Last year was a year of firsts, so I am going to spend this year consolidating my skills and working with the social and environmental capital that I already have established during my quest towards a more sustainable lifestyle.
I have all that I could ever want for, and new stuff has very much lost its appeal to me, even if it is touted as green or sustainable. However, new skills are always worth taking the time to either learn or share.
It may sound a bit cryptic, but all will become clear as I list the goals and what I endeavour to accomplish.
1. Raise the public profile of the Melton Sustainable Living Group.
Our little group (30 members) of eco warriors have decided to kick it up a notch this year. We normally have a workshop of some kind each month for members, which will continue, however we have decided to raise our public profile and give community workshops once a month as well.
We have booked a local community meeting room for a Wednesday evening once a month and plan to give presentations, small workshops, show movies, and demonstrations and the like throughout the year. Local resilience will be the focus.
We are going to bring sustainable living / simple living to our local community, mainly because we realise that our civilisation’s current living arrangement is not very sustainable at all, and think that more people are beginning to understand this. Our advertising campaign has already started by putting a few event listings in the local council’s learning directory.
If you have a local Climate action group or sustainable living group in your area, or even a Transition Town movement near by, why don’t you think about contacting them with a view to meeting like-minded and interesting people. I know that our diverse membership never ceases to amaze me and members always help me expand my skills and knowledge. There is never a dull moment at our workshops and meetings.
2. Conduct regular Sustainable Living courses at the local Community House.
This started late last year, but I am going to take it to the next level as well. Kim and I have formed a company called Little Green Workshops, and have signed up with the local community house to teach Cheese (Mozzarella, Ricotta and possibly Feta) and Soap making coursed initially.
If the first few months go well, then I will try and get more gigs at other local community houses.
We may even be able to teach other topics like jam making and other old skills that people have forgotten, and are devising methods of teaching more varieties of cheese.
Also, I have to ensure that I do not overstretch myself, however worthy a pursuit, as I do have a part time job (9 day fortnight) to hold down as well.
3. Monthly Podcasts
At a minimum, I will be publishing a monthly podcast. I know that my podcast has about 1000 subscribers, so by getting it back in balance and keeping the episodes regular, I expect that it will attract more listeners to this audio form of blogging. Maybe it is the old navy Radio Operator in me, but creating audio, talking to an audience, and post-production work is quite stimulating and I do enjoy this form of media. I get to express myself in a different manner than just writing which helps to mix it up a bit.
On that note, if anyone would like to be interviewed for the podcast via Skype, I am always open to suggestions. Keep topics relevant to the genre of this blog or alternatively, if anyone has a burning question that they would like to cover, I can record a session attempting to answer it in detail. No advertising please.
It should be fun.
4. Make Soft Cheese from Local Ingredients.
I am going to learn how to make at least four new soft cheeses this year. Normally I make semi-hard and hard cheeses, but I know that there is a whole world of soft cheeses out there waiting to be made. Also, I am going to attempt to source a local supply of fresh milk from which to make all these cheeses from.
I am sick of the supermarket stuff, and the raw deal that these conglomerates are giving dairy farmers causing smaller dairies to shut down, and the conditions that the animals are treated in factory farms.
So local milk it is. If anyone has any contacts that would be helpful, please send through an email.
There you have it. Working with what I have already established, which is a worthy goal in itself. Nothing new, nothing ultra sexy, but all very worthwhile goals to pursue for the next 12 months. The public profile raising will be challenging in itself.
I am sure that other stuff will pop into our lives as well, but that is what makes this lifestyle all the more exciting.
What do you think about the goals. Are they a worthy pursuit?