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217 Portland’s Backyard Fruit - From Waste to Feast

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

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“We look forward to a time when we’re really able to harvest all of the fruit trees in the city that aren’t being fully utilized,” envisions Katy Kolker, founder and executive director of Portland Fruit Tree Project. Volunteer groups harvest trees whose fruit would otherwise go to waste. Half of the fruit goes to neighborhood food banks, and the remainder goes home with the volunteers. Tree Care workshops offered to the public cover pruning, thinning and pest and disease control. They also train Tree Care Teams who adopt clusters of fruit trees in a neighborhood. From harvesting 8000 pounds of fruit in 2008 to three times that in 2010, this growing project is bearing fruit and benefitting thousands. [portlandfruit.org]

 

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216: Titanic Lifeboat Academy — Navigating a Path to Resilience

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

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Caren Black and Christopher Paddon couldn’t find mentors to teach them self-reliant living when they became aware of peak oil. So they created a homestead and opened their doors to training others. People can take a personalized Lifeboat Course online or in person, where hands-on learning includes food production with domestic animals and gardens, renewable energy, and carpentry skills. “We’re all in this together,” Christopher notes, so the couple educate, volunteer and share to also make their community more resilient. [titaniclifeboatacademy.org]

 

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208: Sail Power Reborn - Transporting Local Goods by Boat

Monday, March 5th, 2012

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“We are revitalizing an ancient form of transportation … using just the power of the wind and the tides … to move goods and people,” says skipper Fulvio Casali. In their CSA (community supported agriculture), the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative uses nearly no petroleum to transport organic produce and other goods from the north Olympic Peninsula to northwest Seattle.

 

By sea they use community volunteer sailboats, and by land an electric delivery truck. Come on board with cofounders Casali, Kathy Pelish, and Alex Tokar, who are patiently redeveloping the skills and infrastructure for the return of “a whole fleet of sailboats blanketing Puget Sound” in the post-petroleum era. [www.salishseatrading.com]

 

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162: Innovation Bears Fruit for Family Farm

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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pm162_goat_150.jpgTour the century-old organic Chaffin Family Orchards where even the animals are “farm hands.” Visit chickens in their egg-mobile, scratching for bugs and pooping fertilizer in the heirloom stone-fruit orchards. Goats chomp off low branches from the olive trees, so no fuel or human labor is needed. This certified predator-friendly enterprise includes 200 acres of olive trees plus various fruit and nut trees; sheep, goats, broiler and egg-laying chickens. They distribute only locally through fruit and meat CSAs (community-supported agriculture), growers markets and a farmstand, providing fresh foods that burst with flavor and nuance. (chaffinfamilyorchards.com)

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161: Local Food — By and For the People

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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pm161_150.jpgWhat if the food system benefited local producers, nourished nearby people, and built a stronger community? Krishna Singh Khalsa of Eugene, Oregon wants to turn the food system on its head. He wants it to be run by, and for the benefit of, ordinary people — not corporate profit. He’s exploring models of local cooperative, entreprenuerial organizations where people provide the labor, share and hire resources, caretake the land, use all of nature’s abundance, support farmers and food producers, distribute food so that no one goes hungry, and build strong social bonds. Empower people, not profits!

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153: How Do I Invite You to Grow Food?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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pm153_150.jpgJenny Pell’s infectious enthusiasm will sweep you up into creating a future that’s beyond sustainable — to one that’s “additive.” This lively permaculturist suggests that you belong where you live and get (re)connected to your “chain of inputs and outputs”. She invites us to to regain skills, especially in food production, and to participate in creating abundance, which is “the only way forward, the only way for the human family to survive.” (www.permaculturenow.com). Listen to audio.

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147 A Geodesic Greenhouse — Year-Round Gardening at 6000 Feet

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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pm147_150.jpgIn Colorado it’s cold for much of the year, but inside this cozy dome greenhouse, the plants are growing happily. Take a grand tour with Buckhorn Gardens manager and permaculturist Breigh Peterson: the greenhouse structure with its interplay of light and water, warmth and air; curving raised beds of vegetables and flowers; fish tanks moderating the temperature; vertical trellises and shelves to use vertical space. Outdoors a huge garden of row crops and a young orchard are complemented by free-roaming chickens and ducks. (buckhorngardens.blogspot.com)

The geodesic dome greenhouse kit can be found at Growing Spaces.

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68: Bullock Brothers Homestead - A 25-Year Permaculture Project

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

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pm68_150.jpgTake a tour with Joe, Doug and Sam Bullock on their Orcas Island homestead, site of a yearly Permaculture design course. Using nature as their model, they create edges and wildlife habitat, move water through the landscape, promote diversity, and raise an astonishing variety of plants from sub-arctic to tropical — a wise investment in these climate-changing times. [www.permacultureportal.com]

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61: Sustainable Vashon - A Learning and Action Network

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

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pm61_150.jpgThree women envisioning a sustainable island share their activities: Sustainable Vashon’s Merrilee Runyan describes “Edible Island” and “Green Seed grants.” Farmer Lisa Mathias of Vashon Island Growers Association envisions more neighborhood food production. Hillery Crocker coordinates the annual 3-day island Earth Fair celebrating local food, arts, wellness and community. [www.sustainablevashon.org]

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1: Conserving Farmland

Monday, January 23rd, 2006

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Increasing local food production requires preserving agricultural land rather than developing it. Conservation easements on Bill and Anna Trabucco’s ranch preserves agricultural land now supporting a grass-fed cattle operation.

 

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