Community Links

Community Links is a monthly community program designed to connect people and the planet through learning, building, sustaining, and growing together! Join us on the Second Saturday of each month for educational homesteading workshops, New Volunteer Orientation, workshop and garden tours, and shopping in the EarthLinks Store. Community Links promotes garden-based skills for sustainable urban lifestyles. Events feature experts and participants of EarthLinks, as well as leaders from the local community, coming together to build community and share wisdom.

Community Links 2014 Workshop Schedule:

$10-20 suggested donation for all workshops.
All events located at EarthLinks, 2746 W 13th Ave., Denver, CO 80204. Topics/details subject to change. Stay tuned for more details throughout the year!

February 9th: Grey Water Reclamation & Green Cleaning

Morning workshop, from 10 to 11:30

Greywater Reclamation: What is greywater? What is not greywater? Why use greywater? Any health concerns? Best management practices. The legality and status of greywater use in Colorado. And the set-up and maintenance of two simple laundry greywater systems.

Instructor Judith Moran uses her laundry greywater to irrigate delicious tasting fruit trees in her backyard. She feels the practice has allowed her to become more conscious of the value of water.

Lunch (food TBD)–1145 to 1245 

Afternoon workshop 1-2 pm

Green Cleaning: Learn how simple it is to replace conventional (and usually toxic!) cleaning products with homemade products that work, and how you can save money and the planet while doing so!  Topics include:  Why switch to ‘green’ or homemade cleaning products, the pros and cons, what to expect, an overview of the ingredients in homemade cleaning products, and a recipes needed to clean everything in your home.

Emily Ashton has been slowly weaning herself off of conventional cleaning products, and now boasts a home that is just as clean as before, but is also free from the toxins and guilt that conventional products carry.

March 8th: DIRT & BIKES

This hands-on Ground Prep Workshop will teach you how to assess and amend your garden soil in preparation for the coming growing season.  Members of the EarthLinks Community and workshop participants will learn the basics of traditional soil amendment, how and when to till the garden plot, seed starting techniques, and more.

Morning Workshop 10am-12pm, lunch provided and Open House to follow until 2pm. Afternoon Workshop 1-2pm, Bike Maintenance led by Leeeeeman with Oh Wheelie

($10-20 suggested donation)

April 12th: Growing Food in Colorado Soils/Team EarthLinks Colfax Walk-Run Marathon Training

Growing Food in Colorado Soils 10:00 AM

Come join Matthew Celesta, the resident Soil Shaman at Waste Farmers. He was born and raised in Colorado with a horticulturalist for a mother. Her love of plants transferred to a love of soil for Matthew! He got a degree in Sustainable Agriculture at University of California, Santa Cruz with a focus on soil science. He has been blending soils with Waste Farmers for more than four years, and their retail products can be found throughout the Rocky Mountains at gardens centers, hardware stores, and even Whole Foods. Come learn how to properly mineralize and biologically activate your Colorado soil, which leads to bigger healthier plants and more nutritionally dense crops for you and your family. Lunch

1:00 PM

Team EarthLinks Walk/Run Colfax  Marathon Training It’s officially spring, so tie up your laces and join Team EarthLinks for an afternoon run or walk! EarthLinks is a charity partner for the upcoming Colfax Marathon Races in mid-May and we are working collaboratively to run and raise funds together. Erica Sanginiti, a Colfax Marathon ambassador, will lead us on a route around the neighborhood beginning at 1 pm, while sharing tips about nutrition, stretching, and preparing for the race. All abilities are welcome to join us this day! If you have registered with Team EarthLinks, you will also receive a free t-shirt to sport around town.

 

($10-20 suggested donation)

May 10th: Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Sale

Join us for EarthLinks’ second annual Mother’s Day Plant & Garden Sale! Pick up beautiful flowers, veggies, herbs, and other plants for you or your mother’s favorite garden, all grown by participants and volunteers of the EarthLinks Workshop Program. We will have Floral Designs demonstrations by Paul Fowler from 10 am – noon. Learn the secrets of floral design. Learn what you can do to make your flowers look amazing.

June 14th: CANCELED: Handmade Homemade Market at EarthLinks

We will not be holding the local HaHo  Market this year because of the impending move of EarthLinks to our new location during this time.

 

July 12th: Urban Foraging & Herb Drying

Now in partnership with the Cow Town Grangers, EarthLinks‘ next Community Links event will be held at our new location: 2746 W 13th Avenue

10 am – 12 pm

Come take a walk with Kate Armstrong, the urban forager. Kate will guide you on an urban adventure around the new EarthLink’s location. You will learn about edible plants that grow wild in the city and their many uses and benefits. Wear your walking shoes! 

Lunch

1 pm-2 pm

After lunch Penelope Zeller, of the Cow Town Grangers, will present “Herb drying for use and delight. “  She will introduce you to various easy (and low tech) methods of herb drying. Penelope will share her wealth of knowledge in the preservation and use of herbs in an interactive hands-on program.

($10-20 suggested donation)

 

August 9th: Pickle Making


Abundant produce in August makes it prime pickling time. Come and learn the basics of pickle making. In this hands-on workshop Clara Morris, pickling expert extraordinaire, will guide you and help you make bread & butter zucchini pickles, refrigerator dill pickles, pickle relish and pickled vegetables. You will go  home with plenty of refrigerated pickles.

Attendance is limited  due to space. Must register for this workshop:

 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

10 A.M. –  1:30 P.M.

Lunch provided, bring “pot luck” item if you want to share too.

More information to come

 ($10-20 suggested donation)

12pm: Lunch 1-2pm: Workshop

($10-20 suggested donation)

 

September 13th:  Backyard Beekeeping with a Warre Hive/Butter Making

Backyard beekeeping is now even easier with the Warre method.  Judith  Moran will introduce the “hands off” Warre style of bee management. The distinguishing feature of the Warre hive is that it is the most “no fuss” of hives. It requires far less management than the Langstroth or Kenyan/horizontal top bar hive. Participants will learn how to observe hives, receive a beekeeping checklist, and  have an opportunity to discuss your beekeeping questions.  Participants will also be able to taste local honey.

In the afternoon session Penelope Zeller, of the Cow Town Grangers, will teach how to make butter from whole cream.  If you have never made butter it is time to learn! This is an easy process and lots of fun.  Flavored butter, including honey butter, will be made.Each participant will take home samples of honey and flavored butters.
Lunch provided

10am-12pm: Backyard Beekeeping

12pm-2pm: Butter Making

($10-20 suggested donation)

October 11th: Permaculture in the high plains / Fermentation for food and health

 Permaculture in the high plains with Sharona Thompson

 Fermentation for food and health with Eileen Richardson

What is permaculture? Where did these principles come from? How can you use it here in the Denver area? Sharona Thompson will address these questions in her interactive presentation.

Ms. Thompson studied permaculture at GrowHaus and Woodbine Ecology Center. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Denver Permaculture Committee. Sharona looks forward sharing new topics and processes obtained recently at the first North American Permaculture Convergence in Minnesota. She will provide permaculture basics that you can apply in your urban or suburban location.

Following lunch Earthlinks will welcome back Eileen Richardson; who will introduce the hows and whys of fermented foods. She started fermenting foods 6 years ago in Costa Rica and more recently studied at Denver’s Nutritional Therapy Institute.

Eileen will help us understand why these foods are good for us and how to get started in making them at home. The health benefits of fermented foods will be discussed and demonstrations on making various types of live pickles, vegetables and sauerkraut will arm the attendees with tools to start fermenting at home.  Please bring a clean glass jar with tight fitting lid to take your sample home in.

10-12 noon:  Permaculture

12-12:45: lunch

12:45-2pm:  Fermentation 

Suggested Donation: $20

Space is limited, please RSVP

November 8th: Easy Mushroom Cultivation/

Growing mushrooms for food and garden health is fast becoming the standard in organic gardening.Learn how to ‘seed’ your outside garden or grow gourmet mushrooms on your counter top. Topics covered will also include how to use fungus for the health and your yard and environmental air / water quality.

This semi-technical, but beginner friendly, class will help you lay the foundation to incorporate specific types of fungus into your life. Whether your interest is cultivating food mushrooms or simply inoculating your veggie garden to clean and enrich your garden soil Michael will provide the basics you need to for specific purposes. His teaching style makes even the technical aspects of sterilization seem simple for beginning home growers.

Michael B. Heim is a staff instructor at the Boulder Living Arts School. His passion for mycology began when he grudgingly took a college class in horticulture to fulfill credit requirements. His obsession all things mycological has led him to purchase the Boulder Mushroom Farm and he is active in co-producing workshops with other notable experts and authors like Robert Rogers (Author of The Fungal Pharmacy).

Each participant will go home with detailed printed instructions and your own jar of oyster mushroom spawn.

SPECIAL BONUS! All confirmed registrants will qualify for an entry to receive a free autographed copy of the book: ‘Mycellium Running – How Mushroom Can Save the Earth’ authored by and generously donated by Paul Stamets.

As usual, lunch is provided based on what is in our pantry to share.

9:45 am:  sign in

10:00 am:  Mushroom Cultivation

12:00 pm:  lunch (feel free to bring a pot-luck dish!)

During and after lunch, until we close at 2 pm, join Michael and others in a casual discussion about myco-remediation and the future of mushroom science in industries like art materials, commercial packaging materials and LEEDS construction. (Do you get the idea that the mushroom kingdom has much more to offer than food and medicine?)

Suggested Donation: $20

 

December 13th: Annual Holiday Open House

Every December, we turn the EarthLinks workshop and office into a winter wonderland of Earth-friendly gifts at the Annual Holiday Open House! Come shop for the perfect holiday gift from the Workshop Program, meet our staff and participants, tour EarthLinks HQ, and enjoy the lovely community! Click here for more information and to RSVP!

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