Peak Moment TV: an Alternative to Sitcoms
Peak Moment Television is "an online television series featuring people creating resilient communities for a more sustainable, lower-energy future. Programs range from permaculture farms to electric bikes, ecovillages to car-sharing, emergency preparedness to careers for the coming times." It is aired on WCKN-TV, Time Warner Cable Station 30, at 7 pm Mondays and Tuesdays or viewed at any time on your computer.
PEAK Moment TV is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Communication at Clarkson University and the Seymour Family of Potsdam. Peak Moment explores locally reliant living for challenging times. The Peak Moment Shows are available at the Potsdam Public Library for borrowing and/or interlibrary loan.
December 2 & 3:
#241: Things Are Cookin' at Wallingford Community Kitchen
One night a month, join your neighbors to cook up a meal. Eat together and take some home. We had great fun at this 2010 community kitchen in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Coordinator Rachel Duboff and Kathleen Cromp of the Community Kitchens Northwest steering committee tell about people learning new ways to eat and cook healthily, share resources, and collaborate. The city boasts about a dozen neighborhood community kitchens, each with a unique flavor suited to its members. Create your own: they offer inspiring stories, tips and logistics to get you started.
December 9 & 10:
#242: Small Scale Aquaponics - From Fish Poop to Seafood Dinner
Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter's wastes become another's food. Inside a steamy greenhouse, Jeremy Roth of Aprovecho Center's Aquaculture Project shows us fish tanks containing tilapia just like you might order in a restaurant. Water from the tanks is pumped through troughs where pond plants take in the nutrients from the fish. Plant material is then returned to feed the fish in their tanks. The nutrient-rich water is also diverted to nourish veggies like chard, tomatoes, and water chestnuts rooted in a shallow gravel bar. In this cycle, aquaponics yields generous quantities of high quality protein from a very small footprint.
December 16 & 17:
#243: Seeing the Forest Community Through the Trees
Restoration forester Matthew Hall has a vision for the Aprovecho woods: a managed ancient forest. Weaker trees are made into products while the larger trees stay in the forest forever. He retains nature's changes (like storm-dropped trees). He recruits snags. Tops snapped off of larger trees stay on the forest floor "to create a bank account of large woody debris." He's managing not just for the trees, but for the other communities who live here - soil, bugs, birds, and humans.
December 23 & 24:
#244: A Longtime Farmer Shares His Wisdom (part 1)
Nash Huber is famous for his delicious carrots - crunchy, sweet and alive. He started farming in Washington state's northeast Olympic Peninsula by cultivating backyard gardens and many relationships. His team grows over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, grains, seeds and pork all year round. When suburban sprawl started eating up nearby farmland, Nash dedicated himself to growing a stable base of land for farming. He partnered with PCC Farmland Trust to buy and protect farmland in his region. He was designated Steward of the Year 2008 by the American Farmland Trust. www.nashsorganicproduce.com
December 30 & 31:
#235: Living with the Predicament
Janaia's the guest this time! She tells host Ivey Cone: "This is not a problem. A problem can be solved. This is a predicament. We can't solve our way out of this one, with technology or any other mythic fix. It's something we have to live with." She sees multiple collapses happening simultaneously: the American empire, industrial civilization, and planetary ecosystems - especially rapidly accelerating climate change. After sharing a few ideas on how we might respond personally, she closes with heartfelt tips from the author of "Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty."