June 2010 Blog Posts (41)

sorghum syrup

Well, we finally harvested our sorghum, you are supposed to wait until the seed heads form but they started and stopped due to the cold weather , luckily we have only had one light frost so far this winter so we could leave it a little longer, we kept cutting little bits to see if it had developed sweetness and it finally did so the kids set to with the loppers. They were willing…


Added by Kali on June 30, 2010 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

Comparing the Structure, Size, and Performance of Local and Mainstream Food Supply Chains

This is a thorough report that seems to be quite unbiased around the local and mainstream food options (although I have only read the summary so far). You can read the summary here and the full report here. (full report may take some time to…


Added by Pete Russell on June 27, 2010 at 11:47am — No Comments

What is Biodynamic Farming?

This little intro shows an example of a small farm that uses biodynamic principles. Until recently I was fairly ignorant of biodynamics. Having attended a weekend course lately I was able to experience the method directly.

To me it seems like a benign technique and from what I can tell works wonders. There is however contention among farmers as to the validity of biodynamics because it doesn't directly subscribe to modern science. Rudolf…


Added by Pete Russell on June 26, 2010 at 12:36pm — No Comments

Club de educación ambiental y desarrollo sustentable - Environmental education and sustainable development club

Place : Colegio Republica del Brasil

Area of work: Ecology and environmental sciences - Ecología y Ciencias Ambientales

Location: San Esteban City, Los Andes Province, Chile - San Esteban, Los Andes, Chile

De que se trata el Proyecto ?

Envolver a los estudiantes del colegio Republica del Brasil dentro del…


Added by EnvironmentalEducation Programme on June 25, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

Green roof on a garden studio in England

while its not veges, it could be!!

Completed in April, 2004, the 5m x 4m Garden Studio is cut into a 1 in 3 hillside, self-built in autumn 2003/spring 2004, entirely in timber and entirely suspended (walls and… Continue

Added by Denise on June 23, 2010 at 11:06am — 1 Comment

Solar Dehydrator - Phase One

I recently came across solar driers completely by accident while researching biodigestors. A strange thing finding food mixed up with faecal matters...anyway, I quite liked the idea of drying fruit and veg when there is excess and abundance available in my garden and in the wild. Especially when it doesn't involve consuming electricity in doing so. I've had small electrical dehydrators, they seem very energy…


Added by Tim Ryan on June 22, 2010 at 5:51pm — 4 Comments

The Changing Politics of Food: Remaking "Tradition" - Harriet Friedmann

This essay by Harriet Friedmann has had the most clarifying and profound effect on my understanding of the global food challenge that we face today.…


Added by Pete Russell on June 22, 2010 at 12:12am — 1 Comment

Winter Solstice garden actionings

The random weather combined with mass assignments all due at once has seen my garden action days somewhat limited the last month.....but with the last project handed in and many a beauts day lately, ive been reminded of just why i got into gardening in the first place, and how nice it is to just lose track of time and be outside getting amongst it.

Its so easy to get bogged down in non-action gardening life, reading books, making plans.... but to be back with my hands in the soil…


Added by Bridge Scully on June 21, 2010 at 4:03pm — 1 Comment

Farmers markets grow up, take off



Added by Pete Russell on June 21, 2010 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Biodynamic compost bed - a step by step guide

This weekend I participated in a wonderful Biodynamic workshop under the leadership of Peter Proctor and Rachel Pomeroy (in blue with cream beanie). We learned an incredible amount in a very short span of time. Here is a photo documentary of the steps we took to build this fabulous compost bed.…


Added by Pete Russell on June 21, 2010 at 8:42am — 5 Comments

Urban farms: can you source a complete meal from inside the M25?

From quail in the East End to honey bees in King's Cross, Carole Cadwalladr goes in search of all the ingredients for a meal sourced as close as possible to her London home.

There are some places you just don't expect to find a pig, and although I haven't thought extensively before about all the very many different places where I wouldn't expect to find one, if I had, an executive housing estate in Romford would probably figure quite highly.

It's dark when I… Continue

Added by James Samuel on June 20, 2010 at 11:15pm — No Comments

Mid winter - a new beginning


Added by James Samuel on June 19, 2010 at 4:50pm — 1 Comment

eating weeds and making seeds

I shook down my vegetables that went to seed. I spread the seed far and wide over the garden. Part experiment, part lazy gardener style, but all toward a master plan of establishing some year round veges that take care of themselves and provide shelter, a living mulch, and, of course, fresh veges for the table.
It was sad to see, when the mild winter began, the tomato seedlings come up, all proud and with perfectly formed leaves, sometimes purple in colour. Full of a promise never to be…

Added by jesse b on June 19, 2010 at 9:49am — No Comments

Garden Poetry

this is the garden:colours come and go,
frail azures fluttering from night's outer wing
strong silent greens serenely lingering,
absolute lights like baths of golden snow.
this is the garden:pursed lips do blow
upon cool flutes within wide glooms,and sing
(of harps celestial to the quivering string)
invisible faces hauntingly and slow.

this is the garden. time shall surely…

Added by Sean Kemball on June 18, 2010 at 8:29pm — 1 Comment

We have more food per person than ever in history

Growth in food production has been greater than population growth. Food per person has increased during the 1961-2005 period. The y-axis is percent of 1999-2001 average food production per capita. Data source: World Resources Institute. Wikipedia

This is not really surprising when you think about it,…

Added by Pete Russell on June 18, 2010 at 4:06pm — 14 Comments

Just for the beauty of it.

Food has some kind of deep attraction doesn't it? This image is by Dwight Eschilman.

Added by Pete Russell on June 18, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Manresa Restaurant

I want a restaurant like this in my neighbourhood! This is genius. Edible dirt. What a…

Added by Pete Russell on June 17, 2010 at 10:09pm — 2 Comments

What is the opposite of deforestation?

We've all heard about deforestation, where we turn forests into pasture land and eventually into deserts.

Introducing dedesertification. Turning deserts back into forests.

This is a well known permaculture method which has been proven by…


Added by Pete Russell on June 17, 2010 at 8:27am — 1 Comment

Peter Proctor 'Live' this weekend in Ellerslie.

The One man, the Grandfather of Biodynamics, the eminent Peter Proctor will be in Ellerslie this Friday evening and all day Saturday conducting a talk and workshop not to be missed.

Come and learn from Peter along with Rachel Pomeroy about the miracles of cow dung, vortex stirring, lunar influences and the rhythms…


Added by Pete Russell on June 16, 2010 at 11:19am — No Comments

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