Transition Mankato

New Composting Service Seeking Subscribers

March 6, 2015 by Mike Ferguson | 0 comments

Tired of throwing away your food waste and other organic materials? Be a part of the new organic waste collection project.


Zero Waste, a group that developed out of Transition Mankato, is working with the city of Mankato and Full Circle Organics to develop a pilot program for household organic waste collection at a drop-off point that will be open from 9 am to noon on Saturday. The project is seeking subscribers at approximately $25 per year.

All food waste, dropped off in certified compostable bags or paper bags, will be accepted. Other accepted items include tissues, paper towels, certified compostable containers and tableware, pizza boxes and paper egg cartons.

If interested contact: Katy Wortel or Jane Dow

Reskilling Festival

March 4, 2015 by Mike Ferguson | 0 comments

Re-Skilling Festival 2015

Re-skilling is a word describing a process of (re)learning skills we never learned, forgot to learn, or don’t remember we learned from parents, grandparents or others in our communities. These are practical skills for sustainable living, and include how to maintain, preserve, uphold, sustain and create resilience in our lives on practical levels. Re-skilling provides a sense of empowerment through practical problem solving and creates a sense of belonging through community by working alongside others. Re-skilling taps the wealth of shared local knowledge of how to do, make and tend things oneself.

We have nearly 50 sessions in the works for the festival and we still have room for more local folks who have practical skills and want to share those with others in one workshop session. This could be basic home repair, creating edible landscapes, making your own cleaning products, natural self-care, tool care and repair, making rag rugs, community arts,  gray water use, wool felting and any number of other things.

The festival day will include a Book Swap, Clothing Swap and Seed Swap, a Kids UnPlugged area, and a Free Drawing to give away 5 Little Free Libraries!

Please bring your own coffee mug. Soup and bread lunch available for $5

If you are interested in sharing your skills in a community setting, contact Lisa Coons at or 507-389-4272.

For more information, and a list of re-skilling classes available, click here.

This is a collaborative effort between The Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry, Transition Mankato and Mankato Community Ed and Rec.

Cost to attend is on a sliding scale $5-$50. No one turned away for lack of funds. Kids are free!


Solar Energy Workshop

March 4, 2015 by Mike Ferguson | 0 comments

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We have a workshop for you!


Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. to noon, 8:30 a.m. registration

First Congregational UCC Church, 150 Stadium Ct., Mankato

corner of Stadium Rd and Stoltzman Rd.


Sessions on Understanding Your Electric Bill, SSND’s Solar Projects, the Basics of Solar, Solar for Home and Business and Community Solar Gardens.

After speakers there will be networking and table discussion groups.


This event is free and open to the public, as space permits.

To reserve your spot or for more info: Katy Wortel 507-345-4494,

Sponsored by: Region 9 Renewable Energy Task Force, 1st Congregational Church, and Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry.