Sustainable Living Project/Local Living Festival announces April schedule
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 2:19 pm

The Sustainable Living Project & Local Living Festival has a full spring schedule of workshops, events, dances and benefits lined up.

For all workshops, suggested donation is $10 to $20 on a sliding scale, and $5 for students; scholarships are available upon RSVP. The location and directions for each workshop will be sent to registered attendees. Pre-register at [email protected] or 347-4223.

• Spring Bicycle Maintenance Workshop, Thursday, April 21, 6-7:30 p.m., near Canton. Bring your functioning bike and tools -- there will also be tools on hand.

• Spring Cleaning, Saturday, April 23, 3-5 p.m., near Potsdam. Presenter Makyla Whitney-Zimmer will demonstrate several basic non-toxic cleaning recipes and tips to make cleaning go fast. Strive to keep your environment and your home a healthy place to live, by using fewer products that get the job done just as well or better than the chemical-laden alternatives.

• Green Home Tour, Crazy Jerry's Creative Off-Grid Retrofit Home, Saturday, April 23, noon, near Colton. This is the first of monthly touring events. His presentation will focus on a nuts-and-bolts approach to “off-gridding” an older, decrepit, non-Energy Star home; mobile-mounted solar panels, diesel co-gen, a demand water heater, many othet features.

• Wild Leeks and Spring Edibles Nature Walk, Sunday, April 24 (Easter), 1 p.m., near West Pierrepont. Presenter Chelle Lindahl will lead a seasonal event at Big Rock, an off-grid home; pickling leeks.

• Bees and BeeKeeping Discussion Group; all skill levels welcome. What to do this coming month as things warm up, Wednesday, April 27, every fourth Wednesday, 6 p.m. advanced, 7 p.m. novice. Greg Kalacin of the Empire State Honey Producers Association presents to the novices. Free will donation basis (pass the hat). No need to RSVP, but call or email for location in Canton.

All workshop presenters and tour hosts donate their time to raise funds for the Sustainable Living Project while generously sharing their knowledge, homes, and skills with the community.

The Sustainable Living Project motto is "Sharing Knowledge from the Past ~ Building Skills for the Future". It is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers and is part of Seedcorn, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization in Potsdam, NY.