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harvest lunch to benefit seed song farm, sunday dec. 8, kingston, ny

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Please join Seed Song Farm this Sunday, December 11, for their first HARVEST LUNCH in a new heated indoor space. The event is a fundraiser for the expanding infrastructure at the Farm Center.

What: A locally grown, seasonal, homemade lunch at the farm; a short presentation about our exciting plans for 2017; visit the new spaces.
When: Sunday, December 11th, 11am – 2pm (drop in any time!)
farm presentations at 12:00 and 1:30.
Where: Seed Song Farm & Center, 160 Esopus Ave, Kingston, NY
Why: To raise funds to grow our farm’s interactive public spaces– and to sign up for a CSA share if you wish
Menu (tentative): winter squash soup, meat dish with vegan option, kale and egg frittata, mesclun salad, Jon’s Bread, goat cheese, cider, sumac and herb teas, apple pie. Sourced locally and organically where possible.
Cost: Sliding scale $10-$40 or please give even more generously to support our projects. Under 15 half price. No one turned away.
Bring: a coat. if the sun is shining, it will be toasty warm. If overcast, the space will be sustainably heated but cool.
RSVPs strongly encouraged but not required, so we can best plan the meal–  please respond to this email!


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sweet herbal remedy book and GH almanac release party, brooklyn, dec. 10!

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Dec 10th Book Release Party: Nature’s Remedies & New Farmers Almanac

Calling all fellow Greenhorns, plant lovers, and herb nerds! 

It’s Jean Willoughby here, and I can easily be described by all three of those lovely, earthbound designations. I hope you’ll join me and an amazing group of folks at the Third Root Community Health Center, a worker-owned cooperative in Brooklyn, for a book release party this Saturday, December 10th.

We’re getting together to celebrate the launch of my book Nature’s Remedies: An Illustrated Guide to Healing Herbs (Chronicle Books). We’ve also teamed up with Greenhorns folks to usher in the release of the latest edition of The New Farmers Almanac.

I’m planning to give a short talk, sort of a ‘people’s history of herbal medicine,’ that I’m excited to share with the Greenhorns community. We’re also going to be joined by a few herbalists, who will be on hand with their wares. Come get some healing, nourishing, and delicious gifts for your loved ones and learn more about medicinal herbs.

Nature’s Remedies & New Farmers Almanac
Book Release Party
Saturday, Dec. 10th, 2016
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Rd, Brooklyn, New York 

+ Food & Drink
+ Herb-infused Meads
+ Meet farmers, medicine makers, and herbalists who will be there with their wares
+ 100% of Nature’s Remedies book sales will benefit Third Root!

Get more event info or RSVP: http://bit.ly/dec10releaseparty

I hope to see you there!
Green forever,

Jean

Ps. Our new site for herb curious folks: www.HerbCurious.com


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a little tin of cocoa and the powerful chain of economics

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How many times are you asked at the market (or anytime really) why people ought to support local, organic producers? Surely it happens often enough that you’ve got your own rote lines memorized.

As consumers are increasingly questioning the economic chain that makes up the production of things, from food to garments, we’re reminded that this is not a new concern. In fact, it was at the core of the Indian Independence movement that saw India free itself from Colonial Britain.

Ghandi’s observation of how small economic acts could be incredibly empowering and the need for local economies were well documented by his close associate J. C. Kumarappa. In his work Why the Village Movement Kumaarappa writes:

“If the raw materials for making cocoa are obtained from plantations on the West coast of Africa which use some form of forced native labour, are carried by vessels on sea routes monopolised or controlled by violence, manufactured in England with sweated labor and brought to India under favourable customs duties enforced by political power, then a buyer of a tin of cocoa patronises the forced labour conditions in the West coast of Africa, utilizes the navy and so partakes in violence, gains by the low wages or bad conditions of workers in England and takes advantage of the political subjection of India. All this responsibility and more also is put into a little tin of cocoa.”

Austrian economist E.F Shumacher, who went on to write Small is Beautiful, drew a great deal of inspiration from the work of Kumarappa. Our friends over at the Schumacher Institute for a New Economics just let us know that J.C Kumarappa seminal book Economics of Permanence is available for free online thanks to some hardworking folks at the University of Maryland.

Read the full text here


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get active in SF: people’s harvest forum

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and food justice, food sovereignty, and veganism are your bag, check out the People’s Harvest Forum. Tickets are still available to this four-day event in San Francisco’s Mission District starting this Friday, December 9th. The conference is organized by Seed the Commons and includes a diverse group of speakers, journalists, and grassroots activists with a focus on enacting change through the political process.

Topics this year will include the impacts of corporate control of our food systems; food sovereignty and agroecology; land reform and urban agriculture; building food justice and health equity through local, state and national policy advocacy; improving foodscapes without contributing to gentrification; growing the veganic movement, and more!

What: People’s Harvest Forum

When: Friday, Dec. 9th through Monday, Dec. 12th, 2016

Where: Mission Neighborhood Center, San Francisco, CA

Learn more and buy tickets HERE


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help fund a farm!

The Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success is organizing this crowdfunding campaign and the goal is simple: Raise $20,000 to help purchase Fresh Start Farms in Dunbarton, NH. This 50+ acre parcel of land offers refugee farmers a place to live and grow food. These farmers have been working hard on the land for five years and want to make it permanent. Consider a donation to help them out!

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DAPL did drill!

“Bismarck qualified for the extra protections, Standing Rock did not, nor did the crossing at the Des Moines River”

Ferocious protesters at the Des Moines River in Iowa watched as DAPL drilled under their source of drinking water. Federal laws that prioritize and protect larger population areas aren’t extended to rural people who surprisingly also drink water!

Drilling happened December 1st-2nd and is destined to transport half a million barrels of oil everyday despite Sunoco’s record of 274 hazardous oil spills in the past decade.

If you feel helpless go picket your local Sunoco station or Wells Fargo branch!

Check out the article HERE

(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


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What creates a high-engagement high-productivity work system?

“Create an alignment of strengths that make the weaknesses irrelevant.”

This short video with Professor Cooperridder,  Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, has some powerful insights to offer. We wonder how this kind of thinking could be applied to farms and to farmers markets?