The Ulster County Tool Shed Project will host two tool repair clinics during the month of June. The first one will be held on Saturday, June 16th, 10am-2pm, at the Clove Valley CSA, 81 Clove Valley Road, High Falls, NY 12440. Registration is required for both clinics.

The second clinic will take place at Tweefontein Herb Farm, 4 Jenkins Road, New Paltz, 12561 on Sunday June 24th, 10am-2pm. The phone number for the herb farm is 845-636-8218.

The goals of the tool bank, a collaborative effort of Roundout Valley Permaculture, Transition Marbletown, Woodstock Transition, and Sustainable Urubamba Valley, and Hudson Galaxy Gazette, are to localize the economy, support farmers and gardeners in need of tools, produce clean safe food, prevent old tools from going to the landfill, and create community participation.
Over the past few months tools have been collected at various drop points, including the High Falls Food Co-op, Marbletown High Meadow School, Tweefontein Herb Farm, Kingston South Pine Street City Farm, and the Woodstock Library. The clinics will provide an opportunity to repair the donated tools which will then be available for loan for this growing season. At the end of the season, the tools will be returned to the bank, so that they may be loaned to growers in 2013.

A special feature of the clinics is the “you-fix-it, you-keep-it” program which allows participants to keep tools they repair. Participants may also bring their own tools and learn how to repair them.
The clinics are also a part of the Transition Marbletown skill-sharing series which has included a class on mending, patching, and darning. Volunteers are needed to share their skills in future classes and to coordinate the ongoing series.

For further information or to register for the tool repair clinics, call Wolf Bravo, founder of the Tool Shed Project and tool repair instructor, at 973-207-9869.