Learning from the Community of the Land By Shepherd Bliss

Growing Red Raspberries

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By Shepherd Bliss
Guest Writer
Dandelion Salad
June 18, 2011

While recently shoveling aged horse manure around berry vines on my small organic farm to fertilize them, which gives me great pleasure, I thought about what I have learned about the community of the land by farming over the last two decades. I noticed how spreading brown gold–to which I add the green manure of decaying plants–utilizes waste to transform plants and help them grow. The animal-plant connection is essential to life.

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Hemp, The Great Green Hope by Rand Clifford

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Dandelion Salad
June 11, 2011

Hemp Plants hemp

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“It has something to do with something called marijuana. I believe it is a narcotic of some kind.”

So said congressman Rayburn to congressman Snell’s question: “What is this bill about?”

That was way back in the summer of 1937, when congress was being asked to essentially outlaw a drug they knew nothing about, marijuana. Continue reading

The Harvest: Farming Sustainably in New York


Seed and wither flower of buckwheat

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lauraflanders | November 24, 2010

Eating less meat might be better for the world, but it can definitely be delicious. Buckwheat is actually a fruit, a grain substitute that can be excellent for those with gluten sensitivities, or just a nice alternative to the usual. GRITtv’s Danya Abt and Zac Halberd took a trip up to Ithaca, NY to visit the buckwheat fields, where Erick Smith, Greg Mol and Shane Hardy of Cayuga Organics took her from the field to the flour mill, introducing us to the challenges of sustainable farming and its many rewards.

Thanks to Kevin McHugh and the Andrew Oliver Kora Band for the music! Distributed by Tubemogul.

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King Corn (2007)


Replaced video Aug. 1, 2014

Now this is a fresh tomato

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Behind America’s dollar hamburgers and 72-ounce sodas is a key ingredient that quietly fuels our fast-food nation: corn. In KING CORN, recent college graduates Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis leave the east coast for rural Iowa, where they decide to grow an acre of the nation’s most powerful crop.

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Turning “a Blind Eye” to the Afghan Opium Problem by Jeremy R. Hammond

by Jeremy R. Hammond
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Foreign Policy Journal
22 March, 2010

The New York Times has an illuminating article regarding the opium trade in Afghanistan. The title is “U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town“, and it begins (emphasis added):

The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and NATO commanders in the unusual position of arguing against opium eradication, pitting them against some Afghan officials who are pushing to destroy the harvest.

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The Golf War (1999)


February 02, 2010

“The Golf War” documentary tells the story of Filipino peasants being violently and illegally kicked off their ancestral land to make way for one of Asias largest golf resorts. Filmmakers Jen Schradie and Matt DeVries interviewed developers and politicians, as well as armed guerrillas and peasants fighting the development. They even caught Tiger Woods promoting golf in the Philippines.

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Homegrown Revolution: Radical Change Taking Root

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replaced video Aug. 29, 2014

Urban Homestead on May 13, 2011

This film features: Jules Dervaes, Justin Dervaes, Anais Dervaes and Jordanne Dervaes

Homegrown Revolution is a short introduction to the homegrown project that has been called a new revolution in urban sustainability.

In the midst of a dense city setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead and model for sustainable agriculture and city living.

Through the creation of the “Urban Homestead” the Dervaes family shows that change is possible — one step at a time. They harvest 3 tons of organic food annually from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, solar energy and biodiesel in order to reduce their footprint on the earth’s resources.

Through the creation of the “Urban Homestead” the Dervaes family shows that change is possible,

Homegrown Revolution is a short film that was never created for a film festival circuit but has a true homegrown, homemade story behind its creation. […]

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