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Comment by waldopaper on June 3, 2011 at 4:10pm

so the weeds is my FRIENDS!  kinda suspected that.  unfortunately, the only chicken-poop i got around here are the white folks next door. 

still aint sure if it's Canada Thistle or not... but pluckin they heads off makes the rhizomes go plum crazy.  wots disturbing is the shoots seem to be nestling up to the turnip and beet shoots.  maybe they just helpin each other out.  wouldn't surprise me none. 


Comment by hannah j on June 7, 2011 at 12:38am


---from down the page on his blog, michael writes:


Japan was a big ouch! Fukushima is a continuing ouch! The possibilities for more major shake-ups at the global level are many. Climate change at the global level is impacting more and more places negatively with crop losses and damage to infrastructure. Most ecosystems are still going downhill rather than uphill. There are wars and rumors of wars.
As I've said for years, I continue to expect a US currency collapse. LEAP 2020 predicts it will happen in the 2nd half of 2011. If so, how many Americans will be caught blindsided? LEAP 2020 is a European, economic think-tank. I have been reading their Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin online for years and find their information and analysis to be very helpful in understanding the global economic (and political) scene. They used to post all of their long bulletins online but now a lot of their information is only available by subscription.  What they do put up is worth a look-see.
At the same time, I keep noticing all the positive ideas I see sprouting up around me. Local farmers supplying local hospitals and schools with food. Local food production in general. Local currencies, herbalism, recycling, natural building, permaculture, school gardens, local governance, etc, etc.  New paradigms are emerging, consciousness is shifting.  I have a lot of faith that people will rise to the occasion when difficult times demand it. I have no faith in the durability of the current political and financial systems. I have little faith that the globalization of commerce and international shipping networks will continue to move huge streams of goods all around the globe.
My study of permaculture indicates that around the world it is possible to provide most food, energy, and building material at the local and regional level. Permaculture includes highly productive, home gardens and highly productive, integrated agriculture. One goal is to assist all ecosystems to become healthier and healthier. Permaculture involves restoration of local flora and fanua to the extent possible. Live well on a small footprint of land so that more of the landscape can be wild. Humans integrated into the landscape. Urban areas can be improved in many ways. Blah, blah, blah.  Read my writings on my website if you want more info on pathways to a greener future.
Creating new paradigms makes sense whether the empire collapses this year, or in the next ten years, or not at all. Take care of your family, take care of your friends, take care of the Earth. Multitudinous small efforts over time become the new paradigm.  Old paradigms sometimes go down in flames. Be careful. Love is the answer. 
Best wishes to all my friends and to any other readers,
Michael Pilarski
PS. I can use some help on the farm if you have the time and inclination.  A weekend or longer. Tonasket, Okanogan Valley, North-central Washington.


Comment by BO on June 7, 2011 at 2:50am

I was going to say something about the Fairy and Human Relations Congress ad on his site, but nah,,,I won't.

Then again...where the hell have I been? Fairy and Human relations? Get out! As Waldo would say, wotdafook is that?

I think it's something I might like to see though. Do the women get naked?


Sorry Hannah. I'll behave.

Comment by hannah j on June 7, 2011 at 9:33am

i guess i was hoping you wouldn't notice!  i know michael from years ago in the northwest, don't know about the fairy congress.....    i always wanted to go to the barter fair, though.

and the permaculture related things are probably all good.

but the Fairy and Human Relations Congress, well, let's just say i doubt that would be held here in kansas!


Comment by hannah j on June 7, 2011 at 9:42am

anyone ever heard of this?

from the page:  For the last few weeks, lacto-fermented salsa has been a staple in my kitchen. Added to scrambled eggs, used as a topping for baked wild fish, or along side a fresh garden salad, salsa has so many uses beyond just being a delivery system for chips. I try to have a homemade fermented food in my fridge at all times. The product depends on what is fresh and in season here in Maine.  At any given time, I may have 3-5 different ferments going and always anticipate adding them to my meals. Currently, Maine is in between seasons, so the availability of fresh produce is less than excellent. Thankfully there is Olivia’s Garden. A hydroponic farm located in New Gloucester Maine, which provided us with cucumber, tomatoes, and beautiful salad greens in the middle of the winter. So these may not be the best tomatoes I have ever had, but by fermenting them, we are able to build flavor and produce more nutrition. It’s a win win situation!

Comment by hannah j on June 7, 2011 at 9:45am

first paragraph:  I wrote Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Preservation and Storage because when it came time for me to take the next steps in eating locally and homegrown – to holding some of summer’s bounty for the long winter, there wasn’t any book that really covered what all I needed to know. After writing A Nation of Farmers about the “Why” of growing your own and eating locally, I ran into hundreds of people who had the same problem. They wanted to keep eating the same great food after the CSA boxes stopped coming or the farmer’s market closed down, but they didn’t know how.  'the chatelaine's keys'
Comment by hannah j on June 7, 2011 at 11:37am

Mexico Eco-Punks for Permaculture


video that i couldn't embed here try as i might.


Comment by waldopaper on June 8, 2011 at 12:31pm

the Canadian Thistle (if that's what it is) seems to be on some kind of mission.  i had a dream that they were scouts preparing the way for the hardwood forests that used to be here.  to the east is the great Black Swamp... which never really went away... and i had some kind of idea for that-  shit where is it? 

bicycles is da bomb.  it takes a while to get used to much lower speed... but if you compare it to walking, the speed is there.  i can pedal faster than i can run with almost zero effort.  still gotta deal with the 2-wheel falling-down thing... not that eyes afraid of spills- i've had plenty- but i don't bounce and roll as good as i used to... and with my daily dose of rat-poison, bleeding could be a real bummer.  still, when you get used to being around the noisy/ smelly/ dangerous whizzing tonandahalf hamster cages drivin by fat neanderthals, it's kinda cool. 

bikes and trains (like they do in Germany) would really be neat if we didn't have about 100 million stoopidz holding us back. 


Comment by hannah j on June 17, 2011 at 9:32am

that is a link to my garden album-  all the ones below the one here are from yesterday!
Comment by pan on June 18, 2011 at 7:55am

Just got the veggies planted - only a week or so late for the season here.   The planting area is crammed full with 13 tomatoes, 1 tomatillo, 6 eggplants, 5 lemon cucumber and 2 yellow squash.  Need to expand.  Have built a retaining wall from branches/other plant matter and will fill with dirt so we will have about double the space next year.


It has been a wet, cool spring and our landscaping is quite lovely.  When we got back from Italy the weeds were whelming. Would really like to see our trees grow but the job continues to be stupid- so I continue to put out applications. 


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