Current and Upcoming Activities:
Everything Else Exchange a Great Success
Hundreds of people both donated and took things at the first two Everything Else Exchanges. They are held in front of the Pine Mountain Clubhouse. The theme of this event was GIVE WHAT YOU DON’T NEED, TAKE WHAT YOU NEED! The kinds of things people brought took included: small household items, music, books, office items, computer software, jewelry, accessories, knick knacks, linens, rugs, school and office supplies, small tools, beauty appliances, sports equipment, toys, games, and puzzles. Everything free. At the end of sale, all remaining goods were picked up by the non-profit Boys and Girls Club in Frazier Park. The committee responsible for the exchange included Pamela Plouffe, Madison, and Vickie Kraft.
The next fall clothing exchange is coming up in October.
Aging in Place Program Becomes a Reality
When neighbors help neighbors, it becomes possible for people to live in Pine Mountain into their elder years. Members of the community sign up for the program and in so doing volunteer to help other members when they need to go to the doctor, be with them while they are ill, etc. They do this out of a sense of service to others and with the understanding that when they are needy, others will be there for them. Another aspect of Aging in Place is qualifying contractors, plumbers, electricians, etc who provide their service to members at reduced rates. The property owners association has sanctioned a task force to develop a program. Monthly gaming afternoons were begun in February and will generally be on the third Sunday of the month. Let’s Live Local is participating in this effort and supporting it with contributions. If you are willing to help get this program underway, contact Michael Dulle, firstname.lastname@example.org or Michelle Throckmorton, email@example.com.
The grass-fed Beef Coop was launched in 2009. One steer was subscribed in 2014 and we are taking orders for a new one. By getting meat now, you protect yourself against increasing meat prices. Let me know if you are interested and want more information. We are interested in hearing from those interested in lamb. Contact Paul Edwards at 242-2624 to sign up.
Wood Pellet Coop
The coop began by subscribing a late winter truckload of 22 tons of pellets in 2008. Subscribers have found them to be of high-quality and clean burning. Eight 21-ton truckloads of wood pellets were delivered to subscribers in 2012 and 2013, and seven in 2014 and 2015, We delivered for the five truckloads in 2016 and are taking orders for the third truckload in 2017. The pellets are again coming from Pacific Pellet We are grateful to Monika Robbins who coordinates each new truckload.
Other Possible Coops
People in the community have also expressed desires for other coops for buying LED bulbs, potassium water softener pellets, and cisterns for storing rain water. We have someone interested in spearheading this effort and I have talked with the water company. We can appear at the October board meeting. If you are interested in storing your rain water, contact : Alicia Manela 242-2464 firstname.lastname@example.org.If you are interested in one of these and are willing to help with developing a new coop, let us know.
Cheap Energy possible for PMC
Woody biomass from the forest can be converted into wood pellets and waste and other forms of trash can be converted into a gas and distributed like propane. If helping to develop a proposal to be presented to the PMCPOA board is something you would be willing to do, please contact Paul Edwards at email@example.com.
Help with accounting and tax issues.
Donation to new Pine Mountain Health Center Opening Monday, October 4
Let’s Live Local donated the funds a portable defibrillator for the Center
2014 Clothing Exchange
The now twice annually Clothing Exchanges are popular events. Many thanks to Pamela Plouffe and her marvelous crew of volunteers: Deanna Plouffe, Tara Scambalone-Hathaway, Theresa Murphy, Deb Dion and Mar Preston, who made it possible for us to continue this annual tradition. They worked really hard to make this the best Clothing Exchange ever and a lot of fun for all. We got more people bringing quality clothes, accessories, dog items, and linens to swap and more people coming to shop than ever before. Folks were leaving with smiling faces with arms bags filled with great choices to add to their wardrobes. Pamela tells us that one very happy lady from Lake of the Woods who shopped for four different families. The volunteers had to help her out to her car!
Let’s Live Local is especially grateful to Pamela. She coordinated the whole effort spanning the entire year to make 2014 such a success. Our thanks too to The Name your Price Thrift store guys for picking up the left overs. Now onward to 2015 when we have more exciting plans to expand our efforts to shop and swap local. Photos are posted on Facebook.
Members have expressed interest in other kinds of exchanges, such as books (we have done this before), and tools, and these occur monthly on Sunday afternoons at the Basecamp restaurant,
Organic Produce Coop
In conjunction with Abundant Harvest Organics, the Organic Produce coop thrives under the capable coordination of Vicky Bingaman. There are approximately two dozen participants. Like clockwork a Let’s Live Local volunteer picks up the boxes every Saturday afternoon in Lebec and delivers them to Pine Mountain where coop participants pick up their boxes.
Election of Board of Directors for 2015
The officers and directors of Let’s Live Local for this year are: Paul Edwards, President and Treasurer, Fred Lindberg, Vice-President, and ,Michael Dulle as Secretary. The other members of the board are Monika Robbins and Vicki Bingaman. Monika coordinates wood pellet deliveries and Vicki manages the organic food coop.
Let’s Live Local for Your Community
Let’s Live Local offers no-cost licenses to establish a separate Let’s Live Local organization in your community or neighborhood. Email us if you’d like to know more.
Cell Phone Study
The results of the cell phone feasibility study funded by Let’s Live Local It was funded with a grant from Southern California Edison added to the momentum for obtaining cell service for the community. It appears cell phone service will soon become a reality.
Aging in Place
A Let’s Live Local priority is an Aging in Place program. Grants and colloborative relationships are being sought to establish one.
To learn about upcoming events and activities, shopping, real estate, check out the site of Pine Mountain Village’s Basecamp.
Senior Activity Program
Our Health Services Group is working on developing an Aging in Place program. If you’d like to be involved email us.
We are delighted to have Dr. Fred Lindberg has opened a part-time House Call practice in Pine Mountain. He is here the first Friday and Saturday of each month. . With his presence our plans for health services here is one step further along. Read about his new practice at http://flindberg.wordpress.com/. To set up an appointment, call 241-0362.
In-Home Care Provider Training
Being able to stay in our homes and age in place or care for our loved ones here at home is a major part of our local Sustainable Health Initiative. To help make this a reality, Sarah Edwards and Shelia Clark have become qualified as Red Cross Providers and offer Red Cross Authorized Family Care Givers Training co-sponsored by Let’s Live Local and the California Family Counseling Network. For more information on obtaining training to be a paid in-home caregiver for a loved on or others in our community, or to receive the services of an in-home care giver, call 661 242-1583.
Community Farm in PMC
An early initiative of Let’s Live Local was to assist in the creation of community farm, which is now a reality.
The twice-annual Fall Clothing Exchange are well attended As always, they are lots of fun. Tons of clothing – men’s, women’s and children’s were brought. That which was not exchanged was donated to the Boys and Girls Club.Much of it is usually brand new or barely worn. So make plans to bring the nice clothes you’re ready to part with or plan to just come in 2013. You don’t need to bring clothes to participate! If you wish to put together another type of exchange, let us know.
“Cutting Down on Energy Costs and Saving on Utility Bills” was the theme of the Fall 2010 Energy Fair and Inventor’s Contest . Southern California Edison and the Pine Mountain Club Property Owners’ Association joined us in co-sponsoring the 2010 Energy Fair on Saturday, August 28th. It featured many exhibits and a energy innovation contest with cash prices for inventors in two categories, entrants under 18 and above 18.
Both the contest, the exhibit hall and the Edison mobile vans were a huge success. We had 300 participants- 247 visitors, 15 vendors and 17 staff volunteers. Sponsors, vendors and visitors were pleased. We hope to have a photo gallery of the event up soon.
Field Trip to the Southern California Edison Customer Technology Application Center.Renewal energy options, energy audits, news of the PMC Energy Faire, funding possibilities and more.
Seeing what all we’ve done this year all in one place is pretty exciting. While there is so much more to do, it’s surprising to discover
how far we’ve come since 2005 when we first met!
The options we’re exploring to be part of a national pilot project for sustainable medicine and bring local health services to our community.
Let’s Live Local is a 501(3)c non-profit organization of local volunteers working to build a resilient, sustainable future for our local forest community, Pine Mountain Club, CA. We’re a small mountain village in California’s Los Padres National Forest and the 11th official Transition Town Initiative in the United States.
Our many projects include a wood pellet coop, an organic food coop, and a beef coop. We also have educational and act-based events at our monthly meetings and in our five active subgroups: Food, Energy, Economy, Water and Government Review.
If you’d like to find out more about or join:
LLL Food Coop: contact Martha Northway firstname.lastname@example.org 661-242-1749
LLL Pellet Coop: contact Paul Edwards email@example.com or 661-242-2624
LLL Beef Coop: contact Paul Edwards, 661-406-1152
Below are some facts about our group, its background, goals and projects.
Background and Goals
We originally came together in August of 2005 as an informal group of volunteers concerned about the effects climate change, peak oil, and resources depletion were having and would have on our community and the surrounding National Forest. Given our small size and remote location we wanted to identify the steps we need to be taking to develop awareness, solutions, and projects to address such issues as how we can:
– Reduce costs of heating, lighting, cooling and otherwise running
– Reduce fuel costs in traveling to and from work, shopping,
medical services and entertainment.
– Create a resilient local economy that protects the ecosystem
and supports a sustainable community life.
– Share what we learn about relocalizing with other rural
communities as well as with self-defined urban and suburban
villages or neighborhoods also wishing to develop sustainable
In the first year the group affiliated with the Property Owners Association to put on a well-attended Energy Fair. The group also participated in the annual Community Strategic Planning process.
Our first community-wide project was the creation of a Pellet Coop in the spring of 2008. Recently we have started an organic food coop via Community Supported Agriculture.
Scope of Programs and Projects Discussed and Considered
– Community Assessments and Resiliency Planning
– Gathering information and identifying resources and needs required for living sustainability here, including learning about alternative energy both of our own homes and for the community at large
– Surveying local gardens and fruit trees to explore possible community harvesting
– Local Sustainability Projects
– Expanding potential and incentives for shopping locally
– Creating shared transportation pools and a ride-sharing programs
- Safely composting
- Develop personal greenhouses and other ways of extending our short growing season
Developing a community garden
Touring local homes that are using energy-saving approaches
– Developing and Offering Educational Materials and Programs:
Lost Life Skills, i.e. Gardening, Permaculture, Canning, Seed Collection, Native Plants for Landscaping, Simple Living
Self-Sufficiency, Usage of Alternative Energy: Solar, Wind, Biodiesel, Geothermal etc., Green Living and Building
– Developing funding for goal-related program activities
In 2006 to launch our group formally to the community, we co-sponsored the first local Energy Fair to an large and eager crowd. That year we also participated in a community-wide strategic planning effort that considered four scenarios for the future.
In Spring of 2008 we established a Wood Pellet Coop and have brought three 22-ton truckloads of pellets to eager subscribers for the past two years.
During the Summer of 2008 we established our program priorities as Food, Energy, Water, and Sustainable Economic Development. That fall we organized an Organic Food Coop with a regional CSA, Abundant Harvest Organics. In the Spring of 2009 we organized the a beef coop or Cowpool with the Darling Ranch of Cuddy Valley.
On March 24, 2012 Sarah and I conducted a workshop entitled Finding a Sustainable Livelihood in the Mountain Communities, co-sponsored by the The Mountain Communities SBDC of Women’s Economic Development and the Mountain Communities Chamber of Commerce. The Workshop was fully attended in the most beautiful library and meeting room
in Frazier Park. Lots of great ideas for filling the gaps in basic services were brought forth. It’s inspiring and uplifting to see so many excited and motivated people.
Let’s Live Local has been recognized in a Sierra Club Green Home article.
Let’s Live Local was featured on Kari Ruel’s Napa Valley Life Magazine radio show.
To Learn More about the Community
To learn more about Pine Mountain Club, a video is available. Find it under “The Association” at on the left side of the page. It is the last tab.