On a remote patch of land in the south-west of Ireland lies a precious fragment of a lost world – owned and managed by one man. Eleven years ago, Eoghan Daltun sold his house in Dublin and moved to his new home, an old farm on County Cork's rugged coast. The farm, on the Beara Peninsula, included a strip of native woodland, something that is now incredibly rare in Ireland, as well as Europe. Daltun saw that 32-acre (13-hectare) patch of ancient trees as his very own temperate rainforest – a type of mossy forest once far more common in Britain and Ireland, made possible in part thanks to moist island air.
By pulling out heaps of non-native plants, including rhododendron, and erecting a fence to keep sheep and deer from grazing the area, Daltun gave his forest a chance to flourish and expand. Life has, in fact, exploded.
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This week on the CODEPINK radio air waves, co-founder Jodie Evans talks to Severine von Tscharner Fleming and to CODEPINK’s Local Peace Economy Organizer Kelly Curry about how to plant seeds of peace and divest ourselves, our time, our talent and money from the war economy.
This video is in French! To translate, go in Youtube at the bottom of the video player, turn on subtitles and click settings wheel > subtitles/cc to switch language. Enjoy!
Announcing The 1st Ever: Until We’re Together Again Community Supported Arts Project.
We're set up just like a farm CSA, where you pay a monthly fee and receive a box of delicious farm fresh food…
Only We're Sending You A Box Of Freshly Grown, Non GMO, Free Range ART!!!
Each month, for the next 6 months, a different artist will snail mail you (also known as real mail) a new cultural offering to help you get through the dark and socially distant winter ahead of us!
THIS PROJECT AIMS TO GET ACTUAL, REAL, TOUCHABLE ART INTO YOUR ACTUAL, REAL, TOUCHING HANDS.
Our CSArt project...
supports artists so that they're still artists at the end of this pandemic.
keeps you connected to your favorite artists during a long, dark winter.
let's us process this surreal, lonely, heartbreaking moment communally.
THE ARTISTS ARE....
MAX ZT (Max's collaboration with Priya Darshini on her album Periphery was JUST NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY!!!!)
CHELSEA GRANGER of The Royal Frog Ballet
GEOFFREY LAMAR WILSON of Jus Post Bellum
SOPHIE WOOD of The Royal Frog Ballet
ROSE FRIEDMAN & JUSTIN LANDER of Modern Times Theater
TERESA CAMOU GUERRERO filmmaker & longtime Bread and Puppet company member
FIND OUT MORE AND GET YOUR SUBSCRIPTION...
BY CLICKING HERE!!!!!!
"The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neo-liberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have been historically exploited, oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against because of race, gender, class, caste.
Additionally, the sacred connection that Indigenous communities hold with the land has been violated through colonization, broken treaties, and the continuous human rights violations made against Indigenous people.
Across the planet, the majority of front line workers, health care workers, home care workers, domestic workers, and farmworkers are women. Like the Earth, they are the least valued and protected.
We must RISE to value, protect and uplift those who are doing essential work. We must RISE for the Earth, which is the most essential to all life.
We call on everyone around the world to RISE in honor and celebration of our women workers, and to create and grow RISING GARDENS.
Why RISING GARDENS?
Gardens remind us of our enduring connection to life, to each other and to Earth, which compels us to do everything in our power to protect and nurture life and all that is sacred without doing harm. The cultivation of plant life is also a means for survival. Growing food in a garden organically – be it your own indoor garden or a community garden – allows you to feed yourself and your community. It provides autonomy and underscores the need for food security in a world where so many are denied these essential resources. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported in April that the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people suffering from acute food insecurity this year to around 265 million globally.
Maintaining a garden is an act of resistance because it does the opposite of what the capitalist machinery does – it connects people and communities with the Earth. To grow one’s own food, to grow beauty and life – is revolutionary in this age of ecological, environmental, societal, spiritual collapse. To put our energies, our creativity, our hearts into everything that can grow and sustain all forms of life when the current world order is bent on destruction is a radical political act. The existence and persistence of community gardens in food deserts and low-income neighborhoods is a testament to the resilience of the Black and Brown communities who cultivate them.
Tending to a garden, like nurturing our own communities, requires patience, creativity, love, care, attentiveness, presence, diligence, mindfulness and commitment. Gardening centralizes growing and giving, it is not about taking or acquiring.
To care for a garden – to nurture it to bloom and grow – deepens our relationship to Mother Earth.
Gardens place us firmly and deeply in the art of honoring life, becoming artistic beds of Creative Resistance.
Gardens are sacred spaces that engage and awaken our senses, make us believe in wonder, beauty and connection to all living beings. Like theatre, they are a place of play and of transformation – where we can celebrate and contribute to life.
Rising Gardens are a defiant creative call for revival, restoration and transformation. They are, in many ways, a compassionate call for justice – because one of the greatest injustices of our time has been the destruction and eradication of Mother Earth, parallel to the ongoing and escalating gender-based violence. We cannot keep the ongoing extraction of women’s labour and earth’s produce, with no gratitude to both. We must honor and protect the Earth and women in order for any future life to exist.
To make a garden grow is to love.
To keep a community alive is to love.
Create and grow gardens.
Dance in them.
Raise the Vibration with your hands and bodies.
RISE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHER EARTH"
from One Billion Rising
"Is Early Los Angeles A Model For Food And Agriculture In Hawaii?
Believe it or not, yes. In the first half of the 20th century, smart planners put land in the hands of farmers and transformed LA County into an agricultural powerhouse...[continue reading at Civil Beat]."
"Land has been central to economic inequality for centuries. Today, we sometimes see homeownership as a path to the middle class, but it is important to see how this particular asset still drives inequality. This panel discusses the past and present of ideas like Henry George's land value tax, hoping to draw lessons for the real economy.
Jo Guldi is a scholar of the history of Britain and its empire who is especially involved in questions of state expansion, the contestation of property under capitalism, and how state and property concepts are recorded in the landscape of the built environment. These themes informed her first book, Roads to Power, which examined Britain's interkingdom highway and its users from 1740 to 1848. They also inform her current research into rent disputes and land reform for my next monograph, The Long Land War, which profiles three moments in the history of property: the Irish Land Court of 1881 and its invention of rent control, the ideology of "squatting" in post-1940 Britain, and the creation of the "participatory map" for contesting legal boundaries in Britain and India in the 1970s and 80s.
Alisha C. Holland is an associate professor in the Government Department at Harvard University. She studies the comparative political economy of development with a focus on Latin America. Her first book, Forbearance as Redistribution: The Politics of Informal Welfare in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2017), examines the politics of law enforcement against the poor. She is working on a new book on the institutional determinants and challenges of large-scale infrastructure projects.
Matt Prewitt is RadicalxChange Foundation’s president, a writer and blockchain industry advisor, and a former plaintiff's side antitrust and consumer class action litigator and federal law clerk."
Applications are now available for Allegheny Mountain Institute’s fully sponsored Farm and Food System Fellowship!
The Fellowship is an 18-month educational program that fully sponsors, trains, and empowers individuals to become teachers and advocates for a food system that is socially, environmentally, and economically just. Selected Fellows spend six months in experiential, residential Farm and Food Study at AMI’s Allegheny Farm Campus, followed by a Community Action Year, applying their training in partnership with AMI and regional non-profit organizations.
More about the fellowship:
"From May to October, AMI fully sponsors a cohort of passionate individuals to learn, live and study together on the Allegheny Farm in Highland County, VA.
Fellows gain a full-season of hands-on, diversified experience in agricultural methods that enhance the health of our ecosystem. This includes fruit and vegetable production, poultry care, rotational grazing, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping, agroforestry, ecological farm design, food preservation, and whole food cooking. Fellows are directly involved with outreach, education and sales, and may work to teach in a school garden, sell at a Farmers Market, and supply Community Supported Agriculture share.
Daily experiential learning is augmented by in-depth workshops and field trips led by passionate, experienced staff and topical experts. Through these activities, Fellows deepen farming skills and explore critical food system issues, examining the intersections of food policy, climate change, racism, and socioeconomic justice.
The Fellowship challenges and encourages both self-directed and collaborative learning. The Farm and Food Study culminates in a Capstone Project that provides Fellows with the opportunity to explore and hone their skills and interests.
Farm Fellows spend approximately 40-50 hours per week learning, studying, and working on the farm in a typical week, with occasional evening and weekend commitments for chores and AMI events. Fellows are granted 3 personal days and holidays. AMI provides accident insurance coverage.
The Farm and Food Fellowship is an 18-month program, and AMI expects all successful Farm Fellows to commit to the following year of Community Action. Farm Fellows receive a $1,000 stipend upon signature and commitment to the Community Action Year contract. At AMI's discretion, Fellows may be asked to repay the costs of the Farm and Food Study Fellowship if they voluntarily leave the program early or fail to commit to or complete the Community Action Year."