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  •  Well done! Loved it. (1+ / 0-)
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    citisven

    Well documented, good to see the "big guys" taking some good steps- although I would still rather see a more diverse food production system that includes small, medium, and large farms along with homescale production. The concentration of power in the hands of a few companies- no matter how "green" they try to be, is not a good thing IMO.

    Good on San Francisco with their compost system. I love how Finland is doing the same. Although I wouldn't be giving up my carbon if I had somewhere to use it ;)

    I have a diary currently queued up that has the first six slide shows of our permaculture garden- each video is accompanied with a brief description and 2-3 photographs for those who want a synopsis or cannot (or do not want, I guess) to watch the videos. Hopefully it is published when I am around to answer questions since I'm heading to the summer cottage this weekend.

    You can find the previous diaries (all pretty old now) that explain some of the basics of agroecology by clicking on my profile here.

    We are currently cover cropping our garden for up to three years before introducing our primary perennial food production plants. We had been robbing our soil of carbon- the basis of a healthy food web- since we moved in. Only through cover cropping and the reasonable application of offsite mulch/compost can we shift our system from a less desirable stable state to a more desirable one that is self-replicating, self-mulching, self-fertilizing.

    This link will take you to the playlist on YouTube. Videos 7 and 8 (not included in the diary) are my best so far, but the previous ones are essential to seeing how far we've come. I'll only be able to make videos through June with some extras from July since I no longer live there, but they show what all of us can be doing to sequester carbon at home, foster resilient micro-ecosystems that provide "food, fun, fuel, fodder, fiber, and "farmaceuticals" (quote from Edible Forest Gardens).

    Live your green values!

    A Victory Garden documents my family's experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles. A new blog following my life as an immigrant in Finland will be up soon.

    by FinchJ on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:33:53 AM PDT

    •  Thanks FinchJ (1+ / 0-)
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      I'll definitely check your diaries and videos on permaculture and agree that that is ultimately the most holistic way to go. But this is at least something that can get people interested and invested in a more holistic approach to farming while we still have these big systems in place.

      Thanks so much for sharing all your knowledge here. I love how this whole thread has evolved, there is so much great info from everybody!

      Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense regardless of how it turns out. - Vaclav Havel

      by citisven on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

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      •  No, thank you for bringing this up. (0+ / 0-)

        I love seeing diaries like this on Daily Kos. It was very well researched and the photos were great.

        Keep up the good work- a think the comment thread speaks for itself that we enjoy your writing!

        A Victory Garden documents my family's experience transitioning from suburban lawn to edible food forest based on permaculture principles. A new blog following my life as an immigrant in Finland will be up soon.

        by FinchJ on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 09:28:21 AM PDT

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