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Tessa Marguerite
07/10/2014 12:01 PM
Mike and Irene Boylson

Summer is heating up, as is the awareness and utilization of solar cooking. The integrated solar cooking method is cost-and energy-efficient, does not pollute, saves forests, and prevents fires by using the energy of direct sunlight to heat, cook or pasteurize food or drink.

Jackson Rotary Club member Irene Perbal-Boylson has been involved in integrated solar cooking for ten years. When she began to train and educate others through projects in Brazil, Perbal-Boylson said, “people were suspicious and thought we were trying to sell them something.” In reality, they were teaching people how to cook food without consuming fuels, and how to pasteurize water to avert preventable waterborne illnesses. Perbal-Boylson has played a vital role in training the staff of the Calaveras Food Bank in solar cooking. Her next project will betraining the Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County staff about this lifesaving and environmentally-friendly method of cooking. Perbal-Boylson has already done one demonstration for the Amador Food Bank, and will do another on July 23, at the Produce Days event at the St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Parish, in Martell.

An International Convention on Solar Cooking will be held on Saturday, July 19, at William Land Park, in Sacramento. This event is organized by Solar Cookers International, and will also offer classes in partnership with ATCAA. The convention will include international participation by solar cooking researchers, promoters, advocates, designers, project directors and manufacturers with experience in the transfer of solar cooking technologies. There will be three Rotary clubs working with solar projects, and Perbal-Boylson will represent our Jackson Rotary Club.

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