I took on the challenge of restoring these eight wood herb boxes that the cafeteria uses. Tomatoes, peppers, green onions, and arugula were already present in the boxes and I needed to improve the fortification system that allowed small animals to eat all the greens.
After ten hours of clearing leaves, planting new herbs and produce, revitalizing old ones, and building cages to prevent animal destruction these boxes are ready to survive on their own. at the ready access of the chef if he wishes to utilize fresh free herbs.
The book and film Guns, Germs, Steel by Diamond, is a very interesting way to look at how humans have evolved. He tries to figure out why white people have more “cargo” than other cultures, especially New Guyenne where he was asked this question. Diamond does research on ancient humans and notices that they were simple hunter and gathers traveling when food becomes scarce. Only when the first humans started to control nature by growing food and herding animals to have a dependable meat supply did people have free time. Diamond finally came up with that depending on your geographic location in the world it determined what could grow and be raised productively and how nutrias the food will be. The population could grow and people were allowed to create new things and learn how to harness the power of fire to smelt all kinds of materials, especially metals.
Upon going back to the Bay Area for the holidays I read an article in the local newspaper called “The New Farmers, shaping future of food” and it related to my field of studies. Due to the last twenty years of decline in land regulations in the area of San Mateo county, 28 year old Tony Cozzolino has started his own farm and is followed by other youth getting into the industry. Tony and his family sell their produce all around the bay area directly to restaurants and the public making connections and relationships with the community. Organizations that have protected and preserved open space have started to see “the long-term benefit from regenerative agriculture as an acceptable use of the land.” Now small farmers are able to open up their own farms now that regulations have been abolished and the demand for high-quality fresh produce in the area is in high demand.
raspberry and rosemary in the ground ready to face the elements of winter for three weeks with out human assistance. Well see if they are there next quarter.
Couple hours later with a pick and shovel the ground is ready to plant raspberries, rosemary and sugar cane. At first these plants will need to be watered and taken care of but eventually they will be part of the surrounding environment and will not require human assistance.
Half way through cleaning up behind Los Olivos getting it ready to plant herbs and food that will one day be sustainable by them selves.
The interview of Chilean economist, Manfred Max-Neef on Barefoot Economics was published on Democracy Now. He explains that to understand poverty you can’t simple study about it in school or listen to peoples first hand experiences with poverty. No you must live in third world poverty for some while to feel and witness what poverty truly is. Looking at it from the outside does not do the same justice as looking at it on the inside. You can’t study everything about love and say you understand it, only when you fall in love you know what the word means and appreciate what you have. Manfred finds that in poverty there is an enormous amount of creativity, you have to find ways to survive with what little you have or you will die. He also speaks upon that people need to bring consumption closer to production. It doesn’t make sense to ship something across the world just because it’s cheaper, these economist don’t put nature into the equation of price.
David Korten gives a speech based on his book The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community. Corporation economic models produced devastating consequences for people of the world while the top 20 percent of the world get all the benefits and profit. Decision making based on short term return to money rather than focusing on the long term wellbeing of people and living things on the planet needs to change. We need to focus on a new birth of earth community with an understanding a responsibility to other people and our nature. Life values need to be in place over financial values. How could somebody making millions of dollars and not stop and think about how they are killing the planet or exploiting people. In 1950’s there was an annual average of 24 major disasters in the world and in the first five years of the 21st century there was 350 weather related natural disasters. We need to start becoming self-reliant and not relying on food and energy that comes from so far away. Our change will come from self-organization and the great turn will follow.