This is a report from the Library meeting held Sunday afternoon October 27th to celebrate our progress so far and evaluate the Edible Landscape Project at Albany’s Memorial Park from the perspective of where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going.
Alexa, Catherine, Leonard, Ron, Lourdes, Bonnie. Stephanie, Wakana. Chuck, Tina and Paul O’Curry got together yesterday afternoon to look What follows are notes from the meeting, along with additional inspiration for those of you we haven’t seen in a while. If you would like to add something, please contribute to the comments below.
We started by sampling three delicious dishes prepared by Alexa from some of the 45 pounds of Jeruslam artichokes she had harvested the day before (and there are as many still in the ground). Did you know that the name of this root vegetable is a corruption of the Italian for a sunflower (to which they are related) – “girasole” – and that they were often used like artichoke hearts? We enjoyed a J. Artichoke slaw, roasted roots, and a puree which made an excelelnt dip with the pickled cornichons from the garden that Doug had made, Recipes will find themselves on the website soon, along with a delicious soup recipe. Thanks to everyone who brought something to eat and share.
We expressed what had been Highlights for us in our participation: (more…)
Here’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.
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:
And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.
“What needs to be sustained is not competitive advantage, corporate profits or economic growth. What needs to be sustained are the patterns of relationship in the web of life.” Fritjof Capra, Founding Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
“Community is not some add-on to our other needs, not a separate ingredient for happiness along with food, shelter, music, touch, intellectual stimulation, and other forms of physical and spiritual nourishment. Community arises from the meeting of those needs. There is no community possible among a people who do not need each other.” Charles Eisenstein, whose new book is The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible
In Portland for the 13th Annual Village Building Convergence, inspired by Mark Lakeman and his organization, City Repair, something significant came together for me; why we were building with local, natural materials, why we were talking about “putting up” our garden produce, why new words are arising like gaialogue and indigenuity, why we need to make places where people can gather and talk: it’s all about creating a new story, one which arises when we see ourselves as terminally interconnected. And we also looked at how radical actions must be taken to unseat the old story of entitlement and power over other people and over nature. (more…)