the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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calling all dreamers and optimistic fools

Jonathan Edwards is playing a live benefit show for our friends at Stone Soup Institute in Harpswell, Maine THIS Friday!

SSI is a horse powered farm and school.  Courses offered integrate traditional as well as contemporary practices and knowledge in the Agrarian Arts, Crafts and Fine Arts.  The education stays in tune with the seasons. They also build tiny houses!

Jon Edwards is an ideal performer for this benefit because of his devotion to send a message through his music. Believing in who he is, longing for living a simple life, and staying true to himself is what makes him special for this show.

Go out to see a great show, be in good company, and support Stone Soup Institute! Buy your tickets here and get all the details!


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happening today in portland, me!

  Come visit the young farmers who are coordinating this futurist pageant of logistics, using the power of the wind to capture imaginations and new markets for the rural economies of this tall state.  And come see the wooden schooner, the Harvey Gamage, a 131 foot schooner that will carry the cargo southwards.  Saturday, Sunday and Monday (July 18-20) they’ll be tabling with their wares as part of the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE in Portland Maine. On Monday they’re throwing a “ TTIP Afterparty” at Thompson’s Point, on the waterfront in Portland Maine with four amazing live bands and a teach in by Food and Water Watch’s Sarah Alexander. Bands Include: The Parlor, Will Dailey and the Milk and Honey Rebellion


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TTIP and tall ships afterparty! july 20th, portland maine!

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TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIIP TEACH IN!
4 live bands!
Hot stuff 
5pm– late
Come on out!
On July 20th,we’ve got a full afternoon and evening TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP teach in at Thompson’s Point in Portland Maine.  We’ve invited our favorite agrarian bands, including The Parlor, Will Dailey  and Milk and Honey Rebellion– as well as sea shanty singer Paul Hartney. It’s a stop-over event for Neil Young’s Monsanto Year’s tour— so we’ll have a full complement of organic agriculture activists in attendance, and perhaps a special guest or two. The focus of the training is on ‘terms of trade’ with a training by Food and Water watch regional director  Alex Beauchamps  and Maine Fair Trade and the Citizen Policy Commission about the impact of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement) on New England agriculture.  Come early, stay late– tall ships forever!


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Occupy the Farm protesters hold rally and action to stop development of historic gill tract farmland

Thursday July 16th, 2015, 4pm Rally, 5pm Action

Monroe St. & San Pablo Ave., Albany, CA
gill tract march

On July 16th, 2015, farmers and neighbors of the historic Gill Tract will gather to hold a rally and take action to protect the historic Gill Tract Farm from looming development by UC Berkeley to build a Sprouts Supermarket, and to highlight the public health impacts of the development.

For 3 years, the commercial development project that is slated to pave the southern 7 acres of the historic Gill Tract Farm has been held off by a lawsuit.  On June 16th, the courts ruled in favor of the UC, citing that their polluting, privatizing, pavement project breaks no state laws, clearing the way for the planned development to begin.

Protesters will hold a rally at the corner of Monroe Street and San Pablo Avenue at 4pm, next to the 7 acres in question.  They will begin with a series of speaker addressing the many issues at hand.

Promptly at 5pm, protesters will begin their planned direct action, using creativity and art as some of the tactics.

planting sprouts

 

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the grange hall in ojai has great upcoming events

The Grange Hall in Ojai has got it going on!

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Beginning this weekend (sign up quick!) the Ojai Grange is hosting a series of summer classes on a variety of different homesteading/self-sufficiency topics.Check out http://www.ojaivalleygrange.com for more information and to sign up!

Below is the flyer for a homesteading Farm Camp for girls age 8-14 at local organic Poco Farm, July 20-24.
PocofarmCamp
Support your local community and home economy by signing up soon!
Thank you!
Grace Malloy
Secretary, Ojai Valley Grange #659
ojaivalleygrange@gmail.com


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TTIP and tall ships afterparty! july 20th, portland maine!

Ph_Megantic1a
TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP TEACH-IN!
4 live bands!
Hot stuff 
5pm– late
Come on out!
On July 20th, we’ve got a full afternoon and evening TALL SHIPS AFTERPARTY and TTIP teach in at Thompson’s Point in Portland Maine.  We’ve invited our favorite agrarian bands, including The Parlor, Will Dailey  and Milk and Honey Rebellion– as well as sea shanty singer Paul Hartney. It’s a stop-over event for Neil Young’s Monsanto Year’s tour— so we’ll have a full complement of organic agriculture activists in attendance, and perhaps a special guest or two. The focus of the training is on ‘terms of trade’ with a training by Food and Water watch regional director  Alex Beauchamps  and Maine Fair Trade and the Citizen Policy Commission about the impact of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement) on New England agriculture.  Come early, stay late– tall ships forever!
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