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Shitake Mushroom Harvest March 24, 2014

Today was a fun day at the West Broad Street Farm here in Athens. I’ve been working there as of recent and am really enjoying the process of maintaining a larger garden/farm and being able to see the daily ins and outs of the process.¬† Today I was so excited to be able to harvest Shitake Mushrooms from lovely mushroom logs..I learned that Mushrooms absolutely love water and the more watering the better. Some experts even suggest dipping mushroom logs in water for some hours so that they may be submerged in water. log

 

Here are some magical mushrooms growing in nature. It was super fun harvesting them and sending them on to be sold. I want to learn more about the innoculation process  of Shitakes.

 

Project Ecology Agriculture and Trade (E.A.T.) Doin the Good Work April 24, 2008

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I recently trekked with my 3 year old across country to link up with an organization called Project E.A.T. (www.projecteat.org). This non profit organization is in the processing of carrying out some key missions throughout the South Florida regions as well as in Jamaica, Ethiopia and Ghana currently. E.A.T. Jamaica is a really important project right now involving the formation of a farmer co-op in the Blue Mountain region of Portland Jamaica. It is in this region that farmers are being forced to watch their own crops die because of foreign monopoly of the produce market and the unwise heavy import of foreign gmo’d produce to the people of this land. It’s sad to see the way in which these farmers watch their hard work and care go to waste while engineered foods from outside have taken over their former markets. E.A.T. Jamaica seeks to rectify some of this disparity by documentation through multi-media, co-op formation and export market creation as well as shipping services for these farmers and other poor farmers throughout the world.

Some of the focuses of the organization right now in regards to the E.A.T. Jamaica project are centered on matching the 200,000 seeds the Minister of Agriculture recently commissioned to be planted by Jamaicans in response to the looming food crisis effecting 3rd World countries and the world currently. As an answer to this call, Project E.A.T. seeks to match this seed request. In addition, we can provide the government of Jamaica with high quality Mother Earth Foods organic fertilizer as well as donated farm equipment. Through these missions, a more solid foundation of socio-economic stability can begin to be formed for the people of this region.

The reality is that folks all over the planet are being forced to be made more responsible for the food they eat and where it comes from. No more can we blindly allow others to provide us with our food sources and expect true quality.

See the movie “The Future of Food” for more details into the frightening status of food and agriculture right now….

To learn more about the plight of Jamaican Farmers in the Blue Mountain Regions, please check out http://www.projecteat.org.

 

Cow Dung and It’s Many Wonderful Properties September 27, 2007

So I just saw this stunning movie on Peter Proctor, present day pioneer of Biodynamic Farming Methods and the work he tirelessly performs worldwide but presently with a focus on Mama India. The movie is called How to Save the World:One Man, One Cow, One Planet and is highly recommended. I’d heard of Biodynamic Farming prior to seeing the film but never realized what an integration of metaphysics and spirituality it involved. The most phenomenal aspect of this method of restoration of the earth’s depleted soils is that it is based upon the use of the sacred cow dung, believed to have curative and spiritual powers throughout India and other parts of the planet. With cow dung, a compost is created that when worked into soil in a particular ritualistic way, creates certain energies that serve in healing the soil undergoing the process. It’s interesting to observe New Zealand farmer, Peter Proctor teaching the people of India a process for healing their highly denatured soil that appeals to their cultural practice of revering and respecting the power of the cow. And biodynamic farming isn’t the only practice that purports powerful healing coming from the dung of the cow. Google Videos aren’t embedding but you can check the trailer out on there.For More Info on this.


I initially got turned on to the power of cow dung by some people in Atlanta Georgia that were heavily involved in the practice of Agnihotra. Agnihotra is a Vedic yajna and involves the burning of cow dung and ghee butter in an inverted copper pyramid at dusk and dawn precisely, while chanting Vedic mantras. Properly performed, this ritual according to the Vedic tradition, brings about enormous healing and purification of the environment. The Agnihotra is a powerful yajna that in my experience brings about a deep sense of peace. This 5 minute process feels like coming out of an hour of meditation. It’s a grounding practices and assists in uncovering the real Self, hidden underneath all of the mental chatter. The fact that the dung of the cow is such an important part of this process is really significant given the way this culture brutalizes and tortures these sacred creatures. Yet the manure of this animal can bring about so much good upon the planet. Interesting…

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