Permaculture Groups and Government Influence YOUTUBE Geoff Lawton

Permaculture Groups and Government Influence YOUTUBE Geoff Lawton

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=8EgtRexthsM

In our efforts for positive change, while we should be open minded and 
receptive to opportunities to work with our governments, we cannot leave 
all responsibilities to the government alone. Rather, the public should 
take action and represent themselves when their appointed officials do not.

Self-reliance and true sustainability is extremely difficult as an 
individual or single family. The local permaculture groups have been 
such an effective tool in local communities for positive change, 
including influencing local government.

YOUTUBE America's only urban beekeeping store on rescuing honeybees

America's only urban beekeeping store on rescuing honeybees
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiqWPjSC-dA&feature=player_embedded

Bryon Waibel runs what he believes is the world's only urban beekeeping 
store. It's called  Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper and Waibel, who uses 
the handle 006, does seem to believe that he/ the store/ urban 
beekeepers are serving a cause.
"It would not surprise me at all if the future of the honeybee itself is 
in urban beekeeping," he says, "It would not surprise me at all."

For those not familiar with the problem with bees, the threat is Colony 
Collapse Disorder: a phenomenon wherehoneybees worldwide are 
disappearing. No one knows the cause though some point to a combination 
of pests and environmental pathogens like pesticides and GM crops.
The secret of urban bees

Waibel thinks the solution could be urban bee hives and he's not alone. 
French beekeeper's association Unaf found that urban bees are up to four 
times as productive as their rural cousins because they have a wider 
variety of plant life for pollination and aren't exposed to pesticides 
like their country counterparts.

It seems the plight of the bees has politicized urban homesteaders to do 
their part. "Urban beekeeping I would say it's increased at least 3 or 4 
fold over the last 3 years." And he says this jump in beekeeping 
enthusiasm merged neatly with press coverage of Colony Collapse Disorder 
and increased public perception in the importance of honeybees.
Langstroth hives and mead-making goods

To arm all these newly recruited urban warriors, Her Majesty's Secret 
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Brook Sarson | 3 Jan 21:31 2012

one week left to help Seeds get their greenhouse

Hey Fellow Concerned Citizens, 

The Urban Farm at City College is in its last days of fundraising through the kickstarter program for a greenhouse. 

Did you check out the prizes at the upper levels?   They need to raise another $7K in a week. A couple of the gifts for pledging $$ are: $750 - a 10x10 veggie garden installed by farm apprentices, $1000 - a dinner for you and 10 friends at the farm or at your house provided by the farmers from the program with organic produce from the garden! 

Do you know of any event coming up where people may be interested in donating a 10x10 veggie garden or a Farm-to-Table dinner for 10 friends for an auction item.  If enough of people come together on one of these amounts to donate one of these gifts to an event, it would double your money's effect: Helping City College, helping your organization! Do you know 7-10 friends who can donate $100?  Every little bit helps the farm. Just in the last few days, they more than doubled their pledges. 

Or just pledge $10 to the farm, anything helps!

Thanks for your care!

Brook Sarson
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<span class="Apple-style-span">Hey Fellow Concerned Citizens,&nbsp;<br><br></span><div><span class="Apple-style-span">The Urban Farm at City College is in its last days of fundraising through the kickstarter program for a greenhouse.&nbsp;</span></div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span"><a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1243018777/seedscity-urban-farm-shoots-greenhouse">http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1243018777/seedscity-urban-farm-shoots-greenhouse</a></span></div>
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<span class="Apple-style-span">Did you check out the prizes at the upper levels? &nbsp;&nbsp;They need to raise another $7K in a week. A couple of the gifts for pledging $$ are: $750 - a 10x10 veggie garden installed by farm apprentices, $1000 - a dinner for you and 10 friends at the farm or at your house provided by the farmers from the program with organic produce from the garden!&nbsp;<br><br>Do you know of any event coming up where people may be interested in donating a 10x10 veggie garden or a Farm-to-Table dinner for 10 friends for an auction item. &nbsp;If enough of people come together on one of these amounts to donate one of these gifts to an event, it would double your money's effect: Helping City College, helping your organization! Do you know 7-10 friends who can donate $100? &nbsp;Every little bit helps the farm. Just in the last few days, they more than doubled their pledges.&nbsp;<br><br>Or just pledge $10 to the farm, anything helps!<br><br></span>Thanks for your care!</div>
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Room at Eco-Home available


Dear  Friends:

Longtime resident of Eco-Home, J.C. Earle has moved to Vermont and I'm looking for a new housemate. 

I'm putting out the word to you all first because I think "permies" and "city repairists" are more likely to
share my values (care for the earth, care for each other, sharing excess), be interested in food gardening
and living more sustainably in an urban setting.  J.C. and I met in one of Larry Santoyo's classes. 

Eco-Home has a backyard organic orchard and veggie garden we maintain together.  And that's part of the
deal.  Residents help maintain the property, gardens and house.  There are only two of us, so it's not an
insignificant amount of maintenance work that each of us do.

Eco-Home is located in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles.  The room is now available.

Call me at 323-662-5207 or e-mail me at < JuliaSR@... > if you're
interested and would like to come to take a look and meet me.  I will ask for financial, job and personal
references. 

Best,
Julia
John Valenzuela | 9 Jan 18:06 2012
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Hello fruit lovers,
Are you ready for the 15 different Fruit Wood Scion Exchanges throughout California and beyond? Do you have your 'shopping list' of fruit varieties ready to go?

Here the 'fruity videos' page with the latest video to help you "Make the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange, Selecting Varieties", along with the other videos in the series: "Scion Exchange Collecting Scions", "Making the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange, What to Bring", and another unique video- "Fruitfully Yours".

Selecting Varieties-
This latest video outlines 5 considerations to help you choose from the hundreds of varieties you will encounter at the scion exchanges:
1. Fruit Qualities
2. Climate Considerations
3. Pollination Needs
4. Graft Compatibility or Rooting Ability
5. Historical and Cultural Importance

find a list of all the Fruit Wood Scion Exchanges throughout California here:
http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/

visit the Golden Gate CRFG Scion Exchange webpage for more info-

Keep it juicy!
JV

John Valenzuela, Chairperson
Golden Gate Chapter, California Rare Fruit Growers
http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/index.htm

Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens
John Valenzuela Permaculture Services
Horticulturist, Consultant, Educator
California, Hawai'i phone: (415) 246-8834
e-mail: johnvalenzuela at hotmail dot com
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<a href="http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/videos/" target="_blank">http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/videos/</a><br><br>Hello fruit lovers,<br>Are you ready for the 15 different Fruit Wood Scion Exchanges throughout California and beyond? Do you have your 'shopping list' of fruit varieties ready to go?<br><br>Here the 'fruity videos' page with the latest video to help you <a href="http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/videos/" target="_blank">"Make the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange, Selecting Varieties"</a>, along with the other videos in the series: "Scion Exchange Collecting Scions", "Making the Best of the CRFG Scion Exchange, What to Bring", and another unique video- "Fruitfully Yours".<br><br>Selecting Varieties-<br>This latest video outlines 5 considerations to help you choose from the hundreds of varieties you will encounter at the scion exchanges:<br>1. Fruit Qualities<br>2. Climate Considerations<br>3. Pollination Needs<br>4. Graft Compatibility or Rooting Ability<br>5. Historical and Cultural Importance<br><br>find a list of all the Fruit Wood Scion Exchanges throughout California here:<br><a href="http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/" target="_blank">http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/</a><br><br>visit the <a href="http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/scionex.htm" target="_blank">Golden Gate CRFG Scion Exchange webpage</a> for more info-<br><br>Keep it juicy!<br>JV<br><br>John Valenzuela, Chairperson<br>Golden Gate Chapter, California Rare Fruit Growers<br><a href="http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/index.htm" target="_blank">http://www.crfg.org/chapters/golden_gate/index.htm</a><br><br>Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens<br>John Valenzuela Permaculture Services<br>Horticulturist, Consultant, Educator<br>California, Hawai'i phone: (415) 246-8834<br>e-mail: johnvalenzuela at hotmail dot com<br><a href="http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/</a><br>
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Living Mandala | 11 Jan 19:23 2012

Dr Elaine Ingham Returning to the East Bay

Dears Friends,

Back by popular demand, Dr. Elaine Ingham - one of the world’s leading soil microbiologists... is returning to the Bay area this early February to offer her Comprehensive Soil Food Web Workshop in the East Bay at Green Friends Farm.

If you have yet to attend this workshop and get the mazing download from Elaine that will transform and greatly empower your relationship to soil management... it is worth it and highly recommended. 

Participants can come for the entire 5 day workshop or select modules.

More Info Below.

Together on Earth.

-The Living Mandala Team

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Soil Food Web Intensive
An Intensive Course With Dr. Elaine Ingham

February 6-10, 2012

MA Center, Castro Valley, CA


In Association With

Green Friends Farm, Common Vision, Biologic Systems LLC, Soil Food Web Inc. & Dr. Elaine Ingham 

Course Description

There is a whole world under the soil – and no one knows this cast of characters better than Elaine Ingham! Elaine is one of the world’s leading soil microbiologists, with 30 years of experience researching and teaching and an easy and enthusiastic style that brings the soil food web to life. Elaine literally wrote the book on compost teas: The Compost Tea Brewing Manual.

Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a “web” – which can retain nutrients, cycle nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for the plant desired, build soil structure, suppress disease-causing organisms, protect plant surfaces, produce plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decompose toxic compounds. In this course, you’ll look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.

The course will cover the soil food web, soil food web analysis, composts and compost extracts, and the use of microscopes.

Format & Modules

Participants can sign up for the entire course or specific modules as outlined below:

- Day 1 & 2 (Feb 6 & 7): Soil Food Web Fundamentals ~ $270
- Day 3 (Feb 8):  Compost Technology  ~  $140
- Day 4 (Feb 9):  Compost Tea Technology  ~  $140
- Day 5:  Light Microscope Training ~  $160

* Tuition includes organic lunch, snacks, & teas.

Schedule & Module Description
The course daily schedule is from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm.

Day 1 & 2:  Soil Food Web Fundamentals – Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios in this in-depth two day primer.  Not only will you gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition, you will learn how modern agriculture selects for disease and pests.  A must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and healthy plants.

Day 3:  Compost Technology - Not all compost is created equal.   There is a  big difference between good compost and reduced waste.  One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not selecting the different Carbon:Nitrogen ratios for the plants they’re growing.  Learn how to select the proper ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.

Day 4:  Compost Tea Technology – We cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck.  Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) and Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) are the most efficient methods for bringing back micobe diversity.  This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health.

Day 5:  Light Microscope Training – Dr. Elaine Ignham leads this very special day of training on effective light microscope techniques and identification.  Learn from the master herself about what constituents good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level.  This part of the class is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet.  Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants.  Students are encouraged to bring their own microscope.  Microscopes will also be available for a group discount at the workshop.  

Who Should Attend? 

Class is suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners. This intensive course is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth.  Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management. Participants receive a certification of completion.  This course will give you the tools you need to make healthy, site-specific compost for beautiful results every time!

For More Information & To Register Click Here


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<div>Back by popular demand,&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span">Dr.</span><span class="Apple-style-span">&nbsp;Elaine Ingham -&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span">one of the world&rsquo;s leading soil microbiologists... is returning to the Bay area this early February to offer her Comprehensive Soil Food Web Workshop in the East Bay at Green Friends Farm.</span>
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<div>If you have yet to attend this workshop and get the mazing download from Elaine that will transform and greatly empower your relationship to soil management... it is worth it and highly recommended.&nbsp;</div>
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<div>Participants can come for the entire 5 day workshop or select modules.</div>
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<div>-The Living Mandala Team</div>
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<div><span class="Apple-style-span">An Intensive Course With Dr. Elaine Ingham</span></div>
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<div>There is a whole world under the soil &ndash; and no one knows this cast of characters better than Elaine Ingham! Elaine is one of the world&rsquo;s leading soil microbiologists, with 30 years of experience researching and teaching and an easy and enthusiastic style that brings the soil food web to life. Elaine literally wrote the book on compost teas: The Compost Tea Brewing Manual.</div>
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<div>Healthy soil has all the interconnected elements of a &ldquo;web&rdquo; &ndash; which can retain nutrients, cycle nutrients into the right forms at the right rates for the plant desired, build soil structure, suppress disease-causing organisms, protect plant surfaces, produce plant-growth-promoting hormones and chemicals, and decompose toxic compounds. In this course, you&rsquo;ll look at the elements of a healthy soil food web, learn how to analyze and improve your own soil, and learn how to make composts and extracts to strengthen the soil food web.</div>
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<div>The course will cover the soil food web, soil food web analysis, composts and compost extracts, and the use of microscopes.</div>
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<div>- Day 1 &amp; 2 (Feb 6 &amp; 7): Soil Food Web Fundamentals ~ $270</div>
<div>- Day 3 (Feb 8): &nbsp;Compost Technology &nbsp;~ &nbsp;$140</div>
<div>- Day 4 (Feb 9): &nbsp;Compost Tea Technology &nbsp;~ &nbsp;$140</div>
<div>- Day 5: &nbsp;Light Microscope Training ~ &nbsp;$160</div>
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<div>Day 1 &amp; 2: &nbsp;Soil Food Web Fundamentals &ndash; Dr. Elaine Ingham uncovers the basic principles of the Soil Foodweb, plant relationships, and bacterial to fungi ratios in this in-depth two day primer. &nbsp;Not only will you gain a fundamental understanding of the way soil biology drives plant nutrition, you will learn how modern agriculture selects for disease and pests. &nbsp;A must for anyone wanting a complete understanding of soil health and healthy plants.</div>
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<div>Day 3: &nbsp;Compost Technology - Not all compost is created equal. &nbsp; There is a &nbsp;big difference between good compost and reduced waste. &nbsp;One of the biggest mistakes people make when building a compost pile is not selecting the different Carbon:Nitrogen ratios for the plants they&rsquo;re growing. &nbsp;Learn how to select the proper ratios that will give your plants the exact biology they need to thrive.</div>
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<div>Day 4: &nbsp;Compost Tea Technology &ndash; We cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck. &nbsp;Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT) and Liquid Compost Extract (LCE) are the most efficient methods for bringing back micobe diversity. &nbsp;This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health.</div>
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<div>Day 5: &nbsp;Light Microscope Training &ndash; Dr. Elaine Ignham leads this very special day of training on effective light microscope techniques and identification. &nbsp;Learn from the master herself about what constituents good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. &nbsp;This part of the class is essential for anyone who wishes to gain &ldquo;eyes on&rdquo; knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. &nbsp;Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants. &nbsp;Students are encouraged to bring their own microscope. &nbsp;Microscopes will also be available for a group discount at the workshop. &nbsp;</div>
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<span class="Apple-style-span">Class is suitable for beginners to advanced practitioners.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span">This intensive course is for farmers, landscapers, ranchers, creators and distributors of agricultural products, waste management professionals, soil and garden enthusiasts of all types, and anyone who touches the earth. &nbsp;Simply put, this information needs to be central to any sustainable agriculture or land management.&nbsp;</span>Participants receive a certification of completion. &nbsp;This course will give you the tools you need to make healthy, site-specific compost for beautiful results every time!<div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><div><br></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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Seed libraries are popping up across the country and Tucson is on the forefront of this blooming trend.

Seed library plants roots in Tucson

http://www.kvoa.com/news/seed-library-plants-roots-in-tucson/#!prettyPhoto/0/

TUCSON - Seed libraries are popping up across the country and Tucson is 
on the forefront of this blooming trend.

A seed library is much like a library with books; people take the seeds, 
grow the plant, then pick the seeds and return them back to the library.

Native Seeds/SEARCH says it has the first of its kind in Arizona.

"It's exploded in Tucson. It's happening in other places, too, even 
downtown L.A., but I think we're really setting the pace here in 
Tucson," says avid gardener, Martha Burgess.

As people in the area catch on to this trend, it'll only make the plants 
stronger in this dry, desert environment.

"If a plant did really, really well in the heat, then you want to note 
that and save the seeds," says deputy director, Belle Starr. "Tell the 
story and then hopefully somebody will pick them up and grow them and 
then that way we start to get more things that are adapted to our area, 
that work in this area and work well."

"It's empowering people to get out there and do it themselves and know 
that they can be in control of their own future food," says Burgess.

"There's not a connection between the seeds and the food and this really 
helps make a very clear connection, that seeds are the origination of 
food," says Starr.

It's getting back to the basics with shared seeds, planting roots right 
here in Arizona.

"We could be growing food and herbs and joyous flowers every season of 
the year in Tucson," says Burgess.

The grand opening for the seed library is January 15th from noon to 4 
p.m. If you'd like to get started right away the library is ready to use 
right now.

http://www.nativeseeds.org/

RESOURCES FOR SEED LIBRARIES

Seed Libraries Across America
BASIl (Bay area Seed Interchange Library ) Berkeley 
http://www.ecologycenter.org/basil/
Hudson Valley Seed Library Accord, N.Y. http://www.seedlibrary.org/
Native Seeds/SEARCH Tucson AZ http://www.nativeseeds.org/
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library Richmond CA 
http://www.richmondgrows.org/
SLoLA (Seed Library of Los Angeles http://slola.org/
Westcliffe Lending Library Westcliffe, CO http://westcliffegrows.weebly.com/

For Information and Resources to Start Your own seed Library , visit 
Richmond Grows online. http://www.richmondgrows.org/create-a-library.html
Brook Sarson | 18 Jan 21:14 2012

Rain Barrel Rebates and upcoming workshop

Great News San Diego!

Rain Barrel Rebates for City of San Diego customers are here!  The program started January 15th, and there are limited funds, so act fast.  The more demand we show for rebates, even if they run out, the more likely this program will take off as a more substantial offering for the Water Conservation Department.  If you have a barrel/tank purchased after January 1st, the Public Utilities Department will rebate $0.50/gallon up to 400 gallons or $200!  See the following link for details and to get an application:
If you are thinking of getting a tank soon to take advantage of this great opportunity, check out The Tank Source, in Alpine, our local Tank Supplier.  You won't find better prices: 


Also, if you need help getting started, I offer consultations as well as installations for rainwater tanks as well as greywater systems, so don't be afraid to call or email.

In celebration I'm offering a Barrel Making Workshop, Saturday, February 4th!   You'll get a $29 rebate after you apply!

Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop

Saturday, February 4, 2012.  1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Talmadge, San Diego

Are you ready for the rain?  If you’ve been looking for a cost effective way of saving rainwater, we are offering a solution.  Come and make your own rain barrel to take home!  

We will provide clean, recycled, food grade 58 gallon plastic drums along with a kit of parts to tap it for a hose fitting on the bottom and an overflow on the top, as well as mosquito-proofing options.  You will be able to drill your holes and assemble your barrel onsite.  

The class will begin with a tour and educational seminar covering various facets of water harvesting from understanding what your rainwater potential is, how to use your rainwater, how to accommodate runoff in your landscape, as well as greywater use and regulations.  This part of the class will be open to the General Public.  After this is over, I will offer some details on how to make your barrel and we will get started.  I will have literature on hand from water agencies and other educational material for you to take home.

The cost of the class is $75,  If you would like to participate in the workshop but do not want to take home your own barrel, the cost is $25, sliding scale.  If you would like to purchase an extra barrel and parts, the cost will be $50.  Cash or check will be accepted.  Don't forget that you can apply for you barrel rebate of $29!  Also, I will have a couple Bushman 205 gallon barrels for sale onsite if you decide you want something a little bigger.  These are pre-manufactured for rainwater harvesting.

This will be a great opportunity to connect with community members and learn more about using our water resources.

Please RSVP by Monday, January 30 to ensure your spot. Spaces are limited to the first 12 people to sign up.  If there is enough demand, I will open up a subsequent workshop the following weekend.  If you are interested and have a preference for a different day or have your own group of 10+people, let me know and we'll work something out.  You can RSVP to brook-sjebeZ5it0vQT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org or call 619.964.4838 

Water Harvesting Tour 

Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1 :00 PM to 2:30 PM

Come see water harvesting in action! Guided by Water Harvesting Professional and Permaculturist, Brook Sarson, you'll see how a passive water harvesting techniques, combined with a 1525 gallon rainwater storage system, as well as laundry and bath greywater work together to grow a garden of edibles (including 20 fruit trees) using only 1/4 of the water that most San Diegans use each day. 

As you tour this urban farm setting, you'll see natural building techniques including a cob chicken coop, decorative benches as well as an earth pizza oven. Brook will be on-hand to talk to you about solutions for your space and how you can make a difference by conserving and protecting our most vital resource.

There will be a tour starting at 1:00, with light refreshments and materials to peruse relating to water in our community.  You will learn about simple greywater systems, do-it-yourself options, rainwater-harvesting systems, resources, or you can schedule an appointment with Brook to assess greywater and rainwater opportunities at your site.

Suggested donation of $5 will go toward supporting water activism in San Diego. Please RSVP to Brook at brook-sjebeZ5it0vQT0dZR+AlfA@public.gmane.org or call 619.964.4838 and I will give you the address.

Brook Sarson
H2OME
Smart Water Savings
619.964.4838





<div>Great News San Diego!<div><br></div>
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<span class="Apple-style-span">Rain Barrel Rebates</span> for City of San Diego customers are here! &nbsp;The program started January 15th, and there are limited funds, so act fast. &nbsp;The more demand we show for rebates, even if they run out, the more likely this program will take off as a more substantial offering for the Water Conservation Department. &nbsp;If you have a barrel/tank purchased after January 1st, the Public Utilities Department will rebate $0.50/gallon up to 400 gallons or $200! &nbsp;See the following link for details and to get an application:</div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span"><a href="http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/resrainwaterharvesting.shtml">http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/resrainwaterharvesting.shtml</a></span></div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span">If you are thinking of getting a tank soon to take advantage of this great opportunity, check out The Tank Source, in Alpine, our local Tank Supplier. &nbsp;You won't find better prices:&nbsp;</span></div>
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<div><span class="Apple-style-span"><a href="http://www.thetankssource.com/sandiegotank/">http://www.thetankssource.com/sandiegotank/</a></span></div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span"><br></span></div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span">Also, if you need help getting started, I offer consultations as well as installations for rainwater tanks as well as greywater systems, so don't be afraid to call or email.</span></div>
<div><span class="Apple-style-span"><br></span></div>
<div>
<a href="http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/resrainwaterharvesting.shtml"></a><span class="Apple-style-span">In celebration I'm offering a Barrel Making Workshop, Saturday, February 4th! &nbsp; You'll get a $29 rebate after you apply!</span>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Make Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Saturday, February 4, 2012. &nbsp;1:00pm-4:00pm</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Location: Talmadge, San Diego</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Are you ready for the rain?&nbsp;&nbsp;If you&rsquo;ve been looking for a cost
effective way of saving rainwater, we are offering a solution.&nbsp;&nbsp;Come
and make your own rain barrel to take home! &nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span class="Apple-style-span">We will provide clean, recycled, food grade 58 gallon plastic drums along with a kit
of parts to tap it for a hose fitting on the bottom and an overflow on the
top, as well as mosquito-proofing options.&nbsp;&nbsp;You will be able to drill your holes and assemble your barrel
onsite. &nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The class will begin with a tour and educational seminar covering various facets of water harvesting from understanding what your rainwater potential is, how to use your rainwater, how to accommodate runoff in your landscape, as well as greywater use and regulations. &nbsp;This part of the class will be open to the General Public. &nbsp;After this is over, I will offer some details on how to make your barrel and we will get started. &nbsp;I will have literature on hand from water agencies and other educational material for you to take home.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>The cost of the class is $75, &nbsp;If you would like to participate in the workshop
but do not want to take home your own barrel, the cost is $25, sliding scale. &nbsp;If you would like to purchase an extra barrel and parts, the cost will be $50. &nbsp;Cash or check will be accepted. &nbsp;Don't forget that you can apply for you barrel rebate of $29! &nbsp;Also, I will have a couple Bushman 205 gallon barrels for sale onsite if you decide you want something a little bigger. &nbsp;These are pre-manufactured for rainwater harvesting.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>This will be a great opportunity to connect with community members and
learn more about using our water resources.<p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Please RSVP by Monday, January 30 to ensure your spot. Spaces are limited to the first 12 people to sign up. &nbsp;If there is enough demand, I will open up a subsequent workshop the following weekend. &nbsp;If you are interested and have a preference for a different day or have your own group of 10+people, let me know and we'll work something out. &nbsp;You can RSVP to&nbsp;<a href="mailto:brook@..."><span>brook@...</span></a>&nbsp;or call 619.964.4838</span><span class="Apple-style-span">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span><p class="MsoNormal"><span>Water Harvesting Tour&nbsp;</span><span><p></p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 1</span><span>&nbsp;</span><span>:00 PM to 2:30 PM</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Come see water harvesting in action! Guided by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.h2o-me.com/about.html"><span>Water
Harvesting Professional and Permaculturist, Brook Sarson</span></a>, you'll see
how a passive water harvesting techniques, combined with a 1525 gallon
rainwater storage system, as well as laundry and bath greywater work together
to grow a garden of edibles (including 20 fruit trees) using only 1/4 of the
water that most San Diegans use each day.</span><span class="Apple-style-span">&nbsp;</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>As
you tour this urban farm setting, you'll see natural building techniques
including a cob chicken coop, decorative benches as well as an earth pizza
oven. Brook will be on-hand to talk to you about solutions for your space and
how you can make a difference by conserving and protecting our most vital
resource.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>There will be a tour starting at 1:00, with light refreshments and
materials to peruse relating to water in our community.&nbsp;</span><span>&nbsp;You will learn about
simple greywater systems, do-it-yourself options, rainwater-harvesting systems,
resources, or you can schedule an appointment with Brook to assess greywater
and rainwater opportunities at your site.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span>Suggested
donation of $5 will go toward supporting water activism in San Diego. Please
RSVP to Brook at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:brook@..."><span>brook@...</span></a>&nbsp;or call 619.964.4838 and I will give
you the address.<p></p></span></p>

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<div>619.964.4838</div>
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Sustainable Sanitation Workshop, Jan 28th Oakland CA

The Natural Movement: Sustainable Sanitation Workshop with Hamish 
Skermer and Nik Bertulis Jan 28

Please Join the PLACE for a day long immersion into the fascinating 
world of sustainable sanitation. Renowned Australian environmental 
chemist and poo pioneer Hamish Skermer is visiting the Bay for a short 
trip and will be presenting his ground nurturing work composting 
hundreds of thousands of human "movements" at music festivals and 
Haitian refugee camps. Hamish's unique and successful approach to large 
scale humanure composting skillfully integrates the relationship between 
city hall law, ethical law, moral law and sustainable law.

Hamish will be co-presenting with fecophile and natural systems 
innovator, Nik Bertulis. Some of Nik's projects you will learn about 
include: urine integrated graywater fertigation, blackwater irrigated 
food forests, peepeeponics, poopooponics, struvite reactors, zero 
discharge evap wetlands and more.

Details

WHEN: Saturday January 28th, 12:00-5:00pm

WHERE: at the PLACE, 1121 64th St. Oakland (off of San Pablo Ave.)

HOW MUCH: $50

About the Teachers

Hamish Skermer

Hamish Skermer has a degree in Environmental Chemistry. He formed 
Natural Event in 2000 http://www.naturalevent.com.au/ and has delivered 
original composting solutions to events throughout Australia and EU. 
Natural Event composting toilets have been used over three million times 
by up to 500,000 people. Hamish has been a key advisor to Give Love, 
working on community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, 
improve public health, and create jobs around recycling in Haiti, and is 
also involved in projects in Fiji, Cook Islands, Australian desert 
communities, and partnerships with eco-san organizations in US, Norway, 
and the UK. Natural Event's vision is "Changing the world from the 
bottom up!”

Nik Bertulis

Sustainable futurist, infrastructure analyst and amateur naturalist, Nik 
Bertulis works for the DIG Cooperative, an Oakland based ecological 
design/build firm specializing in integrated water systems. He teaches 
in the Urban Studies department at the San Francisco Art Institute and 
is an organizer for the start-up sustainable living center called the 
PLACE. Nik is also an avid gardener, tinkerer and bicyclist.

About Natural Event

Natural Event has designed and operates the most effective, practical, 
enjoyable and appraised toilet system for festivals, events and 
gatherings where people poo. Natural Event was created after the 
organisers of the Festival of Folk Rhythm and Life came to understand 
that the toilet system they had created for themselves to cater for a 
three day festival had national and international relevance.

Natural Event has risen to meet the demand that festivals have around 
the world, a demand that starts with the need to respect. Respect for 
the patrons, respect to the use of water, respect to reduction in energy 
needed to transport and treatment the previously massive quantities of 
waste produced

Patrons at camping festivals in particular always complain about the 
toilets. By firstly listening to the people, and then seeking answers, a 
problem turns into a hugely positive component of the event. There can 
be no real comparison of Natural Event’s impact with and a suck and pump 
system. We have no smell at all, even in the blistering Australian sun, 
five days into a huge camping festival.

Simply, Natural Event is the first company in Australia and we believe 
the world, to design an alternative toilet system that has the design 
and durability to service any demand. Natural Event Composting toilet 
Systems.

Natural Event wishes to give evidence that it is possible to change a 
huge festival or a small group for the better by having a decent, if not 
inspiring moment for the movement. By showing that we can achieve this 
humble aim with large numbers we are also showing that it is possible 
for any sized group of people any where to be able to manage their daily 
deposits with out fear, and with out water and energy being 
unnecessarily consumed. From Festivals and events, to weddings, to the 
suburban home to new housing developments to more primary concerns, the 
time has arrived to do more with less.

Early Fruit & Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California: 1888 - 1945

http://www.arboretum.org/index.php/news/early_fruit_vegetable_seed_catalogs_of_southern_california_1888_-_1945

Early Fruit & Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California: 1888 - 1945
November 27, 2011News from the LibraryShareThis





Since there has been a renewed interest in home fruit and vegetable gardening, we thought we'd look back at some of the old southern California seed catalogs from our library.
California’s Horticultural History
Horticulture is as important to California’s history as the Spanish Missions and the Gold Rush. The Spanish missionaries brought with them many fruits and vegetables from Europe to California and planted several orchards. When the Gold Rush brought a population explosion in the mid 1800s, so did the demand for vegetables as miners started to develop scurvy from their meat-heavy diets. Farms were quickly established and made huge profits.  In 1854 the State Agricultural Society was formed, and by 1870 over 57,000 people were making a living through agriculture (Roske, 259). By the end of 19th century California had established itself as an agricultural empire. Pioneers seeking the promise of riches through gold mining also discovered the promise of a fruitful land.

In Everyman’s Eden, Ralph Roske explains,

By 1859, market garden produce had already passed the one million dollar mark in value. During these early years, vegetable production, except for potatoes, was almost entirely for local consumption. Numerous market gardens ringed California’s larger cities. With the coming of the railroad and refrigerated freight cars, by 1879 California vegetables reached Cheyenne and Denver nearly twelve months of the year. By 1881 steamers were carrying California vegetables to British Columbia, Washington and Central America. As a result of these wide markets, vegetable production moved out of the market-garden stage. By 1899, the value of California vegetables had reached nearly six million dollars (397).

While vegetable growing proved to be a lucrative industry, fruit growing was even more profitable. An 1893 report from the Transactions of the California State Agricultural Society reported that fruit growing was the chief industry. Growing citrus, figs, grapes olives, and prunes was not possible anywhere else in all of America or Europe (110).  In particular, Southern California soon established itself as a citrus empire with over 170,000 acres of citrus by the 1930s (Sackman, 7).

Southern California’s mild climate was the perfect environment to raise fruits and vegetables and it was heavily promoted as an earthly paradise.  As scores of people came to the area in the late 1800s and early 1900s to profit from such an Eden, many nurseries had established themselves in order to service them. They promoted the growing of citrus orchards, avocados, berries, lettuce, rhubarb, and everything in between. They appealed to both the large-scale farmer and the home gardener offering advice on what crops to grow and when and what items to plant in your victory garden.

This exhibit highlights some of the fruits and vegetables offered in southern California nurseries’ catalogs from the turn of the 20th century up to World War II.
Please browse the different time periods and subjects by clicking on a link below:
| Seed Catalogs - Home | 1888-1909 | 1910-1919 | 1920-1929 | 1930-1939 | 1940-1945 | Avocados | Wartime | Aggeler & Musser | Germain’s | Bibliography |
 
Visit our Flickr page to view a slideshow of our online collection of early southern California fruit and vegetable seed catalogs:

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<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.arboretum.org/index.php/news/early_fruit_vegetable_seed_catalogs_of_southern_california_1888_-_1945">http://www.arboretum.org/index.php/news/early_fruit_vegetable_seed_catalogs_of_southern_california_1888_-_1945</a><br><br>
Early Fruit &amp; Vegetable Seed Catalogs of Southern California: 1888
- 1945<br>
November 27, 2011News from the LibraryShareThis<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Since there has been a renewed interest in home fruit and vegetable
gardening, we thought we'd look back at some of the old southern
California seed catalogs from our library.<br>
California&rsquo;s Horticultural History<br>
Horticulture is as important to California&rsquo;s history as the Spanish
Missions and the Gold Rush. The Spanish missionaries brought with them
many fruits and vegetables from Europe to California and planted
several orchards. When the Gold Rush brought a population explosion in
the mid 1800s, so did the demand for vegetables as miners started to
develop scurvy from their meat-heavy diets. Farms were quickly
established and made huge profits.&nbsp; In 1854 the State Agricultural
Society was formed, and by 1870 over 57,000 people were making a living
through agriculture (Roske, 259). By the end of 19th century California
had established itself as an agricultural empire. Pioneers seeking the
promise of riches through gold mining also discovered the promise of a
fruitful land.<br><br>
In Everyman&rsquo;s Eden, Ralph Roske explains,<br><br>
By 1859, market garden produce had already passed the one million
dollar mark in value. During these early years, vegetable production,
except for potatoes, was almost entirely for local consumption.
Numerous market gardens ringed California&rsquo;s larger cities. With the
coming of the railroad and refrigerated freight cars, by 1879
California vegetables reached Cheyenne and Denver nearly twelve months
of the year. By 1881 steamers were carrying California vegetables to
British Columbia, Washington and Central America. As a result of these
wide markets, vegetable production moved out of the market-garden
stage. By 1899, the value of California vegetables had reached nearly
six million dollars (397).<br><br>
While vegetable growing proved to be a lucrative industry, fruit
growing was even more profitable. An 1893 report from the Transactions
of the California State Agricultural Society reported that fruit
growing was the chief industry. Growing citrus, figs, grapes olives,
and prunes was not possible anywhere else in all of America or Europe
(110).&nbsp; In particular, Southern California soon established itself as a
citrus empire with over 170,000 acres of citrus by the 1930s (Sackman,
7).<br><br>
Southern California&rsquo;s mild climate was the perfect environment to raise
fruits and vegetables and it was heavily promoted as an earthly
paradise.&nbsp; As scores of people came to the area in the late 1800s and
early 1900s to profit from such an Eden, many nurseries had established
themselves in order to service them. They promoted the growing of
citrus orchards, avocados, berries, lettuce, rhubarb, and everything in
between. They appealed to both the large-scale farmer and the home
gardener offering advice on what crops to grow and when and what items
to plant in your victory garden.<br><br>
This exhibit highlights some of the fruits and vegetables offered in
southern California nurseries&rsquo; catalogs from the turn of the 20th
century up to World War II.<br>
Please browse the different time periods and subjects by clicking on a
link below:<br>
| Seed Catalogs - Home | 1888-1909 | 1910-1919 | 1920-1929 | 1930-1939
| 1940-1945 | Avocados | Wartime | Aggeler &amp; Musser | Germain&rsquo;s |
Bibliography |<br>
&nbsp;<br>
Visit our Flickr page to view a slideshow of our online collection of
early southern California fruit and vegetable seed catalogs:<br><br>
</div>

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