 1 PM

Place: Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Here are links to the Facebook event and the Eventbrite invitation for the Hike for Our Future event on November 19 at Allumuchy State Park.  This event focuses on shortsighted projects that threaten our natural heritage with an emphasis on the proposed uranium mines proposed north of the Grand Canyon.
Environment New Jersey, the New Jersey Sierra Club, and the New Jersey Highlands Coalition are coming together to call on our elected officials to protect beautiful areas in New Jersey and across the United States.

FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/1160341937334557/

EB: https://hikeforourfuture.eventbrite.com

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, 10/9  5:30pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Sponsored by Skyland Sierra Club

SPARTA MOUNTAIN WMA FOREST STEWARDSHIP PLAN – DISCUSSION BY SUSAN WILLIAMS

Date:  Tuesday, Oct 11, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ 07860

Please join the Skylands Group for our general meeting. Susan Williams will lead the discussion. Some of the highlights will be: brief overview of issues involving Sparta Mountain Logging plan; What the coalition against the logging has done thus far; Plans moving forward. Event is free and open to the public.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Date:  Oct 16, 2016, 1pm till after dark when the bonfire dies down

Place:  CSG at Genesis Farm, 41 B Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

Bring your friends, the kids, the grandparents, yourselves and a potluck dish to share. The day begins at 1pm in the fields across the road where we all get a little dirt under our nails harvesting carrots for winter storage. There are also some fun activities for the children who weave their way in and out of the harvest.

At around 5pm, we shift gears and move down to the playground area where some may want to participate in sack races organized by our amazing team of apprentices/young farmers, dine on the finest potluck in the world, sit around a big bonfire, sing, play socialize and have a most wonderful day celebrating our farm our community and our food.  Come for the whole day or part of it.

Sponsored by Network for Responsible Public Policy

American elections:  the challenges of dark money and voting machines

Date:  Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Place: Drew University, Rose Memorial Library Lecture Hall (LC28), 36 Madison Ave, Madison, NJ

The integrity of our American electoral process is being challenged from both outside and inside the voting machine. When large sums of dark money are funneled into state or local elections by special interests having an immediate economic stake in the outcome, the impact on state legislation and regulations can be even more influential than at the federal level. At the same time, because the majority of voting machines in use today are perilously outdated, their potential security and reliability flaws create significant risk of machine failures or loss of data. The speakers will discuss these two distinct challenges and recommend reforms to improve the fairness and security of our elections.   Free and open to the public.  Suggested donation is $10

WILD PLANT WALK WITH REID AND TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, 9/11  4-7pm

Place:  Kittle Field, Stokes State Forest, Route 206, Sandyston, NJ

Herbalist and Timebank member, Reid Giacomarra will do a wild plant walk before the potluck.  Come and enjoy the walk and this beautiful picnic location.  We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Sponsored by Skyland Sierra Club

VEGETARIAN DIET – DISCUSSION BY JOANNE MORGAN

Date:  Tuesday, September 13, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ 07860

Joanne Morgan will be leading a discussion on the vegetarian diet.  During her 37 years as a vegetarian, Joanne, a Skylands group member, has found some plant-based foods that even die-hard meat lovers enjoy.

According to the UN, a global shift towards a plant-based diet is one of the steps necessary to combat the worse effects of climate change.  Samples of plant-base favorites will be passed around for all to enjoy!

 Sponsored by Transition Newton, Skylands Sierra Club & Foodshed Alliance

FILM & DISCUSSION:  “HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD AND LOVE ALL THE THINGS CLIMATE CAN’T CHANGE

Date:  Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ 07860

Transition Newton, Skylands Sierra Club Group, and Foodshed Alliance will jointly host a free screening of Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox’s new film, HOW TO LET GO OF THE WORLD and love all the things climate can’t change.

Having achieved high acclaim for writing, producing and directing the anti-fracking documentary films Gasland and Gasland II, Josh Fox continues in this latest film investigating climate change in his deeply personal style, traveling to twelve countries on six continents.  Fox acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences of global warming, but focuses on that which is so deep within us no calamity can take it away.  While still aiming to stop the mass build out of oil and gas infrastructure and expedite the adoption of renewable energy alternatives, Fox asks us to think about love, community and the goodness of humanity that climate can’t change.

hOW TO LET GO highlights the power that local communities have in determining their own climate and energy solutions democratically, and it is intended to provide inspiration for education and action at the local level.  The film features many well-known environmental activists and authors.  It was recently awarded the 2016 Documentary Award for Environmental Advocacy and has been invited to compete in numerous film festivals across the country.

The public is welcome to attend free of charge.  Donations to support the sponsoring local organizations will be gratefully accepted.

Anyone interested in attending the September 15 Newton screening is asked to use the following link to register online:  http://www.howtoletgomovie.com/tour.html .  Pre-registration is requested but not required.

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

END OF SUMMER TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, August 28, 5 -7pm

Place:  Chan’s Farmhouse, CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ.

We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

MARCH FOR A CLEAN ENERGY REVOLUTION

Date: Sunday, July 24 12 – 4 pm

Place: City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

Let’s take our demands for a clean energy future directly to elected leaders at the Democratic National Convention.  Join the march starting at City Hall in Philadelphia.  For ourselves, our children and our grandchildren and most importantly for our mother, Earth.

http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/about/march-details/

 TIMEBANK POT LUCK at the Fiola’s!

Date:  Sunday, July 31, 6 pm

Place:  Jim & Kim Fiola’s, 2 East Trail, Branchville, NJ

The Fiola’s are graciously hosting the potluck at their home and new game room.  We hope you can come and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.Join: https://northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org/

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

WILD PLANT WALK

Date:  Saturday, August 13 at 10 am

Place: Waywayanda State Park

Ever wonder which wild plants you could eat while on the trail?  Join Heather Housekeeper, long distance hiker, certified herbalist and author, in conjunction with the Skylands group for a plant walk.  Heather will identify and describe these plants in detail, giving you the knowledge to find these plants on your own hikes.  This is a hike with lots of stopping to examine the plants along the way.  Be sure to bring your notebooks and cameras as well as your hiking shoes!  Hike is limited to 20 participants, so reserve your spot early and don’t miss out.  2-2 hour hike (easy/moderate – 2 miles).  Suggested donation $20.  For questions and to reserve a spot contact Dave Alcock, Outings Chair dwhoob@hotmail.com

 Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

FILM SCREENING “I AM”

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

The documentary, “I AM” is the story of a man who has it all until something happened to make him realized that he might have it all …wrong.  After a near-death experience, Hollywood film director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura) decided to spark a conversation around two rarely asked questions:  what’s wrong with our world and what can we do about it?

UU FELLOWSHIP RUMMAGE SALE

Date:  Saturday, June 25  9 – 4 pm

Place:   Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

DONATIONS NEEDED:  Decorative items, household goods, books, CDs & DVDs, Small furniture & appliances, holiday items, tools, knick-knacks, toys/games, jewelry, handbags, shoes & linens.

DROP OFF DAY:  Sat.  June 18th  9:00 am – 4:00 pm

You can also bring in donations any Sunday before the end of our church year. Check to see that items are CLEAN and in working condition before dropping them off.  NO TV’s or computers, or outdated electronics, NO encyclopedias or text books, NO oversized items, such as large furniture or exercise equipment, as it is too difficult for us to pass these items on to other sales.

Please limit clothing to very gently used, name brands, stain-free clothing. Thanks!

TIMEBANK POT LUCK

Date:  Friday, July 8, 6 pm

Place:  Chan’s Farmhouse, CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ.

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring an instrument or anything to make music with as we will be having a jam around a campfire.  Bring a dish to share with others as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents. Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

FILM & DISCUSSION “DREAM ON”

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential candidates share one thing in common: a conviction that they can revitalize the American Dream. Pinned between stagnant wages and the soaring costs of housing, education and healthcare, millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

This film features political comedian John Fugelsang as he retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. “Dream On” explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped, “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

“Dream On” is the 32nd documentary produced and directed by Roger Weisberg for national public television.  His previous films have won over one-hundred-and-fifty awards including Emmy, duPont, and Peabody awards, as well as two Academy Award nominations. “Dream On” builds on this extensive body of work and represents the culmination of nearly four decades of reporting on ways to remove barriers and expand opportunities for disadvantaged Americans.

MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN CELEBRATION

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, May 164h & 15th  10 AM – 8 PM

Place:   Lusscroft Farm, 50 Nielson Rd, Wantage, NJ

The two day event features an array of live musical and artistic performances, workshops and demonstrations, a plant sale, bake sale, farmers, crafters & food vendors, gardening workshops, a pop up art show and more to support the continued growth and preservation of the Medicine Wheel gardens and the historical buildings at Lusscroft Farm.  More information can be found on: https://medicinewheelgarden.wordpress.com/medicine-wheel-festival-celebration-2016/  

MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO AND TRADE INJUSTICE

Date:  Saturday, May 21, 2016 11 am – 4 pm

Place:  Newton Town Square

We welcome you to join the Northwest NJ Food Matters Parade and March with millions of other American citizens and people from all over the world who are celebrating the March Against Monsanto as part of a global event to raise awareness and to discuss WHY FOOD MATTERS and FOOD JUSTICE cannot be attained without shared justice.
Please create your own WHY FOOD MATTERS banner or sign and wear a food or environment-oriented fun costume.

The parade will gather in more than nine contingencies: Food, Seeds, March Against Monsanto, Soil, Bees, Butterflies, Water, Air, and Trade/TPP with their associated COLORS, PUPPETS, BANNERS, BUILDS, POSTERS!!!
Please bring a non-GMO food item for the local food pantry.

TIMEBANK POT LUCK – PRESENTATION ABOUT “LOCAL SHARE”

Date:  Sunday, May 23 5:00 – 7:30

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

 Christine Parauda will be presenting about Local Share, a project of Foodshed Alliance.  Local Share connects food pantries and local farms so that crops left after the harvest – food that usually goes to waste- feeds hungry families instead.  They need volunteers to help with gleaning and delivery.  This is a great way to give back to the community while getting fresh air and a little exercise.   Come learn about the program that your Timebank supports and earn hours while giving back to your community.

Bring a Potluck item to share. Come prepared to meet friends, enjoy great food together and learn how two poets met across the compost heap.

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org

TIMEBANK POT LUCK – CREATING AND CULTIVATING A GARDEN WITH POETRY, COMMUNITY AND MEDICINE

Date:  Sunday, April 17, 2016 5:00 – 7:30

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Bring a Potluck item to share. Come prepared to meet friends, enjoy great food together and learn how two poets met across the compost heap.

Lusscroft’s Medicine Wheel Garden has a history rich with a medicinal composting technique that is perfect for healing lands and it is easy for the home gardener to accomplish. Expert gardener, plantsman, haiku-specialist, minister and NWNJ TimeBank member, Paul Cardillo will speak to us about the history of the Medicine Wheel Garden and about creating this special composting technique with his fellow poet, Brian Hennessey.

And because the Medicine Wheel Garden has deep roots in our organic gardening community, our NWNJ TimeBank is encouraging TimeBankers to volunteer at the upcoming 8th Annual Medicine Wheel Festival happening on May 14th and 15th! Join us at the potluck on April 17th and learn from Paul and other time bankers how you can get involved as a volunteer at this fun festival in exchange for TimeBank Time Credits.

Visit the Medicine Wheel Garden and learn more at the festival; enjoy a number of workshops, musical acts and artists from our community! Bringing people and nature together in a beautiful location of Sussex County. Check out their website. https://medicinewheelgarden.wordpress.com/

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

Food, Farms and the Environment: Tying It All Together in New Jersey

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

In the 2015 Locavore Index, a ranking of states’ commitment to local food production, New Jersey ranked 39th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. (New Jersey even ranked lower than the 33rd-ranked Alaska!) Why is the Garden State in this position? Should something happen to disrupt our food supply chains, could New Jersey feed itself? Can the Garden State utilize its available farm land to feed its citizens sustainably? How can we increase the number of NJ food-producing farms and strengthen the connection between organic food production, sustainable farming practices and the environment? Learn about the Regional Foodshed Resiliency Plan that addresses these issues and more.

Speaker: Lisa Kelly, Communications Director of the Foodshed Alliance, is an author of the Plan.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AND OPEN HOUSE

Date:  Sunday, April 30, 2016 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (Rain date, Sunday, May 1)

Place:  Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ 07825

Free event celebrating local agriculture and community! Enjoy hay rides, farm tours, live music, a farm-fresh lunch, drum circle, live music and more!  On going cooking demos, children’s activities and puppet show, yoga for kids, Edible Weed Walk and Spirit Hoopers performance.

SwapFest – bring good stuff you no longer need, find a treasure to take home and make a free-will donation to the CSG.  Please take home anything you brought at the end of the day that has not found a home. www.csgatgenesisfarm.com

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

SEED STARTING 101

Date:     Thursday, March 17, 2016 7:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

With spring just around the corner and many people starting seeds early to get a jump on gardening, please join us and learn more about seed starting and growing organically. Erin Shroll will discuss the seeds themselves, soil components and also address how you may meet the needs of your seedlings to get a healthy start in your garden

For more than 16 years Erin Shroll has been involved both academically and hand-on in horticulture earning her Master’s degree in horticultural science from Oregon State University in 2009. Erin has a passion for plants with function advocating, designing and installing living roofs, raingardens, bioswales, edible landscaping, planting for pollinators, rainwater harvesting and all other aspects of a holistic landscape. In recent years, Shroll has focused on growing organic food, her current work is with a private garden in Fredon where she is responsible for maintenance and development of 3 acres that include perennial gardens, trees and shrubs as well as annuals, fruits and vegetables.

 Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

TIMEBANK POT LUCK – SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY RUTH KARMAZON

ANCIENT MEDICINE IN A MODERN WORLD

Date:  Sunday, March 20, 2016 5:00 – 7:30

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Ruth’s family practice focuses on treating individuals while encompassing all facets of Chinese Medicine, including: acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet & nutrition, movement and lifestyle adaptation. Her expertise in Chinese Medicine is shaped by additional study in pediatrics, women’s health, gastrointestinal health, cancer care, pain relief and mental health, enriching the quality of care given at the center.

Ruth began studying aboriginal medicine and traditions in 1988. By learning ancient aboriginal techniques of survival, she not only learned to live entirely off of the land, she learned the unparalleled power of herbal medicine. She has a background in herbal medicine from several traditions: Native American, Chinese, Wise Woman and European/Western. It was her experience with these ancient traditions combined with ill health that led Ruth to seek out the study of Chinese Medicine.

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org

Sponsored by Transition Newton

Northwest Earth Institute’s Seeing Systems:  Peace, Justice and Sustainability

Dates:  Bi-weekly discussion course for 6 weeks starting on Tuesday, 3/22 at 7 pm.  3/22, 4/5, 4/19, 5/3, 5/17 & 5/31.

Place:  Kim’s House, 268 Newton Swartswood Road, Newton, NJ

Seeing Systems is a six-session discussion course that will empower you to recognize and respond to the interconnected systems of the world, making effective community action both real and achievable.  The discussion course book offers you a unique opportunity to gather with others to reflect on the state of local and global affairs:  discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more peaceful, just and sustainable world:  and then advocate on the issues that matter most.    Cost for book is $27  http://www.nwei.org/discussion-course-books/seeing-systems-peace-justice/ To register and for more information contact Kim Latham kimmlatham@gmail.com or 973-903-2895.

PRESENTATION – SURVIVING WITHOUT ELECTRICITY:  BE PREPARED FOR AN OUTAGE

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 7:00 pm (Raindate March 23)

Place: Randolph Library, 28 Calais Rd, Randolph, NJ

Timebank member Linda Grinthal, of Sunset Vista Community Garden, presents this informative program for preppers and non-preppers alike. A power outage can happen to any of us at any time. Hopefully only for a few hours, but if it is the BIG one, a national grid failure, do you know how to manage for months or even longer without electricity

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

AFRICAN DRUM CIRCLE AND HAND PERCUSSION COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Date:     Thursday, Feb 18, 7:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

It’s time to network with our community, have fun, make music and get our energy flowing! Please join us in the first of a series showcasing the many talents of the members of our timebank.  Laura Dempsey will be leading us in an African Drum Circle and Percussion community celebration.  We will have plenty of instruments, but if you have a drum or percussion, please bring.  This is a special event and as a timebank member you will earn 2 time credits for attending.

Sponsored by Transition Newton and NW NJ Timebank

TIMEBANK POT LUCK – SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY DELIA QUIGLEY

THE BODY-FOOD CONNECTION:  UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE FOODS PLAY IN PREVENTING DISEASE AND CREATING HAPPINESS

Date:  Sunday, February 21, 2016 5:00 – 7:30

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join Timebank member Delia Quigley at the TimeBanks Sunday Potluck dinner for an enlightening and enjoyable conversation about your personal Body-Food Connection.  The type of diet that you follow and specific foods that you eat can affect your body in a number of important ways. They can either:

  1. Knock you down into depression and deplete your energy. Cause early aging, illness and disease.
  2. Over excite your nervous system causing anxiety, hyperactivity and panic attacks.
  3. Calm and stabilize the body-mind; provide nutritional balance to your body systems, prevent disease and anti-aging.

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle designed to achieve optimal health and well-being, based on her 32 years of study, experience and practice. The programs she has created, the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and the Ha-Tha Yoga Method, have benefited lives.  Delia is a published author, Holistic Health Counselor, Whole Foods chef, certified Yoga instructor, certified Energy therapist and author of seven books on health and cooking. You can learn more at www.deliaquigley.com

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: northwestnewjersey.timebanks.org

From our community partner – the CSG at Genesis Farm

WINTER GARDEN PARTY

Date:  Saturday, February 27, 2016 7:00 pm – 12:am

Place:  Chan’s Farmhouse, The CSG at Genesis Farm, 90 Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

Join us at the Winter Garden Party, a fundraiser for the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm. A festive evening of purification and celebration on the farm featuring bracing tonics, warm drinks, and a tasting table laden with flavors from the garden—yes, even in the dead of winter! Fields of candles, a bonfire, and flaming sugarcubes welcome the return of the light as we prepare for spring. Join the fun and support this historic, biodynamic farm. Dress for the weather, since some of the festivities will be outdoors.

Ticket price includes a hearty dinner, dessert, and some special surprises. Please tell us if you are vegetarian or vegan. Guests are welcome to BYOB. Tickets available online. For a sneak preview of the menu,go to ticket site . Vegetarian and vegan options available.

Sponsored by Skylands Group Sierra Club

JEROME WAGNER PRESENTATION

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1 West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Jerome Wagner is a northern NJ climate activist associated with a variety of organizations including St. Mary’s Franciscan Response to Fracking, 350.org, Food & Water Watch, and Stop the Pilgrim Pipeline. He will be presenting on COP21- UN Conference on Climate Change, in Paris 2015 and the road after Paris – 2016 and Beyond

TIMEBANK POT LUCK AND CONCERT BY DEB D’ANNE & REGINA GOLDY (INDIGO SAIGE)

Date:  Sunday, January 10, 2016 4:30 – 7:30 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Get to know this wonderful organization that provides a base for sharing and trading services.  Bring a potluck to share, learn about the mission and how to participate, and then enjoy a special concert by the acoustic duo Deb D’Anne and Regina Goldy (Indigo Saige) with their harmonies, stores and acoustic instruments.  Both songwriters and performers from Sussex County.  For more information and recordings to go Deb D’Anne www.highroadrising.bandcamp.com or www.reverbnation.com/debdanne  and Regina Goldy www.reverbnation.com/reginagoldy

Potluck begins at 4:30. We usually mingle and we will plan to start our meal at 5:15.  We will have a short presentation on our mission, vision and accomplishments.  Music will follow starting around 6:30.

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

 

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS MEETING

Date: Monday, January 11, 2016 7:00 pm

Place: Kim’s House 268 Newton Swartswood Road.  Call 973-903-2895

Pease join us to share ideas about our Timebank.

Sponsored by Skylands Group Sierra Club

WHAT TO DO WHEN THE POWER GOES OUT

Date:  January 12, 2016 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Edgar Shepherd will be giving a presentation on what to do when the power goes out.  He will discuss strategies regarding how to endure short, medium and long-term power outages.

 

CORDIALS & MEAD MAKING WORKSHOP

DATE:  Sunday, January 17, 2016 2:00 – 5:00

PLACE:  Whirled Revolution, 1 Church St. Sussex, NJ

Come join us as we learn the art of cordial making. Herbalist Reid Giacamarra will demonstrate how do make cordials using herbs, fruits, and spices. We will each create our own cordial and have the opportunity to share some libations together. This will be a unique opportunity to create a delicious intoxicating bevarage with your friends, socialize, and generally have a good time. All Participants will be invited to our cordial dance party later in the winter. Must be 21 years old.

Please come join us. $45. *please inquire if you need financial assistance *RSVP is required. Register here: http://herbalcordials.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138844749

 CSA AT GENESIS FARM 2ND ANNUAL LANTERN WALK

DATE:  Friday, Nov 13, 2015 4:00 – 7:00 pm

PLACE:  90 Silverlake Road, Blairstown, NJ

A celebration of the light within us as we head into the winter months.  Lantern making, bulb planting, storytelling, potluck dinner.   Please bring a potluck dish to share, plates, cups and silverware for your family and lots of warm clothes.  From 4-5:15 will make lanterns, plant bulbs and tell stories.  Lantern walk at 5:15 and a potluck to follow. Looking forward to sharing a magical time together.

Please RSVP to Flora so we can gauge supplies! Floraschubert@hotmail.com or 570-872-4984

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING FOR WELLNESS – PART 2

DATE:  Sunday, Nov 15, 2015 2:00 – 5:00

PLACE:  Whirled Revolution, 1 Church St. Sussex, NJ

“Creating your own plant based remedies at home.” This is a 3 part series designed to empower anyone to begin the process of making plant medicines. This will be a hands on class guided by herbalists Reid Giacomarra and Jessikah Krause . Come participate in the revival of local medicine culture, of medicine people, and of the plants themselves. In PART 2, We will learn how to make:
1. Simple tinctures
2. Glycerties
3. Plant Succus

We will also talk about plant properties, harvesting & many other subjects pertaining to using & making your own plant based remedies & of course you will get to bring home some hand crafted herbal products to use for yourself. Please come join us. $60 for one class. *please inquire if you need financial assistance *RSVP is required. Register here: http://herbalmedicinemaking.eventzilla.net/
Sponsored by Transition Newton

HOME EFFICIENCY & RENEWABLE ENERGY OPTIONS

Date:     Thursday, Nov 19, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join us for an open discussion on home efficiency strategies and renewable energy options.  Frank DeWitt of Alternative Energy Associates will present a number of power point slides and take questions in regards to making our homes more energy efficient for both saving money and our planet.  He will update us on state and federal programs and show us how we can all take advantage through personal investment or “zero” out of pocket programs.  Come have your questions answered.

Sponsored by Transition Newton

CIRCLE PROCESS TRAINING

Date:  Saturday, Nov 21, 2015 10 -3 pm

Place: Kim Latham’s house, Newton, NJ

We would like to explore using a form of meeting called the circle process as the model and format for our Timebank organizing meetings.   The circle process is a way to host focused, engaging and inclusive meetings and can be used in many settings, groups and organizations.  The training will be conducted by Dena Pheonix Carl, an experienced practitioner of the circle process.

About the circle process:

  • The circle is an ancient form of meeting that has gathered human beings into respectful conversation for thousands of years. The circle has served as the foundation for many cultures.
  • What transforms a meeting into a circle is the willingness of people to shift from informal socializing or opinionated discussion into a receptive attitude of thoughtful speaking and deep listening.
  • This process helps to articulate a clear need and purpose at the center of each meeting.
  • It also increases participation and collaboration in meetings.
  • This process creates an atmosphere that welcomes diversity and differences.
  • In addition it helps to reconcile difficult dynamics in meetings.
  • And most importantly for our Timebank, works with principles of community to create outcomes that people support.

Come learn more about the circle process as we move through our Timebank meeting topics/agenda and make some agreements as a group.  This is a unique opportunity to experience, ask questions, and deepen your knowledge about how working in circle can benefit each of us as individuals and move us forward as a sustainable group. Suggested donation $10.  To register, please call 973-903-2895 or e-mail me by Nov 17.  kimmlatham@gmail.com

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS MEETING

Date: Monday, Nov 23, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

Pease join us to share ideas about our Timebank.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE BENEFIT AT LUSSCROFT FARM

Date:  December 5 10 -4pm and December 6 10 – 3pm

Place:  Lusscroft Farm, 50 Neilson Road, Wantage, NJ

Explore the Turner Mansion and the Christmas Cottage festively decorated and filled with local crafters, farmers, area vendors, hot food, historical displays and the Lusscroft Gift Shop.  Live music!

HOLIDAY GREEN POT LUCK

Date:  December 13, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— We will be having a “Yankee Swap” so bring a wrapped present with a

— $15 maximum value. Re-gifting is strongly encouraged.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS AUTUMN EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES

Date:  Saturday, November 7, 2015 4:30 – 8:30 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join us for a fun evening of songs and story telling.  This is a great event to attend, support and enjoy!  Songs and Stories, plus a wonderful meal!

Come, bring friends and family….and pass the word!  We want to fill the hall with singing…and hearing a master storyteller weave a couple of tales.   Hors d’oeuvres, lite fare and dessert.

This is a fundraiser for NW NJ Timebanks.  $20/person, $35/couple includes a light supper.  For more information, contact Sharon Pontier at sbp224@icloud.com or 973-948-4902 or Kim Latham at kimmlatham@gmail.com

Sponsored by the Skylands Sierra Club

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TPP PRESENTATION AND Q&A

Date:     Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Wendie Goetz will be presenting.  The TPP is an expansive trade pact being

negotiated between the U.S. & 11 countries in the Pacific Rim.   TPP has the potential to affect basically

EVERY aspect of our lives.

Sponsored by Transition Newton

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING FOR WELLNESS – PART 1

DATE:  Sunday, Nov 1, 2015 2:00 – 5:00

PLACE:  Whirled Revolution, 1 Church St. Sussex, NJ

“Creating your own plant based remedies at home.” This is a 3 part series designed to empower anyone to begin the process of making plant medicines. This will be a hands on class guided by herbalists Reid Giacomarra and Jessikah Krause . Come participate in the revival of local medicine culture, of medicine people, and of the plants themselves. In PART 1, We will learn how to make:
1. Tea blends
2. Herbal infused honeys
3. Herbal Syrups

We will also talk about plant properties, harvesting & many other subjects pertaining to using & making your own plant based remedies & of course you will get to bring home some hand crafted herbal products to use for yourself. Please come join us. $60 for one class and $150 for 3. *please inquire if you need financial assistance *RSVP is required. Register here: http://herbalmedicinemaking.eventzilla.net/

GLOBAL POPULATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT PRESENTATION

Date:     Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Presentation by Mindy Geary.  Highlights will be increasing universal access to voluntary family planning, advancing women’s and girl’s basic rights, promoting youth leadership and raising public awareness of wasteful resources consumption.

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION – WITHIN REACH

Date:     Thursday, October 15, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This film documents one couple’s pedal-powered journey across the United States in search of a new home in sustainable community. Mandy and Ryan have given up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to “bike-pack” thousands of miles around the USA, looking around as they look within.

Their journey and their film has answered the question that they and many others are asking: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way? After circling the country, and talking with over 20,000 people they have found that not only is it possible but its already underway…

SAVE THE DATE!!

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS MEETING

Date: Thursday, Sept 3, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

Please join us to share ideas about our Timebank.

LITTLE FREE LIBRARY GRAND OPENING RECEPTION

Date: Saturday, Sept 5 at 11 am

Place: Kittatinny Valley State Park, Andover, NJ

Just in time for “National Read a Book Day,” we are installing the first “Little Free Library” in the Skylands Region at KVSP on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM and are hosting a “Grand Opening” event with light refreshments.

In case you haven’t heard about LFLs (www.littlefreelibrary.org), they are free book exchanges around the world (25,000 and counting, in all 50 states, and 70 countries) where people can “Take a Book, Leave a Book.”

LFL books are “always a gift and never for sale.” We are encouraging our KVSP visitors to stop by and see the Library, and perhaps bring a book or two to donate.

Sponsored by Sierra Club Skylands

BEES – ESSENTIAL TO MAINTAINING THE ECOSYSTEM

Date:     Tuesday, Sept 8, 2015 7:00 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St. Newton

Michael Smith, VP of the Morris-Somerset Beekeepers Association, Commissioner on the Roxbury Environmental Commission and holder of Master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management will be the presenter.  The presentation will include what residents of Northern NJ can do to protect bees in our area.

Sponsored by the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm

SEED SAVING WORKSHOP

Date:  Saturday, Sept 12, 9am – noon

Place:  CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

Join us for a seed saving workshop on Saturday, Sept. 12th, from 9-noon. at the CSG At Genesis Farm. We will spend the time collecting seed from the field, processing kale seed, and tomato seed to name a few. There will be plenty of time for discussion. You will leave with enthusiasm and confidence to practice seed saving on your own. No experience is necessary!

The cost of the workshop is $15 for CSG members and $20 for non-members. The workshop is appropriate for adults (and children over 7). Please register early by emailing csgardeninfo@gmail.com or calling 908-362-7486 since space is limited.

GREEN POT LUCK – NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Sunday, Sept 13, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  UU Fellowship, One West Nelson St. Newton

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with other as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

Sponsored by The Foodshed Alliance

GREEN DRINKS

Date:  Tuesday, Sept 15 , 2015 7:00 pm

Place:  Man Skirt Brewing, 144 Main St., Hackettstown, NJ

Join the Foodshed Alliance and LocalShare organizers for Green Drinks! We come together over our common interest in gleaning, voluntarism, sustainability, and helping those in need. It is an opportunity for farmers, volunteers and those interested in the gleaning movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network!

Everyone is welcome that is interested in gleaning and the local food movement. It’s FREE to get in.

Feel free to come earlier and/or stay later! Visit with old friends, and make lots of new ones! Pass this invitation along to your friends and invite them to join us. Hope to see you then!

To help us plan for this event, please respond by:  Wednesday, September 9th. 

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Email (kendrya@foodshedalliance.org) or give us a call at (908) 362-7967

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION – OIL & WATER

Date:     Thursday, Sept 17, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This documentary tells the story of two teenagers—one American, one Ecuadorian—fighting to restore the country’s rainforests and seeking justice for the indigenous peoples damaged by the effects of oil exploration and drilling. It depicts the challenges faced by the young men and their allies as they fight the power of a Big Oil company, Texaco (now Chevron), that for 28 years poisoned drinking water, destroyed the landscape and pushed the indigenous people to the edges of their lands as it drilled for oil.

HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL AT WATERLOO

Date:  Sat, Sept 19th 11am – 9 pm & Sun, Sept 20 11 am – 6 pm

Place:  Waterloo Concert Field, 1053 Waterloo Road, Allamuchy, NJ (use Stanhope for GPS)

The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is hosting the 3rd annual Highlands Festival.  This premier environmental and music festival will be a “Celebration of All Things Local” and will promote local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources.

The Festival celebrates Waterloo Village’s past glory as a renowned musical performance venue, enriched by the historic nature of the venue and the wealth of musical talent in New Jersey and surrounding areas.

For a music schedule of the two-day event, go to www.HighlandsFestivalAtWaterloo.org

In addition to great music, the Highlands Festival at Waterloo will feature a Local Food Court, a Living Green Expo, Craft/Fair Trade Marketplace, exhibits from environmental nonprofits, tours of the Waterloo historic district and Lenni Lenape Village, kayaking, camping, demos & workshops and more.

Tickets are also now available online at http://HighlandsFestivalAtWaterloo.org : $15 online/$25 at the door/kids under 12 free. Weekend pass:  $25 online: $40 at gate.  For more information, email jennifer@njhighlandscoalition.org .

Sponsored by The Foodshed Alliance

“JUST EAT IT” FILM SCREENING

Date:  Wed,  Sept 30th  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Place:  Blair Academy, 2 Park St., Blairstown, NJ

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that has been discarded.

In a nation where one in ten people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with author, activist and TED lecturer Tristram Stuart, food waste expert Dana Gunders, and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat Itlooks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Phone: 908-362-7967 Email: info@foodshedalliance.org Website: www.Foodshedalliance.org

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION – A FIERCE GREEN FIRE:  THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET

Date:     Thursday, June 18, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Written, directed and produced by Academy Award-nominee Mark Kitchell, A Fierce Green Fire spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende, the film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won acclaim worldwide.

Inspired by the book of the same name by environmental journalist and film interviewee Philip Shabecoff, and informed by advisors like conservation biologist E.O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character, featuring vivid archival footage and new interviews that shed light on the battle for a living planet. The first four acts include success stories of people fighting for causes against enormous odds, and the fifth concludes with climate change.

Sponsored by Transition Newton, NWNJ Timebank, Skylands Sierra Club, GMO Free NJ and Foodshed Alliance

FOOD SAFETY TO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: EVERTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GMO’S BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK

Date:     Friday, June 19, 2015 7 – 9 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join us for a lively and informative evening with GMO Free NJ to find out more about genetically engineered foods and their impact on human and animal health, the environment and food justice. Come find out what you can do to protect your family, educate your community members and make a greater impact towards a sustainable future. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Non-GMO refreshments will be available and there will be a door prize, so wear your lucky socks!  Donations are gratefully accepted.  RSVP: rsvp@gmofreenj.com

ECOVILLAGE NEW JERSEY BENEFIT CONCERT

Date:     Saturday, June 20, 2015 7:30 to 9:30 (doors open at 7)

Place:  The Zelin/Cloud home at 8 Revere Drive, Bedminster, NJ

The New Jersey singer/songwriter Kathy Moser (http://www.kathymoser.com ) has graciously offered to perform at our June 20th concert, proceeds of which will benefit the Ecovillage New Jersey project. There are ecovillages in most states in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. Let’s create the first ecovillage in New Jersey!

We want to encourage interested people to join our Meetup group – Ecovillage New Jersey Meetup. You can take advantage of a discounted admission offer – $10 – if you sign up for the event via the Meetup site by June 10.  Otherwise admission will be $15. Please remember that this is a fundraiser, so if you can kick in a little extra it would be much appreciated. If you’d prefer not to register at the Meetup site you can pay at the door.

The admission charge can be treated as a tax-deductible contribution if you pay by check and make out the check to: “CRCS” (the Center for Regenerative Community Solutions is the 501(c)3 sponsor of the Ecovillage New Jersey project). Checks can be sent to: PO Box 2029, Princeton, NJ 08543 – or presented on the evening of the concert.

In addition to great music, our agenda for the event will include a variety of presentations about cohousing, the ecovillage movement, community building, and green living. There will be literature to browse or purchase and light refreshments will be served. Hope you can join us!

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GARDEN @ GENESIS FARM SHARES

Shares are still available for the 2015-2016 season!  The website where people can learn about us and also sign up is: www.CSGatGenesisFarm.com  CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS MEETING

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

Pease join us to share ideas about our Timebank.

GMO LETTER WRITING ACTION

Date:     Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:30 to 9:30

Place:  Kim Latham’s home at 268 Newton Swartswood Road, Newton, NJ

Just as the Rainforest Action Network organized a successful letter writing campaign to Disney resulting in Disney’s comprehensive policy to eliminate all paper sources connected to rainforest destruction, NWNJ residents have the ability to organize a writing and/or calling campaign that will sway major food manufactures to invest in Non-GMO ingredients.
Please join us in our grassroots effort to increase our freedom of choice in clean food near and far. We have been brainstorming on this forward action “writing campaign”. We want to gather in mass to write and call a particular food manufacturer or business and convince them it’s time to go GMO Free!

Help us cultivate change in our food system. We have a right to food that is clean, healthy and local. Together, we can do this!  Join Transition Newton on this exciting campaign to food freedom!

GREEN POT LUCK – NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Sunday, July 26, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Chan’s Farmhouse, CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ.

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank.  Bring a dish to share with other as well as your own utensils, plates and cups.  Bring your family and friends.  Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

Sponsored by Skylands Sierra Club

FILM & DISCUSSION– FOOD MATTERS

Date:     Tuesday, May 12, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This documentary film examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy.

7TH ANNUAL MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN CELEBRATION

Date:  Saturday & Sunday, May 16th & 17th  10 AM – dusk

Place:   Lusscroft Farm, 50 Nielson Rd, Wantage, NJ

The two day event features an array of live musical and artistic performances, workshops and demonstrations, a plant sale, bake sale, farmers, crafters & food vendors, gardening workshops, a pop up art show and more to support the continued growth and preservation of the Medicine Wheel gardens and the historical buildings at Lusscroft Farm.  More information can be found on: https://medicinewheelgarden.wordpress.com/ or www.lusscroftfarm.org

 

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM – A SILENT FOREST

Date:     Thursday, May 21, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. The film features renowned geneticist and host of PBS’ The Nature of Things David Suzuki, who explores the unknown and possibly disastrous consequences of improperly tested GE methods. Many scientists and activists are interviewed in the film, which serves as an effective and succinct tool for understanding the complex issue of GE trees.

The film shows how farmers and indigenous people may lose their way of life and belongings in the face of new biotech friendly science and legislation. A Silent Forest won first place in the EarthVision Environmental Film Festival and a First Place in the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by:  Food and Water Watch, Genesis Farm, Foodshed Alliance, SC Food Co-op, Air Soil  Water, Harmony Starts & Transition Newton& NW NJ Timebank and Environment NJ

FOOD MATTERS MARCH  – IN SOLIDARITY WORLDWIDE WITH MARCH AGAINST MONSANTO

Date:  Saturday, May 23, 2015 12 – 4 pm

Place:  March starts at Sparta Municipal Building 65 Main St. Sparta & ends at Dykstra Park (behind Sparta Library, 22 Woodport Rd.)

Join us for our FOOD MATTERS MARCH in Solidarity with Worldwide March Against Monsanto. Together we march to take back our Food, our Seeds, our Soil, our Air and our Water as the Biotech corporation, Monsanto with their GMO crops and chemicals, namely Round-up are destroying our Land.

Also, please bring donations for the local food pantry as we would like to fill a farmer’s truck!

For more information contact Erin Shroll: erinshroll@harmonystarts.com  or Wendie Goetz: wendieswords@yahoo.com   https://www.facebook.com/events/822273424506393/  www.HarmonyStarts.com

 

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

GREEN POT LUCK – NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Sunday, June 7, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  To be determined

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents.

Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

Sklylands Sierra Club & Transition Newton Presents:

FILM – REBELS WITH A CAUSE

Date:     Tuesday, April 14, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

It’s the story of a small regional effort that grew into a legacy of National Seashores, National Parks and National Recreation Areas around the nation.

Co-Sponsored by:  The Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm, Food and Water Watch, Food Matters March, Foodshed Alliance, Genesis Farm, Ridge and Valley Charter School, Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION – AFTER WINTER, SPRING

Date:     Wednesday, April 15, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Genesis Farm Library,41A Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

In the spirit of Earth Day, we focus on the plight and promises of small family farms, their farmers and communities.  We strive to protect and foster them, and are grateful for the essential work they do to support the bioregions of Earth.

AFTER WINTER, SPRING is an intimate portrait of a rural, rooted-in-nature way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture.  In the Périgord region of southwest France, a rural community grapples with a profound question:  will it be the last generation of family farmers in a region continuously cultivated for over five thousand years?

The Périgord farmers show us that as agriculture moves out of the hands of families who have farmed for generations and into a model of “agriculture as business”, something fundamental shifts.  This farming community caught between tradition and an uncertain future struggles to hold on not only to their farms but to a set of values that comes of their intimate relationship with the natural world.  AFTER WINTER, SPRING reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.

Spaces are limited.  Reservations are required by April 12.  We cannot make exceptions.

RSVP 908-362-6735

Sponsored by Transition Newton

FILM – THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE

Date:     Thursday, April 16, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Among those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Richard Heinberg, and Gus Speth

Project of Transition Newton

GREEN POT LUCK – NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANK

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GARDEN EARTH DAY EVENT

Date:     Saturday, April 25, 2015 11 am – 4 pm  RAINDATE Sunday, April 26

Place:  CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Road, Blairstown, NJ

A free celebration of local agriculture and community.  Farm tours and hay rides, children’s activities, live music and Spirit Hoopers, cooking demos, light garden lunch and much more!

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Monday, April 27, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

VOLUNTEER & COMMUNITY GARDEN KICK-OFF MEETING

Date:  Saturday, March 14 2015  2:30 – 3:30 pm

Place:  Sunset Vista Farm, 27 Pierce Rd., Lafayette, NJ

All are welcome to attend this preliminary meeting. Meet the others and hear what is on the agenda for the year, see the farm, and get informed.  Refreshments will be served by the fireplace.

Grow your own natural produce on a Tuscan-style farm! Garden plot applications are now being accepted at Sunset Vista Community Garden in Andover Twp, a 501c3 non-profit. There are 50 garden plots, all in full sun, completely fenced, perfect for growing all-natural, pesticide-free food! This is the seventh year for the garden so available space for new members is limited. Included in garden membership is your own 15 x 30 garden plot, all workshops and instruction, and the annual Harvest Fest. Not to mention hundreds of pounds of fresh, natural produce to take home to eat, share, freeze and dry! Applications can be found atwww.SunsetVista.org .

RSVP to 973-579-7382 orLinda@SunsetVista.org .

GREEN POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, March 15, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

FILM & DISCUSSION – BIDDER 70

Date:     Thursday, March 19, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Once in a while someone comes along that totally wows you. That’s how the directors felt when they read about Tim DeChristopher.  As bidder #70, DeChristopher bid 1.8 million dollars and saved 22,000 acres of pristine wilderness.  No property was destroyed, no one was hurt, and valid concerns were raised over the entire BLM oil and gas leasing process.  Bidder 70 was a story they wanted to tell.

Tim DeChristopher is a young man with a message that needs to be heard. Climate change is upon us and there is nothing more important to work for than a livable future.  Tim’s commitment to future generations, his evolution as a leader and his willingness to courageously accept the consequences of his action make his a story we hope will inspire and motivate a new generation of activists.

LECTURE – RENOWED CLIMATE SCIENTIST – PROF. KEVIN TRENBERTH

Date:     Thursday, March 26, 2015 7:30  pm

Place:    Ramapo College Alumni Lounges (SC 136-138)

Dr. Trenberth is a distinguished senior scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.  A New Zealander, Dr. Trenberth obtained his doctorate from MIT. Dr. Trenberth has been prominent in most of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change (IPCC) scientific assessments of Climate Change. He has also served the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) in numerous ways, most recently as Chair of the WCRP Global Energy and Water Exchanges Project.

In a coordinated, international attempt to manage the unfolding climate crisis, governments from around the world will be coming together in Paris in November 2015 to commit to significant and binding greenhouse gas reductions at the 21st Conference of the Parties, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  In the lead up this historic meeting, the work and research of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth has and continues to plays a critical role as governments work through and finalize their plans on this “Road to Paris.”

Dr. Trenberth’s research on the link between extreme weather and climate change as well as his observations on possible options for adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change, are helping to shape international negotiations and government policy.  A Q&A period will follow Dr. Trenberth’s lecture.

For any questions, please e-mail info@.njppn.org.

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Monday, March 30, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

 GREEN POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, April 19, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

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GREEN POT LUCK

Date:  Sunday, February 15, 2015 5:00 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

Help build an alternative local economy based on community and sharing of our talents Join: NorthwestNJTimeBank.org

FILM & DISCUSSION – INSIDE JOB

Date:     Thursday, February 19, 2015 7 pm

Place:  Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

This film provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, journalists, and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia.  Numerous awards including Academy Award in 2011 for Best Documentary

SUSTAINABLE ANDOVER ANNUAL FARMER’S MARKET

Date: Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 10 -3pm

Place: Hillside Barn, 150 Lake Iliff Road, Andover, NJ

Sustainable Andover promotes naturally grown and raised produce and animal products that contribute to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and sustain a quality of soil and water. The market is meant to raise local food awareness by connecting area residents with the products of small, local farms.

Help support our local Market!  The market offers consumers an opportunity to purchase locally produced cheese, meat and poultry, soaps, breads, honey, raw fibers, vinegar, garlic, sauces and salsas, preserves, cider, and more. In addition there will be demonstrations of how to use alternate methods of generating electricity in the event of a power outage. For more info on the market contact: Carla Kostelnik Phone: 973-919-0309

Co-Sponsored by Brook Falls Farm, Foodshed Alliance, Harmony Starts & Transition Newton

FILM & DISCUSSION GMO OMG

Date: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015  6:30 pm

Place: Brook Falls Farm, One mile north of Stillwater Firehouse, Stillwater, NJ

Is this the end of Real Food?  What is a GMO? How do GMOs affect our children, health, planet, and our freedom of choice?  For answers to these questions and more!  Gathering and conversation starts at 6:30. Film starts promptly at 7pm.  Movie snack: GMO Free popcorn provided.  Optional Circle Conversation will follow film.

RSVP and for location address contact: Erin Shroll~ erinshroll@harmonystarts.com~ 908-674-0140  Looking forward to seeing you there!

TRANSITION INTENSIVE TRAINING – with Pamela Boyce Simms

Date: Saturday, Feb 28, 2015  9am – 5 pm

Place: UU Congregation at Montclair, 67 Church St. Montclair, NJ

In more than a thousand communities around the world, people are planting, organizing, cycling, playing, and collaborating their way towards sustainability. They’re part of the world-wide Transition movement, a citizen-driven response to climate change and energy scarcity that recognizes the need to act rapidly and cooperatively to reduce carbon emissions and restore resilience to local economies.

This workshop provides an in-depth exploration of the Transition movement’s emergence, worldview and development, as well as how to become involved. Using a variety of exercises, workshop participants will discover how engaging with the Transition-style approach to nurturing human eco-systems can deepen their lives and enhance their community work.

Payment options: $50 including morning and afternoon snacks ($45 if register by February 18)

$65 (the extra money will help support others to attend who don’t have the financial means).  A limited number of reduced cost registrations are available upon request. Registration can be done in advance in person or email but must be paid by February 23.  For more info transition.montclair@gmail.com  Azizi Birkeland: azizij@gmail.com

 

Co-sponsored by The Foodshed Alliance and Transition Newton

TedX Manhattan’s “Changing the Way We Eat” Viewing Party

Date:  Saturday, March 7, 2015 10:30 am to 6 pm

Place:  First Presbyterian Church Outreach Center, 35 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ 07825.

The free viewing party consists of a series of speakers, films and presentations from leaders in the sustainable farming and food movement.  Please register as space is limited. Please bring a potluck dish to share for lunch or snacks, along with a reusable mug, plate, utensils and cloth napkin.

This event is free, although there will be an opportunity to make an optional donation to the site host to cover the costs of using the space for the day. The Center is located next to the Post Office and the entrance to this event is on the SIDE of the building. Ample parking is available in the church’s parking lot at 1 Main Street.

FARMS,FORESTS AND RIVERS:  SUSTAINING OUR WAY OF LIFE

Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10 a.m. – 3.p.m.

Place:  Indoors at the Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ

Free workshop for farmers, landowners and municipalities in the Paulins Kill River area.

The workshop is aimed at bringing together conservation and community objectives. This effort will provide area residents and community leaders with resources to achieve a healthy, more resilient Paulins Kill watershed with clean, abundant water that supports agriculture, fisheries, wildlife and sustainable economies.

Free and open to everyone. Lunch will be provided. Coffee and light breakfast available during check-in from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Please register online  at http://support.nature.org/site/Calendar/?view=RSVP&id=6481 or contact Leander Lacy ( lacy@tnc.org or (609) 861-4124) by Wednesday, January 21st to ensure you will receive complimentary lunch.

Who should attend:

  • Farmers and those involved in agriculture and food production.
  • Landowners, particularly those with more than 5 acres of forested land.
  • Municipal officials interested in tourism and natural resource management.
  • Those interested in achieving a healthy Paulins Kill watershed with abundant, clean water that supports agriculture, fisheries, wildlife, recreation, and sustainable economies.

GREEN DRINKS

Date:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015  6:30 pm

Place:  Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Hope Johnsonburg Rd, Hope, NJ.

We gather over the common interest in sustainability, the environment and all things green! It is an opportunity for farmers, producers and those interested in the local food movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network! Talk shop or not, just get together and have a great time!
We will mingle in the pub area and you only order and pay for any food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) you want.  Inn at Millrace Pond is offering 20% off food and all drinks (alcoholic & nonalcoholic) to attendees of this “Green Drinks” Gathering.  RSVP: To help us plan for this event and to guarantee your 20% OFF, please RVSP by Jan 23

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Email (kendrya@foodshedalliance.org) or give us a call at (908) 362-7967

SUSTAINABLY MINDED NETWORKING

Date:  Sat, Jan 31, 2 to 5-ish (following 12pm rally against the Milford Compressor Station Expansion)

Place: Frisky Goat Coffee House, 611 Broad Street, Milford, PA (followed by the Goat’s Open-mic at 7 pm)

Join us for fun, like minds, great food, music and coffee.  Connect and plan for 2015.  Do a little of your own business with your own members.  Talk Shop.  Recruit. Network. Build alliances.  Bring a Petition, letters to send to your Congressman.  The Tara Minstrels to perform at about 2 pm, Jams to follow!

Find out about local groups – Air Soil Water, Milford Farmers Market, GMO Free NWNJ, Food Freedom, Sierra Club, Transition Newton, NWNJ Timebanks, Lusscroft Medicine Wheel, Highlands Coalition…and others!

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

EARTH STORY, OUR STORY: CHARLES EISENSTEIN

Date:  Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 10am – 2 pm (Snow date is Feb 8, 2015 1pm- 5pm)

Place:  Central Baptist Church, 106 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, PA 19087

Presentation by Charles Eisenstein followed by lunch and break-out sessions. Charles is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution.

His books (The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, The Ascent of Humanity and Sacred Economics) as well as his other essays and blog posts have generated a vast online following; he speaks frequently at conferences and other events, and gives numerous interviews on radio and podcasts. Writing in Ode magazine’s “25 Intelligent Optimists” issue, David Korten (author of When Corporations Rule the World) called Eisenstein “one of the up-and-coming great minds of our time.”

Break-Out Sessions 1- 2 pm:

  • The Transition Towns movement: Marie Goodwin, charleseisenstein.net
  • The local food movement: Amy Johnson, Greener Partners
  • Building the soil: Dale Hendricks, Sustainable Business Network
  • Militarism and Climate Change: Ed Aguilar, CFPA Philadelphia
  • The Divestment Movement:  Paula Kline, Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT)

For more information and RSVP contact church office 610-688-0664  or janesdugdale@gmail.com

Donation is appreciated.

FREE ACADEMIC COURSE “INTRODUCTION TO SUSTAINABILITY

Date:  Jan 19 – March 14, 2015  (8-10 hours/week of work)

Place:  Online at Coursera.org – University of Illinois

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

For more information and to register:   https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain

FILM & DISCUSSION –PLASTIC PARADISE: THE GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH

Date:  Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7 pm

Place:   Unitarian Fellowship, 1 West Nelson Dr., Newton, NJ

“Plastic Paradise” is an independent documentary film that chronicles Angela Sun’s personal journey of discovery to one of the most remote places on Earth, Midway Atoll, to uncover the truth behind the mystery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Along the way she encounters scientists, celebrities, legislators and activists who shed light on what our society’s vast consumption of disposable plastic is doing to our oceans — and what it may be doing to our health.

 

GREEN DRINKS

Date: Monday, November 24, 2014 6:30 pm

Place: Krogh’s Restaurant and Brew Pub, Sparta

We gather over the common interest in sustainability, the environment and all things green! It is an opportunity for farmers, producers and those interested in the local food movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network! Talk shop or not, just get together and have a great time!

Everyone is welcome that is interested in the local food movement – the drinks aren’t “green,” just the conversation! It’s FREE to get in.

We will mingle in the pub area, and you only order and pay for any food and drinks you want. Feel free to come earlier and/or stay later! Visit with old friends, and make lots of new ones! Pass this invitation along to your friends in farming and invite them to join us. Hope to see you then!

To help us plan for this event, please respond by: November 20th by e-mailing  kendrya@foodshedalliance.org or give us a call at (908) 362-7967.

 HOLIDAY GREEN POT LUCK

Date: December 7, 2014 5:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

— Come and learn about the TimeBank and get to know other members.

— Bring a dish to share with others & your own utensils, plates & cups.

— We will be having a “Yankee Swap” so bring a wrapped present with a

— $15 maximum value. Re-gifting is strongly encouraged.

— Bring your family & friends

— Get time credits for attending!

There is a Mitten, Hat & Scarf Drive as well as a Toy Drive.

If anyone wants to contribute to these drives please bring the appropriate items.

GREEN DRINKS

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014 6:30 pm

Place: Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Hope Johnsonburg Rd, Hope, NJ.

We gather over the common interest in sustainability, the environment and all things green! It is an opportunity for farmers, producers and those interested in the local food movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network! Talk shop or not, just get together and have a great time!

We will mingle in the pub area or the patio (depending on the weather), and you only order and pay for any food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) you want. Inn at Millrace Pond is offering 20% off food and all drinks (alcoholic & nonalcoholic) to attendees of this “Green Drinks” Gathering.

RSVP: To help us plan for this event and to guarantee your 20% OFF, please RVSP by October 1st

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Email (judy@foodshedalliance.org) or give us a call at (908) 362-7967

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 7 pm

Place: Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

FREE SOLAR TOURS

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Place: Lafayette and Newton, NJ

Visit three solar homes and learn how you can reduce your energy bills through the power of the sun and smart design. Plus see a 100% electric car charged from solar collectors. These homes are part of the “National Solar Tour” and demonstrate different ways to utilize solar photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine, solar hot water and passive solar space heating. Locations are: 10 Fox Hill Road in Lafayette, 15 Price Road in Augusta and 146 Merriam Ave in Newton. For directions email: spector@ptd.net

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS GREEN POT LUCK

Date: October 12, 2014 5:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank. Bring a dish to share with other as well as your own utensils, plates and cups. Bring your family and friends. Get time credits for attending!

 A TRANSITION NEWTON/FOODSHED ALLIANCE/SKYLANDS SIERRA CLUB CO-SPONSORED EVENT:

 FILM & DISCUSSION: GMO OMG

Date:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 7 pm

Place:   Unitarian Fellowship, 1 West Nelson Dr., Newton, NJ

THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT FILM – PLEASE INVITE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate? – See more at: http://www.gmofilm.com/#sthash.ZTvGUuVZ.dpuf

DISCUSSION –A CIRCLE CONVERSATION ON GMO’S

Date:  Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7 pm

Place:   Unitarian Fellowship, 1 West Nelson Dr., Newton, NJ

This meeting is geared toward discussion, brainstorming and solution based conversations regarding GMOs in our food. Erin Shroll will facilitate a circle of community members with an equal voice – some of who, are you! Everyone is invited. We are all concerned; we have a common thread regarding food safety and together we hold the key to creating solutions.

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS AUTUMN EVENING OF SONGS AND STORIES

Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014 4:30:00 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St., Newton, NJ

Join us for a fun evening of songs by Kate Butler and Greg Pontier as well as story telling by Glen Pontier. Hors d’oeuvres, lite fare and dessert.

This is a fundraiser for NW NJ Timebanks. $20/person, $35/couple

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS GREEN POT LUCK

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014 5:30 pm

Place: Chan Moore Farmhouse, CSG at Genesis Farm, 90 Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ.

Come meet new and old friends. Bring a dish to share & enjoy delicious food. Please bring your own cups, plates, utensils, etc. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair if you wish. Bring an instrument too if you want! Bring your family and friends. Get time credits for attending!

 

HIGHLANDS FESTIVAL AT WATERLOO

Date: September 20 & 21, 2014 11am – 9 pm Sat; 11 am – 6 pm Sunday

Place: Waterloo Village, Byram, NJ

 The New Jersey Highlands Coalition is hosting the 2nd annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo Village. This premier environmental and music festival will be a “Celebration of All Things Local” and will promote local music, food, art, history, cultural and natural resources.

The Festival celebrates Waterloo Village’s past glory as a renowned musical performance venue, enriched by the historic nature of the venue and the wealth of musical talent in New Jersey and surrounding areas. This year’s festival is headlined by Jim Weider’s PRoJECT PERCoLATOR on Saturday evening and the Main Squeeze on Sunday afternoon.  For a music schedule of the two-day event, go to www.HighlandsFestivalAtWaterloo.org

In addition to great music, the Highlands Festival at Waterloo will feature a Local Food Court, a Living Green Expo, Craft/Fair Trade Marketplace, exhibits from environmental nonprofits, tours of the Waterloo historic district and Lenni Lenape Village, canal rides, kayaking, chef’s cooking demonstrations, workshops and more.

Tickets are also now available online at http://HighlandsFestivalAtWaterloo.org : $15 online/$25 at the door/kids under 12 free. For more information, email lisa@njhighlandscoalition.org .

NYC PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH

Date: September 21, 2014 7:30 am

Place: Buses leaving from Trinity Street, Newton, NJ

The Skylands Group, NJ Sierra Club Chapter announces the sponsorship of transportation to the PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH in NYC on September 21. Two Lakeland charter buses will leave from Trinity Street in Newton to carry as many as 110 people to the event. Round trip tickets are $20 and can purchased through Eventbrite at www.newtonbus.eventbrite.com

Planned to be the largest climate demonstration in history, the march will coincide with a convening of world leaders at the United Nations for a summit on the climate crisis. The organizers intent is to urge governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: Monday, Sept 22, 2014 7 pm

Place:  Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

TOUR DE FARM NJ

Date: September 27, 2014

Place: Race Farm, 87 Belcher Rd., Blairstown, NJ

Please invite your friends and family to join you on the Tour de Farm NJ on September 27, 2014. You and your friends will love touring our incredible NJ farms in the most beautiful region in the world. Then come back, if you choose to, to the BEST Farm to Fork (F2F) Celebration ever! The best chefs in Metro NY preparing local foods at the Race Farm in Blairstown, NJ.

The Tour de Farm NJ (http://www.tourdefarmnj.com) is an incredible cycling and culinary experience. There is still time to sign up for the Farm to Fork Celebration and one of our tours!!

Check out our incredible Chefs and our menu!!!!! Woa. Our bicycling & farm tasting tours are aimed at all ages and abilities.

  1. The Family Friendly Tours You can choose one of two (or both!). These tours takes you on the Paulinskill Trail and into Blairstown to visit the Blairstown Farmers Market for hoola demonstrations, yoga demonstrations and a scavenger hunt. You can also ride to a few farms that are only a mile or two away from the Race Farm for tours and tastings. Enjoy the day with your family.
  2. The Weekend Warrior Tour 35 miles of gorgeous riding to farms for delicious tastings. Invite your friends, neighbors, family and business associates to join you!!
  3. The Extreme Tour 78 miles of challenging riding and visit farms for delicious tastings. A phenomenal ride!!

We have a ton of volunteers and we are looking for more. You will receive a free Farm to Fork meal if you volunteer. Please contact Mitch Morrison (mitchell.morrison5@mac.com) by 7.30.14 if you want to volunteer.

VASS FARMSTEAD LAWN CONCERT

Date: July 26, 2014 7:00 pm

Place: Vass Farmstead, White Lake, 97 Stillwater Road, Hardwick, NJ

The Hardwick Township Historical Society presents Kinderhook, a country rock band. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. No Pets or Alcohol. Tickets $20 in advance online: www.hardwickhistorical.eventbrite.com $25 at the door. FOR MORE INFO CALL 908-362-8496

  

GREEN DRINKS

Date: July 29, 2014 6:30 pm – NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO TUESDAY

Place: Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Hope Johnsonburg Rd, Hope, NJ.

Opportunity for farmers, producers and those interested in the local food movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network! Talk shop or not, just get together and have a great time! Sponsored by Foodshed Alliance
 

WORKSHOP – DOWSING RODS AS GARDEN TOOL by GINA BARKOVICH

Date: August 3, 2014, 2 – 4 pm

Place: Old Orchard Farm, 1 Old Orchard Road, Hardwick, NJ

Ever wanted to ask your seeds or seedlings questions? Like where would they like to be planted? Do they need food or minerals and how much and when? What kind of potting soil would different types of seeds like to grow in? This is a class that will give you the tools to learn the answers to all these questions and more.

Can anyone learn to dowse? I used to answer, “Anyone who can ride a bike (or drive a car… or feed themselves with a knife and fork, etc.).” But now my answer is, “Anyone who isn’t dehydrated or exhausted and doesn’t already have an opinion about the answer.”  You can use your dowsing lesson to teach yourself how to find underground water or lost items, etc. Come hear about how dowsing can be used in your garden and other parts of your life. Make a dowsing rod out of a coat hanger.

$20 includes a dowsing rod you will make in class. For more information and to register contact Gina at polaritygina@hotmail.com

 

TUSCAN SUNSET AT THE FARM

Date: August 9, 2014 Choose 6 or 8 pm

Place: Sunset Vista Farm, 27 Pierce Road, Lafayette, NJ.

Stroll the farm and Community Garden. Feed the chickens, smell the fragrances in the herb garden. Most of all, enjoy a night out with friends, and help the Community Garden install garden plots that are wheelchair and walker accessible. Help a 501c3 non-profit! Many free door prizes in both seatings donated by generous local supporters of the farm and Sunset Vista Community Garden.

Caffe Anello presents Italian food with a view of the farm, mountains, and sunset. $75 suggested donation per dinner, 2 seatings, 6 pm and 8 pm. Pay/reserve via http://www.sunsetvista.org/events/51-tuscan-sunset-august-9-2014

 

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS GREEN POT LUCK

Date: August 17, 2014 5:30 pm

Place: Sunset Vista Farm, 27 Pierce Road, Lafayette, NJ.

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank. Bring a dish to share with other as well as your own utensils, plates and cups. Bring your family and friends. Get time credits for attending!

 

FARM TO TABLE DINNER BENEFIT FOR THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED GARDEN AT GENESIS FARM

Date: August 23, 2014 6:00 pm

Place: Waterloo Village, 525 Waterloo Road, Byram, NJ 07874.

This unique four-course Farm-to-Table Dinner will feature vegetables, fruit, grains and herbs grown with love at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm and prepared by the renowned Jeffrey A. Miller Catering (JAM) chefs in the lovely setting of historic Waterloo Village.

6 p.m: cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, Waterloo Village tours 7 p.m: appetizer, entrée (Vegetarian, vegan, or pasture-raised chicken from Aspen Ridge Farm in Oxford, NJ) and dessert, paired with outstanding local wines from Alba Vineyard and Winery, with live music by Byrdgrass. $100pp, Limited Seating, Order Tickets Online at CSGatGenesisFarm.com. For information on the dinner, email csgardeninfo@gmail.com or call 908-362-7486. This benefit will raise funds towards the installation of a brick oven and community pavilion at the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm.

FILM & DISCUSSION “A CHEMICAL REACTION”

Date: June 19, 2014 7 pm

Place: Unitarian Fellowship, One West Nelson St. Newton, NJ

This film tackles the dangers of yard pesticides, makes its main point very early: These products are designed to kill living things, so why are we so surprised when they make humans—who also happen to be living things—sick? Simple questions emerge: Why are we dumping poison on our homes? Isn’t there a better way?

 

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP

Date: Saturday, June 21, 2014 1 – 3 pm

Place: Sunset Vista Farm, 27 Pierce Road, Lafayette, NJ

Have you ever wished that you could save the rainwater off your roof? Rain barrels allow homeowners to save hundreds of gallons of water per year to use for gardening. Rain barrels help reduce storm water run-off, which can pollute local rivers and lakes and reduce a homeowners dependence on water by providing an alternate source for outdoor needs. Workshop is conducted by AmeriCore Watershed Ambassador Matt Barr. Limited to 15 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis.   Fee is $20 to cover cost of materials.  Contact Linda Grinthal at linda@sunsetvista.org to register.

STREAM MONITOR TRAINING

Date: Sunday, June 29, 2014 1 – 4 pm

Place: Musconetcong Watershed Association, 10 Maple Ave., Asbury, NJ

The Americorps NJ Watershed Ambassador Program and the Musconetcong Watershed Association are co-sponsoring a free workshop. The training includes introduction to biological stream assessments and field work, collecting stream samples to determine water quality and certification as a Stream Monitor.

To register, contact Will York at ambassador@scmua.org or 973-579-6998

 

DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN

Date: June 22 – 28, 2014

Place: Delaware River (of course!)

The Sojourn is an eight-day guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. It is for novice to experienced paddlers of all ages; participants can sign up for the whole event or for the section(s) or day(s) of their choice.

Studies and research have shown that being active outside can help combat certain health problems, as well as teach important lessons of conservation and valuation of our vast natural resources. In this region, there is no need to travel far to be with nature; the Delaware River is close by, a gas tank away from about 23% of the nation’s population.

We hope that many will consider taking part in this fun, ultimate “staycation,” which celebrates family, friends, and the great outdoors! Come out and join us for our 20th annual adventure paddling the Delaware!

For more information and to register go to: http://www.delawareriversojourn.org/

 

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS ORGANIZERS MEETING

Date: June 30, 2014 7 pm

Place:  Sharon’s house, Kemah Lake. Call 973-948-4902.

We are looking to expand our leadership team so if you have an interest or ideas to share, please join us.

 

NORTHWEST NJ TIMEBANKS GREEN POT LUCK

Date: July 13, 2014 5:30 pm

Place: Chan’s Farmhouse, CSG at Genesis Farm, 41B Silver Lake Rd, Blairstown, NJ.

Come join our pot luck and meet other members of the Timebank. Bring a dish to share with other as well as your own utensils, plates and cups. Bring your family and friends. Get time credits for attending!

GREEN DRINKS

Date: July 28, 2014 6:30 pm

Place: Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Hope Johnsonburg Rd, Hope, NJ.

Opportunity for farmers, producers and those interested in the local food movement in our region to get together in an informal setting to relax, enjoy each other’s company and network! Talk shop or not, just get together and have a great time!

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