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Mar 30 '13
Guess what?  DL is alive and well on the farm.
DL:  We miss you and shout out to Iceland or wherever you are right now.  This is your Irish Spring.  Thank you!

Guess what?  DL is alive and well on the farm.

DL:  We miss you and shout out to Iceland or wherever you are right now.  This is your Irish Spring.  Thank you!

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Mar 29 '13

Come garden with us! New Liberation Garden Party IV: Saturday March 30 (10-2)

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Mar 26 '13
sunfishmoonlight:

If you teach permaculture, you might consider using this amazing design deck, designed and printed here by a West Coast permie - I think it’s an awesome tool.  Find it here: http://www.gaiacraft.com/permaculture-principles-deck/

sunfishmoonlight:

If you teach permaculture, you might consider using this amazing design deck, designed and printed here by a West Coast permie - I think it’s an awesome tool.  Find it here: http://www.gaiacraft.com/permaculture-principles-deck/

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Mar 26 '13

Our Ripples to the World

Mar 25 '13
I’m growing mushrooms in my shower! 
No…I didn’t neglect to clean it for too long…just seemed like the ideal environment for growing fungus at home, i.e. moist and dark. 
After taking a class with Mushroom Maestros in the East Bay, I brought home a kit to grow oyster mushrooms in straw.  For two weeks I nervously watched to see if the mycelium was dispersing throughout the straw and finally decided it was time to initiate fruiting.  I submerged the bags of straw in cold water, drained them, and then left them in the fridge overnight.  The next morning I hung them up in the shower and have been misting them with a water bottle twice daily since.  At first there were just a few little styrofoam-y puffs protruding out of the bag, but then those puffs exploded into beautiful bouquets of oyster mushrooms!  I’m astounded each day by how quickly they grow and I’m just about ready for my first harvest.  
Now we’ll see if I have the heart to cook them after watching these little babies grow up!

I’m growing mushrooms in my shower! 

No…I didn’t neglect to clean it for too long…just seemed like the ideal environment for growing fungus at home, i.e. moist and dark. 

After taking a class with Mushroom Maestros in the East Bay, I brought home a kit to grow oyster mushrooms in straw.  For two weeks I nervously watched to see if the mycelium was dispersing throughout the straw and finally decided it was time to initiate fruiting.  I submerged the bags of straw in cold water, drained them, and then left them in the fridge overnight.  The next morning I hung them up in the shower and have been misting them with a water bottle twice daily since.  At first there were just a few little styrofoam-y puffs protruding out of the bag, but then those puffs exploded into beautiful bouquets of oyster mushrooms!  I’m astounded each day by how quickly they grow and I’m just about ready for my first harvest.  

Now we’ll see if I have the heart to cook them after watching these little babies grow up!

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Mar 25 '13

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Mar 24 '13

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Mar 22 '13

“The Ostrich & the Flame Thrower: Crisis Storytelling in the Chaos Era?” by NewMythologist

Earthjustice, a San Francisco environmental NPO, is looking for a Campaign Manager who will need to “drive the development and implementation of strategic communications—including dynamic storytelling, media and public outreach, advocacy and coalition-building—to support key litigation and legislative advocacy in our clean air docket. … to build the Earthjustice brand.

The big question here is how do non-profits, corporations and other organizations nurture and disseminate their stories in a global climate of chaos? Can Occupy protests, nightly corporate TV news and environmental justice web sites plant “non-GMO seeds” for new stories and new myths?

How does crisis communication play in this corral? Crisis communication “is designed to protect and defend an individual, company, or organization facing a public challenge to its reputation. To emerge with its reputation intact, an organization must anticipate every move and respond immediately and with confidence. Companies facing such a threat will often bring in experienced crisis communications specialists to help prepare and guide them through the process.”

Crisis communications are short-term scams in larger and longer scams in protected mass media channels.

In sharp contrast, Storytelling “is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. Modern storytelling in its traditional forms (fairytales, folktales, mythology, legends, fables etc.), has extended itself to representing history, personal narrative, political commentary, and evolving cultural norms. Contemporary storytelling is also widely used to address educational objectives.”

I wonder if Monsanto, Occupy Oakland or Earthjustice - in their 24/7 Earth slugfest - are producing anything close to “cultural preservation or morality!”

Stories are best transmuted in a person to person / group setting, voice enriched, attention focused, theatric vs. a street protest jeer anger. New myths are fragmented before you can Joseph Campbell!

How do we rise above the disconnected, hyper-political, proprietary mass story killing in this era?

[A] Look for new sources of values and traditions. I recommend the Transition Movement for their Tales and good vibe for creativity.

[B] Seek out small groups and local gatherings and share your own themes and build new stories, poems, songs and new myths together. Local = Sticky!

[C] Idea > Journey > Community! Any idea that could eventually end-up as a new myth needs shared initiations, rituals and much group mixing to become a community resource.

[D] Join your Joseph Campbell Foundation Roundtable!

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Mar 22 '13
"I made that bench…"www.oregoncountryfair.org

"I made that bench…"
www.oregoncountryfair.org

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Mar 21 '13
This Sunday, March 24, 12pm-5pm: Pick up some free soil from Hayes Valley Farm at 450 Laguna and Fell Street in San Francisco. Take it by the truckload, bag, or bucket! by edibleoffice on Flickr.This Sunday, March 24, 12pm-5pm: Pick up some free soil from Hayes Valley Farm.
Take it by the truckload, bag, or bucket!

This Sunday, March 24, 12pm-5pm: Pick up some free soil from Hayes Valley Farm at 450 Laguna and Fell Street in San Francisco. Take it by the truckload, bag, or bucket! by edibleoffice on Flickr.

This Sunday, March 24, 12pm-5pm: Pick up some free soil from Hayes Valley Farm.
Take it by the truckload, bag, or bucket!

Mar 20 '13
sunfishmoonlight:

PLACE garden workparties. Every 4th Saturday of the month, 10am-5pm, potluck at 2pm. 1121 64th St., Oakland.

sunfishmoonlight:

PLACE garden workparties. Every 4th Saturday of the month, 10am-5pm, potluck at 2pm. 1121 64th St., Oakland.

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Mar 20 '13

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