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The Regenerative Urban Sustainability Training

an intensive weekend workshop of skills for building ecologically resilient communities in today’s cities.

Typical topics & hands-on demonstrations

Aquaponics: fish &plant integration
Microlivestock: chickens and rabbits
Waste to soil: composting food wastes with worms and microbes
Rainwater harvesting, greywater filtration, and urban hydrology
Low-intensity bioremediation: cleaning contaminated soils using plants, fungi and bacteria for brownfield restoration
Edible mushroom cultivation
Beekeeping, black soldier flies, and silkworms
Microgreens production, spirulina, and perennial food systems
Bioshelters, greenhouses, and season extension techniques
Kitchen culture: apartment-scale sustainability
Reconciliation ecology: promoting biodiversity in the city
Autonomous energy: veggie oil vehicles, methane digesters, and bicycle electric generators
Ecoliteracy and youth education
Ecological micro-economies

 

For more info and registration details click here.

A coalition of organizations in the South End/ Mansion Neighborhoods of Albany are seeking a Garden Coordinator:

This self-motivated individual will plan and coordinate vegetable production in the multiple gardens of coalition non-profit organizations. This production will largely involve engaging and supervising the labor of volunteers, youth, and neighbors. Strong organizing and people skills are necessary. Experience working with diverse communities and market-production farming are highly desirable. A clean drivers license and vehicle are welcomed. Final candidates will undergo background screening to work with youth.

Duties will include:
· Coordinate the planning, planting, maintenance, and harvesting of the Trinity Alliance’s garden on Trinity Place, the YO garden on Hawk St., and AVillage’s gardens on Broad St, and at 43 Catherine St. and 92 Catherine St.

· Harvest/delivery for the Saturday AVillage Farmers Market

· Foster relationships with interested neighbors; designate beds for neighbors to use; regularly communicate with neighbors to ensure beds are maintained.

· Coordinate with the coalition organizations’ youth programs to organize educational youth work experiences in the gardens.

· Engage and coordinate volunteers from local colleges, companies, churches, community groups, etc.

· Recordkeeping: volunteers, costs, production, etc.

· Attend bi-weekly collaboration meetings
While the Garden Coordinator will directly report to the Radix Center, she/he will also work closely with each of the collaborating organizations and the neighbors who have been involved in each garden.

This is a part time (~20hr/wk) paid position. Please send cover letters/resumes to stacy@radixcenter.org.

If the sun is shining, a visit to the greenhouse will remind you of summer!  Dress in layers – it can get hot.

Tour starts at 1 pm.

*Open house tours are the last Sunday of the month at 1 pm.*

153 Grand St.

Albany

We put up a 12 by 24 foot hoop house to increase off-season vegetable production!  The hoop house was purchased with funding from the United Way grant that supports the our South End Healthy Food Partnership – click here to see more on the partnership.

 

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In late December,the team at SEED – Sustainable Engineering and Environmental Design, lllc. installed 11 solar panels onto the Radix greenhouse. The panels were installed “landscape”, or horizontally across the south facing peak of the greenhouse. The panels will be able to collect ample sunlight in this location, creating minimal shade in the winter, and more shading in the summer (when some shading is desirable!) The panels are connected in a grid-intertie, which will send surplus electricity back to the electrical grid, lowering or eliminating our electrical bill. The panels will make a great contribution to our educational display, showing off the potential for decentralized renewable energy. Big thanks to SEED for their all their help and guidance in the installation – and for giving us a great deal!

Any donations to help off-set installation costs are appreciated!

Interested in going solar? Check out SEED at http://www.seedpllc.com. Mention Radix and we will receive a referral donation upon completion.

More pics here!

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Now for some SUN!

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In October Radix was paid a visit by students and teachers from North Albany Academy. Orchestrated by Kelly Grindstaff, the Project Manager for Teacher Professional Development at RPI’s Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education, the group of 60 students engaged in a number of hands-on activities at Radix including composting, aquaponics, microgreen production, and chicken tech.

Click here for more pictures!

 

Are you interested in participating in a group that will help to inform Albany’s Common Council on drafting policies and practices to promote urban agriculture and sustainable food systems in Albany?

The subcommittee will develop a plan for urban agriculture in Albany that emphasizes education, access, equity, ecological sustainability, and health. Upon its completion, the plan will consist of best practices, principles, and recommendations that will guide Common Council in its decision making.

You need not be an Albany resident or an appointed member of the SAC in order to participate.

If you are interested in joining the subcommittee, please send a brief description of your experience, interests, and vision to Scott Kellogg (SAC urban agriculture chairperson) at sk@radixcenter.org by Jan 1.

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