Archive for July, 2011

50 Million Trees and Counting: Trees for the Future

Deforestation, Food Forests, Plant Systems, Rehabilitation, Trees

“Here’s some great weekend inspiration to encourage you into a more productive new week. I think you’ll enjoy this one”.— by Craig Mackintosh PRI Editor July 31, 2011

see:   http://permaculture.org.au/2011/07/31/50-million-trees-and-counting-trees-for-the-future/

“bringing back forests to world’s degraded lands”

see awesome video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdoe_gI_fSs&feature=player_embedded

“This 8 minute video documents the work of Dave Deppner and Trees for the Future. Communities around the world turn to Trees for the Future for technical knowledge and planting materials so that they can bring degraded lands and struggling farmlands back to sustainable productivity. Since 1988, Trees for the Future (TFTF) has helped thousands of communities in Central America, Africa, and Asia improve their livelihoods and their environment by planting nearly 50 million trees in agroforestry and reforestation projects. Each year these trees remove over one million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere” – from  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdoe_gI_fSs&feature=player_embedded


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it starts with you and i.

how much will you plant in your lifetime? whom will you teach to plant and take care?  many, many!!

plant, take care, give life!


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“Peter Coyote challenges Stewart Brand’s hypothesis that “we are like gods”, positing instead that human beings are “idiot savants” ” – from YouTube, Earth Island Journal.

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The Huffington Post  Steven Hoffer  First Posted: 7/8/11 04:07 PM ET Updated: 7/8/11 04:14 PM ET


This isn’t your typical, garden-variety crime.

After a warning, a ticket and now a misdemeanor charge, an Oak Park, Mich., woman faces up to 93 days in jail for refusing to remove a vegetable crop from her front lawn.

Julie Bass says that she thought it would be “really cool” for the neighbors and kids to see a frontyard garden, but some community members don’t appreciate the vegetable plot.

“I think it’s sad that the City of Oak Park that’s already strapped for cash is paying a lot of money to have a prosecutor bothering us,” she told My Fox Detroit.

Bass has since started a blog — Oak Park Hates Veggies — to chronicle her battle with the authorities.

“We now find ourselves in a storm of controversy worthy of some high level mischief. Seriously?” she wrote in an entry. “It’s a GARDEN. It’s not a high crime or treason or murder. IT’S VEGETABLES. And yes, we did throw in a few flowers.”

There’s also a Facebook page with 980 fans and a thread on the Internet message board Reddit with nearly 400 comments supporting her lawn farming.

According to a local ABC affiliate, city code states that “all unpaved portions of the site shall be planted with grass or ground cover or shrubbery or other suitable live plant material.”

Posing the question: Are cabbages, peppers, tomatos and cucumbers “suitable” for the front lawn?

“If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster’s dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what’s common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers,” Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski told MyFoxDetroit.

Nevertheless, Bass has refused to comply with the city’s requests to remove the plants or place them in her backyard.

“It’s definitely live. It’s definitely plant. It’s definitely material. We think it’s suitable,” Bass said.

A pre-trial is scheduled for July 26.



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