The next Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salon will focus on food -- finding local sources, growing it ourselves, and eating more sustainably. In addition to casual conversation and making new, we'll have an opportunity to see a roof garden, a small organic seedling operation, and shiitake cultivation, connect with local farmers, find out about farmers' markets and community gardens, explore permaculture concepts, think about humane and healthy livestock practices, source seedlings and gardening supplies... What we talk about will depend in part upon who comes; that's the beauty of an open-ended gathering like this! (check back here for event updates.)
2-10 p.m. at Maren's house in Squirrel Hill. Please email me to RSVP (important!) and I'll send directions if you need 'em. Bring food or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play.
Putting Down Roots Sustainability Salons are an ongoing series of conversational salons in the French Enlightenment tradition: informal gatherings aimed at lively discussion around the notion of sustainability. Some will feature one or more guests to lead a discussion or provide key insights on a particular topic, others will be open to whatever comes up. Themes will likely include things like growing food (permaculture, local and urban agriculture, roof gardening, beekeeping, mushroom culture, etc.); green building and green living; urban trees, park exploration and stewardship; regional air quality and watershed issues; Marcellus shale, climate change, or alternative energy. The afternoon discussions begin around 2pm at our home in Squirrel Hill, and are followed by a potluck dinner and a folksing. Folks are welcome to attend for all or part of the afternoon and evening, and are encouraged to bring musical instruments as well as food or drink to share.