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Simply Living Sustainable U is a Simply Living initiative that organizes workshops/classes that train and educate people about sustainability topics and practices including:

 

Food • Urban Homesteading • Health and Wellness • Green Building  • Finance • Energy Solutions • Transportation • Economics

Upcoming Classes

Details may be subject to change. Check with each website for more information and/or to pre-register.

OCTOBER

Goat College– For Beginners

with Annie Warmke of Blue Rock Station

 

Saturday, October 8

1 - 3 PM

$35

Pre-registration Required

 

City Folks Farm Shop

4760 N High, Cols 43214

 

The sun is out, the goats are sitting in the shade - and we're inviting you to join us to learn more about goat keeping. So You Think You Want to be a Goat Herder… Please note that there will be real goats involved in this class. Goat keeping is a growing trend in both urban and rural areas. Folks who want to become goat keepers seem to be at a loss as to where they can learn the basics that will help them to gain confidence in maintaining the health of a goat, milking, trimming hooves and using the milk in a variety of ways including making basic cheeses. What you’ll gain from the City Folks Farm Shop class: You’ll work directly with goats during the class to learn what to look for in a healthy goat, and how to decide what breed works best for your situation, talents and skill sets. Time will be spent learning the basics of goat behavior, housing requirements, feeding and general health for goat breeds. This class is for those who are thinking about keeping goats. COST: The class fee is $35. Only people above age 14 please.  Class size is limited to 10 students, so register early.

 

More info or to register:

614-946-5553 or www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

URBAN HOMESTEADING

Transition Hub:

How To Eat, Drink, and Support the Local Food Movement

with Chuck Lynd and Mac Crawford

 

Tuesday, October 4

6:30 - 8 PM

$12 ($10 for Simply Living members)

 

Northwood High Bldg

2231 N High St, Cols 43201

614.354.6172

 

 

 

More info or to register:

614-354-6172 or Hello@simplyliving.org

Pollinators in Your Garden

with Sarah Dalton

 

Saturday, October 8

10 AM -12 PM

Free

 

Whetstone Library – Community Room

3909 N High St, Cols 43214

 

Sarah will acquaint you with Ohio native pollinators, their role in your garden ecosystem, and ways you can help them flourish without getting stung! Hint: not all of them are bees!

 

More info or to register:

columbus.wildones.org

URBAN HOMESTEADING

FOOD

Digestive and Cocktails

 

Thursday, October 13

7-9 PM

$50

Pre-registration required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

What is the difference between digestive and cocktail bitters? How can bitters help with blood sugar levels, nutrient assimilation, stomach acid issues, liver and gall bladder issues, and other digestive problems?

 

What is the history of cocktail bitters and how does one make a delicious bitter for your drinking pleasure?

 

This class will make a jar of each: cocktail and digestive bitters and learn all about what amazing gifts bitter herbs are to our health!

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Solar PV Overview Course

 

Wednesday, October 12

8 AM - 5 PM

$125

Pre-registration Required

 

Rural Action Offices

9030 Hocking Hills Dr.

The Plains, OH 45780

 

This workshop is a slimmed down version of our complete 5-day course that leads to ETA certification in PV.  As such, if you take this course and then later decide to pursue the full certification course, we will apply the registration fee of this class to the certification class if and when you sign up (so we will deduct the $100 fee from the longer class registration fee).

This course, due to time constraints, is a seminar-based program (no hands on).  It is designed for individuals with little or no background in electricity or photovoltaics.  But after attending this class you will understand:

  • Basic electrical principles and concepts.
  • Basic Principles and Concepts of Photovoltaics
  • Photovoltaic System Components, and how to select the items that are right in a given situation
  • Standard PV system configurations, and when and why to use each
  • How to conduct a Site Assessment
  • How to Design a Photovoltaic System
  • Sizing and Selecting a Battery System
  • Steps involved in System Installation
  • Rules, Regulations and Paperwork Required

 

More info or to register:

740-674-4300 or bluerockstation.com

Wine and Dine: New Autumn Soups

with Chef Del

 

Wednesday, October 19

7-9 PM

$15 Members/ $20 Non-members

Pre-registration required

 

Wellness Forum

510 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite G

Worthington 43085

 

Some archeologists say soup is one of the first dishes cooked by humans. Everywhere you go on the planet, soup is a part of the culinary tradition. Join Chef Del as he shares some of his favorite soup dishes from around the world. Del will prepare and serve a four course meal and provide you with the recipes. Bring your favorite beverage and let the party begin!

 

More info or to register:

614-841-7700 or wellnessforumhealth.com

FOOD

ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Autumn Vegetables

cooking with Julie Gardner, R.D., L.D

 

Wednesday, October 26

7 PM

$5 Members/ $10 Non-members

Pre-registration required

 

Wellness Forum

510 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Suite G

Worthington 43085

 

Julie will share recipes & tips for using the fall bounty of vegetables. Summer is not the only season for great salads!

 

More info or to register:

614-841-7700 or wellnessforumhealth.com

FOOD

Medicine Maker Series: Tinctures

 

Thursday, October 27

7-9 PM

Pre-registration Required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

This 8-part series teaches you standard techniques on the 8 types of medicine in western herbalism! Ever wanted to learn to make remedies, tonics, and body care for you and yours? This is an affordable way to learn!

 

The series meets once a month for 8 months in the last week of each month:

We try and make this class available as a series to students first, and then make individual classes available to people taking a class here and there (if there are openings left).

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

Soap Making

with Paul Sandstrom

 

Wednesday, October 19

6-7:30 PM

$20

Pre-registration required

 

City Folks Farm Shop

4760 N High, Cols 43214

 

Join veteran soap maker Paul Sandstrom of Spotted Salamander Soap and learn how to make your own natural soaps. This is a hands-on class involving participants in the process of cold-process making soap. Paul will cover: chemistry of soap ingredients-oils, scents, herbs, exfoliants, safety of lye use, equipment basics, calculations, benefits of handmade soaps. Participants should bring a 1/2 gal milk or juice container for pouring soap to take home. Instructor: Paul Sandstrom of Spotted Salamander Soap.

 

More info or to register:

614-946-5553 or www.cityfolksfarmshop.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

NOVEMBER

Transition Hub:

How to Make Renewables Local – Energy Democracy

with Chuck Lynd and Mac Crawford

 

Monday, November 7

6:30 - 8 PM

$12 ($10 for Simply Living members)

 

Northwood High Bldg

2231 N High St, Cols 43201

614.354.6172

 

 

More info or to register:

614-354-6172 or Hello@simplyliving.org

Winter Wellness…in a jar!

 

Thursday, November 10

7-9 PM

$35

Pre-registration required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

Cold weather has started and it is only going to get colder! That means staying indoors and breathing recycled air! Sore throats! Dry skin and lips! Wouldn't it be great to prepare yourself with remedies for just these common cold weather maladies?

 

Winter Wellness in a Jar is a popular cold season class that has you making 4 remedies: dry skin salve, elderberry syrup, sore throat lozenges, and a lip balm- and they all fit into a cute mason jar, perfect for gift giving! You take home your mason jar of remedies, recipes for future DIY fun, and get all instruction as part of the price.

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Earthship and Sustainable Farm Tour

 

Saturday, November 5

1-3 PM

$10

Pre-registration required

 

Blue Rock Station

1190 Virginia Ridge Rd.

Philo, OH 43771

 

Re-thinking is the first step in a journey to create a sustainable living way of life. Take a tour of the common rooms of the 2,200 square foot house  that utilizes tires, cans, old barn wood, bottles, straw bales and mud to form a home that is heated by the sun, earth and wood.

 

Enjoy a proper cup of tea, then spend some time chatting about the latest trends in sustainability - or the realities of living sustainably in a consumer-oriented culture.

Open day tour fees are $10 per person (infants and toddlers under 5 are free).  Tours take about 2 1/2 hours (sometimes longer if there are lots of questions) and include refreshments. Tours begin promptly at 1 p.m.

 

Open day tours are limited to 25 people (we can handle larger groups for a private group tour). Please RSVP to ensure you will be able to go on the tour. In 2014 and 2015 nearly every tour sold out prior to the day of the tour.

 

More info or to register:

740-674-4300​ or bluerockstation.com

GREEN BUILDING

Medicine Makers Series: Extracts

 

Wednesday, November 30

7-9 PM

Pre-registration required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Native Plants for Edible and Wildlife Friendly Landscaping

 

Saturday, November 12

10-11 AM

Free

 

Whetstone Library

Community Room

3909 N. High St.

Columbus 43214

 

The increasing interest in growing food by way of edible landscaping has led to new ideas about what to put in the traditional flower garden. Edible landscaping offers an alternative to conventional landscaping and can be just as attractive while also producing food. Many native species have been used in some way as food in the past. This program is intended to guide you in some things you might plant around your home, which are available in the native nursery trade. The program will also include edible weeds which are likely to sprout up in urban areas and disturbed rural sites. Gale will also recommend integrating into the edible landscape, plants that provide food and/or habitat to birds, bees, butterflies, and other creatures. She believes that if the beneficial insects and native species are well-fed, your yield will be more robust, and you’ll also have more choices for harvest. Plus, the ripple effect of a well-balanced garden that feeds more than just you is a healthier ecosystem and healthier planet.

 

More info or to register:

columbus.wildones.org

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URBAN HOMESTEADING

DECEMBER

Spa in Your Kitchen

 

Wednesday, December 7

7-9 PM

$30

Pre-registration required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

Did you know common household ingredients can be the best body care of all? We at Boline firmly believe that you should be willing to put anything in your body care in your mouth. This class shows how to take common foods and ingredients and make them into the cleanest and safest body care around.

 

Prepare to get messy! We will be applying face masques and sipping wine (non-alcoholic option provided for those that do not or cannot imbibe).

 

Learn about skin treatments, teeth cleaning, and deep treatments of hair in the class, naturally!

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Medicine Maker Series: Baths and Soaks

(4th in a series of 8)

 

Wednesday, December 21

7-9 PM

Pre-registration required

 

Boline Apothecary

15 Dunedin Rd, Cols 43214

 

Enjoy your summer with these easy and delicious recipes, perfect for a summer barbeque, picnic, or quick meal at home.

 

More info or to register:

614-517-0466 or bolineapothecary.com

Transition Hub:

New Ways To Support Our Local Economy

with Chuck Lynd and Mac Crawford

 

Monday, December 5

6:30 - 8 PM

$12 ($10 for Simply Living members)

 

Northwood High Bldg

2231 N High St, Cols 43201

614.354.6172

 

 

More info or to register:

614-354-6172 or Hello@simplyliving.org

ECONOMY

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