Food is the Problem and the Solution: TED Talk by Ron Finley

Ron Finley – A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA

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I really like TED talks. I not only enjoy being exposed to ideas worth spreading, but I am also rejuvenated by seeing the passion people have in their work. But it takes a lot of skill to do TED talks  well. It doesn’t matter how exciting the ideas themselves are: One has to convey them in a way that captures the imagination of the audience. The story is not enough; one needs to also be a good storyteller.

Keeping with last week’s theme of urban renewal and gardening, I wanted to share a recent favourite TED talk of mine. It’s by Ron Finley, a guerilla gardener who is working to bring about a more hopeful, healthy and sustainable future for South Central LA:

Receiving a standing ovation, Finley’s passion for and belief in food gardening as a force for societal transformation is evident and infectious.  Like other great TED…

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Eco-revolution is starting?

It’s nice to hear and see that many people are working to have a better life and to make sure that our planet will continue to breathe and not to gasp. This eco-revolution is always done on the net and never in the media because it would damage many multinational companies and import-export policies which then lead to pollution, sterilization of the earth and devastating consequences.

For example: a house evil insulated, will consume more energy, because energy will be wasted but the GDP of the economy will increase.

If you grow a vegetable garden that will allow us not to buy more fruits and vegetables, GDP will go down and the economy will go wrong.
What are we talking about? certainly not an economy based on common sense. We have been convinced that the only way forward was the “growth”, exploit the planet more and more to get the most profit without thinking that the PLANET hasn’t infinite resources and ecosystems (water, air, soil, biodiversity) and all “rubbish” that we produced is doing it, that our planet is coming to the edge, c’est fini!

I don’t want always discuss about the same issue, but if we become more sustainable we can out to make sure that our planet breath once more and answer us as it should: fruits and vegetables lush, nature revitalized and the relationship between man and nature in harmony again. For this reason we speak of “degrowth” economy, which is not negative growth, if not a provocative slogan that will explain that it is necessary to break ties with the kind of philosophy of this company “growth to grow and grow.”  What has led this infinite growth? A waste of resources, time and nature, destroying the sense of limit in society, where the man no longer knows to say ENOUGH.

The biggest supporter of this “degrowth” is the philosopher and economist Serge Latouche, who invites us to take as an example the snail and his wisdom:

the snail to build his home uses a geometric progression multiple and for each “time of shell” that builds the next one will have to be multiple of the size of the previous one, but at some point … the snail stops.
Why? Because the snail is wise and knows that reached the fourth round for the fifth building will have to do 18 times larger than the first. So the snail goes back to solidify his home and not the huge growth of this.
LEARN THE MEANING OF THE LIMIT BY SNAIL!

Latouche says:

“We have become addicts of consumerism and work” … “we have to de-economizing our imagination.”

Probably if today we were to write on a sheet which are our material needs and after a month we were going to check it, probably more than most of their will be changed, replaced by others …. this is the endless growth.
To get out of it is to be aware and conscious of what you want but, above all, that it’s really important.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r08s_9Z6OTE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UH51W9tYFE&list=WLFFA991C7E6D863AC

Enjoy!

Mi LuMaCa

Permaculture values can change the philosophy of a society?

Today I stopped in a video about permaculture introduced by Toby Hemenway, who give us some ideas about redesigning civilization with permaculture. Toby is the author of “Gaia’s Garden” the first best-selling book of permaculture in the last 7 years.

In a society where all people and industries thinking just to their profit, with permaculture we can give some tools to get in the hand our life and redesign her with new values and principles that will help us to go on in this world…Toby said: “Permaculture can save humanity and the planet, but not civilization”

A related article is at http://www.patternliteracy.com/697-the-last-nomads-and-the-culture-of-fear

If someone is interested to the video you can find it at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6b7zJ-hx_c&list=WLFFA991C7E6D863AC

Enjoy!

Mi LuMaCa

Practical Permaculture – Plants and Phytoremediation

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epiPlant identification is an art in itself and honestly has to be taught by physically seeing the plant, I have been to a million lectures with someone flipping through slides and talking about different plants, and I can say without a doubt that I learn very little. I prefer my plant introductions to be in person, I like to be able to touch, smell and when applicable taste the plant. Just as with humans plants have a first and a last name, the first part of the name is the genus and the second part the species. Common names I feel are just as important due to the fact that I find when I am asked questions, they usually go something like “Ever hear of cheeseweed, if yer chickens eat it it’ll make er eggs taste like cheese” really… Learn as much as you can about each plant you come…

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Practical Permaculture – Planting and Early Care of Fruit Trees

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Planting and Early Care of Fruit Trees

Fruit trees can be an attractive and useful addition to the home landscape. This guide will help you to establish new fruit trees that will provide you with beauty and fruit for years to come.

When to Plant

Fruit trees may be planted in early spring, as soon as the frost in the ground has thawed. If the soil is waterlogged, it is best to wait until it drains. Wait until the soil no longer comes up in sticky clumps that stick to the shovel.

Bare-root nursery stock is usually less expensive and will establish and grow well, if planted in April or early May. If you have to hold onto the trees a short time before planting, store them in a cool, shady place where they will be out of the sun and wind. Pack the roots in moist sawdust or sphagnum…

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Practical Permaculture – Albedo and Absorption of Solar Energy in the Garden

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First of all let me say that Spring is almost here, but it is still very cold outside… I am running out of photos to use and I’m sorry,  but for now these will have to do… I promise I’ll be taking many new photos as soon as I can… But I am starting to run out of steam as far as Winter is concerned… I really need Spring to get here…

Albedo, or reflection coefficient, is the diffuse reflectivity or reflecting power of a surface. It is defined as the ratio of reflected radiation from the surface to incident radiation upon it. Being a dimensionless fraction, it may also be expressed as a percentage, and is measured on a scale from zero for no reflecting power of a perfectly black surface, to 1 for perfect reflection of a white surface.

The opposite of albedo is absorption, which is defined in this case…

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