Cob repair days – March and April

Cob repair days – March and April

Want to play in the mud? Are you interested in building with cob? (straw + mud combination, a sustainable building method) A small team will be repairing the Westchester Community Oven during selected workdays in March and April. Damage to the Oven During one of the fierce January storms, high winds lifted the rain tarp and the Oven was exposed to a downpour.

The Backstory of Whatever Comes Next

The Backstory of Whatever Comes Next

Why would someone sit down and write a novel? In the case of my new novel, Whatever Comes Next, my answer is: because the message just needed to come out right now. And here’s how it happened …

Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

Coming soon: Joanne’s new novel

What if our economic forces were designed to work in partnership with Nature rather than against her? What if our economy promoted the best of human nature — our collaborative, caring and nurturing aspects. What if economic sectors were designed to work in harmony with each other, mimicking a supportive ecosystem? What might such an economy look like? Whatever Comes Next the new novel in the Legacy series Coming soon from Joanne Poyourow Click for more info  

Are you taking care of the Resistance?

Are you taking care of the Resistance?

You are one of the most precious assets we have. And by “we” I mean people who view a healthy environment, human rights, and a positive legacy for future generations as a moral obligation. These current political times demand activism for the long haul. That means we must tag-team, each of us taking our turn in the marches and demonstrations – which unfortunately may be our constant mode of operation for the next 4-8 years. The fight for these meaningful…

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What you can do about the environment right now

What you can do about the environment right now

ECM has long been a source of positive environmental news and proactive solutions — about many environmental news, but particularly about global warming. Right now, this week, is a disheartening time for those who care deeply about our environment and human survival. But I encourage you to tap into what you CAN do… Seven ways you can keep fighting for justice in 2017 by Ijeoma Oluo A video reminder that you are not alone: we are the 80% SHOW UP…

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How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

How to keep fighting – the 2017 version

It’s a new year. But even moreso, it’s a completely new era. The ground rules have all changed – from what is fact, to what is science, to what is news – to the point that many of us hardly know which way is up. In the midst of all this turmoil, there have been a few articles which really helped me solidify my own direction. One of these is a thoughtful, well-considered post by Ijeoma Oluo, “7 Ways you…

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Fruit Tree Pruning 3-part series

Fruit Tree Pruning 3-part series

Arborist Pieter Severynen has a wealth of wisdom to share. In the 3-part workshop series on January 7, 14, 21, you’ll learn how to make each pruning cut count – you’ll be able to tell the reason you made that particular cut! You’ll learn how to adapt your pruning decisions or different types of trees. You’ll learn about good cuts and bad cuts, as well as how to select and maintain good tools. You’ll learn about planting trees, and how…

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Positive environmental news

Positive environmental news

Get the kind of news you want, in the format you want! We offer many different types of message-delivery. Please sign up for your favorites! Events and Classes. Join the Environmental Change-Makers email list to get news of events, classes, and gatherings at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity in Westchester/Los Angeles. The topics run the gamut from organic gardening to Permaculture and Transition Movement to activism and sustainable lifestyles. subscribe here. Change-Making News. Joanne’s newsletter is more chatty than…

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Solidarity with Standing Rock – Nov 15

Solidarity with Standing Rock – Nov 15

Need a place to diffuse some of the tensions of this past week? Come join like-minded others as we gather in solidarity with Standing Rock and the urgent need for CLIMATE ACTION. We will create a public prayer flag (like a Tibetan prayer flag) with messages of hope, solidarity, and support, to be displayed on a public street corner here in Westchester.

Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

Solidarity, Resistance, Resolve and Resilience

What next? Certainly we are all watching national headlines in shock and horror. Most of the things that matter to us most – from climate action to human rights to the sanctity of the U.S. Constitution itself – are in serious jeopardy at this moment. I remember back in 2000 when dismaying election results began rolling in. A dear friend pointed out to me that when the going gets tough, activists get tougher. We get moving. We take action.