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5-Mile Living
Grow First
Applied Natural Living

– hyper-local food production is the basis for economy (exchange of goods, services, ideas, skills) & culture (fellowship, food, stories, art) based on living with&in natural means

— every organism has the birthright to live as part of a natural community
(We know that we do NOT currently have the culture, skills, economy or community (including rootedness in our regional landbase) to fulfill our responsibility as members of a natural community, BUT we can commit to LEARN. We will learn-by-doing (experiential/participatory). Part of that commitment is to JUSTICE (social, economic,environmental) that we KNOW is threatening our community. Working for justice addresses REAL political power and establishes DIRECTLY DEMOCRATIC structure.)

— life is a miracle, not a commodity (see below from Wendell Berry)
(We are anti-extraction (oil AND technological resources) and consumption. We are pro-hyper local production and supply (self-sufficiency).)

— the fundamental building block of our applied learning to be members of natural community is FOOD
(Because we can. Because agricultural practice generates rootedness in place, exchange (social/economic/environmental) and a tangible experience of meaning and authenticity that is our birthright. From this practice we will generate tendrils that allow us to address: the built environment, transportation, waste, water management, wildlife habitat, environmental restoration, cultural practice and economic structure).

— we seek strong, meaningful, committed relationship with a few hundred people
(We know that the scale of natural, directly democratic community is not possible with more than this. Once we pass this threshold, we establish new communities.)

Each of the world’s innumerable creatures is unique, and each of the world’s innumerable places is unique. Creatures survive in their places by local adaptation. To believe these things is to see that we must not separate ourselves too far from nature. We must learn to live a given life in a given world. Our ability to change either our life or our place is limited. To transgress those limits is to put ourselves and our places in danger. Now we are faced with a choice between life as defined by the corporate economy and its client institutions, including governments, and life as defined by our own nature and the nature of our home landscapes — between life as a commodity and life as an unreproducible gift, as what I think is properly called a miracle. Life is a gift to be accepted. Its acceptance implicates us in gratitude, and in a responsibility of care that is fearful, difficult, and yet pleasing. This is the only antidote I know to the ideas of life as commodity, as property, or as subject.
Wendell Berry, 2002

WORKSHOPS
MEALS
EXHIBITIONS
PERFORMANCES

hyperlocal health – taking care of yourself – first aid, homeopathic
bike-building
car shares
natural building – straw-bale, cob, adobe
rainwater collection & irrigation
Build a palette garden — http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/
fight the squash-vine borer
Urban Farming/Gardening Water Conference
Sauerkraut!!
Soap-making
Cooking (various)
Urban Beekeeping 101
Sprouting for Beginners
Edible Mushrooms (yep)
Building a cob oven (multi day – probably 3) – plus later – baking bread or pizza in your cob oven
Make your own raised garden bed
Making your own compost tea
You can “humanely” kill a chicken too
Vermiculture (worms!)
Massage Therapy
Canning 101
Pickling
How pale is your ale? Beer brew 101
Soil (what is it and why should I care?)
Cheese
Raising Chickens in an Urban Backyard
Simple Lacto-Fermentation
Community Youth, Community Farms
Knot Tying 101 (half hitch, clove hitch, square knot, truckers hitch, rolling hitch, double sheet bend, bowline, etc., etc. – for tying tomatoes, to securing that lumber and wheelbarrow, etc.)
definitely sauerkraut!
herbal teas/elixirs/tinctures
seed harvesting/planting
hugelkulture
companion planting
individual/group specific plant design focus (finding new ways to arrange space efficiently)
language of plants
tanning hide
hunting/cleaning/cooking small game (squirrels, possums, rabbit)
wild edible plant workshop

· IF I were there, I would want to know about companion-planting & toxin-free gardening. I would also enjoy learning gardening tips from the elderly who learned them from their forefathers (and mothers!)

urban deer hunting

Film screenings! A whole ‘nother topic. Jake Stewart votes for “Rivers and Tides” — great choice!

live entertainment/ gatherings on rotation at some of the 5miles farms. This will give an opportunity for making new collaborations and maybe new members.

The workshops I have been thinking about are more of a slow build, holistic design- multiple workshops relating to the same project. It sounds like the farm could use an outdoor kitchen. By combining the cob oven w/ water collection/ irrigation we can filter and purify that water as well as possibly reuse steam created from the oven. Adding thermal mass to the exhaust system of the oven (with versatile duct work for winter/summer) could provide extra warmth through seating or a possible future chicken coop. Within this one project there are several possible workshops based on the overall design possibilities, ex.- cob, a variety of finishes, mosaics/ natural mosaics, sculpting Texas limestone, masonry, building with wine bottles and earth, free form concrete sculpture, basics of metal working- could be a variety of metals workshops, mold making, tool making, wood working, solar workshops- build your own panel, solar oven, re-using broken solar cells, and on and on. Building a palette garden could be part. The point is the amount of workshops relating to a single ongoing project are nearly endless. Let me know what you all think, I have a number of possible designs able to adapt to any goals of the Garden.

· Herbs! And what to do with the abundance of them – dry? Oil? freeze?

scarecrow sculpture show or alternatively (I think probably more fun) a scarecrow fashion show, (could be a combo I suppose).

PS Some of those workshops look AWESOME. I think you’re going to create something really special and keep the spirit of Austin alive with what you’re doing. Creative, earthly, art. <---- I like that!! Evan Gremont youth-friendly workshops TOOL LIBRARY – make tools & materials available for community

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May 30th, 2012 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Live from Resolution Farm on Earth Day

Earth Day Austin: Austin Green Art: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

 

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April 22nd, 2011 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Fox Morning Show — Earth Day!

Austin Green Art: MyFoxAUSTIN.com

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April 19th, 2011 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Austin

Wednesday, April 20th

Sustainable Food Center’s Triangle Farmer’s Market

(Between Lamar and Guadalupe on 46th Street)

4 – 8 pm

FREE

www.austinearthday.com

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April 12th, 2011 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »

KXAN Coverage of 350 Project

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December 3rd, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on KXAN Coverage of 350 Project

EARTH 350.org

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Photo by Kelly West

Here's a link to the Austin American-Statesman story:
http://www.statesman.com/news/local/an-artistic-focus-on-climate-change-1065211.html?srcTrk=RTR_781143

video:

Austin, Texas 350eARTh project from 350.org on Vimeo.

PRI's “The World” —

http://www.theworld.org/2010/11/16/environmental-art-in-iceland/

The EARTH 350 Project site —

http://earth.350.org/austin-tx-eating-our-way-to-350/

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November 24th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on EARTH 350.org

Mandala Harvest Festival on October 31

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Celebrate the Harvest & Collect produce/canned goods for Capital Area Food Bank!!!

5th and Waller, Sunday, October 31, 11 am – 3pm

Bring family, friends, canned goods, non-perishable food items (and produce from local farmers!) to contribute to the mandala installation. Wear colorful costumes for the parade and contest! Purchase a seedling to grow at home!

Community Partners: HOPE Farmers Market, Austin Green Art, The Sustainable Food Center, Theatre Action Project

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Join us at the HOPE Market site on Saturday the 30th to help build the Mandala Food Donation Art Installation from 2 to 5pm.

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October 19th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mandala Harvest Festival on October 31

350.org at Johnson's Backyard Garden

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We had a blast Sunday setting out the flags for the 15 acre art project to help raise awareness about climate change during the next round of international talks in Cancun.  Make a micro DONATION to help buy 1000 lbs of rye seeds and run the tractors to seed the project.  Johnson's Backyard Garden

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Thanks a million parts per million to for supporting our project:

Anne Robertson and Growing Grace

Kathy Zarsky and Heather Carter

Tom Roli, Anita Mennucci, Ben Bufkin and Steve Rutledge

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October 15th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 350.org at Johnson's Backyard Garden

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An inspirational, truly diverse gathering at Growing Power Urban Agriculture Conference.

Will Allen was a generous host to 500+ farmers, NGOs, city planners and activists for a weekend of great info and great local food.  Winona La Duke made a fabulous keynote featuring the quotation from her father:  “You're pretty smart and formally educated, but I don't want to hear your philosophy until you can grow some corn!”  Also Fritz Haeg made a great presentation closing with his newest focus on compost as artmaking.  He revealed a recent op-ed that he wrote suggesting that the White House establish the “national compost pile” — to be placed at the FRONT DOOR of the White House!

Austin Green Art's art projects were well received and we met some great kids from Added Value in Brooklyn, and Leo from Grown in Omaha, and Leah Gauthier, a green art professor from Butler University.

Join us Saturday, September 18 at 11am for Pancakes and the Low-down!

MAP to AGA near Camp Mabry.

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September 15th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on

AGA Announces 2010–2011 Calendar

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Quenton, Ashley and Chuck helped hang the steel sign at Eastside Memorial Green Tech High.  We had to do some innovative positioning of the old gantry and truck to make it happen.

AGA submitted a Cultural Contracts application to the City of Austin for support of our 2010 thru 2011 Programming Season.  You can download the overview and choose a program committee to get involved with.

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May 24th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on AGA Announces 2010–2011 Calendar

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