Welcome to Transition!

We’re part of a world-wide grassroots movement to build local resilience and connections close to home. Since 2010, we’ve been mounting creative and thoughtful responses to the challenges of resource depletion, climate change, and economic instability. Help us unleash the power and creative genius of people and communities to create a vibrant future for generations to come.

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Coming up:

  • 4th Friday  -  July 25- Gaining Ground Film with guest, producer Mark Lipman. Scroll down for details.
  • Garden and produce shares:
    Second Sunday of each month. 11am-12, Common Ground, 559 College Ave, Palo Alto (map)
    Fourth Sunday of each month, 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA (map)
  • Transition Cafes are also happening almost every week. For info, sign up for the Transition Palo Alto mailing list, and you’ll get the weekly notices. Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/transitionpaloalto/ to sign up.

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July Fourth Friday – Films of Vision and Hope – Gaining Ground

Film and discussion, plus special guest – producer Mark Lipman

In the midst of the economic meltdown, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. Over the course of two years, you’ll see a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city’s most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods. More info about the film

July 25, come at 7:15 for social time, film starts at 7:30, discussion to follow
Recommended donation: $5-$10 to cover film costs and venue
Where: Fireside Room
Palo Alto Unitarian Universalist Church (UUCPA)
505 E. Charleston Avenue, Palo Alto

Delightful Fourth Friday evening in the park

What a glorious summer evening for the Fourth Friday picnic in Mitchell Part July 27.  Good food, lots of visiting, meeting new folks, and even a bean bag toss and other games.  A fine time was had by all!

Super Summer Sharing Expo

Great stuff at the Summer Sharing Expo Sunday June 15! Roy Kornbluh gave a “hands-on” bio char demo, showing how to convert liquidambar (aka sweetgum) seed pods into odor-catching sachets that you can later mix in the garden to give your plants an extra boost. Trina Lynn Wilson supplied the liquidambar, the sample sachets and information sheets.

And much more!

  • Diane Ruddle and Dave Lantz demoed solar ovens and a solar dehydrator and gave samples of delicious banana bread baked on the spot.
  • Master gardener Marianne Mueller hosted an advice table for intrepid gardeners.
  • Annette Puskarich gave the scoop on composting.
  • Debbie Mytels showed the Acterra display of different kinds of lighting and how they use energy.
  • Holly from FabMo shared fabric and wallpaper samples.
  • William Mutch hosted a Permaculture Cafe on permaculture and our local agricultural ecosystem.
  • Herb Moore and the young attendess made music and fun.
  • And lots of garden bounty, toys, clothing, books, and crafts were exchanged.

Here are some pix. Thanks to Trina Lynn for sharing her photos.




Fourth Friday Summer Picnic

It’s the Fourth Friday Summer Potluck Picnic!

Friday June 27

Mitchell Park, 600 E Meadow Dr Palo Alto
Transition Palo Alto

We’ll have some “New Games” along with great conversation!

Please bring:

- Food and drink to share with others

- Plate, utensils, cup for yourself

- A camp chair if you’d like

- Anything that you like to have for a picnic – ball, frisbee, musical instrument

We look forward to seeing you!


Farm Fest – this Saturday June 7

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Farm Fest 2014  of Slow Money Northern California at Full Circle Farm
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11am-6pm, 1055 Dunford Way, Sunnyvale, CA 9408

Farm Fest is a fabulous opportunity to see local businesses present their contributions to our food system and the plans for growth.

Plus, hear Carol Peppe Hewitt speak on “”Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money, and enjoy farm tours (with special tour for children), community potluck, marketplace with networking and tastings, and music.

These local entrepreneurs will share what they’re doing and how they’re looking to grow:

  • Blossom’s Farm–biodynamic farm and value-added herbal products
  • Community Grains–true whole grain flours and pastas
  • f.e.e.d. Sonoma–distribution and financing for small NorCal farms
  • Full Circle Farm–our host and non-profit farm
  • Peeve’s Market–market for cottage food producers
  • Philosopher’s Stoneground–sprouted nut and seed butters
  • RedBay Coffee–socially and environmentally conscious coffee
  • Sōw Juice–local, organic artisanal juices
  • Tess’s Community Farm Kitchen–farm, commercial kitchen, market
  • Wild Sage Foods–local food casual restaurant

 Click here to register and for more info.

Summary Sharing Expo Coming June 15

Our quarterly sharing expo kicks off summer on June 15 from 1-3pm at Common Ground. Come share goods, skills, and stories with us and your neighbors.

As usual, we will be sharing books, toys, garden produce, craft supplies, and clothing. Anna Ravenscroft is bringing sun tea to drink, Hannah from Fabmo will have fabric and other samples to share, plus these new demonstrations:

- Marianne Mueller will host a Master Gardener table to talk about starting brassicas from seed and organic pest management

- Annette Puskarich will host a Master Composter table

- Roy Kornbluch will demonstrate the biochar oven he made

- Debbie Mytels from Acterra will show us different kinds of lighting and how they use energy

- Victoria Armigo will do a workshop on making self-watering planters, open to all. 5 planters will be offered at cost.

- Herb Moore will play live music

- Diane and Dave Ruddle will demonstrate various solar ovens (with food) and kids can learn how to make their own.

- William Mutch will host a Permaculture Cafe to discuss permaculture and our local agricultural ecosystem

It:s sure to be fun for all ages! Join us. More details here at http://www.transitionpaloalto.org/sharing-expos

The planter that waters itself

It’s a simple and ingenious idea – a planter that delivers just the right amount of water, always at the right time. At the Self-Watering Planter Workshop May 17, attendees learned how it works, got to build their own planters, and went home with planters and plants – the whole works.

For the inside scoop on how it all works, check out Louella Pizzuti’s blog post.

Many thanks to Lindsey Holland for the workshop idea and for making it all so easy, and to Full Circle Farm in Sunnyvale for providing the beautiful venue and seedlings.

If you’d like to get up close and personal with a self-watering planter, come to the Summer Sharing Expo, June 14 1-3pm at Common Ground in Palo Alto.