Sustainability on Film

The local Sierra Club chapter is hosting a week of Sustainability on Film at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art in September.  Check the website for details.  www.okcmoa.com/film  Its a great  lineup of films addressing issues such as commercial agriculture and its antithesis, the local foods movement, green building and the origins of Earth Day, among others.   It should be a very informative week. 

I think the information offered in the films will be important for people to know and I hope more then just “the choir” attends the showings.   So often the same folks show up to the same events and the general public still has no clue about the damage that has been done to our food system.  

While I am not a Sierra Club member – a little too liberal for my taste – I am an avid support of local foods and environmental stewardship.   Hopefully I can get my husband to go with me so he see why this is so important to me. 

Have a great day everyone.

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Cudos to the Oklahoma Food Cooperative

It never ceases to amaze me.  How do they manage to pull this off month after month?

The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is truly a thing of beauty.  Its an all volunteer organization (well, they may have one part-time paid employee now, I’m not really sure to be honest with you).  It was the brain child of Robert Waldrop, a permaculture/local foods guru.  Don’t you just hate that word?  Let’s say “local foods expert.”   The co-op is an on-line ordering system where members have the opportunity to select from fresh food, health and beauty items, live plants, jewelry, music CDs, and on and on – grown and made by Oklahoma farmers and producers.  The order cycle opens the 1st of every month and closes the 2nd Thursday.  Producers then have one week to put the orders together and on the 3rd Thursday, every producer in the state – and this is a STATE WIDE organization – brings their packaged and labeled orders to a central distribution center in Oklahoma City.  A mass of volunteers take in the orders, segregate them by pickup sites and by 3 p.m., the products are out the door.  They arrive at individual pickup sites around the state where they are sorted by yet more volunteers.  Members arrive around 5 p.m. and pick up and pay for their orders.  By 7:00 p.m., the locally grown food, locally produced soaps, handmade brooms (of which I have been the lucky recipient), bedding plants, reusable tote bags, and on and on – have all gone to happy homes.  All this is accomplished in one very hectic but extremely organized day. 

The commitment of the volunteers is astounding.  They believe so completely in the value of a local economy, sustainable agriculture and the concept of bringing farmers, producers and consumers together that they make the necessary personal sacrifices of time and money month after month.  So I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Bob Waldrop and his team of committed visionaries.   Here are a few links for more info.

http://www.oklahomafood.coop/

http://www.bobwaldrop.net/ 

http://twitter.com/bobwaldrop

http://twitter.com/oklafoodcoop

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NYTimes.com: You Say Tomato, I Say Agricultural Disaster

This is a sobering article.  All the more reason to re-skill so we know how to germinate our own seeds, or know the person who did.   I especially like his recommendation to buy starter plants that are locally grown.  I tried starting my own tomatoes from seeds and, as you know, had bad results.  But the plants I bought from a local greenhouse have done very well.   It will take some time, but Americans can relearn the skills of home gardening.  I have certainly learned what I will and won’t grow next year.  Just because I grew lots (and lots and lots and lots) of lettuce didn’t mean we would automatically ate more lettuce.  So, next year…..not so much lettuce, definitely no Swiss chard, lots more okra planted sooner, less squash, plant the tomatoes directly in the ground – not pots – and lots more peas.  My few plants didn’t even produce enough for a meal.    So, read this article and let me know what you think.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/opinion/09barber.html?emc=eta1

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