Transition Day Northeast – May 6

Transition Day Northeast is an introduction to the local Transition movement. It features skillshares and workshops with speakers from Transition NE and other Transition groups in on the Twin Cities. The event is free (except for the microgreens class). Stay for the whole day or come for just one workshop. You can buy a lunch at the East Side Coop and a beer at Fair State.

Register for all or part of the day

Morning Sessions for Transition Day Northeast

9 – 10 am Grow Your Own MicrogreensDid you know you can grow fresh salad greens indoors without special lights and little more than a cupboard and a windowsill? Lee Olson will teach you how to grow sprouted seeds in soil for delicious, healthy salad greens in less than ten days at a fraction of the cost of buying them. Cost $2, pay at the door. You will bring home all the materials you need to start growing. Limit 25Lee Olson is with Transition West Side/West St. Paul. She likes to garden, can, brew kombucha, raise chickens, knit, read, and talk sustainability
10-11 am Cooking with Less EnergyGet ready for summer cooking outdoors! Learn three low-tech methods for cooking or heating water: solar cookers, fireless or "haybox" cookers, and biomass gasifying stoves (which can make biochar for your garden). Several cookers will be shown, along with tips on how to use and construct each of them. Bruce Stahlberg, with Transition Longfellow, has extensive experience working with and promoting the use of low-tech, alternative energy equipment.
11:00am-12:00 noon Extend the Growing Season: Cold Frames, Low Tunnels, WalipinisUse season extending structures to create microclimates, control weather conditions and prolong the growing season. This workshop will discuss cold frames, low tunnels, hoop houses, and the walipini project in Northeast.Tim Jordan, Transition NE, is an architect with a background in green design. He has been interested in Transition, permaculture and resilience since 2010.

Noon to 12:30 – Get lunch at the Co-op

Afternoon Sessions for Transition Day Northeast

12:30-1:30 pm Create Your Own Energy Descent PlanAre you ready to lower your carbon footprint? Learn about big and small ways you can make progress on your goal. Start to create an energy descent plan for you and your household. Leslie MacKenzie has been working on household energy- and carbon-reduction since she started Transition Longfellow in 2010.
1:30-2 pm Drop a CarNo matter how many cars you and your family have, you can work to get rid of one by using more public transit, car sharing, biking and walking. Start where we are. Get familiar with the non-car infrastructure in your neighborhood.Pat Thompson is with Transition - All St. Anthony Park, where she is part of the transportation and zero waste action groups.
2-3 pm DIY Multiple Rain Barrel SystemLearn to connect multiple rain barrels to create a large capacity system that's clean, efficient and easy to use. Peter Foster will demonstrate a simple plumbing set up using PVC pipe and hardware, and heavy duty trash cans as an alternative to blue barrels.Peter Foster is a member of Transition Longfellow and a builder/user of a 6-barrel system.
3-3:30 pm What to Do With WindowsWindows are an often-overlooked entry point for heat. Especially in older homes, improving windows can be an area of significant energy and cost savings. This “movable insulation” session will explore ways to reduce heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.Peter Doughty, Transition NE, has been active in the Twin Cities Transition community since 2009. He maintains a permaculture-based garden and works on reducing energy needs in his 1924 house.
3:30-4 pm Transition on Tap (open discussion)Learn more about Transition Towns, globally and locally. Buy a Fair State beer, grab a seat and dig into the issues. Various Transition participants