In this edition of Weekend Update, Russell Means speaks of the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School, and the concepts of genuine education that enrich and teach individuals and communities. He speaks as well of the disfigurement of natural law by Patriarchy and holding respect for that which cannot be understood.
As the leaves start to change and the last of the corn comes in, we at the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School wanted to share details of the summer harvest, as well as an exciting upcoming event.
This Summer, we were able to grow over 200 pounds of Summer Squash and Zucchini, much of which we made available to the Senior’s Center here in Porcupine, as well as providing to folks as part of the local Farmer’s Market in Kyle. We were able to grow over 100 pounds of green peppers and 100 ears of sweet corn, which we sold as well at the Farmer’s Market, with proceeds going to the School. Check out the pictures below of some of the views from the Garden as part of our updated on-line Picture Gallery!
We also have been busy planning our most ambitious project to date:
Beginning on September 30th, we will be holding a 5 day workshop on how to fabricate your own Do-It-Yourself solar panels. The workshop will be free and open to the public, with both out of state volunteers and local folks learning side by side. The workshop will be lead by Brian Clark of GreenDIYEnergy.com. Check out the video below to get a brief overview of the process of solar panel fabrication! Even if you have no experience with solar and only minimal experience with building, the process is easy and straightforward.
We will be taking the process from end to end, including the following points:
- An overview of how Solar and Wind power generate electricity.
- How to evaluate what type and capacity of system would work best for you.
- Where to obtain supplies, from ordering on-line, to where to look locally for available recyclable materials.
- How to assemble the supplies from scratch.
- How to integrate the system into your existing electrical supply or to install into a new set-up.
- State and Federal rebates available to you for Wind & Solar power.
The workshop will be a lot of fun, with all materials on-site before the beginning of the build. We are encouraging anyone who is interested in either coming out to the Ranch to learn, or assisting with materials, to contact us at (605) 867-1025, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘May the Great Mystery continue to guide and protect the paths of you and your loved ones.’
T.R.E.A.T.Y. School Staff
The Summer is moving quickly toward Fall, the harvest is being brought in, and the last of the projects for the season are being planned at the Republic of Lakotah.
We are concluding the Summer Build with the most exciting project to date. We will be partnering with Brian Clarke of GreenDIYEnergy.com to fabricate and install solar panels! This will be a great, hands-on project that will provide immediate power to the ranch, the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School and the local head-start building. With adequate volunteers, we also plant to fabricate panels for the elderly center here in Porcupine. Both local and visiting folks will be instructed in how to construct low-cost solar panels by Brian Clarke of GreenDIYEnergy. We are accepting volunteers for the period of time between Sunday, September 27th and Tuesday October 6th. This will be a fantastic learning opportunity for all involved and we encourage you to contact us immediately if you are interested.
–Check out the Video below for an overview of the solar panel fabrication process! Brian is incredibly nice and helpful. We are looking forward to a great conclusion to the build this year!
With the slackening of the Spring Rains, the Summer Build kicks into construction phase.
So far this summer, we’ve been able to clear and plant a tremendous garden, with 14 rows of vegetables including bush beans, sweet corn, butternut, buttercup & summer squash, as well as onions, radish, 5 types of lettuce, artichokes, peppers, and 2 full rows of tomatoes. Many thanks to Michael who braved the 2+ day bus ride from Connecticut to help us with clearing the rows of weeds and planting the many crops.
We’ve taken care of the summer weeding and cleared the ground for the Greenhouse, as well as making planning preparations for the small-scale wind and solar we will be gearing up in the next few weeks.
To date, we’ve had an awesome response of folks who are looking to help us out in the coming two months, and we are greatful for the fantastic words of support. If you are free and available to come out to the School and help us finish out the T.R.E.A.T.Y. School, as well as work on the wind turbines, get muddy in the garden or help build the T.R.E.A.T.Y. Greenhouse, please contact David Grefrath as soon as possible to reserve your spot.