Posts Tagged ‘Guerrilla Gardening’

Corbett Report ~ Solutions: Guerrilla Gardening

Best Corbett Report ever!

I have previously seen many of the food industry and guerrilla gardening clips, but I love how they’ve put this together. The last 4.5 minutes with Joel Salatin are particularly worthwhile: “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly — at first.” True to James Corbett’s New Year’s Resolution to report news that’s working and solution-oriented news that changes the world for the better, James himself commits to learning how to garden, even if he faces challenges in the beginning.

How to Help Save Monarch Butterflies (And Bees)!

I saw this video yesterday on RMN, right after I had just planted a dozen or so milkweed plants in our Certified Monarch Waystation. I also planted a butterfly bush yesterday and am getting ready to send the rest of those Bealtaine Cottage seeds three hours south to Ann at Exopermaculture.

This morning, due to an unexpected stay at home weekend instead of traveling out of town, I ended up planting dozens more zinnias and sunflowers, and guerrilla gardening the factory/train area across the street by scattering seeds for cosmos, hollyhocks, sunflowers, pink mallow, and also morning glories near the telephone poles. Er, I mean, the birds stole the pot of seeds I had in my hand for our yard and scattered them across the street! Rascals!!! The flowers might get mown down, or we might have a wild flower field instead of ragweed late this Summer and Fall.

Anyway, this video gives some fascinating and up close visuals of the various stages of caterpillar, pupa, and monarch butterfly life. Even if you only have a small place for flowers, you can do your part to help save this beautiful species by planting some milkweed and high nectar flowers like dill, zinnias, native prairie flowers — asters, coneflowers, etc. Our yard was a riot of butterfly and bee activity last year, and I hadn’t even tried to plant a butterfly garden. This year, I signed up to become an official Monarch Waystation, where the monarchs can stop to feast and lay eggs before continuing their long migration.

I hope you enjoy the video! I’ve never seen so much detailed butterfly footage with description. What’s good for the butterflies is also good for the bees.

“The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America” at the Nanovic Institute

David and I are excited to attend a symposium on Wednesday, May 8 at Notre Dame: “The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America.” We’re especially excited to see Will Allen of Growing Power, as well as Ron Finley of LA Green Grounds.

“6ft 7 inch former professional basketball player Will Allen is now one of the most influential leaders of the food security & urban farming movement. His farm and not-for-profit, Growing Power, have trained and inspired people in every corner of the US to start growing food sustainably. This man and his organization go beyond growing food. They provide a platform for people to share knowledge and form relationships in order to develop alternatives to the industrial food system.Will Allen works with at-risk urban youth, helping them learn farming skills for a more positive life trajectory and food system “that works for everybody.” On Wednesday he’ll talk about “The Good Food Revolution.” You can meet him in this video introduction to Growing Power:

“Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where ‘the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.'” On Wednesday, he’ll be talking about “The New Urban Food Forest,” but you might enjoy his talk here about food deserts and what we can do about them:

Future of Food Nanovic Institute

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Here’s the Nanovic Institute’s event description:

With a grant from the European Union Delegation to the United States, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites you to celebrate Europe Day by attending a symposium to be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, entitled “The Future of Food: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America.” The event (with the exception of lunch) is free and open to the public.

The purpose of this convivial event is to gather farmers, chefs, restaurateurs, policy-makers, academics, and members of our wider community to discuss new developments in urban food systems. As we know, the world’s population is now more urban than rural, a shift that has had enormous effects on food production and distribution. When it comes to feeding urban areas, what are the most pressing problems, ingenious approaches, and sustainable new practices?

Lunch will be a very special Farmers Market feast, sourced entirely from local farmers and purveyors and designed especially by Chef Don Miller, Notre Dame Food Service Executive Chef.

[Note from Laura: Registration for the luncheon buffet ended on May 1, but the event is still free and open to the public. This is a phenomenal gathering of great speakers, community outreach, visionaries and people embodying the idea that “the problem is the solution.” I feel passionate about food security and and food as a social justice issue, so I’m really looking forward to gathering and brainstorming more ideas to implement at the local level. Please join us if you can!]