Welcome to Transition Monmouth NJ!

We are an inclusive group of residents of Monmouth County, NJ, (US) one of 150+ locales here and 1200+ around the world where folks are working together to encourage our communities to take a proactive approach to the ecological and economic challenges of our time through connecting with neighbors, and learning about localizing our food, energy, economy, and more. For more on the global movement, see the Transition Network link to the left. For more on the national movement, please visit Transition US using the link to the left. 

We seek to raise awareness of our options for creating healthy, sustainable communities and to help implement them. We believe that by getting involved, taking action and stabilizing our communities, we can improve our health, prosperity, and happiness. We welcome your participation. We are inspired by the Transition town movement, which began in Ireland in 2005, with a community college permaculture course taught by Rob Hopkins. 

Please join our Facebook group and/or our Google group for the latest activity and to get to know us. We are also on MeetUp.com, Transition Town Circle of NJ. 
If you have questions, comments or are interested in joining or starting a working group, please send us an email at transition-monmouth-info@googlegroups.com.

Monmouth County's TimeBank Needs YOUImage result for timebank

Discussion: TEA 4 U Teahouse (tea4u.com) 
Latest in ongoing green networking meetings
45 Monmouth Road, Ocean Township
(use back entrance)
Wed. April 19, 2017 
7 pm Teatime
7:30 Timebank Review

What's a TimeBank? What does it have to do with Transition Monmouth NJ?
 Why does it need YOU?

TimeBanking means getting things done and connecting with people. 

TimeBanking is a way to practice progressive values: that we all have something to contribute, that many kinds of activities qualify as 'work', that mutual aid and social networking make communities stronger, and that we all are equally worthy of respect.

TimeBanking, as one of many ways to strengthen local economy, is part of Transitioning to more resilient communities (see http://transitionus.org/knowledge-hub/themes/economy-livelihood for more on this topic)

Monmouth County's TimeBank needs YOUR unique contribution to be strong and diverse.

Join Monmouth County's TimeBank 
Hourworld hosts timebanks for hundreds of communities around the world.
Monmouth County's timebank was started by Monmouth Cares, a social service agency.

Some short videos on TimeBanking:
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Come share your experience or hear about others' experiences at:

TEA 4 U Teahouse (tea4u.com)
45 Monmouth Road, Ocean Township
(use back entrance)
Wed. April 19, 2017 
7 pm Teatime
7:30 Timebank Review

Free (donations for tea are welcome)
Email sarah.klepner@gmail.com or call/text 312-388-2011
for more info or help in joining the timebank


Green Networking meeting

Wednesday, March 22nd

6:45-9 pm

45 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst (Ocean Township) 

Tea 4 U (tea4u.com)

. We will watch the movie “Minimalism”and discuss how it might impact your life. This is a great topic in spring when many people get “Spring  Fever” and like to clean up. But will it also make you happier? 

We will briefly discuss next step to Time Banking hoping that more will join the group and help out with smaller spring projects. FREE participation. Tea is available. For more info, see https://minimalismfilm.com/ or contact Kirsten at


The Transition Handbook discussion continues...
Happy New Year! 
Please join the next discussion of the how-to manual for bringing communities together to localize food, energy, economy and more, hosted by Will Stevenson and Jill Kozlowski, at their home:
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017
83 Oak Hill Rd, Middletown (due to postal oddities, this is a Red Bank ZIP code but it is Middletown, more on this below)
Potluck meal from 5-6, discussion from 6-8.
We'll be discussing Ch. 2, 3, and 4. Read the Handbook online at http://transitionus.org/transition-handbook
Read here about the progress Transition is making around the country:http://transitionus.org/stories/movement-coming-together

***At the first discussion, we talked about building resilience through timebanking (spending time not money): http://www.hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1186
Transition Monmouth is an organizational member of the timebank***

Join the Transition Monmouth (NJ) group on facebook, and/or Transition Town Circle of New Jersey on Meetup.com

questions: call or text Will 646-522-1234 (leave message)
or Sarah 312-388-2011

Parking on Brighton or Commonwealth. Feel free to post carpool offers/requests here.
This is a Middletown location with a Red Bank mailing address. Oak Hill Road is west of Rt. 35, opposite Whole Foods.


Transition Handbook Discussion 
and Vegan Potluck (optional)
Saturday, Dec.3, 2016 (note date change)*
6-9 pm
150 Chestnut Street, Red Bank

A gathering to discuss the Transition Handbook, a user's guide to confronting our challenges and joining together to build solutions to climate change and economic insecurity. Transition is an autonomous, grassroots movement with a growing worldwide presence. transitionus.org

Check out the Handbook in its entirety online: http://transitionus.org/transition-handbook
(the link to the discussion guide is also on this page)

Also featuring a vegan potluck: not a cook? a bag of nuts/trail mix is fine..
The potluck is optional, but if you bring something please make sure it has no animal products.

*Free Yoga at same location, 7 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. See Yoga at Adam and Joey's on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Yogaatadamandjoeyshouse/ 

Facebook event page: Transition Handbook Discussion 

Meet Up event page: Transition Town Circle of New Jersey

Earthship Presentation with Matthew Maltz
Monday, Oct. 17
7:00 pm
45 Monmouth Rd, Ocean Twp
Tea 4 U (tea4u.com)

"Earthship Biotecture" homes, known as Earthships,
are created from natural and recycled materials including aluminum cans, plastic bottles and used tires. These off-the-grid homes minimize their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels by harnessing their energy
from the sun and wind turbines.

Matthew Maltz is a young man who attended the Earthship Biotecture Academy in Taos, New Mexico this summer. He will discuss the 6 points of Earthship Biotecture and his experiences as a student at the Earthship Institute. Academy classes, labs, tours and hands-on construction techniques are led by founder Michael Reynolds and a staff of top Earthship builders, electricians, plumbers and plant specialists. 

Facebook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1122772697813003/

Time Banking

Spend Time Not Money!  Learn How to Get Involved

Monday, September 12

7:00: Tea and Green Networking

7:30 pm: Time Bank Presentation

45 Monmouth Road

Tea 4 U, at the White House tea4u.com **PLEASE USE BACK ENTRANCE**

Facebook: TimeBanking Talk

Visit the Timebank at hourworld.org/bank/?hw=1186

For more info: sarah.klepner@gmail.com


Ecotour 2016

You are invited to participate in the 2016 Transition Monmouth NJ* Eco-tour, taking place on Aug. 20-21 and 27-28. An eco-tour is a showcase of sustainable practices. The first in Monmouth county was held by the Environmental Commission in Red Bank in 2014. Last year's tour was county-wide and included homes, businesses, municipalities, and churches. 

This year's tour is pared down to some of the most popular home-based sites from last year, plus a community farm in Asbury Park. It is free and open to the public.

Join the Facebook event page: Ecotour 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/943504999111706/

*Transition is a loose-knit grassroots movement for building community resilience around food, energy, economy, and other aspects of life.
See what Transition Monmouth NJ has been up to: sites.google.com/site/transitionmonmouth/
Join Transition Monmmouth NJ on facebook.com, Transition Town Circle of New Jersey on meetup.com

For Sustainable Transportation: If you are interested in carpooling, please seecarpoolworld.com. Ride-sharing can also be arranged via facebook. 
Red Bank is also accessible by bus and train (though some walking required). See njtransit.com.

Sat. Aug. 20


8:30 am - 10:30 am  Ray and Sue's Homestead



Bee hives, bird sanctuary, organic, pesticide free gardens, honey production, side yard gardening. 

Ray Pogwist is chair of the Ocean Township Environmental Commission.  Email: wanamassaray@yahoo.com


11 am - 1 pm  Kula Urban Farm, with Lisa Bagwell

115 Atkins Avenue, ASBURY PARK

Economic development and food security through urban farming, featuring a greenhouse, orchard, and educational garden. 

Email: lisa_bagwell@yahoo.com



Sun. Aug. 21

 8:30 am - 1 pm GW's Exotic Gardens

  59 Victor Ave,  WEST LONG BRANCH

Owner Gary Wersinger is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ. Email: gwersinger@yahoo.com


A property with virtually no lawn; instead, evergreens, and both a row crop garden and raised bed gardens, a greenhouse, and fruit trees including pawpaws, apples, persimmons, Asian pears, and figs. Also, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, as well as wine grapes and hops. 

Built in 1905, Gary's home features in-floor radiant heating system and solar panels. 

Sat. Aug. 27

8:30 am - 10:30 am Collaborative Homestead

45 & 51 Linden Street, RED BANK 

with Sean Walsh, of Appleseed Permaculture, a sustainable landscaping company. 

Email: sean@appleseedpermaculture.com 

Front yard raised bed garden;  edible/pollinator-friendly front yard rain garden landscape (no lawn, formally concrete pad);  backyard veggie gardens;  hugelkultur beds; different types of composting systems; rain barrel; solar food dehydrator from all reclaimed parts; cold frame from repurposed materials; reclaimed brick patio……and MORE! 


11 am - 1 pm Frank & Sarah's Household

53 Oakland St, RED BANK 

Early stage backyard food forest, permaculture design, urban compost, rain harvesting, organic garden, front yard garden, and fruit trees. 

Frank Corrado is the chair of the Red Bank Environmental Commission. Email:corradoft@gmail.com

Sun. Aug. 28


8:30 am - 10:30 am Wendy & Steve's Homestead 37 Buckley Rd, MARLBORO

2 acres of Fruit trees, berries, vegetables, solar generator, wood heat, wood stocks, water collection, mushroom cultivation, bees, permaculture design, food forests, natural fencing. 

Wendy Weiner is an herbalist and permaculturist who started The Frontyard Farmer, a business installing gardens in frontyards. 

Email: ibikerideski@gmail.com


1 pm - 3 pm   Phyllis Garr Home

20 Vernon Rd, MARLBORO

I produce all my own energy from the Sun including heat, air conditioning, all my appliances, lighting and my car (car is almost all my energy except on long trips). I also have two solar tunnels which supply light where there are no windows. 





Petition going to the networks to hold debates with all four major presidential candidates:  http://www.rootsaction.org/featured-actions/1262-petition-to-open-up-the-presidential-debates


Green Networking at Tea 4 U

45 Monmouth Road, Ocean Township 

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

7 pm: "In Transition 2.0" screening

8 pm: Discussion and networking

Join this event on social media: Facebook event: Green Networking and Video

About the Host: Tea 4 U (tea4u.com) is one of the most sustainable businesses in the county. Apart from serving organic teas and fresh local light foods, the owners, Kirsten and Per Kristensen- both Danish- are big believers in green living. They use sustainable energy, have free electric car charging at the location and have a no garbage philosophy. A beverage purchase is suggested. Light suppers are available, please contact Kirsten at kirsten@tea4u.com or call 732-483-4600.


Seed and Plant Swap

Sunday May 1, 2016    2-6 pm 

Convention Hall Arcade, Asbury Park Boardwalk

1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Join us for a Seed and Plant Swap.. Bring seeds you've saved, and plants you've started, to share.. 

Join us regardless of whether you have anything to share. There will be no exchange of money, just swap stories and information.

Contact ibikerideski@gmail.com for any questions.


Free film: In Transition 2.0 
Dec. 2 Red Bank Library
84 West Front Street, Red Bank
6 pm Film screening and discussion
7:30 Small groups: localizing food 
                               coaching for change (personal growth for activists)
                               other topics TBA*
Optional: Bring a snack to share
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/940532309362396/
Also see Transition Monmouth (NJ) on facebook.

Join Transition Monmouth for a screening and discussion of In Transition 2.0: 
"an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localizing their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.' 

Film is available here: https://archive.org/details/transitionmovie2, if you prefer to watch at home.

*have a passion? you can invite others to discuss it during this part of the meeting, or email transition-monmouth-info@googlegroups.com to put it in the reminder going out next week

Recent Events

Oasis Farm Tour 

89 Sleepy Hollow Rd, Middletown  (Red Bank for GPS purposes)

Sat. Nov. 21, 1-3 (drop in)

Oasis was on the Eco Tour back in September.

The tour, with master gardener Barbara D'Augusta, will focus on the geodesic domes that house produce and aquaponics (vegetable production using fish). 

For info about Oasis, see oasistlc.org or call Mai Cleary at 732-275-5800.

For general info about domes- http://geodesic-greenhouse-kits.com/

Seed Swap: Asbury Park boardwalk, The Market at Fifth, 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park

Sat. Nov. 21 4-8 pm

 Potluck plus snacks from Langosta Lounge- Drinks served

All are welcome, event is free.

Bring any seeds you've saved in envelopes. 

For more details and information on seed saving and how to label your seeds, contact Wendy Weiner at ibikerideski@gmail.com or via Transition Monmouth NJ on facebook.

Why Swap Seeds? 

Meet folks who are growing stuff! Also, localized seeds are part of the way we will adapt to effects of climate change. They are also a good way to avoid GMOs. Contact Wendy for further resources on seed saving as the key to food sovereignty.

Recent Announcements

  • December 2: Film, In Transition 2.0 and discussions Free film: In Transition 2.0 Dec. 2 Red Bank Library84 West Front Street, Red Bank6 pm Film screening and discussion7:30 Small groups: localizing food ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2015, 5:44 PM by Sarah Klepner
  • Beyond Sustainability: Transitioning to Resilient Communities BRIELLE- Oct. 15, 6pm at the Brielle Library, 610 South Street, Sean Walsh, ecological landscaper and teacher, will make a presentation about the challenges we face as a society and ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2015, 7:51 AM by Sarah Klepner
  • 2015 County-wide Eco-Tour You are invited to Monmouth County's first Eco tour, inspired by the 2014 Red Bank Eco Tour. Visit homes, businesses and farms where green practices are conducted: solar panels ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2015, 6:08 AM by Sarah Klepner
  • Your Local Economy: Dec. 4, Holiday Swap Meet and TimeBank Intro Your Local Economy: Holiday Swap Meet and TimeBank IntroLINCROFT- Spend time, not money! Are you baking or making your holiday gifts this year? Share your bounty and talents with ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 12:01 PM by Sarah Klepner
  • Free Film: Transition 2.0, July 31, Red Bank Free sustainability film in Red BankOn July 31 at 6:30 pm, Transition Monmouth will host a free screening of Transition 2.0 at the Red Bank Public Library ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2014, 1:42 PM by Sarah Klepner
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