Monthly Archives: October 2013

Edible Landscape Project – Where we are at the end of 2014

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November 2014

The garden is lush and wonderful as fall moves in. Herbs galore, young fruit trees and berry bushes, root crops, some from the Andes, and annual greens of all kinds grow in soil that is getting prgressively richer as we add spent organic matter directly back into the soil.

The City gave us the lawn between Carmel and the garden, next to the fence of the multi-purpose field, and we have spent many happy hours creating new hugelkultur beds that are especially good at holding water in times of drought. A donated self-fertile avocado sits in this area as well, and it is exciting to imagine the place ten years from now when the trees have grown in and it truly is a forest of food.

Last week we harvested gallons of Jerusalem artichokes – please let us know if you would like some. Recipes follow below.

If you’d like to get involved with the Edible Landscape, please use the contact form on this website and we’ll let you know when our work parties are happening, and/or give you n opportunity to help with our weekly maintenance sessions.

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Posted in Community Building, Economy, Edible Landscape Project, Food and Agriculture, Health and Healing, Social Justice on October 28, 2013

Compare “walkable” Albany to these cities…

Screen shot 2013-10-27 at 6.50.31 PMHere’s a great TED talk about walkable cities (specifically Portland OR), exploding any remnants of the myth that living in the countryside is far less “environmentally sane” than living in a densely developed city.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_the_walkable_city.html

Listen up, Albany! What if we needed to build upwards a story or two to break the iron grip of unaffordable housing? What if we needed to change the “two parking spaces per living unit” ordinance? What if we were really to become a city that was friendlier to people than to cars?

Here’s a tale of Los Angeles in the future, from none less than the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131018-walk-to-work-transform-your-city

And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.

http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/youve-seen-amsterdam-and-copenhagen-now-check-out-groningen-where-50-trips-are-done-bike.html

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Energy, Health and Healing, Housing, Social Justice on October 27, 2013