10:00 Interview with Margaret Koster

 Ukiah Valley CoHousing.
 We are currently a group of 10 households, working on acquiring land in Ukiah on which to build a CoHousing community of about 20-25 households and we will  be actively looking for new members once we have a site secured.  We  have more or less monthly social events which anyone interested is  welcome to attend.  
  One main point I want to be sure to make is how CoHousing differs (and is similar) with other types of intentional communities. I have some familiarity with the issues involved in developing a new CoHousing community.  

Margaret Koster 707-459-5970
Ukiah Valley CoHousing Project

Or Contact Tara Plocher:  707-472-0101

10:30 Interview with Elaine Charkowski
FOSL:  Foundation of Sustainable Living

1.    education
2.    network
3.    land in trust:  Mendocino!

Contacts for Natural Products:
Talia Rose, Organic Grace  707-923-1296
Charmaine Taylor,, 707-441-1632

Contacts for Alternative Energy:  for incentives and rebates!  for energy politics

Contacts for Natural Building workshops:
Marisha Farnsworth, Kleiwerks International, 510-527-9271
Classes take place at Grandma Mary’s Organic Farm, a ½ acre urban agricultural site located in El Cerrito, CA, within walking distance form BART!  Non-profit that promotes social transformation and ecological regeneration by leading natural building and whole-systems trainings that result in community-based sustainable living centers.  By invitation only, we collaborate with community-based people, projects and programs.  Through hands-on educational trainings and building projects we construct activist centers, permaculture sites, orphanages, schools. And villages.  Significant results of our work include both the generation of regional activist networks, and the construction of public demonstration centers that serve community needs.  Kleiwerks International is part of a worldwide movement that is reviving and refining the art and joy of natural building and living!  

  Upcoming Events:

Natural Building & Permaculture in Mexico

Ecological Building of the Americas
Saturday, August 25th at Grandma Mary's Organic Farm, El Cerrito CA

A Benefit for Kleiwerks West & la Red de las Americas $25 suggested donation.
6PM Potluck Dinner — home made earthen oven fired pizza and home made beer will be offered.

7:00 Presentations:
Natural Building & Permaculture in Mexico

KLEIWERKS WEST: International Collaborations

Followed by a discussion on the creation of a Red de las Americas to:
• Strengthen communication among ecological builders within the Americas
• Spread awareness of projects already in existence and opportunities to collaborate
• Share information, publications, techniques and resources
• Create the first Natural Building Colloquium de las Americas
For more information or to RSVP for this event, email [email protected]

Grandma Mary's Organic Farm is a half-acre urban agricultural site located @
100 Behrens St. near the El Cerrito Plaza Bart station.

From the Bart station: exit on the south side of the station. Walk east on Fairmont 3 blocks. Turn right on Behrens St. and walk to the dead end.
Drive: Exit I-80 and head east, go right on San Pablo Ave. and left on Fairmont; head a few blocks past the Bart station and go right on Behrens St; head to the end of the block and you are there.

Upcoming Events: 
2007 West Coast Green Residential Building Conference & Expo

As the country's largest annual residential green building event, West Coast Green is designed for industry professionals who want to learn more about residential green building and design, gain exposure, and forge business partnerships. It spans three days, including one day especially for interested homeowners. The conference will feature industry leaders and visionary thinkers leading discussions and panels, workshops, exhibitor booths, and networking events.
Trade Days:
Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21
Homeowner Day:
Saturday, September 22
Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
 San Francisco , CA
Information &
Featured Speakers:
•  Bruce King, Making Better Concrete  and Design of Straw Bale Buildings
•  Sarah Susanka, Not So Big House  and The Not So Big Life
•  Paul Hawken, The Ecology of Commerce  and Blessed Unrest
•  Michelle Kaufmann, Michelle Kaufmann Designs
 •  Cameron Sinclair, Architecture for Humanity
 •  Raymond Cole, University of British Columbia
 •  Bob Berkebile, BNIM Architects
 •  David Gottfried, United States Green Building Council


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