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Resourcing communities to create a healthier more sustainable future


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Taking responsibility to craft wise solutions as individuals and communities

Clearly, all is not perfect in the world, and it seems that the best response is to go local, go sustainable, and to go as a community.  Corporations, due to their focus on profits and a frequent disregard for people and the earth, craft solutions that are primarily focused on making the profit and maintaining control of the situation.  This inability to see or correctly value the worth of human beings, other organisms, and nature at large leads to solutions that are shortsighted and may hasten our collective decline into something more frightening than an orange alert…

Here is an interesting example of taking responsibility: Marcin Jakubowski is a physicist who is looking at the issue of appropriate technology in and interesting way.  I understand it started with his TED talk and below is a link to an NPR story on his ideas.

Building A Village Starts With Building The Tractor : NPR.


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Zola / ACG Rosarians

The Altadena Community Garden has almost 50 roses in it’s common space and we hope to turn the task of pruning into an opportunity to educate. For hundreds of years the Rose has been one of the most compelling plants on the planet and we will support their care and propagation through this project.

Each January the Altadena Community Garden and Pasadena Learning Gardens and their new program, ZOLA, will provide a series of presentations and hands on workshops to help local citizens become Master Rosarians. More soon…

A great article about the failing Rose industry shared by Claire Martin.

TheSpec – Bloom comes off the U.S. rose industry.


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Local resouces – old notes to be integrated into site

12 Nov 2007

This page is a repository for our community to collect links to resources valuable to people concerned about the source and sustainability of their food. Our assumption is that organic, local food is desirable for many reasons. We represent a demand looking for a supply…

guiding lights 25 Mar 2008

Michael Pollen

A long NY Times magazine article from Jan. 28 2007

Jan 2008 NY Times Interview followed by a long series of comments

Organic Produce in Grocery Stores 12 Nov 2007

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Farmers Markets – transfered 19 Nov 2007

Seasonal Chef
Alice Waters interview
Southern California farmers market schedule

Organic Farms 12 Nov 2007

The San Diego Farm Bureau has a lot of info about organic farming, farmers markets, and farm stands. I like the San Diego Farmstands

tierra miguel foundation and farm has a huge sustainable farm selling produce and offering educational programs – farm has just been sold to Indian tribe.

http://www.ewent.org/
EarthWorks Enterprises Farm
Organic Farm in El Monte
We provide job, life skills, nutrition and organic farming training, employment, and leadership development for youth at our organic urban farm at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in South El Monte, California. At our 4 acre EarthWorks Community Farm, program youth are employed to learn how to grow high quality, fresh organic vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers and provide customer service at the produce stand. The ultimate goal is to transform our youth into leaders and productive community members. We increase the health of the community through the sales and donations of our organic produce and through nutrition education. By being a community urban farm and orchard, we bring the community together to support health and well-being of people and the planet.

http://www.ccof.org/
California Certified Organic Farmers

http://www.caff.org/
Community Alliance with Family Farmers
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.

http://www.earthworksboston.org/
EarthWorks is a non-profit organization working to create a healthier and more sustainable environment in Greater Boston. Our Urban Orchards Program is a greening and food production program that operates with local groups to plant, maintain, and harvest fruit- and nut-bearing trees, shrubs, and vines on public land. In the Urban Wilds Program we partner with the Boston Parks Department to ecologically restore city-owned natural areas. Our Outdoor Classrooms Program provides environmental education to Boston public school children by using schoolyard orchards as learning space. The Setback Tree Project is a one-year pilot program focused in Jamaica Plain, MA working to plant trees on private property near public right of ways for communal benefits, such as shade and street beautification. Our calendar offers opportunities to experience the natural world in Boston through nature walks, volunteer learn-and-serve work sessions, and bike rides.

http://www.earthworksboston.org/urbanorchards/index.htm
Urban Orchards is a greening and food production program that works with local groups to plant, maintain, and harvest fruit- and nut-bearing trees, shrubs, and vines on urban land. Cities usually contain neglected areas and lack green space. By involving local communities in reviving and maintaining open spaces, the Urban Orchards Program connects individuals with one another and with the nature in their neighborhood. The program brings people together to work towards more ecologically sustainable neighborhoods, to protect the environment, and to share the fruit – all of which build stronger communities.

http://www.fallenfruit.org/
“Public Fruit” is the concept behind the Fallen Fruit, an activist art project which started as a mapping of all the public fruit in our neighborhood. We ask all of you to contribute your maps so they expand to cover the United States and then the world. We encourage everyone to harvest, plant and sample public fruit, which is what we call all fruit on or overhanging public spaces such as sidewalks, streets or parking lots.
We believe fruit is a resource that should be commonly shared, like shells from the beach or mushrooms from the forest. Fallen Fruit has moved from mapping to planning fruit parks in under-utilized areas. Our goal is to get people thinking about the life and vitality of our neighborhoods and to consider how we can change the dynamic of our cities and common values.

http://www.pickyourown.org/CAla.htm
Find a pick your own farm near you.

http://gardens.com/go/browse/upicks/California/all/
Pick you own all of CA

http://www.californiagrown.org/imgs/dowloads/road_trip_map.pdf
Map to CA grown fruit, vegetable and wine.

http://www.experiencela.com/Adventures/MA_AllFarmersMarkets_0.asp
LA’s Official Cultural Calendar & Trip Planner
Link will get you to a list of LA Farmers Markets.

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