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Tree Inventory Presentation…Find out what we learned

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How’s your tree?

Find out what we discovered. 

Hint: Your trees are hard at work.

Come to hear
the results 

of Sustainable Atwood’s 2011 tree inventory,

enter our tree care raffles
and discuss your questions 

with people who know trees.

Presentation of

Sustainable Atwood Neighborhood Tree Inventory

All neighborhoods invited and welcome!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

6:30-8:30 pm

United Way Building, 3rd floor

2059 Atwood Avenue Madison, WI 53704

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Growing food in small spaces with Mary Eberle

Who needs an acre of land to grow food?

(Be a small space farmer!)

Brought to you by Sustainable Atwood and Madison Public Library.

Growing food in small spaces 
with Mary Eberle

~Dinner and conversation afterward~
Friday August 17, 2012 — 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Hawthorne Branch Library 2707 E Washington Ave. Madison, WI 53704
Metro lines: 3, 4, 10

What you’ll learn

You can grow food–even if you dont have a lot of room.  This talk will provide an overview on growing vegetables and herbs in containers and in square-foot gardens.  Growing sprouts in jars and mushrooms on coffee grounds will also be discussed.  In addition, this talk will also provide tips on vertical gardening, community gardening, and urban fruit foraging/gleaning.

Our presenter: Mary Eberle
Mary Eberle is a regular presenter of workshops at the energy fairs of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and the Illinois Renewable Energy Association. Mary recently started First Step Renew, LLC, a business providing classes on sustainability topics, such as gardening, cooking, growing gourmet mushrooms, and permaculture. She has a Bachelors degree in biology, a law degree, and a Permaculture Design Certificate.  Mary is a member of Madison Area Permaculture Guild and also studies herbalism.

Mary has volunteered with local food groups in Madison since 1994.  She contributed to the first edition of “From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce.”  She also hosted a CSA drop off site for Harmony Valley Farm.

Join us for dinner and conversation afterward
Lao Laan Xang
7:30 pm
2098 Atwood Ave. Madison WI 53704 (608) 819-0140
Dinners range from $7.25-$15.99 (you buy your dinner, we’ll share conversation–and who knows? Maybe sweet sticky rice and fresh mango dessert or squash custard!)

From Lawn to Peaches in the Front Yard

 SUSTAINABLE ATWOOD presents Janet Parker.

From Lawn to Peaches in the Front Yard:  Growing fruit, vegetables, mushrooms & community, with a little work and a lot of harvest. Janet and her partner Walt used deep mulching to easily transform their Eastside lawn into a productive and beautiful garden.  With a minimum of work and a maximum of mulch, they now harvest 14 types of fruit, 2 species of mushroom, and lots of vegetables from their yard.  They also designed and built a solar pergola that generates electricity while supporting climbing beans.  At this presentation Janet will share tips on “no-work” gardening, favorite seeds, garden snacks, and a powerpoint of photos of the garden as it grew over 6 years.  Come alone or with a friend for a great Friday night outing, optional dinner and conversation at Lao Laan Xiang afterward.


“[I]t was really a great presentation…[Janet] not only brought a lot of props, handouts, and food, but [she] really packed in a lot of information in [her] 45 minute talk.  I was inspired – to buy a current bush and a peach tree as well as planting peas in my front yard to climb up and up!  I can highly recommend her presentation and breadth of knowledge.” –Anita Temple

“Two enthusiastic thumbs up from me, too!  Janet’s lifetime of experience with gardening and her love for the subject are wonderfully obvious.” –Diane Farsetta
Parker founded its farmer support and training programs and serves on the board of the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability, and is a strong advocate for Madison Fruits and Nuts Coalition
Janet Parker’s From Lawn to Peaches

JUNE 1, 2012

5:30 pm -7:00 pm

Hawthorne Library: 2702 East Washington Avenue, Madison WI 53704

Large conference room

Bus to Hawthorne: 06, 04

Lao Laan Xiang

Join us for dinner and conversation after the presentation (you buy your dinner, we all talk growing food!)
Limited seating
2098 Atwood Avenue, Madison WI 53704


Sustainable Atwood e:  p/t: 608-886-3379 

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.

Congratulations! SA wins 2nd DNR Urban Forestry grant!

We got the grant!

Thanks to you…

The DNR has awarded Sustainable Atwood a second grant valued at $49,000 ($24,500 cash + $24,500 donation) for the project proposal:

EAB Readiness & Full-Cycle Response: Stewarding our Urban Forest’s Natural Resources

Sometimes public and private trees must be removed from the urban forest–because of bug, blight or circumstance. Many people would like their tree to become something other than wood chips and firewood, but few know whom to turn to. This grant seeks to connect neighborhoods, professionals, local businesses, artists and organizations to ensure the best use & practices for our trees—for the benefit of all.

Here’s a partial description of the project–a proposed publication called The Neighbor’s Guide to the Urban Forest:

Urban forests are mainly owned, not by cities, but by individuals who are largely unaware that–like drinking water, air and land—they own part of a collective resource that can bring multiple benefits when approached with best management practices. The “Neighbors Guide to the Urban Forest” will help the community understand their part in the management of the forest and, in addition, give them the information they need to make the best use of their woodland lot.

In addition to the brainstorming and networking that will go in to creating the guide, we can look forward to other ways of advancing best urban forest management and high-end-use-first practices by holding wood processing demonstrations, accompanied by teaching events, and the building and installation of Little Urban Forest Libraries, to name a few.

When calls were made in late September to find out if there was enough support to lift this project, it was clear the idea had been germinating for a while. The DNR’s grant award confirms the projects time has definitely come! Thanks to our growing list of partnerships for being game to work on this exciting endeavor in 2012! We hope youll join us, too. Watch this website for updates.

To a sustainable neighborhood AND a very Happy New Year!


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