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January 17, 2020
Simply Living Community Update Newsletter: Celebrate Local!


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Come early tonight if you plan to see the Columbus premier of  Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway. It's getting a lot of buzz..."it's not a mushroom movie, it's a mushroom movement!  Expect a big community of interest so allow time to network at the Simply Living table and meet the expert panel members. 
     Dr. Jason Slot, OSU professor of plant pathology whose research focuses on the evolution of psilocybe in mushrooms;
     Dr. Joseph Campbell, director of the Environmental Professionals Network in the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources;
     Dr. Nese Devenot, Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioethics in Medicine, Society & Culture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and
     Dr. Brian Pace, co-founder of Mind Manifest Midwest, a Columbus-based psychedelic society that hosts public events, expert speakers, and shares research on the benefits of mushrooms.

NEWS - here are a few call outs before you scroll through this week's Update.
   > Green New Deal Town Hall - the word is getting out about the outstanding presenters at OSU on Jan 21. 200+ have registered and almost 300 are anticipated. Credit the young organizers and the quality speakers!
   > Feb EPN breakfast program will explore the new interest in BIRDS! FYI, if you miss an EPN event they are now streamed on their Youtube channel. Click Here for the recent Wildlife Conservation event.
   > Blue Rock Station will offer a workshop in Columbus on how to build your own Solar Generator - and avoid the messy, noisy, expensive, gas-powered equipment next time the power goes out. Thanks Jay Warmke!
   > SAVE THE DATE for Bill Cohen and friends performing their 11th Valentine Concert Feb 7 at the Mennonite church. Bill keeps busy... he and Paisha Thomas perform Songs of Struggle this Saturday at the Maple Grove Methodist church.
   > Lock Down the House about 4 women who challenged the political establishment will screen at Studio 35 on Sun Feb 9 from 2-4 pm. Three lost, but AOC won! Morgan Harper will share her experience in central Ohio before the film. FB just posted HERE.
   > Simply Living, the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and the Cbus Citizens Climate Lobby will be at the 2020 Kickoff potluck and program this Sunday Jan 19 at the UU Church from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

CONNIE HAMMOND Covers Community Events for the Columbus Ohio Peace Network 
Some of you know that Connie is my soul sister when it comes to chronicling local events. She includes many more events related to social justice and she also includes our Simply Living events.  I created a section with a number of events not covered here and encourage our readers to subscribe to Connie's calendar.  
   This week you will find some wonderful opportunities to attend Martin Luther King events, including a showing of the film Just Mercy with local faith leaders adding commentary. There will be a presentation on the value of Clean Water to the microbreweries in Ohio, hosted by Lineage Brewing. Presenters are from the Community Environmental Defense Fund.  Seth Jacobson is presenting on Veganism in relation to other struggles using an intersectional approach. The OSU COMPAS program is hosting a half day conference on What Is the American Dream?
   Check out these events and more happening this week in our Community section
Trust what moves you most deeply. ~ Sam Keen
Selected Highlights in this week's Community Update!
See the Learn section  
> EPN Breakfast Program: Hope is the thing with Feathers: A Soaring Journey with Jason Ward
> Blue Rock Station presents Learn to Build Your Own Solar Generator (Feb 8)
> Simply Living Book Club selection is Local Is Our Future. Discussion date is Sunday, March 8 from 3:30 - 5 pm at Portia's Cafe.
Fantastic Fungi
screening at the Gateway Jan 17-23
Green New Deal Town Hall at OSU Jan 21
NEW OSU Spring Semester Environmental Film Series (Jan 21)
A Life in the Wild: Thomas Mangelsen live and in person at OSU (Jan 21)
New January classes from Lily Kunning of Haven Herbs - Incense Making (Jan 16)  Oils Salves and Balms (Jan 19) and more.

In Transition 2.0 film and discussion with Care & Share Time Bank at 1st UU Church Jan 25
Monthly Plant Swap Jan 18. at City Folk's Farm Shop
Columbus Garden School: Baking Sourdough (Jan 18) Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing (Jan 25) and free Winter Seed Swap (Jan 25)

Stratford Ecological Center announces new classes on Organic Gardening and Native Plants (Feb 15)
Read more in the Learn section

See the News section 
> Bill Cohen and Friends Valentine Concert (Feb 7)
> Knock Down the House: Four Women Challenge the Political Status Quo (Feb 9) at Studio 35)
> Shepherd's Corner Ecology Center program "Rediscover Fasting" (Jan 21)

> Earth 911 features two articles: Eco-Friendly Ways to De-Ice and 4 Tips on Making Climate Change More Personal 
Blue Rock Station offers new books on Solar Installation (Jay) and Raising Goats (Annie)
Read more in the News section

See the Community section 
> Columbus Underground has chronicled weekend events!
> Connie Hammond's e-newsletter updated!
Sierra Club Central Ohio Group has planned their New Year Social with a great program (Jan 30)
Columbus Community Media!

 Read more in the Community section

See the Arts & Culture Section  
> Square Dancing venues are updated with upcoming events
> Java Central Coffee House presents Amethystone! (Jan 18) 
> Community Artists of Westerville on display at the Java Central art gallery (Open House Jan 23)
> Literary Events: Hannah Stephenson will read at the Poetry Forum; + schedule announced through February
> Columbus Civic Theater presents The Girlhood of Shakespeare's Heroines
Bill Cohen and Paisha Thomas Concert: Songs of Struggle: 1960-65 (Jan 18)
Wayfarers' Appalachian roots music featured at Columbus Folk Music Society event *Jan 25)
Kafe Kerouac
regular events are linked.

Read more in the Arts & Culture section

SEE the Local Foods Section 
> Worthington Farmers market (Jan 18) features Walk with a Doc and Yoga and Free Market Yoga with Jade Yoga and Wellness

> One Bite Wellness blog by Adrienne Raimos features Top 5 Plant Based Breakfasts
> Franklin County Soil and Water Division announces their Mini-Grant program + we link to their excellent online newsletter.
Agroecologist and author Eric Holt-Gimenez will keynote the OEFFA conference.
The 41st OEFFA Conference in Dayton is now OPEN for Registration!

Read more in the 
Local Foods section


Simply Living Sustainable U organizes workshops/classes in Central Ohio that
train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Energy Solutions
Green Building  • Finance • Transportation • Economics
Those who say it cannot be done, should not interrupt those who are already doing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw
Fantastic Fungi film posterFRIDAY, JANUARY 17
7 - 9 PM
Gateway Film Center
1550 N High St, Columbus 43201

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Are you ready to explore the magic that lives beneath our feet? We're delighted to host the opening night screening of Fantastic Fungi at the Gateway. You can see the trailer on the website and be sure to visit the Mush Room for wonderful resources and clips that will draw you in for a deep dive into the world of mushrooms and the new knowledge of their functions in maintaining and healing our planet. The film features world renowned mycologist Paul Stamets. 

The expert panel following the film will include:
Dr. Jason Slot, OSU professor of plant pathology whose research focuses on the evolution of psilocybe in mushrooms;
Dr. Joseph Campbell, director of the Environmental Professionals Network in the OSU School of Environment and Natural Resources;
Dr. Neşe Devenot, Postdoctoral Scholar in Bioethics in Medicine, Society & Culture at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; and
Dr. Brian Pace, co-founder of Mind Manifest Midwest, a Columbus, Ohio based psychedelic society that hosts public events, welcomes expert speakers, and shares harm-reduction information in-person and online.

Not to be missed! If you can't attend Friday evening when Simply Living will be tabling and hosting an expert panel and Q&A discussion, make plans to see it during the week of January 17-23. Details on our panel will be announced soon.

Turkey tail mushrooms have been used to treat
various maladies for hundreds of years in Asia, Europe,
and by indigenous peoples in North America.
7:30 - 9:30 AM 

Hope is the thing with feathers:
A soaring journey with Jason Ward

Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center at OSU
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus 43210

$10 (includes breakfast) College Students Free

BIRDING is one of the most popular recreational activities in the world and it contributes billions of dollars to the U.S. economy ( Although humans have always observed birds, new technologies have given birding a huge boost in recent years. It appeals to a wide variety of passions such as art, digital photography, citizen science, conservation initiatives and even has a huge presence through social media (i.e. eBird and online birding groups). The list goes on!

Due to their accessibility and ubiquity, they are a useful tool for subjects like environmental education, wildlife conservation and awareness on environmental issues. Birds easily transmit values on respect to nature and the fragility of ecosystems.

In 2019, one of the major bird-related stories of the year involved a stark warning about a sharp decline in overall bird numbers. Bird enthusiasts were shaken by the publication in September of an article warning that the number of birds in the United States and Canada has fallen by 29 percent since 1970 (

Birders love to share stories of how their interest took root. It always starts with a single bird or “spark bird” that triggers that lifelong interest to keep looking up. For Jason Ward it started with a peregrine falcon eating a pigeon in South Bronx, New York. This booming recreational activity has expanded conversations not only around the history of birding, but also discussions on human impact, population decline, climate change, conservation efforts, inclusion and even engaging younger generations.

Join us as Jason Ward takes you on a journey of where his love for birds and wildlife began. He never imagined he would be where he is today, but he always had a passion to learn more about the natural world around him. During this EPN Breakfast program, you’ll learn about his adventures, what he learned, how it changed him personally and professionally as well as tips you can take away to get you started on your own birding voyage.

See the Agenda and more info about the speaker Jason Ward HERE.

Green New Deal Town HallTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
6 - 8 PM

Ohio Union - U.S. Bank Conference Center
1739 N High St, Columbus 43215
Free, Donations appreciated

Register on Eventbrite

Climate change is a global emergency. The Amazon rainforest is burning, Greenland’s ice shelf is melting, and the Arctic is on fire. People across the country and the world are already experiencing the deadly consequences of our climate crisis, as extreme weather events like heat waves, wildfires, droughts, floods, and hurricanes upend entire communities, ecosystems, economies, and ways of life, as well as endanger millions of lives. Communities of color, working class people, and the global poor have borne and will bear this burden disproportionately.

The scientific community is telling us in no uncertain terms that we have less than 11 years left to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy, if we are going to leave this planet healthy and habitable for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. The Green New Deal aims to do just that.

Come and learn about the Green New Deal from our experts. Topics covered include:

- What is and what will the GND do?

- How do we pay for the GND?

- International political conditions for the GND

Q&A discussion will take place with the audience after speaker presentations.
The panel of experts will feature Dr. Fadhel Kaboub, professor of Economics at Denison, Dr. Joel Wainwright, professor of Geography at OSU, and Cathy Cowan Becker, leader of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 campaign in Ohio. More info on the presenters when you register on Eventbrite.

Free and open to all; pizza and beverages at 6:30 p.m.
Learn more about each of the films and additional details on the series here.

OSU Environmental Film Series Winter 2020.
Thomas Mangelsen photographerTUESDAY, JANUARY 21
7 - 9 PM

OSU Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Bldg
134-140 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

     Ohio State's School of Environment and Natural Resources/ Environmental Professionals Network and Sustainability Institute Ppresents Thomas Mangelsen Live and in person. In a return visit to OSU and EPN, upon the opening of a year-long exhibition of his iconic photographs at COSI, don’t miss the opportunity to interact with this renowned photographer and passionate wildlife conservation leader. Quoting From the Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune arts critic review of Mangelsen’s “A Life in the Wild” exhibition (coming to COSI mid-January), “For all the beauty and how-did-he-shoot-that wonder of the imagery, the exhibit throbs, too, with an environmental message: These creatures in these places are beyond special. In Mangelsen’s compositions, there is something of the sacred to the line of gray wolves walking across a Yellowstone valley landscape or the moose on a small hill, reflected, along with the great Alaska mountain Denali, in the water below. These scenes are revealed to us not so we may glimpse a passing moment, in Mangelsen’s vision, but so that we may prove ourselves worthy of seeing more like them.”
     Noteworthy too is Mangelsen’s support for the federal Endangered Species Act, including opposition of de-listing the grizzly bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 
PROGRAM: Welcome and introduction of Tom Mangelsen, David Hanselmann, OSU SENR Lecturer and former chief of soil and water resources at ODNR.
60 Minutes interview of Mangelsen by Anderson Cooper, with Jane Goodall, first airing May 6, 2018.
Informal presentation by Tom Mangelsen, with select images and stories
Q&A/discussion: Mangelsen with OSU SENR Professor Jeremy Bruskotter and Bill Stanley, state director for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio -- focused on wildlife and endangered species conservation and management.
Q&A/discussion with attendees
In Transition 2.0 film logoSATURDAY, JANUARY 25
4:30 - 7 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd. Columbus 43214
Free, Donations appreciated

Updates on Facebook and Meetup

Simply Living is partnering with the Time Bank to screen the movie, In Transition 2.0, by the Transition Network, a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world. The film is an immersion into the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations.

Doors open at 4:30 pm Saturday and we will screen the film around 5 pm. The film lasts about one hour and we will discuss the film afterwards. Light refreshments will be provided and you are welcome to bring your favorite dessert of snack to share.

All are welcome! You do not have to be a member of Simply Living or the Time Bank to attend. Bring a friend and discover stories that inspire and offer hope in challenging times.

“I think what you can learn from the microgrids and the way they’ve performed is that so much of community resilience is happening from the bottom up.”  ~ Roy Torbert discussing how microgrids kept functioning after the Puerto Rican earthquake in Microgrid Knowledge.

Monthly Plant Swap posterUpcoming Events
City Folk's Farm Shop
4760 N. High St.
Columbus OH 43214
Phone 614-946-5553
SEE All Classes HERE

Monthly Plant Swap at City Folk’s
Sun Jan 18, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The Monthly Plant Swap is a great way to get your plant fix on the cheap! Every month, join us to swap your outdoor plants, indoor plants, perennials, annuals, starts, seedlings, cuttings, seeds, pots, tools, anything plant related! Pest free is always best. We are here to answer any planty questions you may have. Don’t have anything to swap? That’s ok, come anyway! There are plants for sale in the. Shop and there are usually extras to share.  Be sure to check out our selection of plants, soils, tools and amendments in the shop and go home with everything you need for your new plants! RSVP HERE

Upcoming Classes
Columbus Garden School
1350 East Cooke Rd
Columbus OH 43224
(614) 404-7236



picture of sourdough bread loaf
Baking with Bernadett: Sourdough (PM) 
Starts Jan 18 $20
Have you never used a sourdough culture? Never kneaded and shaped a bread? Then this class is for you! We’ll go through the process step by step. We’ll take a look at...Learn More

milk jugs
Milk Jug Winter Seed Sowing 

Starts Jan 25 $20

Yes, you CAN start seeds without a fancy greenhouse or special lights -- at home, and in winter! In fact, the outdoor method using recycled milk jugs is preferable for...Learn More


Winter Seed Swap & Catalog Rodeo 
Starts Jan 25 Free

There's no better way to spend a slushy day than planning your vegetable and flower gardening for next summer. C'mon down to the Winter Seed Swap & Catalog Rodeo at the...Learn More

Mushrooms are miniature pharmaceutical factories, and of the thousands of mushroom species
in nature, our ancestors and modern scientists have identified several dozen that have a unique
combination of talents that improve our health. ~ Paul Stamets

Haven Herbs logoThe Medicine Maker series starts Jan 19 and one class month for 8 months (or take classes a la carte) January's class (3-5 pm) is Oils, Salves, and Balms.($40)
     This series resurrects and holds dear the generational wisdom of our elders- making medicine at home as well as our food. We have lost generational wisdom over the years. Recipe books of old included remedies, tonics, and body care recipes, not just meals! Learn about how to make these in your own kitchen.
     This is a fun DIY workshop series. Come ready to get dirty! Wear clothes you don't mind getting stained (or bring an apron), and a notebook to take notes! Handouts will be given, but video recording, voice recording, and note taking is encouraged to retain the techniques in your head!


The Art of Medicine Making series by Lily Kunning

Blue Rock Station Presents:
Learn to Build your own Solar Generator

February 8, 2020
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: First English Lutheran Church 1015 E Main St. Columbus 43205

$65 (includes course, detailed plans, Assembling a Solar Generatobook)
It is a hot summer afternoon (or worse yet, a brutally cold winter’s morning).  The power goes out.  It may be only for an hour.  It may be down for days.  What are your options? The electrical grid in our nation is in pretty rough shape.  Power outages are becoming more and more common. Each day (on average) 500,000 Americans loose electrical service for 2 hours.   As a result, many people are investing hundreds and even thousands of dollars in gasoline or diesel generators.  The power goes down – and the neighborhood suddenly sounds like a lawnmower.  Loud and smelly generators come to life.  There is a better option, however. Join us for an afternoon and learn how you can build your own solar generator.  Harness the clean energy of the sun and power your critical loads in quiet comfort.  Here is how it works… The solar panel charges a battery bank within the generator.  When the grid goes down, simply plug your appliance into the outlet on the side of the generator and it will run, quietly, with no fumes, while the grid is down.  If the sun is shining, you can recharge your batteries using the solar panel as you are using the generator.  Keep the generator in your home if you would like, with the panel outside (no noise or fumes, remember?) 
Get all the details and sign up HERE.

Upcoming Classes at the Stratford Ecological Center

Organic Gardening for Adults
Saturday, February 15, 9-11am

Learn simple organic gardening techniques that will have your neighbors wondering how your garden produce can look so great without using harmful pesticides and herbicides.  From the soil to those pesky bugs, we will explore the basics of organic gardening techniques. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015.

The Importance of Native Plants in Your Garden
Saturday, February 15, 11:30am-1pm

Learn about plants native to this region and how they benefit and sustain local wildlife. Participants will receive seed to add to or start their native plant collection. Facilitated by Stratford Ecological Center staff and Delaware County Master Gardener Volunteers. $10 per person. Advanced registration required. Call 740-363-2548 to register. Located at 3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH 43015
Book Cover Local Is Our FutureLocal Is Our Future:

Steps to an Economics of Happiness

The Simply Living Book Club's Winter selection is a brand new book by Helena Norberg-Hodge, the woman who produced the Economics of Happiness video that dramatically contrasted the problems with the global economic status quo and the benefits of moving to a more localized economy.

The new book is being released along with a TED Talk that explains the need for bold, systemic changes that offer genuine hope for a sustainable future. The date for the initial discussion is Sunday, March 8 (3:30 - 5 pm) at Portia's Cafe in Clintonville. Portia has graciously agreed to leave another selection of vegan treats to enjoy from 5-6 pm. Donations are appreciated.
SL is offering the $12.95 book for $10 to our members.  

Email <>. or text/call 614-354-6172 to register or purchase the book.
Nature has an incredible capacity for regeneration and growth,
but we can't experience it if we stay fearful and focused on lack.
~ Frances Moore Lappé
Bring your Loyalty Card to any Simply Living film, meetup, class, or event and get it punched. When all ten holes are punched you will receive a $50 credit toward any classes or workshops sponsored by Simply Living. Available to all Simply Living members.
Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet. ~ Carl Sagan
Click for the Simply Living DVD Collection. Scroll down to view titles. To borrow a DVD, email Chuck or call 614-354-6172.
Bill Cohen with guitar and valentineFRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
7:30 PM

Columbus Mennonite Church
35 E. Oakland Park Ave - Columbus 43214

Serious love songs  and a humorous trivia quiz will highlight the 11th valentine concert.  With guitar and piano, Bill will sing favorites from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, made famous by John Denver, the Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg,, the Eagles, the Beatles, Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, Tom Waits, and others.  

 While the songs will reflect the ecstasy, warmth, heartache, and pain that love can bring, there will be a lighter side too, as Bill challenges the audience with trivia questions about famous and infamous couples and love songs throughout the decades.   Scrumptious home-baked sweets will be served at intermission, and a couple special surprises are also being planned.
Ann Fisher will be on hand to add some romantic flute accompaniment on several songs.  And the all-girl trio, the Harmonettes, will add some tight vocal back-ups on other tunes.  David Maywhoor will keep the beat on percussion, and Brian Szuch will add sparkling lead guitar riffs.

 While the songs will reflect the ecstasy, warmth, heartache, and pain that love can bring, there will be a lighter side too, as Bill challenges the audience with trivia questions about famous and infamous couples and love songs throughout the decades. 

Scrumptious home-baked sweets will be served at intermission, and a couple special surprises are also being planned.

 A $15 donation per person is being requested at the door, with proceeds going to help produce the upcoming Central Ohio Folk Festival, a project of the Columbus Folk Music Society.

 For more information, call Bill at 263-3851 or  
Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes.
Because for those who love with heart and soul
there is no such thing as separation. ~ Rumi
2 - 4 PM

Knock Down the House is a documentary about four women who challenged the political establishment in their runs for office in 2018. In Central Ohio we have our own candidate challenging the political establishment in her run for Congress in 2020 - Morgan Harper.

Before the film, Morgan will speak about her journey - why she chose to run for Congress, what it is like to go up against the powers that be, and what she hopes will result from her campaign.

Then sit back and enjoy a screening of Knock Down the House. Here's the movie description:

When tragedy struck her family in the midst of the financial crisis, Bronx-born Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had to work double shifts in a restaurant to save her home from foreclosure. After losing a loved one to a preventable medical condition, Amy Vilela didn’t know what to do with the anger she felt about America’s broken health care system. Cori Bush was drawn into the streets when the police shooting of an unarmed black man brought protests and tanks into her neighborhood. Paula Jean Swearengin was fed up with watching her friends and family suffer and die from the environmental effects of the coal industry.

At a moment of historic volatility in American politics, these four women decide to fight back, setting themselves on a journey that will change their lives and their country forever. Without political experience or corporate money, they build a movement of insurgent candidates challenging powerful incumbents in Congress. Their efforts result in a legendary upset.
Fungi are the grand recyclers of the planet and the vanguard species in habitat restoration.
~ Paul Stamets
Democracy is not a spectator sport, it's a participatory event.
If we don't participate in it, it ceases to be a democracy.
~ Michael Moore

Shepherd's Corner
Ecology Center

987 N Waggoner Road Blacklick, OH 43004
(614) 866-4302

Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center, staff and animals, are excited for 2020! Our January through April events are posted on our Facebook as well as on our website. If you would like more information regarding a program, do not hesitate to reach out. To register for any of these programs, please visit the calendar on our website or give us a call at (614) 866-4302.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21                        
6:30 - 8 PM

Suggested Donation: $5

Registration closes 3 business days prior to program.
CONTACT: Miranda  614-866-4302
     Discover or rediscover that fasting is a practice with many benefits for our body, mind and soul. Fasting has long been a tradition and spiritual practice of many faiths including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others. With the coming of the observance of Lent, this is a time to reacquaint ourselves with this practice.
Come and join a conversation about personal fasting experiences and understandings of this rich spiritual practice.   
     Facilitated by: John Seryak, a lifelong educator retired from 45 years as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, tutor, and home instructor. He is also a volunteer at Shepherd’s Corner, serves as Labyrinth caretaker and as a Board of Advisers member. John is a Third Order Secular Franciscan yet also follows the examples of the Dominican and Benedictine traditions or religious spirituality.
     Shepherd’s Corner Ecology Center is an outreach of The Dominican Sisters of Peace. Our upcoming programs are available as a PDF file HERE. Information, such as facilitator names or extended descriptions, can be located on the calendar page of our website.

Blue Rock Station
40-acre Sustainability Center
Blue Rock Station, LLC
1190 Virginia Ridge Road
Philo, OH  43771
Phone 740-674-4300


Learn sustainable living from the masters!
UPDATED January 2019!


Designing & Installing Solar PV Systems Cover Image

This textbook is designed to prepare solar installers to take the ETA Level 2 certification exam or the NABCEP installer exam. It is the advanced level study guide that builds upon lessons learned in the introductory text, Installing Photovoltaics.
This study guide builds upon a foundation of knowledge in residential solar PV installation and expands into the field of commercial project installation and project management.

This text is designed to help prepare students who wish to sit for industry-accepted certification programs such as the ETA Level 2 PV Certification or the NABCEP PV Installer Certification Program.


Raising Goats as a Business…

The Business of Goat Herding

     The business of raising dairy livestock requires that the farmer be head of the herd. The herder must provide the animal with the tools they need to support their natural systems, making sure they receive the right kind and amount of food, vitamins, minerals – clean water – and a healthy environment.
     Raising goats is not easy. They are intelligent, fussy, fragile, robust, and exasperating. They are fun, kind, gentle, abusive, loving and inquisitive. In short – goats are amazing creatures and the most widely kept domestic livestock animal in the world!
Despite this, traditional vets seem to know almost nothing about goats. Our farm service system in this country all but ignores their existence. So how can you get started in this growing and profitable business? 
The Goddess of Old Europe and Ancient Crete represented the unity of life in nature, delight in the diversity of form, the powers of birth, death and regeneration. ~ Carol P. Christ
Shoveling Snow




Eco-Friendly Ways to
De-Ice (in case it snows :)

There is a lot of advice about the best way to clear a sidewalk, and most of it doesn’t consider environmental impacts. But we do in this article.

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4 Tips on Making

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It’s easy to look at climate change as something that is happening somewhere else in the world, to someone else. This new year, we invite you to make climate change personal with these 4 tips.

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We need community action and policies to support healthy communities. ~ Mark Hyman
Care and Share Time Bank photosSUNDAY JANUARY 19
6:30 - 8:30  PM
POTLUCK 6:30pm & PROGRAM 7:15pm
The Role of CSTB in the Environmental Community 
First Unitarian Universalist Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd, Columbus OH 43214
Contact: Vilvi <>
Please bring a food to share. Recipes are appreciated. Bring items you no longer need for the sharing table. 
January Program
:  Meet the Citizens Climate Lobby,  the Clintonville Energy Collaborative, and Simply Living! Representatives from each organization will Talk briefly, bring info, and answer your questions!  Facebook event page HERE.

For more info on the Time Bank and the poster, visi the website here

Join us for Central Ohio Group's New Year Social!

When: Thursday, January 30th, 2020
6:30- 7pm Social Time: Meet and greet fellow Sierra Club members, activists, staff, and volunteer leaders. Beverages (soft drinks and wine) and light appetizers included. Green goodie baskets will be available for raffle chances.
7pm Program Begins: Hear from group members and staff about active campaigns: Ready For 100, Past Plastic, Beyond Coal, and various volunteer opportunities. Please bring your questions and suggestions!

8pm Raffle Drawings!
Location: OSU Northwood-High Building
2231 N. High Street, Columbus, 43201
First Floor - Room 100

 Parking: Free parking is permitted free of charge at spaces marked "R - Reserved / Rardin Clinic." Unauthorized cars parked at "A" and "B" permit spaces will result in a $60.00 citation by CampusParc. Free parking is also available on adjacent Norwich and Northwood Avenues after 6:00pm on weekdays.  Door Access: During the evening you may only enter the building from the lower parking level entrance at the rear of the building.  If you find that the doors are locked, call 614-292-HELP and someone will assist.

For questions, contact Ann Marie Condo at 

Columbus Underground Mega Weekend!
Winter Beerfest, Winter Hikes, Women’s March & More
Compiled by Anne Evans. Full CU Website listings HERE.

Mega Weekend – Winter Beerfest, Winter Hikes, Women’s March & More

The Winter Beerfest is this weekend!

Here’s to the weekend! Tickets are sold out for the Big Bacon Bash! Don’t miss your chance to be at the Sweet Treats Dessert Festival! Here are some local ways to help Australia. Below are some top picks for the weekend and find links to daily lists.


-Dance to Motion Drum ‘n Bass
-Go on the 55th Annual Hocking Hills Winter Hike
Rewild Yoga has their grand opening
-Do a fun workout at Bend and Brew with Modo Yoga!
Winter Hikes start with #1 at Scioto Audubon
-Go on the Westerville Women’s March 2020
Dance at Funkdefy at The Oracle!
Bring your dog to yoga


-Catch classic film screenings at The Wex during the Reagan-era
-Jen Wrubleski debuts “Low Key Babe”- (in Gateway Gallery tonight)
-Don’t miss 
Pete The Cat or Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Light Opera returns! Show at Lincoln Theatre
-Attend Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert
-See new artwork in Seasons at 80 on the Commons


Columbus Winter Beerfest is this weekend
-Try Seventh Son’s Spiced Coffee Imperial Stout
-Try Bulk Food Shopping for 2020
-Check out the Columbus Barista Jam
-Catch G. Love & Special Sauce at A&R Music Bar
-It’s the final Rock Potluck at Ace of Cups
-Natalie’s Grandview hosts fo/mo/deep
Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce is Open
-Take a Look at The Woodbury


-CCS wants your input on Portrait of a Graduate
-Shop Winter Sale Speakeasy at Samson
-Check out Logan’s Frozen Festival
-Learn to do block printing on tea towels
-Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday at an event on Saturday
-Learn how to fix problems with bonsai
-Plan what 2020 will look like at Westgate Park
-COSI Discovery Nights: Dangerous Science
-Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Mega Weekend gives you a great list of events this weekend in Columbus, so you can be in the know! Looking for more things to do? Here’s a list of events for Thursday, for Friday, for Saturday, and Sunday.

There’s always more in the Events Calendar
I want Americans to realize that we are the owners of this country,
and that one person can make a difference. ~ Michael Moore

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Saturday, January 18, 2020, 12:30 – 3:30 PM.  MLKjr Weekend Screening of Just Mercy with Fellow Justice-Minded Folks.  Join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend for a special screening of the new film, "Just Mercy" with like-minded justice-seeking folks. We urge everyone to see this film in the theaters (Opens Jan 10!), and if the time works for you, see it with us at a special discounted rate starting at 12:30pm on January 18th at Cinemark Polaris.  FEATURING: Welcome and introductory remarks by Rev. Dr. Jack Sullivan, Jr., Executive Director, Ohio Council of Churches, Board member, Journey of Hope... From Violence to Healing, Advisory Board, Death Penalty Action, Immediate past board chairman, Ohioans to Stop Executions.  Location:  Cinemark Polaris 18 and XD, 1071 Gemini Place, Columbus d43240.  Tickets and more information on Eventbrite.

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Data 101 With Indivisible Westerville.  Join us to learn more about how campaigns make use of data to target voters and how volunteers put it to use! This will be a great event for Indivisible members looking for a "look behind the curtain" of data and for group leaders looking to put data to better use.  Location:  Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St., Westerville 43081.  Facebook

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM.  Delaware County Women’s March with Special Guest Alaina Shearer.  We are so excited to bring the Women's March to Delaware County! If you love standing up for equal pay, women's healthcare, paid family leave and other women's rights issues, but can't make it to DC this year, join us on Saturday, January 18th right here at home!  We will be stepping off at the new Delaware County Courthouse at the location listed above at 10 am and walking down Sandusky to the Bicentennial Park Gazebo. Our Special Guest speakers are Congressional Candidate for OH-12 Alaina Shearer, State Senate District 16 Candidate Crystal Lett and State House District 67 Candidate Rachael Morocco. Parking is available on N Union St. or S Sandusky. All women and allies welcome!  Bring your beautiful signs, friends and excitement!  Location:  117 N. Union St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.  Facebook

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Columbus Women’s March 2020.  We will no longer wait for the “right time." We will not wait for justice. We demand equality now! The Women’s March on Washington 4th anniversary will be held on January 18, 2020, all while recognizing the actual anniversary is on the honorary Dr. Martin Luther King Day. We will never forget civil rights leaders who came before us, whose shoulders we stand on and those who fought for freedom and liberation of all people.  Location:  Washington Gladden Social Justice Park, 404 E. Broad St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00 PM.  Interconnected Oppression:  Linking Veganism and Other Struggles.  Columbus Veg Community (CVC) is thrilled to host another lecture event with beloved local vegan activist and educator: Seth Josephson, PhD!  What does meat-eating have to do with sexism, racism, ableism, and other forms of oppression? During this talk Seth Josephson, Ph.D., will outline an “intersectional” approach to animal advocacy. Rather than seeing things like white-supremacy, sexism, and exploitation of animals as separate, an interconnected approach looks for how each of these harmful systems reinforces one another and how each is supported by a shared ideology of othering. Seeing all oppressions as connected, we can work together to pull injustice out by the root. We can work toward the ultimate goal of “total liberation.”  Columbus Veg Community (CVC) is asking attendees for a $5 donation to help cover costs of this event.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1423 N. High St., Columbus 43201.  Facebook

Monday, January 20, 2020, 7:00 AM (doors open), 7:30 AM Program.  35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast.  Theme:  Keep Moving Forward.  Keynote speaker:  Representative Joyce Beatty.  Tickets $60 (early bird discount of 10% for purchases in October). Location:  Greater Columbus Convention Center, Exhibition Hall C, 400 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  Ticket sales end January 3.  Tickets and more information here.

Monday, January 20, 2020, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Clean Water for Columbus Craft Beer @Lineage Brewery.  Join us in exploring the singular and diverse world of Columbus Craft Beer. In this monthly series, we’ll talk with the brewers and guests who know a lot about Clean water and how important it is for our people and this phenomenal burgeoning industry!  FREE EVENT/ CASH BAR Our first guests will be Will Falk and Tish O’Dell from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund,  They will talk and share some great film clips of upcoming movies and the hilarious Lake Erie Bill of Rights episode on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah.  Location:  Lineage Brewing, 2971 N. High St., Columbus 43202.  Facebook

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 8:00 PM.  Audubon Campaigns Webinar Series Campaigns 101.  The real change that birds need will come from all of us organizing and working together. Join our Advocacy 101 training to get started. This informative training includes an overview of what makes up an advocacy campaign, how to identify your advocacy goals, and how to create a campaign strategy.  All are welcome! Register here and you will receive a calendar invite and email reminders. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Beyond Coal Community Action Night/Cons Comm Meeting.  Our first Community Action Night of 2020 will be in our new office in the Brewery District!  More to come!  Location:  503 S. Front St., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  Melt Stigma:  Easton.  Do you like various types of grilled cheese? Do you prefer to support progressive businesses & their efforts to give back to the community? Big fan of abortion access? Have we got the collaborative event for you!  Join us for Melt Stigma, a series of events with Melt Bar & Grilled, with the hope of raising money, combating inaccurate abortion rhetoric & engaging Ohioans to get involved in our movement!  Fine print: Share the attached flyer with family, friends & colleagues. 20% of the entire day's sales (with flyer) will be money donated back to NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio. That's alcohol, takeout, catering, everything! The flyer MUST be presented (physically or digitally) to have your meal count towards the fundraiser.  Location:  Melt Bar and Grillef (Easton), Easton Gateway, 4206 Worth Ave., Columbus 43219.  More information and flyer on Facebook
ALSO Thursday, January 23, 2020, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM.  Melt Stigma: Short NorthLocation:  Melt Bar and Grilled (Short North), 840 N. High St., Columbus 43215.  More information and flyer on Facebook.   

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:00 – 8:15 PM.  Monthly Ohio Legislative Update. Join Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, Executive Director of UUJO, and other guests to discuss what is happening this month in the Ohio Statehouse. We will discuss updates on key legislation, including SB 33 anti-protest bill, SB 3 criminal justice reform, gun safety legislation, and more.  Register here

Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  BQIC Meeting.  Come on out to the first Member Meeting of the year so we can start planning for what's ahead as a collective!  We'll make time to discuss the upcoming Earthship visit, the 3rd annual Community Pride, collectivizing political ed within BQIC through Each One Teach One, and more!  There are also updates to share from the Columbus Freedom Coalition on ways you can be involved moving forward.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, Driving Park Branch, 1422 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus 43205.  Facebook

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 – 8:30 PM.  Building the Black Agenda.  Jobs. Mental Health. Housing Affordability. Education. Poverty. Criminal Justice. Homelessness. Eviction. Food Insecurity. Addiction. Environmental Justice. Civil Protections. Transportation. Community Development. These are just some of the issues affecting the African Diaspora throughout #Columbus. As we empower ourselves to build healthier lives, stronger families, and vibrant communities -- it will require all of us to ​share in the responsibility to develop a unified strategy in addressing our collective concerns. Join the Columbus African Council and other community partners as we set a course for a more prosperous future throughout the African Diaspora in Columbus.  Location:  Columbus Metropolitan Library, 96 S. Grant Ave., Columbus 43215.  Facebook

Friday, January 24, 2020, 2:00 – 5:30 PM.  COMPAS Conference:  What is the American Dream?  Is the American dream still alive? Who is and is not included in its promise? What does it require of us today? What is the relationship between its various parts; between freedom, democracy, opportunity, and prosperity?  This event is free and open to the public, and is co-sponsored by the The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity.  Hosted by Ohio State University Center for Ethics and Human Values.  Location:  Ohio Union at The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus 43210.  More information on Facebook

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seeing yourself in things that are not you.
~ Chuck Klosterman

8 PM Friday-Saturday, 2 PM Sunday


Columbus Civic Theater
3837 Indianola Ave, Cbus 43214
Tickets $17.50 - $20   Purchase 

In Don Nigro's innovative and intimate play, five women in five monologues give fresh, eye-opening perspective from some of Shakespeare's classic characters and the actresses who play them.
Plays Thursdays through Sundays ending February 2nd.
Bill Cohen and Paisha ThomasSATURDAY, JANUARY 18
7 - 8:30 PM


Maple Grove Methodist Church
7 W Henderson, Columbus 43214
(free parking in back via Aldrich Rd)

     When civil rights activists faced the threat of snarling police dogs, jail cells, and sometimes even death, they often energized and emboldened themselves by singing simple freedom songs.
     We’ll recall that unusual era, 1960-65, when blacks and whites marched together, were beaten together, and were sometimes killed together as they campaigned for simple human rights, taken for granted a half century later. 
     “Songs of Struggle,” with local musicians Paisha Thomas and Bill Cohen, will rekindle the tunes and spirit of that era.   Among the songs: Oh Freedom, Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around, I’m On My Way to the Freedom Land, and We Shall Overcome.
     The timing of the concert couldn’t be more appropriate.  It comes 2 weeks before the 60th anniversary of the first lunch counter sit-in, and it comes just days after the 90th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
     The songs will punctuate vintage film footage of some of the major triumphs and tragedies of the early civil rights movement.  Among them: the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 freedom rides, the 1963 March on Washington, murders by southern racists, and the 1965 marches in Selma.
     Admission is free but we’ll take up a free-will offering.  Bill and Paisha will split the proceeds with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has championed the rights of minorities and the poor for 4 decades.
     For more info, contact or (614) 263-3851
No salvation without regeneration -
no spiritual life without a new birth
- no heaven without a new heart.
~ J. C. Ryle
Java Central in WestervilleSATURDAY JANUARY 18
7 - 10 PM,


P: (614) 839-0698

Next week's live music:  
Blues with LIL' RED and the ROOSTER - special IBC competition show!
FRIDAYS – Acoustic Open Mic, welcoming everyone with musical talent and/or aspirations to sing and play – considered one of the best around. Note: sign-ups begin at 6PM and fill up quickly!
SATURDAYS – Professional performances by groups or individual singers and musicians. Eclectic genres range from rock, folk, pop, bluegrass, jazz – and more!


Contra DancersBig Scioty Contra Dancing
First Congregational Church
444 East Broad St. Cbus 43215

Saturday,  January 18 – Big Scioty
Trillium and Richard Ades
8 - 11 pm,. beginners lesson at 7:30 pm

All Soles Contra Dancers
All Soles Contra & Square Dance

All Soles at First UU Church
93 W Weisheimer Rd Cbus 43214
Friday, February 8
Changeling with Margaret Goodman calling

square dancing at wild goose creativeWild Goose Creative Square Dancing
2491 Summit Ave Cbus 43202

(First Friday of the Month)
Friday, February 7
7-11 pm

The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing. ~ Amit Kalantri

Readings in Local Bookstores, Bars, Cafes, Colleges 

Events listed here:


The Poetry Forum
January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm EST 
|Recurring Event (See all)
Bossy Grrls Pin Up Joint, 2598 N High St
Columbus, OH 43202 United States + Google Map

Featured readings + open mic since 1984  Mondays 7 pm     
Jan 20 ~ Hannah Stephenson (pictured above)
Jan 27 ~ Kari Gunter-Seymour
Feb 3 ~ Andy Havens
Feb 10 ~ Jen Town
Feb 17 ~ Kahty Xiong
Feb 24 ~ Tyiesha Shorts FIND OUT MORE »


Here are links to more events in some of our local bookstores!

Gramercy Books in Bexley (2424 E Main St 43209) From author talks to a monthly book club to poetry readings, find it here.
The Book Loft in German Village (631 South Third Street 43206) We work with a wide variety of authors each year in our store and many off-site venues across the city. 
Two Dollar Radio Headquarters in Columbus South Side (1124 Parsons Ave 43206) The family-run cafe and bookstore brought to you by local indie press Two Dollar Radio!
Kafe Kerouac in University District (2250 N High St 43201) Kafe Kerouac hosts a plethora of musical acts, poets, speakers, interest groups, and the like. 

Kafe Kerouac audience Kafe Kerouac hosts a weekly open mic for musicians and two regular poetry nights.- more events HERE.

  • Tuesday musical open mic at 9:30pm
  • Wednesday Poetry Night with Writers Block Poetry at 8pm, $5 cover
  • Third Friday of the month First Draft Poetry $3 cover starting at 8 pm
Wayfarers old tyme appalachian bandSATURDAY, JANUARY 25


Columbus Mennonite Church
35 Oakland Park Ave, Columbus 43214

$15 donations are suggested at the door,
$10 for CFMS members.  Contact Bill Cohen at 614-263-3851.
     Nostalgic Americana.  That’s the mood that the rural Southeast Ohio band the Wayfarers create, and they’re bringing their mix of early mountain music and pre-bluegrass tunes of the 1920’s to Columbus for a high energy concert.  Sponsored by the Columbus Folk Music Society.
     The Wayfarers have appeared on the PBS television series “Song of the Mountains,” released 4 studio albums, and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in bluegrass and country music, including Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, and Marty Stuart. To hear samples of the Wayfarers music, go to
      The Wayfarers will take the stage at 8 pm, but folk music fans can come early to enjoy other activities: an open jam at 6 pm, 3 open mic acts at 7 pm, and an audience sing-along of folk favorites at 7:45 pm. 
      This is just the latest in a year-long series of monthly concerts sponsored by CFMS, and supported with a grant from the Columbus Foundation.
When Merle and I started out we called our music 'traditional plus,' meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. ~ Doc Watson
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Calendar of Shadowbox Live events HERE. See CAPA events HERE.


“The doctor of the future will give no medicines, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the causes and prevention of disease.” - Thomas Edison
9 AM - 12 PM


The Shops at Worthington Sq
7227 N High St,, 

If the end of the holidays and the return to your routine has you feeling stressed and overwhelmed, re-set with a free yoga class this Saturday (12-1 PM)

Join Dr. Jenn Hetrick on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month for conversation, camaraderie and positive change!  January's Topic: Beating Those Winter Blues! With an aim to make hope and health accessible to all, Our doctor-led walking groups are a safe, fun, and FREE place to get some steps, learn about health, and meet new friends. . More info HERE
More info on Website and Facebook.  The Market is a project of the Old Worthington Partnership


If it’s not already a good morning, we present to you our top five plant-based breakfasts which provide:

  • > Fiber to help your digestive system get moving as you start your day
  • > Protein – seeds and nuts are great sources of plant-based protein, as is amaranth (technically a seed, though typically considered a whole grain)
  • > Fun – these are colorful and customizable, so get your DIY on!
    > Antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals so you’re taking care of your body right out of the gate!
    > Fuel for the morning! Test your coffee and bagel against any one of these options and you’ll see which ones hold you until lunch.
    SEE all 5 Optioons HERE and enjoy the work of integrative functional nutritionist and all around wellness guru Adrienne Raimos


The 2020 Mini-Grant Program application period is now open! 

Apply here after reading the information below. 

Franklin Soil and Water’s annual Conservation Mini-Grant program offers up to $2000 to three non-profits that demonstrate the need and ability to carry out on-the-ground conservation projects. Nearly 30 organizations have been awarded full or partial funding since 2013. Remaining funds are utilized throughout the year by Franklin Soil and Water for projects and programs, many times in coordination with partners.

The Mini-Grant program is supported by the District’s Conservation Fund, a pool of operational fees and proceeds from fund-raising events including its Annual Meeting and Tree Sale.


Franklin County, Ohio non-profit organizations such as schools, watershed groups, municipalities, community groups (including governing bodies and associations such as HOAs and condo associations) and civic associations may apply. Get all the details HERE. Discover more ways to get involved by subscribing to their excellent online Newsletter.

RReal Food Readseal Food Media Book Club Links the Movement Everywhere
     With Real Food Reads, we deliver a fresh book and podcast every month. Browse our archive or join us with this month’s book. Find or start a book club near you, or dive in on your own. Either way, when you pick up a Real Food Reads selection of the month, you do so knowing others around the world are curling up with the same book, grappling with similar questions and big ideas.
     Check out the Real Food Reads: A Guide for Organizing Your Book Club for ideas to get started. 
Nature is a numbers game. We need all the support we can get as our
immune systems and health are under assault from pollution, stress,
contaminated food and age-related diseases as our lifespans increase.
~ Paul Stamets
Eric Holt-GimenezAgroecologist and Author Eric Holt-Giménez to Keynote OEFFA Conference 

Uniting farm, food, and climate movements to demand equitable solutions to the climate crisis will be the focus of a keynote address by agroecologist, political economist, activist, and author Eric Holt-Giménez.
     He will explore the ways in which extreme weather events, environmental contamination, industrial agriculture, energy infrastructure, and other factors have unleashed a perfect storm on our food system, worsening food insecurity and disproportionately affecting family farmers, farmworkers, and people of color. He’ll discuss how farm, food, and climate justice movements can work together to create systemic change, including a resilient and equitable food system and a Green New Deal committed to social justice.
Thursday, February 13 > Saturday, Feb 15, 2020

Dayton Convention Center, Dayton, OH
Registration Now Open for Ohio Sustainable Food and Farm Conference

Registration is now open for Ohio's premier educational and networking event for ecological farmers, backyard growers, and others committed to sustainable agriculture, local food, and green living.

"This year's event features speakers and sessions dedicated to creating a climate to change agriculture," said OEFFA Program Director Renee Hunt. "Cultivating a resilient, just, and sustainable agricultural system can help farmers mitigate their climate risks, and address our global crisis."
Online registration is now open at


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