March 12: Preparing Garden Soil. Join Callie Martin to get the dirt on dirt. It’s spring; how to do you start the annual cycle of soil care and get your garden ready to plant? What’s the difference between mulch, compost, and fertilizer; how important is it to use organic amendments, and where do you get them; and much more. Bring all your questions!
Transition Fidalgo sponsors a series of free Skill Share workshops, held at the Anacortes Public Library from 10:30-noon on second and fourth Saturdays, from February through October. Visit http://www.transitionfidalgo.org/projects/skill-share/ to see our full schedule. March offerings include:
March 26: Water-wise Gardening. Ani Gurnee brings her water conservation knowledge and experience to share with you. She’ll deal with drought gardening, mulching, drip irrigation, rain water storage, how to space plants, dry farming, water requirements for different vegetables, and more.
Author presentation and book-signing: Come meet David Montgomery and Anne Bikle, authors of The Hidden Half of Nature (named one of the best books of 2015 by The Seattle Times). They will be at the Anacortes Library for a special presentation at 7 PM on Thursday, March 31, on the microbial life in our soil and our guts. Bringing life to their back-yard garden in Seattle taught authors David Montgomery and Anne Bikle about microbes, but it wasn’t until a health crisis threatened that they began to understand how these tiny beasties can revolutionize agriculture, our health, and medicine.
Join us for a free, fascinating presentation about roots, guts, and (good) germs, including how a cancer diagnosis for Anne led them to new ideas about health and an anti-inflammatory diet. The Hidden Half of Nature was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Seattle Times. Books will be available for purchase.
Climate Conversation Group: Lyndon Greene and Carolyn Barney invite anyone interested in discussing Naomi Klein's provocative book This Changes Everything to join them in the library round room on Sunday March 6, 1:30-3 PM. The idea is to review such issues as: 1) Arctic amplification, 2) the meaning and importance of positive tipping points, 3) the connection of ocean temperatures to sea-level rise and how together they impact food production, severe weather, flooding, and the melting of glaciers, and 4) what actually was accomplished in Paris at COP 21. For more info, please call 360-299-9075, or email barneycL@msn.com.