Community Forum

We would like to provide an arena for public input, as we must acknowledge that all of us have a role to play in the transition towards the end of cheap oil. As we grow, we will network and form working groups focused specifically on food, renewable energy, transportation, education, media, etc, so we hope that you join us then. For now, please make you voice heard by commenting below.

If you have general comments you’d like to make, please do so here, rather than beneath an unrelated post. Thanks!


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8 Responses to “Community Forum”

  1. Erika September 20, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Hi there! I just read about Transition Towns in this months’ copy of Yes magazine – how do I join up? I garden, compost, make jam and jelly, knit and sew, and would love to share these skills with other people out there.



  2. Jocelyn September 23, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I’m in the Madison area and would love to learn the skills needed to be more sustainable. I’m interested in “RESKILLING”. Has anyone heard about “FREESKOOL”? I can’t remember where I saw it but the idea was to hold free classes in a number of skills. I think it would be a great idea for this area. To be honest I have none of those skills (which is so sad) but I want to soak it up from others.

  3. transitionmad September 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Hi Jocelyn and Erika–

    Thank you for your interest in Transition Madison Area! We, too, are interested in skill-sharing events, composting, knitting, and food preservation (among other things). I just updated the blurb above with a link to our Google Group, which you are both welcome to join. Otherwise, we do plan on hosting a community potluck near the end of October, so keep your eye out for more information regarding that…


  4. Anonymous May 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I live in Sun Prairie and people can pick up grains at my home. I give grains in volume of between 1 to 2 Tbsp at a time. I have been kefiring 8 oz milk to 1 Tbsp grains, per 24 hrs.

    Here is Toronto Advisors :

    ….Sarah in Sun Prairie

  5. sustainaleap November 14, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    I love the concept. I too care greatly for our Earth is many aspects but specifically the food we consume and the truth about food we eat. I am going to try and make it to the upcoming potluck.

    I am not sure this is the place to promote this but I coordinate winter farmer markets in the Madison/Milwaukee area, and I am assuming that there are many people out there who knit, make jams, kefir, etc. and if they are interested in possibly vending and showcasing their goods I would be more than happy to speak with them.

  6. kevin August 18, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    my partner and i are veggie farmers with 26 years of combined experience working on different farms around the country, several in wisconsin. we would love to set up a community garden where the members of the garden would form a core group to decide what to focus on planting and other logistical issues. it would sort of be a spin off off the csa model, but the advantage here is that we could pick what we wanted to grow. for example, we might decide to grow lots of tomatoes for canning and then we could hold a canning party. also other crops could be grown for storage. my partner and i would act as managers of the garden and hopefully draw a small salary. we just want to get away from the more conventional wisconsin csa model which operates more as a private business. this would be more of a co-operative model. we would need to find some good land to start and also to form a “core group” of sorts to start making decisions. also there is an educational component to this and i feel like a non-profit could be set up around it. produce could be sold at farmers markets to bring in extra money for the garden. this type of model seems to be picking up steam in different forms and we want to contribute to the movement. if there is anyone out there who would like to talk more about this idea, please contact us at ! thanks kevin and joni

  7. Michael S. Wilson October 10, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

    Great ideas!!

    I work as a volunteer with 350Madison and we are attempting to coalesce some of these ideas as well. We were thinking we could use our numbers — and yours as well as Sierra Club in Madison — to sort of ‘flash mob’ our local governments (alderpersons, dane county supervisors, etc) with letters about very specific issues related to climate change and fossil fuel use, etc etc. For example, I was thinking that at our respective meetings, we could choose one issue — say, the fact that every single frickin restaurant in madison uses styrofoam and not recyclable to-go containers — and write very brief letters to our local leadership, toss in 50 cents for a stamp, and send ’em all off to the local gov. (Letters are much much better than emails or postcards, as research has shown that action, like opening a letter, will form a deeper memory and gives greater urgency to the issue at hand.) We are wondering if you’d like to join us, or we can help you in your initiatives, or somehow bring these ideas together. Not only would this help our planet, but when citizens see things actually changing, it gives them hope and will, I think, make them want to join a movement that is getting things done. for the time being, we are referring to this action as “Message Based Flash Point Initiatives”. Please contact me if you can think of ways we can help each other out. We’d love to have loads and loads of letters written about a particular subject each month. Keep up the good work! Michael for 350Madison walkandwrite(at)riseup(dot)net.

  8. janice Knapp-Cordes February 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Hi. I’m a member of Transition Framingham in Massachusetts. My husband and I are planning to retire to Madison in about two years, so I just googled Transition Madison. I noticed that your archives stop at 2012. How are things going now?
    Looking forward to meeting you –
    Janice Knapp-Cordes

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