The first Great Waiheke Plum Drive, was an event powered by Ooooby. It was an idea driven by the observation that there is an abundance of fruit in this community (it's probably true in your community too), which falls to the ground to rot. By hiring a community hall and inviting lots of people to bring plums and jars, and by providing them… Continue
The number of farms grew by 4% between 2002 and 2007. The following quote is taken from a larger article with the following headings: More small farms - More local distribution - Celebrity leadership - Victory garden redux - More entrepreneurs selling local - School gardens.- Changes ahead in the agriculture business model. The quiet revolution is well underway.
Land owned by the Royal Family, local authorities and large businesses should be handed to the public to be used as allotments, an independent think tank said today.
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An adult school "Marunouchi Morning University" was launched in April 2009 in Marunouchi, the area near Tokyo Station and the business center of Tokyo. The school is organized by the Marunouchi Morning University Planning Board, consisting of NPOs, a general incorporated association and some other entities. Among the many courses offered, the agriculture class has become one of the most popular. The classes start in the early morning at 7:30, and many… Continue
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Will Allen, a farmer of Bunyonesque proportions, ascended a berm of wood chips and brewer’s mash and gently probed it with a pitchfork. “Look at this,” he said, pleased with the treasure he unearthed. A writhing mass of red worms dangled from his tines. He… Continue
Added by James Samuel on July 8, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments
Would you defend it by pointing out the abundance of choices offered in today’s average supermarket, estimated to be over 45,000 items? Would you…Continue
While in many ways the Transition Initiative is new, it often finds its roots in the past, in a practical make-do-and-mend attitude. There is an interesting emphasis on “re-skilling” communities in traditional building and organic gardening, for example: crafts that were taken for granted two generations ago but are now often forgotten. Mandy Dean, who helped set up a Transition Initiative in her community in Wales, describes how her group bought root… Continue
A Brooklyn walkway is to be transformed into a community orchard with free fruit. The Brooklyn Transition Group has support from Wellington City Council to plant fruit trees on public land next to a track between Harrison and Garfield streets.
Royal Vegetable Garden Takes Root
Added by James Samuel on June 6, 2009 at 10:19pm — No Comments
One of the most aggravating situations is finding you're out of a certain ingredient when you're already committed to the recipe. Sometimes, though, you've got a satisfactory substitution at hand. It just takes a little know-how...
Added by James Samuel on June 3, 2009 at 4:30am — No Comments
Organic farming just got gubernatorial. The US Department of Agriculture just announced funding for a new organics initiative--and Obama's going to give $50 million in funding for farmers to make the switch to organic. Farmers will now be able to apply for funds that will aid them in making the transition to organic. And even though $50 million isn't a whole hell of a lot in the $787 billion stimulus scheme of things, it's nonetheless a nice boost for… Continue
A huge thank you to Claire, who sent me an email to say she had read my diary and had a whole lot of seedlings I could have. She was moving house and I could help myself from her garden. I did! And without her help I would have very little to report on the gardening front.…
Added by James Samuel on May 10, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments
Making farmers cool again
Added by James Samuel on May 8, 2009 at 5:24am — No Comments
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Dawn Snider is hoping to deepen the shade of her faded green thumb. It’s been almost three decades since she’s had a garden, but she can still remember the taste of backyard tomatoes, squash and herbs. “It’s been a while, but I’m a gardener at heart,” the Minnesota native said as she and her partner, Bruce White, spread a load of rich, black soil into a small plot at the Johnson Farm community garden. After a long stint living in the… Continue
Added by James Samuel on May 4, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Here's another style of gardening. Could be fun to experiment with...
Added by James Samuel on May 1, 2009 at 4:33pm — No Comments