A huge thank you to Rainier Valley Food Bank (@rainiervalleyfb) and Bike Works (@bikeworks206) for ending their Urban Ag Bike Tour at the Beacon Food Forest. These bike tours are a great way to highlight the incredible food production sites going on here in Southeast Seattle and how these partnerships have fostered a local food system for the RVFB. We couldn't go without thanking Liz Davis (@deflorawalks ) for preparing a delicious meal for all us cyclists, using the greens from our Helix Giving Garden for the delicious salad. There is one more bike tour next month – check in with the RVFB to see if any openings are available.
I think of Bill Mollison every day. He is my garden, my food, my inspiration, my past and my future. RIP The Father of Permaculture. You will be missed!
Playing with toy cars is every littlie’s idea of good fun. So, rev things up and ignite their inner speed racer by building a mini racetrack where cars can tumble through a tunnel, crash into the sides and roll along the finish line. The cars may be tiny, but the competition is fierce!
Gather your suppliesSand & Cement mix (2 bags)
70mm Bricktor or chicken wire
Black oxide powder
Old motorcycle tyre
Selection of small plants (such as mini mondo grass, variegated oregano or Scleranthus biflorus)
Step 1: Using rope, mark out track on turf, then outline with set-out paint. Excavate inside lines to a depth of 100mm and roughly level ground.
Step 2: Place tyre in desired position, then excavate so half of tyre sits below ground.
Step 3: Put 2 bags of Sand & Cement…
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A friend, of my own vintage, reminded me of this great old show.
I am often humming this as I bumble through my efforts in my own house and garden. Laughably similar sometimes.
Another city feeding their community locally and adding good policy to keep food front and centre.
Here is an inspiring video about the food strategy in Vancouver.
Imagine a city where food is abundantly growing in yards, public spaces, urban farms, and schools. Growing fresh, local produce meets a basic human need that ensures security and equity for all. Designing our spaces to efficiently produce food creates a thriving and sustainable community through strengthening local economy and resources. It raises awareness and respect for the environment.
Here in Portland The Mayor’s Food Initiative works to improve health and sustainability of food systems in our community. It supports many of the initiatives of other organizations. The Edible East Bayside project is transforming the Bayside Trail into an edible food forest. Among many events, the Resilience Hub + Portland Maine Permaculture teach permaculture design courses and organize permablitz’ to turn people’s yards into self-producing food forests. Cultivating Community provides food systems education in schools and to members of the New American farmer’s program. They…
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I have always been attracted to butterflies, not in a deep spiritual or studious way, but probably in the same way as many people are; a momentary pause to life whenever one flutters into frame, a desire to have them drawn to my presence and even to sit peacefully on me before resuming their busy short lives. A part of my general awe of nature, but never part of my endeavours.
Although I had, for years, wished that I could keep an avairy of these beauties, I had long ago realised that the practicalities of such a venture would make it not a viable activity in my climate and in my life. As with most life, I would prefer to observe than to detain, so the thought of keeping such beauty captive would always deter my scheming toward that end.
I was inspired to search for places that butterflies can be found, in numbers and in the wild, while watching episode 6 of a new Australian TV Show called Reef Doctors.
I’ve included the link to Reef Doctors website on Channel 11, but doubt that you will see much there. I was unable to play the few episodes that had already aired and the buzz is that the series will be shelved. We have loved Lisa McClune in every show she has been in, so are sorry to hear this.
Anyway, we were watching this show which depicted some tourists heading off to Butterfly Grotto on the ficticious island on which the show is set. I said to my husband, Jeff, “you make the cup of tea and I’ll find some real ‘butterfly grottos’ we could visit. If they are in other countries, we’ll just have to go there”. If only it was that easy, but by the power of Google, lets head off to explore some spectacular butterflies on the wing.
Toro River, Manu National Park, Peru: http://www.treknature.com/gallery/South_America/Peru/photo228345.htm You must follow the link to see the photo. It is spectacular! Almost makes me want to do the washing next camping trip!
The Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes Island, Greece:
If you live or are travelling in the UK, the Wildlife Trust page, Woodland Butterflies will have you some ideas of where to begin your search for butterflies. You can even download a pdf file of 40 place to look.
The film clip In The Company of Wild Butterflies is just a free taste. There is a 43 minute documentary available for sale. I have no affiliation with Bullfrog Films, just love butterflies.
If you are a budding photographer, you may like some pointers from this article about Photographing Butterflies in the Wild. There are some ideas of how to find out where the butterflies might be found and nice butterfly pictures on the page to illustrate the article, also.
The Butterfly Website has comprehensive lists of butterfly gardens and exhibits across the world. Even though I was trying to find wild butterfly places for you, many of these establishments are deeply involved in the conservation of their local butterfly breeds and therefore I would be remiss if I didn’t share this information. After all, when we are travelling, not all of us are going to be dashing off into the bush with our SLR, some are looking for family activities on the beaten track.
And, just for fun, the one that is born to be king surrounded by beautiful butterflies.
What a wonderful guerilla gardening project?Making potholes into tiny gardens and works of art that make everyones day.
Very cool. Follow the link to scroll through many more great examples of the Pothole Gardner’s work.