the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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food maps!

40 maps that explain food in America
by Ezra Klein and Susannah Locke on June 9, 2014

The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.


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inspiring videos from a fellow greenhorn

You guys continue to inspire us! We just heard from Deann Horak who had this to say:

About 5 years ago I saw a picture of Severine in an in-flight magazine on Midwest Express. She was so happy holding a goose and eating an apple. The accompanying story was really inspiring and something about that picture struck me and I knew that I wanted to feel that way about the life I was living. I tore the picture out of the magazine and kept it with me – something of an unwritten mission statement.  I went back to my life as a tv editor in NYC  and kept at it until I found my farm – its in the Driftless region of Wisconsin and it made for the best 35th birthday gift I could have ever bought myself. On a Friday last May I walked out of our offices on Wall St. and on Monday, just after lunch the Uhaul was in the driveway of the farm. We call it East Branch Heirlooms. We grow organic vegetables for the Viroqua Food Coop and 2 restaurants. I only wish I had done it sooner.
As much as I thought I was done with tv, I’m not. There are too many great young farmers here!  I bought a camera, started shooting myself and am putting together the stories of the farmers and foodmakers in this region.
Well done, Deann.  Here’s one of her videos:


words from our hero and mentor, elizabeth henderson

Who received the award at Eco Farm for her tremendous work for food justice and the agricultural justice project.

January 25, 2014 Eco-Farm Awards BanquetFood-Justice-lable
From Elizabeth Henderson

Thank you.  This is a great honor. Not just for me, but for the Agricultural Justice Project team – working together since 1999 to give new energy to fairness in organic and sustainable agriculture. Leah Cohen, our director, and Michael Sligh of RAFI are here with me this evening, Marty Mesh of FOG and Nelson Carrasquillo of CATA, the other founding parents, are busy elsewhere.

While some people come to a commitment to social justice through some crisis or transformative experience, I drank social justice with my mother’s milk.  My parents, Laura and Sydney Berliner, had a life-long commitment to peace and justice – and they were already the second generation in our family – my mother’s uncles fought for freedom from oppression in the Revolution of 1905 in Poland, then fled to the US to avoid conscription into the tsarist army, and spent their lives as union activists.  It gives me great satisfaction that the 4th generation carries on this work – my son Andy Henderson devotes his talents and energies to teaching youngsters here in CA in a double-emersion Spanish-English program, helping children grow up to be literate active citizens. Continue reading

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last of the unicorns

Sad news about the loss of Bill Coperthwaite.  Here is a beautiful write-up from the Beehive yurt01Collective.

“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.”

…Oh, this body-snatchin blustery storm, with tricklin’ raindrops that meander and converge with tears, gaining speed. So grateful i ain’t havin’ to be a grown-up today, so i can unzip my chest and howl along with it, in pain and respect, properly. This grey-ghost storm rollin’ by, thick with goosebump makin’ plasma, is the tail-end of the icy giant eraser that just grabbed the soul of one of the most special and creative people you could ever hope to spend moments with. Like a sudden grey-drab, spirit deadening cover-up of colorful, much beloved graffiti. Layered, joyous, wildness, disappeared. Pure Integrity sandblasted from view. Continue reading


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