December Potluck, Solstice Celebration & Gift Exchange – Thursday December 19, 2013

Please join us for our December potluck, Solstice celebration and Gift Exchange which takes place at the Saskatoon Food Bank &Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South (between 20th and 21st Street) the evening of December 19.

As is our custom doors open at 6 pm. We will eat at about 6:30 followed by clean-up.  At 7:30 we share the surplus by way of a gift exchange.

Here’s how it works.

Bring a modest gift from home. Do not buy anything.

– This could be something you’ve made – art, a craft, baking, cooking, preserves, produce from you garden or farm . . .

– Or you can bring a used item (that is still serviceable) from your home – something you no longer use but someone else could and might love, perhaps you have two of something and only need one – household item, gardening item, a book, a game . . .

Please wrap your gift, but do not put your name on it. Do not buy wrapping paper.

– If you have old wrapping paper go ahead and use it.

– Or you could use newspaper, old magazines, or fabric to wrap your gift.

– Or put it in a bag or a box or a tin or a cauldron – decorate it up if you like – or not.

The important thing is to bring a modest gift from your home that someone else might like and wrap it.

How the exchange proceeds –

Each person who participates places their gift on the table and draws a number. Person #1 picks one of the creatively wrapped gifts and opens it. Person #2 picks another wrapped gift or takes the unwrapped gift from person #1 who can then choose another gift from the table. And so it goes – stealing, trading and general merriment ensues.

So bring some food to share. Bring a wrapped gift and join us for an evening of fun.

Once again, the food bank has kindly offered us their space to use, so if you remember, please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

Everyone welcome. We hope to see you there.

The permaculture ethic that underlies all of our actions is three-fold and simply put consists of Earth Care,  People Care and Share the Surplus,  sometimes called Fair Share or Limit Consumption.

November Potluck & Meeting, Thursday November 21, 2013

Once again we will meet at the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South (between 20th and 21st Street).

As is our custom doors open at 6 pm. We will eat at about 6:30 followed by clean-up.  Our meeting will begin at 7:30 pm.

This month’s presentation is by Permasask member, Michelle Hubbard who will tell us about “Beneficial Microbes in Sustainable Agriculture.”

After giving us an introduction to microbes, Michelle will provide us with more details on – beneficial fungi (Mycorrihizae,  endophytes,  biofertilizers and biocontrol); beneficial bacteria (nitrogen fixing, other biofertilizers, plant growth promoting and biocontrol); other beneficial microbes or mixtures; as well as possible ways we can incorporate beneficial microbes into our designs and practices.

Bring a dish to share and join us for an informative and fascinating evening.  Everyone welcome.

October Potluck & Meeting, Thursday October 17,2013

Our October meeting will be at the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre – 202 Avenue C South, between 20th and 21st Street.

We will be following our usual format:  start gathering at 6:00 PM,  potluck at 6:30,  clean up and meeting at about 7:30.

Since the Food Bank has very kindly allowed us to use their space, we ask that you bring a non-perishable food item along with you for the Food Bank.

This month, Kirby McInnis will be talking about permaculture and water harvesting. It will mostly focus on urban water harvesting but we will have some pictures and discussion about some larger-scale harvesting projects as well.

Bring a dish to share and join us for an enjoyable and informative evening.  Everyone welcome.