Transition Albany, as the coordinators of volunteers for the Edible Landscape Project, has applied for – AND WON! – a $2,500 grant to build volunteer effectiveness and improve the productivity and health of the High School and Edible Landscape gardens in Memorial Park. (more…)
It’s that time of the year again. The air is cooler, the sun sets earlier. Nature clues that life is on a bit of slow down. Except us. We have mastered the ability to keep plugging along even when that little voice in our head says, “Hey, it’s quiet time.”
Of course we don’t hear. And if we do, we don’t heed. What with the holidays coming up. There are feasts to prepare for. Gifts to buy. Guests to entertain. Parties to go to. In addition to work, home, family, and …. no wonder we get sick. It isn’t just the bugs floating around in the cold air!
So before you do …
This Home Remedies for Colds & Flus class will cover the following:
- Immune Boosters! Things you can do to stay healthy through the seasons! From zero cost to not much at all.
- How to stop a cold/flu on its tracks: Best applied as soon as you could sense it coming. Yes, your body does a really good job cluing you in. (more…)
This is a report from the Library meeting held Sunday afternoon October 27th to celebrate our progress so far and evaluate the Edible Landscape Project at Albany’s Memorial Park from the perspective of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
Alexa, Catherine, Leonard, Ron, Lourdes, Bonnie. Stephanie, Wakana. Chuck, Tina and Paul O’Curry got together yesterday afternoon to look What follows are notes from the meeting, along with additional inspiration for those of you we haven’t seen in a while. If you would like to add something, please contribute to the comments below.
We started by sampling three delicious dishes prepared by Alexa from some of the 45 pounds of Jeruslam artichokes she had harvested the day before (and there are as many still in the ground). Did you know that the name of this root vegetable is a corruption of the Italian for a sunflower (to which they are related) – “girasole” – and that they were often used like artichoke hearts? We enjoyed a J. Artichoke slaw, roasted roots, and a puree which made an excelelnt dip with the pickled cornichons from the garden that Doug had made, Recipes will find themselves on the website soon, along with a delicious soup recipe. Thanks to everyone who brought something to eat and share.
We expressed what had been Highlights for us in our participation: (more…)
Here’s a great TED talk about walkable cities (specifically Portland OR), exploding any remnants of the myth that living in the countryside is far less “environmentally sane” than living in a densely developed city.
Listen up, Albany! What if we needed to build upwards a story or two to break the iron grip of unaffordable housing? What if we needed to change the “two parking spaces per living unit” ordinance? What if we were really to become a city that was friendlier to people than to cars?
Here’s a tale of Los Angeles in the future, from none less than the BBC:
And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.