colleenwhalen

Location:

Sacramento, CA
Hometown: Earthling Carbon Based Lifeform - Sacramento CA

Member since:

November 24, 2011

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What do you know about permaculture?

I think it is way beyond just "organic". Organic industry is co-opted Don't even care about certification labels - most of those agencies I don't trust as far as I can toss 'em. We definitely DO need certification but USDA is completely embedded with Monsanto. Went to meetup campaign to get GMO mandatory labeling as a proposition on the next California state election ballot According to Pamm Larry Director of www.labelgmo.org USDA really pushing HARD to make GMO "The New Organic" based on false premise GMO will eliminate need for pre-emergents pesticides. WRONG - no scientific evidence support biotechnology claims - quite the contrary - GMO crops have poor yields and GMO livestock fail to thrive. So what I know about Permaculture - IT WORKS!

Do you enjoy hands on projects?

Yes - I'm not interested in going to meetings, classes - I'd rather do hands on projects, work parties, sheet mulching, guerilla gardening, create pocket urban gardens and set up a micro-urban farm than sit on my fanny and theorize on an intellectual level......when I was studying Permaculture with Bill Mollision he would get pissed off with a lot of high falutin' theorizing and say "Oh go just go and pull some potatoes".

What are you looking for from this group?

In the best of all possible worlds I would like to create new distribution systems of organic food UNFI Tree of Life and a third wholesale distributor have complete hegemony over national organic food industry. UNFI is to wholesale what Whole Foods is to retail. Take a look at UNFI's website 100% of board of directors are white men I'm white & have nothing against men - in 2011 not ONE person of color or a woman on UNFI's board UNFI and Tree of Life refuse to sell to buying clubs and allege 8 families in a garage buying food together hurts the profit margin of Whole Foods and Sac and Davis coop. Several years ago I tried to start a buying club - I had farmers who wanted to work with me - but UNFI and Tree of Life refused to accept our buying club as a customer. I'd like to see this group take back our local foodshed- more than just community gardening backyard chicken raising. I'd like to see a new method of food distribution

What permaculture emphasis grabs you the most? Sustainable gardening and farming, natural building, activism, cooporative communities, other?

Developing micro urban farms pocket gardens greening the food desert in the inner city I'm interested in Food and Justice policy and bringing reasonably priced organic food to low income people East Sac Midtown yuppie areas of Land Park tons of Slow Food type places to buy organic food. There are many parts of town which are low income Food Desert and only place to buy food is corner liquor store selling over priced very bad quality junk food - spam in a can, wonder bread, beef jerky, soda, candy with a few crappy canned food items at jacked up prices. Lack of access to nutrient dense food is what starts the cycle of poverty. malnourished fetus becomes a low income child who does poorly in school, drops out and doesn't have job skills. Permaculture is more than just a bunch of white liberals having a community garden or growing food in our back yard. I'd like to see urban intentional communities based on permaculture and economic infrastructure development

Introduction

Certified in Permaculture by Bill Mollision 1997 @ Ojai Foundation Studied w/ Scottie Pittman Drylands Institute Eating 100% organic since 1969 Worked natural foods industry 1974 Sustainable Agriculture professionally in 1983

What colleenwhalen is saying about this Meetup Group

Terrific! Lots of great activities and the members have lots of great resources to share! A good blend of work parties and classes - a great group of folks belong to the guild.


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