Groundswell International Supports the Asheville Tool Library

Groundswell International is a non-profit organization that works in partnership, locally and globally, to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and local food systems from the bottom up. Groundswell does this by investing in communities to lead their own development processes and by linking local organizations to wider food sovereignty movements.
Groundswell’s global coordination office is based in Asheville and is excited to support the Asheville Tool Library with funds raised from their 2013 Spring Seed Campaign. “We believe it’s important to invest in local leaders and innovators who are providing solutions to issues affecting our community,” says Chris Sacco, Groundswell’s Director of Operations. “Establishing a tool library in Asheville is a wonderful way to create community, reduce our impact on the environment, and generate economic well-being.”
Groundswell also invests in similar low-cost programs in West Africa. To learn more about Groundswell, please visit: www.groundswellinternational.org.
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Asheville Tool Library: Tool News (November)

Hey Asheville,

Here’s the installment of our monthly Newsletter

Much to report:

First,

$3,000 big ones!

Earlier this month we received an incredible gift and a challenge from Asheville resident Jonathan Reily. With a goal of raising $10,000 to start this project off right and a fundraising campaign that earlier this month was only 20% complete, Jonathan offered to double all contributions up to a total of $3,000!  We’re more than half way to that $3,000 goal and need your help to get over the hump in the next few days.

You can join the nearly 100 donors who have contributed to this project by clicking HERE.

Second,

$1,200 big ones!

Groundswell’s global coordination office is based in Asheville and is excited to support the Asheville Tool Library with funds raised from their 2013 Spring Seed Campaign. “We believe it’s important to invest in local leaders and innovators who are providing solutions to issues affecting our community,” says Chris Sacco, Groundswell’s Director of Operations. “Establishing a tool library in Asheville is a wonderful way to create community, reduce our impact on the environment, and generate economic well-being.” 

Groundswell International is a non-profit organization that works in partnership, locally and globally, to strengthen rural communities to build healthy farming and local food systems from the bottom up. Groundswell does this by investing in communities to lead their own development processes and by linking local organizations to wider food sovereignty movements.

To learn more about Groundswell, please visit: http://www.groundswellinternational.org.

Third,

Thank you all so very much for attending our Tool Talk event held at the co-op a few weeks back.  We had a smashin’ good time of getting folks together to talk about the new tool library – we were gifted tools, money and loads of advice from people like you. We put together a SURVEY for everyone to take during the event which had questions like, tools you want, classes you want, volunteer interests, etc – if you haven’t taken it, take it: http://bit.ly/HkFLYN.

A big thank you to Mammacita‘s and Asheville Brewing Company Beer for supplying food and booze!

Pictures from the event taken by our friend, Grant Adkisson here: Tool Pics

Fourth,
Let’s Build it Together!

Anyone interested in helping to get this project off the ground?  2014 is just around the corner and we need some more community support before we can open the doors and start lending tools.

An open-to-the-public community meeting:
Wednesday November 13th from 6:30-8:30 we will be meeting at the office of the Dogwood Alliance (129 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801).

Please join us if your interested in volunteering and have 1 hr/month or 10hr/wk… we know everyone in town has something to offer.

Fifth,

Hey, ho – we’re accepting tool donations!

That’s right, if you’re interested in donating a new, or kindly used tool please get at us! Drills, saws, garden tools, BCS Tiller (!),  painting supplies, wrenches, sewing machines, generators, ladders, cobbling tools, leather working tools, wood working tools, bungee cords, etc etc… Bring em’!

Contact us here:
Donations@ashevilletoollibrary.org
or
828.508.7418

Sixth,
How to get in contact with us:

For general Inquires: librarian@ashevilletoollibrary.org
Donations: Donations@ashevilletoollibrary.org
Volunteer Inquiry: Volunteer@aashevilletoollibrary.org

And finally, now something completely different…

Co-Creator of the Asheville Tool Library, Julian Dominic, will be giving a cooking class on corn! More specifically, Nixtamal:

One of the oldest techniques of corn preparation, Nixtamal (knee-shta-mal), refers to the process by which the revered grain is cooked in an alkali, hulled and eaten with your neighbors. Come enjoy the old method of cooking, hand-grinding, and eating the regional Kentucky Butcher Dent Corn – making tortillas from scratch!

NIXTAMAL: Corn Processing
Sunday, Nov. 10th, 5-7pm. @  V I L L L A G E R S

$5-15 (Proceeds go to Charlotte Got Crops)
Please RSVP, here

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Let’s start lending tools!

Thanks,
Nick, Tom, Julian and the growing tool team

P.S. We’ve extended our fundraising campaign ’till November 22nd!. Please consider a donation today.

 

The Lorax, Dr. King, genetically engineered trees and my grandchildren

The Lorax, Dr. King, genetically engineered trees and my grandchildren.

via The Lorax, Dr. King, genetically engineered trees and my grandchildren.

Note: Steven Norris is a farmer and professor living near Asheville, NC.  In late May of this year, he participated in major protests against the Tree Biotechnology 2013 Conference along with GJEP, Dogwood Alliance, Earth First!, REAL Cooperative and other organizations.  GJEP is deeply appreciative of the work of Steve and others who took bold action that week to stop the threat of genetically engineered trees.

Below is the statement that Steve wrote for his court appearance.

You can take action to stop the threat of GE trees too. Please sign on to the petition calling on the USDA to reject ArborGen’s application for legalization of GE eucalyptus throughout the southeastern US here: http://bit.ly/stop-arborgen

–The GJEP Team

SHARE Asheville: Map Jam

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In October over 20 residents gathered together to share food and brainstorm a very comprehensive list of all the sharing, collaborative and community supporting based resources, businesses, organizations and places in Asheville.  We used a toolkit developed by Shareable.net and joined more than 50 cities nationwide and around the world who participated in the 2 week Shareable Cities “Map Jam.”

The map is still under development and we welcome any suggestions for things that should be added.  Please fill out this form and let us know!

Earlier this year Asheville resident and writer for Shareable.net, Amy Hamilton, published an awesome guide to many of the sharing based resources that Asheville has to offer.  You can find it here: http://www.shareable.net/blog/asheville-a-shareable-mountain-town

Lea Mclellan wrote an article about SHARE Asheville and the Map Jam we hosted on October 23rd and it was published this week in the Mountain Xpress: How well does Asheville share?

Have questions?  Wanna get involved?? Contact Tom Llewellyn: tom@realcooperative.org

Are We Eating Fishy Food? National Tour

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Announcing the Are We Eating Fishy Food National Tour!

REAL Cooperative is proud to be participating in this national tour that will be educating citizens from coast to coast about GMOs over the next 2 weeks.  Please follow the journey on FB and  our new Twitter #getrealcoop.

Have you been eating fishy food?

Tonight begins the 3000+ mile Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour across America. We hope that you’ll be able to swim on over to one of the events the activists have scheduled along the way!

From the Are We Eating Fishy Food Team:

There is something fishy about GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), plants or animals which have been genetically altered and would not occur naturally despite what Monsanto or other biotech companies claim. These newly introduced “transgenic” species exhibit unexpected and unintended traits, and many say that their introduction into the environment, along with the insecticide they are most often paired with, has led to higher incidences of health problems.

Most commonly, pesticide companies engineer new proteins into our food crops that enable high doses of their weed killer to be sprayed. These new proteins have not undergone any long term independent safety testing, and weed killer residues in our foods are going through the sunroof. The FDA is about to green light a genetically engineered salmon into our food supply without labeling, in which genes from an eel like ocean pout have been inserted. This GMO fish if it escapes would decimate wild salmon populations.

Sixty-four countries around the world require labeling of GMOs, but in the USA and Canada these items are commonly found in the grocery store without a label. Are we eating fishy food? Let’s demand some answers. Label GMO food so people can make informed choices.

We believe that people have the right to choose what they eat. The essence of food democracy is that we know what is in our food, and whether or not our food has been artificially altered.

8/5/13

6:30pm
Tour Kickoff
Washington, DC
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8/6/13

5:00pm
FishTailgate – Pirates v. Marlins
PNC Park 115 Federal Street
Pittsburgh, PA
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8/7/13

Noon
Rally and Press Conference at the Ohio Statehouse
Columbus, OH
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8/7/13

5:30pm
Meet the FishyFleet Community Potluck
Indianapolis, IN
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8/8/13

Noon
Rally and Street Parade
Chicago, IL
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8/8/13

8:30pm
Fishy Food Pajama Party at Monsanto Company
Creve Coeur, MO — MONSANTO GLOBAL HQ
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8/9/13

9:00am
Rally and Press Conference
Creve Coeur, MO — MONSANTO GLOBAL HQ
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8/9/13

3:30pm
Right to Know Street Party
Kansas City, MO
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8/10/13

7:00pm
Welcome dinner for the Are We Eating Fishy Food Tour
Denver, CO
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8/12/13

9:00am
Rally and Press Conference at the Colorado State Capitol
Denver, CO
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8/12/13

12:30pm
Rally and Press Conference at the Wyoming State Capitol
Cheyenne, WY
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8/13/13

10:00am
Rally and Press Conference at the Utah State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT
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8/14/13

2:00pm
Rally for Your Right to Know
Seattle, WA
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8/16-8/18

ALL DAY
Seattle Hempfest
Seattle, WA
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