Half Day of Mindfulness, Red Springs, Apr 25

Being Okay with Uncertainty and Releasing Turmoil and Fear

Michael Ciborski’s
relaxed and light-hearted presence conveys joy and peace to all who have the opportunity to study with him.
His knowledge and practice grew from the rich soil of Plum Village, France, where he spent nearly ten years, both as a lay practitioner and as a monastic. Michael lived and worked intimately with Thich Nhat Hanh and the monastic community to organize, support, and offer meditation retreats around the world. Thich Nhat Hanh named him a Dharma Teacher in 2001. Michael returned to lay life in 2003.
He is married to Fern Dorresteyn, also a Dharma Teacher in Thich Nhat Hanh’s tradition. They have two children and live in New Hampshire, where they are building a mindfulness practice community for sustainable living called MorningSun.
• Sitting cushion or meditation bench if you wish; chairs and extra cushions will also be available.
• A box lunch for yourself. Assorted teas, water and cookies will be supplied.
WHAT TO WEAR: Comfortable, loose fitting clothing; no shorts or tank tops, please!
COST: Donation based on ability to give.  Suggested amount: $20
TO REGISTER:  Please call or email if you plan to attend: 910-843-2427


Hemenway in Raleigh, Apr 26, Food Security

On April 26, 2010, Toby Hemenway will give a lecture at 7:00 pm at the NC State University McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC. Mr. Hemenway will talk about "Foodsheds and Footprints: Connecting Cities, Suburbs, and Farms for True Food Security" as part of NCSU's Park Scholarship Speaker Series.

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, which for the past six years has been the world's best-selling book on permaculture, a design approach based on ecology for creating sustainable landscapes, homes, communities, and workplaces. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Graduate Education at Portland State University, Scholar-in-Residence at Pacific University, and a biologist consultant for the Biomimicry Guild. He teaches, consults, and lectures on permaculture and ecological design throughout the US and other countries. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Natural Home, Whole Earth Review, and American Gardener.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he is developing sites and resources for urban sustainability. More information about Toby can be found on his website at http://patternliteracy.com/ Register for this free event at http://psss2010tobyhemenway.eventbrite.com/

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent, Chatham County Center
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 919.542.8202


Climate Change, Water Wars, Bolivia

* Jim Shultz on "Dignity and Defiance: Stories from Bolivia's Challenge to Globalization" * Jim Shultz, founder of the Cochabamba-based Democracy Center, gives a snapshot of Bolivia ahead of the World Peoples' Summit on Climate Change and Rights of Mother Earth. Ten years ago, Shultz helped expose the role of Bechtel in the privatization of Cochabamba's water supply. Listen/Watch/Readhttp://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/19/jim_shultz_on_dignity_and_defiance

* The Cochabamba Water Wars: Marcela Olivera Reflects on the Tenth Anniversary of the Popular Uprising Against Bechtel and the Privatization of the City's Water Supply * Ten years ago this month, the Bolivian city of Cochabamba was at the center of an epic fight over one of the city's most vital natural resources: its own water. The Water Wars occurred just months after the Battle of Seattle. The uprising against Bechtel on the streets of Cochabamba was seen as the embodiment of the international struggle against corporate globalization. Over the past week, water activists from around the world gathered in Cochabamba to mark the tenth anniversary of the Water Wars. Listen/Watch/Readhttp://www.democracynow.org/2010/4/19/the_cochabamba_water_wars_marcella_olivera

Farm2Table Coop Update, Members' Potluck

Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative Co-op Stats as of 4/16/10
*  830 members
*  556 subscribers
*  474 weekly box deliveries
*  $157,000 subscription sales

Way to go folks. All this and we haven't even started deliveries.
Keep spreading the word. Encourage people to join, even if they don't want to subscribe.
REMINDER: Member Potluck and meeting, next Saturday, April 24th, West End Presbyterian Church, 6 p.m. Over 200 members are already coming. Join us! Please RSVP
Proposed Bylaws
At the Member Potluck, there will be a brief Member meeting to adopt Bylaws and elect Consumer Directors.
Thank you for being an active part of this community adventure.
Wishing you a good day,
The Sandhills Farm to Table Cooperative

UNC-TV, Food, Inc, the movie, with discussion, Apr 21

UNC-TV Will Broadcast Views on Food, Inc. at 10:35 PM on April 21

On Wednesday, April 21 at 9:00 p.m. UNC-TV will broadcast Food, Inc., a provocative documentary film about the food industry in the United States. Food, Inc. is being offered as an episode of the PBS series P.O.V. Immediately following the documentary at 10:35 p.m. UNC-TV will broadcast Views on Food, Inc., a thoughtful conversation with representatives of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, the North Carolina Poultry Federation and the North Carolina Pork Council moderated by UNC-TV's Rob Holliday.

SOS, Apr.29, Wildlife Friendly Developments Program


On April 29, Save Our Sandhills hosts guest speaker Vann Stancil to discuss the newly created Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program developed through a partnership of the following groups – the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF), the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), and the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (NC-ASLA). The program offers certification for developments that go above and beyond requirements to ensure that wildlife habitat is protected and impacts on the environment are minimized.

Why this concerted effort of wildlife biologists, conservationists, landscape design professionals, and developers? Over the past 20 years, North Carolina has lost 2.4 million acres of forests and agricultural lands. Realizing that the state’s precious open space has been dwindling for years, North Carolina began a mission on January 1, 1999, to save a million acres from development. Called the Million Acre Initiative, it was unable to achieve its 10-year goal, coming up 350,000 acres short.

In the same ten years, North Carolina lost more acres to development than any other state in the Union.  If the projected population increase of 50% by 2030 is accurate, North Carolina is expected to lose another 2 million acres in the next 30 years.

Given these sobering statistics, Wildlife Friendly Development Certification was created, complementing the green building standards that are becoming a more normal component of building practices in North Carolina. Sustainable practices are critical to our environment. This voluntary program, a smart growth habitat initiative, works with a developer to identify important natural resources on the development site that need protection, and it awards points for using techniques that minimize environmental impacts. Bog turtles, hooded warblers, bobwhite quail, and American shad are as carefully considered as architectural styles and street grids. Prior to construction, developers complete an inventory of conditions on site, including types of wildlife habitat, wetland and stream delineations, and any existing manmade barriers to wildlife movement. These questions get asked:
* Where are possible wildlife corridors?
* How can wildlife passages be provided so that animals can safely navigate roads?
* Where are opportunities to remove invasive vegetation?
* How can wildlife habitat be maximized and impact on species minimized?

Throughout the stages of construction, developments are evaluated using a suite of criteria that offer points for the developer. The developer must earn a sufficient number of points to be certified. Even after construction, the homeowners’ maintenance can affect the status of the certified Wildlife Friendly Development.
Vann Stancil has been a Special Project Coordinator with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. Prior to this, Stancil worked for Progress Energy doing aquatic monitoring work on lakes and rivers associated with its power plants in the Carolinas. He has a B.S. from North Carolina State University in Fisheries and Wildlife Science and an M.S. from Virginia Tech in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.
Join us for an informative, interesting evening; refreshments will be served. Thursday, April 29 at 7 P.M. Southern Pines Civic Club, corner of Ashe Street and Pennsylvania.


Schedule, April Fools!

The April Fools Old Time String Band is playing this Weekend!

Join Allen, David, Sherman and Steven at these events:

Friday, April 16, 6-8PM at the Aberdeen Cafe, facing the tracks in Downtown Aberdeen. Come enjoy the music and a fish plate. Help support a small business that is allowing local talent to enjoy performing. CD's will be available.

Saturday, April 17, 10AM-Noon at the Southern Pines Park Green in Downtown Southern Pines. Its the opening day of the Farmer's Market. Come enjoy! Bring a lawn chair and stay awhile. This is also Clenny Creek Day at the Bryant House near Carthage. Spend the morning with us at the park, eat lunch at Sweet Basil's, then take a scenic Moore County drive to the Historic Bryant House.

Sunday, April 18, 4-6PM Join some of the musicians from the April Fools at the Acoustic Music Circle, at McDonalds Chapel Presbyterian Church on Foxfire Rd., 2 miles from Linden Rd. and 1 mile from Hoffman Rd. Musicians and listeners welcome. Refreshments served.

If you would like to be removed from the April Fools Old-Time String Band email list please reply.  Peace to you, Amy McDonald


Sat, Sun Events thru Moore County Historical Assoc.


Clenny Creek Festival
Saturday, April 17, 2010 • 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
3361 Mt. Carmel Road, Carthage, NC
No Admission Charge

The kids, mom and dad, granny and gramps, can all have fun at the fifth annual Clenny Creek Day at the historic Bryant House and McLendon Cabin.
There will be vendors with crafts, plants and other gifts for sale, music, homemade food, free tours of the homes plus historic reenactments. Visitors can wander around in the fresh spring weather while listening to authentic Bluegrass music.
There will be other fun events, including antique restored tractors and vintage cars from the 1930s to the 1950s to look at, plus historic interpretations from the Revolutionary War and Civil War era. Plus a great raffle with many items to win that will benefit the preservation of the houses.

For more information about the event, please visit moorehistory.com. To see photos of last year's event visit our Facebook photo album.

The Bryant House and the McLendon Cabin are located at 3361 Mount Carmel Road near the Harris Crossroads west of Carthage, North Carolina. From the traffic circle at Pinehurst, North Carolina, take US 15-­501 north toward Carthage. Drive approximately 3.4 miles and turn left, onto NC 73 West. Drive approximately 3.5 miles and turn right onto Beulah Hill Church Road. The houses are approximately 5.6 miles on the right near the bottom of the hill. Please note, Beulah Hill Church Road changes names to Mount Carmel Road after the second crossroad (Harris Crossroad).

History of the Furniture Industry in North Carolina,
1700 to the Present, Program by Dr. Kenneth Zogry
Sunday, April 18, 2010 • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
First Baptist Church, 200 E. New York Avenue, Southern Pines, NC
No Admission Charge

For much of the second half of the twentieth century, High Point earned the title of “Furniture Capital of the World.” But the furniture industry in the state is actually more than 300 years old, and this illustrated presentation follows that history from the early eighteenth century to the present.
This program presents a fascinating array of diverse styles and traditions, from early hand-made pieces by English and Scots-Irish cabinetmakers along the coastal plains and eastern piedmont, to the Germanic influences found in the western piedmont; and from the rural folk traditions of the mountains and foothills to modern manufacturing in towns such as Hickory, Thomasville, and High Point.
The work of several prominent makers is also presented, including Thomas Day, the free African American furniture maker and entrepreneur who built a successful business in the late antebellum era.
For more information about the event and Kenneth Zogry, please visit moorehistory.com.
The First Baptist Church in Southern Pines is located on East New York Avenue between May Street and Ashe Street.


Zinn Wisdom

"To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places (and there are so many) where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
-Howard Zinn, patriot, historian, and author


Article About Raven's Wing and Farm Up the Street


Another Do-It-Yourselfer, Apr 22, Chatham Co

Moncure poet and free-lance writer Judy Hogan will speak to the Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library on Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 P.M., at the Chatham County Council on Aging. "My Life and Economics as an Aging Poet-Farmer" will reveal how she has lived by relying more on the gift economy than on the market economy. Her passion to write led to valuing time more than money. In the desperate circumstances that inevitably arose, she became Sartre’s "genius," inventing solutions. In 1998 she began farming to grow her food and stay healthy.

Her solutions to life’s problems may seem outrageous, insane, and definitely high risk, but she enjoys good health, writes regularly, and keeps active and happy. She will read excerpts from her recently completed Pushkin and Chickens: The Story of My Farm.
Judy won the Indy Arts Award to Carolina Wren Press in 2008 for finding new voices. She writes regularly for Chatham County Line, and has published five books of poetry, two non-fiction. She helped found The North Carolina Writers Network and served as its first Chair (1984-87). She was Chair of the national small press association (COSMEP) 1975-78. In 2004 she served as Secretary and Volunteer Coordinator for the Chatham Coalition. She teaches Creative Writing at CCCC. Web: http://judyhogan.home.mindspring.com



Tonight, Apr 2 at Raven's Wing, 7:00

No Impact Man: The Documentary
(2009) NR
A Fifth Avenue family goes very green when writer Colin Beavan leads his wife, Michelle Conlin, and their baby daughter on a yearlong crusade to make no net impact on the environment in this engaging documentary. Among their activities: eating only locally grown organic food, generating no trash except for compost and using no carbon-fueled transportation.
Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein's film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.
Raven's Wing, 325 N Page St. Sou. Pines