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9/28/17

HELP PUERTO RICO!


Dear world. As you may know, Puerto Rico was seriously hit by Hurricane María. 
I am deeply saddened by all that the little Carribean island has been going through. 
3.411 million people need our help. Below are some ways to help:


SUPPORT A COMMUNITY KITCHEN FEEDING THOUSANDS


Mano a Mano Ayudando a Puerto Rico is a community kitchen that arose to help people and hospitals that still have no access to food. If you or someone you know doesn't have access to food call 787-505-4106. Share this telephone number. They have been feeding thousands during this crisis. Please support them by donating if you can. 

SUPPORT BY BUYING ART


If you love art and photography, a group of artists, journalists and creatives have put their hands in the service of Puerto Rico donating their artwork to the collaborative project Pixels For Puerto Rico. The purchase of each artwork will help mitigate the suffering and give strength to Puerto Rico as it recuperates from Hurricane María. You can safely order your prints right from the page and will be delivered to your home. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to relief funds. My favorites of this collection are the work of Fernando Samalot (@simonebirch), a mobile photographer with a passion for Puerto Rico's natural wonders. His work captures his daily life and adventures in the mountains with his partner Bárbara Cruz (@aymishi) and their deaf rescued dog, Nube Sordita (@nube.sordita). And the beautiful work of Omar Robles with Puerto Rican ballet dancers. Every time you see the artwork you purchase hanging from your wall will be a reminder that you helped a vulnerable country get back on its feet. 



SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR THE EARTH

WANT TO HELP PUERTO RICO'S SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE & FOOD SOVEREIGNTY MOVEMENT DURING THIS CRISIS? THE SUSTAINABLE FOOD MOVEMENT IS WORKING IN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT. BELOW FIND LINKS TO DIFFERENT PROJECTS THAT WILL ENSURE PUERTO RICO'S FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. DONATE TO THE ONE YOU WANT AND HELP THE COLLECTIVE:

PLENITUD - A non-profit organization that offers eco-educational initiatives and supports individuals and communities in their sustainable development by providing training, demonstrations, and services of organic agriculture, bio-construction, and other sustainable and permaculture practices. www.plenitudpr.org/

ISER CARIBE - All donations given to ISER will go to those affected by Hurricane Maria. Mostly for water purification systems. ISER is a nonprofit organization that conducts research on social-ecological systems through engaging government institutions, academia, civil society and community organizations. Their team studies the interactions and dialectic relationships between the environment and humans in order to develop alternate ways of managing human and natural systems. Through their collaborative actions, they build consensus that allows them to create well-informed stewardship plans, local outreach activities, and educational program.

EL DEPARTAMENTO DE LA COMIDA -  A grassroots organization powering local regional-food systems including sustainable farming practices and farmers markets. They are committed to providing food and relief for those affected due to the devastation of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. 
PAYPAL DIRECT TO DEPARTAMENTO DE LA COMIDA: TARA@EFECTOSOMBRILLA.ORG
LA COSECHA  - Our plan is to use these funds for an integrative farm restoration initiative that includes stipends for repairs for our own farm and those of many other members (20+) of the local agroecological movement.
VISIT RICO -  After close deliberation we found that cashflow for farmers is the fastest way to help them get back on their feet to start planting seeds that are destined to grow within three months. Right now they need the economical stability they had from Farmer’s Markets.
ORGANIZACION BORICUA DE AGRICULTURA ECOLOGICA -This organization of ecological agriculture is supporting students and community during this crisis.
DESDE MI HUERTO  - What is most important for this organization is to keep the SEED BANK in a cool climate so we need an electricity generator, besides roofing nurseries, building warehouses and work areas, etc.

SAVE PUERTO RICAN COFFEE - Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, taking with it almost 100% of Puerto Rico’s coffee crop. Coffee took some of the hardest hits as trees were stripped completely bare, even taking the bark off the trees. Many farms are still cut off due to loss of communication, blocked roads, and scarce gasoline. These farmers need immediate, short-term aid for access to basic rights like food and water if they hope to rebuild and resow longterm. 100% of donations will go exclusively to immediate relief for the coffee farmers of Puerto Rico.
VERMONT FOR PUERTO RICO - Most Vermonters have a great respect for local food and the hard work our farmers do to produce the quality foods we love. Please help us in helping this brave community rebuild their food systems.

DONATE BECAUSE YOU CARE

Hurricane María Community Recovery Fund - Low-income communities often face the worst destruction and slowest recovery and have fewer resources to safeguard homes, vehicles, and other property. When the winds die down and the floods recede, these communities are often forgotten by reconstruction efforts, and underserved by insurance companies. The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD). One hundred percent of the money raised will be used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for the communities hit hardest by the storm. The Fund is governed by organizations like Puerto Rico-based Taller Salud, the G8 of Caño Martín Peña, and other local, grassroots organizations. The Fund will support organizations working with these hardest hit communities in Puerto Rico.
Mofongo NY - Connecting the diaspora to power up Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria’s devastating hit. 100% of donations to this fund will go exclusively to long-term relief for the victims of the catastrophic Hurricane María in Puerto Rico.

Teen4PuertoRico - We are working, alongside our parents, allies, and other young people of Puerto Rican descent, to raise funds for hurricane relief within our schools and our communities. We will donate every single cent raised by us and other Teens4PR committee members to Para la Naturaleza, The Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico, and Centros Sor Isolina Ferré - three important Puerto Rican NGOs with strong ties to communities across the island.


SUPPORT WITH YOUR LOVE FOR ANIMALS


Save A Sato - 100% of your donations go directly to helping our dogs and cats on the shelter.
*Contact me to add more legit funds you are aware of. Send info in my contact form.
Thank you in advance for your support! #HurricaneMaría #PuertoRico #PuertoRicoReliefFunds

9/23/17

Permaculture Design At The Eco-Institute


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In just a 2-week intensive you can become certified and start making the sustainable design projects of your dreams. 

The certificate program is taught by an acclaimed professor of permaculture who is a registered Landscape Architect with over 30 years of experience. 

This course's masterful presentations are life changing and career inspiring. 
People who have attended his courses at the Eco-Institute continuously rave about them!

Gain skills, knowledge, and credentials. 

These classes are ideal for starting a career in permaculture or for inspiring amazing home & business landscaping projects. 


9/2/17

GMOs Revealed: Special Replay Weekend

WATCH ALL 9 EPISODES OF GMOs REVEALED!

Looking for a good documentary to watch tonight? If you are still connecting the dots about the dangers of GMOs in our food system, watch this special replay weekend of all nine episodes of the new documentary series "GMOs Revealed" FREE this weekend only! Knowledge is power!
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9/1/17

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Fertilizing Love

5/21/17

Berkeley Posters 1968-1973

The University of British Columbia Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections holds 250 posters concerned with the advocacy for peace, equality, and harmony during the Vietnam War era from the University of California's Berkeley campus and other regions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1979 Helmut Jung of Gold River, B.C. donated the Berkeley Poster Collection to the Library. A portion of the collection was previously exhibited at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the UBC campus from October to December 1999.

While the posters indicate both known and unknown authorship and publication, the entire collection demonstrates similar ideals and perspectives. The posters were all produced between the years of 1968 and 1973, a period in which the social and political climate both in the United States and South East Asia provided the genesis of tension that is seen throughout the collection. The representation of each poster within the collection is unique and eclectic supporting the idea that underground and guerilla group movements played a large role in advocacy, peace and equality. Some of the groups that are represented used acronyms on the posters such as 4973 and RAPE.

Here are some is my favorite:














Continue reading and viewing more posters from the collection here...


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