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The holidays are a wonderful time filled with family, celebrations, and waste. Since halloween is over and this is the time we throw away our pumpkins into the compost bin, here’s some ideas to sustainably reuse your pumpkins after halloween.
1. Roast the seeds. Eat them. All of them.
2. Make a pumpkin flower planter. It’ll last a few weeks, and then you can transfer your plants and put the pumpkin right into the compost.
3. Make it into a bird feeder. Cut the face holes of your jack-o-lantern bigger and then put some bird seed inside.
4. Puree it, add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of milk, and then rub it on your face. (It’s a really good facial cleanser!)
5. Smash it and use it for natural orange paint.
6. If you didn’t carve it, use it as a serving bowl for warm soup (just make sure you scrape/cut the insides out!)
Courtney Melody: Project Leader
What drew you to CCAT?
What drew me to CCAT was the fact that people were willing to get their hands dirty to accomplish something they believe in. The people here aren’t afraid to take the more physically tasking route to achieve their goals because that fits with what they believe and not just what’s convenient. CCAT has always been a place to question the “standard practices” of the world and really take a hard look at what we’re doing with ourselves and our surroundings. I was tired of being told there was only one or two good ways to get something done right. I knew that CCAT could open my eyes to possibilities that had been shunned my whole life and it would let me figure out for myself what I thought was the best way to get things done.
CCAT History: House Horrors
If you’ve ever been to the CCAT house you will know how beautiful and welcoming it is. However, it did not always look that way…
“…the first sight of the house was disquieting. The south side of the Buck House [CCAT house] had nearly caught fire when the fire department burned down the neighboring Caranko house months earlier.
Long strips of military green paint peeled from the Buck House siding like something diseased. All the windows had at least one pane of glass cracked from the heat. The foundation of the Caranko House lay fifteen feet away, littered with glass and burnt black soil, and charred foundation posts thrust from the ground like a shattered rib cage. It looked like the Caranko House had been bombed, not burned. The three co-directors were painfully aware that the same treatment was planned for the Buck House.
Kelly broke the silence, ‘See Buzz, how could we resist? The Buck House is perfect for us.’”
November Guide to Gardening
Things will be getting much colder in the near future, and some plants need help coping. Using row covers and cold frames can help extend the season by creating a small scale greenhouse effect around your plants.
Plants to sow directly: spinach, lettuce, peas, turnips, carrots, beets, parsnips, radish, chives, parsley, and garlic.
Plants to transplant: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and lettuce.
To sow directly: winter and spring bulbs, spring wildflowers, bee balm, calendula, candytuft, clarkia, cornflour, columbine, coreopsis, dianthus, foxglove, larkspur, nigella, poppy, snap dragon, and sweet peas.
To transplant: calendula, coreopsis, dianthus, fox glove, larkspur, nigella, poppy, snap dragon, verbena and perennials such as chrysanthemum, carnation, columbine, delphinium, fox glove, hollyhock, lavender, penstemon, pincushion flower, poppy, rudbeckia, salvia, statice, and yarrow
Peanut Butter and Jam Sessions
To those who have never joined a jam session, the whole situation can be nerve wracking. The other musicians are so intimidating. They must all be so much better than you! You didn’t know there were rules, but no matter what you do, you feel like you’re breaking one. Are they glaring at you? They’re totally glaring at you. What are you doing wrong!?
Don’t worry! Ian Kelmartin, one of our co-directors at CCAT, is leading a workshop on teaching you how to participate in and lead jam sessions this Thursday the 6th at 6:00pm-7:00pm in the CCAT yurt. Ian says that in the past he has been intimidated by joining jam sessions, but he’s holding this workshop so you don’t have to be! The workshop will be about an hour long, and afterwards there will be a jam session in the yurt so you can practice your skills. Come by with your instrument of choice to make some noise!