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    Grow Local & Organic Food & Community

    The Dervais family grow enough food on their yard to feed themselves and to make a living.

    Click here for their FB page.  Click here for their website.

    Here are  books on local  food production and  permaculture .  Here is info on organic farming.  Here is the permaculture magazine.

    The Dervais family, with their “Path to Freedom” (link), are spreading a truly revolutionary idea. That is the idea that an average family can free themselves from the corrupt system that supplies most of the food in this country. The massive corporations that control food production and distribution have, for the most part, succeeded in throwing off what little government inspection and oversight there was in the past. “Ag-Gag” bills and the criminalization of whistleblowers have led to a place where we are not allowed to know where our food comes from or what kinds of poisons have been applied to it. Growing your own is really the ONLY way to have a safe, reliable food supply.

    The bright side of this picture is that growing your own food is easier than ever! Not only is it safer – everyone knows that homegrown is the tastiest and freshest food possible. In recent years, modern science and ancient agricultural knowledge have teamed up to give you the ability to grow food on a small amount of land, for less time and effort than it would take to earn the money to buy it. Local, sustainable, organic food gives peace of mind in several ways.

    Posted on June 15, 2015

    Star Flowers

    Shooting Star Flowers

    Elk with velvet green antlers at 7000 ‘, shooting star flower by the creek (with its petals/sepals bent back, the neat red zigzag at its mouth, stamens poking out and down, waiting for the buzzing of a bee to release the pollen) , pasque flowers, larkspur, views from 8200 ‘ of the snowclad mountains along the continental divide ( Evans, Squaretop, Greys, the Arapahoes, Navajo, Apache, Toll, Audubon, Sawtooth, St. Vrain, Meadow, Elk’s Tooth, Copeland, Meeker, Long’s, Chiquita, Ypsilon, Fairchild, Hagues, Mummy). Also, the Pourdre running high with crème and froth amongst the haystacks.

    Posted on June 2, 2015

    Demand Votes against TPP & Fast Track- Save Wildlife & Ourselves

    Here it shows how TPP will prevent regulations on  food safety, Wall Street, water pollution, and global warming. Here it shows how parts of the TPP and Fast Track allow foreign corporations to overturn laws that limit water pollution  caused by metal mining and fracking. The WTO lets Mexican tuna companies sue to stop the law about dolphin safe tuna labels and also to stop the law requiring country of origin labels on meat.  The TPP postpones cheaper generic drugs and prevents governments from regulating the prices of drugs.

    Posted on June 2, 2015

    Baby Orcas, Wildflowers, Woodpeckers and Ducklings

    A customer from Bainbridge Island, Washington, told me that 4 baby orcas were recently born near there.  This good news as the population of orcas thee had not been doing so well.

    Wallflowers, penstemons, bluebells,  rose bushes,  cinquefoil, a coyote striding thru a prairie dog campus, a spotted towhee that was so tame, it didn’t fly away from the bush by the edge of the path as we walked below it and then above it.

    Last Sunday fields of pasque flowers, a few larkspurs, and lots of sand lilies at 8000 feet in mixed ponderosa/ doug fir forest.  A downy woodpecker and lots of frog calls. from little pocket ponds in the rock.

    I just saw 7 ducklings.  They shake their heads.  Their mom tilts her head, quacks , and herds them from behind.

    Posted on May 22, 2015

    Birds Return and Trees Flower

    In the last few days  swallows returned to nests  under the bridge on the bike path. A friend at Mammoth Mountain CA,  heard the long eerie call of  the common loon  and the drumming of a Williamson sapsucker on April 12th. A cousin in Chippewa Falls, WI heard a loon call 2 weeks ago, before it continued north. Plum, apple,  cherry, and lilacs all are blooming and spreading their sweet, full  aromas. Irises are abloom. Blackbirds  and meadow larks have been back for several weeks. But there was still good snow last week up by the continental divide for cross country skiing. Ospreys mate and nest by Longmont, Colorado.

    My grandfather, who lived by a lake in Wisconsin,  wrote  the dates on the wall when the ice would form in the fall and when it would break up in the spring.  In Wisconsin, we would listen in the spring when the whippoorwill called  as it stopped  in the wetland on its way  north.   Here in Boulder, I get excited when the poorwills return to the foothills.  Also, the crossbills are neat as they pass thru.

    Phenology is observing and recording the changes in nature. Birds and animals  migrate and mate, plants bloom There are groups you can share you observations with.

    Go here for info and links.
    Go here for bird monitoring.
    Go here for frog monitoring.
    Go here for insect monitoring.
    Go here to find birdwatchers.

    Posted on April 24, 2015