Carbon Economy Series

Clean Economy Summit – Day 2
Posted on January 27, 2015

January 31 and February 1, 2015. 9 am- 5 pm.

It will be held in Albuquerque and hosted by Sandia Preparatory School (532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 (505) 338-3000)

This is the second annual conference that is addressing the issues of climate change, sustainable living and teaching how to shrink our carbon footprint.  It is a response to the comment we get the most often regarding our Carbon Economy Series programming which is:  “I missed it!”  In this one place, on one weekend you can get a condensed version of our series all at once.  Our conference is geared towards individuals, property owners, businesses, non-profit groups, government and educational facilities that want to become more sustainable.  Our focus this year is to build resilience in our communities by reaching out to young people and families to secure the food system in New Mexico.  The content of the summit can empower communities and individuals to be true to the triple bottom line: that which is good for people, good for profit and good for the planet.  Local experts will teach regenerative agriculture, the benefits of cooperatives, bee keeping, food as medicine, sustainability in schools, using food as medicine, greening of the desert, Permaculture Design, ZERO Waste, soil food web, water stewardship and much more.

For more information visit:www.carboneconomyseries.com or call (505) 819-3828.

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Day 2

Joe D. Lucero

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Joe D Lucero, Traditional Elder of Isleta Pueblo, has been serving his community as pueblo leader most of his adult life.

Mr. Lucero born and raised at Isleta Pueblo attended Isleta Day School as a child, was transferred to St. Katherine’s Indian School then to Sherman Indian School.  

His life is full of interesting stories as he traveled with his brother’s in his early life touring with a Native American Singing and Dance troupe to various New England states.  He worked with Tiwa Traders in Albuquerque as a silversmith before he met his late wife of 65 years.  

Mr. Lucero retired from UNM as journeyman electrician where he worked for nearly 20 years.   Previously, assisted building Mossman and Bellamah Homes.

Self made contractor, Mr. Lucero built onto a two-room village house while building another ranch house west of the village as he raised his family, in 1979 built his third home at the village proper where he now resides.   

Mr. Lucero farmed as a young boy into adulthood, at age 97 still has a small garden and reaps the benefits of his apple and apricot trees by sun drying them after harvesting.   Mr. Lucero works on leather pouches and beadwork aside his contribution as a traditional spokesman for the Isleta people.

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Chuck Buxbaum
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Chuck Buxbaum teaches biology, environmental science and evolutionary biology at Sandia Preparatory School in Albuquerque, where he also serves as Sustainability Coordinator for the school. He has also taught environmental science and biology for elementary education majors at UNM, where he received his PhD in desert ecology in 2004. His research involved studying the interactions between soils, geomorphology and climate in the northward spread of the Chihuahuan desert. Chuck received a master's degree in Forest Resource Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where he studied changes in nutrient cycling in Adirondack forest ecosystems. Prior to studies in upstate New York, Chuck worked as a waste management planning consultant to the New York City Department of Sanitation in the early 1990s. He received his B.S. in Molecular Biology from Cornell University in 1987. Chuck grew up in and environmentally conscious household. In 1972, Chuck's mom started a neighborhood recycling center in their Brooklyn garage — Chuck would pull his little red wagon up and down the street collecting bags of cans and bundles of newspapers from all his neighbors. 42 years later, Chuck is doing the same with his students and colleagues.

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Jessica Rowland – Building a new Economy: The Importance of COOPs
 
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Jessica Rowland is a Lecturer and the Local Food Systems Outreach Coordinator in the University of New Mexico Sustainability Studies Program. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on sustainability, local food systems, and climate change, and is a recipient of the UNM Lecturer of the Year award. Jessica facilitates the UNM Lobo Growers’ Market, and collaborates with various campus and community partners to grow the local and regional food system. She is currently spearheading the development of the UNM Food Systems Collaborative, a diverse campus-wide group of faculty and staff who are engaged in food systems research, teaching and community outreach. Jessica holds an MS in geochemistry and climate change science from the University of Arizona, and is a Board member of La Montañita Food Co-op. She was raised on a small farm in the Pacific Northwest, but is thankful to call the high desert her home.

 
Dr. Mark Nelson – Ecotechnics: Learning to Integrate with the Biosphere
 

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Mark Nelson, Ph.D., is an eco-system engineer and researcher, and one of the original “Biospherians.” He is Chairman and CEO, and a founding director, of the Institute of Ecotechnics, a U.K. non- profit organization consulting on several demonstration projects working in challenging biomes around the world. He is also Vice Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corp. and consults on wastewater reuse and recycling using Wastewater Gardens®, subsurface-flow constructed wetlands.

Dr. Nelson was a member of the eight-person crew inside Biosphere 2, the 3.15 acre materially-closed facility near Tucson, Arizona, during the first two-year closure experiment (1991-1993). He has worked for several decades in closed ecological system research, ecological engineering, the restoration ofdamaged ecosystems, desert agriculture and orchards and wastewater recycling. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University ofFlorida; an M.S. from the School of Renewable Natural Resources, University of Arizona; and a B.A. in Philosophy/Pre-MedSciences from Dartmouth College.

His Wastewater Gardens projects have taken him to the coast of Yucatan, Mexico; the high desertgrassland south of Santa Fe, New Mexico; the semi-arid tropical savannah of West Australia; theresorts of Bali; and most recently, the deserts of Iraq. He is the author of The Wastewater Gardenerand co-author of Life Under Glass and Space Biospheres and lives at Synergia Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Ecotechnics: Learning to Integrate with the Biosphere

(Lessons from Biosphere 2, land restoration and wastewater recycling)

Mark Nelson, Chairman, Institute of Ecotechnics;

Crew member Biosphere 2 1991-1993; farmer, Synergia Ranch Organic Fruits and Vegetables

author: “The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time” (Synergetic Press) and “Life Under Glass: the Inside Story of Biosphere 2” (the Biosphere Press)

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Bio – Valeria Alarcón

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In 2012, Valeria Alarcón (aka Val) began her career as a holistic health coach while healing from thyroid-papillary cancer. She was diagnosed at the young age of 35 and although this was a shocking realization, one that underscored the fragility of life, she embraced this as a unique opportunity to embark on a healing journey. She made an intentional decision to not fall victim to a dis-ease but rather to feel empowered by her will and commitment to reclaim her life. This poignant decision was deeply seeded in her commitment to discover how she arrived to this place of cancer physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually and to heal from the inside out. Self-care became her #1 commitment and real food became her medicine, this experience enhanced her knowledge in preventative and alternative medicines, bio-individual nutrition, and inspired her to become a health and food justice advocate.  
 
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Vitality Foods: What's on your fork?
How whole foods and traditional eating saved my life.
 
Health Coach and Advocate, Valeria Alarcón will share how real food, as Mother Earth intended, literally saved her life. By learning the medicinal properties of food and incorporating traditional eating helped Val with addressing an array of health challenges from balancing hormones, to reversing diabetes, healing digestive issues and even healing from cancer. Val will shares how choosing locally sourced foods that are cultivated and harvested in traditional ways, not only has a beneficial effect on our health but also on the health of our families, communities, environment and even the health of our local economy. Val's mission is to inspire, educate and empower her community how to reclaim life and vitality. For more information visit:www.VitalityWithVal.us 
 
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Hemp Bound
Posted on September 20, 2014

Hemp Bound:

Sustainable Food, Energy and Economic Independence for Communities

 

A Live Event With Doug Fine

Could it really be true? Seventy-seven years of prohibition of one of humanity’s longest-utilized and most useful plants is ending? It is true. And just in the nick of time. Humanity desperately needs a natural fibers-based replacement for petro- and chemical-plastics, GMO-based foods, and fossil fuel-based energy.  Hemp is that replacement: two years of research by bestselling author Doug Fine shows that anything petroleum, chemicals and GMOs can do, hemp can do better. We’ll learn how to make it happen in the ground and in the economy.

This 90-minute talk and slide show (plus Q&A), culled from two years of worldwide hemp research that led to the book Hemp Bound, is a playbook for reviving the hemp economy through a vertical, locavore 21st– Century processing model called Tri-cropping (utilizing one hemp harvest for three applications: seed oil, fiber and energy).

European digital age fiber processing and biomass energy production techniques, Chinese textile modes, and, most of all, Canadian seed oil techniques, are combined to finally turn the modern hemp industry into both a profitable and a sustainable one. Value added hemp applications stay in the production communities. Tri-cropping is garnering interest from Ohio to Slovenia. 

Author, investigative journalist and solar-powered goat herder Doug Fine just researched this topic planet-wide, from Manitoba to Colorado. He begins the live event with a discussion of the architecture of the hemp plant's famed stronger-than-steel fibers, its nutritive superfood seed oil, and its potential as an energy source after 10,000 years of cultivation. The performance goes on to bring hemp's manifold digital age applications (and challenges) to large numbers of people who might (as yet) not be hemp-informed. The live event covers everything from the rigors of cultivation to hemp plastics and nanotechnology applications to nutrition to hemp construction. The slide show and talk details the economic, energy production, nutritional and environmentally restorative benefits of the plant to civilization worldwide.

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In the one day workshop Mr Fine will talk about his book in more detail.  Here are some of the topics that will be covered.

  • Just a little thing called Weaning from Petroleum (“Fill ‘er up with hemp”) and saving the planet.
  • The broad political power of hemp – everyone from Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is working toward its legalization in 2014 (it passed the House in 2013 but the government shut down before the Senate vote).
  • A tractor made of hemp.
  • A Hemp limo ride.
  • The nutritive superfood that is hemp oil.
  • Hemp Clothes: at his events and interviews, Doug dresses entirely in homemade hemp clothes. Yep, entirely. Yes, we’re including the boxers.
  • Tree free paper: Can hemp save publishing? The challenge.
  • Hemp Construction: the carbon-neutral killer app already taking over Europe.
  • Hemp’s Comeback In Society In the Fields: Putting Small Farmers back to Work from North Dakota to Kentucky to Vermont to Oregon to Colorado to Ohio.
  • Hemp’s multi-billion dollar value to Canadian and Chinese farmers today, and to American and other worldwide farmers very soon.
  • Women in Hemp: Doug interviewed female hemp farmers, academics and processors from the Czech Republic to Belgium to Canada.
  • Hemp in ancient societies and early America: America’s first millionaires came from Kentucky hemp.
  • Cultivar Detective: Which hemp varieties will work best in America?
  • On the business side: who are the major hemp players today, and what does the sector landscape look in the short and medium term? (Hint: It’s growing 20% annually and there aren’t enough farmers cultivating to meet demand.)

A visit to a nearby cannabis farm, where the architecture of the plant is discussed, optimal soil issues experimented with, cultivar issues debated, and a small amount of hemp seed pressed for oil. We’ll examine the report on Sant Fe County’s plan for gasification energy. We’ll also fill up a Mercedes with hemp biodiesel and take a short ride.

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Doug Fine Bio:

Doug Fine is a comedic investigative journalist, bestselling author, and solar-powered goat herder. Today, after two years of worldwide research, he’s here to talk about Hemp Bound. Published just as the U.S. has ended 77 years of hemp prohibition, it's a book Willie Nelson calls “a blueprint for the America of the future,” and Joel Salatin describes as using “science and humor [to craft] the most fun book you’ll ever read about the future.” The book and Doug’s talk describes re-launching the hemp industry via Tri-cropping: utilizing one harvest for oil, fiber and energy.

Prior to this latest book, Doug has reported from five continents for the Washington Post, Wired, Salon, The New York Times, Outside, and National Public Radio. His work from Burma was read into the Congressional Record (by none other than pro-hemp Senator Mitch McConnell).

Doug’s previous book, Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution, is a must-read that lays out a model for sustainable, locavore cannabis cultivation based on a year he spent following one Emerald Kingdom flower from farm to patient. Before that, in 2008, he wrote the bestseller Farewell, My Subaru, an account of his efforts to remove petroleum from his life while not getting too badly outsmarted by his goats. Because of his experience researching these books with overlapping themes, Doug cares a lot about a sustainable future for small farmers. He’s been traveling the world telling everyone from Conan to Belgian national television about the importance of sustainable, outdoor hemp cultivation. The goal is to get hemp back in the soil nationwide. Books, films, live events: dougfine.com Twitter: @organiccowboy

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Recent Conan O’Brien and Tonight Show Appearances: http://dougfine.com/media-appearances/ 

National C-Span Airing of Hemp Bound live event: http://www.c-span.org/video/?318921-1/book-discussion-hemp-bound 

Doug’s testimony for revising international drug war before the United Nations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJxCWP8SmvM

TED Talk, Why We Need Goat herding in the Digital Agehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ix7KfC7Jwg4 

Five short hemp vids, plus books, films and live event schedule and booking: http://dougfine.com

Twitter: @organiccowboy

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PRAISE FOR HEMP BOUND

“If ever anyone needed proof that government meddling in markets is injurious to innovation, Hemp Bound dispels all doubt. With science and humor, Fine paints an alternative and optimistic future—one that makes growing hemp seem as exhilarating and necessary as clean air. Fine’s style and storytelling ability make this is one of the most fun books you’ll ever read about the future of farming.”

  • Joel Salatin, author of Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal

 

“The issue is simple: farmers need hemp, the soil needs hemp, forests need hemp, and humanity needs the plant that the good Lord gave us for our own survival. Hemp Bound tells us with detail and humor how to get to the environmental Promised Land. Doug has created a blueprint for the America of the future. Hemp Bound is the best book of the year.

  • Willie Nelson

 

Firecrafting
Posted on September 12, 2014

MATTHEW BRUMMETT – FIRE CRAFTING
Saturday October 12 , 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

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Unleash the adventurer in you and learn about one of the four elements that has shaped civilizations, fire. Spend the day with Matt Brummett learning several techniques of how fire has been created throughout human history, from the Stone Age to present.

Matt will lead participants through some of the more “exotic” techniques of fire crafting. Participants will make and learn how to use a hand drill fire-byfriction set, fostering a greater awareness of how our ancestors once made fire. In addition, demonstrations of the fire saw, strap-drill, flint and steel kit, metal match and Fresnel lenses are also covered. Time is allotted to practice these different techniques with supplied fire sets.

Most importantly, participants will develop an understanding of the all powerful tinder bundle, the fire triangle, the tetrahedron of fire and fire safety.

To learn more about Matt visit http://mattbrummett.com

ABOUT MATTHEW BRUMMETT

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Matt Brummett has logged more than 2000 field days in backcountry settings in ecosystems as diverse as Alaska, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, Newfoundland, the coasts of North America, Minnesota, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona.

In the years of 1990 to 1993 Matt spent time in New Jersey learning from Tom Brown of the Tracker school, he attended all of the courses offered at the time and was volunteer staff on several courses for the school.

Matt was introduced to Cody Lundin in 1993 and in the spring of 1994 he took Cody’s Prescott College Aboriginal Living Skills course (ALSS). Matt’s training with Cody included studies such as animal tracking, primitive traps and primitive hunting technologies. Matt co-instructed with Cody on a number of occasions including museum presentations in primitive technology, national primitive skills gatherings, various primitive skill demonstrations throughout the state of Arizona and for the Yavapai Indian Tribes Youth Program.

In 2000 he received a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Experiential Education with a focus in Wholistic Healing from Prescott College. During this time Matt compiled and composed a wild edible and medicinal plant booklet for Cody’s ALSS course and is presently still used as part of the curriculum for the Arizona Combo Special course.

Matt engaged his degree and primitive skills by spending 7 years in northern Minnesota working for Thistledew Camp, a wilderness therapy program for youth through the Department of Corrections.

Matt has numerous training’s and certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, PPCT (Pressure Point Control Tactics), Restorative Justice circle training, Verbal Judo, learning styles, Fire Safety, group facilitation, Gang Awareness and many more.
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To Whom It May Concern,

I have known Matt Brummett since 1993. In the spring of 1994 Matt took my Prescott College Aboriginal Living Skills course (a month long version of my Aboriginal Living Skills School (ALSS) Ultimate Abo). In 1995 he was the teaching assistant for the same college course. Matt’s training with me also included several college level independent studies such as animal tracking, primitive traps and primitive hunting technologies. Matt also co-instructed with me on a number of occasions including museum presentations in primitive technology, national primitive skills gatherings, various primitive skill demonstrations throughout the state of Arizona and for the Yavapai Indian Tribes Youth Program.

In 2000, Matt compiled a wild edible and medicinal plant booklet for ALSS for his Prescott College senior project. The booklet covered the main plants for three biotic regions; Sonoran desert, Pinion/Juniper woodland and Spruce/Fir forest. It’s still used as part of the ALSS curriculum for the Arizona Combo Special course. At this point in time, Matt is instructing his own primitive skills courses for my school.

Due to Matt’s lengthy field experience – with me and with other outdoor programs – his passion for the subject matter, and his knowledge of Southwestern terrain, I would highly recommend primitive living skills courses taught by him.

Sincerely,
Cody Lundin
Founder, Director, Lead Instructor, ALSS, LLC

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All workshops held at Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave in Santa Fe, NM. Call 505.819.3828 for more information.

 

Clean Economy Conference
Posted on January 2, 2014

Carbon Economy Summit: Building Resiliency

On January 31st we will kick off the pre conference, full day workshop on Local Food Production with "Lunatic Farmer", Joel Salatin. Then on February 1st, Joel will be the keynote speaker at the Clean Economy Conference that will go from 9:00am – 5:00pm for two days, with speakers, plenary sessions on Wise Water use, Regenerative Agriculture, ZERO Waste, Organic Food, Soil Food Web, community gardens and urban farming.

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Talking dirty soil solutions
Posted on December 31, 2013

DR. Elain Ingham
March 12-13, 2014 

Wednesday March 12 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Lecture: Introduction to the Soil Food Web
Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavilion
1607 Paseo de Peralta
Santa Fe, NM

 

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Thursday March 13 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Workshop: Soil Food Web and Compost Tea Technology
Northern New Mexico College
921 N. Paseo De Onate, Espanola, NM

Main Administration Building
Conference Room AD 101/102

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Look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

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