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Get back to basics with series on green living at Llano County Library

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

LLANO — As Tommi Meyers was looking out her window at the land she lived on outside Llano, she thought of all the ways to better use her property. Sure she had a garden, but what else could she do to make herself just bit more self-sufficient?

“I knew just enough to be dangerous,” she said with a laugh. “But there was so much more I wanted to learn and know. I thought if I was interested in this, other people probably were, too. And there were probably even people out there with the knowledge who might want to share it.

“What could I do to bring them together?” Meyers added.

What she did last year was create the Back-To-Basics Workshop series at the Llano County Library. The program featured topics such as solar and wind energy, rainwater harvesting, gardening and food preservation. The response was incredible.

“Last year, our Back to Basics was huge,” Meyers said. “We had 30 to 50 people at every one of them.”

This year, the five-week program returns starting March 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 102 E. Haynie.

“The idea behind it is just to help people be a little more self-sufficient and a little more independent,” Meyers said.

One person who has found more independence is Jannie Vaught. The Llano resident, who has basically created a little farmstead on her city lots (all within city ordinances), is leading the first workshop.

“One of the first things I’m going to share is how people can make a rain barrel,” she said. “It’s a simple way to collect rainwater. I’ll show how to put a faucet on it, treat it and cover it. Looking at what California is going through and our own drought, this is one way people can get and save water.”

Vaught uses a series of catchments for rainwater harvesting that provides water for much of her gardening and other uses.

Along with the rainwater barrel, Vaught plans on sharing ways people can make green products at home, saving money and protecting the land.

“I’ll go over a lot of things, including how to make soap and deodorant and just things you can make around the home that you usually buy,” she said. “It all saves you money, and it doesn’t take that much to do it.”

The key comes down to knowledge. Which is why Meyers first looked into creating the program.

“I knew there were people out there with the knowledge and people who wanted to learn,” she said. “I just needed to find a way to get them together. And that’s what this series does: It brings those people together.”

Meyers said the remaining workshops will continue along the line of helping attendees get a bit more self-sufficient. She’s in the process of lining out the rest of the speakers and programs but promises each one will be well worth attending.

Call Meyers at (325) 247-5248 for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com