Upcoming Classes: Edible Gardening and Vermicomposting

...gning and running a closed-loop vermicomposting project in Chicago  that used 100’s of thousands of worms to digest 10’s of thousands of  pounds of food and paper waste to create healthy soil. She started The  Ground Rules, a community soil building center in North Philadelphia and  developed and ran a two year collective human waste recovery project  Humble Pile Chicago. She is the on-going bio-instigator of soil systems  at C.L.U.I.’s South Bas...

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Get a Soil Test!

...n, and the well being of your self and your family. Test soil for both nutrients and heavy metals when: Buying a house or land Starting to grow food in your yard   Are growing food and have never tested Starting a plot in a community garden or a school garden Buying soil in bulk Property does not have to be on the former site of gas station to be suspect. Lead contamination comes not only from lead paint on older houses, but was also deposite...

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Gifts for the Holidays Food Crafting Workshop

...nt liqueurs, gourmet mustards, seasonal spiced jams and candied fruits. Guests will take home samples and recipes, knowledge and a healthy dose of holiday cheer. Proceeds benefit the Master Food Preserver program, a volunteer community education group of the University of California Cooperative Extension. The cost is $45 and you can get your reservation here. The workshop will take place at the Homegirl Cafe which is located at: 130 West Bruno S...

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The Wound of Separation Invades Every Fortress

...e readers. The interview covers a wide range of topics including the creation of a gift economy, collapse and transformation. I especially like Eisenstein’s critique of the myth of separateness and the need for building community resiliency as opposed to unabomber-style “let’s run off to the woods and avoid the zombie apocalypse.” Spoiler alert: the zombies will find your cabin. Here’s part one of the interview: ...

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Borage: It’s what’s for dinner

image courtesy of wikimedia commons Our friend Milli (Master Gardener of the Milagro Allegro community garden) stopped by today to pick up some sourdough starter. On seeing our back yard swamped abundant with borage (Borago officinalis), she mentioned that she’s been really digging borage tacos lately. This was very exciting news to us, because we’d never eaten our borage leaves–only the flowers. So tonight I went out...

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Los Angeles Announces Parkway Cemetery Program

...ber on it. So it comes as no surprise that city officials are seeking innovative ways of enhancing revenue sources.  Most often a tangle of weeds and compacted earth, parkways have seen attention in recent years as space for community orchards and vegetable plots. With LA’s new program, for just a $375 application fee and approval of the homeowner, you can designate your final resting spot on the street of your choice. In announcing the pl...

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Come see us in Portland!

Tuesday May 3rd: Feel like going out for a drink? We’ll be hanging out at The Tugboat Brewery, 711 Southwest Ankeny Street, Portland. We’ll arrive around 7:30, and will stay as long as anyone is willing to hang with us. Stop by for a brew and a chat! Wednesday, May 4th: We’ll be speaking and signing in the community room at People’s Food Co-op, 3029 Southeast 21st Avenue. 7PM 6PM....

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The Sun Comes

...ay that the Winter Solstice offers us this annual lesson: there is a dawn after even the longest, darkest night. And then things get better. We may be facing many challenges right now, as individuals, as a nation, as a global community, but we’ll get through them. We always have, we always will. Things will change, no doubt about it. The future will not look like the present. As Heraclitus reminds us, Everything flows. But life is always m...

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Erik’s New Years Resolutions

Normally I don’t do New Years resolutions. This year my resolution is . . . lots of resolutions. Here’s the list. I expect you to hold me to it: get HAM technician’s license learn Morse code attend CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes build cob oven in the backyard organize messy office so it doesn’t look like an episode of Hoarders organize supplies in garage into labeled boxes turn the garage into the ult...

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