Seed Saving for Home Gardeners

On March 2nd Jen Williams sat down with the Backbone Vashon Resilience Team to discuss how to save seeds and how to plan our garden now so that we have seeds to share and replant next season!

 

 

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Get Growing: Tips for Starting Your Garden This Season

At our February Teach-In, Karen Biondo (La Biondo Farm) and Michelle Crawford (Pacific Potager) shared info about soil, plant starts, timing, and the 2021 Seed Share, happening now.

 

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Garden Medicinals

Rachel Sursley, of Deer Fern Herbals, showed some of the ways she uses flowers, roots, and other plant parts as natural healing aides.

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Matsuda Farm Update for 2021 and growing de-commodified food on Vashon

Backbone Executive Director Bill Moyer interviews Caitlin Ames of Matsuda Farm.

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Using Fire to Grow Food

Ken Miller, Vashon's Biochar Czar, goes over the basics of biochar - how to make it, how it's used in the garden, how indigenous people have used biochar for millenia. Watch and learn how adding charcoal can increase your garden yields!

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Virtual Repair Cafe: Fixing Lamps

Brian Cox, Ringleader of the Virtual Fix-It Cafe, introduces the day of fixes and gets us started with Lamp Repair.  Island Volunteer Fixers coached Joanne, Liz, and Bailey in making the repairs themselves. We learned how fun and illuminating it is to fix lamps!


State of Waste on Vashon

Steve Bergman of Zero Waste Vashon kicked off our January Community Teach-In, with a presentation on how the Island is doing on lowering our waste output.

HINT: Not good. (3/4 of what we send to the landfill is actually recyclable.)

Steve talks about Island programs that can help us cut back on our biggest Island export.

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Thai Self Care: Joint Mobilization and Face Massage - with Terah Bruce

Check out this nourishing way to start your day!  Terah presented some basic forms of self care as prescribed by Thai Medicine that you can easily do at home. 

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Enhance Your Creativity - with Julie Shannon

Julie Shannon took us on a whirlwind tour through elements of creativity  - fluency, flexibility and authenticity - and gave suggestions on how we can develop these through conscious and intuitive methods. Take a listen to learn what you need in order to push past perceived limits.

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How to Use a Multimeter - with Justin Brandimarte

 

Justin Brandimarte, a new member of our Island's local Fixer Team, shows how to use a multimeter, including how to use one to test a car battery, in this live action demo.  If you need a multimeter, you can check one out from Justin at the Island Tool Library.

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Tend Your Grieving HeART Through Creativity - with Kara Jones

Kara Jones works internationally to help people find creative approaches to grief and life experiences. Here, she gives an introductory overview of expanding the definitions of both Grief and Creativity, and she demonstrates a tool created at The Creative Grief Studio called "The Ripples Of Loss." Learn more about her work at GriefandCreativity.com.

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Island Tool Library: An Orientation

Michelle Lassaline of the Island Tool Library gave a fun orientation on how the tool library works, some of the tools you'll find there, and how you can get involved with this Island resource!

Take a virtual exploration of this Island treasure; then visit their website to join, reserve tools and more at VashonTools.org.

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Extreme Geology - with Steve Bergman

Islander Steve Bergman is an incredible teacher and passionate about all things geologic.  Watch this 30 minute overview of Extreme and Exceptional Geological events in Earth’s dynamic evolution that wreaked havoc on the Pacific Northwest environment. 

His presentation includes events caused by deep internal processes (eruption of Large Igneous Provinces and formation of the huge Calderas), surface processes (Ice age megafloods), and extraterrestrial processes (Meteor Impacts).

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Vashon Rocks! A Geological History of Vashon with Steve Bergman (Teach-In#2Session#1)

Geologist and Islander Steve Bergman leads us through a fascinating exploration of the geological history of our island, this region and the planet  - starting with the rocks on the beaches of Vashon and Maury.

To view Steve's full slide show (he had to cut some slides for the video due to time constraints) click HERE for Part A and HERE for Part B. 

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How to Succeed at Selling Your Crafts, with Julie Shannon (Teach-In#2Session#6)

Julie Shannon shares a lifetime of experience selling her crafts through this generous presentation on strategies for success. Get inspired to venture into your own cottage industry doing something you love.  Her fabulous presentation and tricks of the trade will help you avoid pitfalls and chart a path to success.  

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Autumn Herbs - Medicine from Our Yards - with Jane Valencia (Teach-In#2Session#5)

Herbalist Jane Valencia's presentation reconnects us to the place that we live and its capacity to heal body and soul. As an herbal educator, Jane brings makes her vast knowledge and deep relationship with plants and place easy to understand so that you can foster your own skills and well being. 

 

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Photography Tips & Tricks with Antoinette Guy (Teach-In#2Session#4)

Antoinette Guy is a talented photographer and an excellent presenter. She is also eleven years old, so watch out world! Enjoy Antoinette's tour through her love of photography and the pro-tips she has learned from her talented island mentor.  

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Effective Computer Stretch Breaks, with Cathy deSmet (Teach-In#2Session#3)

Cathy deSmet is a deeply respected physical therapist living and practicing on Vashon. In this presentation Cathy leads us through a number of stretches designed specifically to help us through the long days of computer work and remote learning.  

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A Gratitude Practice with Stacey Hinden (Teach-In#2Session#2)

Stacey Hinden, executive director of the Vashon Wilderness Program facilitates an inspiring and useful exploration of a gratitude practice that she has utilized and spread via the Vashon Wilderness Program.  https://vashonwilderness.org/

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Cultivating Resilience in Challenging Times, with Victoria Stoner (Teach-In#2Session#7)

Besides being an expert in Xena Warrior Princess, Victoria, aka "Tori" chose to share her tips and tricks on cultivating resilience in challenging times, self-care, setbacks and bouncing back. She concludes with a valuable collection of resources to support your wellbeing.   

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