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. Scroll down for our recent activities blog.

2016 is the year of engagement!

It’s a critical year for our planet and for democracy, and we want to challenge everyone in our community to do something more to be involved, especially in the areas of climate change, democracy, social justice, and community building. Check these TPA blog posts for ideas on getting involved: How to get involved! and What you can do about climate change. And sign up for our spam-free mailing list for information about important activities and events.

And we want to hear from you! What are you doing this year to be involved? Send a message to transitionpaloalto@gmail.com.

Coming up:

  • Fourth Friday- Aug 22 – TBD check this space for details Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. Scroll down for details.
  • New Economy Transition – Check this space soon for details about the next meeting.
  • SAVE the date – Next Share Faire is August 14. Check this space for details in early August
  • Garden Shares 
    The Palo Alto Garden Share is now part of the Share Faire. The next Share Faire will be in August.
    Fourth Sunday of each month, 11am-12, Full Circle Farm, Sunnyvale
  • Transition Cafes – Most Fridays, 6-8pm, Red Rock Cafe, Mountain View. Check your email each week (by Thursday) for the topic and details.

mailing list Meetup Group/Facebook group

Interdependence Day on the Bay

What a glorious evening to celebrate interdependence July 4, as familiar folks and newcomers gathered behind the Acterra building in Palo Alto for a July 4th potluck picnic, enjoying delicious food and reflecting on what how we are all connected.

Later, many strolled or biked out to the baylands to enjoy a magnificent sunset, birds gliding overhead, and fireworks displays ringing the bay.  The Shoreline display started later than most, but was definitely worth it!

Thanks to all who attended and helped out, and to Acterra for providing tables, chairs, and restrooms.:)

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July Fourth Friday – Gettin’ down with carbon

Come to July Fourth Friday for a taste of the latest developments in carbon farming — how responsible agriculture and land management can result in healthier food, safe fiber, renewable fuels, and healthy carbon-rich soil ecosystems.

John Wick, co-founder of the Marin Carbon Project, will share the latest in research, development, and implementation. If you attended June Fourth Friday, you’ll recall that John appeared in Evolution of Organic and shared a few comments after the film.

Many folks have expressed interest in learning more about carbon sequestration practices — what they are, what works, what doesn’t work — so we’ve invited John back for an in-depth session on the important and exciting work of of the Marin Carbon Project.

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July 22, 7:30pm
Fireside Room, Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
505 E Charleston, Palo Alto


Getting Crafty in the Garden

On June 11, a group of people from Transition Palo Alto and the South Bay Permaculture Group met at Common Ground Garden to get crafty.  Half of the group sheet mulched a new section of the garden.  The other half made new signs, in anticipation of the upcoming Edible Garden Tour on July 23.  During a break, everyone got a great guided tour of the garden.  And after the work was complete, people shared a tasty, fresh, local potluck lunch together.  Look for more opportunities to work together in the garden, and in other places around Palo Alto too.


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Organic evolution

June Fourth Friday attendees got a sneak peak at a rough cut of the new “Evolution of Organic” film, which follows the organic movement in California from the 1970s to today. The film profiles the early visionaries who integrated love for the soil, health, and culture; the entrepreneurs who expanded the scale and scope of organic; and the new visionaries of today, who are bringing the next generation into organic farming and grazing and expanding into new areas such as carbon sequestration.

Filmmaker Mark Kitchell introduced the film and led a lively discussion and feedback session afterwards.

Mark is working hard to complete the film in time for the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and needs funding to help complete the work. He’d greatly appreciate contributions of any amount. You can check out the crowdfunding campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/evolution-of-organic–3#/

or the film overview page at http://www.documentary.org/film/california-green-fire

Thanks to all who attended, and to Slow Food South Bay for co-sponsoring the evening.

Pix from the evening…

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Getting creative at the Share Faire

There were lots of ways to get creative at the June Share Faire, from exploring common plants to greywater, to old computers, e-magazines, and social media.

Talented and precocious Sanah Ayyar got so inspired by the session on haikus and limericks, that she went home and dashed off some creations of her own. Go Sanah!

Sanah is pretty in pink
Loves to skate in the ice rink
Her fingers are magical
And makes music that’s classical
Let’s explore her power to think

Click for more of Sanah’s creations

Thanks to Joseah Rosales from Greywater Landscape Design for leading a rousing talk on Greywater 101 and inspiring all of us to reuse water at home.

And some pix from the Share Faire:

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