Newsletter20120416

Hi everyone

Cropshare is back! Find out how to get involved this Thursday evening, or join us for our first day on the farm this Saturday (here are some pictures from the farm, showing what the cropshare team got up to last year). Also this week come and find out about Greentech at the Transition cafe on Thursday evening (7:30pm, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road) - Greentech are a local DIY sustainable energy group who are looking for new members - they have lots of exciting projects including the Phoenix Power Truck and a cycle generated sound system. There's also the beginnings of a transport group (planning meeting over lunch on Friday, all welcome), and a talk by Helen Clark, New Zealand's former prime minister on "The Road to Rio: Recommitting to Sustainable Development" tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5pm, organised by CRASSH. And of course lots of other interesting events!

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Transition News and Events

  • Thursday 19 April: CropShare 2012: a Community Supported Agriculture project
  • Thursday 19 April: Transition cafe: Greentech - a local DIY sustainable technology group
  • Friday 20 April: Organising an event on sustainable transport in Cambridge
  • Saturday 21 April: CropShare - Become an organic farmer for a day!
  • Calendar of events

Other News and Events

  • Monday 02 April - Friday 25 May: Open Eco Homes in May - bookings are open
  • Tuesday 17 April: The Road to Rio: Recommitting to Sustainable Development
  • Wednesday 18 April: Plant, Grow, Eat : an Introduction to Growing Your Own
  • Monday 23 April: Eco-Renovations in progress
  • Thursday 03 May: Building Energy Performance for Refurbishment: Baselines, monitoring and benchmarks
  • Monday 07 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair
  • Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop
  • Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife
  • 15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop

Transition News and Events

Thursday 19 April: CropShare 2012: Cambridge's new (and improved!) Community Supported Agriculture project

19:00-21:30, contact us for more information and for details of the venue.

Join us this growing season as we build on last year's successes with Cambridge CropShare. Last year we grew and harvested a couple of thousand kilos of onions together. This year, we'll expand to include dozens of crops. Interested in being a part of the core community behind this innovative project? Willing to bike or carpool out to the green fields of Willow Farm in Lode for at least 7 of the 13 planned workdays this year? Love to enjoy a hearty shared lunch after a morning of hard work? Join us! Learn more at the first core group meeting. Please contact us if you'd like to attend the meeting or you have any questions about the project.

Thursday 19 April: Transition cafe: Greentech - a local DIY sustainable technology group

19:00-21:00, CB1 Cafe, Mill Road, Cambridge

At this week's cafe, come along to find out about Greentech, a local not-for-profit DIY sustainable technology collective. Their recent projects include building Gayle and Charger, two wind-turbines lovingly put together from scratch (including carving the blades, building the rotor and stator and welding the parts together); creating the Phoenix Power Truck, a mobile renewable energy supply and an educational resource on DIY renewable energy systems; and building several bike generators including one specialised for powering sound systems. Greentech are looking for new members - all welcome (no expertise necessary, learn by doing!). More info here. The Transition Cafe opens at 7, and the Greentech talk and Q&A will start at 7:30.

Friday 20 April: Organising an event on sustainable transport in Cambridge

13:00-14:00, Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street

We are hoping to organise an event on sustainable transport in Cambridge, and will be getting together to start planning it on Friday over lunch - you are welcome to join us if you would like to help make this event happen! Contact us to let us know you are coming or if you'd like to be involved but can't make that time. We hope that the event will lead to the formation of a Transition Transport group. Ideas for the event include inviting a few key people/groups along to give "elevator pitches" e.g. Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Sustrans, Stagecoach, Zipcar, Whipcar, Liftshare, transport planning; showing a short film on sustainable transport; and having an ideas session for people to talk about the issues. The event will probably be in mid-June in the evening.

Saturday 21 April: CropShare - Become an organic farmer for a day!

10:00-16:30, Waterland Organics, Willow Farm, Lode CB25 9HF

Join Transition's community farming project, CropShare, to experience life as a real organic farmer for a day. This Saturday, CropShare will be having fun helping out on the farm from 10am to 12.30am, and 2pm to 4.30pm, sharing a lunch and a chat in between. You can join us for the morning or afternoon session, or both. See our blog at http://cambridgecropshare.blogspot.com/ to get a flavour of what workdays are like. This time we'll be planting onions, preparing the ground in a new polytunnel and more. It will be good healthy fun,a great chance to see our local countryside, and how food is grown on a large scale. We'll be holding farm work days throughout the season - so watch this space! Email Cropshare if you would like to be take part this weekend, we'll also help you arrange travel to the farm. Everyone is very welcome! Family friendly. More details here.

Calendar of events

Related News and Events

Monday 02 April - Friday 25 May: Open Eco Homes in May - bookings are open

10:00-17:00,

Once again, Cambridge Carbon Footprint is organising Open Eco Homes - on 12-13 and 26-27 May. This year there are 25 homes in Cambridge and surrounding villages - a wide range of house-types, renovation measures and budgets. You can find out which homes are open when on the website - the most popular get booked up quite quickly, so get your skates on if you'd like to visit a particular house. More details here.

Tuesday 17 April: The Road to Rio: Recommitting to Sustainable Development

17:00-19:00, CRASSH (Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge)

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. Prior to this, she served three successive terms as Prime Minister of New Zealand. During her career in Parliament, she chaired the Foreign Affairs Committee and, as Minister, was responsible for Conservation and Housing and subsequently Health and Labour, and was also Deputy Prime Minister. Prior to entering Parliament, she taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland.

Wednesday 18 April: Plant, Grow, Eat : an Introduction to Growing Your Own

19:30-21:30, Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street, CB1 3UZ

If you’ve never grown your own food but would like to start this year, this is the workshop for you! Join expert grower Keith Jordan in this workshop that will teach you what will grow best in your particular space – no matter what that space is – and tips on how to do it. You’ll come away from the workshop with a plan for your new garden, allotment or patio filled with containers and growbags, plus, ideas for what food crops will best suit both your kitchen and your plot. Growing your own has never been more hip, fun or important! Don’t delay, book today! Limited to 15 people! Email the CCF office or call 01223 301842 to reserve a place.

Monday 23 April: Eco-Renovations in progress

19:30-21:30, Private Home (Details available on Booking)

We’re offering a new Eco-Renovation Tour in north Cambridge off the Histon Road. This is an exciting opportunity to go round 1930′s house with Anne Cooper of award-winning AC Architects and Martin Roach, who has a great deal of experience in DIY energy efficiency. The session will last two hours. The owners will be on hand to answer questions and discuss what has been done already. Booking is essential for this, as the house cannot accommodate more than 20 people! More details here.

Thursday 03 May: Building Energy Performance for Refurbishment: Baselines, monitoring and benchmarks

12:00-14:30, Alison Richard Building (ground floor), CRASSH, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

GreenBRIDGE Seminar series, Cambridge University. Kerry Sykes from University of Cambridge will provide an overview of the Energy Dashboard Project. George Bartley, Managing Director, Building Sustainability Ltd, will then outline the features of the Energy Dashboard solution at the University. This will include a case study from the Gurdon Institute involving staff engagement. This session has been organised to review issues in building refurbishment procedures and workplace monitoring, with a focus on the University pilot scheme. All are welcome - no need to book - arrive at 12 noon for coffee for a 12:15pm start. Contact Margaret with queries.

Monday 07 May: Bike Ride to Reach Fair

09:30-16:00, Depart from Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge

Come and enjoy all the fun of the 800 year old fair with a Maypole, rides, beer and food tents and entertainment. We'll follow National Cycle Network route NCN51 all the way to Reach Fair, arriving by midday. Departures will be from the Guildhall from 9:30 till 10:00. You can join the ride at any point on the route. Then there'll be departures from the fair at 2pm and 2:30pm from the cycle parking area in Reach via Tubney Fen and NCN 11 through Lode to Bottisham, arriving back in Cambridge at around 4pm. Full info here. Organised by Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Bike Week and Bike Friendly Cities.

Thursday 10 May: Social Enterprise workshop

10:00-16:00, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1 1PT

Social enterprises from across the East of England are being given the chance to become more business-minded at a free event. The workshop will provide current and prospective social enterprise leaders and managers with the tools and inspiration to help them build effective business plans. Run by Professor Roger Mumby-Croft of Anglia Ruskin, Martin Clark of Cambridge-based Future Business, and businessman and marketing consultant James Cashmore, the day will cover the “why, what and how” of business planning through a combination of taught sessions and group work. Professor Mumby-Croft said: “Business planning is a vital tool for social enterprises and indeed all businesses. It assists navigation through a fast-changing world, and keeps the business on course towards its long-term goals. This workshop has been specifically designed for leaders and managers in social enterprises and values-driven businesses – from start-ups to established community businesses. This includes companies, co-operatives, and charitable trading arms – in fact all organisations that trade for a purpose beyond profit.” Lunch will be included. Places are limited so please book by contacting Rober Mumby-Croft.

Sunday 20 May: Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife

11:00-17:00, Bird's Farm, Haslingfield Rd, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7AG

The Countryside Restoration Trust's Festival of Farming, Food and Wildlife will include food demonstrations and talks, various local food stalls, a bread making competition, as well as tractor and trailer rides, guided farm walks, sheep dog demos, farm animals and children’s activities. Free entry. More details here.

15th-17th June: The Work that Reconnects: a weekend workshop

18:30, Cambridge Sustainability Centre, Fen End Farm, Oxholme Drove, Cottenham, CB24 8UP

Are you concerned about the condition of our world? Would you like to strengthen your ability to respond? This weekend workshop introduces 'The Work That Reconnects', an approach developed by Joanna Macy (see www.joannamacy.net for info). Deepening our feeling of connection with life, we will open up spiritual and psychological resources needed to face and respond to global issues. Through experiential practices we will explore how to use the energy of our emotional responses, reconnect with our passion to act for life and transform concern for the world into creative engagement. The workshop will be facilitated by Anna McIvor, Bev Sedley and Liz Serocold and will be hosted by the Cambridge Sustainability Centre. Cost £50-100. Most of us will be camping and we will be cooking together. More info here and book here.

Have a good week!

Anna

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