Events

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Calendar

April 2020

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  • CSC Volunter Day
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  • CSC Board Meeting
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  • Introduction to Permaculture Workshop
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Introducing:

Volunteer Days!

Starting April 2020, we will be having monthly volunteer days on the second Saturday of every month from 9 AM to 12 PM. Meet our team at the community gardens and help us make progress on our various land projects. Our volunteers are vital to our success and we are excited to have the chance to build community with you all. 

Event Details

February 29th:

Day of Mindfulness and Qigong with Ruth Kamen

We are pleased to invite you to our second day of mindfulness and qigong on Saturday, February 29th from 10 am to 3:30 pm. Ruth Kamen, R.N. a retired nurse and Stelle resident, is a certified level-one teacher of an authentic style of qigong called “Ren Xue”, which means “the study of human life”. She is also a certified yoga teacher in the Sivananda style as well as a Reiki practitioner. As we step into a leap year, she invites us to leap into a higher, more sustainable consciousness together in 2020. 

April 25th:

Introduction to Permaculture with Bill and Becky Wilson

Students will learn the basics of permaculture and tour the yard of Bill and Becky Wilson of Midwest Permaculture who transformed their everyday grass lawn into a permaculture oasis. They will discuss the guiding principles and ethics of permaculture and how to incorporate them into our lives and ways of thinking. 

Highlighted Event

July 25th - July 27th

Cob Oven Build with Deanne Bednar of Strawbale Studio and Meghan Arcari

Join us for three days of all things cob oven. Over twenty years ago, Deanne and a few others built the Strawbale Studio, a home built using all natural materials. She had taken courses from the Cob Cottage Company and was inspired to take on a project of her own. Today, Strawbale Studio of Oxford, Michigan offers tour, workshops, and hands-on opportunities to study natural building. Meghan studied under Deanne at Strawbale Studio during the September internship program of 2019. They are teaming up to build a cob oven for Center for Sustainable Community and are using it as an opportunity to educate and share their knowledge.

Special Event Details

Schedule: 
2:00 pm: Meet in the Stelle Community Center for registration and light refreshments. Students can set up tents or lodging accommodations. 
3:00 – 6:45 pm: Classroom instructional time  
7:00 pm: Dinner in the Stelle Community Center
8:00 pm: Finished for the day 
Sunday:
8:00 am: Breakfast 
9:00 – 11:45 am: Hands-on work outside
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm: break
2:00 – 6:45 pm: Hands-on work outside
7:00 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Finished for the day
Monday:
8:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:45: Hands-on work outside
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 – 4:00 pm: Hands-on work and closing  

Price: $250 per person *Camping is included
Lodging: We have two rooms in the Stelle Community Center and our Earth Shelter available for rent. Contact us at (815) 383-4426 for more information and pricing on rooms.
Space is limited! 

August 22nd

Preserving the Harvest with Peg Homeier

Participants will be taken through the various steps of preserving the harvest with drying, canning, and fermenting on the agenda. Peg Homeier, a CSC board member, re-purposed her old cabinets into a canning kitchen in her garage and invites students to gain hands-on experience with her. During the workshop, we will process apples for applesauce, pound cabbage for sauerkraut, and grind dried tomatoes to make “tomato powder”. Everyone will also take home “goodie” bags full of various canned goods made in Stelle this season. Last year was a huge success and we are excited to carry on this tradition!

September 26th:

Farm Scale Tomato Intensive: From Seed to Harvest

Join Rick Rigutto and Alex Rosenberg for a day of hands on learning, tasting and discussion about all things tomatoes.  We will cover topics from seedling propagation, planting, pruning, trellising system, and the how to’s of harvest and storage.  We will dive in to pest and disease management as well as fertilization methods for a long harvest window with the healthiest plants possible.  This class will be a mix of discussion, PowerPoint presentation with videos from our own farms, hands on potting and will culminate in a diverse tomato tasting with fresh tomatoes, salsas and sauces.

Past Events

Past Events

Take a look back at our previous workshops!

Take a look back at some of our previous workshops!

Day of Mindfulness and Qigong

Participants enjoyed a restorative day of strengthening and mindful qigong practice. Ruth Kamen, a Stelle resident, lead the group through beginner qigong movements and meditations to nourish both the body and the mind. She also incorporated educational materials to fortify each lesson.  Students left feeling rejuvenated and centered. Thanks, Ruth!

Fall Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Festival was a huge success! We saw many new and familiar faces and had a day full of fun, laughter, and community. Children got to spend lots of time in the craft room making ghost leaves and monster rocks as well as decorating picture frames with natural materials like sticks, leaves, and pine needles. There was also pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, bread making, traditional stone soup, a raffle, and a bazaar. There was no shortage of things to do and it all came together and created a special event. Thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came out to join us! Stay connected to learn about more events like this. 

Our Harvest Festival was a huge success! We saw many new and familiar faces and had a day full of fun, laughter, and community. Children got to spend lots of time in the craft room making ghost leaves and monster rocks as well as decorating picture frames with natural materials like sticks, leaves, and pine needles. There was also pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, bread making, traditional stone soup, a raffle, and a bazaar. There was no shortage of things to do and it all came together and created a special event. Thank you to our volunteers and everyone who came out to join us! Stay connected to learn about more events like this. 

Soil Health with Bill Wilson

During this workshop students helped build a three-bin composting system in our community gardens and built a “lasagna” bed to prepare our garden for next season. After a light lunch, Bill Wilson talked about the importance of building healthy soil and how to increase the genetic potential of plants in the process. Students also got to tour the CSC land and snack on fresh berries along the way. 

During this workshop students helped build a three-bin composting system in our community gardens and built a “lasagna” bed to prepare our garden for next season. After a light lunch, Bill Wilson talked about the importance of building healthy soil and how to increase the genetic potential of plants in the process. Students also got to tour the CSC land and snack on fresh berries along the way. 

Natural Connections

With no shade, it was too hot to use the labyrinth so Ruth lead participants in a wonderful Qi Gong meditation and exercise inside. After a delicious lunch, Kasandra lead us in an awareness meditation and then a perspective exercise to help them focus on the natural world around us as we sat in the shade of a lovely cherry tree. Some participants called it ‘eye opening’ and a ‘wonderful experience’. It turned out to be a lovely day with some wonderful people. Kasandra’s book “7 Simple Steps to Non-Toxic Gardening” details ways to build these connections at home in your day to day life and can be found here

Contact

For any inquiries please contact us

Email: stelle.csc@gmail.com

Phone: (815) 256-2204