asheville - north carolina
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29 OCTOBER 2015, 6:30 - 8:00PM (AT GREENLIFE)
"CONNECTING OUR LIVES AND OUR LANDSCAPES"
22 OCTOBER 2015, 6:30 - 8:00PM (AT GREENLIFE)
"deconsolidating local food systems" with emma hutchens
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8 OCTOBER 2015, 6:30 - 8:00pm (at Greenlife)
"An Introduction to Home-Scale Hydroponics"
9 April 2015, 5:30 - 7:00pm
"Living Small: Shipping Container Houses + Minimalism"
Join us for another informative "Small Is Beautiful" meeting. We'll be hosting our next event at Green Sage South. Socializing starts at 5:30pm, the presentations will be from 6:00-7:00pm.
The theme for this event will be Living Small! We'll hear from two excellent speakers:
Kaye Rollins on "Minimalism - Why Less is More"
After surviving a house fire, Kaye Rollin found all her possessions packed up to be cleaned and restored. Eventually, the boxes were placed in storage until the remodel was completed. It was during the unpacking phase that Kaye discovered her relationship with the things that had previously occupied her home had changed and she began seeking a more simple life. Searches on the internet brought the lifestyle of minimalism to her attention and she began following The Minimalists online. She is currently a coordinator for their Greenville Minimalists group. In the last year she has reduced the possessions in her home by over 60% and continues to evaluate the possessions in her life on a monthly basis. She happily challenges friends to consider how their possessions impact their lives through their initial cost and the dusting, storing and maintenance required.
Boomer Sassman on "Think Inside the Box - The Shipping Container Revolution"
From Bunkers to Barns, Asheville to Amsterdam, Shipping container projects have been popping up all around the world. Using recycled Shipping Containers for a building block isn't a new development although thanks to the internet, it's recently been growing in popularity. In this talk we'll explore the process of building a home or commercial building using recycled shipping containers. We'll attempt to shed light on the following topics: Zoning regulations, Inspection Issues, Engineering Concerns, Purchasing/Delivery, the DIY construction process, and much more.
Boomer Sassmann is an Industrial Designer, Internet Consultant and Lifelong Learner based in Asheville, NC. In 2007 he started a design agency called Big Boom Design and over the past 8 years the business has established a substantial footprint in Western NC. Not only does Boomer focus on sharing his background in web design and internet consulting to support organizations across the region, but he also leverages his training as an industrial designer to work in spaces ranging from Shipping Container Home Design to Arduino Automation Systems. He is passionate about making technology more approachable through educational opportunities and he currently serves as an organizer for the Asheville WordCamp, Co-Founder of Innovate Appalachia, and Organizer of the Asheville Tiny Home Association. Boomer is also on the AB Tech Digital Media Advisory Committee and often teaches classes through the AB Tech Small Business Center on WordPress, Google and other Technology related topics.
SPECIAL NOTE: Thanks everyone for all of your support as we change venues and experiment with new locations. We will miss Katuah Market and our friends there!
12 March 2015, 6:30 - 8:00pm
"Growing Healthy School Food Programs"
KATUAH MARKET, 2 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD, ASHEVILLE, NC 28803
Join us for another informative "Small Is Beautiful" meeting at Katuah Market. Socializing starts at 6:30pm, the presentations will be from 7:00 - 8:00pm.
"Give 'em Kale! ...and then give it to them again"
Speakers: Nan Kramer, FEAST Program Coordinator; Abby Walker, FEAST Garden and Cooking Coordinator at Francine Delany New School for Children
• FEAST aims to increase the number of students in Buncombe County who grow, prepare and eat fresh produce as a part of their daily lives. Their program increases exposure to gardening and cooking through hands-on learning experiences connected to the Common Core Standards, as well as fostering students connection between school, home environment and personal nutrition. FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable, Tasty)
• "Children work endlessly on mastering skills. Whether it is walking, riding a bike, playing an instrument or learning to spell a word we encourage them to practice and get back up when they fall down. We take this same approach to eating healthy food. Children who feel confident in their food choices have the knowledge and skills to grow into adults who will advocate for a sustainable food movement."
"Local Food Experiences in Schools"
Speaker: Jessica Sparks-Mussulin, Program Coordinator with ASAP’s Growing Minds Farm to School Program
• As part of Growing Minds, Jessica supports schools, farmers, and community members in their farm to school efforts by providing resources and trainings.
• "School food is not perfect, but learning more about how school food works helps us better understand the difficult task in trying to prepare healthy food on a very restricted budget. How can we work within these limitations and existing systems to provide students with local food experiences and support Child Nutrition staff? Learn how small experiences can have big impacts on students, their families, and our farming community."
26 February 2015, 6:30 - 8:00PM
"RAW FOODS" and "Juicing"
KATUAH MARKET, 2 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD, ASHEVILLE, NC 28803
Join us for our second "Small Is Beautiful" meetup at Katuah Market, this time on the why and how to eat raw foods and to juice. The event is free and open to the public, and seating available for 50 plus standing room.
7:00-8:00pm Talks - "Raw Foods" & "Juicing"
Our special guest speakers are:
Shannon Lagasse. Shannon Lagasse, certified holistic health coach and emotional eating expert, helps women struggling with emotional eating and yo-yo dieting to ditch the diet, love their body, and lose weight. By coming from a focus on pleasure and getting to the heart of their issues, Shannon's clients are empowered to find freedom from food fears and live a fantastically awesome life.
Lauren Amerson. Lauren is a raw vegan chef, artist, and author of Homemade Chocolate in the Raw, whose passion is teaching others creative cooking and intui-
tive eating, with a focus on a nutrient rich plant-based diet.
Jenny Lumb. Jenny is a certified brown belt instructor of the Nia Technique and co-owner of Nourish & Flourish in the River Arts District, a wellness center and all organic juice and tea bar. She believes everybody has a right to feel alive, vital, and joyful.
29 JANUARY 2015, 6:30 - 8:30PM
"Local Small Food Production + Tiny Home Living"
katuah market, 2 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
The first of what we hope will be a regular Small Is Beautiful Series, hosted at Katuah Market on Thursday, January 29th, from 6:30 - 8:30pm. After a half hour of connecting and socializing, we will have two guest speakers: Marc Marc N. Williams on "Small Scale Food Production Is the Best' and Laura M. LaVoie on "Life in 120 Square Feet" Admission is free. Seating is available for the first 50 guests followed by standing room after that.
More detail follows....
"Small Scale Food Production Is the Best"
Talk: The fundamental nature of food makes it one of the biggest aspects of sustainability. Local food can use less resources to produce but also be more nutritious and flavorful. Much more varietal diversity is available for folks that want to grow or find their own food as well. This overview of small scaled food production will address everything from kitchen gardens to foraging and livestock. We will both cover particular plants that give you the most bang for your plot size buck as well as prime wild edibles, small animals and local organizations that support educational programming in relation to food.
Bio: Marc Williams is an ethnobotanist. He has studied the people plant connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent over a 15 years working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms. His travels include adventures through 24 countries in North/Central America and Europe and all 50 of the United States. Marc has visited over 100 botanical gardens and research institutions during this process while taking thousands of pictures of representative plants. He is also Executive Director of Plants and Healers International www.plantsandhealers.org and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. He has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of plants, people and their interface while working with over 60 organizations in the last few years and online at the website www.botanyeveryday.com. Marc's greatest hope is that his efforts may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation.
Laura M. LaVoie
" Life in 120 Square Feet"
Laura M. LaVoie is a freelance writer and blogger living in a 120 Square Foot Cabin with her partner, Matt, and their Sphynx cat, Piglet. Laura and Matt built the tiny house with their own hands after researching several types of alternative building techniques including Cordwood Masonry andEarthships. They decided on a small house because the Tiny House Movement matched their values and lifestyle perfectly. They began building the house in the mountains of North Carolina in 2009 and construction took three years as they lived and worked in Atlanta and would travel and build on weekends. Now Laura, Matt, and Piglet live and work in the tiny house full time. Follow this blog for more about their Life in 120 Square Feet. https://www.facebook.com/120SquareFeet.