Who hasn’t noticed the numerous big rigs coming up all of our major roads to deliver composted materials from industrial agriculture’s waste stream? Flat beds truck-in stacks of plastic bags of this industrial soil, plus sacks of fertilizers, other soil amendments and pesticides. Additionally dump trucks with transfer trailers and semi trucks with unloading conveyor belts haul in mounds of this soil in bulk. What’s going on? Don’t we have dirt here, built up through the eons?
But soil like other living things needs care and feeding to be most productive of the crops we want to grow. As we all know that convoy of trucks is mostly bringing supports for quick investment return and most buyers of that ‘soil’ are not caring for and establishing them selves on this land. One man who is rooting himself here and is caring for and building up the dirt on his land is Drew Pledani.
Drew is doing so with much knowledge about and interest in healthy soil. At the June Hayfork Cooperative meeting Drew will inform us about cost effective soil building utilizing local resources. He will introduce us to living soil systems and how to work with them to flourish and thereby create an abundance of plant available nutrients for healthy plant growth, be they vegetables and flowers, shrubs or fruit trees. Starting with soil food web basics, Drew will tell us how to facilitate this process. Furthermore in this time of drought living soil systems are a benefit to water conservation.
Come to Hayfork Cooperative’s Tuesday June 16th meeting from 7 to 9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse on 7091 State Hwy. 3 Hayfork to hear Drew’s informative presentation and see his slides.
Hayfork Cooperative’s set meeting time of the third Tuesday evening of each month has been changed for this month only due to some shenanigans—really good ones specially for St. Patrick’s Day which March 17th is! Tis a golly good time for fun and good music, maybe some leprechaun lunacy too. So the showing of the documentary Gasland II and a discussion of our current national energy policy and its potentially devastating effect on our California water and food production will take place the following Tuesday, March 24, from 7 to 9 pm, at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, in Hayfork, 7091 hwy. 3.
Come be more informed about fracking, short for high volume, horizontal hydraulic fracturing, and its role in Trinity County and the world-wide global energy economy. In addition to the excellent film, many informational handouts on the dangers of fracking will be available. Fracking uses enormous amounts of water, as much as 4 million gallons per well, which is mixed with some of the most toxic chemicals. Recent revelations have shown that for years state regulators have failed to protect our groundwater from pollution and have even allowed the oil industry to inject toxic wastewater via hundreds of wells directly into clean aquifers. As we all are being reminded by the severe droughts, water is in short supply. Trinity County, a major supplier of water for the needs of the people of this state, should take action against this unnecessary, short term and misguided approach to supplying the energy demands of our modern societies.
To this end the Trinity County Progressives and Safe Alternatives for our Forest Environment are researching this and encouraging our Board of Supervisors to join the 450 public entities in the USA-- including some states-- to ban fracking from its jurisdiction. Although Trinity County is under no apparent threat of being ‘fracked’ soon, we believe it is important to take a stand for the viable alternatives to greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels. We should do what we can to pass on clean water to our children and theirs. Let us educate ourselves and enlist our County Supervisors to help stop this insanity. See you Tuesday March 24th for this free event.
Amanda Macon, manager of the Hayfork Farmers’ Market, recently returned from a Permaculture internship in Jawfa Jordon. There she spent time leaning and helping to ‘green the desert’ in one of the lowest and driest places on Earth—the Dead Sea Valley. This area is inhabited by traditional Bedouin tribes and displaced Palestinians.
On Tuesday February 17 beginning at 7 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse, 7091 Hwy. 3, Hayfork Amanda will show slides of the area and the group’s work with explanations, discussion and stories. Some will also touch on being a Western woman respectfully visiting a traditional Moslem culture.
An important part of traveling safely in foreign countries is of course maintaining one’s health.
There was sickness all around her but Amanda managed to keep herself healthy using essential oils, which she used to help others also. She will talk about this too.
As we face more droughts in California, with predictions of increased weather disruption, some of what Amanda learned is applicable here. Permaculture principles certainly are.
So come join us for an interesting, informative evening of armchair traveling and more.
This is a free event.
Hayfork Cooperative’s next meeting is on the “we culture” of the keepers of the land’ on Tuesday, January 20ieth 7-9 pm Northern Delights Coffeehouse at 7091 State Highway 3, Hayfork.
Most of us are grateful that we were born in a time and place where as adults we get to largely choose what we want to do with our lives: where to live it; who to live it with; how to support it. This has been identified as a culture of ‘rugged individualists’, and in many ways we have benefited from it. However it is becoming more and more apparent that for our real happiness, well being, and even survival it is now necessary to cultivate the “we” part of our culture. This is not a call for any particular “ism” such as capitalism, socialism or communism, rather it is a call to care about one another and our life support systems, both of which are showing severe signs of stress.
Neil Harvey of Hyampom helps offer this message weekly on the Bioneers “Revolution from the Heart of Nature” radio program. He is its senior producer. Bioneers radio is broadcast throughout this nation and in some foreign counties and can be heard locally each Friday morning at National Public Radio here at 10:30 Friday mornings on KCHO /KFPR North State Public Radio at 91.7 or 88.9 FM. To meet Neil and find out more about Bioneers and the marvelously talented and productive people whose work is magnified by Bioneers, come to the next Hayfork Cooperative meeting. Neil will also show a video of one of the Bioneers keynote speakers, Greg Sarris. A brief Bioneers’ description of Greg and his people and their effort to inject “we” back into the culture is quoted below.
Greg Sarris, Tribal Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and professor of Native American Studies at Sonoma State University describes how his people (descendants of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo) are using their understanding that they have always been a part of the natural world to embark on a major commitment to position themselves as “keepers of the land” once again. Using ancient ethics and aesthetics of place, bolstered by casino revenues, the 1,300 member tribe has partnered with county and state officials to secure and restore large tracts of open space, as well as to convert local farms to the production of organic produce for the low-income and needy, thus creating a model of local restoration and sustainability.
Some local Nor-El-Muk folks, whose ancestors were ‘the keepers of the land’ here, will be present to comment and answer questions during discussion time. We hope you can join us.
As this festive season continues toward the darkness of winter solstice and we make the time to bring the light of friendship and caring to the fore, Hayfork Cooperative’s next meeting on Tuesday, December 16th will be a party at Northern Delights Coffeehouse in Hayfork starting at the usual time of 7 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet or get to know one another better. A Hayfork Cooperative participant is donating for all vegetarian and meat pizzas and salad made there. Highlights of this evening will be different folks singing songs, reciting poems, telling stories, and more. Maybe you would like to be one of them.
All are welcome if you come with an open heart to celebrate one another and being part of this community.
Come celebrate autumn’s harvest time and our Hayfork Farmers’ Market with the Hayfork Cooperative on Tuesday October 21, 7-9 pm at Northern Delights Coffeehouse on 7091 main Street, Hayfork. Despite the terrible drought many of us have produce to “put up” thanks to our own gardening efforts and/or to the new and improved Hayfork Farmers’ Market. Under the able direction of Amanda Macon and in combination with the Summer in the Park, managed by Charlene Dunaetz, the market is expanded and now includes live, local music and other attractions. But like the animal and plant world it is taking its wintertime rest. So with the close of the 2014 growing season Hayfork Cooperative will be honoring this fine contribution to our community with special presentations by a few of the Market’s merchants.
One of them, Amy Davis points out that
what we eat is directly linked to how we feel and function! Focusing on eating superfoods, nuts, seeds, organic fresh fruits and vegetables in their raw state has proven through the ages to be highly beneficial. This workshop will go over basic raw food cuisine preparation (tools, techniques, recipes), feature 4 superfoods, and provide a resource list to take home.
A question and answer opportunity will follow.
Melanie Thibodeaux with her Demeter Home Baking enterprise will speak briefly. She makes wholesome sourdough and briochel breads, and cookies. Other Farmers’ Market Merchants will also make brief presentations about their products and market experiences.