The Fantastic Festival
CCAT’s third annual Harvest Festival was this past Saturday, October 18th, and it went off without a hitch. The day was filled with music, learning, and new experiences for all. The Communi-tea yurt was filled with beautiful fresh herbs, the classroom space was buzzing with skill sharing, and outside people were playing games, talking, and checking out everything CCAT has to offer. Some volunteers and employees got there in the early morning for pumpkin pancakes and set up, and some stayed until late at night for cleanup and more local music. This fantastic day would not have been the same without our lovely volunteers, donors, employees, and attendees.
CCAT History: Workshops of the Past
A big part of what CCAT does is put on free workshops for the community to help them learn ways to have more appropriate technology in their own homes. The excitement that people feel teaching or learning new things is something that draws people to CCAT and has always been a part of it’s community. This is a quote from Carin Thomas, who was a member of CCAT, talking about the joy she felt in putting on a thermal curtain workshop:
“Other students and I researched new materials that had high insulating properties and held a workshop to educate the public on using these materials to construct thermal curtains. We made one demo curtain and showed people the materials. The people went away and made their own curtains. It was very satisfying. One woman who attended the workshop—I believe she was an HSU professor—was very excited about the idea and within a few weeks had made curtains for her home. She invited me over to show me the curtains she had made and how she had put them in her home. It was exciting for me to see that people were using the information taught at CCAT workshops to their advantage”
This has been an excerpt from CCAT’s history, which can be found on the shelves of CCAT’s library. If you would like to learn more about CCAT’s history, thermal curtains, or future workshops, please stop by CCAT and check out firsthand what we are up to!
Monique Gil: Volunteer Friday Coordinator
What drew you to CCAT?
CCAT was one of the first things I read about Humboldt State. I was drawn in before I had even visited Arcata. Volunteer Friday was the first extra curricular activity I participated in as a student! The people who make up the CCAT community are extremely hard working, innovative, and aware of the world around them. I constantly find myself impressed with the ideas that come out of collaboration and even more impressed with the tangible products created. Being a CCAT employee adds a lot to your plate, but the ‘work’ is enjoyable because everyone involved is positive, excited and ready to take on the tasks at hand! And..it’s all appropriate!
Annika’s Peanut Butter Gluten Free Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies
2 cups peanut butter (is best with the natural stuff you have to stir a lot)
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar (or brown if you prefer)
2 eggs (free range, organic, vegetarian fed, if you want to be appropriate)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
Make sure your oven is preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and you have a greased cookie sheet prepared (canola oil is good to avoid butter). Stir sugar and peanut butter together, then mix in the eggs, and combine it all together until you’ve got delicious peanut mush. Roll into balls and place on the cookie sheet a couple inches apart. From there, use a fork to press a pretty design into the top of each cookie. You can alternatively press a peanut butter cup into the top or some chocolate chips. Bake 10 minutes.
A Special Thanks
We, the co-editors of CCAT Tails, would like to extend our personal thanks to everyone who donated, taught workshops, volunteered, entertained at, or attended our Festival. It would not have been the same without all of you wonderful people who were involved with this event. Thank all of you for helping, donating time, food, and materials, and being apart of the amazing, positive, sustainable place that is CCAT.