October 2017

“I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.

I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

—Helen Keller


ACTIVITIES (like planting, for instance–things you can do on a personal, local level)

For the Flying Things: The birds, the bees, and butterflies!

Gardening This Month:

  • If you know what new garden beds you want for next year, this would be a good time to get them started.
  • Get all your left over and harvested seed organized and properly stored so it will be viable for next year.
  • If you didn’t get it done last month, or your climate is warmer and didn’t require it yet:
    • It’s also a good time to repair and/or build your cold frames that you’ll need if you’re planning a late fall or winter crop. Or, depending on where you live and your preferences, you can heavily mulch any crops that are cold hardy and planned for a late harvest–like Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, potatoes, to name a few. Some good mulches for this purpose are straw, pine needles, leaves, or you can cover them with frost fleece. NOTE: If you use straw (my personal favorite), be sure you get straw and not hay. There is a difference, and you can tell by looking at it. If you see anything that looks like dry seed heads or dried green grass, it’s hay. Straw should not have any seeds or green color at all. It is consistently yellow gold in color. You do not want hay in your garden, unless you really love pulling stubborn grass out of your garden beds. Those seeds will sprout and LOVE all the TLC you’ll be giving it. There are no seeds at all in straw, so you will avoid that issue completely.



LGBT History Month 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month  

September 9-October 28:

  • Strut Your Mutt
    • Mission/Purpose:  “Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt is more than a dog walk; it’s an annual fundraising event that saves lives. During the 2016 Strut Your Mutt, thousands of people came together across the country, raising more than $2.6 million to save the lives of homeless pets.”
    • Where:  Various locations throughout USA–Check this page to find the when and where nearest you.     
    • For Additional Information:

September 15-October 15:

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2

October 5-6, 2017

  • Extinction Conference:
    • Mission/Purpose:  ” With agriculture being the biggest driver of environmental change and habitat destruction globally, we urgently need to understand how intensive livestock farming is using up the earth’s precious resources and is responsible for massive pollution of land, water and air. . . .   [T]he conference offers a platform for international policy-makers, civil society, industry and academics to propose ways to revolutionise global food and farming systems. The conference seeks solutions that will enable wildlife to flourish, habitats to be enriched, animal wellbeing to be enhanced and our own health improved.”
    • Where:  Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London, UK
    • Additional information:

October 9

  • Indigenous People’s Day (Native American Day) 

October 13-15

  • The Animal Law Conference
    • Mission/Purpose:  “annual academic conference to address the subject of animal law. . . for students, practitioners, scholars and activists”
    • Where:  Portland, Oregon, USA  “As an annual event, the conference will be held at Lewis & Clark Law School, except every third year when the conference will go on the road to a new location.”
    • Registration opens June 1st, 2017
    • Additional information:

October 16

  • World Food Day

October 17

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty