SMS Newsletter, April 2009

April 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm 1 comment

We welcome you to join us in any of our activites and to send us ideas for articles you might like to see or to write. You are also invited to visit our website and use the SMS Social Networking site to discuss issues that are important to you.

 TOUR de TRASH COMES TO SOUTH MAUI
Saturday May 9, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

What happens to your recycled items? The Tour de Trash, is an very inspiring and educational voyage by bus to major recycling facilities across Maui. More information.    
Register now for the Tour de Trash.

NEXT SMS MEETING
GREENING YOUR LIFESTYLE:
SUSTAINABLE GARDENS AND LANDSCAPING

Design your yard for beauty, comfort and for food, water and energy conservation.

Our next public meeting will be held on May 7 at Kihei Charter School. More information.

 WORKSHOP
HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN SOLAR & WIND POWER SYSTEM


May 23, 2009 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Locavore potluck lunchbreak
Kihei Charter School
Suggested donation: $20

This workshop gives you the knowledge to use solar and wind power systems to run your home. Learn how to set up the photovoltaic solar panels and wire them to produce power.

See details.   
Register for the workshop.

 EarthBox GROUP PURCHASE
ENDS APRIL 26


South Maui Sustainability is ready to place our group Earthbox order. Regularly priced at $75 (including shipping), Earthbox Company is giving us their best possible price of $35 (also including shipping). The order will be placed on April 27.

You can find more information about the Earthbox at the SMS website and at the EarthBox website.

We are ordering the basic kits, which includes the Earthbox, growing medium (bag of potting mix + amendments), watering tube, wheels, and everything you need except seeds. The dimensions of the EarthBox are 29″ L x 13.5″ W x 11″ H. It doesn’t include the trellis section that is in some of the photos on their site. We have one Earthbox kit in Maui Meadows that you can come and look at.

If you are interested, please reply to this message and let us know how many you would like. The $35 price per box includes shipping. Depending on how many orders we get, we may be able to order both green and terra cotta colors. However, if we have limited orders, we may have to order all green or all terra cotta.

We require payment at time of the order. We accept cash or checks. Please make checks out to Tri-Isle RC&D with SMS: Earthbox in the memo line. Call us at 874-5955 to coordinate payment or mail checks to:
South Maui Sustainability
c/o Maury King
3500 A Kehala Dr
Kihei, HI 96753

When the boxes arrive, we will contact you for pickup or delivery in South Maui. Happy Growing!

 SMS SOCIAL NETWORK ESTABLISHED
Vist the SMS Social Network to start ask questions about sustainability on Maui or post articles, opinions, photos and videos.


SCHOOL GARDENS

The 2nd grade garden that South Maui Sustainability School Garden Committee helped establish at Kihei Elementary is now flourishing. Video.   Photos.

 SMS 1st BIRTHDAY PARTY
April 24, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Join us in celebrating our first birthday at sunset on Poolenalena beach. BYO pupus and beverages.

 EDIBLE GARDEN TOUR

We held our first Edible Garden Tour on April 4. Over 100 people visited three Kihei home gardens. Photos and details here. If you’d like to add photos of your garden to our online gallery, please email them to us.

 HUI GARDENS
A hui garden is one where a homeowner shares part of their yard for gardening with neighbors and everone shares in the expenses, labor and harvest. SMS has helped bring one Hui Garden to life in Maui Meadows and would like to help catalyze more. Information here.

 RENEWABLE ENERGY
The SMS Renewable Energy Comittee is exploring two promising policies for bringing renewable energry to Maui—Feed-in Tariff, which allows people to be paid when they generate more electricity than they use and The Berkelely FIRST Financing Initiative for Renewable and Solar Technology. Visit the links for details.

EarthdayEARTH DAY EVENTS (Click for details)
Maui Nui Botanical Gardens
   Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Maui Earth Day Festival: Baldwin Beach
   Sunday, April 19, 10 a.m.–Sunset

Scuba Underwater Cleanup
    April 22, Maalaea Harbor Departure, 1:30 p.m. checkin

RECENT SMS EVENTS

• Whale day Booth
• Upcountry sustainability booth
Got Water? April SMS community meeting
Malama Aina. March SMS community meeting
RECENT POSTINGS
at SouthMauiSustainability.org
Project Malama Honokowai
Space-based solar power agreement
Hawaii to get $15M stimulus for energy efficiency projects
First Family To Plant White House Veggie Garden
Solar panel maker gets first ever alternative-energy Fed loan guarantee
The Wisdom of Sustainability: Dialogue at McCoy Theater, April 20
PBS Hawaii – Alternate Energy Parts 1 and 2
Dollars from dirt: Economy spurs home garden boom
Bill Banning State Regulation of GMOs Passes House—

   Now in Senate

e – PBS Ecology Series
Film: The Waterfront (April 22)
Scorpion: World’s First Hydrogen-Hybrid Sports Car
Military on Leading Edge of Efficiency
Upcoming Federal Governmental Legislation & Political Action

PHOTOS AND SUGGESTIONS
You can post photos of your garden or other sustainable projects and comments on both our websites—or if you prefer you can click here and email them to us and we’ll post them for you. Please also let us know what kinds of articles or improvements you’d like to see in this newsletter.

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