Something exciting is stirring in Willits, CA, a gateway to the North Coast redwoods and the Mendocino Coast. We are organizing to transform 630 S. Main St. into a cooperative space, known as the Willits Hub, to help promote sustainability in the City and the Eel River watershed.
The Eel River Recovery Project is focused on making the Hub a center for promoting regenerative cannabis farming for the whole Eel River basin. Previous work with the cannabis farming community by ERRP showed that there is much more work needed to help conscious cannabis farmers conserve water and prevent pollution. The Hub could become a one-stop shop with information on all aspects of farming and land stewardship so that the cannabis culture within the Eel River basin can come into Harmony with Nature. If we can get rent at the Hub for a year, ERRP will then acquire resources to make a sustainable cannabis center happen.
Watch Pat Higgins SPARX Festival talk:
Check out the blessing of the Hub on Friday April 14 by Ron Lincoln Sr., Round Valley Tribe elder:
We have been crowdfunding since March 1 with the goal of raising enough for a year's rent at the Willits Hub. We made it to over $5000 by April 15 and extended our deadline to April 30. On 4/20 the Mendocino Wildlife Association found a donor for $2000 raising our off-line donations to to $8778, and with on-line we have $9808 or 82% of the way or almost 10 months rent! Thanks to the following off-line donors:
Mary Power, Bill Dietrich, Kirk Lumpkin, Lyn Talkovsky, Joelle Geppert, Madge Strong, Marcia Rautenstrauch, Marc Komer, Margaret Koster, Impact Assets, Beth Riedel, Kimbal Dodge, Jason Hartwick, Shane Anderson, Susan Knots, Harry Kaufman, Bill Hiel, Linda Perkins, Pamela Brown, Ron Lippert, Ken Miller, Carol Ann Cox, Karen Gridley, Robin Goldner, Sharon Kamoroff, Traci Pellar, Sally Pringle, Woody Heckeroth, Dalton Lewis, Autumn Whitaker, Alfred Clark, Cassie Boariak, Anne Jatta, Ady Larsen, Mike Adams, Noaah Cornell, Anna Birkas, Ronald Lincoln Sr., Lewis Lincoln, Traci Pellar, Stella Bonnet, Robert Davis, Kirk Pelarde, Linda Palmer, Emandal, Tam Adams, Malanian Adams, Randy Dunn (and more...)
Note about crowdfunding charges: everribbon.com collects fees differently than other crowdfunding sites that subtract site fees (2.5%) and money transfer costs (5%) out of donations. This site adds the 7.5% onto your bill and gives ERRP the entire amount of your donation. We hope you are OK with that, otherwise see below on mailing contributions.
See videos of why you should fund the Hub.
https://vimeo.com/211566163 - Making Willits "Salmon Safe"
https://vimeo.com/209380052 - Tule elk - "Willits Goes Wild"
https://vimeo.com/213077142 - Why the Hub?
If you don't trust electronic transfers, any donations received before April 30 by mail will be applied to crowdfunding:
ERRP, P.O. Box 214, Loleta, CA 95521
Please put "Willits Hub" in note field.
The Eel River, California's third largest river, is famous for its salmon and steelhead runs. ERRP assists citizens with aquatic monitoring and publishes reports on findings, works to protect and expand wilderness, offers public school environmental education programs, and conducts extensive public education about sustainable farming practices. Magnificent fish runs still pass through Willits to spawn in headwaters above town and we could work together to make Willits a Salmon Safe community!
WELL is a grassroots group that is working to make Willits and Mendocino County truly sustainable by supporting local food production and consumption, wise transportation planning and non-destructive environmental practices. The MWA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the protection of wildlife and all aspects of the environment that are vital to their existence. The WEC is the long-time face of public environmental advocacy in northern Mendocino County and its accomplishments include helping add more than 140,000 acres to the Federal Wilderness System.
See calendar here http://www.eelriverrecovery.org/calendar.html
Join us on a field trip to Woodman Creek on April 29 to celebrate the restoration of re-establishing access for Chinook salmon in the near future. Call 450-0155 for more information.