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185: Claiming the Commons — Food for All on Haultain Boulevard

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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pm185_150.jpgRainey Hopewell’s crazy idea has ended up feeding a neighborhood and creating community. She and Margot Johnston planted vegetables in the parking strip in front of their house. They offer them free for the taking — to anyone, anytime — with messages chalked on the sidewalk noting when particular vegies are ready to pick. Neighboring children and adults are joining in to work on the garden, harvesting fun along with food, and even handing fresh-picked vegies to passers-by.

Listen to Audio. Read Janaia’s journal Haultain Common: a Garden on Public Land Where All May Harvest about taping this conversation.

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126 School Garden Brings Learning to Life

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

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pm126_150.jpgCome along on a tour with team-teachers Glenda Berliner and Jeralyn Wilson, as they show us their elementary school garden bearing many fruits. It’s an important part of the curriculum: children make mason bee boxes, grow colonial medicinal plants, learn of other cultures, and put science to work. It builds community: parents work together, students form a bucket brigade to transport wood chips. It’s a site for celebrations like a pumpkin harvest or a play. Whether it’s the flower and vegetable beds, or the restful Zen garden, the garden is a favorite place to be, and to grow from. [www.vashonsd.wednet.edu/chautauqua/index.cfm]

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117 The Bicycling Horticulturalist

Monday, July 7th, 2008

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pm117_150.jpgRyan Nassichuk builds food gardens for people. His bicycle and trailer are the sole transport for himself, tools, and materials - including soil and plants! This horticulturist also builds container gardens and composters. Tour a backyard garden in which a 6-week class of students filled raised beds with soil, compost and fertilizer, did succession planting, and built a low-cost composter. Recently Ryan has added free seed-sharing to his wisdom-sharing, while continuing to propagate food gardens throughout Vancouver. This man has a low ecological footprint — or should we say bike tire tread? [www.ryansgarden.com]

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106: Community Gardens Grow Community

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

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pm106_150.jpgPatrick Marcus and other motivated citizens sprouted a community garden on city land slated to be a park in Ashland, Oregon. When the garden was threatened by plans to develop the park, they got active. Their research and advocacy led to official policy supporting community gardens in city parks. As the volunteer garden manager, Patrick affirms gardening isn’t just for leisure — it helps build community. It creates bonds among people from diverse social spheres — through shared work, classes, potlucks and, most of all, shared passion. [www.communitygarden.org]

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100: Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

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pm100_150.jpgTour Janet and Richard’s quarter acre for an example of what’s possible in suburbia. Their front yard of edible plants also provides habitat for birds and insects. The backyard radiates out from an herb and kitchen garden to vegetable beds and containers; 25 fruit and nut trees; and a restful Zen garden. Near a future pond is a “three sisters” spiral of corn, beans and squashes. Check out their rainwater catchment barrels system, solar ovens, grid-tied photovoltaics with backup batteries, a low-energy house, solar-heated garden room, and a comfortable “summer palace” of natural and salvaged materials. [www.richardheinberg.com]. See photos of their yards, including a “before” picture here. Watch the video »

96: Reconnecting with Our Roots - Food for Body and Soul

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

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Peak Moment 96Linda Buzzell-Saltzman and Larry Saltzman of Santa Barbara share a love for their garden in more ways than one. Larry is creating a lush food forest and teaches permaculture to promote local food security. Ecotherapist Linda helps people heal their relationship with nature, noting that many problems are rooted in this disconnection. [www.forthefuture.org]

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87: How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House?

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

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Peak Moment 87In summer 2006 Judy Alexander embarked on an experiment to see how much food she could grow, and how many neighbors could benefit, from the garden around her house. Check out her homegrown rainwater collection and irrigation system - watering her 60+ edible crops. Meet the bees, the chickens and the worms. And catch her joy in producing so much food for so little effort.

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51: An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

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pm51_150.jpgTour Scott McGuire’s “White Sage Gardens” in the back yard of his rental home — a demonstration site for suburban sustainability. He ponders, “How might a household produce and preserve a significant portion of its own food supply?” Composting, a water-conserving greenhouse, and seed-saving are all facets of this beautiful work in progress. [www.cocreativeliving.com]

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37: Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time

Thursday, December 14th, 2006

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pm37_150.jpgJan Spencer shows his quarter-acre permaculture project transforming a typical suburban lot. Lawn and driveway were replaced with fruit and nut trees, vegetables, brambles, and native habitat, plus a 3500 gallon rainwater catchment system, a sunroom heating the house, and a small detached bungalow to increase residential density. [www.efn.org/~spencerj]

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