The Community Food Assessment is finished and available. Email us for a PDF (use firstname.lastname@example.org) or peruse a hard copy at the Healing Matrix (comfy couches!). Thanks a million to the author, RARE specialist Jules Reynolds, and to the Oregon Food Bank, which funded her year here in the CG-Creswell-Lorane-Dorena-north Douglas County area.
Unless noted, events are held at the Healing Matrix, 632 E. Main St (across from The Axe & Fiddle).
|3/3||Fri||6:30p||Sustainable Cottage Grove Potluck: Bring a healthy dish to share, and join us in building community one meal at a time.|
|3/21||Tue||6:00p||Fermentation Workshop: Work with Master Food Preservers to learn the science and art of safely making sauerkraut, kombucha, soda, sourdough, kimchi, kefir, and yogurt. Sliding scale fee is $10 to $15. Registration deadline is March 19. Contact Beth at 541-942-2360.|
|3/23||Thu||7:00p||We The People 2.0: Join us for the first Cottage Grove screening of the new documentary by Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund on the national community rights movement. Features local work in Lane County. Screening to be followed by a discussion with local community rights leaders.|
|4/1||Sat||1pm-5pm||Meet My Farmer: Join us for an afternoon of fun, learning, food, crafts, music, and more. Come down to the Boehmia Public Market at 10th and Washington and enjoy a day celebrating our local food movement.|
|4/8||Fri||6:30p||Sustainable Cottage Grove Potluck: Bring a healthy dish to share, and join us in building community one meal at a time.|
|4/29||Sat||9:45a||Sustainable Cottage Grove Quarterly Meeting: This is a time when we celebrate our community's successes in securing our local food system. Through various engaging activities, we review our focus and design action steps for the next three months in addressing the development of resilience in The Grove.|
|7/29||Sat||9:45a||Sustainable Cottage Grove Quarterly Meeting: See above for details.|
|10/7||Sat||1:00p||Celebrate Our Farmers: Bohemia Park at 10th and Washington Streets. Day long farmers' market with outdoor harvest-based activities. Bring the kids to have fun learning where our food comes from and who grows it. Pie Walk, Mask Making, Bean Bag Toss, Pumpkin Painting, Squash Bocci Ball, Penny in a Hay Stack are some featured outdoor activities. "You-Press" cider, fresh produce and lunch available for purchase.|
|10/21||Sat||1:00p||Sustainable Cottage Grove Quarterly Meeting: See above for details.|
Going local is a powerful strategy to repair our fractured world—our ecosystems, our societies and our selves.
Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
‘The Economics of Happiness’ describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re‐regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re‐build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.
We hear from a chorus of voices from six continents including Vandana Shiva, Bill McKibben, David Korten, Michael Shuman, Juliet Schor, Zac Goldsmith and Samdhong Rinpoche ‐ the Prime Minister of Tibetʹs government in exile. They tell us that climate change and peak oil give us little choice: we need to localize, to bring the economy home. The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well‐being. ‘The Economics of Happiness’ restores our faith in humanity and challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.
Cottage Grove Screening: The Economics of Happiness
Thursday January 30th, 7:00pm
Healing Matrix, 632 E. Main Street, Cottage Grove
$4 - $9 suggested donation at the door (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
For more information about the film, see: www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org
Our community or corporations
Over 150 communities across the country have demonstrated that there is a way to ensure local self-determination of our health, economies and community well-being.
Join us for an eye-opening community discussion with
Educator and community organizer in the Community Rights movement
WHEN: Wednesday Nov 20th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
WHERE: The Healing Matrix, 632 E. Main St, Cottage Grove
Suggestion donation of $5 - $20 to defray expenses
No one turned away for lack of funds
Beginning in Pennsylvania, and now stretching across nine states from Maine to New Mexico, 150 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable Community Rights laws that for the first time in U.S. history enshrine the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local places. Each of these new-paradigm laws defines what the community wants, reins in corporate so-called "rights", and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks.
What is it that most deeply matters to you? What kind of town/landscape do you want to live in ten years from now? 40 years? 100 years? What decisions need to be made SOON to get you where you want to go regarding water, air, energy, fracking, mining, cell phone towers, land and economic development, etc?
By utilizing the Community Rights legal strategy, and joining our voices with others to create empowerment and nourishment, we actually CAN get there from here!
Paul is a high-energy presenter whose engaging style is very effective at delivering the message
citizens need to understand: corporations are the subordinate creations of "we the people" and we
can and must reassert our sovereignty over them.
-- Betsy Barnum, Executive Director, Great River Earth Institute, Minnesota
For more information, email us at SustainableCottageGrove@gmail.com or call / text Rob at 541-543-5735
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Cottage Grove’s Food Hub aims to develop a robust and integrated food cycle that emphasizes sustainable local crop production, local food preparation, and convenient distribution and use by local consumers. The Food Hub seeks to encourage and support small-scale agriculture.
Attention Cottage Grovers -- we're working hard to make Cottage Grove a better place and need your help. We've got an ambitious agenda to make our local economy, food network, and transportation infrastructure more sustainable, and we'll need as broad and deep a cross-section of the Cottage Grove community actively engaged in order to make this happen.
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We've just launched the Cottage Grove Time Exchange (CGTE) -- a marketplace and a meeting place for members of our community to help each other.
The Cottage Grove TimeExchange is essentially an hour bank where we all get to help each other and benefit from each others skills and expertise. The basic idea is that when you provide a service to another member of the community, you get an hour of credit for every hour of help you provide. Similarly, when you need something done, you have the rest of the time exchange to find someone with the skills and experience you need. It's a great model, and has proven itself in communities across the country.
We have a newly installed time-exchange set up by the organization hOurWorld that developed the software and has hosted numerous exchanges around the country. They have many years experience with time banks and have developed a pretty robust service that we can just use right "out of the box".
By services, we mean those different types of help that we can each provide to our fellow community members. These could be things like child care, carpentry, garden work, massage, auto repair, computer assistance, web design, school tutoring, photography, driving, music lessons, cooking and catering, legal services, dog walking, decorating, and just about anything you can think of. See the complete list below.
So.... how do you get started... easy! The first step is to "join", i.e. to submit a membership application for the time exchange. Your application then gets reviewed and approved and you can then post the services that you are willing to offer and engage others to provide the services that you need.
TO SEE THE SERVICES AVAILABLE: www.hourworld.org/bank/Services.php?hw=1023
TO LOG-IN AS A MEMBER: www.hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1023