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It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. MORE: Amazing Apple Powered Lamp Related:  Food Issues

Mediterranean Understory & *Guild Plants for Food Forests – Part 1 « Green Bean Connection December 9, 2011 by Cerena Childress This is a great time to install native plants and fruit trees, so see if any of this info affects where and how you place them. A food forest can be anchored by a south opening ‘U’ shaped planting of trees that captures heat for growing veggies in its center area. *Guild plants are plants that grow well together. I am in hopes you will talk this up to your apartment owner, install it on your own property, model your veggie garden after it, share it with every gardener anywhere, of any kind that you know. It’s economical. Our list [SEE IT!] Linda’s List is intended for a Mediterranean climate like coastal Southern California has, one of only 5 in the world. SEE PART 2, the List! Like this: Like Loading...

The Living Stage by Castlemaine State Festival The Living Stage By Castlemaine State Festival Successfully funded on 08 March 2013 Payment portal is now closed Any questions about how Pozible works, check out the supporters FAQs. A$3,904 Pledged 7 Days left A$1,580 Pledged A$50 Pledged 60 Days left A$5,145 Pledged 11 Days left A$240 Pledged 19 Days left Interview with Kultivator, an experimental cooperation of organic farming and visual art practice Images Kultivator from the series Wedding between art and agriculture I discovered KULTIVATOR a couple of years ago at Pixelache in Helsinki. The collective was founded in 2005 by 3 artists and 2 organic farmers in the village Dyestad, on the Swedish island of Öland. This cooperation of farming and visual art practice involves an organic farm with where pigs are raised, cows are milked, potatoes are harvested and linseed oil is pressed. But KULTIVATOR is also a space for artist residencies, exhibitions, performances, installations and screenings. And in between are activities that draw in both the artist and the farming community. Malin Vrijman, one of the founding members of Kultivator, was kind enough to answer my many questions: Wedding masquerade Dyestad farm pig In an interview for, you said that there are many similarities between the way you live and work as artists and how an organic farmer live and work. But even more interestingly, what did you bring to each other?

Vandana Shiva - The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century | pdxjustice Media Productions Vandana Shiva, February 28, 2009:The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century NOW AVAILABLE AS STREAMING VIDEO >>> Click the image of the viewer below and you'll be transported to the Google Video server ... Physicist, ecologist, feminist and author, Vandana Shiva, delivers a keynote address at the Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 2009. Contact: Broadcast dates, times, channels: TBA This program is currently available as streaming video through the Google Video hosting website: >> Vandana Shiva - The Future of Food and Seed: Justice, Sustainability and Peace in the 21st Century. Related Links: Navdanya website Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace, by Vandana Shiva Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis, by Vandana Shiva Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit, by Vandana Shiva Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, by Vandana Shiva

Hacking the World By Nathan Schneider Roger Lemoyne, Redux, for The Chronicle Review Gabriella Coleman To hold an event in the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City is to lay claim on history. The typical invocation at the start of an evening there, whatever the occasion, includes recounting that Abraham Lincoln once made an important speech in the same room. Hundreds of eminent geeks, start-up-ers, reporters, radicals, and admirers gathered that evening among the stone arches and white columns to remember the life of Aaron Swartz. The forces that seem to have hastened Swartz's death were very much haunting the room. Just behind weev sat Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist, occasionally jotting notes in a notepad. Don Emmert, AFP, Getty Images A protester wore an Anonymous mask at the Occupy Wall Street camp in New York City. Swartz's crusade has been much celebrated since his death, if not very well understood by those not also taking part. "I was just floored," Coleman recalls.

Natural farming Natural farming Natural farming, also known as Do-nothing farming or No-till farming was popularised by Masanobu Fukuoka, starting in the 1940s in Japan. The most essential aspect of natural farming is to let nature play a dominant role to the maximum extent possible. Hence, no-till, farm biodiversity, integration and symbiotic farm components and protection of soil cover all have a place in this method of farming. The seed ball technique for sowing has also been given importance by Fukuoka. The immense importance placed on no-tillage has led to natural farming also being referred to as No-till farming. In Japan, Fukuoka achieved yields similar to those of chemical agriculture. Related link on this website : Natural farming succeeds in Indian village To know more about Do Nothing farming and Masanobu Fukuoka, you may follow these links : You may also like to read on this website : Top

How to Build Your Community From the Food Up By Natural Blaze You might be amazed to find out that the price of one ounce of gold could put you well on your way to food independence, or even toward creating a small business. Let's take a quick look at some practical solutions that can empower individuals and local communities by returning to the land, as well as redefining what "returning to the land" really entails. There is exciting progress being made even in areas hardest hit by the current economic crisis. Current agricultural techniques such as aquaponics and vertical farming have reduced the space that is required for self-sufficiency and are providing extremely cost-effective methods of food production. This first video highlights the benefits of producing low-cost, healthy food to begin a process of community building that combines economic concerns, health, and education to start a positive feedback-loop of empowerment. This second video discusses what can be offered by a small-scale aquaponic system.

Bottle Drip Irrigation | I prefer to have the bottle standing right-way-up as I think it looks nicer and it keeps debris out of the bottle thus keeping the holes from blocking. The materials: * 2 litre plastic soft-drink bottle or water bottle * Sharp small screwdriver, pointed hole-maker or drill This can be used in container gardening, raised bed gardens and open vegetable gardens. Using your pocket knife, make 2 small slits in the bottom of your bottle. Dig a hole next to your tomato plant. This will slowly deep-water your tomato plants and most other vegetable plants. You can learn more about this on another website. Only two very small holes are needed at the lowest place on the bottle. I prefer to leave the lids off. Place bamboo stakes next to each bottle. Here I am making another hole slightly higher up the bottle. However, if I remove the lid, water will come out this hole as well as the holes in the base. You can make larger holes, and partly fill the bottle with coarse-sand or soil to slow the flow.

Garden of Eatin' :: How to Avoid GMO/Monsanto Learn why Monsanto and GMO must be avoided. See what companies have questionable seed-buy practices, and who sells safe seed. What is GMO, and who is Monsanto? A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. The Monsanto Company is a U.S. Why does it matter if seed has been genetically modified? These books have excellent reviews at Amazon and go very in depth into the issues with Monsanto. >> The Council for Responsible Genetics has an excellent FAQ page that will answer this pressing question. Other links to read: Vanity Fair article Center for Food Safety: Monsanto vs US Farmers Report Mcspotlight article Government slashes pesticide reporting laws Organic Consumers For more information, just Google Monsanto. Now, who to avoid? 1.

Is An Alien Message Embedded In Our Genetic Code? The answer to whether or not we are alone in the universe could be right under our nose, or, more literally, inside every cell in our body. Could our genes have an intelligently designed “manufacturer’s stamp” inside them, written eons ago elsewhere in our galaxy? Such a “designer label” would be an indelible stamp of a master extraterrestrial civilization that preceded us by many millions or billions of years. Vladimir I. shCherbak of al-Farabi Kazakh National University of Kazakhstan, and Maxim A. PHOTOS: Top 10 Places To Find Alien Life Writing in the journal Icarus, they assert: “Once fixed, the code might stay unchanged over cosmological timescales; in fact, it is the most durable construct known. To pass the designer label test, any patterns in the genetic code must be highly statistically significant and possess intelligent-like features that are inconsistent with any natural know process, say the authors. ANALYSIS: Are We Living in a Hologram? ANALYSIS: Space Algae Invasion?

Russia to become an eco-village nation From the February 2008 Idaho Observer: Russia to become an eco-village nation? By William Klotke Putin has indicated full support of Dimitri Medvedev for the post of President of the Russian Federation. Medvedev, who is presently First Deputy Prime Minister has indicated enthusiastic support for the concept of eco-villages. Medvedev expressed his support of the concept of eco-villages in a March 5, 2007 online conference organized by the newspaper Izvestia and the internet portal Yandex and broadcast by TV channel "Vesti-24." The host stated that the question of eco-villages was brought up because he had received 5,000 emails from supporters of the "Kin Domains" concept before the show asking about the plan to give each Russian family a hectare of public land to create a Kin Domain and the allowance for them to be organized into eco-villages. Land offered "Thus the idea of Kin’s Domains in this regard is absolutely positive and it is related to the idea of low-rise construction. William H.

'Lights Have Entered Us': George Oppen's Words About Hope in Grief - Joe Fassler Five lines of a George Oppen poem about bereavement continually amaze Jeffrey Yang, the author of An Aquarium and Vanishing-Line—and even connected him to a fellow poet. Doug McLean By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. The new poetry anthology Time of Grief: Mourning Poems is an unusual, inventive take on a familiar subject: It explores grief in its various shades and incarnations. Structured like a calendar over a span of 49 days—a traditional mourning period in some Buddhist and Judaic traditions—the book includes a diverse sequence of poems written in more than 20 countries. With authors ranging from an 11th-century Chinese poet to Tomas Tranströmer, the Swedish winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature, Time of Grief presents human bereavement in unprecedented scale and scope. Related Story Jeffrey Yang works as an editor at New Directions Publishing and at New York Review Books. Bonus: A Poetry Reading

Farmers Go Wild by Abby Quillen Going beyond organic, a new generation of farmers is nurturing nature as well as crops. posted Feb 06, 2012 Jack Gray of Winter Green Farm outside of Eugene, Ore., is committed to farming without harming surrounding wildlife and natural ecosystems. “Frogs are an indicator species,” Jack Gray explains, leaning over a small, muddy pond to look for tadpoles. Here on the 170-acre Winter Green Farm, 20 miles west of Eugene, Ore., Gray has raised cattle and grown vegetables and berries for 30 years. It’s a sunny April day, but water pools in the pastures, evidence of the rains this part of Oregon is known for. Gray is in his mid-50s and agile from decades of working outside. They envision a landscape where farms meld into the environment and mimic the natural processes that surround them. Cows graze in a field behind him; wind whispers through a stand of cattails, and two mallards lift off. Gray, his wife, Mary Jo, and two other families co-own Winter Green Farm. The Mountain Lion and the Lamb

Vandana Shiva: Teachers for a Living World by Madhu Suri Prakash While Ivy League schools marvel at India’s economic growth, Vandana Shiva’s University of the Seed looks to the earth—and Gandhi—for guidance. posted Jan 27, 2012 Gandhi once burned British cloth imported from the mills of Manchester to reveal the power of the indigenous spinning wheel; and led the famous Salt March to underscore the capacities of all Indians (in fact, all human beings) to live autonomously, depending on the support of themselves and each other while throwing off the shackles of global empire. Renowned food and anti-globalization activist Vandana Shiva’s Bija Vidyapeeth (University of the Seed), co-founded with Satish Kumar in 2001, is grounded on the four Gandhian principles of non-violence: swaraj (self-rule), swadeshi (home-spun), satyagraha (truth force), and savodaya (the uplifting of all). “Gandhi and Globalization” is a course co-taught annually at Bija Vidyapeeth for ten short, intense days in November and December. Interested?

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