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  • Subject: [cg] civil disobedience
  • From: "John Verin" jverin@Pennhort.org
  • Date: Wed, 6 Nov 2002 17:28:55 -0500
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  • Thread-topic: [cg] Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1209 - 1 msg

Zen saying: Be the water, not the rock.
 
Don't resist, fight or struggle. Just flow on through.
That's not to say there aren't challenges, but to inspire a state of mind for approaching them.
 

Paco John Verin
City Wide Coordinator - Philadelphia Green
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
100 North 20th Street, 5th floor
Philadelphia, PA  19103-1495
Phone: 215-988-8885; Fax 215-988-8810
http://www.pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org

-----Original Message-----
From: Diane Dodge [mailto:dianefaydodge@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, November 05, 2002 3:39 PM
To: community_garden@mallorn.com
Subject: [cg] Re: community_garden digest, Vol 1 #1209 - 1 msg

Reminds me of 30 years ago, when the food co-op movement started in Minnesota.  The Minneapolis Health Department was there in a flash with their so-called regulations, their white gloves and an attitude.  But loyal co-opers prevailed, not so much with civil disobedience as with a form of subversive "obedience", and the movement prevailed.  So charge a nickel for "membership" and go ahead and have one hell of a potluck--someone could stand down the street with a pocketful of nickels.

Go for it!

Diane Dodge

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>Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 09:21:01 -0800
>From: Steve Smoot
>Subject: [cg] Great for potlucks, folks?
>
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>Hi Folks,
>
>Recently Spokane Tilth, a local sustainable food and agriculture
>organization and a chapter of Washington State Tilth, sponsored an
>"evening to honor our local farmers and gardeners and celebrate the
>harvest season."
>
>The "Local Harvest Celebration & Potluck Dinner" was billed as a
>fundraiser for the organization and folks were asked to donate a minimum
>of $10 per family at the door. But, "no one will be turned away for lack
>of funds, but please bring some prepared food to share." Participants
>were encouraged to bring food that was grown or produced within a
>100-mile radius of Spokane. The celebration was all about local food.
>
>The local health district must have decided that the participants were
>"public enemy number 1." Their reaction is probably common across the
>country these days.
>
>"Spokane Regional Health District is cracking down on potlucks.
>
>Last week, Spokane Tilth ran a small newspaper announcement that it was
>holding a potluck meal during its harvest celebration. Spokane Tilth
>promotes sustainable agriculture. Many members are organic farmers. Their
>lives revolve about being conscientious about what they eat.
>
>But as soon as Health District officials saw the potluck ad in the
>newspaper, they called Tilth and threatened prosecution if the group went
>ahead with the potluck. Tilth went ahead with the event — sans food.
>
>According to Health Officer Dr. Kim Thorburn, churches and other
>organizations can hold potlucks as long as they’re for members only. But
>if they invite the public, it’s illegal.
>
>Tilth program coordinator Chris Ostrander is not happy with a law banning
>a community practice that’s thousands of years old. He plans a statewide
>campaign to “decriminalize community potlucks.”
>http://www.thelocalplanet.com/Archives/Authors/Article.asp?ArticleID=3316
>:
>
>Steve Smoot
>
> > Message: 7
> > Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2002 05:54:08 -0500
> > To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> > From: Allan Balliett
> > Subject: Fwd: Re: [cg] Slow Food
> >
> > BACK on the recent Slow Food 'conference' in NYC...did anyone on the
> >
> > list attend?
> >
> > The registration fee was around $300, If I remember correctly. This,
> >
> > of course, confirms the elitist accusations. I'm hoping, however,
> > that someone will tell me that there were activist rates, also.
> >
> > Expanding on Adam's and other remarks, Slow Food Movement is one of
> >
> > the several attempts to preserve the 'local taste' that is being
> > sacrificed worldwide to the worldview that spawned NAFTA, the view
> > the believes everything will be better if everything is the same.
> > The
> > USDA Organic Certification is another step in this worldview,
> > reducing organics to a list of approved inputs while ignoring the
> > strong ecological and biological emphasis of grassroots organic
> > farming and gardening.
> >
> > Robert Graves said that when the taste for local cuisine is lost,
> > then everything is lost and people readily follow men on horseback.
> > A
> > local taste can be lost forwever in one generation, particularly
> > since the senses of taste and smell are so difficult to chronicle. I
> >
> > feel that the obligation to preserve these local flavors have fallen
> >
> > on we who are sensitive to realize their preciousness.
> >
> > A person can internalize these values and occasionally cook meals of
> >
> > AUTHENTIC INGREDIENTS, from FRESH, LOCAL, ECOLOGICALLY GROWN sources
> >
> > and still feel part of this movement.
> >
> > Great for potlucks, folks. What are you doing this Sunday? ;-)
> >
> > -Allan Balliett
> > BD Now! The Biodynamic Food and Farming Discussion Group
> > Shepherdstown, WV
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>
Hi Folks,
>
 
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>face=3Dverdana>:
>
 
>
Steve Smoot

> Message: 7
> Date: =
>Tue, 5=20
>Nov 2002 05:54:08 -0500
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> =
>From:=20
>Allan Balliett <igg@igg.com>
> Subject: Fwd: Re: [cg] Slow=20
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>
> BACK on the recent Slow Food 'conference' in NYC...=
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>
> The =
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>confirms the elitist accusations. I'm hoping, however,
> that =
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>
> =
>Expanding on=20
>Adam's and other remarks, Slow Food Movement is one of
>
> =
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> =
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>worldwide to the worldview that spawned NAFTA, the view
> the =
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> The
> =
>USDA=20
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> reducing=
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> strong=20
>ecological and biological emphasis of grassroots organic
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>
> Robert Graves said that when the taste for =
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> A
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>
> A person can internalize these=
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> Great for potlucks, folks. What are=
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>
> -Allan Balliett
> BD Now! The=
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> Shepherdstown,=20
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>
>
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>
>
>
>
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>
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