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This is partly a post for me to link to in my todo list for next spring, because I want to think about longer days (wah, it's so dark at 4:20...)

Via [profile] speedyima:

One Straw Revolution, written by a guy who's doing permaculture in his subdivision.  (He wisely got himself elected president of the neighborhood assn first!)  He also has a basic essay on "Ecological 'Yardening'", covering the basics of lawn maintenance/eradication, vegetable gardening, etc.

His tips on how to get started reducing grass lawn appear sound and reasonably simple.  Though I think the title "yardening" is too twee. Perhaps re-reading this in the spring will inspire me after I never did get started on replacing any of the yard with attractive perennials last year.  Though- I did encourage the ivy to come out from the house into the yard, with careful mowing.  And I'll revisit this in April.

Also: the Eat Well Guide is a database of local farms, stores, and restaurants, from Canada and the US. It's an interesting find, and I'm curious if their overall coverage is better than for our area- it completely lacks most of the local sources I know of; but it would be neat to see this grow up to be a proper international guide.  I'm going to point them at the "Eat Local Eat Fresh" "Buy Local Buy Fresh" database, which is slightly less user-friendly but much more complete for locals.  The Eat Well Guide is from the folks who did the "meatrix" movie(s), which means I have mixed feelings about it- the movies are histronic and a bit misleading, but... it's not like there needs to be a monopoly on media messages about organic cruelty-free meat farms.

Hello and Thanks!

Date: Wednesday, 19 December 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hello...great message. Thanks for you thoughts on the Eat Well Guide, I've been working on the project for over a year and helping take it to the next level. We are working hard to add all of the local listings we can, but with our small staff we need your help! Our goal is to use the Guide as a way to represent the collective food movement and to partner with all of the local and regional food guides and organizations. So send us your requests and let us know about all of the groups and amazing places that we're missing! Everyone that contributes is featured in each listing they share with a logo and a link back to their site. It's an exciting year for us and the time to expand. We're launching a travel tool this spring to help people find good food on the road and we need all the support we can get. Thanks again.

Be in touch! All the best, Destin
Program Director, Eat Well Guide

Date: Thursday, 20 December 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] speedyima.livejournal.com
The Eat Well Guide seemed pretty accurate for what's here, though I know there are a lot of CSAs, etc. I wonder how submissions work -- our CSA has such a wait-list that they don't spend any effort on self-promotion...

And I'd love to think through perennials with you in the spring! (Since I have no dirt of my own.)

Date: Thursday, 20 December 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melted-snowball.livejournal.com
It's often pathetic how bad "US and Canada" websites are at actually having any accurate content about this country. Not surprising, mind you, but pathetic nonetheless.

Eat Local Eat Fresh

Date: Thursday, 20 December 2007 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi Daniel,

My name is Erin and I am the program assistant for the Eat Well Guide. I wanted to request from you the link and some information about the “Eat Local Eat Fresh” database you referred to. Can you send this to me at your earliest convenience?

I really appreciate it! Happy Holidays!




Date: Thursday, 27 December 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Permaculture peopel don't always have lawns. I have a few good organic food videos on my website at http://www.nuganics.com.au . Peak oil will force everyone to go back to local produce which is how it should be to keep the food fresh and still contain nutrition.
Kind Regards
Tim Lester

Date: Monday, 19 May 2008 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
note to self:

says "OSC" in waterloo is a good source of clover.

Date: Monday, 19 May 2008 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mynatt.livejournal.com
That's the Ontario Seed Co-op; their seeds are available at the hardware store on King in downtown Waterloo.

Date: Monday, 19 May 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] da-lj.livejournal.com
Heh. The great thing about notes-to-self in public is the public often knows more than I do. ;) Thanks.

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