Join us for Spud Fest! April 5th

A free workshop on how to grow potatoes. Sale of organic seed potatoes. Baked potato bar with all the toppings. It's Spud Fest! We're having a celebration of all things potato on Wednesday, April 5, 21017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson Creek Community Center, 417 Union St., Johnson Creek WI. The workshop, "Everything You Need to Know to Grow Potatoes and Why You Should Grow Them," will feature three SJ members, all long-time experienced potato growers, who will share their tips and techniques for growing the humble spud in the garden and in containers. Six varieties of certified organic Wisconsin-grown seed potatoes will be for sale; all easy to grow, delicious and popular with our members. And the baked potato bar will convince everyone to grow this versatile culinary star. For recipe ideas we'll have for sale our popular SJ potato cookbook "A Celebration of the Spud." Don't miss Jefferson County's only tater extravaganza!

New book group reading "Prosper!"

"Prosper! How to Prepare for the Future and Create a World Worth Inheriting," by Chris Martenson and Adam Taggart, challenges the old narrative that constant exponential growth is good or even possible on a finite planet. It not only describes how to prepare a prosperous future, but also offers an invitation to better health, financial security, better relationships and a life with purpose, happiness and abundance. It provides a different narrative of living within our means, creating abundance and changing values.

Join us in our discussion of the book. There will be two discussion sessions for each section of the book, attend whichever is best for you.

Chapters 1 through 5

6:30 p.m., Monday, March 20, at the UW-Extension/Workforce Development Building, 864 Collins Rd., Jefferson.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Watertown Senior Center, 415 S. First St., Watertown.

Chapters 6 and 7

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, location TBD

6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29, location TDB

Chapters 8 through 13

6:30 p.m., Monday, April 3, location TBD

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4, location TBD 


Donate unwanted bicycles

Our bicycle donation project, begun in the fall of 2014 when we collected 150 bikes (see photo scrolling at top of page), continues thanks to some great partnerships forged among people who'd rather see unwanted bikes go to a worthy cause than to a landfill.

The Ixonia Transfer Site and Recycling Center, W1276 Elmwood Ave., Ixonia, continues to accept donations of bikes and bicycle parts during open hours, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Recently SJ Board Member Mike Klaus picked up 21 bikes (photo above) from another of our bike donation partners, the Watertown Police Department, and transported them to the Ixonia site. Recycling Center staff picked up another 30 bikes at the PD. All donated bikes are then picked up at the Ixonia center by Working Bikes Cooperative, a Chicago-based non-profit organization that repairs bikes and gives them to people in underserved communities in the U.S., Haiti, Africa and Central and South America.

Books, movies, workshops!

Join us for fun, learning and lively discussions as we talk about books, screen films relevant to our mission and gather at workshops on gardening, cooking and making things. Stayed tuned for scheduling information by joining our e-mail list; send an e-mail to And, if you have an idea for a book we should discuss, a film we should see or a workshop we should hold, let us know!

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