Tuesday, March 1, 2016

SixTwelve is Greening Up OKC!

There's a pretty cool place here in Oklahoma City that you may or may not have heard of... yet. It occupies a beautifully (and sustainably) renovated historic building located in the Paseo Arts District. It's a progressive and visionary community/events center with a calendar full of events and classes such as needlepoint, growing mushrooms, gardening, music, art, sustainable living, and many other interesting topics. They also have living spaces for artists in residence and run an innovative Pre-K Program as well as an After School Program. This place is leading the way to a greener and more creative Oklahoma City! This place is SixTwelve. 

I'm so very excited about this place! A big THANK YOU goes to founders Amy Young and James Varnum. What a wonderful vision they had when they rescued this beautiful building from demolition and built up a dream around green living and creativity. That dream of theirs is a gift to the rest of us. So, thank you guys for all of your hard work on this beautiful place and for sharing it with the community.

Six Twelve is located at 612 NW 29th Street

I recently took my daughter to workshop at SixTwelve called Pollinator Pals, which was organized for kids. They made mason bee homes and seed bombs, played with worms, and planted a wildflower garden. She got to use a power drill for the first time, which was both awesome and terrifying, but she totally rocked it. I thought this workshop was such a great way to get kids interested and involved in conservation while letting them also play and have fun. So, when I heard that they're hosting a Spring Break Urban Farm Camp I decided to help spread the word! "Farmer Paul" taught the Pollinator Pals workshop and did a great job. He's really good with kids! He'll also be teaching the Urban Farm Spring Break Camp along with Amy Young and a few volunteers.

Parents, if you're looking for a Spring break camp for your kids, this is perfect! This is what Spring is all about. When the weather starts to warm up, the world around us "springs" back to life. I'm a strong believer in living in harmony with the seasons and this is a great way to get kids to notice and observe the world around them and the natural cycles of life, especially city kids. I've noticed a disconnect among kids these days and I think it's really important that they have a greater appreciation of the world around them. Spring is a season of growth. Why not help grow your kiddos knowledge of the natural world?

SixTwelve's Urban Farm Spring Break Camp is set for the week of March 14th—March 18th. It's for kids ages 6-12. If you're looking for a unique experience for your kids over Spring break, I would highly recommend this camp! They're going to learn about bugs, plants, seeds, dirt, and mushrooms, explore composting, play with pygmy goats and hay bales... I even heard there may even be tractor on location. On Wednesday, there will be a blacksmith doing some skill sharing, and on Friday they'll be making a farm-to-table meal from some of the edibles growing on location at SixTwelve as well as food from a few local farmers. There is limited space for this camp, so if you're interested go sign up asap!

SixTwelve's mission is to be a beacon for the community and to create a network of sharing - Sharing skills, sharing food, sharing space, and sharing knowledge. In the future, they hope to branch further out into the community with some pretty exciting projects. Guerrilla gardening may or may not have been mentioned ;)

I myself will definitely be keeping an eye on their calendar of events and attending as many as I can. Here are a few of the upcoming events for March:

March 3rd - Bargello Needlepoint Class
March 14th—18th - SixTwelve Urban Farm Spring Break Camp
March 19th - FUNgi Forever (you get to bring home a 5 gallon bucket of inoculated straw that will grow into Oyster Mushroom, Yum!
March 26th - SixTwelve Bake Off and Cake Walk

I really hope that all of you fellow Oklahoma City friends throw your support behind this amazing place and check out their calendar as well! I hope to watch SixTwelve grow and thrive for years to come!

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