Sustainable Berea publishes second annual “Re-skilling Berea” calendar

Central to most Transition Initiatives is the process of regaining the skills (updated with new knowledge and technology) that were widely held by our grandparents. It was common for members of that generation to know how to grow and preserve food, capture and use rainwater, repair their houses, and work with their neighbors.

Along with the publication of the Re-skilling Berea 2009 calendar, Sustainable Berea has been offering monthly workshops on practical skills. Topics covered through May were Home Energy Conservation, Transportation, Home Food Production (plants), Home Water Conservation & Capture, and Backyard Chickens.


Re-skilling Calendar

The “Re-Skilling Berea 2010 Calendar: Practical skills for growing food” was published in November in Berea Kentucky.  Each month provides information of use to the beginning gardener on topics including soil improvement, tools, composting,  seed planting and saving, plant harvesting, companion planting, friendly bugs and pest control.  All information is tailored to Berea’s growing conditions, and local sources of plants, seeds and gardening equipment are highlighted.

The 2010 calendar follows the very successful 2009 Re-skilling Berea calendar (2500 copies distributed) that addressed a wider range of issues including home energy conservation, food storage, water conservation, and working with city government. Production of this year’s calendar involved 11 farmers, writers, students, a design artist and a web developer. “We kept the layout and design of the calendar similar to last years’ so it would be easily recognizable to people,” said Cheyenne Olson of Sustainable Berea.  “Last year’s calendar was given away free.  We are charging a small fee for this year’s calendar to recover the printing costs, and we wanted to make sure people recognized the calendar on the stands.”
Related to the theme of local food, Mayor Steven Connelly proclaimed November 14, 2009 as “Edible Landscaping Day” in conjunction with Sustainable Berea’s fall dwarf fruit tree and bush sale. Students from Berea College organized the sale, identifying varieties best suited to urban food production in Berea, and provided planting and care instructions with each purchase.
logoSustainable Berea, a 501(c)3, is the #13 Transition Town in the US and has been operating since 2006.  It currently has about 300 members.  For more information see:

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