If you have been to Chicago recently and arrived at the O’hare airport you may have seen something remarkable – the vertical farm in G Terminal.
Hat tip to Lori Caldwell for telling us about this vertical garden.
Today’s Contra Costa Sun has a great article about Global Student Embassy’s International Exchange program in the four Acalanes High School District high schools.
Read about their “service-oriented, pro-environment program for cultivating a global understanding of threats to marine biology, the environment and sustainable food sources.” GSE sponsors “immersive intern and service programs for high school and university students to travel both directions, allowing American kids to invest their energies in Nicaragua and Ecuador, or to host visitors from those countries.”
You can learn more about Global Student Embassy at their website.
There is a great set of outdoor learning opportunities coming up at Heather Farms called Discovering a Sense of Place. The first one, called “Thinking Like a Naturalist: Reclaiming the Art of Natural History” happens on Wednesday, February 19 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Camellia Room at Heather Farms.
Other Events Include:
February 26: The Culture and Natural History of Contra Costa County with Doc Hale – 7:00-8:30 PM
March 1: Field Trip to Morgan Territory with Doc Hale – 9:00-3:00 PM
March 12: Living In California’s Greatest Watershed – The Delta: Its History, Beauty and Its Future with Mike Moran – 7:00-8:30PM
March 15: Field Trip to Big Break Regional Shoreline with Mike Moran – 9:30-11:30 AM
Download the brochure here.
Registration is required for all talks. You may register online, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (925) 947-1678.
The Christian Science Monitor reports on Mandela’s prison garden here.
After 18 years imprisoned on Robben Island, Mandela and his colleagues were transferred to a prison on the mainland outside Cape Town. Pollsmoor was a concrete monolith. The political prisoners, however, had had a small garden in their cell block courtyard on the island, and Mandela was determined to have one again in his new circumstances.
“Within a few weeks of surveying all the empty space we had on the building’s roof and how it was bathed in sun the whole day, I decided to start a garden and received permission,” Mandela recalled. “I requested that the prison service supply me with sixteen 44-gallon oil drums that I had them slice in half. The authorities then filled each half with rich, moist soil, creating in effect thirty-two giant flowerpots.
“I grew onions, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, spinach, carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, beetroot, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, and much more. At its height I had a small farm with nearly nine hundred plants.”
Read it all.
Check out these videos produced by Growing a Greener World. You might start with the one on Community Gardening. Or check out one of their shows on Rooftop Farming in Brooklyn: lots of interesting ideas on increasing production in limited space.
Growing a Greener World® is an award-winning TV show appearing on national Public Television that features organic gardening, green living and farm-to-table cooking. Each episode focuses on compelling and inspirational people making a positive impact on the planet through gardening and shares DIY information that we can all use at home. Currently in it’s fourth season, this gardening series covers everything from edible gardening, urban homesteading and hobby farming to seasonal cooking, canning and preserving the harvest.
If you have seen the Miwok dwelling at the Lafayette Community Garden, you should know that the tules come from the Dow Wetlands. These tules were cut and harvested over the past few months with the help of the wonderful volunteers who maintain the Wetlands and conduct tours for visitors. The Wetlands are in Antioch and are teaming with birds, river otters, turtles and beaver.
Who can identify this fellow below?