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arann harris: cultivator, curator, creator

Arann Harris can be found on his family farm herding sheep, singing and dancing in the barn with toddlers, teaching elementary kids sustainable farming, producing concerts in a cornfield, or performing in Northern California’s finest music venues. No matter what hat he’s wearing, his heart and soul are in his work, his music, and his community.

We want to invite you to be a part of that community in 2016.

We’d love for you to stay in touch on our Facebook page – and maybe, just maybe, encourage a friend or two to do the same. It’s going to be a fun year and we look forward to seeing you wherever our paths may cross.


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these kids are awesome open source farm architects

Three Students Design & Crowdfund Radical Sustainable Educational Center

For more than a year, students at Cal Poly Pomona College’s School of Architecture in Los Angeles, CA, have been designing an education center for Huerta del Valle Community Garden. The community where the garden and future education center are located is one of the most polluted areas of California, in which most low income families are heavily reliant on fast food and produce grown with pesticides. In this case, the garden and education center have the potential to provide the community with healthier food options, address environmental justice challenges, and increase self-reliance and social well-being..…

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throw away the teflon, use cast iron

There have been several stories lately about the poisons of teflon and the down-right corruption from DuPont (influencing the EPA, among other agencies). There is currently a corporate lawyer battling it out with DuPont in order to get the many people affected by the manufacturing of teflon their settlement, but there’s a long way to go in terms of consumer awareness.

DuPont's deadly deceit: The decades-long cover-up behind the "world's most slippery material"

Starting around 1951, DuPont began using another laboratory-formed chemical known as Perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) acid, or C8 (so called because it contains eight carbon molecules), to smooth out the lumpiness of freshly manufactured Teflon. An unusually durable chemical, C8 first entered the world in 1947 and due to its nonstick and stain-resistant properties its use as a “surfactant” spread with extraordinary speed. The white, powdery compound, often said to look like Tide laundry detergent, would ultimately be used in hundreds of products including fast food wrappers, waterproof clothing, electrical cables, and pizza boxes. (DuPont used to purchase C8 from another chemical company called 3M until 2002, when the company phased it out. DuPont then started manufacturing C8 on its own at a factory in Fayetteville, North Carolina.)

The trouble was that the compound – which has since been linked to a variety of health risks including cancer, liver disease, developmental problems, and thyroid disease – escapes into the air easily. In fact, C8 was often shipped to factories pre-mixed with water to keep the dust from worker’s lungs.

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scientific american chimes in on beyonce’s “formation”

Beyoncé’s “Formation” makes many statements about social and political realities in the U.S., but song and video perhaps speak especially strongly to black women in academia.

Truly, Formation by Beyoncé is the hype track of Black Women everywhere, but Academia is such a special place that I feel it has an especially stark meaning to those of us roaming the hallowed halls of higher education. Let me break it down for you. Lyrics in italics.

Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess

1. Often when black women in academia speak out against the intersectional injustices we endure, unsupportive colleagues and wobbly allies are quick to tell us we are whining or making things up. Gaslighting is the oldest deflection tactic in the book.

Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh

2. If we dare show any spunk or “sassiness” or what I like to call simply personality then we have to navigate a minefield of mumbles & microaggressions all because some folks who can’t handle ALL of the FABULOUSNESS we serve!

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cool people in academia

Meet Ross Gay:

Photo by Tony Rinaldo

Gay is an associate professor of English at Indiana University. His most recent book of poetry is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015). He is a poet, essayist, community orchardist, gardener, and kettlebell teacher.

During his fellowship, Gay is working on a kind of response, or update, to Virgil’s Georgics. He hopes to understand something about our relationship(s) to the land—especially as it relates to race—particularly, perhaps, in the Anthropocene.

Gay holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a PhD from Temple University.  He is the recipient of a 2013 fellowship for poetry from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

 


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updates on tpp and ttip

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The recent legal challenge brought by TransCanada seeking $15 billion in damages over the Obama Administration’s decision to reject the Keystone Pipeline, has raised new questions about the TPP. The suit was brought under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which grants corporations special rights to challenge U.S. laws and undermine climate policy. The TPP includes the same corporate rights provisions, and would allow an additional 9,000 foreign corporations to challenge U.S. laws.

“The TransCanada case is a red flashing warning sign about whose interests these trade deals represent. These same corporate rights provisions have successfully challenged rural communities’ democratic rights to limit fracking and regulate mining,” said IATP’s Climate Director Ben Lilliston. “This deal is literally in climate denial—the words climate change are nowhere in the text. Yet the TPP supports an extractive, climate-damaging mode of globalization that has led to mass deforestation, fossil fuel withdrawal and an energy-intensive industrial model of agriculture.”

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