Wed, April 11
Natural Pest Control & Healthy Soil
with Ron Godin, CSU Agronomist
Learn about garden pests - the good, the bad and the ugly!
Preventative methods and natural controls will be covered
Garden Planet, 719 2nd St. Paonia, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
drop in $FREE
Wed, April 25
The Cut Flower Garden!
propagating, planting, harvesting
with Daphne Yannakakis, Zephyros Farm, grower/owner
Garden Planet, 719 2nd St. Paonia, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
drop in $12
Fri, Sat, Sun - April 20, 21 & 22
with Corwin Bell of BackYardHives
Basic Discussion on Top Bar Beekeeping $5
Friday, April 20 The Trading Post, Paonia 6:30 - 8:30pm
Beginning Bee Guardianship $100
Sat April 21, Vive La Vida Ranch, Paonia, 10am-4pm
Intermediate Bee Guardianship $100
Sun April 22, Vive La Vida Ranch, Paonia 10am-4pm
Both Beginning & Intermediate $175
Full Descriptions: www.soilacademy.com
Registration: email@example.com 970-319-9434
Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) is hosting a public educational forum to help residents understand the threats from BLM’s proposed 30,000-acre lease sale planned for the North Fork Valley. This forum titled, Understanding the Threats of Oil and Gas Development, will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Hotchkiss High School. The high school is located at 438 Bulldog Street in Hotchkiss, Colorado.
The proximity of the proposed 30,000-acre lease sale to the North Fork communities’ schools, homes, and sources of drinking water makes it crucial that the public is provided the opportunity to learn from the experts about the threats of fracking so they are able to submit substantive comments on BLM’s Environmental Assessment. The deadline for public comment is April 6.
In the scoping public comment period, residents of the North Fork Valley responded to this proposal by submitting approximately 3,000 letters to BLM. An estimated 63% of the households in the Valley reacted so strongly to this proposal that they felt compelled to express their viewpoint. Practically all of the letters asked BLM to withdraw the entire lease sale.
When BLM denied the community’s request to hold a hearing to provide residents an opportunity to publicly express their concerns, CHC held a hearing for the community. On Saturday, January 28, more than 500 North Fork residents filled 400 seats and every square inch of standing room in Hotchkiss High School to voice their overwhelming opposition to BLM’s proposed lease sale. Their words were well researched, and powerful: the citizens of the North Fork Valley do not want fracking near their water sources, their schools, or their homes. The potential damage to the community’s air, water, produce, vineyards, farms, livestock, deer and elk winter range, and real estate values is not worth the risk.
Despite the unprecedented level of civic involvement and opposition to this proposal, BLM is marching forward with the sale. According to CHC Board member Daniel Feldman, “If BLM fails to respond to such a tremendous outcry of opposition to the proposed lease sale, then our system of government is severely broken.”
Chip Northrup—Former planning manager for Atlantic Richfield Company, co-owner of Northrup Energy, and investor in the acquisition and sale of oil and gas projects for more than 30 years. Chip has served on the Texas Governor’s Energy Advisory Council.
Dr. Theo Colborn—Founder and President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange and the country’s foremost expert on the health and environmental effects of chemicals used in oil and gas development.
John Fenton—Rancher from Pavillion, Wyoming, where U.S. EPA has confirmed chemicals from oil and gas development have contaminated groundwater. John is on the Board of Directors of the Powder River Basin Resource Council and has written articles published in High Country News.
Calvin Tillman—Former mayor of Dish, Texas, a small town that was transformed into an industrial zone by natural gas development. Calvin works with state legislators on natural gas regulations and is active with the Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project.
Deborah Rogers—Financial analyst, former advisor to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and authority on the economics of unconventional shale gas drilling (horizontal hydraulic fracking). Deborah is on the regional steering committee of Earthworks Oil and Gas Accountability Project.
Kyle Tisdel—Staff Attorney for the Western Environmental Law Center where he works in the Climate and Energy Program.
Duke Cox—Longtime activist, former President of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, and member of the Board of Directors of Western Colorado Congress.
Valley Voices at the Blue Sage Present:
Permaculture Design and how it is applicable to your life
Monday, March 26, 2012 • 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Permaculture is a design philosophy that observes patterns in nature and incorporates them into overall site design in order to create more sustainable systems.
And permaculture is a design science grounded in common sense, drawing from ancestral wisdom and modern technology. Practicality, positivity and sound ethical action are focused toward making human settlements more sustainable. This sustainability should be demonstrated by developing long lasting systems that are strong yet adaptable to change and equally address and integrate our social, economic and environmental needs.
The presentation will be about how each of, regardless of our living situation, can begin to use permaculture in our own life to create a more sustainable lifestyle. It will be about the land we live on, the way we use our energy, and more. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.
For beginners and lifetime students of permaculture design.
Presenters: Aaron Jerad Heideman & Wind Clearwater
Second in a series of 4th Monday talks and discussions at the Blue Sage. No Charge. (Donations accepted to benefit the Blue Sage.)