This is a website built around the work of one of the original Permaculture founders David Holmgren. I think this provides a lot of good pointers, but I’ll admit I find most of permaculture to be more about self promotion than about getting us to live more in tune with our world. Appreciating nature in it’s undisturbed glory is incredibly valuable, and once we, or those before us, stick our hands into it we are on a journey, and I don’t imagine a way back. But that’s ok, I can minimize the use of chemicals and the waste my family generates, I can rebuild soil for particular needs, I can even build habitat that supports a whole neighborhood… In the end, we must develop practices that reflects our location in time and space…
Listening to NPR this morning and I heard these people sounding like me…
“I think it’s forward thinking to view food as medicine,” he says. “That’s not something that’s really on our radar in medical education. But with the burden of disease in the United States being so heavily weighted with lifestyle disease, I think it’s a very, very logical next step.”
So-called lifestyle diseases mainly spring from bad habits, particularly bad eating habits. Think obesity or diabetes. Piper says the goal of this partnership between New Orleans, Louisiana-based Tulane and Johnson & Wales is to change the way doctors think about food. As far as the program’s creators know, it’s the first time a culinary school and a medical school have partnered like this.
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John Jeavons has carried on the French biointensive system of agriculture that we love. I came across an expert trainer from Willits back in 2008 who gave me two of his books and a dvd that shaped how I look at growing food. I am not as big a proponent of double digging – it’s hard and disruptive to the soil biology, but if you need some food fast it may be a great first pass. Here are 13 great videos from the man himself.
When I was starting I wish someone had pointed me to Jeavons free text [here] and pointers to his videos: Have fun
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10. Saving Seeds
It is often challenging enough to think about our local food systems. Unfortunately, Globalization has occurred. Our food system is a web of connections that have provided lots of unhealthy food being pushed on everyone from poor children to rich sports fans. While any meaningful analysis of this situation is beyond the scope of our project it is still important that we become aware of food issues on the national and international level. Fortunately we have many great digital storytellers out there. A good place to start is with the BBC documentary on the Future of Food. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]
In the future we’ll provide links to other vaulable resources (films, books, articles, and websites).
Botany of Desire
The Economics of Happiness
Please contribute your favorites which we may share with the community.
UCLA presented their report and an on-line tool at the August 2013 LA Food Policy meeting. The report tacks regulations across the 82 cities in LA County. Their on-line tool allows us to track School and Community Gardens, Farms and Nurseries in town.
The really cool thing about this is that the client is the UC Cooperative Extension, which includes us Master Gardeners, and we can distribute the burden of fleshing out the database and finding ways to plug this tool into the exciting and essential discussion of Urban Ag in Los Angeles County.
OK, so our amazing insight into distributed neighborhood farms is not exactly unique. It’s good to know we’re all pushing for a solution – hope you enjoy this story…
Obviously we are big fans of our local food exchange Ripe Altadena which is a community and a technology platform to support the community and like minded commmunities. Cool idea…
Here is another similar community for farmers…
http://www.growingagreenerworld.com/episode201/ This episode recounts the most interesting people they met in season 1 and you can get to all the episodes and their related links… Cool.
Prince Charles was the inspiration for my use of Comfrey which has led to it’s appearing in gardens all over Pasadena. I’m a fan of his book “the elements of organic gardening” and now he is stepping up his critique of our unsustainable industrial food system – right on…
As everyone who has attended one of my soil classes knows, I am enchanted by microorganisms and through understanding the relationship between them and plants I’ve reexamined my thoughts about them and me… Then comes my guy Michael Pollan ready to share the model that we are not alone. We are superorganisms… Here’s his article from the New York Times Magazine…
Another great article on the deep benefits of seed saving. It’s time for us to have a seed bank…
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
In my studies of sustainable agriculture and food forests I’ve come to own the importance of a little wildness in the garden. We create room for plants and critters to work out who is doing what. It seems the same can be said about our communities. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses and so together we can emphysize our strengths and overcome our weaknesses. So we love the idea of Neighborhood Gardens where the land, labor, expertise, and money can flow into a process that creates community, connection with nature, and a lot of great local seasonal healthy food.
Here is a site in Sonoma that sees things a little differently but are mostly aligned with how we see this evolving.
The Next Course – Pasadena
Visioning a healthier more sustainable future.
Our first meeting was an inspiring success. Forty-five passionate, engaged people gathered at the Armory on Earth Day to share their ideas, skills and histories and, most importantly, revealed that we have the people, facilities and the need to redefine our relationship with our food and the environment.
We hope you can come to our second meeting: Thursday, May 9th, at the Altadena Community Garden. We’ll have a garden tour at 6 and the program will start at 6:15. The garden is located at the corner of Lincoln and Palm, on Lincoln a block north of Altadena Drive.
For our second meeting we’ll hear from Pasadena Public Health Director, Dr. Eric G. Walsh, MD, MPH, who has done great work to increase the awareness of the health impact of an inappropriate diet – as well as of stress and economic uncertainty. He is a compelling speaker whose work has increased support for healthy food and gardens. We’ll then discuss what we can do – what this piece of the puzzle looks like.
Then we’ll discuss Pasadena Learning Gardens’ great passion to make gardens into educational resource centers to the communities around them. Local urban homesteader Hop Hopkins will discuss his work with the Los Angeles Land Trust that will bring a new garden to the Ville-Parke Community Center, and the experience of using his homestead (Panther Ridge Farms) as a resource to the community. Mark Rice will follow to discuss his gardens at PUSD Community School Madison Elementary and the Altadena Community Garden (located in a county park).
The Next Course initiative is a process that will initially work to identify a framework within which communities can gather and focus on their passions while working with other communities. We will coordinate our activities and be the change we want to see. And we want to hear from YOU!
Our initial areas of focus will be:
- Analysis and Policy - Food deserts and where can my chickens live, and doing it sustainably…
- Educating / Resourcing - Utilize and support school, community and private gardens and orchards to build, educate and resource local citizens and communities.
- Production - Produce it: for ourselves, our communities, or our markets.
- Distribution - Foodswaps, farmer’s markets, entrepreneurial efforts and buying cooperatives.
- Funding - Making this organizationally sustainable.
Pasadena Learning Gardens, in partnership with La Loma Development and others is convening and facilitating four meetings with the last focused on our next steps. We take time to get to know one another and our passions and build a plan to better collaborate in this important work. Note that we intend to have task forces in each of the above groups, so even if you can’t attend but are passionate about one or more of these topics just let us know of your interest. We also hope to identify a liaison to all our sister organizations so if that’s you, let us know!
Our third meeting will be in June and will focus on Production and Distribution.
Come be part of this important dialog; where informed community members will report on their efforts follow by an open dialog.
Facilitator for the Series: Mark Rice, Executive Director of Pasadena Learning Gardens, Garden coordinator at Hathaway Sycamores and Madison Elementary School, program coordinator at Altadena Community Garden, Member of LA Food Policy Council Urban Ag working group, and Master Gardener.
Speakers: Our Next, Second Meeting
Dr. Eric G. Walsh, MD, MPH: City of Pasadena Public Health Director – If you’ve not heard Dr. Walsh just google Eric Walsh Pasadena and filter for videos.
Hop Hopkins: Manager of Panther Ridge Farms and Program Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Speakers: First Meeting – Earth day 2013, Armory Center for the Arts
Marco Barrantes: Owner of La Loma Development and author of the Berkeley Food Policy Council report Feed Your City from 2002.
Gail Murphy: Founder of Ripe Altadena, a thriving community of food sharers, and accomplished gardener and fruit tree grafter (late cancel who we hope to hear from at meeting 3)
Elizabeth Bowman: Graduate of Antioch’s Sustainability Program, co-founder of the Altadena Farmer’s market, Member of LA Food Policy Council Urban Ag working group and author of the urban agriculture survey used by LAFPC
January Nordman: NELA Transitions board member and co-founder / designer of the Throop Church Learning Garden
The following two meetings will be announced to the Pasadena Learning Gardens Urban Farmers Meetup, (http://www.meetup.com/la-kitchen-gardeners/), and other community group distribution lists. Also, check TheNextCourse.org for updates
It is wonderful to announce that as part of our Next Course Pasadena initiative where we are working with local schools, community centers, community gardens, and private gardens to resource our community to eat better food and understand what is better food, that we’re getting a greenhouse. Local Girl Scout and healthy living advocate Miranda Allen will use this page to document our progress as she resouces the community through her Gold Award Project…
One of my apprentices has started raising rabbits and slaughtering and eating them. While I’m convinced this will lead to his becoming a vegetarian, I’ve become aware of how completely I’m gotten unhooked from the production of meat and this makes it too easy to engage in this karmic crime against animals and the earth -
As we have learned on my previous post, soil plays a vital role on the growth of the plants. It gives nutrients to the plants which is needed for them to grow. After learning the pH test and type of soil, let us learn how healthy your soil is through earthworm test.
What are earthworms?
As we have long-established, earthworms are classified into three according to their habitat: