Sunday, July 8, 2012

Special K

Here’s a special shout-out to K, who has been opening up The Free Farm and taking these great photos for this blog while Tree and I have been absent. These photos are all worthy picks for plant porn of the week :-)
K reported that 4 volunteers showed up at The Free Farm on July 4th holiday! And more came out to volunteer yesterday for the huge summer harvest.  Thanks for all that you do :-)
K with sunflowers
Hannah and Alen
Carrots and collard greens
Dan and tower of killer kale
Strawberries, cucumbers and one tomato
Carrots and summer squash
Lunch by Hannah, zucchini bread and bean salad by K, flowers from Damon

What's the big idea: Occupy as spectator sport?

After being occupied in a classroom on Saturday, 9-5 (sadly missing The Free Farm and Fillmore Jazz Fest), classmate Joy ( and I headed over to the opening of Occupy Bay Area exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts ( We bumped into Kevin aka “I am the 99%"
( and his friend Scott, a self-described “interdisciplinary visual artist” who teaches Socially Engaged Art at UC Berkeley; check out!
Free official poster
Does Occupy truly represent 99%?
Art should be thought-provoking, and everyone was buzzing about these free “unofficial” Occupy flyers at!

Public Service Announcements

Tues., July 10, 2012, 4 pm Beach Chalet Appeal Hearing
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Legislative Chamber, Rm 250, SF 94102
SF Ocean Edge urges the public to attend this hearing: tell the SF Board of Supervisors not to replace grass soccer fields that support birds and wildlife with artificial turf and 60-foot-tall light towers! (Agenda item 40 at

Wed., July 11, 2012, 1:30-3:30 pm SF Food Security Task Force
City Hall - 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Rm. 278, SF 94102

Wed., July 11, 2012, 7 pm Getting the most from your small space food garden
Ortega Branch Library, 3223 Ortega St., SF
Pam Peirce will be giving a power point lecture, followed by a question and answer session

Mon., July 16, 2012, 7-9 pm SF Sustainable City Plan
Gazebo Room, CPMC Davies Campus, Castro Street between Duboce & 14th Sts., SF
TransitionSF will host a panel discussion led by Paul A. Lord, Jr. and including Debra Walker, Scott Edmonson, and Tom Radulovich. They have deep experience in the SF legislative process and are currently involved in projects that further local resilience and sustainability. During the panel, we will revisit the SF Sustainability City plan ( and discuss ways that some of the numerous recommendations in this plan could be assisted with legislative initiatives.
- Paul A. Lord, Jr.: Managing Director, Greenlight Plan (, retired SF city planner (1984-2012), Planning Department liaison to the Board of Supervisors and Legislative Coordinator (1998-2001), Recent work includes community planning for the Western SoMa and Japantown neighborhoods
- Debra Walker: Artist, Political Director at California Democratic Party, Women's Caucus, Adjunct Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies, Board member at San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)
- Scott Edmonson: Principal/ Founder of AICP, Member of APA Sustainable Places Initiative's Corresponding Committee, Advisor to SF Sustainability Plan (1996)
- Tom Radulovich, Executive Director of Livable City (, urban environmental activist, has served as an elected director of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District since 1996 
Tues., July 17, 2012, 11-11:30 am Honeybees with Tim Muhrlin
Joe DiMaggio Playground Clubhouse, 2000 Mason St., SF
Bees are the best! Tim Muhrlin leads a program for the very young on all the things that keep bees busy. For ages 3-5.

Tues., July 17, 2012, 2-2:30 pm Honeybees with Tim Muhrlin
Parkside Branch Library, 1200 Taraval St., SF Tim Muhrlin teaches about honeybees, hives, pollination and more. Ages 5 and up.

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