Pro active form of protest

Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?~ Edward Giobbi ~

Wow, a whole year has passed since we moved the PTF journal to this easier to update, word press format. My, how time flies!  Besides,  I can’t believe that PTF has been keeping a journal since summer of 2001.

Happy spring! Yeah, I already said that, but hey, happy spring!  We’ve thrown aside the winter doldrums and are looking forward to the warm days of spring/summer and thinking about all the plans we have in store for the urban homestead.

Sunday is a day when folks/friends stop by the urban homestead either to drop of extra duck eggs in trade for salad, pick up their weekly produce order or just to stop by and chat.   In between socializing yesterday with five friends who dropped by during the day, the grapes were planted along the animal enclosure, organic foliar was applied to the plants throughout the yard, the garden was tidied up in our Sunday morning yard ritual, duck and animal houses cleaned out, laundry done, house cleaned, 2 loaf pound cakes were made with our duck eggs (one was a gift, a going a-way present for our friends), finished a knitted scarf (another gift), work on the new website and much, much more!  

More geese were spotted flying North early yesterday morning. It’s really something to see/experience, however brief.   A special feeling washes over you when you hear them fly overhead in their formed lines while out in the early morning tending the garden – it’s like a call from the wild.   It’s not often in the city that you get exposed to nature in its true, genuine form. Luckily for us we live near enough to the mountains and arroyo and oftentimes we hear the piercing call of the red tail hawks as they soar overhead looking for their next meal. A couple of times kestrel hawks have visited the homestead hoping to pick up any little birds that visit the bird bath. Once there was a beautiful pheasant that landed in our neighbor’s tree that is visible from our front yard and early one morning a ragged coyote was spotted roaming through the street.

Early morning, in the garden, outdoors, as day breaks it’s an amazing place to be.  

Spring is a time for new growth in the garden and in ourselves. It’s a time to put to practice and action what we observe to be wrong in our society. This is a time to put all our energies into a positive form of protest against the powers that be.   A time to roll up our sleeves and get dirty! Have you got your hands dirty today?



News clips
The LA Times had two great articles printed in the Saturday paper. One spotlights the toxins of our technological age. Our technological, throw away society is poisoning the planet (if you didn’t already know that). Of course, we don’t dare throw the toxic gizmos in our backyard, instead we sent it off to poison and kill others. But is not the world our own backyard?   If we don’t want the stuff in our backyard, why do we send it to another?
The other, highlights the conspiracy of the lawn industry and the American obsession of the green lawns. Again, we are killing ourselves with this absurd obsession as we pour precious water and deadly chemicals to keep this abnormality alive.
E-Waste is E-vil {LA Times}

Between now and 2009 — in addition to all of our portable electronic toys — more than 550 million computers and analog TVs will be thrown away in the continental United States. Ugly as it sounds, the U.S. currently has no way to deal with the toxins contained in this cyber-trash. We need to send it elsewhere. We are already sending it there.
…Guiyu, a rural area of China northeast of Hong Kong, has become a world capital of toxic disassembly, employing more than 100,000 people. The Oregon-based Basel Action Network published a report exposing how polyvinyl chlorides were being burned openly, and how precious metals were being melted out of computers using highly corrosive acids that were dumped untreated into the Lianjiang River. The group documented how toxins from the e-waste had damaged the lungs, kidneys and central and peripheral nervous systems of Guiyu workers. The toxins are also believed to increase the risk of asthma, bronchitis, birth defects and digestive and lymphatic cancer.
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Lawn Mores {LA Times}

Only in America, with its 50-odd-million households participating in lawn care and its 16,000 golf courses, is turf an estimated $40-billion-a-year industry. That is roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Vietnam. The United States is far and away the world’s leader in cultivating perfect, weed-free, ultra-trim, supergreen grass. How did the greening of America come to pass?….Why did the perfect-lawn aesthetic emerge in the 1950s? Because that was a time in the nation’s economic history when — with Americans already awash in consumer goods such as refrigerators and washing machines — manufacturers longed for new ways of stimulating demand. The perfect lawn fueled postwar consumerism as homeowners repeatedly bought products in the elusive quest for an impeccable yard.There was no business conspiracy here. Lawn-care companies simply pursued their economic self-interest and sold grass seed mixtures that no longer included clover — until the 1950s a part of all lawns because of its ability to fertilize by adding nitrogen to the soil. Instead, companies urged homeowners to buy a bag of chemicals to make up for the nutrient shortfall. Or better yet, to put down new weed-and-feed products, which killed clover and then fertilized to replace the nitrogen that the clover had once provided for free.
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Rewriting The Science

NASA’s top scientist studying the climate tells correspondent Scott Pelley that the Bush administration is restricting what he can say about global warming.
CBS’s 60 Minute segment

Web wanderings
Living on the Edge

Edge gardens happen on balconies, verandahs, window boxes. They happen at the back door, on porches and in courtyards, anywhere plants and living things need you, and you need themr.
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