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Bill Moyers interviews Wendell Berry

Here: Wendell Berry on His Hopes for Humanity.

There are other reasons to leave the land and move to the big city, other reasons to decide to not be a farmer, but this is important:

BILL MOYERS: When you and I were born in 1934 there were almost seven million family farms in this country. There are now roughly around two million family farms and most of us are further away from the foundations of nature than we’ve ever been.

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yes, we are still married

It is our anniversary. Nine years ago she and I promised to love honor, aid, and abet, as long as we both wanted to. And we said it in front of family, friends, and a duly authorized person in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. The duly authorized person was nicknamed the Big Mitten for no reason but her last name and that the fab GF does stuff like that. It was a beautiful summer day, very hot. Earlier that afternoon the fab GF had run down the street to fetch me an ice cream sandwich from an ice cream truck that was jingling-jangling by the way they do, with that demented music and a trail of bike-riding kids.

Then we ate ice cream sandwiches and looked at the front garden of the B&B hosting our wedding, still in our jammies.

That may have been the best day ever. I can't say for sure because there are still days ahead and I never really know what new joy or struggle will appear. But that one was a mighty good day. Read below the fold...

A great story about collaborative urban farming in Detroit

"What’s setting Penrose apart from other urban agriculture efforts going on in Detroit is the combination of having residents, a nonprofit and the developer all working together to rebuild a neighborhood using the growing of food as part of the foundation.
“I haven’t heard of anything else quite like that going on,” says Malik Yakini, chairman of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. “I think it is unique.”
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Quinoa: North (demand) v. South (depletion) + Agro-Looters in Paradise

Another "globalization" (Agro-Looting) nightmare. This one hits very close to home, viz., my frequent bowls of quinoa at home, and my love for asparagus.

http://www.alternet.org/print/food/can-healthy-food-eaters-stomach-uncom... Read below the fold...

Common household remedies request

I'm cautiously optimistic that a significant portion of the second garden is going to recover from the little rainstorm we had, so it's time to think about stakes, trellises, and cages.

I have stakes, nothing to buy except something to tie the squash and beans to the stakes with - so what's best to use for tying?

I could, if it's truly a much better option, construct some trellises, as I have scrap bits of this and that lying around, but I'm lazy and don't really want to do this - am I later going to regret using stakes instead? Read below the fold...

The rain in the lane stays mainly undrained

So, we got a little rain today: officially 12.99" in less than 24 hours (what, they're superstitious about the number 13?).

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Thank you, lambert, for the peat moss! I think.

funny pictures of cats with captions

While lambert is spending his Memorial Day weekend planting his garden, I thought I'd brag on my here-in-Florida-where-you-plant-at-Easter garden a bit (hence the cute little bunny rabbit). Read below the fold...

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Reclaiming Detroit

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With their city shrinking, many Detroiters use empty lots to grow gardens

The Greening of Detroit, one of the nonprofit groups that works with local growers, estimates there were more than 1,000 family, school and community gardens in the city in 2011.

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Ever been to the Badlands?

Not the Sissy Spacek movie.

They’re called that for a reason. Summer or winter, they’re a bad place to be. The climate is unpredictable and extreme, as in -40°F to 116°F, and you can look forward to the thunderstorms and blizzards.

Steep slopes, loose dry soil, slick clay, and deep sand. Lots of fossils, so people who hate the idea of evolution must also hate the place. The Lakota knew they were looking at fossils, that the area must have been underwater at some time and the petrified bones and turtle shells they found belonged to species that no longer existed. Read below the fold...

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Occupy Dallas Cleared Out (Title Now Final)

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Happened to notice these things on the Twitter:

http://twitter.com/JasonWhitely/status/137051589876785152 Read below the fold...

Singing hippies

Now that it's Xmas carol season, I would like to suggest that maybe it's time to change the lyrics to those beloved carols.

"Jingle bells / Hippies smell / Must suck for you they're right..."

"I'm dreaming of a fair Charistmas / With no one dying of monoxide poisoning because they had no heat and their kids were freezing and they lit a charcoal grill in their car to stay warm / With food banks empty / because no one's hungry / especially little kids who should never go hungry in this country because that's just wrong..."

"Rudolph the commie reindeer / Had a very weird idea / That people shouldn't get crapped on / And laws should apply equally to everybody regardless of their bank account..." Read below the fold...

Busted window

Know why breaking windows is stupid? Because windows are useful. If you break them, they cease to be useful.

Buildings are useful. They give shelter. Why would you destroy what you can use? Read below the fold...

Dome

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Built a dome.

23.5' diameter, 14' at the peak. 3/4" EMT as the frame, bolted together. It's sitting on weed barrier, but I didn't do a very good job leveling the site and now I'm thinking I need to move the damn thing and put in some base material. But maybe not. Read below the fold...

Don't listen to Morning Edition, listen to this

This is a very interesting interview on thinking strategically about resilience with Lisa Fernandes, a permaculturalist from down south in Portland. Listen to it all.

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The Church of Jeebus Crispy—send money now

I wrote a large check last night for my 2010 income taxes. The fab GF and I each had to file extensions this year because of this funny law that was passed in MARCH ferchrissakes that forces registered domestic partners (or those of us who have a legal relationship equivalent to RDP) to pool income, divide the total by two, and then use this total to figure income tax.

We can't split deductions, of course. And she's getting a refund, though not enough to offset the amount on that check I wrote. Yes, the law is structured to force us to pay more taxes than hetero people who are married couples. Intentionally. Cause everyone knows teh gaies are rich rich rich.

Jeebus Crispy. Read below the fold...

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