No need to go spud-less!

Thanks to all who attended and helped put on our April 5th Spud Fest! It was such a big success that we sold out of our entire supply of 105 pounds of certified organic seed potatoes. But, there's no need to go spud-less this planting season. SJ Board Member Buck Smith has an abundance of tasty taters for sale, all Wisconsin grown certified organic seed potatoes from the same western Wisconsin grower where we bought our seed potatoes for Spud Fest! The varieties Buck is selling are All Blue, Superior Medium, French Fingerling, Dark Red Norland and Adirondack Red. All are $5 per pound with $1 going to Sustain Jefferson. If interested, call Buck at his "Jack of All Trades Handyman" business phone 608-345-2361.

SJ 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:

Thursday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at Midpoint Eatery and Sports Pub, 385 Wright Rd., Johnson Creek (across the parking lot from Menard's.) We'll be discussing social, emotional and cultural capitals. Come early if you'd like to order food.

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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