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Timbergreen Full Cycle Wood Tour

Tree Harvesting


Did you know there is flooring, furniture, dishware and jobs growing in your tree?

Jim Birkemeier of Timbergreen Farm can show you how the trees growing in our neighborhood and throughout Madison will be part of our sustainable future by providing the things we need and use every day.

Sustainable Atwood invites you on a field trip to Timbergreen Farm to see firsthand how this small-scale forest and family owned business makes high-value products and creates jobs with beautiful woods harvested solely from “dead” cherry, walnut, oak and other trees.

Birkemeiers motto is “keep it simple and sustainable.” Well tour Timbergreens 200-acre woodland, complete with logging equipment, three sawmills, solar heated lumber dry kilns, woodworking shop, laser engraving/cutting workshop and their downtown Spring Green retail store full of unique handmade wood items. Birkemeier travels internationally to speak about sustainable forestry, and has recently received the “2012 Wisconsin Small Family Business of the Year” award.

Timbergreen Farm tour


Friday, July 20

10:00 am: Depart from 2018 Helena St., Madison  WI 53704

11:00 am: Arrive at Timbergreen Farm, S 11478 Soeldner Road, Spring Green. Tour includes a break for lunch. Bring a sack lunch. No food available for purchase at the farm.

1:30 pm: Depart Timbergreen Farm

2:30-3:00 pm: Arrive Madison at 2018 Helena St.

Join us: Free tour. RSVP for carpooling. Non-driving carpoolers bring gas money ~ $5. Bring a sack lunch. Requires ability to walk on rough trails.


Green Thursday Film: Wasteland

ThursdayMay 17, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Sector 67 — 2100 Winnebago Street Madison WI 53704

Filmed over nearly three years, the Academy Award-nominated film “Waste Land” follows artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,” self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Munizs collaboration with these inspiring characters as they create images of themselves out of garbage reveals both their dignity and despair as they begin to re-imagine their lives. The film offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

Also: Climate Wisconsin short, “Adaptation & Mitigation.”

Host: Sustainable Atwood

Sustainable Atwood Green Thursday Films: FRESH

When: Thu, February 16, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Sector 67, 2100 Winnebago Street, Madison


Description: “Fresh” (film) celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthurs 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollans book, “The Omnivores Dilemma;” and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy. Also, Climate Wisconsin short, “Sugaring.”

Sponsored by: Sustainable Atwood
These free film screenings are part of Sustainable Atwoods Green Thursdays film series. Green Tuesdays & Thursdays are brought to you at various locations in Dane County byThe Natural Step Monona, and supported by the Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, the Dane County Environmental Council, and Richard and Judy Fritz.

Green Thursdays: December film

Thursday, Dec 15, 6:30pm: HOW TO BOIL A FROG (plus “Fly Fishing” short) at the Hawthorne Branch Library (2707 E. Washington Ave).

“How to Boil a Frog” is an eco-comedy that mixes rapid-fire humor and hard-hitting facts to show the consequences of “overshoot” — too many people using up too little planet — and what it means for our future. With an ‘Everyman approach, smart writing, world-class experts, and humor, “How to Boil a Frog” shows the imminent end of the world as we know it and five surprising ways you can save civilization (while laughing).

The film gives you five memorable ways to make your life better now, and transition off the energy-chugging treadmill thats sucking away our time, money and joy. It appeals to adults and kids with an irreverent take on our consumer culture and unsustainable status quo. It is filled with mindboggling facts and challenges that will entertain and motivate you to rise up and save the planet, the polar bears, and your own self.

These free film screenings are part of Sustainable Atwoods Green Thursdays film series. Green Tuesdays & Thursdays are brought to you at various locations in Dane County byThe Natural Step Monona, and supported by the Madison Gas & Electric Foundation, the Dane County Environmental Council, and Richard and Judy Fritz. 

Questions or comments? Please contact Terry.

Madison SOUP serves up another winning project

Madison SOUP’s 2nd event was a success!

SOUP’s organizer Heather Wentler reports:
There were 25 attendees and 4 pitch presentations for the evening. Which was fantastic because before the event began we had 9 people signed up to attend and no ideas being pitched! Thank you to all the participants who pitched without preparing and were very responsive towards crowd questions and comments.

The 4 projects that were pitched were:
1. Correspondence Writing-a group of people coming together to dedicate time to the lost art of handwritten letters/documents.
2. Product Sharing-an organized community of sharing unwanted supplies that is more organized and functional than Craigslist or Freecycle
3. Apollo67-A team of Sector67 members are trying to create a Hydrogen Balloon with an attached camera to take pictures from space. The project is being created at a very low cost and with everyday items to be appealing to schools, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs, or just about anybody around the world. Click the link to find out more about this project.
4. Project Sheet Cake-Transforms one of the CNC Milling Machine at Sector67 to attach a Fourth Axis on to be used as a 3D printing platform. Click the link to find out more about this project.

The winning Project was Project Sheet Cake! They won $180 towards buying the parts and setting up the CNC Mill. Congratulations to Scott Hasse for his winning project and we look forward to hearing an update at the January event as to how the project is coming.

Remember that all projects can pitch again at future events if they have not already won.

The next Madison SOUP event will be held on Sunday, January 15th from 6-8pm at Sector67-2100 Winnebago St.

I’m still trying to figure out what the best way is to get people to commit to attending the event so I know how much food to prepare-more food equals more money taken away from the winning project so I’d like to have a pretty close headcount prior to the start of events so I know how much to prepare. If you have any ideas as to this problem or any other suggestions on how to make future events better please send them my way and I will take them into consideration!

Keep checking the Website, Facebook, and Twitter handle: madisonsoup for updates on pitched projects, local events, and information about Madison SOUP and the Sunday Soup Network!

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy, and safe Holiday Season!

Thank you for your time,

Heather Wentler
Organizer of Madison SOUP

Waterlife this Thursday, 10/20

This Thursday: WATERLIFE, on Thursday, Oct 20, 6:30pm at the United Way, Evjue Boardroom (third floor, 2059 Atwood Ave).

Come join us this Thursday… All are welcome. We’ll have popcorn and sparking water; bring a snack to share, if you wish. After the film, interested parties will repair to The Glass Nickel to discuss the movie.

“Waterlife” follows the epic cascade of the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. From the icy cliffs of Lake Superior to the ornate fountains of Chicago to the sewers of Windsor, this feature-length documentary tells the story of the last huge supply (20 per cent) of fresh water on Earth.

The source of drinking water, fish and emotional sustenance for 35 million people, the Great Lakes are under assault by toxins, sewage, invasive species, dropping water levels and profound apathy. Some scientists believe the lakes are on the verge of ecological collapse.

Filled with fascinating characters and stunning imagery, “Waterlife” is an epic cinematic poem about the beauty of water and the dangers of taking it for granted.

The film is narrated by The Tragically Hips Gord Downie and features music by Sam Roberts, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Robbie Robertson and Brian Eno.