“California Green Fire” is built on “A Fierce Green Fire” — filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s big-picture exploration of environmental activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Now we want to bring it home, to the cutting edge where movements got started and pushed the farthest. The film will tell three environmental epics: 1) saving the redwoods; 2) the rise of organic agriculture; and 3) air pollution and clean renewable energy, from L.A. smog to climate solutions. This sample suggests what could be, for the organic story. It’s only a beginning. Find out more at our website: californiagreenfire.com
I first came across David Mas Masumoto’s memoir Epitaph for a Peach a few years ago, lucky enough be required to read it in a lit class. In sympathetic prose Matsumoto describes learning the hard, slow way–by trial and sometimes devastating error–how to maintain a viable business for his family’s organic fussy stunningly delicious peaches.
Now, whenever I eat a peach, the farmer’s reverent descriptions of the fruit run in the sticky fragrant juice down my wrists. The floral, heady sweetness of a summer’s harvest have become no less compelling for Masumoto, who is the third generation in a Japanese family’s American tale of running their peach farm in central California.
And the good news is! : Throughout May, PBS is screening the story of his daughter Nakiko’s homecoming to the family farm. A year-in-the-life is marked by the changing seasons and beginnings of a changing of hands as Nakiko prepares to step into her father’s boots.
Check your local PBS Station for show times (they vary by location) or find them listed on the Masumotos’ website HERE.
You will leave with hands-on practical experience, a network of mentors and peers, and a sense of the nobility of this profession. You are the next generation of food security. We can’t wait to meet you!
Are you ready to join? Take the next step by visiting our website: www.grangefarmschool.org
Meg Hiesinger is a kite maker who sees her craft as a way to help deepen people’s connections to nature through play. Meg began making kites after pulling a broken factory-made plastic kite out of a stand of cactus near her home in Laguna Beach, California. It made her wonder how a kite might look if its mass-produced materials were replaced with something more beautiful and environmentally friendly like her own handmade fabrics. She currently sells her kites under the brand “Des Colores,” descolores.com. Des Colores, “made of colors,” is a phrase that describes Meg’s visual response to the earth and its inhabitants.