Friday, September 7, 2012

August 20th Brainstorming Ideas: Leadership


Leadership
            Sustainable leaders and governance
            create a way to maintain our ideals once they are created

1.       Leadership must form a relationship with like minded people
2.       Promote the ability for this group to have influence in governance of Milwaukie
3.       Emphasis the results that has already happened, how MUST has been influential in the city’s governance
4.       Be a political activist group
5.       Have a “meet the people” opportunity to get to know your council
6.       Create a civic duty – a Wisdom Council, where a group of peers in Milwaukie are randomly selected to either make or jury over the making of rules for the city- Key is to make people of Milwaukie actively engaged in creating the laws we live under, rather than special interests of any one particular group.  The idea is based on the Greek model, which mandated every “citizen” to take part in their governance for a period of two years.  Currently, the Danish movement uses such a model to review laws created for their citizens, as well as the State of Oregon.  Requires a trust that a group of random citizens would create wiser laws than any one particular party or perspective.

This requires that Milwaukie citizens feel honored to serve, perhaps require some payment for their time (similar to jury duty)

To begin this process, a “council at large” might be selected, names and pictures posted at office, with observatory status, gradually working to creating governance rules.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

A few Notes from our last meeting


Notes from discussion to flesh out Economic Sustainability

Economic sustainability means local businesses, keeping the currency within the community
This can mean having local currency, developing rules to create an equitable society.

Some thoughts that were discusses on the July MUST meeting were:
1.       Create artisan markets, similar to Portland Last Thursday.
2.       Educate Milwaukie residents as to local; sustainable economy is Develop incubators where local businesses, creative ideas, artists can work in the same building developing local products and art.-somewhat like Pike in Seattle, combined with a regular farmers market
3.       Have the city dedicate money to study business opportunity in the area between Tacoma and Milwaukie community.  This will become a viable business opportunity as light rail is completed.
4.       Think of ourselves as an island-and to purchase and circulate funds within the Milwaukie are
5.       Create Permaculture educational school-magnet school offering classes in permaculture, artistry, music> possibly use the Garden center at Lake and Oatfield.
6.       Create a music/tea center where local musicians can play and citizens bemused…
7.       Develop principles of sustainable, local economy-have the city council adopt them, promote them, and make their purchases from these guidance rules.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Get ALEC out of Oregon politics.

I am tired of our government and my elected officials being hi-jacked by large corporations, inimical to my interests. 
If you represent interests that are out to take advantage of myself and other Americans, I will take note, I will work for your removal and I will make others aware of your selling out. 
I pay attention, I vote and I will make my voice heard. 
Petition against ALEC in Oregon
ALEC writing legislation and is flooding money into our system to buy our elected officials. ALEC is not interested in my well being. ALEC serves some of the very richest people and corporations in the world. Their interests are not yours or mine. We need to get the big money out of our democracy. 
Our politicians need to represent us again. We need to remind them as to who they work for. 
I am proud to say that my representative, Carolyn Tomei (OR-41), is helping in the fight against ALEC. 
So please join me, by following the links. reading about ALEC and what they are trying to do. 
Then sign the petition. 
Pay attention, find out the facts and get involved.
This is our country, it is time we took it back!
Petition against ALEC in Oregon 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Milwaukie's Watershed Event

Coming Up!!  

WATERSHED EVENT 

Friday, April 13th 7 p.m.

Masonic Temple, Downtown Milwaukie

A night of films, featuring:

Lonely Tree- Old Growth in Peril at 3-Creeks

and 3 other great films


The event is free, but seating is limited, so patrons must RSVP to info@strawbalefilms.com.
To see a clip of “Lonely Tree –
Old Growth in Peril at 3-Creeks,” visit strawbalefilms.com.
Three other films will be shown that night, including: “Greatest Migration,” by Andy Maser; “Trout on the Wind,” by Sam Drevo; and “Of Forest and Men,” a United Nations film, culled from a larger film called “Home,” that is narrated by actor Edward Burns.
Bike Milwaukie: Bicyclists will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 15, at Milwaukie’s City Hall, and ride through neighborhoods to end at Three-Creeks, where participants can go on a tour and see the tallest oak trees at the natural area.

go to http://clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=133348963076315900 to read a Clackamas Review article about the event

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Metro's Free Natural Gardening Workshops


Gardens of eatin’: basic vegetable gardening
Saturday, March 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Road, Beaverton

Want to grow organic food but not sure how? Boost your garden IQ with simple steps to success. From picking edibles for the right spot and season to prepping the soil and watering waste-free, get the story on weeding, managing pests and growing a bountiful garden without toxic chemicals. Plus, learn where to find plants, seeds and more tips for easy organic gardening. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen. Hosted by Metro, Oregon State University Extension Service and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District. Advance registration required; call THPRD at 503-629-6350. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: basic vegetable gardening
Saturday, April 7, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 SE 57th Ave., Portland

Want to grow organic food but not sure how? Boost your garden IQ with simple steps to success. From picking edibles for the right spot and season to prepping the soil and watering waste-free, get the story on weeding, managing pests and growing a bountiful garden without toxic chemicals. Plus, learn where to find plants, seeds and more tips for easy organic gardening. Led by garden expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: basic vegetable gardening
Saturday, April 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Clackamas County Extension, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City

Want to grow organic food but not sure how? Boost your garden IQ with simple steps to success. From picking edibles for the right spot and season to prepping the soil and watering waste-free, get the story on weeding, managing pests and growing a bountiful garden without toxic chemicals. Plus, learn where to find plants, seeds and more tips for easy organic gardening. Led by garden expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: edible landscaping
Saturday, May 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Washington County Fair Complex Demonstration Garden, 872 NE 28th Ave., Hillsboro

Get the skinny on blending edibles and ornamentals for a delicious, low-maintenance landscape. Discover salad-boosting herbs and flowers, fruit trees for small spaces and native plants that hide "berried" treasures. Learn easy organic care methods and best varieties for blueberries, strawberries, tree fruits, grapes, kiwis, culinary herbs and more. Led by Oregon State University horticulturist Weston Miller. Hosted by Metro, OSU Extension Service and Washington County Master Gardeners. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Native plants for birds, bees and butterflies
Saturday, May 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 SE 57th Ave., Portland

Eager to see beneficial birds, butterflies and gentle native bees? Discover how beautiful native plants can bring these allies to your yard, helping fight pests and improving garden productivity. Learn which natives might be right for your yard and how to plant and care for them without harmful garden chemicals. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Healthy soil for healthy plants
Saturday, May 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Clackamas County Extension, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City

Got a lackluster landscape or veggie garden? Learn to turn any soil into a fertile home for roots using all-organic methods that help plants thrive without costly chemicals or polluted runoff. Plus, learn how to "read" your soil, prep it for planting and how to use slow-release fertilizers, compost, cover crops and other soil amendments. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: advanced vegetable gardening
Saturday, June 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Road, Beaverton

Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen. Hosted by Metro, Oregon State University Extension Service and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District. Advance registration required; call THPRD at 503-629-6350. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: advanced vegetable gardening
Saturday, June 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 SE 57th Ave., Portland

Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: advanced vegetable gardening
Saturday, June 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Clackamas County Extension, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City

Ready to take your veggie gardening to the next level? Learn how to plan for year-round harvests with careful crop choices, vertical gardening and techniques to stretch the growing season. Plus, explore the principles of nontoxic weed and pest management to boost your harvests and reduce the amount of time and money needed for a healthy, productive garden. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Native plants for birds, bees and butterflies
Saturday, June 30, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Road, Beaverton

Eager to see beneficial birds, butterflies and gentle native bees? Discover how beautiful native plants can bring these allies to your yard, helping fight pests and improving garden productivity. Learn which natives might be right for your yard and how to plant and care for them without harmful garden chemicals. Plus, find out where to get native plants in your area. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen. Hosted by Metro, Oregon State University Extension Service and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District. Advance registration required; call THPRD at 503-629-6350. Learn more at www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Pesticide-free pest control
Saturday, July 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 SE 57th Ave., Portland

Discover effective, nontoxic ways to tackle weeds, pests and plant diseases. See how a few simple steps to prevent problems early on can save a lot of work later. Learn the latest techniques for managing problems safely, and find out where to go for reliable information. You can make your yard beautiful and safe for children, pets, wildlife and waterways. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension
Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Water less, save more and keep your garden green
Saturday, July 21, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Clackamas County Extension, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City

Want to save on your water bill? Discover the secrets of low-maintenance plantscaping with beautiful, water-wise plants. Learn how soil amendments, mulch and proper planting save water and prevent pest problems without toxic chemicals. Plus, get the basics on efficient irrigation using sprinklers, soaker hoses or a drip system. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Gardens of eatin’: edible landscaping
August 11, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Natural Techniques Demonstration Garden, 6800 SE 57th Ave., Portland

Get the skinny on blending edibles and ornamentals for a delicious, low-maintenance landscape. Discover salad-boosting herbs and flowers, fruit trees for small spaces and native plants that hide "berried" treasures. Learn easy organic care methods and best varieties for blueberries, strawberries, tree fruits, grapes, kiwis, culinary herbs and more. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Grow a “greener” green lawn
Saturday, August 18, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Clackamas County Extension, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City

Looking for easy, sustainable ways to keep your lawn looking great? Learn the latest on establishing, renovating and maintaining turf that meets your needs. Get time-tested tips practiced by golf course superintendents for mowing, mulching, watering and managing weeds without toxic chemicals. Discover eco-lawns, and learn where to get more information on low-input lawn care. Led by regional gardening expert Jen Aron. Hosted by Metro and Oregon State University Extension Service. Advance registration required. Learn more at 503-234-3000 or www.oregonmetro.gov/gardenworkshops.


Healthy soil for healthy plants
Saturday, September 8, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18892 SW Kemmer Road, Beaverton

Got a lackluster landscape or veggie garden? Learn to turn any soil into a fertile home for roots using all-organic methods that help plants thrive without costly chemicals or polluted runoff.
Plus, learn how to "read" your soil, prep it for planting and how to use slow-release fertilizers, compost, cover crops and other soil amendments. Led by regional gardening expert Glen Andresen. Hosted by Metro, Oregon State University Extension Service and Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District. Advance registration required; call THPRD at 503-629-6350. Learn more

Thursday, March 22, 2012

One last Solar workshop here in Milwaukie!!!

We are having another solar workshop out in your area on Wednesday April 4th, from 6:00-7:30pm., at the Milwaukie Grange located at 12015 SE 22nd Avenue in Milwaukie, on Old River Road.

We wanted to offer another date and location for those folks who could not make it to the other workshop due to scheduling conflicts. If you would be so kind as to share this information to those you know through your email database, other organization affiliates, and of course by word of mouth we would greatly appreciate it! I have attached our most current flyer to send along as well.

We are encouraging folks to sign up on our website www.growingsolar.org for the workshops ahead of time, so we know how many to prepare for, but we always welcome anyone who can come.

Thank you again for helping us get the word out to Clackamas County residents in your community there has never been a better time to go solar!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Upcoming Aquaponics Class


“Aquaponics for Everyone”   
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
9 am – 4 pm
11325 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
 
503.922.3583
info@pdxpurple.com
 
$75 early registration
$85 after March 25th 
Refreshments and lunch will be provided
Check it out and sign up here: