the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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after the aqueduct: through april 12, 2015

As California’s severe drought drags on, water is top of mind, part of a zeitgeist that the things we’ve done for decades aren’t working so well anymore and never did, for everyone. The Los Angeles Aqueduct is one of them.

Pencil illustration of future aqueduct with two columns of text, one on either side of the sketch.

First page of survey document for L.A. Aqueduct, 1907-1944, courtesy of Library of Congress collection http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ca3095/.

The always controversial L.A. Aqueduct is a 233 mile hydraulic water conveyance system that has provided potable water for the City of L.A. since 1913. Today, the water for the aqueduct originates in the Mono Basin, 338 miles away, moves through the Owens Valley, and eventually reaches L.A. through a complex system of siphons, tunnels, dams and reservoirs. The water diversions from Owens Valley effectively killed it, and continue to threaten the ecology of Mono Lake and other areas.

In a refreshing contrast, the Aqueduct Futures (AF) Project “aims to inspire civic imagination about the future of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and Owens Valley” and is “mapping the hidden impacts of the Aqueduct to create a framework for lasting peace between Los Angeles and Owens Valley. 127 Cal Poly Pomona students (and counting), together with the Owens Valley and Mono County communities have contributed ideas to the project.”

Watch a video synopsis of the project on Vimeo and, if you’re in the L.A. area, check out the After the Aqueduct exhibit in person at the L.A. Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), 6522 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028. The exhibit runs through April 12, 2015.


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carbon smart soil seminar – march 17, 2015

SUNY Adirondack will host a free, day-long soil seminar on Tuesday, March 17. Three farmers-and-more will speak on topics including carbon-smart farming, soil minerals and microbes for optimum growth, and new food standards based on nutrient density.

Flyer with apple advertising a series of events on carbon sequestration soil practices

This is an especially exciting time for farming as we learn more about how soil sequesters carbon and how our climate benefits from certain farming practices. This seminar is both a starting point on climate beneficial farming while also diving deeper on specific topics.

Where: SUNY Adirondack campus, Scoville 206 (building) at 640 Bay Road, Queensbury, NY.

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 10 AM to 3 PM EST

How much: Free!

Contact: Email David Yarrow at dyarrow5@gmail.com for more information on registration or any other questions you may have. You may also call 518-695-3131 or 573-818-4148.


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see two “our land” films in berkeley, ca – march 17th and 18th at 7 PM

Poster advertising two films showing in Berkeley, CA at 7 PM on March 17th and 18thWhat does the land want? How can our human systems for legacy planning, farm transition and land-linking best serve the interests of the land? Please join the Agrarian Trust and Our Land at two film screenings that explore issues of land access, care and transition. Each film will be followed by a Q&A or roundtable discussion.

What: Film screenings of Brookford Alamanac and Hannah Ranch

When: Tuesday, March 17th at 7 PM (Brookford Almanac) and Wednesday, March 18th at 7 PM (Hannah Ranch)

Where: The David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

How much: $10 Advance/$12 Door/$5 Students + Teachers


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community supported agriculture and fisheries fair

CSA-CSF-Fair

MOFGA presents “Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries” on February 27 to March 1 at a locations throughout Maine.

These events are part celebration and part education, as local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Continue reading


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‘food from the farm’ tasting event in plattsburgh, ny march 7th

Fifth Annual Food from the Farm Tasting Event in Plattsburgh March 7

Plattsburgh, NY   The public is invited to meet Northern New York farmers, food processors, wine and cider makers, and chefs with a diverse array of products at the 5th annual Food from the Farm event on Saturday, March 7 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Plattsburgh Recreation Center gymnasium on the US Oval in Plattsburgh, NY.

Visitors will have the opportunity to sample and buy locally-grown or produced foods, wine and cider; pick up recipes and gardening tips; meet local food producers, and support the local economy and food movement.  Products for sale may include overwintered storage crops such as carrots, beets and potatoes; winter greens, frozen meat, maple, honey, wine, and hard cider. Continue reading


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mendocino farm hack, dec 6-7.

When: 12/6/2014

Where: Grange Ag School. 16200 Willits Road. Willits, CA 95490

Mendocino County will host its first FarmHack at the Little Lake Grange and Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA this December 6-7. This weekend long event will bring together business owners, engineers and mechanics, farmers and home-scale producers to learn about the possibilities of ethanol production and use. A series of workshops, panel discussions, and demonstrations will provide a comprehensive knowledge of this renewable, sustainable fuel source with an emphasis on how we as a community can collaborate and reduce our waste stream and our petroleum addiction.

For more information, contact:

Mendocino Alcohol Fuel Group

(707) 960-0717

mafginfo@gmail.com, mendocinodeb@gmail.com

 


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schumacher lectures online + upcoming!

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The Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures (listed below) include some of the foremost voices on a new economics. Hildegarde Hannum is the editor of nearly all the lectures. Summaries of all lectures can be found here. Registration is now open for the 34th Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures on November 15th, 2014 in New York City.

The Schumacher Center for a New Economics publishes its papers in pamphlet form. We keep good stock, so feel free to order these pamphlets (2-up saddle stitched binding) for your community, your local library, or other educational institutions. Each pamphlet is 5 Berkshares or 5 dollars. Learn more about how to order pamplets.

All lectures can be found HERE

The full text of the lectures are made available free of cost in the spirit of sharing this information widely and democratically. When distributing this information, please include all contact information for the Schumacher Center for New Economics.

Thanks to the good work of Schumacher Center’s staff, the lecture pamphlets are now also available in eBook format — both on Kobo and Kindle.  Just search “Schumacher Center for New Economics” on either site. Read the newsletter: “The Fine Art of Pamphleteering in 2014.”

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