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People think that if you want farm fresh organic food, you have to trek out to the country. However, thanks to the demand for locally grown organic food, conscious urban consumers are opting to grow their own food with whatever means they have available.
In Your Farm in the City, An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals by Lisa Taylor and the Gardeners of Seattle Tilth, readers will find a myriad of helpful information and kid friendly instructions for utilizing space in the concrete jungle. Some of the chapters feature advice on sowing raised beds, containers and vertical planting to raising chickens, bees, rabbits and goats! This is a comprehensive guide specifically designed for people who are interested in options for farming in an urban environment, which can be tricky due to space limitations, regulations and zoning laws.
Tune in to this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, as host, June Stoyer is joined by special guest Lisa Taylor, Program Manager, Children's Education Seattle Tilth to discuss how you can create your own farm in the city! Lisa is the co-author of the Maritime Northwest Garden Guide and a frequent speaker on soils, compost, edible landscaping and children’s gardening. She facilitates trainings for teachers and others interested in schoolyard gardening and is passionate about teaching children and their parents where their food comes from and how to care for living things. Lisa lives in Seattle, Washington. Stay tuned!
Not long ago, Trish Clifford was inspired by Pachamama’s “Awaken the Dreamer” call to action, and wanted to prepare her community for fuel shock (formerly called Peak Oil) and climate shock. Looking for a group to work with, she became attracted to the Transition Town movement.
Transition puts in place local food production, energy and goods, cutting down on fueled transport. When communities see the writing on the wall, they get busy.
In this 32-minute interview with co-host Daniel Kerbein, Trish describes the transition group she helped found in Richmond, just north of San Francisco.
In the spirit of local icon Rosie the Riveter, they took the name The Richmond Rivets. They rolled up their sleeves and launched a seed lending library (at the public library), a fruit tree giveaway, and other ongoing programs.
Richmond’s supportive city government has turned over an open greenway as a pubic farm, worked by Urban Tilth, an urban farming and youth education group. The Greenway now provides access to healthy food, and city folk are getting new skills as farmers.
Richmond is also holding compost giveaways, and harvest swap meets for local gardeners.
Members of the Richmond City Council visited Mondragon, a world-wide hub of successful cooperatives, and now work with the Richmond Rivets and other groups to incubate worker-owned businesses.
To prepare their community for future sudden events, the Rivets have launched “Two Steps a Month”, an emergency supply program which shows how to put away essential emergency supplies a little at a time, making preparedness possible on a low budget.
A positive by-product of the Transition effort, Trish points out, is that communities work together. Groups in Richmond have launched water conservation projects, and a time bank where everyone trades hours of service with others. More projects are envisioned
When you buy certified organic food grown in Mexico, South or Central America, how can you be sure that it really is organic? The conscious consumer is now, more than ever paying attention to the country of origin as well as to how exactly food is produced. With the large agro-chemical companies exploiting farmers across the globe, the purity of food and proof thereof is in demand.
In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Garth Kahl, the Latin American Program Coordinator for Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO). Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. If you have ever wondered about the testing of organic products originating in Latin America, stay tuned!
Bio: Garth Kahl has a degree in agriculture from Cornell University and a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Farm and Garden Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Since 1996, he has worked as an organic inspector, reviewer and consultant, both in the US and in ½ dozen Latin-American countries. For years this involved spending one quarter to one third of the year living and working with people in these areas. Together with his wife and another business partner, he also owns and operates a small, diversified organic farm in the coast range of western Oregon. Garth is passionate about organic food and believes whole-heartedly that people should learn where there food comes from. In the case food from Mexico and South America, Garth believes people have nothing to fear, and that once people have the whole story, they will understand that their organic food choices can have a positive impact, even when they can’t buy locally produced organic food.
Oregon Tilth, Inc. is one of the leading certifying agencies that issues organic certification to farmers, manufacturers, etc. The certification is issued providing that all of the requirements are met in order to be deemed certified organic. It is by far a very difficult certification to obtain and is also very expensive. There is a lot of work that actually goes into certifying something to be organic. Earlier this month, the folks from Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago announced that they will now be the first luxury hotel in North America to offer a certified organic, in-room dining menu. Oregon Tilth was responsible for that certification and it is a hard certification to obtain. It is not a matter of filling out some paper work or paying someone a little extra green but it is an entire process that is checked and double checked by people who really are very thorough. In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, my guest will be Ms. Gwendolyn Wyard. She is a seasoned expert in the certification process and will discuss in detail what exactly the role of a certifier entails. She will also discuss the inspection process, why consumers can trust their process and how consumers can influence regulatory changes. If you want to get a better understanding of what the certification process is all about, stay tuned!
Mr. Donald Trump is known for being a brilliant businessman, author, producer and connoisseur of the finer things in life. He clearly is someone who demands excellence. It is no surprise that recently, the Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago announced that they will now be the first luxury hotel in North America to offer a certified organic, in-room dining menu! This first time organic certification was issued in accordance to the organic standards by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) which is an internationally recognized symbol of organic integrity. OTCO provides a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products. Oregon Tilth is also a nonprofit research and education membership organization, dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. This is major breakthrough for the organic industry! For the first time in the North American hotel industry, the downtown Chicago luxury hotel will provide discerning guests with innovative meal options that utilize the freshest ingredients available, sourced daily from local and sustainable farmers. For world travelers such as myself, this is extremely important because now I can enjoy my dining experience knowing that the food is certified organic. When you have chemical sensitivities, it is impossible to find restaurants that offer organic food. This is clearly sending a message to the hotel industry that the bar has been set. Organic cuisine is here to stay! On this segment of The Organic View, I have the pleasure of speaking to Executive Chef Frank Brunacci and the Director of Operations, Philipp Posch of Trump International Hotel & Tower. These gentlemen have been instrumental in the facilitation of this unique certification. They will explain why this certification is so important and the extremes involved with obtaining such a certification. Stay tuned!
We talked Live on New Orleans Voices For Peace with Dennis Kyne and Jesse Dyen about their efforts in Southern Orgegon.
Monday, June, 11th, 12 noon (CT), we Played a peace song "Sons and our Daughters" from Jesse Dyen, We talked about the war and played Ward R