the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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call for submissions to inverness almanac

The Inverness Almanac welcomes submissions — by June 1, 2015 — of:
essays, photographs, artwork, stories, poems, ecological observations, plant profiles, mushroom recipes, histories, graphs and maps, interesting rocks, animal encounters, accounts of bird migrations, planting timelines, remembrances of Arch Rock, rain dances, your tracks in the mud, your fallen leaves, your astronomies, astrologies, mythologies, the tale of your journey into the forest, into the underworld, into the bioluminescent bay on a ghost ship in the night, your lyrics, calendars, missed connections, adorations, and contemplations.
black and white photo of a beach and ocean shore

Tell a story, tell a dream, tell a secret. Light, darkness, and everything in between, with a fall/winter theme for the Alamanac’s next issue.

Email submissions by June 1, 2015 to invernessalmanac@gmail.com.

Mail print submissions to PO Box 712, Inverness, CA 94937.


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guerilla propagation workshop in oakland, ca!

April 25th! 2015 *11-2pm*
Grow your own! Guerilla Propagation Workshop Seed and Crop Swap, Free Live Juice Shots and Live DJ
Join us for this lively street party in partnership with Destiny Arts Center celebrating food traditions, resistance, and culture.
Every month features a workshop, DJ and/or Live music, free tastings, and a potluck cook off alongside the farmers market.
Learn to propagate (multiple/grow) edible plants from simple cuttings found around your neighborhood. Participants will leave with a homemade propagation kit and cuttings ranging from tree collards to thyme to pepino dulce.

Ruckus n’ Resiliency! Workshop Series and Street Festival

11-2pm *Last Saturday of the Month*
970 Grace Ave@ Feel the Beet! Farmers Market
Oakland, Ca. 95608
Free- RSVP Here
*Bring your seeds, cuttings, and extra garden starts and plants to share with your neighbors.  There will be plenty of free kale,
collards, and tomato starts from Phat Beets Produce to be potted up and given away.  Also bring your extra backyard produce to share!


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shone farm 2015 independent agriculture enterprise program

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Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s educational farm in Forestville, CA, is offering 6 intermediate growers an opportunity to farm on 3 acres of our land, producing for sale to our 100-member CSA, restaurant customers and Culinary Program at the college.

This is a revenue-sharing opportunity for those who are working towards establishing their own independent farming enterprise and want the experience of taking responsibility for a parcel of land.  You will have the chance to grow for established markets within a supportive environment with access to mentorship and shared resources like equipment, irrigation infrastructure, etc. You will also be able to establish new sales channels for your products, including farmers market.

Participation in the Enterprise Program requires:

  • Minimum of 2 FULL seasons of experience growing mixed vegetables in a commercial environment
  • Availability of 20 hours/week (average) to plant, maintain and harvest your parcel
  • Willingness to grow according to our 4-year crop rotation and pre-established 2015 crop plan
  • Registration in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Ag 98 (Independent Study) and Ag 56 (Ag Enterprise) courses

This program begins in May of 2015 and applications are being reviewed now.  To express an interest in the program and request more information, click here


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a+ technology (adaptive, accessible, appropriate)

Examples of Questionable Applications of Technology:

  1. using garden sheers to trim your bangs
  2. building a forest fire to barbecue burgers for two
  3. mincing garlic with a machete
  4. driving a ton of steel to transport a 150 lbs human body across town
  5. relying on expensive, petroleum-reliant, highly-commodified tools to support innovative, unconventional, and ecologically-sound small farms

 

This week in the Food List, the focus is on Appropriate Technology— or, in other words, technology that suits its purposes (in scale, cost, application, etc.). The presented case studies presented prove that when it comes to sustainable, small-scale farming, bigger is not better and one size doesn’t necessarily fit all.

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california agriculture, drought, and politics

cali drought

Published on March 30, 2015 by The Daily Beast

How Growers Gamed California’s Drought
by Mark Hertsgaard

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdings, controversial water dealings, and millions of dollars in campaign contributions to high-powered California politicians including Governor Jerry Brown, former governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gray Davis, and U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

The record drought now entering its fourth year in California has alarmed the public, left a number of rural communities without drinking water, and triggered calls for mandatory rationing. There’s no relief in sight: The winter rainy season, which was a bust again this year, officially ends on April 15. Nevertheless, some large-scale farmers are enjoying extraordinary profits despite the drought, thanks in part to infusions of what experts call dangerously under-priced water.

Continue reading the full article here.

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