Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Build a simple seed and herb drying rack

This is excerpted from Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Flores.

Pros and Cons of Barnyard Birds

An edited excerpt from Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Jo Flores

Just a little chart I made up, based on my personal experiences with a small diversity of barnyard birds.


Gardener Profile: The Venturelli Family Front Yard

As shared by Raven Venturelli from Los Angeles:

In 2008 my mom, Jodie, heard a radio interview with Heather Jo Flores on KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles / 98.7 FM Santa Barbara. My mom promptly bought Heather's book, enlisted my father, Angelo, to build two large compost piles in the back yard, and signed the whole family up for Larry Santoyo's Permaculture Design Course in LA. 


In early April of 2009, we hosted Larry's "Swan Song for the Lawn" workshop and converted the front yard to an organic edible paradise in one day! On average, we used slightly less water than we did on the lawn, but we obviously got so much more! The garden will be 6 years old come spring, and it continues to give on so many levels - the lessons, community, wisdom, insight and FOOD truly are priceless! The garden is constantly evolving and so are we!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Edible Weeds! 17 Wild plants that you can eat

An excerpt from Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Jo Flores



Garden Profile: Ashleigh Ferguson Schieszer of Cincinnatti

Ashleigh writes:

Unsure of what to do with a tiny weed-ridden front yard, we tilled the dirt, lugged home some brick and rock, and turned the sunny spot into a raised veggie garden with stepping stones.

Here is a photo-journal of her amazing alley-to-garden transformation!




Weeds and What They Tell, an excerpt from Food Not Lawns


Here's one of the charts from Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, by Heather Jo Flores. This guide will help you figure out what your weeds are indicating about your soil. Many of these weds are also edible and medicinal! Enjoy!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Important SCAM Alert regarding RealFarmacy.com and growfood-notlawns.com


Public Service Announcement. SCAM ALERT! Please share widely!
The Facebook Page "Grow Food Not Lawns" is in no way affiliated with the real Food Not Lawns organization and is a scam owned by an Anti-Semitic advertising company.

our legitimate Facebook page is fb.com/foodnotlawns and we ask for your support in keeping Food Not Lawns for People, not for Profit!

Yes, we know, this ain't pretty, but we believe that the real people in the sustainability movement need to be informed about the fact that they are being deceived.

the scam page is pictured here:



Yes, we know, this ain't pretty, but we believe that the real people in the sustainability movement need to be informed about the fact that they are being deceived.

The FB page pictured here and associated website, www.growfood-notlawns.com are a scam. They are owned by Eamon James Cahall and Perry Cahall. Eamon James Cahall was pushed out of the Occupy community in Vermont for posting Anti-Semitic propaganda, and has had Facebook pages removed for hate speech. 

These brothers won several sites on Facebook and the web. These are:
growfood-notlawns.com
RealFarmacy.com
Grow-test.org
StrawbaleCity
The Yardener
and many others. 

At first glance, these sites seem to provide useful information. But all of these websites are filled with content stolen from other websites--a basic phrase or google image search will take you to the original content. The Cahalls post the content with fake author names, no credit for the original authors and photographers, and no reference to the original site where the content was published. And they use the Facebook pages to drive people to their website, where they sell advertising. This not only disrespects the sources of those images,  it robs followers of the chance to connect with the real projects that have done that real work. Basically, Eamon Cahall and Perry Cahall are stealing from the real sustainability community to make money for themselves. 

In addition, they have now filed a fraudulent trademark claim, stating that they started Food Not Lawns in 1982 (the year Eamon Cahall was born) and have been using the name in commerce since then. If successful, they will take the name of our organization and keep it so that legitimate community groups who have been doing this work for over 15 years won't be able to use it.

We at the legitimate Food Not Lawns, which started in 1999, have retained legal counsel and are taking action against the Cahalls so that they cannot unlawfully steal our name for their own profit. If you would like to help, please contact us.

Please do not support "grow food not lawns," "realFarmacy" "grow-test.org" "strawbalecity" or "the Yardener." These are ALL SCAM SITES and are filled with plagiarized content. If you see your photos and writing on their sites, please file a report with Facebook. 

We here at the real Food Not Lawns are deeply grateful for your loyal support.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cleveland Food Not Lawns: Mari Keating's Yard Transformation

Mari Keating had a fabulous garden in the back yard, but her front lawn looked like any other. She writes:

My permaculture design course included small group design charette.  When it came time to discuss my own yard, I was struck by a glaring truth.  All of my principles and beliefs were expressed in the backyard via rain barrels, compost bins, laundry lines and integrated beds of organically grown vegetables, herbs and flowers, while the front yard was the green square of conformity, a typical suburban lawn!  How on earth could I find community in my neighborhood when I didn't make who I was and what I believed in visible to the street?  My permaculture training enhanced what I had already been doing for many years, but Food Not Lawns provided the missing activism piece that encouraged me to be public and provoking.  I did my training in September of 2010 and had the first Food Not Lawns,Cleveland seed swap in January of 2011, and hosted a sheet mulch demonstration on my own yard in March!  The response has never been anything but positive and the rewards immeasurable on so many levels.


Here's a link to an article featuring Cleveland Food Not Lawns
http://web.archive.org/web/20130913002307/http:/www.agardenlife.com/article/2013/09/10/food-out-front-gardening

And here's their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/141621862651648/

and the pictures!






Friday, February 6, 2015

Garden Profile: Leah Willis' lawn conversion

Leah writes:
We converted the front lawn of our Cleveland Heights, Ohio home in May of 2014. We did a sheet mulch workshop and several ladies came to learn and lend a hand. It was slow growing at first, but by July it was amazing. By far the most successful garden we have ever had. I so enjoyed having neighbors admire and pick cherry tomatoes as they walked by.







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