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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Sandor Katz to Speak in Los Angeles

“Fermentation fetishist” Sandor Katz will be leading a hands on workshop here in Los Angeles on Wednesday September 19, from 7-10pm at: Community Hall of Holy Nativity Church6700 West 83rd, Westchester/LA 90045$25 prepaid, $30 at the door – supports the ongoing work of the Environmental Change-Makers Autographed copies of The Art of Fermentation available for $25 Space is limited — Reserve your spot now!  Your check hold...

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Saturday Linkages: From Plastic Bottle Kayaks to Canine Staircases

...ty.ksu.edu/blog/155901/12 /08/23/do-companies-really-need-babysitters-china-stiff-arms-fda-jerky-pet-treat-testi#.UDa6kfTHEpw.twitter  …       Gardening Letting Things Go in the Garden (on purpose) http:// shar.es/77QaJ   Community  A vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age: http://www. nfb.ca/film/radiant_c ity/  … RT @theurbanologist: Tourists & Angelenos alike will find this 1907 map of streetcar routes in LA most helpful: http...

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How to Order Bare Root Fruit Trees

...re root trees are a great way to save money. The time to order, for delivery next year, is now. Some tips: Choose carefully–talk to people in your area with fruit trees and see what grows well. Visit botanical gardens, community gardens or talk to farmers in your area. Plant varieties you can’t buy at the supermarket. Consider aesthetics. I planted a Red Baron peach in my mom’s yard and the tree not only produces delicious fru...

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The Return of the Fraternal Society

...tee that you’ll meet people different (by race, economic class, profession) than yourself. And Facebook is just about making Mark Zuckerberg rich. Fraternal organizations may or may not be the best vehicle for building community, I’m not entirely sure. But I think we will see their revival soon. I’m very interested in hearing what you think of the idea. Do you belong to a fraternal group? Do you think it’s an idea whose t...

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Disconnect to Reconnect: Ditching the “Flushie” for a Composting Toilet

...Earth. This has always been the way. Now is the opportunity to revisit this connection. Pooping into sawdust allows you to observe your waste, an indicator of healthy body function. This is commonly understood in the medical community be it Western, Aruvedic or Chinese. Human waste is a source of healthy soil if properly composted. (subset of consideration #1) It is sane and safe to compost your human waste if you are a competent (read: very exp...

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How To Design a Garden Step I: Identifying Goals

...iving room. Trust me, after years of misguided gardening design, your first step should be to identify goals. Making a List of Goals Sit down and think of what you want the garden to do. This applies to a residential space, a community garden plot, a school garden, anywhere. Include everyone who will use the space in the process. Kelly and I sat down a few months ago and came up with the following ideas about what our garden should provide: sola...

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National Wildlife Federation Teams with Scotts

...oo narrow an idea of what constitutes “wildlife”. And perhaps the era of big non-profit organizations like the NWF, that are little more than a mailing list, is over. We need more grass roots organizations at the community level that consist of actual people meeting face to face to do things like building school gardens, teaching permaculture and making our neighborhoods safer. For more background on this controversy see Garden Rant....

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Support AB 1616 To Make Bake Sales Legal in California

...ill finally allow people in California to legally sell bread [and other "non-hazardous" food such as honey, jams and jellies] they bake at home! The Los Angeles Bread Bakers helped draft the legislation and will be organizing community support for it over the next few months. If all goes well, the bill will be signed into law by the governor by the end of the summer. But, of course, it will take a lot of work to make sure this happens, including...

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