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Learning from one another: Transition Honesdale builds community through sharing skills

Katie Baxter demonstrating woodworking on a Barns #2 Velocipede scrollsaw at Ant Hill Farm.


“Anywhere we can in the community,” Baxter said. “In church halls, community centers, private homes, barns, anywhere. This will be a community program with the community basically running it according to what people want.”

“We don’t expect this to happen tomorrow,” Hoffman said. “It’s probably going to take time for it to catch on.”

The basic push of the program will be:

• to conduct ongoing-workshops of skills,

• to form a skills network of people who can teach and who want to learn,

• to build a library of resources and books that can tell people “how-to.”

The time and place of the workshops will be listed on the group’s website, www.transitionhonesdale.org.

So far, Transition Honesdale has accomplished two projects: the creation of a community garden, located at Ellen Memorial Center on Golf Hill Road in Honesdale; and the creation of a newsletter that is both online and in print.

“We want to empower people who can make educational opportunities that can benefit themselves and the community,” Hoffman said. “We have a lot of brilliant people in this community who need only to get linked with others. We want to build self-sufficient people who want to be a part of building community.”

The group has a small number of people involved in carrying out the work of transition. “We will have to rely on our participants if we are going to get this work done,” she said. “It’s a worthy, worthwhile task we have set out to do here in Honesdale. We trust there are many here who will willingly share our vision.”


SkillShare classes
October 20: Salve Making. Learn how to make healing salves in your home. Workshop will feature calendula and comfrey salves.
November 12: Beautiful homemade gifts. Make holiday gifts, details still being worked out, but homemade soap, knitting or sewing and possibly simple wooden gifts or card making.
November 17: CraftLuck! Topic TBA
December 13: Cookie Exchange. Bring a plate of your favorite cookies and go home with a plate full of other people’s favorite cookies. Recipes will be collected. Holiday Hour and open work session.