A.P.P.L.E Center for Sustainable Living Runs out of OPM

Russ Steele

Nevada County’s Sustainability Icon has run out of other people money, how sustainable was that?

The Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy APPLE,  envisions an economy that functions in harmony with our regional ecosystem, meets the basic needs of our residents, supports a just and democratic society and fosters a joyful, diverse community life.

If you remember,  the APPLE Center received Federal Grants through the Butte County Private Industry Council to build a worm farm. According to the business plan, submitted to the PIC,  they indicated the APPLE Center would become sustainable once the worm farm was productive, producing jobs and revenue.

The Federal money has been spend and there is no worm farm and no sustainability!

“In the coming weeks, there will be big changes for APPLE. Look forward to more grassroots organizing and opportunities to learn together and share though book clubs, discussion groups and a skill exchange series.

“As APPLE focuses on these opportunities to gather, we need to simultaneously be downsizing our overhead, which means we can no longer sustain the costs of operating the APPLE Center. As a result, the Center will be closing as of January 28th.

Now that the PIC funding is gone, the APPLE Center for Sustainable Living has been unable to garner enough community funding to say open, thus they are closing the Center for Sustainable Living, as they have run out of other people money.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

17 Responses to A.P.P.L.E Center for Sustainable Living Runs out of OPM

  1. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    Even peeline and Enos couldn’t save them – book clubs and discussion groups – thats all there is, the problem is they never do anything, just talk about it. I guess people really like dishwashers and stuff….

  2. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    I do doubt any of them will mention you called this inevitablity years ago

    Sounds great but try to remove by force Enos’s or peelines dishwasher – washer – dryer and see what happens – don’t think they want to go down to river and beat their stuff on the rocks – just say’in

  3. M Loegering says:

    The worms must have been parasites which is an apt metaphor for lefty idiocy.

  4. The Michael Anderson character was praying the citizens would rise up and save them. What a hoot!

  5. Bob W says:

    With reference to A.P.P.L.E., SBC, Sierra Fund, et al, my question is, do all these “nursing teat sucklers”, that refinement of phrasing so as not to offend Peeline and sycophants, as if I care, really have no idea how “sustainable” income and profit is generated or are they fully cognizant of it and are just out and out embezzling criminal leaches.

    Which is it? Ignorant or criminal.

    • Bob W says:

      OK, after reading a proposed “business plan” for a sandwich shop the answer is:


  6. Dixon Cruickshank says:

    New meaning to sustainable non- profit Bob

  7. Michael Anderson says:

    Hi Todd, that “Michael Anderson character” here. If citizens want to support A.P.P.L.E. with their own time and money, why do you care? I am also glad that citizens support CABPRO with their own time and money. It’s the American way. Volunteerism is one of things that makes this country great.

    A.P.P.L.E. used OPM in the past through the legislative and grant process. I have no problem with you trying to put a stop to that, but I doubt you’ll be very successful. Governments and granting agencies were created by human beings to create things for citizens in the commons, using money collected in taxes and fees. You don’t like how tax dollars are being spent, and it is your right and duty to try to change things.

    Why beleaguer other citizens for doing the same thing from their point of view? You should celebrate living in a country that institutionalizes this process, instead of tearing down that process every chance you get.

  8. To the Michael Anderson character. No, you are simply ignorant of the APPLE concept and have apparently confused them with private enterprise. They took a large grant of tax money, promised to create something with it, failed, and now are kaput. Natural selection of a non workable entity. CABPRO is a membership organization and it is not a non profit. It seems to me you have a negligible understanding of the capitalist system and perhaps more schooling would help in your understanding?

  9. RL Crabb says:

    The Michael Anderson “character” as you put it, is a real person who operates a real business, which is more than I can say for you. I suppose you are getting by on a tax-sucking PERS stipend from the government you love to denigrate, along with anyone else in the community that doesn’t share your narrow views.

  10. Crabb, you are certainly a nasty, angry man. If people followed your philosophy the country would be communist by now. You sideline carpers always go personal don’t you. That denies you any credibility in the world of ideology. What cracks me up about my critics like you is you never hold those who attack me like the Nichael Anderson character to the same standards as you hold me. But hey, you are nothing to me but a caricature of baloney.

    • RL Crabb says:

      Pot, meet kettle…

      • Greg Goodknight says:

        Bob, assuming Todd is a Christian and maybe even an evangelical, it’s unspeakably rude to caricature him as a unspeakably mythical being like the Devil.

        Jeff Pelline as Cartman at least matched perhaps the fattest and most divisive person in Nevada County with the fattest and most divisive character on South Park. While Todd is often both wrong and bombastic, I’ve not detected evil as one of his motivations.

      • No RL, I am not a communist.

      • I just realized you have told us all with your kettle comment that you are no different than me. Now that’s funny.

  11. OH, and by the way, you don’t know squat about how and where I make my living. Why don’t you tell us how you make yours?

  12. Greg Goodknight says:

    So, how much federal grant money has CABPRO scored over the years?

    My father and grandfather tried worm farming as a sideline in the ’50’s. They couldn’t sustain it, either.

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