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ACTION: Parking Lot Garden Joins Global Work Party

This weekend we were happy to join our gardening efforts to Sunday’s “Global Work Party” organized by Bill McKibben’s Scientists say that 350 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity – but we’re currently at 388. encouraged folks worldwide to band together to start projects that will help curb climate change. Our humble effort to lower food miles by sourcing our food closer to home at our next door parking lot was in solidarity with nearly 8000 projects worldwide – some big, some small. Climate change is one thing we’re going to have to figure out a way to work together on. It was heartwarming to see our little garden in this context. Thanks so much to Santa Fe Colleges “Saints for Sustainability” for their support and hard work!

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HOUSE NEWS: So many things…


Handmade crosses - Art for All project


Last week was busy – and prayerful. David Cheney led us in our first weekly morning community prayer on Wednesday (9-9:30) and Dave Chynoweth led a discussion and experience of centering prayer at Thursday’s roundtable. The Art for All project provided a beautiful space to create some more lovely crosses. Kendera’s artistic leadership and ability to make our home such a welcoming environment is a gift to our house and to everyone who enters it. We are also extremely grateful to our September chefs for creating Monday’s cafe with aplomb. Kelli was out of town visiting Ben at school and it was wonderful knowing the cooking was in such competent hands.

This week we are looking for new sous-chefs (or soup chefs!) for the rest of October. Chefs-in-training learn to prepare soup and other dishes and bake bread between 9 and 12. It’s a fun way to learn to cook from local ingredients, to cook from “scratch,” and to make something delicious and healthy for folks who could really use it. Please let Kelli know this weekend if you would like to commit to the Monday mornings of October! We’ve got some great ingredients coming in from the farmers market to work with!

We also need cafe servers on Monday afternoon between 11:45 and 3. Let us know if we can put you on the schedule!

Art for All will be happening on Tuesday from 1-5 and Saturday from 1-3. We are creating quite a collection of art to sale at our Handmade Christmas sale in December. Please join us; we’ve got crafts for all levels of confidence and competence – and fun things for children too!

On Sunday, we’ll be joining the Global Work Party sponsored by in celebration of 10/10/10. We’re particularly interested in the justice aspect of global climate change and how it will affect “the least among us.” The National Catholic Rural Life Conference has a great study guide on the subject available here. Creating and sustaining local sources for healthy food – community gardens and small farms – is one way to curb climate change by eliminating all the extra “food miles” required to get a vegetable to your plate (about 1600 miles on average). The Saints for Sustainability from Santa Fe College will be helping us get things planted on Sunday, and you are welcome to join us! We’d love to have your help keeping things watered and weeded throughout the fall. Another planting party is planned for early spring when we’ll expand the garden.

And our monthly Knitting Night is this Monday from 7-9!  Knitters or wanna-be knitters or other hand-workers are invited to learn, teach, share, work on a hat or scarf for someone out in the cold (we’ve got yarn) or work on your own project!

One last thing: We need some stuff! The Art for All projects are created mainly from “up-cycled” material. We could use some more of the following:
  • bottle caps
  • pop-tops from soda (beer) cans
  • magazines with great photos like National Geographic and gardening catalogs
  • glass or ceramic beads and other beading supplies
  • yarn
AND WE NEED BLANKETS! Folks have been knocking on the door and stopping us on the street ever since the weather turned. If you have an extra blanket, we’re in need!

AND A TENT – A young woman who lives out in the woods had her tent shredded by raccoons (she had left some food in it). If you have a tent you don’t need, she could really use it.

Thanks for all your help. We hope to see you!