Garden’s Edge is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation that works in New Mexico and Guatemala to revitalize local culture and economy through projects in sustainable agriculture and environmental education.
In the summer and fall of 2009, The Garden’s Edge and members from Qachuu Aloom taught workshops, provided technical assistance, and shared traditions with farming communities throughout New Mexico and Arizona.
There were a total of 281 participants in the 17 workshops, including youth, adults, and elders.
Seed Saving Workshops: These workshops were designed to present farmers with information and techniques about saving seed adapted to their specific farms and gardens thus increasing yields and crop hardiness, as well as decreasing farm inputs.
Seed Bank: We are establishing a seed bank, based in Albuquerque, that includes crop varieties that are suitable to the soils, climate, and culture of New Mexico.
Seed Saving (Field Trip and workshops with Jardin del Alma Farm):
The Goal of these workshops was to:
1.Encourage established growers to begin saving seeds on their farm.
2.Provide growers with a possible market/buyer for their seed, helping to increase farm income.
3.Find growers to grow out heritage New Mexican seed from the abandoned Ghost Ranch Seed Collections, which includes many New Mexico heritage crops in threat of extinction.
“Thanks for the inspiration and knowledge. Without this we wouldn’t have known how to save our seeds. It gives us a whole new perspective of where we should go with our farming project.”
“We only knew so little about this, and now we can start a seed bank in our own community” – From workshop participants, 2009
Workshops and Cultural Exchange Participants:
TNAFA(Traditional Native American Farmers Association) Hopi, Picuris Pueblo, Santa Domingo Pueblo, TEWA Women United, Santa Clara Pueblo, Isleta Pueblo, Santa Fe Indian School, San Felipe Pueblo, Dine Agriculture (Navajo, Shiprock), Leupp Family Farm (Navajo) Arizona, Tierra y Libertad, Tucson Arizona .
Community Groups: Penasco and Dixon Farmers, Northern New Mexico Community College, Resolana (Española), Seeds of Change (San Juan Pueblo), Sanchez Farm,
San Juan College (Farmington), Jardin del Alma (Monticello), Albuquerque Farmers/Growers, Barcelona Elementary School, Cuidando los Niños (Homeless Women and Children Program, Albuquerque).
Native America Calling
Traditionally, most Native tribes subsisted on diets that were largely vegetarian and both gluten and sugar-free. Today many health professionals advocate foods that resemble more traditional Native American diets. But these foods can be hard to come by or extremely expensive. How is it that a diet once eaten freely by our hunting and gathering ancestors can be so expensive and exclusive today? And if going 100 percent raw or vegetarian is out of the question for you, what health benefits will you gain by becoming partially raw or vegetarian? Guests are Brett Ramey (Ioway) Urban Lifeways Director for Native Movement Arizona and Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in).
David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability. He talks about the need to move beyond the lulling hope that ‘green tech’ breakthroughs will allow world-wide ‘sustainable consumption’ to the recognition that dwindling oil supplies inevitably mean a mandatory ‘energy descent’ for human civilization across the planet. He argues that permaculture principles provide the best guide to a peaceful societal ‘powering down.”
Countdown to April 15th T.E.A. Party – Here’s what you need to know:
5:00 – 5:30 * Enjoy music on the Plaza
* Visit candidates and organizations that support the T.E.A. Party
* Register to vote
* Donate non-perishable food items for the Food Depot
* Get a copy of the Constitution from the Heritage Foundation
(reg. $4.00) for just $1.00
5:30 – 6:30 * Welcome Address
* National Anthem
* Salute to the Military and Public Safety heroes
* Featured Speakers:
– Brianne – College Student – what young people worry about
– Mary Ann – Young mother – the future for our kids
– Dr. J.R. Damron – the secrets buried in the health care bill
– Jared Hamilton – voter fraud
– Keynote Address – Jim Scarantino from New Mexico Watchdog
– Sheryl Bohlander – Call To Action
6:30 – 7:00 * Enjoy music
* Visit candidates and groups that support the T.E.A. Party
* Register to vote
* Donate non-perishable food items for the Food Depot
* Get a copy of the Constitution from the Heritage Foundation
(reg. $4.00) for just $1.00
WHAT TO BRING and WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
* Do you have a video camera? Although we hope we don’t get protesters at our rally, we would like to have as many cameras going as possible to capture any disruption. You might also enjoy filiming the event for your own enjoyment, of course. If you do bring your camera and have photos or videos that you would like to share, please contact us after the event at SantaFeTeaParty@live.com. If you would like to have some of them posted on our website, please indicate that you are giving your permission.
* There will be several barrels around the Plaza for you to drop off donations of non-perishable food items which will be delivered to the Food Depot. Please join us in stocking the shelves for this great organization.
* The weather can be unpredicatable – cool, windy, rainy, or perfectly warm and sunny. Please be prepared and be comfortable.
* We will not provide any refreshments at the rally. You can bring your own non-alcoholic beverage and/or picnic or purchase items at the local businesses. PLEASE USE THE TRASH CANS TO DISPOSE OF YOUR GARBAGE. Restrooms are also not available on the Plaza, but La Fonda is across the street and has facilities that are open to the public.
* Be comfortable and enjoy the event! You may want to bring a folding chair since there is limited seating provided. Remember that we cannot stand or have chairs on the grass – only the concrete areas.
* Be sure to sign up at the T.E.A. Party table so you will continue getting updates on future T.E.A. Party events, Action Alerts that will let you know what the issues are and how you can help, and about future meetings.
* Finally, please support our local businesses and stay in town for dinner afterwards! We are fighting for their success and prosperity, too!
SIGN THE PETITION!
The Sante Fe T.E.A. Party, as well as several other groups around the state will have petitions at the rallies that will be delivered to the Attorney General after a Press Conference in the coming weeks. The petition will urge the Attorney General to join other states in opposing this law – not only does it appear to be unconstitutional, it will have a devastating financial effect on New Mexico. Please come to the Plaza and sign the petition! So far, 10 states have filed suit to stop the Health Care Reform law from imposing on their states.
We will keep you posted on the schedule for the Press Conference and delivery of the petitions. We are hoping to organize a LARGE event, so if you can join us, we’d love to have you! Details will also be posted on our website at http://www.SantaFeTeaParty.blogspot.com.
The organizers of the Santa Fe T.E.A. Party have gone to great lengths to organize a peaceful, family-friendly event that gives the public a platform to voice their concerns over fiscal irresponsibility, the over-reach of the federal government, the unsustainable debt, etc. We respectfully ask that participants honor our efforts by maintaining civility, common sense, and non-violence.
Remember that the media will seek out anyone who appears to be a radical – please don’t give them any ammunition. It is our sincere hope that the messages we deliver at this event – and future ones – will be based on common sense, logic, facts, and that in the end, we will be able to build a strong coalition of voters from all political parties and all walks of life that will indeed bring about the changes we all hope for.
But Why Does This Guy Want To Infiltrate
And Destroy The Tea Party Movement?
Meet Jason Levin, quite possibly the scariest man in the tea party universe. An Oregon technology consultant, Levin is the leader of Crash The Tea Party, a plan to take down the tea party from the inside. Levin says he’s got a growing cadre of supporters across the country, and conservatives from the message boards to the set of the Sean Hannity’s show are getting nervous.
“Our plan is not to shout them down,” Levin told me yesterday, “but to infiltrate them and push them farther from the mainstream.”
The scheme reads like a sequel to “Being John Malkovich”: Levin’s group of protesters plan to get in the heads of tea partiers at the Tax Day Tea Parties nationwide Thursday and manipulate them right out of relevance. They’ll dress like tea partiers, talk like tea partiers and carry signs like tea partiers. In fact, according to Levin they’ll be completely indistinguishable from tea partiers, except for one thing — they won’t be out-crazied by anyone.
“Our goal is that whenever a tea partier says ‘Barack Obama was not born in America,’ we’re going be right right there next to them saying, ‘yeah, in fact he wasn’t born on Earth! He’s an alien!” Levin explained. He said that by making the tea parties sound like a gathering of crazy people — his group’s goal — the movement will lose its power.
Levin said he got the idea from a counter-protest to the infamous Westboro Baptist Church group held outside Twitter headquarters in January. Levin said the Westboro group broke up after counter-protesters showed up holding signs “even crazier” than the ones held by the Westboro group. “They realized they couldn’t get their message out, so they just left” Levin said.
On the Crash The Tea Party website, managed by Levin, he explains how the plan will work. “Whenever possible, we will act on behalf of the Tea Party to exaggerate their least appealing qualities (misspelled protest signs, wild claims in TV interviews, etc.)”
“The lower the public opinion of them goes, the less coverage they’re going to get in the mainstream media,” Levin said when I asked him about the plan. “Then the GOP stops listening to them and they disperse and they go back to their militias and cabins in the woods.”
He emphasized that his group is non-violent, and not interested in “perpetuating racism, homophobia or misogyny.” Levin said that “members are free to do as they wish,” but if violence breaks out at a tea party rally on Thursday, or more epithets like the ones thrown around during the health care debate are heard, it won’t be because of his group.
He explained the distinction to me this way: If you see someone wearing a Nazi uniform at a tea party, it could be one of his members. If you see some one wearing a Nazi uniform throwing a rock, it’s definitely not one of his members.
I asked him if he was worried publicly proclaiming that the most extreme people at the tea party rallies could be plans plants might help the movement he’s trying to destroy. The tea party movement is struggling with its own identity, and some in the movement have already claimed that some of the darker chapters in its history (such as the death threats that came after the health care vote) were fantasies created by liberal infiltrators. Levin said no matter what the tea parties say about his plans, it’s a “win-win” for his group.
“What can they say?” he said. “Either we’ve infiltrated their group so pervasively that they might as well hang it up, or we haven’t infiltrated them that much they really are just racists.”
Levin said he has 66 member groups (and growing) across the country planning to fan out at tea party gatherings on Thursday.
And while it’s not clear how big the group actually is, or how serious the effort will be, the idea has already set off a small panic among tea partiers and their supporters. Upset tea partiers have posted Levin’s address and phone number on the FreeRepublic.com message boards, leading, he said, to “silly threats” against him and his family. On Friday, Sean Hannity attacked the group in a segment on his radio show. And tea party groups across the country are warning their members to be on the lookout for the infiltrators. In Oregon, a tea party group has said it plans to get the police involved if they catch any of Levin’s organizers.
Levin said all the attention just serves to make his plan more successful.
“How do you spot a fake tea partier? Do they have a tea bag tattooed on their forehead?” he said. “Thanks to us, the next time you’re at a tea party and you see a guy with a misspelled sign you’ll have to say ‘is this guy an idiot? Or is he just an infiltrator?”
Late Update: Dave Weigel reports on FreedomWorks’ plan to expose infiltrators like Levin and capture them on video at the Tax Day rallies on Thursday. The group is taking Levin’s plan — and the possibility of other infiltrators — pretty seriously, and is planning to point out and confront anyone with a “racist or offensive” sign at a rally on Thursday.
Come to our second monthly meeting!
As well as discussing the event topic this month, I would like to hear from people where they would like to hold these events and what kind of format they might be. As of now we are meeting and having discussions. Maybe we could arrange to meet at a local cafe and have a more casual event. Since these events are sstill pretty small, these more casual events could serve as a springboard for more formal events in the future. Just a thought for next time.
Let me know what you are thinking.
From “Another Turn of the Crank”
By Wendell Berry
If the members of a local community want their community to cohere, to
Flourish, and to last, these are some things they would do:
1. Always ask of any proposed change or innovation: What will this do to
our community? How will this affect our common wealth?
2. Always include local nature – the land, the water, the air, the native
creatures – within the membership of the community.
3. Always ask how local needs might be supplied from local sources,
including the mutual help of neighbors.
4. Always supply local needs first. (And only then think of exporting their
products, first to nearby cities, and then to others.
5. Understand the unsoundness of the industrial doctrine of “labor saving”
if that implies poor work, unemployment, or any kind of pollution or
6. Develop properly scaled value-adding industries for local products to
ensure that the community does not become merely a colony of the national or global economy.
7. Develop small scale industries and businesses to support the local farm
and/or forest economy.
8. Strive to produce as much of the community’s own energy as possible.
9. Strive to increase earnings (in whatever form) within the community and
decrease expenditures outside the community.
10. Make sure that money paid into the local economy circulates within the
the community for as long as possible before it is paid out.
11. Make the community able to invest in itself by maintaining its properties, keeping itself clean (without dirtying some others place), caring
for its old people, teaching its children.
12. See that the old and the young take care of one another. The young must
learn from the old, not nessisarily and not always in school. There must be
no institutionalized ‘child care’ and ‘homes for the aged’. The community
knows and remembers itself by the association of old and young.
13. Account for costs now conventionally hidden or “externalized”. Whenever possible, these costs must be debited against monetary income.
14. Look into the possible uses of local currency, community-funded loan programs, systems of barter, and the like.
15. Always be aware of the economic value of neighborly acts. In our time the costs of living are greatly increased by the loss of neighborhood, leaving people to face their calamities alone.
16. A rural community should always be acquainted with, and complexly connected with, community minded people in nearby towns and cities.
17. A sustainable rural economy will the dependent on urban consumers loyal to local products. Therefore, we are talking about an economy that will always be more cooperative than competitive.