HOMEGROWN SOLUTIONS

Resistance Grounded in Food Sovereignty

Wow, we are still getting positive feedback from last Sunday’s event!  So good to hear feedback after pulling off such an event.  Thank you!

Last week on the journal I reported that Farmer D gave a talk at UCLA

Here’s the video of the lecture for your viewing pleasure.  We are still waiting for the DVD copy to upload to YouTube.

Also we were pleasantly surprised to see this review of Farmer D’s lecture online which the student wrote:

On Wednesday November 19, I attended the ESLP Sustainability lecture series. The speaker of the day was a man named Jules Dervaes. He is an environmentalist who is ahead of the times (I should say behind the times) when it comes to sustainability and urban gardens. His philosophy is simple – “go back”. This is exactly what he has done on his fifth of an acre urban homestead in Pasadena California. On the property Jules Dervaes and his children lead a sustainably and healthy lifestyle that is inspiration. They grow six thousand pounds of fruits and vegetables a year in their 100% organic garden. The Dervaes have taken it a step farther than the average home growers; they also equipped their home with DIY solar panels and cook their meals in solar and earth ovens. The property includes a miniature farm, from which they get their eggs and goat’s milk. The family uses petal power to stone grind wheat into flower and hand powered appliances for things like blending, etc. Even the vehicles are powered by bio-diesel. The Dervaes are environmentalism’s dream. There is a youtube video about the Dervaes’, sustainability, and urban gardening called “Homergrown Revolution”. Everyone, especially city dwellers should see this video. Jules Dervaes also has a website called “Path to Freedom” that is packed full of useful information and cool pictures. The link for the website is: www.pathtofreedom.com. During the lecture, Jules also spoke about the dramatic loss of genetic diversity that has spread throughout agriculture worldwide. As you probably know, low genetic diversity in a population, whether it be lemurs in Madagascar or crops of corn in the Midwest, can have devastating affects in the event disease. Jules Dervaes believes that industrial agriculture is the sole source of the problem. It has eliminated the variations of crops that add genetic diversity to the world. Carrots are a common example. Did you know that carrots come in five different colors including white, yellow, red, and purple? – How many different kinds can you find at an average grocery store? Dervaes’ life philosophy of “go back” applies to this problem as well. Traditional farming methods preserve variations of a plant in seed form. This simple act ensures genetic diversity, which in turn protects the crop and the people that rely on it. Jules Dervaes is a very enlightened man who gave an incredible lecture on urban growing and sustainability. It is people like this that can have a major affect on the world in terms of going green.

KJ

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  We certianly have a lot to be thankful for — good food, family and friends.

Comments(2)

  1. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks,
    A very timely thought provoking post!Along my personal path I have discovered how invigorating planning a work schedule can be.In an effort to maximise time to be productive and beneficial in my efforts to feed my family and self,work to survive and prosper takes on new angles.It is highly infectious!I am looking at ways of extending my harvest through the winter months and staring a new project indoors,turning a small area into a ‘plant lab’!This will be an area where I can start plants off and see (hopefully)daily progress and experimental validation(or need for rethink!)
    I do not feel that my daily chores are ever boring,but are a source of order in a chaotic world system that has robbed us of personal dependence.Reading the well documented and inspiring pages of PTF’s Journal gives cause for celebration in the realisation that many are motivated to alter their lives for the better!
    Thanx for the daily uplift!
    Blessings from my side of the pond
    gerry m x

  2. gerry medland says:

    Hi Folks,
    A very timely thought provoking post!Along my personal path I have discovered how invigorating planning a work schedule can be.In an effort to maximise time to be productive and beneficial in my efforts to feed my family and self,work to survive and prosper takes on new angles.It is highly infectious!I am looking at ways of extending my harvest through the winter months and staring a new project indoors,turning a small area into a ‘plant lab’!This will be an area where I can start plants off and see (hopefully)daily progress and experimental validation(or need for rethink!)
    I do not feel that my daily chores are ever boring,but are a source of order in a chaotic world system that has robbed us of personal dependence.Reading the well documented and inspiring pages of PTF’s Journal gives cause for celebration in the realisation that many are motivated to alter their lives for the better!
    Thanx for the daily uplift!
    Blessings from my side of the pond
    gerry m x

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