Quail Springs Permaculture | 3 Mar 02:29 2012

Volunteer Opportunities to Install a Dryland Food Forest Research Project

Volunteer to Install a Dryland Food Forest Research Project

Quail Springs has begun to develop its 1.5acre dry land food forest research project at its site in the Southern California mountains.    

Over the next few months we will be finishing the earthworks, irrigation, initial plantings, mulching, and mapping and are looking for inspired volunteers to work with Warren Brush, our director, for one or more days for this fun and productive labor of love.  

If you are interested, please email Warren directly at w <at> quailsprings.org and he will let you know the specific dates available.  

Also, we would appreciate if you have any plants that you could donate that will do well in a cold desert that gets down to 8 degrees fahrenheit and is dry as we only have an average of 6" of rain a year.  A partial list of plants desired for the project can be found online at: http://permaculturedesign.us/media/AA/AH/permaculture/downloads/203453/Master_Desert_Plant_List.doc.pdf 

Thank you!
Quail Springs Permaculture


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<div>Over the next few months we will be finishing the earthworks, irrigation, initial plantings, mulching, and mapping and are looking for inspired volunteers to work with Warren Brush, our director, for one or more days for this fun and productive labor of love. &nbsp;</div>
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<div>Also, we would appreciate if you have any plants that you could donate that will do well in a cold desert that gets down to 8 degrees fahrenheit and is dry as we only have an average of 6" of rain a year. &nbsp;A partial list of plants desired for the project can be found online at:&nbsp;<a href="http://permaculturedesign.us/media/AA/AH/permaculture/downloads/203453/Master_Desert_Plant_List.doc.pdf">http://permaculturedesign.us/media/AA/AH/permaculture/downloads/203453/Master_Desert_Plant_List.doc.pdf</a>&nbsp;</div>
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Trailer URBAN ROOTS Detroit Documentary

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Urban Roots is the next documentary from Tree Media. Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Mark MacInnis, the film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.



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Urban Roots is the next documentary from Tree Media. Produced by Leila
Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Mark
MacInnis, the film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit.
Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a
nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge
a sustainable and prosperous future.<br><br><br><br>
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John Valenzuela | 11 Mar 08:03 2012
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Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest National Attention Yet:

Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest National Attention Yet:

The time for collaborative public poly-cultures has come-
Here are two beautiful fruiting bodies everyone is admiring from coast to coast,
as the wide web of permaculture projects spread spores of inspiration across the nation:

University of Mass. Permaculture Progam wins nation wide competition, the White House's 'Campus Champions of Change Challenge'. Accepting the award next week, a team of 15 U Mass Permaculturists will be honored at the White House by the president.

And, the collaborative community design process and fruit-full vision of the (yet to be planted) Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle, has captured the imagination of the nation, with an AP news article and a national radio interview with Food Forester Jenny Pell.

Let us celebrate these accolades for our allies, while we continue the some times new, but often long term, local work that builds the foundation for a fruit-full future, and a nourishing now.

Details below-

UMass permaculture program wins White House campus challenge vote
By SCOTT MERZBACH
Staff Writer Amherst Gulletin
Friday, March 9, 2012
When University of Massachusetts students eat at the Franklin Dining Commons, they can look outside to see some portion of their food growing in a garden that has earned the university national recognition.
The UMass effort to use more locally grown food, put more land to productive use and give students a better understanding of where their food comes from, known as the permaculture program, won the White House's Campus Champions of Change Challenge as the best embodiment of "the president's goal to win the future."
Link to the full article here:
http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house

Blog on the Permaculture Institiute of Australia by Ryan Harb, U Mass Student,
UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!
by Ryan Harb March 7, 2012
We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve provided us with.
Read entire blog post at link here:
http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/



'Living on Earth'
Public Radio International's Environmental News Magazine
Seattle Food Forest
Air Date: Week of March 9, 2012
Plans are underway to establish a seven-acre food forest in the heart of Seattle. The forest will feature a variety of food-bearing trees, shrubs, and vines, and be free and open to the public. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with permaculture expert Jenny Pell about how efforts like this one can change the landscape and culture of American cities.
link to the entire radio segment (both audio and transcription) here:
http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&segmentID=7

This AP story on the Beacon Hill Food Forest Project was picked up nation wide- by Huffington Post, Washington Post, even Forbes, in addition to many local papers.
In Seattle, plans for a harvestable 'food forest'
By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press
March 7, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the country's largest "food forests."
The park, which will start at 2 acres and grow to 7, will offer city dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the branch.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the people of Seattle to be able to connect to the environment," said Maureen Erbe, who walked her two dogs next to the plot on a recent overcast day.
Would she pluck some fruits from the forest?
"Heck yes, I love a good blueberry. You're not from Seattle if you don't like a good blueberry," she said.
Link to the full article here:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9

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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
http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/
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Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest National Attention Yet:<br><br>The time for collaborative public poly-cultures has come- <br>Here are two beautiful fruiting bodies everyone is admiring from coast to coast, <br>as the wide web of permaculture projects spread spores of inspiration across the nation:<br><br>University of Mass. Permaculture Progam wins nation wide competition, the White House's 'Campus Champions of Change Challenge'. Accepting the award next week, a team of 15 U Mass Permaculturists will be honored at the White House by the president.<br><br>And, the collaborative community design process and fruit-full vision of the (yet to be planted) Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle, has captured the imagination of the nation, with an AP news article and a national radio interview with Food Forester Jenny Pell.<br><br>Let us celebrate these accolades for our allies, while we continue the 
some times new, but often long term, local work that builds the 
foundation for a fruit-full future, and a nourishing now.<br><br>Details below-<br><br>UMass permaculture program wins White House campus challenge vote<br>By SCOTT MERZBACH<br>Staff Writer Amherst Gulletin <br>Friday, March 9, 2012<br>When University of Massachusetts students eat at the Franklin Dining Commons, they can look outside to see some portion of their food growing in a garden that has earned the university national recognition.<br>The UMass effort to use more locally grown food, put more land to productive use and give students a better understanding of where their food comes from, known as the permaculture program, won the White House's Campus Champions of Change Challenge as the best embodiment of "the president's goal to win the future."<br>Link to the full article here:<br><a href="http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house">http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house</a><br><br>Blog on the Permaculture Institiute of Australia by Ryan Harb, U Mass Student, <br>UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!<br>by Ryan Harb March 7, 2012<br>We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can&rsquo;t thank everyone enough for the support you&rsquo;ve provided us with.<br>Read entire blog post at link here:<br><a href="http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/">http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/</a><br><br><br><br>'Living on Earth' <br>Public Radio International's Environmental News Magazine<br>Seattle Food Forest<br>Air Date: Week of March 9, 2012<br>Plans are underway to establish a seven-acre food forest in the heart of Seattle. The forest will feature a variety of food-bearing trees, shrubs, and vines, and be free and open to the public. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with permaculture expert Jenny Pell about how efforts like this one can change the landscape and culture of American cities.<br>link to the entire radio segment (both audio and transcription) here:<br><a href="http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&amp;segmentID=7">http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&amp;segmentID=7</a><br><br>This AP story on the Beacon Hill Food Forest Project was picked up nation wide- by Huffington Post, Washington Post, even Forbes, in addition to many local papers.<br>In Seattle, plans for a harvestable 'food forest'<br>By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press <br>March 7, 2012<br>SEATTLE (AP) &mdash; A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the country's largest "food forests."<br>The park, which will start at 2 acres and grow to 7, will offer city dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the branch.<br>"I think it's a great opportunity for the people of Seattle to be able to connect to the environment," said Maureen Erbe, who walked her two dogs next to the plot on a recent overcast day.<br>Would she pluck some fruits from the forest?<br>"Heck yes, I love a good blueberry. You're not from Seattle if you don't like a good blueberry," she said.<br>Link to the full article here:<br><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9">http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9</a><br><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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Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest National Attention Yet:

 
Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest National Attention Yet:

The time for collaborative public poly-cultures has come-
Here are two beautiful fruiting bodies everyone is admiring from coast to coast,
as the wide web of permaculture projects spread spores of inspiration across the nation:

University of Mass. Permaculture Progam wins nation wide competition, the White House's 'Campus Champions of Change Challenge'. Accepting the award next week, a team of 15 U Mass Permaculturists will be honored at the White House by the president.

And, the collaborative community design process and fruit-full vision of the (yet to be planted) Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle, has captured the imagination of the nation, with an AP news article and a national radio interview with Food Forester Jenny Pell.

Let us celebrate these accolades for our allies, while we continue the some times new, but often long term, local work that builds the foundation for a fruit-full future, and a nourishing now.

Details below-

UMass permaculture program wins White House campus challenge vote
By SCOTT MERZBACH
Staff Writer Amherst Gulletin
Friday, March 9, 2012
When University of Massachusetts students eat at the Franklin Dining Commons, they can look outside to see some portion of their food growing in a garden that has earned the university national recognition.
The UMass effort to use more locally grown food, put more land to productive use and give students a better understanding of where their food comes from, known as the permaculture program, won the White House's Campus Champions of Change Challenge as the best embodiment of "the president's goal to win the future."
Link to the full article here:
http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house

Blog on the Permaculture Institiute of Australia by Ryan Harb, U Mass Student,
UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change Challenge!
by Ryan Harb March 7, 2012
We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in the center of it all. I can’t thank everyone enough for the support you’ve provided us with.
Read entire blog post at link here:
http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/



'Living on Earth'
Public Radio International's Environmental News Magazine
Seattle Food Forest
Air Date: Week of March 9, 2012
Plans are underway to establish a seven-acre food forest in the heart of Seattle. The forest will feature a variety of food-bearing trees, shrubs, and vines, and be free and open to the public. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with permaculture expert Jenny Pell about how efforts like this one can change the landscape and culture of American cities.
link to the entire radio segment (both audio and transcription) here:
http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&segmentID=7

This AP story on the Beacon Hill Food Forest Project was picked up nation wide- by Huffington Post, Washington Post, even Forbes, in addition to many local papers.
In Seattle, plans for a harvestable 'food forest'
By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press
March 7, 2012
SEATTLE (AP) — A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the country's largest "food forests."
The park, which will start at 2 acres and grow to 7, will offer city dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the branch.
"I think it's a great opportunity for the people of Seattle to be able to connect to the environment," said Maureen Erbe, who walked her two dogs next to the plot on a recent overcast day.
Would she pluck some fruits from the forest?
"Heck yes, I love a good blueberry. You're not from Seattle if you don't like a good blueberry," she said.
Link to the full article here:
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9

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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
http://cornucopiafoodforest.wordpress.com/
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    <div dir="ltr">Permaculture and Food Forests Gain the Greatest
    National Attention Yet:<br><br>The time for collaborative public poly-cultures has come- <br>
    Here are two beautiful fruiting bodies everyone is admiring from coast
    to coast, <br>
    as the wide web of permaculture projects spread spores of inspiration
    across the nation:<br><br>University of Mass. Permaculture Progam wins nation wide
    competition, the White House's 'Campus Champions of Change Challenge'.
    Accepting the award next week, a team of 15 U Mass Permaculturists will
    be honored at the White House by the president.<br><br>
    And, the collaborative community design process and fruit-full vision
    of the (yet to be planted) Beacon Hill Food Forest in Seattle,
    has captured the imagination of the nation, with an AP news article and
    a national radio interview with Food Forester Jenny Pell.<br><br>
    Let us celebrate these accolades for our allies, while we continue the
    some times new, but often long term, local work that builds the
    foundation for a fruit-full future, and a nourishing now.<br><br>
    Details below-<br><br>UMass permaculture program wins White House campus challenge vote<br>
    By SCOTT MERZBACH<br>
    Staff Writer Amherst Gulletin <br>
    Friday, March 9, 2012<br>
    When University of Massachusetts students eat at the Franklin Dining
    Commons, they can look outside to see some portion of their food
    growing in a garden that has earned the university national recognition.<br>
    The UMass effort to use more locally grown food, put more land to
    productive use and give students a better understanding of where their
    food comes from, known as the permaculture program, won the White
    House's Campus Champions of Change Challenge as the best embodiment of
    "the president's goal to win the future."<br>Link to the full article here:<br><a href="http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house">http://www.gazettenet.com/2012/03/09/umass-garden-honored-by-white-house</a><br><br>
    Blog on the Permaculture Institiute of Australia by Ryan Harb, U Mass
    Student, <br>UMass Permaculture Wins White House Campus Champions of Change
    Challenge!<br>
    by Ryan Harb March 7, 2012<br>
    We did it everyone! It is now official. The UMass Permaculture team
    will be heading to the White House on March 15! This has been an
    amazing and inspiring week to see the voting results unfold and be in
    the center of it all. I can&rsquo;t thank everyone enough for the support
    you&rsquo;ve provided us with.<br>Read entire blog post at link here:<br><a href="http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/">http://permaculture.org.au/2012/03/07/umass-permaculture-wins-white-house-campus-champions-of-change-challenge/</a><br><br><br><br>
    'Living on Earth' <br>
    Public Radio International's Environmental News Magazine<br>Seattle Food Forest<br>
    Air Date: Week of March 9, 2012<br>
    Plans are underway to establish a seven-acre food forest in the heart
    of Seattle. The forest will feature a variety of food-bearing trees,
    shrubs, and vines, and be free and open to the public. Host Bruce
    Gellerman talks with permaculture expert Jenny Pell about how efforts
    like this one can change the landscape and culture of American cities.<br>link to the entire radio segment (both audio and transcription)
    here:<br><a href="http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&amp;segmentID=7">http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=12-P13-00010&amp;segmentID=7</a><br><br>
    This AP story on the Beacon Hill Food Forest Project was picked up
    nation wide- by Huffington Post, Washington Post, even Forbes, in
    addition to many local papers.<br>In Seattle, plans for a harvestable 'food forest'<br>
    By MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press <br>
    March 7, 2012<br>
    SEATTLE (AP) &mdash; A plot of grass sits in the middle of Seattle, feet from
    a busy road and on a hill that overlooks the city's skyline. But it's
    no ordinary patch of green. Residents hope it will become one of the
    country's largest "food forests."<br>
    The park, which will start at 2 acres and grow to 7, will offer city
    dwellers a chance to pick apples, plums and other crops right from the
    branch.<br>
    "I think it's a great opportunity for the people of Seattle to be able
    to connect to the environment," said Maureen Erbe, who walked her two
    dogs next to the plot on a recent overcast day.<br>
    Would she pluck some fruits from the forest?<br>
    "Heck yes, I love a good blueberry. You're not from Seattle if you
    don't like a good blueberry," she said.<br>Link to the full article here:<br><a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9">http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jja8sNJC0lrM_2GJyROBmz9aEycg?docId=4db073432c684e2887febdad50ad9ce9</a><br><br>
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    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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    Nature by Numbers YouTube/Very Beautiful!/permaculture & design

    for those in permaculture who have a special interest in pattern design, this is a remarkable and stunningly beautiful video.  Would be wonderful to show at all Permaculture Design Courses for deeper understanding of the world we live in.

    Nature by Numbers by Cristobal Vila:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA
    mathematics helps us discover nature, this movie inspired by numbers, geometry & nature

    an explanation of in both english & spanish:
    http://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/nbyn_htm/about_index.htm



    of all the chapters in the Permaculture Design manual by Bill Mollison, Chapter 4 on Pattern Understanding is the most profound with this material on the relationship between mathematics and nature.  It is what takes permaculture beyond the perception of merely being about gardening and landcare, but to its true focus on design.  (if you still haven't read because of the cost, the Permaculture Design Manual is available at many libraries)

    Margie

     
    (805) 962-2571
    P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
    margie-i2Jb4f2yvuzq4VKKpy30dR2eb7JE58TQ@public.gmane.org
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    <div>
    for those in permaculture who have a special
    interest in pattern design, this is a remarkable and stunningly beautiful
    video.&nbsp; Would be wonderful to show at all Permaculture Design
    Courses for deeper understanding of the world we live in.<br><br>
    Nature by Numbers by Cristobal Vila:<br>
    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA" eudora="autourl">
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkGeOWYOFoA<br></a>mathematics helps us discover
    nature, this movie inspired by numbers, geometry &amp; nature<br><br>an explanation of in both english
    &amp; spanish:<br><a href="http://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/nbyn_htm/about_index.htm" eudora="autourl">
    http://www.etereaestudios.com/docs_html/nbyn_htm/about_index.htm<br><br><br><br></a>of all the chapters in the Permaculture Design manual by Bill
    Mollison, Chapter 4 on Pattern Understanding is the most profound with
    this material on the relationship between mathematics and nature.&nbsp;
    It is what takes permaculture beyond the perception of merely being about
    gardening and landcare, but to its true focus on design.&nbsp; (if you
    still haven't read because of the cost, the Permaculture Design Manual is
    available at many libraries)<br><br>
    Margie<br><p></p>&nbsp;<br>(805) 962-2571<br>P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190<br>margie@...<br>
    <a href="http://www.sbpermaculture.org/" eudora="autourl">
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    lPlease consider the
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    Josh Robinson | 13 Mar 04:42 2012
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    Water Harvesting Intensive in San Diego

    Join us for an exciting opportunity in San Diego's back country town of Ramona for a unique hands-on workshop to learn how to transform a house into a sustainable oasis by tapping into rainwater and greywater.

    This holistic water harvesting training course will teach people the fundamentals of integrated water design through hands-on activity.  Over the 3 days, participants will design and install:

    •        A "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system
    •        Two branched drain greywater systems from two bathrooms
    •        A 2,500 gallon rainwater harvesting cistern and plan for future expansion
    •        A wide range of passive water harvesting earthworks

    All of these water harvesting projects will be integrated to provide an edible landscape that works in harmony with both the natural ecology and the home itself. 

    Through this training, participants will learn:

    •          Best Management Practices for rainwater and greywater harvesting
    •          Legal regulations and permitting
    •          Best plumbing practices
    •          Edible landscape integration
    •          Tricks and tools of the trade

     

    This course is for anyone interested in learning how to design water harvesting features into their own landscapes and is ideal for homeowners, contractors, architects, designers, and city and county regulators. No prior experience is necessary. All participants will receive a certificate of completion.

    If you have been waiting for one course that will give you an overview of how to install your own legal rainwater harvesting and greywater systems then this is the course for you. By the end of the three days you should have the understanding and confidence to begin to create your own sustainable oasis!


    To find out more and to sign up check out: http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/water-harvesting-intensive/



    --
    Josh Robinson
    (928) 853-9716

    www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com
    Higher Elevation Permaculture

    <div>
    <p>Join us for an exciting opportunity in San Diego's back country town of Ramona for a unique hands-on workshop to learn how to transform a house into a sustainable oasis by tapping into rainwater and greywater.<span><span><span><span></span></span></span></span></p>
    
    <p>This holistic water harvesting training course will teach people the 
    fundamentals of integrated water design through hands-on activity.&nbsp; Over
     the 3 days, participants will design and install:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Two branched drain greywater systems from two bathrooms</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A 2,500 gallon rainwater harvesting cistern and plan for future expansion</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; A wide range of passive water harvesting earthworks </li>
    </ul>
    <p>All of these water harvesting projects will be integrated to provide 
    an edible landscape that works in harmony with both the natural ecology 
    and the home itself.&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Through this training, participants will learn:</p>
    <ul>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Best Management Practices for rainwater and greywater harvesting</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Legal regulations and permitting</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Best plumbing practices</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Edible landscape integration</li>
    <li>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tricks and tools of the trade</li>
    </ul>
    <p>&nbsp;</p>
    <p>This  course is for anyone interested in learning how to design water
     harvesting  features into their own landscapes and is ideal for 
    homeowners, contractors,  architects, designers, and city and county 
    regulators. No prior experience is  necessary. All participants will 
    receive a certificate of completion.</p>
    <p>If you have been waiting for one course that will give you an 
    overview of how to install your own legal rainwater harvesting and 
    greywater systems then this is the course for you. By the end of the 
    three days you should have the understanding and confidence to begin to 
    create your own sustainable oasis!</p>
    <p><br></p>
    <p>To find out more and to sign up check out: <a href="http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/water-harvesting-intensive/">http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/water-harvesting-intensive/</a><br></p>
    <br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Josh Robinson<br>(928) 853-9716<br><br><a href="http://www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com" target="_blank">www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com</a><br><a href="http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/higher-elevation-permaculture/" target="_blank">Higher Elevation Permaculture</a><br><br>
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    Josh Robinson | 13 Mar 04:44 2012
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    San Diego Permaculture Design Course

    Permaculture Design Course

    San Diego 3rd and 4th weekends of May, June, and July

    Learn how Permaculture design can meet and exceed human needs by transforming human gardens and communities into fully functioning ecosystems. Receive hands-on experience on how to apply the principles of ecological design in your own home, farm, neighborhood, and city.

    Permaculture is an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable human settlements.  Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques, Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water, transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.  

    This course is for:
    Home owners, renters, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects, builders, developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists, students … everyone who wishes to learn how to live sustainably and apply the principles of holistic design to their respective fields.

    Course topics:
    • Permaculture ethics
    • Permaculture design principles
    • Understanding natural patterns
    • Creating healthy soil
    • Plant selection, plant guilds & food forests
    • Site analysis & design
    • Mapping
    • Climate and microclimates
    • Water harvesting
    • Energy
    • Natural building
    • Bioregional theory
    • Local food systems & community land access
    • Co-housing, eco-villages & City Repair
    • Design for peak oil & ecological collapse
    • Ecological economics & community currencies

    About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill Mollison’s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material.  The course consists of six (6) three (2)-day weekends held throughout San Diego County.  The spread out weekend format is to accommodate local residents schedules to participate in this valuable learning experience taught by regional experts in Permaculture & Sustainability.  Course experience will include classroom instruction, field trips, hands-on activities, required & suggested readings & completion of a permaculture design project. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will receive Permaculture Design Certification.

    For more information and to sign up:
    http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/pdc/

    --
    Josh Robinson
    (928) 853-9716

    www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com
    Higher Elevation Permaculture

    <div>
    <p>Permaculture Design Course</p>
    <p>San Diego 3rd and 4th weekends of May, June, and July<br></p>
    <p>Learn  how Permaculture design 
    can meet and exceed human needs by transforming  human gardens and 
    communities into fully functioning ecosystems.  Receive hands-on 
    experience on how to apply the principles of ecological  design in your 
    own home, farm, neighborhood, and city.<br><span class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable"><span></span></span><br>Permaculture
     is  an integrated ecological design system for creating sustainable 
    human  settlements.&nbsp; Far more than a set of gardening tips and techniques,  Permaculture is about understanding and designing the connections  between people, the earth, plants, energy, climate, water,  transportation, shelter, animals, economics and much more.&nbsp;&nbsp; </p>
    
    This  course is for:<br>Home  owners, renters, 
    gardeners, farmers, ranchers, landscapers, architects,  builders, 
    developers, civic planners, educators, environmentalists,  students &hellip; 
    everyone who wishes to learn how to live sustainably and  apply the 
    principles of holistic design to their respective fields.<br><br>Course topics:<br> 
    <ul>
    <li>Permaculture ethics </li>
    <li>Permaculture  design principles</li>
    <li>Understanding natural patterns</li>
    <li>Creating  healthy soil</li>
    <li>Plant selection, plant guilds &amp; food forests</li>
    <li>Site  analysis &amp; design</li>
    <li>Mapping </li>
    <li>Climate and  microclimates</li>
    <li>Water harvesting </li>
    <li>Energy</li>
    <li>Natural  building</li>
    <li>Bioregional theory</li>
    <li>Local food systems &amp;  community land access </li>
    <li>Co-housing, eco-villages &amp; City  Repair</li>
    <li>Design for peak oil &amp; ecological collapse </li>
    <li>Ecological  economics &amp; community currencies</li>
    </ul>
    <br>About the course: This 72 hour curriculum will cover Bill  
    Mollison&rsquo;s PERMACULTURE DESIGNERS MANUAL plus more recent material.&nbsp; The
      course consists of six (6) three (2)-day weekends held throughout San 
    Diego County.&nbsp; The spread out weekend format is  to accommodate local 
    residents schedules to participate in this  valuable learning experience
     taught by regional experts in Permaculture  &amp; Sustainability.&nbsp; 
    Course experience will include classroom  instruction, field trips, 
    hands-on activities, required &amp; suggested  readings &amp; completion
     of a permaculture design project. Upon  successful completion of the 
    course, the student will receive  Permaculture Design Certification. <br><br>For more information and to sign up:<br><a href="http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/pdc/">http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/pdc/</a><br clear="all"><br>-- <br>Josh Robinson<br>(928) 853-9716<br><br><a href="http://www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com" target="_blank">www.EdenOnEarthLandscaping.com</a><br><a href="http://www.edenonearthlandscaping.com/higher-elevation-permaculture/" target="_blank">Higher Elevation Permaculture</a><br><br>
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    Seed Library School <at> Native Seed SEARCH/Tucson /Only $200 if preregister/ April 12 - 14, 2012

    Seed Library School






    Seed Library School: April 12 - 14, 2012
    NS/S Conservation Center
    3584 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ

    Rebecca Newburn, Seed School graduate and founder of the pioneering Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library, joins us for an exciting three-day training intensive into starting your own seed library. Everything from location scouting to materials and organization will be covered in this first-of-its-kind learning experience..

    Early bird special: Register before March 22nd for only $200!

    Tuition: $300.
    Deposit to reserve a spot: $200.

    Lunch is included. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.

    Full payment is due two weeks prior to the starting date. Space is limited - sign up early! Register and submit your deposit online or call 520-622-0830 ex 100.

    REGISTER

    Payment can also be made by mailing a check payable to Native Seeds/SEARCH, 3584 E. River Road, Tucson AZ 85718. Indicate "Seed Library School" on your check and include contact information and phone number.

    Native American and other scholarships available. Contact belle-G5hl8dLaWAZ20vT9WlWX9Q@public.gmane.org for information on scholarships.

    RESOURCES ABOUT SEED Libraries
    1.Welcome to the World of Saving and Sharing Seeds
     The seeds you borrow from the Seed Library of Pima County Public Library are lent to you at no financial cost, and they are priceless.
      http://www.library.pima.gov/seed-library/

    2.Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library
    http://www.richmondgrows.org/create-a-library.html

    Create Your Own Seed Lending Library

    Our intention at Richmond Grows is to be a model for sustainability in our community while supporting other communities to create their own seed lending library and seed interchanges (swaps). All of our material is free and available for  non-commercial purposes.


     
    (805) 962-2571
    P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
    margie-i2Jb4f2yvuzq4VKKpy30dR2eb7JE58TQ@public.gmane.org
    www.sbpermaculture.org

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    </a><br><br><br><br><br>Seed Library School: April 12 - 14, 2012<br>NS/S Conservation Center<br>
    3584 E. River Road, Tucson, AZ<br><br>
    Rebecca Newburn, Seed School graduate and founder of the pioneering
    <a href="http://www.richmondgrows.org/">Richmond Grows Seed Lending
    Library</a>, joins us for an exciting three-day training intensive into
    starting your own seed library. Everything from location scouting to
    materials and organization will be covered in this first-of-its-kind
    learning experience..<br><br>Early bird special: Register before March 22nd for only $200!<br><br>Tuition: $300. <br>
    Deposit to reserve a spot: $200.<br><br>
    Lunch is included. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.<br><br>
    Full payment is due two weeks prior to the starting date. Space is
    limited - sign up early! Register and submit your deposit online or call
    520-622-0830 ex 100.<br><br><a href="http://www.nativeseeds.org/index.php/component/redshop/958/0/events-and-courses/P-seed-library-school">
    REGISTER</a><br><br>
    Payment can also be made by mailing a check payable to Native
    Seeds/SEARCH, 3584 E. River Road, Tucson AZ 85718. Indicate "Seed
    Library School" on your check and include contact information and
    phone number.<br><br>
    Native American and other scholarships available. Contact
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    information on scholarships.<br><br>
    RESOURCES ABOUT SEED Libraries <br>
    1.Welcome to the World of Saving and Sharing Seeds <br>
    &nbsp;The seeds you borrow from the Seed Library of Pima County Public
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    <a href="http://www.library.pima.gov/seed-library/">
    http://www.library.pima.gov/seed-library/</a> <br><br>
    2.Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library <br><a href="http://www.richmondgrows.org/create-a-library.html">
    http://www.richmondgrows.org/create-a-library.html</a> <br><br>
    Create Your Own Seed Lending Library <br><br>
    Our intention at Richmond Grows is to be a model for sustainability in
    our community while supporting other communities to create their own seed
    lending library and seed interchanges (swaps). All of our material is
    free and available for&nbsp; non-commercial purposes. <br><br><br><p></p>
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    YOU TUBE /Documentary- A Silent Forest. The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees- Full Movie

    YOU TUBE /Documentary- A Silent Forest. The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees- Full Movie
    To really understand GMO and the need for the GMO ballot initiative signatures see this movie
    wes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=w437uQf_A7c

    A SILENT FOREST
    The Growing Threat of Genetically Engineered Trees (GE/GMO)





    This award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health. The film features renowned geneticist and host of PBS' The Nature of Things David Suzuki, who explores the unknown and possibly disastrous consequences of improperly tested GE methods. Many scientists and activists are interviewed in the film, which serves as an effective and succinct tool for understanding the complex issue of GE trees. The film includes the testimony of many experts on the subject and serves as a valuable tool to inform students and those interested in environmental issues. The film has been well used in public forums, government as well as college and high school classrooms.
    The film includes an interview with Percy Schmeiser, who lost the rights to his own crops to Monsanto, when Monsanto seeds contaminated his fields. As Schmeiser says in the film:

    "It doesn't matter how it gets there, destroying your crop. All of your crop, becomes Monsanto's ownership and they can lay a lawsuit on top of it against you. Even if the contamination rate is 1%, all your other 99% of your crop goes to Monsanto. And that's what startled the world, how farmers can lose their rights overnight, an organic farmer can lose his seeds and his rights overnight, and get subject to a lawsuit."

    The film shows how farmers like Schmeiser and indigenous people may lose their way of life and belongings in the face of new biotech friendly science and legislation. A Silent Forest won first place in the EarthVision Environmental Film Festival and a First Place in the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. The film is created by award-winning director Ed Schehl who has been making and promoting documentaries on environmentalism and social justice for 15 years. As new crucial forms of legislation and urgent needs for action arise, this film makes information available to the general public.

    Review of "A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees"

    by Sam Burcher

    A film that exposes the growing global threat of genetically modified trees and the startling impact of genetic engineering on biodiversity.

    GM IS SCIENCE GONE WRONG

    David Suzuki of David Suzuki Foundation is a geneticist who has enjoyed a twenty-five year career in science that includes heading the largest genetics laboratory in Canada. He agreed to narrate A Silent Forest because he is deeply concerned about the unseemly haste in applying ideas from genetic engineering to the real world. He believes that it is far too early to put genetically modified (GM) traits into medicines, and foods, or in our fields.

    DNA taken from one species and inserted into another species, is horizontal gene transfer, and is the basis of genetic engineering. Suzuki is adamant that it is simply bad science for the pro-GM lobby to imply that horizontal gene transfer is the same process as the fundamental exchange of male and female genes, which is known as vertical inheritance.

    "ONE GENE, ONE PROTEIN, EQUALS ONE TRAIT"

    This is the favoured theory used by genetic engineers to explain the process of artificial selection, and is, according to Suzuki, "a caricature of misrepresentation." In nature, genes function within the context of an entire genome, and within a whole organism. (See: Living with the Fluid Genome)

    Genetic engineering alters the context in which the gene is found. It's new and complex, and yields unexplained results. Suzuki's example is to take the singer Bono out of his band U2, and putting him into the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. There would be sound, but there is no way of predicting how precise, or what the sum total of the activity would be.

    ARE GM TREES REAL?

    Genetically modified trees are not science fiction, Suzuki says. There are hundreds and possibly thousands of GM tree test plots all over the world. (See: UN Caution Against GM trees). GM DNA is inserted into the embryos of plants usually using a bacterium or virus. These genes would be extracted from an unrelated organism, whose transfer could never happen naturally, or, by hybridisation.

    The four design parameters of GM trees:

    Sterile trees - produce no nuts, fruits, seeds, flowers, or pollen. This drastic intervention, it is hoped, will stop the cross contamination of native trees and other species, via insects, and wind blown pollination.
    Herbicide resistant trees - can be sprayed with company herbicide and survive, but many other plants and species die.
    Low lignin trees - has had half it's strength removed. It grows faster, and is cheaper and easier for the paper industry to pulp. But it is vulnerable to environmental stresses such as high winds. Once fallen, it decomposes quicker, returning C02 to the atmosphere at an accelerated timescale.
    Total tree a pesticide - this tree is a systemic toxin that kills all insects that feed on it, with no specific target, and no limit as to what is harmed.
    ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF GM TREES

    Sterility bred into plants and trees is no guarantee that cross-pollination stops happening. One hundred percent sterility is impossible, as the urge to reproduce is powerful. This technology can never be reliable; sterility can be spread into food crops and into native forests. Forests that cannot sustain insects and animals through its' harvest, are not forest at all.

    Herbicide resistance is also problematic. The number one herbicide in the US is Monsanto's Roundup Ready. When liberally and/or aerially sprayed on GM crops and trees many plants in its path are killed, but so are earthworms and small mammals. Fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates are particularly sensitive to it. Roundup contains Glyphosate, a chemical known to cause birth defects and allergic effects (See: Glyphosate toxic and Roundup worse)

    In California, there has been an increase of illness in human outdoor workers who are using Roundup. Its effects on wildlife appear to be as lethal as DDT, which was considered an innovative chemical for pest control, until songbirds and eagles started to disappear. Denmark has had the foresight to ban glyphosate when it was found in drinking water.

    Infecting the entire system of a tree with a toxin also harms many species. Monica Moore of PAN (Pesticide Action Network) points out that the pesticide gene is always "on" and expressing itself, and it cannot be turned off. She cautions that the insects that develop resistance to Bt, select similar insects, and produce superbugs. The film cites ISIS paper Superbugs and Anthrax genes, as a further warning of the potential hazards of Bt recombining with other bacteria genes in the soil.

    WHAT HARM TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS?

    Dr Ignacio Chapela of Berkeley University says that Bt trees are a crazy idea. Trees have long life cycles, from between 50-100 years, and longer. Therefore putting toxins into every cell will affect insects and organisms for a very long time. Bt flows through the soil via the roots of GM trees (or GM corn) into the soil. This alters the microbial composition of the soil. From the soil it can leach into ground water and surface water. Where GM corn is grown, up to 5 times the safe limit of bt toxin is found in groundwater.

    Dr Maewan Ho (ISIS), on her lecture tour of the Philippines at the end of 2005, found that farmers exposed to Bt crops in 2003 are still battling with illnesses. (See: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMBanLongOverdue.php). Further illnesses in farm workers and handlers of Bt cotton, and mass deaths among sheep grazing in Bt cotton fields have now turned up in India.

    WHO OWNS LIFE?

    Percy Schmeiser features in the film and explains how Monsanto used him as a test case (Monsanto vs. Schmeiser), to gauge the legal implications of GM contamination. After two and a half weeks of trial, the judge ruled that it did not matter how GM particles got into his fields, e.g. by wind, buds, insects, passing truck. If even one percent of Schmiesers' crop was contaminated by GM material, then it becomes the property of the corporation.

    The "one gene, one protein" hypothesis automatically assumes ownership on behalf of the corporation who has made the GM plant, tree, or seed, and whatever it comes into contact with and contaminates. One gene ownership is a dangerous premise with the potential to control our entire natural environment. This includes parks, and wildernesses, and represents the privitization of life itself. In theory pollen drift from a GM test plot in Michigan could contaminate all the trees in North America.

    IMPOVERISHING THE GLOBAL SOUTH

    GM tree plantations are targeted at locations where labour and land is cheap. In countries such as Chile and Brazil an increasing amount of precious land and water is given over to GM plantations that destroy self-sufficient communities and ruin the lives of indigenous and rural people. (See "UN Caution over GM trees") No serious consideration is given to the effects of GM trees on communities or ecosystems.

    Alternative methods of paper production must be developed in order to eliminate the need for forest-based paper manufacturing. There are many examples of strong natural crops such as hemp from which paper could be made. Ethical choices by consumers can influence industry in this direction. A great deal of savings on paper use in advertising and packaging can also be made.

    David Suzuki concludes his narration by saying that most of our current ideas involving biotechnology are going to turn out to be wrong. In any revolutionary areas, many ideas are proved wrong, and this is how progress is made. The rush to commercialise GM trees is absolutely dangerous because we haven't a clue what the long-term implications of our manipulations will be.

    You can order the "A Silent Forest" video from: www.CreateSpace.com

    <div>
    YOU TUBE /Documentary- A Silent Forest. The Growing Threat, Genetically
    Engineered Trees- Full Movie<br>
    To really understand GMO and the need for the GMO ballot initiative
    signatures see this movie<br>
    wes<br><br><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=w437uQf_A7c">http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=w437uQf_A7c</a><br><br>
    A SILENT FOREST<br>
    The Growing Threat of Genetically Engineered Trees (GE/GMO)<br><br><br><br><br><br>
    This award winning documentary film explores the growing global threat
    of genetically engineered trees to our environment and to human health.
    The film features renowned geneticist and host of PBS' The Nature of
    Things David Suzuki, who explores the unknown and possibly disastrous
    consequences of improperly tested GE methods. Many scientists and
    activists are interviewed in the film, which serves as an effective and
    succinct tool for understanding the complex issue of GE trees. The film
    includes the testimony of many experts on the subject and serves as a
    valuable tool to inform students and those interested in environmental
    issues. The film has been well used in public forums, government as
    well as college and high school classrooms.<br>
    The film includes an interview with Percy Schmeiser, who lost the
    rights to his own crops to Monsanto, when Monsanto seeds contaminated
    his fields. As Schmeiser says in the film:<br><br>
    "It doesn't matter how it gets there, destroying your crop. All of your
    crop, becomes Monsanto's ownership and they can lay a lawsuit on top of
    it against you. Even if the contamination rate is 1%, all your other
    99% of your crop goes to Monsanto. And that's what startled the world,
    how farmers can lose their rights overnight, an organic farmer can lose
    his seeds and his rights overnight, and get subject to a lawsuit."<br><br>
    The film shows how farmers like Schmeiser and indigenous people may
    lose their way of life and belongings in the face of new biotech
    friendly science and legislation. A Silent Forest won first place in
    the EarthVision Environmental Film Festival and a First Place in the
    Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. The film is created by
    award-winning director Ed Schehl who has been making and promoting
    documentaries on environmentalism and social justice for 15 years. As
    new crucial forms of legislation and urgent needs for action arise,
    this film makes information available to the general public.<br><br>
    Review of "A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered
    Trees"<br><br>
    by Sam Burcher<br><br>
    A film that exposes the growing global threat of genetically modified
    trees and the startling impact of genetic engineering on biodiversity.<br><br>
    GM IS SCIENCE GONE WRONG<br><br>
    David Suzuki of David Suzuki Foundation is a geneticist who has enjoyed
    a twenty-five year career in science that includes heading the largest
    genetics laboratory in Canada. He agreed to narrate A Silent Forest
    because he is deeply concerned about the unseemly haste in applying
    ideas from genetic engineering to the real world. He believes that it
    is far too early to put genetically modified (GM) traits into
    medicines, and foods, or in our fields.<br><br>
    DNA taken from one species and inserted into another species, is
    horizontal gene transfer, and is the basis of genetic engineering.
    Suzuki is adamant that it is simply bad science for the pro-GM lobby to
    imply that horizontal gene transfer is the same process as the
    fundamental exchange of male and female genes, which is known as
    vertical inheritance.<br><br>
    "ONE GENE, ONE PROTEIN, EQUALS ONE TRAIT"<br><br>
    This is the favoured theory used by genetic engineers to explain the
    process of artificial selection, and is, according to Suzuki, "a
    caricature of misrepresentation." In nature, genes function within the
    context of an entire genome, and within a whole organism. (See: Living
    with the Fluid Genome)<br><br>
    Genetic engineering alters the context in which the gene is found. It's
    new and complex, and yields unexplained results. Suzuki's example is to
    take the singer Bono out of his band U2, and putting him into the New
    York Philharmonic Orchestra. There would be sound, but there is no way
    of predicting how precise, or what the sum total of the activity would
    be.<br><br>
    ARE GM TREES REAL?<br><br>
    Genetically modified trees are not science fiction, Suzuki says. There
    are hundreds and possibly thousands of GM tree test plots all over the
    world. (See: UN Caution Against GM trees). GM DNA is inserted into the
    embryos of plants usually using a bacterium or virus. These genes would
    be extracted from an unrelated organism, whose transfer could never
    happen naturally, or, by hybridisation.<br><br>
    The four design parameters of GM trees:<br><br>
    Sterile trees - produce no nuts, fruits, seeds, flowers, or pollen.
    This drastic intervention, it is hoped, will stop the cross
    contamination of native trees and other species, via insects, and wind
    blown pollination.<br>
    Herbicide resistant trees - can be sprayed with company herbicide and
    survive, but many other plants and species die.<br>
    Low lignin trees - has had half it's strength removed. It grows faster,
    and is cheaper and easier for the paper industry to pulp. But it is
    vulnerable to environmental stresses such as high winds. Once fallen,
    it decomposes quicker, returning C02 to the atmosphere at an
    accelerated timescale.<br>
    Total tree a pesticide - this tree is a systemic toxin that kills all
    insects that feed on it, with no specific target, and no limit as to
    what is harmed.<br>
    ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF GM TREES<br><br>
    Sterility bred into plants and trees is no guarantee that
    cross-pollination stops happening. One hundred percent sterility is
    impossible, as the urge to reproduce is powerful. This technology can
    never be reliable; sterility can be spread into food crops and into
    native forests. Forests that cannot sustain insects and animals through
    its' harvest, are not forest at all.<br><br>
    Herbicide resistance is also problematic. The number one herbicide in
    the US is Monsanto's Roundup Ready. When liberally and/or aerially
    sprayed on GM crops and trees many plants in its path are killed, but
    so are earthworms and small mammals. Fish, frogs, and aquatic
    invertebrates are particularly sensitive to it. Roundup contains
    Glyphosate, a chemical known to cause birth defects and allergic
    effects (See: Glyphosate toxic and Roundup worse)<br><br>
    In California, there has been an increase of illness in human outdoor
    workers who are using Roundup. Its effects on wildlife appear to be as
    lethal as DDT, which was considered an innovative chemical for pest
    control, until songbirds and eagles started to disappear. Denmark has
    had the foresight to ban glyphosate when it was found in drinking water.<br><br>
    Infecting the entire system of a tree with a toxin also harms many
    species. Monica Moore of PAN (Pesticide Action Network) points out that
    the pesticide gene is always "on" and expressing itself, and it cannot
    be turned off. She cautions that the insects that develop resistance to
    Bt, select similar insects, and produce superbugs. The film cites ISIS
    paper Superbugs and Anthrax genes, as a further warning of the
    potential hazards of Bt recombining with other bacteria genes in the
    soil.<br><br>
    WHAT HARM TO HUMANS AND ANIMALS?<br><br>
    Dr Ignacio Chapela of Berkeley University says that Bt trees are a
    crazy idea. Trees have long life cycles, from between 50-100 years, and
    longer. Therefore putting toxins into every cell will affect insects
    and organisms for a very long time. Bt flows through the soil via the
    roots of GM trees (or GM corn) into the soil. This alters the microbial
    composition of the soil. From the soil it can leach into ground water
    and surface water. Where GM corn is grown, up to 5 times the safe limit
    of bt toxin is found in groundwater.<br><br>
    Dr Maewan Ho (ISIS), on her lecture tour of the Philippines at the end
    of 2005, found that farmers exposed to Bt crops in 2003 are still
    battling with illnesses. (See:
    <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMBanLongOverdue.php">http://www.i-sis.org.uk/GMBanLongOverdue.php</a>).
    Further illnesses in
    farm workers and handlers of Bt cotton, and mass deaths among sheep
    grazing in Bt cotton fields have now turned up in India.<br><br>
    WHO OWNS LIFE?<br><br>
    Percy Schmeiser features in the film and explains how Monsanto used him
    as a test case (Monsanto vs. Schmeiser), to gauge the legal
    implications of GM contamination. After two and a half weeks of trial,
    the judge ruled that it did not matter how GM particles got into his
    fields, e.g. by wind, buds, insects, passing truck. If even one percent
    of Schmiesers' crop was contaminated by GM material, then it becomes
    the property of the corporation.<br><br>
    The "one gene, one protein" hypothesis automatically assumes ownership
    on behalf of the corporation who has made the GM plant, tree, or seed,
    and whatever it comes into contact with and contaminates. One gene
    ownership is a dangerous premise with the potential to control our
    entire natural environment. This includes parks, and wildernesses, and
    represents the privitization of life itself. In theory pollen drift
    from a GM test plot in Michigan could contaminate all the trees in
    North America.<br><br>
    IMPOVERISHING THE GLOBAL SOUTH<br><br>
    GM tree plantations are targeted at locations where labour and land is
    cheap. In countries such as Chile and Brazil an increasing amount of
    precious land and water is given over to GM plantations that destroy
    self-sufficient communities and ruin the lives of indigenous and rural
    people. (See "UN Caution over GM trees") No serious consideration is
    given to the effects of GM trees on communities or ecosystems.<br><br>
    Alternative methods of paper production must be developed in order to
    eliminate the need for forest-based paper manufacturing. There are many
    examples of strong natural crops such as hemp from which paper could be
    made. Ethical choices by consumers can influence industry in this
    direction. A great deal of savings on paper use in advertising and
    packaging can also be made.<br><br>
    David Suzuki concludes his narration by saying that most of our current
    ideas involving biotechnology are going to turn out to be wrong. In any
    revolutionary areas, many ideas are proved wrong, and this is how
    progress is made. The rush to commercialise GM trees is absolutely
    dangerous because we haven't a clue what the long-term implications of
    our manipulations will be.<br><br>
    You can order the "A Silent Forest" video from: <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.CreateSpace.com">www.CreateSpace.com</a><br><br>
    </div>
    

    INTERVIEW Investing in Local Economies with Michael Shuman – Author Local Dollars Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.

    BEST interview I have heard on the tools and problems of Investing your money Locally

    Investing in Local Economies
    March 7th, 2012
    http://insideoutradio.com/2012/03/investing-in-local-economies/

    On this week’s show, we discuss how to invest in local businesses and build strong local economies while profiting at the same time. We also examine the hurdles to larger scale investment in local businesses and explore areas of reform.

    Download the full program Download MP3

    Michael Shuman – Author, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.
    Michael Shuman is director of research for Cutting Edge Capital, http://cuttingedgecapital.com/ director of research and economic development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) http://www.livingeconomies.org/, and a Fellow of the Post Carbon Institute http://www.postcarbon.org/. He holds an AB with distinction in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has led community-based economic-development efforts across the country and has authored or edited seven previous books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (2006), Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age (1998) and Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.

    In recent years, Michael has led community-based economic-development efforts in St. Lawrence County (NY), Hudson Valley (NY), Katahdin Region (ME), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), and Carbondale (CO), and served as a senior editor for the recently published Encyclopedia of Community. He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week for 25 years throughout the United States and the world.



    Local Dollars, Local Sense

    How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity
    http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/socially_responsible_business/

    by Michael H. Shuman
    Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman probes the future of investing -- making the case for investors to put their money into building local businesses and food and energy systems, and otherwise creating healthy regional economies that meet the stresses of a post-peak-oil world. The book tells readers how to find or develop opportunities for investing locally, explains the obstacles, and introduces readers to investors who have taken on the challenge and put their theories about local investing into action.

    "Local small businesses employ more people and respond to community needs better than big corporations do—but nearly all our investment dollars support Wall Street banks and huge companies. The path to local investing has been strewn with obstacles. Michael Shuman clears a path for us all, showing how local investing can help solve some of America's biggest social, economic, environmental, and political problems. This is a book many of us have been waiting for."

    LOCAL INVESTING Website
    Slow Money www.slowmoney.org
    Permaculture Credit Union www.pcuonline.org


    <div>
    BEST interview I have heard on the tools and problems of Investing your
    money Locally <br><br>
    Investing in Local Economies<br>
    March 7th, 2012<br><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://insideoutradio.com/2012/03/investing-in-local-economies/">http://insideoutradio.com/2012/03/investing-in-local-economies/</a><br><br>
    On this week&rsquo;s show, we discuss how to invest in local businesses and
    build strong local economies while profiting at the same time. We also
    examine the hurdles to larger scale investment in local businesses and
    explore areas of reform.<br><br>
    Download the full program Download MP3<br><br>
    Michael Shuman &ndash; Author, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your
    Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.<br>
    Michael Shuman is director of research for Cutting Edge Capital,
    <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://cuttingedgecapital.com/">http://cuttingedgecapital.com/</a>
    director of research and economic
    development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
    <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.livingeconomies.org/">http://www.livingeconomies.org/</a>,
    and
    a Fellow of the Post Carbon
    Institute <a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.postcarbon.org/">http://www.postcarbon.org/</a>. He
    holds an AB with distinction
    in economics and international relations from Stanford University and a
    JD from Stanford Law School. He has led community-based
    economic-development efforts across the country and has authored or
    edited seven previous books, including The Small Mart Revolution: How
    Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (2006), Going
    Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age (1998) and
    Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to
    Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.<br><br>
    In recent years, Michael has led community-based economic-development
    efforts in St. Lawrence County (NY), Hudson Valley (NY), Katahdin
    Region (ME), Martha&rsquo;s Vineyard (MA), and Carbondale (CO), and served as
    a senior editor for the recently published Encyclopedia of Community.
    He has given an average of more than one invited talk per week for 25
    years throughout the United States and the world.<br><br><br><br>
    Local Dollars, Local Sense<br><br>
    How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve
    Real Prosperity<br><a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/socially_responsible_business/">http://www.chelseagreen.com/bookstore/socially_responsible_business/</a><br><br>
    by Michael H. Shuman<br>
    Local Dollars, Local Sense by Michael Shuman probes the future of
    investing -- making the case for investors to put their money into
    building local businesses and food and energy systems, and otherwise
    creating healthy regional economies that meet the stresses of a
    post-peak-oil world. The book tells readers how to find or develop
    opportunities for investing locally, explains the obstacles, and
    introduces readers to investors who have taken on the challenge and put
    their theories about local investing into action.<br><br>
    "Local small businesses employ more people and respond to community
    needs better than big corporations do&mdash;but nearly all our investment
    dollars support Wall Street banks and huge companies. The path to local
    investing has been strewn with obstacles. Michael Shuman clears a path
    for us all, showing how local investing can help solve some of
    America's biggest social, economic, environmental, and political
    problems. This is a book many of us have been waiting for."<br><br>
    LOCAL INVESTING Website <br>
    Slow Money <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.slowmoney.org">www.slowmoney.org</a><br>
    Permaculture Credit Union <a class="moz-txt-link-abbreviated" href="http://www.pcuonline.org">www.pcuonline.org</a><br><br><br>
    </div>
    

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