Volunteer group from St. Andrew Presbyterian
Tree & Byron discuss what to plant next Rafael harvests chard
Rafael uses water hose to wash chard
I can relate to this perspective as I prefer the freedom of a low-maintenance lifestyle. The Free Farm schedules regular workdays twice a week, but several regular volunteers from the neighborhood come in on other days to do general maintenance such as watering plants. As much as I love nature, I’m still an urbanite who also loves the stimulation from attending talks, museums, historical walks, fairs/festivals (very busy from May to October!), reading, etc. I’ll consider homesteading for my retirement. In the meantime, The Free Farm gives me the perfect dose of communing with nature in the City.
Eucalyptus forest in East Oakland
Looking up at maternal eucalyptus trees
Tree's friends bring over plastic tube
Eric & Eric (Eric squared?) ready to install sprinkler system
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now
When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know . . .
Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof). . .
Everything is all right (up on the roof)
This blog was MIA for the past two weeks because I didn’t have access to my home computer. I really learned my lesson to go local, instead of relying on tech support in India and Philippines to troubleshoot my D--- PC, including four days to receive a hard drive that turned out to be incompatible :-(. Never mind the D--- warranty, I finally took my PC to a neighborhood technician who got my computer running again overnight! Yay, local! At the moment, I’m back in my pajamas posting this blog :-)
If you weren’t at The Free Farm two weeks ago, here are a few photos of our cleaning and sealing efforts to deal with a colony of rats and mice that were feasting on our organic seedlings and produce. Happy to report our efforts seem successful. (No photos from last week when I was MIA from The Free Farm because I was at a Garden For the Environment workshop.)
Public service announcements:
Tues., June 28, 2011 at 7-9 pm
Fair Food: Growing a Healthy Sustainable Food System for All
Hub SoMa, 925 Mission St., SF
Celebrate the launch of Oran Hesterman’s new book, Fair Food: Growing a Healthy Sustainable Food System for All. This book is an enlightening and inspiring guide to changing not only what we eat, but also how food is grown, packaged, delivered, and sold.
Wed., June 29, 2011 at 6:15-7:45 pm
GREEN documentary film screening
100 Larkin St., SF Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium
Her name is GREEN, she is alone in a world that doesn’t belong to her. She is a female orangutan, victim of deforestation and resource exploitation. This film is an emotional journey with GREEN’s final days. With no narration, it is a visual ride presenting the devastating impacts of logging and land clearing for palm oil plantations, the choking haze created by rainforest fires and the tragic end of rainforest biodiversity. We watch the effects of consumerism and are faced with our personal accountability in the loss of the world’s rainforest treasures.
GREEN has won "Best of Festival" awards at the two most prestigious wildlife film festivals
in the world–Wildscreen and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival. After the film, you'll have the chance to meet members of Rainforest Action Network's Forest Team and participate in a
Q&A with Bay Area changemakers tackling the issues presented in this film.
Sun., July 24, 2011
SF Refresh at The Free Farm
Food Day will be October 24 — in 2011 and in years to come.
Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.
Organized by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day will hopefully inspire Americans to hold thousands of events in schools, college campuses, houses of worship, and even in private homes aimed at fixing America’s food system and encourage Americans to “eat real”.
Find out more at http://www.foodday.org/