Act Collectively, Transition Together
HSU Goes to UC Davis Convergence
A group of CCAT employees and other HSU students traveled to UC Davis this past weekend for the three day California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence. The weekend was a whir of workshops, discussions, panels, and eye-opening empowerment with almost 600 California students involved in sustainability and social justice. The CCAT crew, along with other students from Humboldt State, camped in a field right next to campus, and three of our own CCATers, (Ian Alexander, Julia Clark, and Annette Penny,) taught a workshop during one of the workshop blocks. The theme of the convergence was Act Collectively, Transition Together, Systems for Social Justice, and the group came back inspired and more informed on social issues and sustainability.
Kristin Cooper, Record Keeper
What got you interested in CCAT?
My first semester here I stumbled across CCAT after a class in the BSS. It was Friday and people were building terraced garden beds, gardening and hanging out. Loud music carried through the air waves. It was exactly where I wanted to be. I went to a few volunteer Fridays and started finding out about the community, the history, and the goals of CCAT. The CCAT community has strong roots in mindful living and the community and the other various resources (library, workshops, classes) have provided insight to help me to try to live lightly, creatively, and happily on this Earth with intention and love.
(Another) Gardening Update
The CCAT gardens are always a work in progress, but here’s what’s been happening lately:
The garden class and volunteers have planted a few things like garlic in the lower terrace in front of CCAT that will be ready in the spring. We have new winter greens in the “You Pick” bed and also over by the Cob oven. We have been continuing our harvest of leeks and onions for Volunteer Fridays and are going to be letting a lot of beds sit and build up organics for spring planting in the coming weeks. A new hugel bed is in the works in the food forest and was reinforced with a log retaining wall. The current hugel bed is going off and we have cilantro, wintergreens, and native pollinator plants growing everywhere.
CCAT History: The Bare Bones
When we last left our courageous CCAT crew, (Buzz Webb, Peter Lehman, Kirk, Kelly, and Sandy,) they had just stepped inside their organization’s new home. Although the Buck House looked intimidating, the CCAT team tackled it head on. With their hard work, and the hard work of volunteers, the Buck house was all but torn down, so that the CCAT house could be born…
“One month later, the house was like a cadaver in a medical school, drywall and redwood siding cut away down to the bones of two by fours, leaving arteries of electrical wire dangling in mid air. One could stand in the living room and look through the framing to the backwall of the house forty feet away. The bubbling skin of paint had been stripped off the exterior, and the knee high grass shaved to the ground, and the hummocks of wild blackberries tamed with Kelly’s chainsaw.”
Happy Thanksgiving, CCAT
Happy Thanksgiving, CCATers! We here at CCAT are thankful for so many things, but we want to remind everyone to be sustainable, even during the holidays. Here’s a list of five things you can do to make your Thanksgiving more sustainable.
1. Shop locally. For everything. No matter what.
2. Try hosting a group Thanksgiving, but make sure you use reusable or compostable dishes.
3. Save (almost) all your leftovers.
4. Compost all the leftover you aren’t saving.
5. Volunteer! Thanksgiving is one of the most popular volunteer days of the year, but there are always more people to help.
Vegan Coconut Pumpkin Ice Cream
1 can full-fat organic coconut milk
¼ to ⅓ cup pumpkin puree (depending on how pumpkin-y you want it)
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
-Blend all ingredients until smooth.
-Pour mixture into a container and freeze for 3 hours.
-Remove frozen mixture from container, into large chunks and place in a food processor, and process until smooth and creamy.
-Smooth the “ice cream” into a loaf pan and place in the freezer for 1 hour to set.
-Scoop and enjoy!
Special Messages from the Tailors
We, the CCAT Tails Tailors, decided to take this opportunity to give thanks for the some wonderful things that have been occurring this semester at CCAT. We are thankful for the CCAT house, where we always have a couch to cuddle up and work on. We are thankful for the co-directors, Annette, Ian, and Julia, for having such confidence in us and trusting our ideas (or at least giving us the chance to let them grow.) We are thankful for Stephanie, our webmaster, who posts the CCAT Tails every week and makes it look beautiful on the web page. We are thankful for Jillian who made our wonderful CCAT Tails images that appear on the weekly email and on our CCAT Tails PDF. We are thankful for the many folks who help us write articles and get pictures for the Tails, we would never be able to make the Tails without their help. We are thankful to those of you who read the CCAT Tails and make our hard work worthwhile. And lastly, we are thankful for the employees of CCAT who are working hard along with us to put out the Fall AT Transfer, which will be published in the coming month. Thank you all for your hard work and undying support.
Hannah and Brynn, CCAT Newsletter Co-editors