Imagine Mill Valleys Sequoia Theaters marquis announcing our the great unleashing of our transition initiative

Imagine Mill Valley's Sequoia Theater's marquis announcing our the great unleashing of our transition initiative

The “Great Unleashing” of Mill Valley’s Transition Initiative

Where do YOU fit in? What part will YOU play?

A definition:

Transition: rebuilding community resilience and self-reliance by collaboratively addressing peak oil, zero waste, and  financial security.  Read more …

…. a collaboration  of local merchants, restaurateurs, artists, educators, gardeners, musicians, NGOs, seniors and students …

Tyler Florence — “innovative experience… rustic … global voices …. free the fork ….
Tony Tutto

 

mill valleys first rooftop garden, a replicable model designed on principles of permaculture

mill valley's first rooftop garden, a replicable model designed on principles of permaculture

1. The first rooftop garden in the community, designed by local permaculturists, maintained by local gardeners and students, a classroom under the stars

Rooftop gardens

maintained by local gardeners, students and seniors ...

maintained by local gardeners, students and seniors ...

In West Oakland, California, within earshot of the whoooossh of the elevated train and blocks from several glass-strewn vacant lots and a number of liquor stores, rests an oasis of greenery, complete with clucking chickens and a humming beehive.

Through intensive gardening techniques, City Slicker Farms, a network of four tiny farms comprising less than an acre between them, provides 20,000 pounds of organic produce per year to local residents on a sliding scale.

Resource: Use your Roof Guidebook. Produced by Bay Area Localize, a guide to viable technologies suitable for both new and existing buildings to transform roofs into productive spaces for food, water, and energy. (download free)

 

2. Canning aka Fresh Preserving Demos, Supplies, Recipes, Equipment

home canning is making a comeback

home canning is making a comeback

Resource: Living off the Grid

  • home canning = a sustainable lifestyle for your family
  • gardening and canning can lower your grocery bill
  • regain the reins on meeting  the nutritional needs of your family
preserving local foods, augmenting old recipes with a novel twist ...

preserving local foods, augmenting old recipes with a novel twist ...

Fresh Preserving Recipes ….. like cranberry musard, salsa verde, roasted red pepper spread, vegetable soup …

canning just got easier

canning just got easier

Canning Equipment and Supplies

3. Cooking: Looking to developing countries for inspiration: Uganda

from Uganda, a pellet stove
from Uganda, a pellet stove
or classes on how to build a solar powered stove
or classes on how to build a solar powered stove


Resource: How to build a solar powered stove

4. Getting Started: Initial Steps

a fleet of bicyles for deliveries and community sharing

a fleet of bicycles for deliveries and community sharing

  • establish  Green Business credential
  • investigate permits needed for a rooftop garden and for onsite cooking and canning demonstrations
  • create a fleet of Tyler Florence bicycles for community use and to transport food and supplies throughout the community (connect with Cafe of Life bike fleet)
  • weekly in store demonstrations
  • starter kits from rooftop garden for local gardeners
  • gardening lessons by local permaculturists
  • supplying herbs and vegetables to local shops, restaurants, and food insecure members of the community
  • kitchen and cooking supplies trade/swap, group purchase
  • local currency and trade