Transition Day Northeast – 6 May 2017

Transition Day Northeast is an introduction to the local Transition movement, featuring skillshares and workshops with speakers from Transition Northeast and other Transition groups in the Twin Cities. The event is free, except as noted. Stay for the whole day or come to just one workshop. You can buy a lunch at the Eastside Co-op and a beer at Fair State.

East Side Food Co-op (2551 Central Ave NE)

9 – 10 am  Grow Your Own Microgreens
Cost $2 — pay at the door.
PRE-REGISTER @ Limit 25.

10 – 11 am  Cooking with Less Energy
Get 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.

11:00 am – 12:00 noon  Extend the Growing Season: Cold Frames, Low Tunnels, Walipinis
Use 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.

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

Fair State Brewing Cooperative (2506 Central Ave NE)

12:30 – 1:30 pm  Create Your Own Energy Descent Plan
Are 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.

1:30 – 2 pm  Drop a Car
No 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.

2 – 3 pm  DIY Multiple Rain Barrel System
Learn to connect multiple rain barrels to create a large capacity system that’s clean, efficient and easy to use — using PVC pipe and hardware, and heavy duty trash cans as an alternative to blue barrels.

3 – 3:30 pm  What to Do With Windows
Windows are an often-overlooked transfer 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.

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.