Work Groups & Projects

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At our big Training event 10-11 April 2015, we decided to break up into working groups to channel our particular interests and get things done. Several groups formed at the Training event, and we hope to grow them and start more.
The groups are meeting regularly, networking with other organizations with similar mission, and already begun activities. For more information on a group,or to join, email us and we’ll put you in touch with the group leader.

 
More work group updates to come soon!

 

Permablitz group

Permablitz is a really neat concept whereby a group of people spend a Saturday on one person’s yard, working with a permaculture design to create edible gardens, composting, water catchment, and more. Volunteers are eligible to have their own yard ‘blitzed’ after volunteering in three other yards. Read more about it here and check out photos of our permablitzes here!

Meets: Twice a month at various locations. Usually one Tuesday night and one Saturday morning.
Next meeting: See the event calendar for the next Permablitz event.

 

Transition Streets

The Transition Streets workbook is now published, and we plan to study it and present it as a “train the trainer”-style workshop at our August 2017 gathering. From that we hope to start small neighborhood-groups that go through the workbook. Until then, we challenge ABQ Transitioners to get to know their neighbors! Click here for more.

 

Food group

We’re looking ways to move away from a food system that relies on fossil fuels for production, transport and distribution. We want to develop a resilient, regional food community that weaves together the producers and consumers in joyful eating.
We worked on our “Passport to Local Food” scavenger hunt activity at the 2015 and 2016 Local Food Festivals. Check out the photos from them here!
We planned the December 2015 gathering on Winter Gardening with a panel of 4 experts.
We created a “Local Food Challenge” you can print at home and challenge yourself to do.

Next meeting: TBD. We’re currently joining the Permablitz fun until we come up with new ideas for the Food Group.

 

Water Warriors

The Water Warriors began with a two areas of focus: policy and practical. For policy, we studied various water policy issues, both locally and state-wide. For practical, we met in different members’ yards to work on fun water harvesting projects. We did a multi-barrel rain catchment installation, created a street stormwater diversion system, and have plans to do many more!
Next meeting: TBA.

 

Education

At our May 27th, 2015 meeting, this group discovered the many existing environmental education programs and decided to merge with the Food group to use food as a starting point in educational opportunities. The first being the Local Food Fest activity.

 

Core Group

The Core Group organizes the monthly gatherings and helps oversee the work groups. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month around lunchtime, usually at Flying Star Cafe on Central Ave. Let us know if you’re interested in joining and we’ll let you know about the next meeting.