"The real work of planet saving will be small, humble and humbling and (insofar as it involves love) pleasing and rewarding. Its jobs will be too many to count, too many to report, too many to be publicly noticed or rewarded, too small to make anyone rich or famous.”
Wendell Berry, writer and farmer, wrote these words, which are a good reminder that it takes many small tasks as well as big ones to restore our planet’s health.
My summers tend to be focused on wildflower hikes and the many small jobs of both flower and food gardening. In between, I get the other tasks done; not a bad way to spend the summer. July’s events offer a variety of both small and big solutions to restoring our planet’s health along with our own:
Marys Peak Summit Wildflower Walk: 9 a.m. Sunday, meeting location revealed upon registration. The summit of Marys Peak has a unique assemblage of alpine flora. The hike is free; carpooling is encouraged. To register contact Barry Wulff at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Marys Peak Group of the Sierra Club.
Edible Front Yard Tour: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, various locations. Check out an array of food-producing front yard gardens on this free guided walking tour. Contact email@example.com or call 541-230-1237, or check the website www.sustainablecorvallis.org. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition’s Food Action Team.
Composting 101 Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon July 13, at the SAGE Garden, Starker Arts Park, 45th and Country Club Drive, Corvallis. Learn how to turn yard debris and kitchen scraps into compost. The cost is $5 to $10, on a sliding scale. For more information contact ECI@corvallisenvironmentalcenter.org. Sponsored by the Corvallis Environmental Center.
Enough is Enough: Real Solutions for the Climate Crisis: 7 to 9 p.m. July 21, Fellowship Hall, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 N.W. Circle Blvd. Corvallis. Rob Dietz, author of “Enough is Enough,” will be speaking at this free event. Contact Elizabeth Waldorf at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Environmental Action Council at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Planning Your Winter Garden — A Workshop: 5;30 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 24, SAGE Garden, Starker Arts Park, 45th and Country Club Drive, Corvallis. July is the right time to create the beginning of your winter food garden. The cost of this workshop is $5 to $10, on a sliding scale. Contact email@example.com. Sponsored by the Corvallis Environmental Center.
Sustainable Living Clinic — What To Do About Household Waste: Noon to 4 p.m. July 25, Benton County Sunset Building Lobby, 4077 S.W. Research Way, Corvallis. Learn the art of recycling, compost, reuse and more at this free workshop. Contact 541-766-6750. Sponsored by Benton County Sustainability & OSU Extension Benton County.
Sustainability Coalition Quarterly Gathering: Noon to 1:30 p.m. July 26, at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 N.W. Monroe Ave., Corvallis. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or 541-230-1237. Sponsored by the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition.
Symphony on the Land: 6 p.m. July 27. Greenbelt Land Trust’s second annual “Symphony on the Land” will feature the Willamette Valley Symphony, performing amid the beautiful surroundings of Bald Hill Farm to help celebrate the purchase of the property. Park at the Benton County Fairgrounds and take a shuttle to the site or walk or bike to the event. Bring a picnic and chair/blanket. Food and wine can also be purchased on site. Detailed information, online ticket sales, and maps can be found at www.greenbeltlandtrust.org. The cost is $20. ($15 for Land Trust members.)
In addition, the Corvallis 350 organization, the local chamber of the group 350.org., is planning a variety of events in July as part of its “Summer Heat” campaign. Here’s a rundown:
Corvallis 350 is planning a bus and carpooling to the Tuesday Department of Environmental Quality hearings in Portland on proposed coal-export terminals. For information, see the Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/l7seng3 or contact Leonard at email@example.com.
“Creation Care and the Role of Faith Communities in the Climate Movement,” 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 18, Westminster House, 101 N.W. 23rd St., Corvallis. The meeting features Jennifer Butler, associate minister at First Congregational United Church of Christ, speaking about the relationship between creation care and the climate change movement. Free.
Summer Heat in Portland-Vancouver, July 27 on the Columbia River near Portland, one of a series of protests nationwide organized by 350.org. 350 Corvallis is working on transportation options to get local people to this event. See event page at http://350corvallis.org/summer-heat-pdx/ to learn details.