Topeka Group Sets First Quarter Programs

The Topeka Group ExCom is excited to announce our first quarter 2012 program schedule.  We’ll start off on January 24 with a presentation by Phil Holman-Hebert who owns and operates Sweetlove Farm in Jefferson County.  Since 2002 he and Sally have been working on their growing farm which features a timber-framed, strawbale home.  Phil has interspersed child-rearing with general contracting strawbale homes for several clients in the NE Kansas area for the last eight years.  He has developed a wide array of carpentry and building skills and gained exposure to many “alternative” building systems.  His inclination to share his experiences, along with his native enthusiasm and a talent for teaching, make the hosting of workshops a natural path to furthering the development of Sweetlove Farm.  He will also share some of the sustainable practices utilized in the farm operations.

On February 28 we will get a report and update from our Kansas Lobbyist/Legislative Coordinator.  It always an important presentation where we get to hear and ask about legislation that we are concerned about in the current session of the Kansas Legislature.  It is a chance to get the status of bills and hearings while we still have time to contact our representatives and have a voice on legislative decisions.

On March 27 we will have a presentation from Bryan Welch who is a writer, farmer and publisher of Ogden Publications in Topeka which owns titles such as Mother Earth News, Natural Home & Garden, Utne Reader and others.  He has written a new book, Beautiful and Abundant, which describes how we need a positive vision for humanity’s future to harness the full power of human imagination and community initiative.  Learn how to make your lifestyle more sustainable, and learn how to look beyond immediate obstacles toward humanity’s destination: a world that is aesthetically beautiful, economically abundant, ethically fair and irresistibly contagious.

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