Below are links to materials and resources such as handouts, books, and websites we’ve used or referred to at our events.
Transportation discussion, August 2018
- Transition Streets – our discussion was guided by the Transportation chapter of this workbook designed for groups of neighbors to go through together.
- Read this tongue-in-cheek, hilarious, yet sobering article about curing your Car Clown Disease that might change your perspective on how you use your car.
- Learn more about upcoming (and now, finally, funded) Albuquerque Rapid Transit
- Riding the bus in Albuquerque:
- Fares & schedules for the Rail Runner train that runs from Santa Fe (through Albuquerque) to Belen.
- Albuquerque’s new Pace Bike Share is $1 per 30 minutes.
- A new Car-Sharing system for Albuquerque is in the works! Read about it here from Urban ABQ members working on it.
- Consider multi-modal options, such as bringing your bike on the bus for part of your trip.
Water discussion, June 2018
- Transition Streets – Our conversation was guided by the Water chapter of this workbook designed for groups of neighbors to go through together.
- Read the New York Times article about the Rio Grande drying up.
- For a greywater consultation or a laundry-to-landscape installation, contact Leila.
Resilient Table: impacts of our food choices, March 2018
- Presentation slides coming soon.
- Transition Streets — the presentation was guided by the Food chapter of this workbook designed for groups of neighbors to go through together.
Materials & Links from Know Waste to No Waste, February 2018
- See presentation slides here.
- Transition Streets — we started from the Waste chapter of this workbook designed for groups of neighbors to go through together.
- The Story of Stuff – 22 min short film.
- I tried to make Zero Trash for one month – 6 minute Buzzfeed video
- City of Albuquerque Recycling website
- Bernalillo County Master Composters ongoing free workshops schedule
- Map of Buy Nothing Groups in Albuquerque
- Really Really Free Market ABQ
- UNM Family Development Program’s Wemagination Resource Center provides high quality recycled materials like foam punch-outs, caps from perfume bottles, beads, paper, & other items in every color and shape, to inspire children to learn & play.
Resilience Action Forum, October 2017
Practicing Permaculture speaker, May 2017
Links from Self Care for Activists, March 2017
- Healing Justice podcast
- How to Survive the End of the World podcast
- Mindful NM
- WTF Just Happened Today is an email newsletter and podcast where you can get all the daily Trump news summarized for you (so you can avoid the news the rest of the day!)
TED Talks Watch Party, February 2017
- See this YouTube playlist. The first four talks were screened at our watch party. #5 is Rob Hopkins, founder of Transition, and #6-#20 are great talks on Sustainability and the New Economy we like.
Preparedness to Resilience, November 2016
- Detailed agenda
- RAND Community Resilience Toolkits
- Personal Preparation by Chris Martenson from the Post Carbon Reader
Materials from Energy Efficient Home, October 2016
Materials from Saving Water, April 2016
Notes from Mary Carson:
- Vic, at 304-5680, 722 Sunset Rd SW (south of Bridge), has the blue 55-gallon barrels for $20, also 5-gallon buckets (white) for $2. He usually also has metal barrels. The blue plastic barrels are food-grade. Call first, he goes out of town to pick them up.
- Gardeners.com has the siphon and also a variety of ways to trickle drip irrigate, putting water only where needed.
- The public library at San Mateo and Comanche has Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond: Volume 2 Water-Harvesting Earthworks available to borrow [editors note: several Transition ABQ members own this book and would lend it too!]; this book has detailed explanations of how to estimate how much rainwater you can capture, based on the size of the building.
- There are regular ads on Craigslist for very large used containers for water, from various people; prices vary. These would be the ones I mentioned that folks up here use to haul water; clear plastic reinforced with heavy wire, a large cube thatfits in the back of a pickup.
- And if anyone is looking for leather work gloves for women, Western Mercantile (across from the Post Office in Tijeras) has women’s leather work gloves in small, medium, and large for around $11 per pair. (I had a pair with me on the table.)
Materials from Soil workshop, March 2016
- Instructions for determining soil texture, like we used at the 3/2/16 event
- Introduction to getting and understanding a soil test, with contact information for testing labs
- List of mostly free downloads covering a huge range of garden, farm and soil topics, focused on sustainable agriculture
- Some soil health fact sheets
- USDA soil resources page
- Composting –
- Sheet mulching—
Gaia’s Garden author Toby Hemenway has a bomb-proof sheet mulching method.
- Cover Crops
- Document of all Cover Crop info from Valerie
- Free downloadable copies of Managing Cover Crops Profitably and Building Soils for Better Crops.
- Printable guide to cover crops, videos, mail ordering
- Articles and crop specific growing information
Resources from Relocalize our Economy panelists, Feb 2016
Local organizations to join:
- ABQ Hours Exchange – Join our local timebank and start exchanging services without money.
- Banking on Central New Mexico – a group working to create a local public bank. To get on their email list, email Vern & Vicki.
- Keep it ‘Querque – Your advocate for local small businesses.
- The Buy Nothing Project is a hyper-local gift economy. See groups in Albuquerque and join the one where you live, and if there is no group there yet, you can start one!
Websites with great info:
Books for the truly interested:
- “Debt: The First 5000 Years” by David Graeber. A major argument of the book is that when the imprecise, informal, community-building indebtedness of “human economies” is replaced by mathematically precise, firmly enforced debts, widespread impoverishment and violence are common results which only a few societies have managed to escape.
- “Local Money: How to Make It Happen in Your Community” by Peter North. Transition Books, 2010.
- “Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity” by Michael Shuman. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.
- “Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered” by Woody Tasch. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2010.
- “Creating Wealth: Growing Local Economies with Local Currencies” by Hallsmith & Lietaer. New Society Publishers, 2013.
Resources from our Winter Gardening panelists, Dec 2015
- Info from Johnny’s Selected Seeds about winter farming.
- If Eliot Coleman in Maine can grow through the winter we can too.
- Resource from Mother Earth News on zone specific growing.
- Rio Grande Community Farm (RGCF) will post registration information for our summer workshops and classes, some of which pertain to winter season extension, or if you’re needing more space to grow please consider joining our community garden.
- This link has some information about what’s seasonal. In the Abq area, I think the Los Ranchos market is the only winter one.
- Locations and phone numbers of our NM Co-ops can be found at lamontanita.coop. There is also an archive of board study topics that an interested person might find useful.
- You can download for free the bible of cover cropping. It’s really more for farms, but I think home gardeners are really missing out to not take advantage of cover crops. Much faster than composting alone to build soil.
- Jeff Ball’s 60-Minute Vegetable Garden (schedule for a year-round garden)
- Elliot Coleman’s book, Four-Season Harvest.
- Leandre and Gretchen Poissons’ book, Solar Gardening. (The Poissons’ book puts more emphasis on permanent covers to beds, like fiberglass/plastics permanent removable lids on the beds.)
Materials from the Training for Transition (T4T) 10-11 April 2015 event
- Folder/packet pages
- Transition 101 (20 other Transition sites) (Mark Juedeman)
- Scarcity or Abundance: Your Choice (Bruce Milne)
- Psychology of Change (Maggie Seeley)
- Inner Worlds (Mark & Maggie)
- What Can Communities Do? by Rob Hopkins
- Personal Preparedness by Chris Mortensen
(We read several quotes from it – 3 sources of water etc.)