Ones to Watch: Sustainable Living Project

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The Sustainable Living Project (SLP) was created in 2009 to provide a community resource center and agricultural depot to serve North Country communities, rural enterprises, and other non-profits working toward sustainability initiatives.

Energies of this group culminate annually in the Local Living Festival—A Celebration of Resourceful Living, held this year in September and secheduled again April 27 and 28, 2013, at the Learning Farm of the Cornell Cooperative Extension near Canton, N.Y. 

The Sustainable Living Project's year-round programs are the core of the group's work in the community; and inform the SLP's creativity as a project through emphasis on "open learning"—the idea that we all have knowledge, skills and information to share with each other.  Expertise is sought and honored from both the "experts" and YOU at all SLP events.

To that end, below is a list of upcoming events this year and next. Be sure to visitSLP's website for more information, or e-mail them to be put on their mailing list to stay in the loop. And stay tuned to find out about Better Farm's future involvement with the group!

To register for an event:
  • RSVP to with the event you are interested in, the names in your party and contact information (home and cell phone numbers, if applicable, as well as e-mail addresses). While e-mail is preferred, you may also RSVP by calling (315) 347-4223.
  • You will receive a confirmation reply within 24-48 hours generally, including any necessary information you may need.
Green Home & Garden / Farm Tours
Saturday, November 19, location and time TBA
A series of monthly tours that will be one tour in one day, much more intensive and "whole-homestead" than previous (more renewable energy-related) tours.  Energy, building systems, agriculture, cottage industries, land management, animals/livestock, and more will be covered as befits the host home that month.  Some tours will also feature an optional "work day" event where you can help out with a project that is useful to the household and educational for you! Suggested donation of $10 to $20, sliding scale, $5 student - scholarships available when you RSVP.
Bees and BeeKeeping -- Discussion Group                    
Wednesday, November 23
-- and every 4th Wednesday
6:00 pm Advanced, 7:00
Free will donation basis (pass the hat).  Call or e-mail for location in Canton, N.Y.
Click HERE to check out the "BeeHive" resource page for BeeKeepers!

Home-Made Preserves Swap
The foodstuffs need to be made by you, this year.  Swap out some of those 300 jars you made of dilly beans for another taste treat you'd enjoy, made by your neighbor.  Last year included items like homemade soap, for instance, so any  agricultural product is on the table here. 
Info: Little Grasse CSA, Canton.  Date TBA.

MARCH 2012
Dig In!  Food & Garden Conference 
Monday, March 19, 7:30 AM register, 8 AM to 4 PM 
SAVE THE DATE!  Details are subject to adjustment.
This second Dig In! conference will expand on school and community garden topics to incorporate workplace and other “institutional” interests, from gardening to composting to nutrition education. We anticipate holding this event in
Spring 2012 (date above is tentative).  The Healthy Schools NY project of the St. Lawrence Health Initiative is collaborating with local organizations including Cornell Cooperative Extension, GardenShare, the Sustainable Living Project and UShare.  More info at  Check back for more details or email us if you'd like to be on the conference mailing list -- or to help!

The Sustainable Living Project is a project of  Seedcorn, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit educational organization located in Potsdam, NY.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.