URBAN PIONEERS


Raised beds sans the plastic tarps and row covers

Rain

Tuesday more rain fell and what a blessing that was. The crops perked up and the warm rain certainly put us in a planting mood.   In our south side seed starting nursery we planted all sorts of veggies even tomatoes. Knowing there’s still two months of winter left, we hope and pray that there will be no more cold snaps because it will take us months to recover from the worst hard freeze we had in years.   We called our clients this week and said that we may have something for them by Friday, but in small quantities. Of course, they were thrilled we could bring them anything.   One of our clients who buys quite a lot of our salad, and who was interviewed for the Times piece, noted that of all the months the article had to come out it had to go to print right when the deep freeze hit (and hit our salad crops hard). You could sense he was slightly frustrated that he couldn’t offer “the salad mentioned in the LA Times” at his restaurant even though people were coming in and asking for it.  

There’s a lesson to be learned in all this. It’s a good course in seasonal eating – getting people to realize that localized food localizes natural cycles whether they be from global warming or freaks of nature.   Nature is unlike a 24/7 grocery store where food is on the shelf no matter the weather.    Perhaps if food was more localized and shelves bare maybe people would pay more attention the affect we are having on nature.   So what if strawberries freeze in Oxnard or the citrus in the San Joaquin Valley, the stores shelves here in the Southland will never be empty. No, never!   Instead we’ll truck, fly, export our food  from hundreds of thousand miles away. Such artificial lifelines are buffering us from the effects of global warming – and contributing no doubt. The folks that grow our food supply are smack dab on the front lines of the changes global warming is having on our climate; however, we are so buffered from experiencing these slight (yet noticeable) changes they hardly affect or disrupt our daily lives/routines.

Global warming will not only affect our climate but our food supply.   It’s frightening and frustrating, but you can take actions – small actions. Doing something is better than doing nothing.

Greening Your Home Workshop Tonight!

Attn Pasadena Residents. PTF will be attending the first in four series of ‘Greening Your Home’ workshops this evening. • Thursday, Feb. 1 (7pm-9pm) @ Neighborhood Church (just about 1/2 mile down the road from PTF) – You’ll get an overview of green building for homeowners, a virtual tour of local green homes and a demonstration of common green building products.

Free to Pasadena residents
Read more about Green Your Home [pdf]

Visitors
Checking the January stats this morning we had the highest amounts of hits – over 90,000 unique visitors 4.4 million hits. Again welcome one and all.


Anais & Jordanne in the kitchen.
(Al Seib / LAT)
In the LA Times Today

LETTERS Setting materialism aside

February 1, 2007

READING about the Dervaes family [“O, Pioneers in Pasadena,” Jan. 25], was such a refreshing change from the millionaires you normally feature. Until now, all I’d learned about “the inner life” from The Times’ Home section was that having one requires tons of cash spent on meaningless objects.SCOTT — Beverly Hills



BOOKMARKS

California may ban conventional lightbulbs by 2012 {Yahoo News}

A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California’s groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming.
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  1. Wendy says:

    Hello! Sorry to intrude with an off-topic comment, but I wondered if you were aware of something computer related and if you might want to comment on it at some point since nearly every one of your visitors who isn’t local to Pasadena accesses your information via a computer and the internet.

    I just read an article about Microsoft’s release of their new OS, Vista and found some aspects quite disturbing – especially from an environmental standpoint. It seems that they’ve created Vista to purposefully make old computers obsolete. With Vista, computer users won’t be able to run DVD’s and other things due to Vista’s requirement for higher-tech security gadgets that will only be installed in new computers.

    This will translate into people all over the world dumping perfectly good electronics – with the associated damages of the metals and plastics in them, the physical space required, not to mention the cost to both handle and transport and store the waste, but also for regular people to BUY new things!

    This really rubs the wrong way on a lot of fronts: consumerism & waste, etc.

    If you have a chance, would you be willing to look at this article?

    http://pressesc.com/01170162093_vista_violates_rights_damages_environment_creates_monopoly

    I’m hoping it’ll copy well (seems to take up multiple lines in the message box) and that you’ll be able to access it.

    The number of people who visit here, who are sympathetic to your path might just want to know this and be able to make an informed choice to not upgrade.

    Thanks so much!

    Wendy
    (url attached to my name, below, is to my local permaculture org, founded a few months ago, inspired in part by you good folks)

  2. Andy in San Diego says:

    I’m all for CFLs. But a bill to ban incandescents? Are we going to ban manual light switches? Because there are automatic ones that I imagine save a lot of energy, too. Seems like there’s lots of other things we’re going to have to ban.