CATCHING UP

The Sunshine State

It’s been quite warm (nice) the last few days. One can comfortably wear a light t shirt in the mornings and not feel the need to put anything over that. It’s been so warm (temps in the 90’s) that the greens have started to wilt slightly in the afternoon. With the sun being lower in the sky the ray ‘s are very intense and it feels hotter than it really is.  


Jules being presented with award

Awards Ceremony

On Monday evening we walked (we’ll have to write about that afterwards) to the City Council meeting to accept the ‘Outstanding Recycler Award’ presented by the Mayor.   Having won the award in 2004 under a different category it was really nice to recognized again by the City.   While we were there mingling with the other winners and city officials, workers, we were asked if we could bring some ideas to the table in helping the City with planning ‘Greening the Earth Day’ 2007.   Of course, first thought was making it “zero waste.” Last year the vendors were not allowed to sell anything which we thought was a good idea because too often such festivals turn into a consuming frenzy.   The discussion also turned to the surprising developments from PWP.   We are very concerned and asked one of the City officials “what can we do about PWP wanting to renew its coal contract.”   If the city of LA, which is much bigger than little ol’ Pasadena, can turn its back on upping the contract, then why can’t we. You’d think we’d follow the “big brother’s” lead. If this option goes through, it would certainly put a dirty black smudge on our city’s green image.   Again, if you live in Pasadena please switch to green power … it’s only 2.5 cents more; however, we heard that night that this additional charge may be cut in half.    It’s a few cents well spent for a greener, cleaner future.  

Power to the People

Make the Switch Get friends, family, and anyone else you know to just say NO to coal! Or, if you haven’t already, call your council member and let them know that this issue concerns you and the future generations.

Crosswalk Danger

We urban homesteaders try to not use our biodiesel car so much (many days are car free); instead, we bike or walk to places we need to go. Back in the late 90’s, Jordanne was hit by a Chevy Suburban while she was on her bike in a crosswalk. Thank God the lady driving wasn’t going full speed because Jordanne found herself on the asphalt looking up from under the front bumper of the car. Had the lady driving been going any faster Jordanne’s “injuries” would have been much worse.   To be a pedestrian or riding bike is, unfortunately, very dangerous in LA.   Don’t know if it has to do with the fast paced culture here but everyone seems to be in a hurry and the car is a big piece of LA’s culture.  

Now back to the story:  On Monday night we were almost run over by a bicyclist! Oh, sure, we had expected the typical motorist to cross our path in a hurry (which we like to give them this piece of advice “slow down, you’ll live longer!”) but a bicyclist?  Just because he’s only on two wheels and we are on two feet doesn’t mean that he can disregard pedestrians.   LA people are too fast paced, if they are slowed down for any reason… oh, boy, they do not like it.     LA prides itself on being tolerant of everyone… well, then what about the “slow folks” sure we may be considered or labeled “slow pokes” but, God willing, we may just live a little longer.

Peddler’s Wagon

Thanks for everyone’s positive comments. To date we’ve had about 6 orders (we hope for more!) and we are very blessed and grateful for your support. There have been times that folks have asked us “how can we support your work.” In lieu of charitable donations we have set up this online store for you to get something useful for your contribution (“donation”) that will support and continue the many aspects of PTF’s outreach.

Of course, more product listing are in the works — seeds, perhaps even items from our own urban homestead, items with PTF’s “sustainable” sayings and images, etc. What would you like to see sold on the wagon?   We’ve added a few more items over the weekend with more to come.   So take peek into thewagon

One reader requested more “PTF treats.” More specifics and suggestions please!

Looking to Make the Switch

Among other things we are seeing if we can switch to a “green” website service provider. We have looked into green website hosting many, many times over the years; however, we ran into a few obstacles. One was that the PTF site couldn’t fit in the hosting packages and if it did then the cost would be insane. Also after reading the fine print we found that some hosting services don’t actually purchase wind or solar power; instead, they buy “credits” to offset CO2 emissions.   That being the case we could just buy the credits ourselves. We are working on this and hope to find a green, affordable solution. Stay tuned.  To answer a reader’s question how much does this site cost us: Well, just for hosting fees alone over $2,000 a year.  

MONTH SUMMARY: October 2006

Disk Space: 1600 MB (and growing)

Total Hits: 3,500,000

Total KB Requested: 73,000,000

Total Pageviews: 400,000

Countries: 120

Come December we celebrate 7 years since PTF was founded. It’s so wonderful to see PTF grow before our eyes, thank you all!

BOOKMARKS

The new rage on the road is ecological {Vancouver Sun}

It’ll be at least 20 minutes before you can move, but even so, the #*@&% in the car next to yours turns on his ignition and lets his motor idle — and idle and idle.Your chest constricts, your eyes bulge and you pray fervently that an asteroid will hurtle forth from the heavens and reduce him and his car to space dust.That’s eco-rage.
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Pollinators Help One-third Of The World’s Food Crop Production {Science Daily}

Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats affect 35 percent of the world’s crop production, increasing the output of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, finds a new study published today (Wednesday, Oct. 25), in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences and co-authored by a conservation biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
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‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish {BBC}

There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by the middle of the century if current trends continue, according to a major scientific study.
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A Growing Trend: Small, Local and Organic {Wash Post}

Popularity of Farmers Markets, Natural Grocery Stores Helps Cultivate a Rise in Niche Farms
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Jet-lagged mice die young, study finds {Yahoo}

Jet-lagged mice die younger, researchers said on Monday in a study that suggests that working unusual shifts and flying back and forth across time zones takes a permanent toll on health.
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  1. Wildside says:

    “sure we may be considered or labeled “slow pokes” but, God willing, we may just live a little longer life” And I say, “Amen to that!”

    I need to come back and read about “‘Only 50 years left’ for sea fish”

    Right now (and always) I am very bothered by localized pollution. By the fact that not only is my garden soil polluted by industry, but also the sea right outside my door! The air is polluted by our freeways. It settles right here. Right now, it is tolerable, but what of the future?

    Something I suspected, but now “officially” confirmed and I am finding it very hard to accept.

    OK, I just used your comment section to rant, rather than my own blog (which I’ve been trying hard not to do so on). Sorry about that!

  2. Anais says:

    Hello Wildside,

    Thanks for your comments and rant. Ranting’s sometimes just keep each of us sane. Glad to offer a place to let off a bit of steamm… best of all we don’t charge per session. 😉

    We could rant a little more too I suppose. It’s very hard sometimes to stay focused and positive when the world is falling apart before your very eyes.

  3. Esther says:

    Hi! My less environmental-friendly husband showed me an article in the magazine Business Week (date Oct. 16) called The Organic Myth. Basically it states that now that the Food Giants want in on the organic market, the quality of the organic food will diminish (yogurt made from milk powder from New Zealand at StonyField Farms for instance)

    I think the article is biased and bases its conclusion largely on an interview with Stonyfield’s ceo. I’m not so keen on the fact that organic companies are becoming more money driven and neglecting their philosophy.

    what are your thoughts???

    I’ll try to get the article online somewhere

  4. Esther says:

    oh wow! okay first here the link to the article: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_42/b4005001.htm?chan=search
    It seems that Stonyfield is NOT happy with the article at all.
    their response is found here:
    http://www.stonyfield.com/AboutUs/setting_the_record_straight.cfm
    the businessweek site has interesting responses from some smart folks…

  5. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for the Eco-rage article. I SO relate. I often find it hard to have compassion for people who make choices that are destructive to our shared environment and my children’s future. I try to see them as unskilled, not understanding we are all interdependent, but I would really like to throw the trash back at them like the guy in the story!