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August 24, 2010.

This coming weekend, one of our local Transition groups in Los Angeles will offer a Vegetable / Herb Seed Swap.  We've held several seed swaps before -- one each spring and one each autumn for our year-round Southern California growing season.

Seed swaps are lots of fun.  People gather to exchange seeds, but at the same time they swap garden stories, garden tips, and generally connect with each other around food gardening.

We call ours a VEGETABLE / HERB seed swap so that we are making it clear from the very start that this garden event isn't about ornamental flowers.  Our group sets out to encourage people to grow food.

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A conversation with three co-editors of Squat Birth Journal wasn't on my original taping schedule. But when they contacted me, I thought it'd be a great topic for a show. Natural child birth, birthing without interventions and drugs, is about as sustainable an alternative (to the medical system) as it gets.

What could Life After Oil possibly be like for our local area? 

That's the question nearly 50 people in Los Angeles studied this past weekend at a one-day mini-conference hosted by Transition Los Angeles.

The event brought together people from all over the vast Los Angeles and Southern California areas.  The event gained attention from established area environmental organizations including the Surfrider Foundation and LA EcoVillage.  Many of the participants were newcomers to the ideas of the Transition movement.

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"Wind up, up, up the road to the tippity top of the hill," read the directions, "and when it flattens out at the top, my house is a hop, skip and a jump away in the young alder woods."

imageRev. Terry Jones’ 9-11 threat to burn copies of the Koran violates fundamental values of religious freedom, religious diversity, and respect for all people. To many Muslim Americans, his threat is part of a pattern of growing intolerance in the U.S.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010. Natural builder Lydia Doleman of Flying Hammer Productions gave us plenty of stories about the urban neighborhood community that's evolving from two adjoining homes she purchased with friends. And she gave us a tour of the cob studio and recently-completed straw bale home.

This past weekend, one of the Transition groups in our greater Los Angeles area offered a Cluck Trek: a tour of local chicken coops.

Chickens are the happening thing in the city -- as evidenced by the fact that the event was highlighted by the Los Angeles Times (none of our Transition events have ever made it past the editors of this giant paper before).  There aren't too many people who have chickens here, but there is LOTS of interest.

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Tuesday August 17, 2010. Dignity Village is the most colorful intentional community we've visited, not just for the murals and vibrant colors painted on the buildings. But also for its story. It is a community of about sixty homeless people.

100821_pfruit_katy_3001.jpgPortland Fruit Tree Project (PFTP) is a grassroots gleaning organization with a social conscience. Not only do volunteers share in the harvest, but half of the harvest goes to food banks and other agencies serving low-income people.

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