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A gathering of gardeners

Transition Aromas will host a Gardening of Gardeners on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Aromas Grange

The Gathering of Gardeners welcomes all experienced or novice gardeners to the Transition Aromas-sponsored event, on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., at the Aromas Grange.

Karen Way, an Aromas gardener and longtime member of Transition Aromas, said the quarterly event that provides speakers and opportunities to share gardening success and failures with other enthusiasts. Transition Aromas member Wendy Elder spearheads the Gathering of Gardeners that features speaker Farm Agent Richard Smith who will give gardening information and answer questions.

Way said she finds gardening her favorite activity because “it is something where you can see results."

She said she hopes others will share what they love about the activity in a questionnaire that will soon drive more ideas to give the Transition Aromas group.

A few previous topics included the control of gophers and ground squirrels through non-poisonous methods; a group tour of rainwater catchment systems; a pastured poultry primer; and fruit tree care and pruning workshop.

Other offerings, through the Transition Aromas organization, have included a sewing machine care and maintenance workshop, an emergency preparedness fair and a workshop on canning and using a pressure cooker.

Transition Aromas, according to reports on the organization's website, has been in existence since February 2012. The organization is a small group working to increase the community’s resilience and sustainability by hosting skill-sharing workshops, such as gardening and other community interests.

The Aromas group is fashioned after the international Transition that began in 2005 in the United Kingdom, and quickly spread throughout the world, with the hope of reclaiming the economy, sparking entrepreneurship, re-imagining work, re-skilling and weaving webs of connection and support.

“It’s an approach that has spread to over 50 countries, in thousands of groups; in towns, villages, cities, universities and schools. One of the key ways it spread is through telling inspiring stories,” according to the Transition website.

One urgent need now, as determined by the organization, is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the dependence on fossil fuels, while making better use of resources.

An essential guide regarding doing Transition is published in a collection of translations, including the newest one in Russian.

For more information about the worldwide organization, visit

BenitoLink Staff