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11.18.2010Instructors Bradford White and Tia Meer are pleased to offer the first Permaculture Design Course in Orlando, FL. Permaculture is an approach to land use which weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management, and human needs into intricately connected productive communities. Bradford While will be speaking on Permaculture at our Organic Growers Meeting in January. More info on the Econ Farm program page.
10.24.2010We have reached our goal of raising $2,500 for our matching grant from the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation. Thank you for all your support of our organization! We will be using most of the matching grant money towards the printing of our Local Food Resource Guide planned for release in Spring 2011.
09.23.210Fall is here and it is prime gardening season in Florida! Join Simple Living Institute and UCF Arboretum for our joint Plant Sale. The fall plant sale will be held at the UCF Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday October 16th and 17th. We will have heirloom vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ornamental plants for sale. Come and support us! RSVP to our Fall Plant Sale on our Facebook page.
08.12.210Our benefit event at The Cameo was a great success! Over 100 people attended and we raised $1,500 for our programs. The evening was very eventful, our song contest winner was Mark Hahn and our video contest winner was Stephen Kinigopoulos. Check out photos from the event in our Photo Gallery and take a few minutes to watch our winning video on YouTube.
06.28.210So much is happening with Simple Living for our monthly Organic Growers Meetings, our Sustainable Food Project, and our upcoming benefit! Visit our blog to get the latest updates.
05.23.210Jack Johnson, singer and songwriter, is performing at the Amway Arena in Orlando, FL and has invited Simple Living Institute to participate in their Green Village at the concert. With Jack Johnson's "All at Once" initiative his nonprofit is helping environmental nonprofits like ours work towards Sustainable Food Systems and a Plastic Free world. They are donating $500, ten free concert tickets, and giving us an opportunity to fund raise with a matching grant of up to $2,500. If you would like to donate write "All at once match" in the check memo. Our Simple Living Video Contest has officially begun, and later this summer we will be having an open mic, and more chances to win concert tickets at our 2010 Benefit Concert!
>View Our Jack Johnson Participation Page
>View Our 2010 Benefit Concert Page
>View the Video Contest Flyer
>View the Jack Johnson Cover Song Contest Flyer
02.24.210Uncle Matt's Organic Citrus Orchard in Clermont, FL allowed simple livers to come for a tour.
Uncle Matt's Grove Tour with Simple Living Founder from Uncle Matt's Organic on Vimeo.
02.08.2010Join us for our Seed Exchange at our upcoming Organic Growers meeting. Tables will be set up according to plant categories: Roots; Legumes; Greens; Curcubits; Herbs; Flowers; Tomatoes, peppers & eggplant. Please separate your seeds into small envelopes or plastic bags before you come. A ticket will be given for each seed pack. If you don't have seeds to trade, tickets will be sold 4 for $1.00. There will be a discussion on planting seeds and a chance to look over the selection before the exchange begins.
01.10.2010Central Florida has seen some extreme freezing temperatures this past week! Remember to cover the grafted part (not the top!) of your tropical fruit trees. We are sponsoring many events this month including three community garden workdays and a composting workshop at the Econ Farm. Check our calendar page for the latest happenings or visit our Facebook page and join our Simple Living Institute group.
12.11.2009Happy Holiday season! Join us for the last two events of the year, a field trip to Uncle Matt's Organic Citrus Orchard and our Organic Growers meeting with speaker Ed Thralls. Simple Living is always seeking ways to make the most meaningful impact in our community and abroad. From our last planning meeting we have lots of new ideas including starting up many more community gardens to get people growing in their communities. We will also be adding more information and resources on our website. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts!
10.13.2009Our Fall Plant Sale fundraiser is this Saturday, October 17th, from 9am to 4pm. In addition to a wide selection of vegetable, herb, flower, native and fruit tree starters, there will also be gardening demonstrations on the hour, every hour. So head out to the Econ Farm and pick out some plants!
>More Info & Driving Directions
>View Flyer (.pdf)
09.10.2009Simple Living Institute is pleased to introduce our new Blog! While our website is dedicated to news, programs, and events exclusively related to our non-profit purpose, we will use our Blog to keep you updated on items of interest both in relation to Simple Living and our broader community of like-minded people and organizations.
>Visit our Blog
08.26.2009UCF students in the restaurant/hotel industry have been working with Slow Food Orlando to bring attention to local food and visited the Econ Farm to get to know their local food supply a little better. Check out the YouTube video of the Econ Farm and their Slow Food project.
07.07.2009Our fundraiser this year will be a plant sale instead of our benefit concert. We recently got starter plants of bananas, papayas, and blueberries. Support us by buying our plants at our Organic Growers meetings or at our fall plant sale at the Econ Farm on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 4pm.
05.10.2009Simple Living Institute, Inc. is now on Facebook! Visit our Facebook page and join our Simple Living Institute group online to keep updated on our events, have garden discussions, and meet like-minded people.
03.16.2009Tia and Terry Meer were interviewed by Ginger Gadsden of 10 Connects News out of Tampa, Florida on living a simple life. Check out the video, below, or read the transcript at 10 Connects News.
02.21.2009Hear about living simply from a 15-minute interview with Tia Meer, president of Simple Living Institute, Inc. on the Kathleen Show out of Eureka, CA. The interview was broadcast in California, Washington D.C. and on the web.
>Listen to the interview online at the Kathleen Show website.
02.18.2009Florida Alternative Break, the UF group that joined Simple Living for our recent Volunteer Weekend, has included a summary in their blog of their weekend experience. Thanks, FAB, we enjoyed meeting you all!
>Read the blog!
01.27.2009The Econ Farm workshops have now resumed! Construction on the property has been completed, and Tia and Terry are pleased to welcome Simple Livers to the Econ Farm once again. The first workshop will be on rainwater catchment systems, scheduled for Saturday, February, 21st, 2009, from 1pm-3pm. Visit the Econ Farm page for more information and to register for this workshop.
01.02.2009Simple Livers Tia and Terry Meer are featured in the January 2009 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Entitled "Back to Basics," Tia and Terry discuss "voluntary simplicity" and how they embrace the ideals of Simple Living in their day to day lives. The article emphasizes how a minimalistic approach to life and a do-it-yourself attitude can be more fulfilling than a consumeristic lifestyle. Read the article online at the Oprah Magazine website. The article has generated new interest in our organization from dozens of people all over the country interested in living more simply.
12.02.2008Simple Living is pleased to announce our third annual Homemade for the Holidays program, scheduled for Saturday, December 13th, at Ethos Vegan Kitchen. Outside on the patio we will be teaching attendees to make crafty holiday decorations and gifts. Craft leader openings are still available - please contact us if you would be like to lead a holiday craft demonstration! -tfm
08.02.2008Simple Living Institute is excited to present our second Kids' Festival, scheduled for Saturday, September 20th, 2008. The Kids' Festival is an event custom-made for children aged 5-12 to explore and engage in Simple Living-style activities including conservation and organic farming. This event will be held at the Econ Farm, which is a rustic outdoor setting, so come prepared for Florida weather. Activities will include a hydrology lesson/river swim, scavenger hunt, seed planting in the garden, and celebration and snacks at the end. View the program page.
07.28.2008Simple Living Institute is co-sponsoring the Ethos Vegan Kitchen Plants and Gardening Freecycle. A freecycle is like a free flea market - items are laid out on tables and everything's free! Bring your unwanted plants, pots, garden tools, etc for drop off; you can exchange what you bring for something else, or just come and get a bunch of stuff for free. Volunteers from Simple Living Institute will have a table set up to answer any plant identification or care questions you may have. Simple Living Institute will also be giving away free organic compost made on the Econ Farm with coffee grinds donated from IKEA. See you there!
07.25.2008Our Organic Growers Meeting is a huge success! Each month we are happy to see familiar faces and welcome new attendees. However, with all of the interesting conversation, it has been difficult to end the meeting on time, which is 9:00pm sharp. In August we are going to try to conclude the meeting at 8:30pm and meet afterwards at Ethos Vegan Kitchen at 1235 North Orange Ave, just a few blocks west of Leu Gardens. That will give us a chance to chat longer and discuss possible topics for future meetings, workshops, and field trips. Please join us!
07.02.2008Bernie and Carl Moro, Simple Living members and owners of Our Vital Earth worm farm here in Central Florida, were featured in a short video interview. View their two-minute interview titled "Here They Come to Save the Day."
05.21.2008At our Organic Growers Meeting, Pete Von Lersner showed us basic grafting techniques and helped us practice on citrus, loquats, and white sapote. Grafting allows you to quickly get the best tasting fruit on less desirable trees. Pete recommended grafting several varieties of the same fruit on the same tree (for instance, several varieties of grapefruit on a single grapefruit tree). Thanks, Pete!
05.18.2008Simple Living Institute, Inc. got some great exposure at the Green Earth Expo 2008 held May 15-18 at the Orange County Convention Center. We had lots of interest at our exhibitor table and had positive feedback for our presentations on Off-Grid Living, Landscaping for Food and Wildlife, and Organic Gardening Basics.
05.04.2008Tia Meer, President of Simple Living Institute, Inc was featured this month in the East Orlando Sun newspaper. �Follow this link to the article called Homegrown Lessons on page 13 and 14 of the paper.
04.14.2008Our Sixth Annual Benefit Concert was a huge success and we were able to raise over $500 for our educational programs. Click the photo to visit the photo gallery from the event. A big thank you goes out to all the benefit concert attendees, to the musicians in Arms Harbor, Tia and Terry Meer, Russell Gaspard, Mr. Robert Johnson, and the Token Gamblers, and to our community leaders who came to speak including Julie Norris of Dandelion Communitea Café, Lance Turner of Green Drinks Meet-up, Emily Ruff of Florida School of Herbal Studies and Amber Melendy of Shine on Yoga. Much thanks to Austins Coffee, Buchheit Associates, Inc., Dandelion Communitea Café, Ethos Vegan Kitchen, Evolve Store, Giving World Percussion, Global Green Alliance, IKEA Orlando, Shine On Yoga, Take-5 Massage, and Tranquil Lotus Massage for donating prizes for our raffle. Special thanks to Amber and Henry Melendy for planning and hosting the event. Thank you!
03.12.2008We are pleased to introduce the schedule for our Sixth Annual Benefit Concert! This year's event will be held at Shine On Yoga Studio on April 5th, 2008, from 2-6pm. This year's event will feature six musical performances, several speakers, a raffle*, a kid's activity room, and, of course, a plant sale and exchange. Full details are available on the benefit concert page. If you are a local business interested in donating an item for the raffle, please contact Laina. To get involved with the event, please contact Amber. -lms
02.15.2008If you haven't yet viewed John Rife's A Local Folkus short film, take a look! John Rife has compiled a summary of the issues and folks involved in the local food movement in Central Florida. Simple Living President Tia and our Organic Growers Collective program are featured in the film at about the 23:00 minute mark.
02.05.2008It's tax time! Simple Living Institute has partnered with H&R Block for a tax time initiative. H&R Block will donate $25 to Simple Living Institute for each person who has H&R Block prepare their tax return. This year when choosing a tax preparer, please consider H&R Block as a way to support Simple Living! You must submit a coupon form to H&R Block for Simple Living to receive the donation. �Download the form here! Alternatively, you can contact us and we'll mail one to your home. Thank you for your support! -tfm
01.05.2008Happy New Year! Make your New Year's resolution to take care of mother earth and be less of a consumer. If you need convincing, check out this 20 minute video: The Story of Stuff. This new year try ditching your car and riding your bike or walking somewhere instead, planting trees and edible plants around your yard, and putting your cloth grocery bags in the car to have them handy when you go shopping. For more tips on living simply check out our Simple Living 101 issues which focus on sustainable living in an urban environment. -tfm
12.04.2007Season's Greetings! For tips on keeping your holidays sustainable, check out our Simple Living 101 guide for the Holidays. For ideas on homemade holiday gifts and decorations, join us on Saturday, December 8th, for Homemade for the Holidays! (more info below and on the Calendar.) Happy Holidays! -tfm
11.18.2007Bring your gardening questions and produce for the tasting table to our next Organic Growers meeting. Garden Design is the topic for November. December's topic will be seeds and propagation. See you there! -tfm
11.01.2007Back by popular demand, Simple Living is pleased to announce our second Homemade for the Holidays program, scheduled for Saturday, December 8th, at Simple Liver Amber's Shine On Yoga Studio. Like the last event, we will be teaching attendees to make crafty holiday decorations and gifts. New this year, we will be incorporating a gift freecycle, so clean out your closets and garages, and bring your unwanted items to trade! Craft teacher openings are still available - please email Tia if you would like to lead a demonstration! -tfm
10.27.2007Sustainable products store EVOLVE is now open downtown near Dandelion Communitea Café. This is a mom and pops storefront with Simple Living ethics. EVOLVE is committed to providing our community local access to the highest quality green home, health, and garden products. Check them out at 604 N Thornton Avenue, Orlando, 32803, open Thursday - Sunday. -tfm
09.07.2007From September 1st through October 31st, 2007, Simple Living has four display cases set up at the downtown Orlando Public Library on the topic of Sustainability. Two display cases are on first floor in the Childrens' Section and at Teen Club Central. Two general displays are located on the 3rd floor; to find them, turn right past the elevators and then take another right. We are proud to have been picked as a partner by the Library for this special outreach. Special thanks to the many contributors and assemblers of the displays. -tfm
08.20.2007Simple Livers assisted the Florida School of Herbal Studies prepare the ground for their new community garden at Dandelion Communitea Caf�. The garden is expected to be complete by September 11th for a tree planting ceremony. Thanks to all our volunteers who helped! -tfm
07.25.2007On Sunday, July 22nd, Simple Livers worked to clean up the St. John's River, removing 10 large trash bags worth of garbage from the waterway. Thank to all who came out to help, and special thanks to Tia for coordinating this enjoyable event. -lms
04.15.2007On Sunday, April 22nd, we will be featured as the local charity for the Share the Plate program at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando located on Robinson Street in downtown Orlando. Each month, the Church selects a local charity with which to split the Sunday collection plate. Being selected as a worthy organization is an honor in itself, and we deeply appreciate this gesture of confidence. If you have been interested in checking out the Church and its extensive campus, we invite you to attend this Earth Day sermon entitled "Voluntary Simplicity, Joyful Frugality: How Much Is Enough?" led by Lea Hall, Ph.D. -lms
04.15.2007Great news!! Simple Living Institute, Inc. has been granted final exempt organizational status by the IRS. This means we have successfully completed our five-year provisional period, and have earned final approval to operate as a publicly-supported, tax-exempt charitable organization. We are now officially a 170(b)(1)(a)(vi) public charity governed under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Thank you to our membership, supporters, and community, for helping us to achieve this impressive milestone. -lms
03.07.2007Jacques Cousteau is our featured thinker for Spherical Wonderland this month. We hope to see you there! -lms
03.06.2007Simple Living President Tia Silvasy had the opportunity to meet biointensive gardening expert John Jeavons at a workshop in Hawaii. John is one of the pioneers in biointensive gardening methods (also known as mini-farming), which focuses on maximizing crop yield while minimizing input resources. John conducts biointensive workshops around the world, and his methods are being used in over 130 countries by organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Peace Corps. President Tia highly recommends his book, "How To Grow More Vegetables, Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine." More info on John Jeavons and biointensive gardening is available at www.johnjeavons.info. -lms
01.04.2007Happy New Year! Over the next few weeks we will be applying to the IRS for final determination of our tax-exempt status. This is an important milestone for our non-profit, and we at Simple Living are grateful for everyone who has been involved with our organization over the past five years. It is the generous donations of our members and friends that have helped to make Simple Living a reality! Thank you! -lms
11.11.2006Thank you to everyone who came out for our Fifth Annual Benefit Concert! We generated proceeds of $650 from the event - all of which will be applied to our 2007 programs budget. Thank you to all the musicians, local businesses, organizers, and attendees who helped to make this year's event a success, and special thanks to Julie at Dandelion Communitea Cafe for hosting the event! View the event's Gallery Photo Album to see pictures from the event! -lms
10.10.2006We are pleased to announce the lineup for our Fifth Annual Benefit Concert! Katie Burkess, Mama A.Free.Ka, Mobella, Dodger, and the The Wynn Brothers Band will be playing this year's event. More information on the music, and the other activities planned for the day, are available on the benefit page. Hope to see you all there! -lms
10.10.2006Fall is here; which means Spherical Wonderland at Langford Park is back! The first Spherical of the season is scheduled for 7-9pm on Weds, 10/18/2006, and will feature Johnny Appleseed, with music by the talented and beautiful Mama A.Free.Ka (who you can also catch at our upcoming Benefit Concert.) Bring poetry to share, and enjoy the beautiful weather! -lms
09.23.2006Fall is approaching, which means it's about time for our Fifth Annual Benefit Concert! This year's concert will be held at Dandelion Communitea Cafe on November 4th, 2006, from 4-10pm. We are working to finalize the event roster, and are now collecting items for the fundraising raffle. If you are interested in donating for the raffle, please contact Laina. To get involved with the event, please contact Kelly. -lms
08.13.2006A group of Simple Livers visited the Seminole County Correctional Facility Hydroponic Greenhouse on Saturday July 1, 2006. Debra Taylor, horticulturist and greenhouse director, showed us the different hydroponic (water-based) and soil systems and gardening methods in use at the facility garden. The garden relies upon insect-based pest control, where beneficial bugs are used to counter undesirable pests. The garden has provided vegetables for the inmates at the Facility for over 12 years, and also includes a Tilapia fish farm. Simple Living has been invited back to visit again during the fall crop season. -rs
07.05.2006Correction: the next Summer Sphere will feature a continuation of the sustainability talk began last month. Hope you can make it! -lms
07.03.2006We have decided to close our office on Magnolia Avenue due to under-utilization. We will be relocating our administrative headquarters to a more accessible location off of Dean Road in east Orlando. With our departure, the space is being consolidated and returned to its original use as CultureMart, a retail and art gallery / art consignment space. -lms
06.27.2006We had a great Summer Sphere at Dandelion Communitea Cafe this past Wednesday. Tia Silvasy, Simple Living Institute's President, led the group in a discussion about sustainability. During the group dialogue, attendees shared their definition of sustainability and discussed easy ways to integrate sustainable principles into their lives. Many attendees shared their poetry during the "open mic" session. Music was provided by Nature's Rhythm, with Tia and Randy Silvasy on guitar and mandolin, joined by guest percussionist Mark Mulligan. The next Summer Sphere will held on Weds July 19 and feature a discussion on raw foods led by Roxie Steadman and Susan Ehring. Hope to see you there! -lms
04.25.2006We had 11 pairs of hands for our beach cleanup held on April 23rd in honor of Earth Day at Cocoa Beach. In addition to folk from Orlando, we were joined by some local beachside citizens from Merritt Island and Cocoa Beach. Together, we combed from 13th St South south to about 20th St South, and then back to 13th St S. We removed 19 trashbags of litter from the beach! The most popular trash items were cigarette butts, plastic bottle caps, popped balloon remnants on curling ribbon (from the cruise ships), and drink containers (beer cans, water bottles, etc.) The weirdest thing we found was a hair weave; the most interesting thing was a tin with Russian writing on it; and the grossest thing was a used diaper. View photos from this event in the Gallery. -lms
04.10.2006Earth Day 2006 is coming up (April 23rd), and of course Simple Living Institute, Inc. wants to be active in the community for this important day. On Saturday, April 22nd, we will be tabling at the Grandma Party Bazaar, a free community event featuring sustainable products, music, arts, and more! But, don't wear yourself out on Saturday, because on Sunday, Simple Living is organizing a beach cleanup. We'll be carpooling to Cocoa Beach, unfortunately one of the most litter-strewn beaches I've ever seen, with litter patrol starting at 3pm. We'll be meeting at 13th Street South. We hope to see you at an Earth Day event! -lms
03.26.2006We had a great turnout for our field trip to Sweetwater Organic Community Farm. Sweetwater farmer Roberto gave us a tour of the fields and facilities, and we helped to plant lettuce and onions in a section of the north fields. Resident farmers and interns at the farm work the fields, and produce is shared with members on a weekly basis. Extra produce is sold on their premises during their Sunday market. Click the photo to visit the photo gallery from our visit! You can visit the Sweetwater Farm Website if you'd like to learn more. -lms
03.07.2006The first Speaker Series of the year was a fun and enriching experience for all. Emily's presentation "Evolving With Compassion" explored the passions and emotions that drive interactions between individuals with differing viewpoints and identified favorable conditions for positive change. Thank you again to Emily for helping us to kick off this new program! In related news, Emily and Kip have invited us to come to Seminole county to visit their farm; a field trip is on the horizon! -lms
02.18.2006If you are looking for something fun to do on this lovely Saturday, Simple Living Institute, Inc. will be tabling at the OLA Festival -- the Orlando Latin-American Film and Heritage Festival -- at the DMAC. Stop by and check it out! -lms
02.14.2006Simple Living Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce our first Speaker Series for 2006! Please join us on Saturday, March 4th for "Evolving With Compassion," a discussion led by Emily Bellairs. Emily earned her Masters degree in Humane Education from Cambridge College and the International Institute for Humane Education. She conducts workshops for children and adults to explore how we might practice living with respect and compassion for all. Emily spends most of her days taking care of her certified organic farm in east Seminole County as well as her large family of pigs, chickens, turkeys and dogs. We are excited to have Emily as our first speaker of the year, and hope that many of you will be able to attend this event. For more information, please visit the Speaker Series page and click the image to the right to view the flyer. -lms
02.04.2006Check out the new "Lessons from the Econ Farm" page under the Research section of the website! Special thanks to Tia for compiling this information. Also up is a program summary for the new Speaker Series under Programs. Finally, visit the new bios in the About section: board members Amber Melendy and Stephanie Brennan. -lms
01.12.2006Happy New Year to everyone! As Simple Living Institute, Inc. continues to solidify our program offerings, we expect to offer a well-rounded mix of community and education this year to both members and our local community. Website development continues full speed ahead, and we have added new board members and responsibilities to help grow. Organizationally, Tia will remain President for 2006 due to a change in Becky's involvement with the organization. We expect to start the monthly Speaker Series in February, and will be posting the dates and speaker schedule as soon as possible. In the meantime, please come out and enjoy Spherical Wonderland on Wednesday, January 18th! -lms
12.15.2005Dr. Suess was the featured thinker at our December Spherical Wonderland. Guest Bernie Appelholf demonstrated vermiculture, or worm composting, explaining the benefits of worm castings and tea, and showing how to grow worms in a three-tiered plastic "can-o-worms" contraption. The Chamson Kellainy Project provided the music: a piano and drum kit duo. -lms
11.21.2005Simple Living Institute, Inc's year-end board meeting was held November 20th at the Econ Farm. As some of you may know, President and Founder Tia Silvasy is moving to Hawaii in late December where she will continue to pursue her love of plants and farming. Tia has been president of Simple Living since 2002, and while we are excited about her relocation, we are also sad to see her sunny face removing somewhere so distant. In 2006, Tia will continue as a board member chairing the organic farming/gardening committee. Thank you Tia for your years of service, and best of luck in Hawaii! Secretary Rebecca Reis will take on the role of President effective January 1, 2006, and new Board Member Stephanie Brennan will replace her as secretary. Tanyia Hall will be replacing Mark Mulligan as Vice President. We are also pleased to announce the addition of four new board members for 2006: Amber Melendy, Lizzy Abrams, Stephanie Brennan, and Susan Ehring. -lms
11.20.2005Simple Living's Annual Sweet Potato Harvest took place Saturday, November 19th at the Econ Farm. Simple Livers came together and dug up close to 20 pounds worth of sweet potatoes of all shapes and sizes. After the harvest, some of the potatoes were cooked over a campfire, and some went home with Simple Livers. The rest were donated to the VegCF Thanksgiving at Lockhaven Park. Nothing is as delicious as fresh picked home-grown organic vegetables!!! -br
11.16.2005We had an excellent turn out at Spherical Wonderland. Host, Mark Mulligan lead us in honoring Henry David Thoreau. There were many new attendees who shared quotes from the author and their personal reflections on his writings. Kelli Johnson was our performer and local naturalist. Simple Living Member and Founder of The Global Community Cooperative Ashley Francis made vegan pumpkin muffins and as always, there was hot tea for all. -th
10.26.2005The Frangus Elementary Garden Start-Up was a fun success! Simple Livers Laina, Kelly, and Aaron led the after-school Karma Project at the school through two sessions: first, a site preparation where the kids helped to clear and turn the plot, and then a planting session the following week, where we planted winter seeds (tomatoes, broccoli, beans, peas, kale, cabbage, beets, and radish), some herbs (basil, sage, rosemary, cuban oregano and spearmint), one banana tree, and some marigolds for pest control and color. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the visits, and the Karma Project will maintain the garden. Simple Living will do a garden follow-up in one month, and then quarterly thereafter. Special thanks to Veronica Smith, Frangus Elementary, and all the kids in the Karma Project! View photos from the event in the Gallery. -lms
10.25.2005Threshold Garden Start-Up Update: On October 18th, the Threshold site was visited and revamped for the fall. The old tomatoes, squash, peppers, and zinnias were pulled up and seeds were sown for the fall crop including bush beans, sweet peas, spinach, radishes, broccoli, and cauliflower. These fall veggies should be ready to eat by the end of the year. Click here to view photos of the site. -tfs
10.20.2005Photos from the 2005 "Our-Lando" Benefit Concert are up! You can view them in the Gallery. If you have any photos of the event you would like to share, please email Laina. -lms
10.19.2005The 2005 "Our-Lando" Benefit Concert was a hit! Thank you to all the bands, demonstrators, vendors, volunteers, and all that attended for helping us create such a fun and memorable evening. Some pictures from the event will be posted shortly! -lms
10.14.2005We're all geared up for the Benefit Concert tomorrow! We're really excited about the performances and demonstrations, and have a great selection of vendors, artists, and activities lined up as well. Even more importantly, the weekend weather forecast calls for sunny skies, a light breeze, and no rain on Saturday. Please come out and support our organization in its sole fundraiser of the year. See you there! -lms
10.05.2005Benefit Update: The schedule of events for the upcoming Benefit Concert is now available! Please visit the benefit concert page for details. Also, we have a web banner available for those of you interested in promoting the event on your website. We are still collecting items for the raffle, so it's not too late for you or your business to make a tax-deductible item donation! Please email Laina to coordinate donations. -lms
10.04.2005Due to a last minute conflict, Gypsy Rhythm will be unable to perform at our upcoming Benefit Concert, scheduled for Saturday, October 15th. However, we were able to add Mobius to the schedule in their stead. Members of jam band Mobius will be familiar to many, as they are veterans of local bands 5Day4Cast and the Goldminers. Thanks to Mobius for their last minute commitment! -lms
09.29.2005Simple Living was featured in the "arts & culture" section of the Sept 22 '05 edition of Orlando Weekly; click here to view the article! The article showcased our upcoming calendar of events. It is rewarding to see our organization is getting noticed by the community. -lms
09.19.2005Our Fall Planting Workshop at the Econ Farm was lots of fun and very productive! We weeded the beds, extended the southern bed, laid down new dirt, and then planted nasturtium, lettuce, squash, soybeans, tomatoes, and basil. Our lessons from Farmer Tia included how to plant seeds, why big seeds sprout sooner than small seeds, and the logic of seed placement (to maximize winter sun patterns). We then took a break, and shared a delicious watermelon that Tia brought (which she impressively cut open with a pocket knife). We had two new guests, May and Will from Arcadia, who heard about the Econ Farm through the Florida farming buzz. All in all, a good fall planting! -lms
09.14.2005Join us at 11am this Saturday, September 17th, at the Econ Farm for our Fall Planting Workshop. We'll start with some weeding, bring in some good dirt, and then plant some seeds for the fall. Plantings may include herbs, beans, squash, flowers, peas, and whatever else Tia digs up in the seed bank! Then we'll have a potluck-picnic-style lunch break and tour the property. Bring food, water, your favorite tool, and a swimsuit if you plan to jump in the river. Directions to the Econ Farm are available on the calendar page. Email Tia for more information! -tfs
09.11.2005Benefit Concert Update: Our plans are coming along nicely, and we are currently finalizing our vendor and band lists. Stephanie is collecting plants for the plant exchange, and Laina is collecting items from local businesses for the raffle. November 5 has been selected as our alternate rain date. Very soon we will begin promoting the event, with flyers, posters, and cooperative advertising! If you'd like to get involved with the Benefit Concert, come to a Benefit Planning session (visit the calendar for dates) or email Tanyia! -lms
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