We are re-posting this notice from the newsletter of CT NOFA.
Urban Oaks Organic Farm Needs Support Following Accident
Urban Oaks is an Organic Farm in the city of New Britain. The farm is active in the community, and boasts a CSA, farm stand, spring plant sale, and Green Faire. They were featured in last month’s Gleanings, but we have featured them again this month in an effort to spread awareness of a recent accident at the farm. An automobile drove into the farm stand, sending the office manager to the hospital and causing extensive damage to the building. This comes hard on the heels of Hurricane Irene, making it difficult for the farm staff to clean up from the storm and to complete their harvest season.
If you think your or your organization might be able to offer support or assistance to Urban Oaks, don’t hesitate to email us here at CT NOFA or visit Urban Oaks online.
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On the tour we showcased a variety of community-based efforts to respond to some of the challenges of modern urban life and develop creative new pathways to sustainability, from school gardens to co-housing to bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure designed to make streets safe for all users. Click here for a resources guide that will give you a flavor of the tour.
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MONEY AS DEBT This 45 minute animated video is an allegory of the creation of money, and explains in clear detail how we went from a gold standard to our current system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc3sKwwAaCU
ZEITGEIST: ADDENDUM The first 21 minutes of this video also explains how our current system operates. You don’t gain the context of gold banking, but it’s incredibly concise. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gKX9TWRyfs
THE MONEY FIX This video moves beyond our current system and explains money from an informational and technological standpoint. This one will get you to think about the conceptual and abstract aspects of ‘money’. http://www.themoneyfix.org/content/video-money-fix
THE SECRET OF OZ This movie explains the hidden allegory of the gold and silver standards within The Wizard of Oz, and also discusses a lot of historical aspects of money. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swkq2E8mswIt
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On Wednesday, September 28th at 6:30 p.m., the Community Development Committee of the New Haven Board of Aldermen is holding a public hearing at City Hall (165 Church St.) about a resolution calling for the Downtown Crossing project to honor the City’s commitment to “complete streets.” The resolution is sponsored by Alderman Justin Elicker and supported by Elm City Cycling, the New Haven Safe Streets Coalition, the Urban Design League, the Route 34 Coalition and a large number of other concerned citizens. We believe re-introducing a human scale to our urban landscape is a bioregional issue, and we are supporting efforts to ensure the Downtown Crossing project is done in a responsible way that is environment-friendly, bike-friendly, and climate-friendly. We hope you will come out to this important hearing, and feel free to tell us what you think about Downtown Crossing in the comments below.
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The social revolutionary thinker, writer, ecologist, environmental activist and founder of Planet Drum Foundation died on July 28, 2011 after a sudden case of pneumonia complicated by his bout with lung cancer. Peter’s visit to New Haven in 2005 helped to spur the formation of the New Haven Bioregional Group.
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Here is perhaps the most delicious turn that comes out of thinking about politics from the standpoint of place: anyone of any race, language, religion, or origin is welcome, as long as they live well on the land. The great Central Valley region does not prefer English over Spanish or Japanese or Hmong. If it had any preferences at all, it might best like the languages it has heard for thousands of years, such as Maidu or Miwok, simply because it is used to them. Mythically speaking, it will welcome whomever chooses to observe the etiquette, express the gratitude, grasp the tools, and learn the songs that it takes to live there.
― Gary Snyder, “A Place in Space: Ethics, Aesthetics, and Watersheds”
In treading upon the insubstantial ground of the future we take certain risks, and we must face the fact that the word “utopian” has become an epithet, a chastisement, for those who would dream of things that never were and imagine that they still might be. Yet it is a necessary part of any political construct that it offer an image of the future that can be regarded as positive and liberatory and realistic and energizing. This, I submit, bioregionalism succeeds in doing.
― Kirkpatrick Sale, "Mother of All: Introduction to Bioregionalism"
From "Earth Loyalty" by Fred Cervin:
Unless we personify Earth, we will not be able to repent, will not change enough, or soon enough. The writing is on the wall, stark and terrible. Implacable forces are already in play. The future of our species on this planet is at stake. It’s not just at risk. Don’t say it’s at risk. Disaster is a certainty if we don’t change radically. We are on a runaway train heading toward an abyss.
All this is happening because we have forgotten our Mother the Earth. We have no regard for her. We make our most consequential economic decisions without a thought for Earth. We treat her like an inert mass of raw materials or like a sterile desert of no use except as a place to throw our garbage. What we have lost fundamentally is a fresh, lively sense of our own dependence. We think of our relations with Earth as environmentalism— as if Earth were a mere externality, something in need of minimal maintenance—rather than being bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh. “Mother Nature” is a tired, worn-out figure of speech, useful only for sentimental greeting cards. The reality is quite different. She is the Goddess, and She will be honored, whether in heartfelt love and respect, or in catastrophe. Those who despise her will pay the price.
I say there is now only one way left, one hope for our species: to love Earth. To feel in our hearts that we are a part of Her, what we do to Her we do to ourselves. If you love Earth, you will not fail to evaluate any possible action in light of its effects on the one you love. If you love Earth, then you will vow earth loyalty. This is the one way change can come in time: hundreds of millions vow Earth Loyalty. There is no other way.
Bioregional awareness teaches us in specific ways. It is not enough to just ‘love nature’ or to want to ‘be in harmony with Gaia.’ Our relation to the natural world takes place in a place, and it must be grounded in information and experience.
— Gary Snyder
Fred Cervin: What is Bioregionalism?
What is a bioregion?
"A bioregion is defined in terms of the unique overall pattern of natural characteristics that are found in a specific place. The main features are generally found throughout a continuous geographic terrain and include a particular climate, local aspects of seasons, landforms, watersheds, soils, and native plants and animals. People are also counted as an integral aspect of a place’s life, as can be seen in the ecologically adaptive cultures of early inhabitants, and in the activities of present day reinhabitants who attempt to harmonize in a sustainable way with the place where they live." -- Peter Berg, 2002