Events

Global Warming: Understanding the Big Picture & the Solutions
Friday, May 4th – 7 pm
Dance Palace, 5th & B St, Point Reyes Station

Speakers will be; Jerry Mander – Founder & Co-Director of International Forum on Globalization; Richard Heinberg – author of The Party’s Over: Peak Oil, War and the Fate of Industrial Societies; Megan Matson – Director of Mainstreet Moms; and Helge Hellberg – Executive Director of Marin Organic. A discussion of peak oil, climate chaos, and the economic consequences, what we as a community can do. Question and answer period to follow.
Co-sponsored by: International Forum on Globalization; Point Reyes Books; West Marin Alliance; Sustainable West Marin; Marin Organic; Environmental Action Committee of West Marin; West Marin Commons
Contact – (415) 663-1380
Admission – $5

Mother’s Day Tea Party & Afternoon Farm Tour at AllStar Organics
Sunday, May 13th, Tour begins at 1:00pm
AllStar Organics’ site in Lagunitas, CA

Marin Organic and AllStar Organics have come up with what will be a fantastic way to spend a beautiful Mother’s Day in May. We will combine the ease of afternoon tea, soothing smells of spring, exciting gifts to take home, and secrets to the magic of making hydrosols and essential oils, all while making a contribution to the land and our community. This day will be a treat for the senses.

We will visit AllStar Organics’ site in Lagunitas where Janet and Marty grow all of their flowers, herbs, and native plants and turn them into incredible organic products. Everything is in bloom!

Have you purchased a gift for your Mother yet? Come join us!

To register, please call the Marin Organic office at 415.663.9667.
Pre-payment is required for reservations.
Cost: $20 for members of Marin Organic, $30 for non-members. (Free to children 10 and under)

To learn more about AllStar Organics, please visit www.marinorganic.org/mofarmers.html#allstar

All in a Day’s Work
a Volunteer Task Force Event at Clark Summit Farm
Saturday, May 19th – at 12noon
The event will begin with a short tour at high noon
Clark Summit Farm, North side of Tomales, CA (directions are below)
The cost is FREE for everyone!

Come meet Liz Cunningham, Dan Bagley, their gracious pigs, cattle, and chickens, and really get to know their main crop, GRASS!

They need a number of volunteers to weed thistles, paint fences, and to help with general care and maintenance of the ranch.

In appreciation for your contribution to a local organic farm, you will be rewarded for your hard work and thistle wrestling. Lagunitas Brewing Company and Priscilla’s Café have generously donated their specialties to make this a day of nourishment and victory! We will also be accompanied by the musical treats of Jeremiah Church, whose rhythms melt away work and time.

The day promises to be great fun. There isn’t much that is more satisfying than finishing a day of work down on the farm. Liz, Dan, and their pastured animal friends would surely appreciate the help.

We would love to see you there!

Come Prepared:
What to bring: 1. Work gloves 2. Water 3. Tools (any and all that you can share)
Directions: Here is a map of Tomales: http://maps.google.com
Drive North on Hwy. 1, drive past Fallon Road about 1 to 2 miles, look for the “California Gold” sign and the “Marin Organic” on the left. Veer left off Hwy. 1 and park near the barn.
Register: Please contact the Marin Organic office, 415.663.9667 with any questions and to sign up for the event.

Save the date!
Stubbs Vineyard, Manka’s Inverness Lodge, & Marin Organic Invite you to
An Evening with Michael Pollan in the Hills of West Marin
Saturday June 9th
5 pm – 9 pm
Stubbs Vineyard, West Marin

For tickets and more information contact Marin Organic at 415.663.9667 or Stubbs Vineyard at 707.486.3152

Point Reyes Books and Marin Organic Present an Evening with Paul Hawken
Saturday June 23rd, 7:00pm sharp
Toby’s Feed Barn, Main Street, Pt. Reyes Station

Come enjoy an evening at Toby’ Feed Barn with Paul Hawken, renowned environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. He will read and discuss ideas from his new book, Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming, a result of over a decade of research about organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. This special community event will inspire and delight any and all who despair the world’s fate. Please stay afterwards for conversation and a dessert reception featuring local cheeses, chocolates, pastries, baked goods, wine, beer, music and more.

Tickets are $25, and are available at Point Reyes Books or by calling Marin Organic at 415.663.9667.
This event will sell out quickly so please order tickets now!
A benefit for the West Marin Think Local First Campaign and Marin Organic.

Advanced Permaculture Training with Geoff Lawton – Monday, June 11, 2007 – Thursday, June 14, 2007

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Geoff Lawton! Since 1985, he has worked consulting, designing, teaching and implementing permaculture projects in seventeen countries around the world. Clients have included private individuals, groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and multi-national companies.

This special 4-day training will include:
• Professional Consultancy
• Earth Works in Detail
• Working on and Establishing International Permaculture Aid Projects
• Establishing Active Local Permaculture Groups

Prerequisite: Permaculture Design Certificate or current enrollment in a Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Location: Regenerative Design Institute, Commonweal Garden, Bolinas, CA
Cost: $500 ($450 if paid in full by May 1st) – includes campsite and organic meals.

Permaculture Design Certification Course
With Penny Livingston-Stark, Brock Dolman, Geoff Lawton, Starhawk, James Stark,
Jon Young and others!
Saturday, June 16, 2007 – Saturday, June 30, 2007

Re-design Your Life, Re-envision The World

During this two-week intensive design course, the course will explore how to observe natural systems and apply permaculture principles that are rooted in ecologically sound whole systems design. The group will learn to apply the principles to designs for integrating homes and gardens, energy and water systems. The course will also weave together permaculture with wilderness awareness skills- learning bird language and tracking. Participants will get involved in routines and activities that deepen our awareness and intimacy with the rest of the natural world.

Some unique attributes to this particular course include: tide pooling, milking goats, mushroom cultivation, chi gong, cheese making, and creating community on a budding spring fed
permaculture farm.

Location: Regenerative Design Institute, Commonweal Garden, Bolinas, CA
Cost: $1350 paid by June 1st – includes campsite and organic meals.
Information: 415-868-9681,
http://regenerativedesign.org/courses-events/

Natural Building Workshop – Foundations to Finishes
With Michael G. Smith, Janine Bjornsen, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, and others
Tuesday, July 3, 2007 – Thursday, July 12, 2007

Learn how to build from start to finish with natural building techniques. Gain hands-on experience, see inspiring slide shows, participate in stimulating discussions, and get involved with networking and collaborating!

This event will be covering a wide variety of natural building techniques including:
• Foundations – rubble trench, earth bag, peer block
• Wall systems – cob, cordwood, timber frame, light clay, woodchip clay and straw bale.
• Non-toxic roofing systems with rainwater harvesting
• Finishes – earthen plasters, natural stains, lime and milk paints

Regenerative Design and Nature Awareness (RDNA) Training
With Penny Livingston-Stark, Jon Young and others
9 month program, starting September 11

This intensive 9-month program offers a curriculum like no other. The program weaves together Permaculture, Regenerative Design, Nature Awareness, Leadership, Peacemaking and Mentoring skills. The foundation of this program is rooted in a new and unique form of education where participants experience the fullness of creativity, curiosity and genius. Participants develop an intrinsic power and passion for designing through the integration of personal experience, practical skills and theory, which will support them in the development of a lifestyle that regenerates the earth while providing for their needs.

Now Excepting Applications for the 2007-2008 Program!

Report from Terra Madre: A New Vision for the Future
December 7, 2006 7pm
Dance Palace Church Space, Point Reyes Station

From October 26th to 30th, 2006, sixteen hundred food communities, from 5 continents and 150 countries gathered in Turin, Italy, to discuss the development of a new concept of agriculture and good, clean and fair food. Held once every two years, the event is the largest gathering of food communities in the world – the international Slow Food conference, Terra Madre.

Marin producers represented the largest delegation from the United States, comprised of more than seven food communities, 14 producers, six chefs, four non-profit organizations, the Marin Agricultural Commissioner and the Director of UC Cooperative Extension. For more than six months, Marin Organic worked to assemble a delegation with the vision that the power of the gathering would help Marin producers, government officials, educators, business owners and non-profit organizations realize the incredible importance of the work they are doing in Marin County and the role model they have become for the world.

For five days, Marin delegates and observers joined thousands of farmers and chefs from around the world to discuss ways of supporting local production, caring for environment, and nurturing communities. Food activities and authors were featured speakers, and five Marin delegates presented at seminars on specific topics.

“Terra Madre is amazing: I’ve never been involved in anything like it,” said one observer. “It’s all about saving the world’s cultures and small farmers. It’s absolutely awe-inspiring.”

Marin delegates to Terra Madre will share their slides, their notes, and their own observations on Thursday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the Dance Palace church space, Point Reyes Station. The event is free and sponsored by Marin Organic and the Marin County UC Cooperative Extension.

Read Paul Hawken’s speech from Taste of Marin here!

Taste of Marin

The 7th annual “Taste of Marin”– September 17th, 4-9pm at St. Vincent’s in San Rafael

On Sunday, September 17th, Marin Organic and Marin Agricultural Land Trust once again teamed up for a spectacular Taste of Marin 2006 – a celebration of Marin’s agricultural bounty and the people who bring it from the field to the table. A special highlight from this year’s event was guest speaker Paul Hawken. Best-selling author, environmentalist and inspired speaker, Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment.

Taste of Marin featured world renowned farmers, ranchers, cheese makers, bakers, and vintners, as well as the best of local restaurants and celebrity chefs and a rousing selection of musical talent, the event was a showcase of some of the world’s most phenomenal food – presented in the magical atmosphere of an Indian summer evening in a 19th century mission style courtyard.

Some of the well-known restaurants in evening’s line-up included Fish, Insalata’s, the Olema Inn and Restaurant; Manka’s Inverness Lodge, Small Shed Flatbreads, Piatti Mill Valley; the Station House Café; Drakes Beach Café, Indian Peach Food Company; Three Twin Ice Cream; Comforts and many more. Chefs offered a variety of specialties made from organic produce, grass-fed beef, cheese, seafood, local wines, and even locally produced organic ice cream!

Held once again at the beautiful Saint Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael, the event will included opportunities to meet with local farmers, peruse an exciting array of silent auction items and bid on amazing live auction items. Special guest speaker best-selling author and environmentalist Paul Hawken and the musical talents of the Cuban Orquesta La Mordena Tradicion made the evening an incredible celebration.

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