What is Transition Aromas?
Transition Aromas is a local group working to increase our Community's resilience and sustainability. The Transition movement is a global network of hundreds of communities across the globe taking creative action to build community resilience as we face climate change, resource depletion and economic instability. The Transition model offers a positive way to respond to these negative trends and to improve quality of life.
Transition Aromas has been in existence since February 2012. A small group of dedicated volunteers is working to increase our community's resilience and sustainability by hosting skill-sharing workshops, showing films, gathering gardeners together to share information, hosting community discussions, and putting on an Aromas Community Harvest Fair. As more people contribute time and energy, Transition Aromas will initiate and support more projects/efforts that will help our community lower our carbon footprint, decrease our dependence on fossil fuel, strengthen our local food system, and increase community cooperation.
With an express goal of unleashing our community's collective genius, Transition Aromas welcomes anyone with ideas, energy, and good will. Please join us in creating a liveable future in Aromas.
The 6th quarterly Gathering of Gardeners
Wednesday, August 13th 7 pm at the Aromas Grange
The Gathering of Gardeners is a chance to share skills and information to help each other become better gardeners. We gather quarterly to talk about seasonal topics and share our gardening experience with each other. As usual, there will be time for reports about ongoing projects and activities, and an opportunity to announce new ones.
This time our seasonal focus topic is going to be TOMATOES! Come with your questions and wisdom regarding three tomato topics:
Growing methods: What methods work best for you? Do you use tomato cages? Pruning and staking? Dry farming? How deep and when do you plant?
Pests and diseases: Bring samples of any sick plants for a potential diagnosis and treatment plan Preservation and cooking methods: please bring copies of your favorite recipes for the share table. Maybe even samples of dried, canned, sauced, or otherwise preserved tomatoes.
As always, we’ll have an abundance of cookies and time to socialize around the Share Table. Please bring anything you’d like to make available to other gardeners at the Share Table (seeds, starts, books, recipes, info, etc.) Feel free to bring more cookies and other snacks.
All gardeners are welcome!
Opportunities to participate in the Aromas Harvest Fair (9/21/14) Transition Aromas is putting together the 2014 Harvest Fair, and one of the new exhibits will be an Emergency Preparedness booth. A couple of people have already volunteered to put the booth together, but we need a few more volunteers to answer questions and hand out written information on the day of the Fair. We envision that the booth will display several 72-hour kits, which are emergency backpacks filled with food, water, clothing, a first aid kit and other items. If you know something about 72 hour kits or emergency preparedness, and are interested in sharing your knowledge with the community, we could really use your help. If you don't know anything about emergency preparedness but want to learn, that would be fine too. Depending on the number of volunteers, you would have a 2 or 3 hour shift. For more information, or to volunteer your time, please email Kathy Roy at email@example.com.
There are many other ways you can participate in the Harvest Fair, before, during, or after the Fair itself. It’s a terrific opportunity to be a part of a team producing a community event. Contact Wendy Elder at firstname.lastname@example.org to figure out what might match your interests.
Questions? Contact us at email@example.com
Aquaponics Workshop at the Aromas Water District Office
Saturday, July 12th
10:00 am - Noon
at the Aromas Water District 388 Blohm Ave., Aromas
Instructor: Brad Webb
Hosted by Transition Aromas
Aquaponics is a food production system in which both vegetables and fish can be raised in separate tanks by circulating the same water back and forth between them. At this workshop, you will learn basic aquaponics techniques, the benefits and drawbacks of aquaponics, and which plants you can grow in different situations. You will also help build two mini aquaponics systems. These mini systems are designed to fit on a porch, but the principles you learn will apply to any size system you wish to build. Space and imagination will be your only limits.
The workshop will last two hours – a little longer if needed - and the class will have two up-and-running mini aquaponics systems at the end. One will be raffled off to a lucky participant to take home!
There is a $10 materials fee to attend, and all materials will be provided. Brad will give a cost breakdown, should you want to make an aquaponics system of your own.
Brad has attached a short video he made specifically to prepare people for this workshop. Please watch it ahead of time. He will answer questions about it at the beginning of the workshop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFm0WGxhD-g&sns=em
Please RSVP early, as space is limited. Email Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him before 9 PM at (831) 537-7546.
For further information, please contact email@example.com
If you'd like to know more about the local Transition movement, visit TransitionSC.org
Watsonville Farmer's Market
South side of City Plaza on Peck Street
Friday 3PM to 7PM
Sunday 1PM to 6PM
Oldtown Salinas Farmer's Market
Corner of Alisal & Monterey Streets
Saturday 8AM to 2PM