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May. 10th, 2009

slashfairy: Renaissance


Sustainable Building workshop by Petaluma artist Miguel Elliott

When Miguel Elliott is working, he’s dancing. Dipping his toes into a pile of mud he begins the stomp, an ancient two-step that is part of the process of turning wet earth into walls with his two bare feet.

Upcoming Workshops and Demonstrations:
Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe: Miguel Elliott will demonstrate making adobe bricks. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 762-4871.

Adobe brick-making: Make bricks for an earthen oven at Green String Farm while learning the principles of building with adobe. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16, May 23 and 24. $45 one day or $60 for two days. Vegetarian lunch included. June 7 and 8 will be a workshop on buiding a cob bench at Green String. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3571 Adobe Road, Petaluma. 320-3609.

Cob bench and oven sculpting: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 and 31. Through the Daily Acts Sustainable Series of Tours and Workshops. $80 one day, $145 for the weekend. Call 789-9664 for information, registration and directions, or dailyacts.org

A cob bench and oven workshop: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20 and 21 at Petaluma Bounty Farm, 55 Shasta Ave., off Petaluma Boulevard North near Magnolia. Cost is a sliding scale, $45 to $65 per day. 320-3609.

Information: 320-3609, livingearthstructures.com

Mar. 5th, 2009

slashfairy: Renaissance


If you get a chance: Salt of the Earth, PBS Doc about Water in California

Salt of the Earth at LocateTV.com

Paul Rodriguez narrates this one hour doc on salt in the water supplies of various parts of California, and how what we do here in the Bay Area affects and is affected by water use elsewhere, statewide water policy, and other things. I had a chance to see it tonight at work. It's well worth seeing.

Dec. 3rd, 2008


Christmas Tree Donation?

I'm buying a living Christmas Tree this year. I hate the fake ones, but don't want to cut down a tree for my enjoyment. So I've found a place I can buy a tree, but the tricky part is that I live in an apartment, so can't plant the tree myself afterwards. Does anyone know of a place (preferably in the peninsula/south bay) that takes tree donations? I've tried my Parks and Rec department, and google searches seem to provide me with nothing but places where I can buy a tree to donate to someone and that kind of thing. Thanks!

May. 28th, 2008


Free tomato plants to good home

I have ended up with four extra early girl tomatoes (traditionally raised, not organic, sorry). They're just from a nursery and they're still in a little six pack plastic container. I don't have room to plant them on my little porch and I would love to see them go to a good home, I know they can't remain in those little containers indefinitely.

If someone would like them, speak up! I'm in Mountain View and since I don't drive you'll have to come to me to get them, but they're free to anyone who can make use of them. Drop me a message here on lj or leave your email address in the comments.

Mods, I hope this is sufficiently inline with sustainable living, if not, I'll be happy to take it down.

Apr. 19th, 2008



where to recycle rice cooker?

I have a rice cooker that stopped working
I think that it fits into the category of e-waste
but I'm not sure . . .
If it is, do you know of any place in SF where I could recycle it?
I know that most e-waste places only take computers, TVs and the like.

p.s. I think it may just be a wiring issue . . . if you'd like it, it's yours!

Feb. 21st, 2008



Speak out against aerial spraying - CDFA coming to town this week!

Another posting I pulled off of San Francisco Permaculture Guild regarding apple moth spraying:

Posted by: "Kachina Katrina" kachinakatrina@uas.coop kachinakatrina
Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:28 am (PST)

out against aerial spraying - CDFA coming to town this
week the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) made an
official announcement that they intend to continue aerial spraying of
pesticides over Monterey and Santa Cruz counties in June, and begin spraying
over the Bay Area in August. Once implemented the spraying will occur every
30-90 days, for 9 months of every year, for at least 3-5 years to come.

The proposed areas to be sprayed by air total 444,060 acres, 693.8 miles
(see map http://www.hopefortruth.com/lbam_2008.jpg). And that doesn't
include the vast acreage of ground treatments that allow them to enter
private properties to attach chemical twist ties and traps in your organic
gardens, and paint insecticide on trees and utility poles, all in easy reach
of climbing children, pets, and other beneficial creatures. Hundreds of
people have already been made ill by the spraying last Fall in Monterey and
Santa Cruz (list of symptoms

The CDFA is battling the little light brown apple moth (LBAM), not because
it has the potential of eating us out of house and home, nor are they
concerned about us not having enough to eat. Their eradication program has
nothing whatsoever to do with public health and safety, but everything to do
with trade. They worry about losing profits because of potential embargoes
on California produce. They are not concerned about organic farmers,
however, and organic standards are in the process of being diluted further.

The CDFA will be holding "scoping" meetings to hear public comments
regarding their Environmental Impact Review (EIR) process. Please be aware
that the spraying is not dependent on completion of such a review, because
they have declared a "State of Emergency", which gives them the right to
overrule other regulations, such as local pesticide ordinances, private
property laws, and health, safety, and environmental protection.

You can demonstrate your concerns at the following meetings, which the CDFA
is expected to attend. More meetings, organized by the CDFA, various city
and county officials, and grassroots activists, in various communities are
being added all the time. Please keep updated by checking out the calendar
at http://www.lbamspray.com/calendar.htm

If you haven't done so already, please scroll down to the links on the
bottom of this mail to sign the petition opposed to aerial spraying, and
vote in the polls.

CDFA "scoping" meetings:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 6:00 ? 8:00 p.m.
Monterey Peninsula College
Lecture Forum 103
980 Fremont Street
Monterey, CA 93940

Santa Cruz
Thursday, February 21, 2008, 6:00 ? 8:00 p.m.
University Inn & Conference Center
Sierra & Dawn Room
611 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

San Francisco
Monday, February 25, 2008, 6:00 ? 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco County Fair Building Auditorium
Golden Gate Park
9th Avenue & Lincoln Way
San Francisco, CA 94122

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 6:30 ? 8:30 p.m.
Ellis M Harris State Building Auditorium
1515 Clay St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Oral and written comments will be accepted. The deadline for written
comments is March 20, 2008. They may be sent to:
Jim Rains, Staff Environmental Scientist
CA Department of Food and Agriculture
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services
1220 N Street, Room A-316
Sacramento, CA 95814

LBAM on the agenda at City Council meetings:

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 7pm
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th St. Between Clay and Broadway)
Hearing Room 1
Oakland City Council Public Safety Committee considers a resolution against
aerial spraying proposed by Councilmembers Brunner and Reid
(draft resolution: http://clerkwebsvr1.oaklandnet.com/attachments/18426.pdf)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008, 7pm
2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
CDFA presentation scheduled at Berkeley City Council meeting

To prepare for talking with the CDFA, and to hear from grassroots opposition
to the pesticide program:

San Leandro
East Bay Pesticide Alert/Don't Spray California presents:
Who's afraid of the Light Brown Apple Moth?
Sunday, February 24, 2008, 1:30-3:30pm
Zocalo Coffeehouse
645 Bancroft Ave @ Dutton, San Leandro
*(scent-free please)

Have you signed the petition against the spraying?


Voted in the poll in the Marin Independent Journal?


And the one on About.com <http://about.com/>?


Thanks! and sorry for any cross postings.
Kachina Katrina Zavalney*
Mapping the Ecology of the Sustainability Movement
The Urban Alliance for Sustainability
cell: 503-459-1345

Jan. 8th, 2008



recycled folders and notebooks

I'm heading back to college in a few weeks and I'm having a difficult time finding recycled folders.  I found recycled notebooks at Office Max, but in the future I'd love to get them at a local store here in SF.  Does anyone have any leads on recycled school supplies?  Thanks!

Dec. 3rd, 2007



The Truth About Cow Poop...

Hey S.F. residents,

I'm new here, but I saw this video "The Truth About Cow Poop" and thought you all might enjoy it. It's from Hooman, who is a part of the Sarah and No Name Morning Show on Alice @ 97.3
It's pretty entertaining while putting forth a very important message about alternative energy sources for our planet...

For ages, cow's "excreta" traditionally have been used as manure in the fields, but it is also a source of viable energy- bio gas, which can reduce greenhouse emissions, significantly....read on..By capturing and storing CO2 from biogas into the ground, the biogas becomes carbon negative and scrubs our past CO2 emissions out of the atmosphere. Hooman may have some late nights partying until cows come home...but HERE he ventures out to the open pasture to examine this VERY important alternative energy source..first hand!!! even if you can't stand poo, you may want to view !!!

Source: http://www.youtube.com/hoomandottv

Nov. 18th, 2007



SF oil spill clean-ups have stopped, oil still on beaches!

There is still oil washing up on beaches, but beaches are being reopened and official clean-up efforts have stopped!

Baykeeper.org is welcoming any documented photos of oil still washing up. They need your help to document oil sightings in your area so that we can get contractors and volunteers out to clean up every drop of oil. Please send photos with date, time, and place info.

Here are some websites that have info on continuing grassroots clean-up efforts:


Nov. 12th, 2007



FS Oil Spill: Next HAZMAT Training & New Oiled Wildlife #

I got certified with EPA HAZMAT training this morning (11/12) as a Disaster Service Worker Volunteer. They are having their next training on Wednesday evening (time & place TBD, but it will be in the Sunset). Please stay tuned for more info. There was also a training in Berkeley this morning.

The city official of the Dept. of Fish & Game ran the four hour HAZMAT training. About 200 people came and got certified. No one to my knowledge was turned away. Much of the training felt like an emergency town meeting. Many questions were asked and answered in a satisfying dialogue. You walk out with a color picture badge that allows you to be on the beach in an official manner. They stated that they will be holding official volunteer clean-ups every day until clean-up is finished (I hope they are planning on doing this for months then). They want to expand their volunteer base to other beaches as they are able to.

It seems that grassroots beach oil spill clean-up groups (like Zuna Surf) are still being allowed to run their own clean-ups for those that are interested in helping them out. I worked with them last Saturday and had a good experience with them.

The training was very informational. I had a chance to ask city officials some very important questions. I highly encourage you all to attend Wednesday's training. If you can't make it, I think that they will continue holding trainings through this clean-up. I'll keep you posted!

NOTE: The following is some new info to report oiled birds. I talked with a woman this morning that called in an oiled bird the other day - she waited by the bird for over an hour, and ANIMAL CONTROL came to take the bird away, NOT OWCN. This is interesting... I do not think that animal control is trained in taking care of oiled birds. I will be writing OWCN tomorrow to inquire about this.


The Oiled Wildlife Care Network number 877-823-6926 has been very difficult to get through. Instead now you can call 311 in San Francisco; or outside of San Francisco call 415-701-2311 to report oiled birds or mammals.

Also there is a fax number if you wish to fax in the completed reporting form. The form is posted on the Golden Gate Audubon website www.goldengateaudubon.org/ along with other updates.

Please email or mail the completed forms to Golden Gate Audubon.
Thank you for volunteering to check for and report oiled birds and mammals.

Noreen Weeden


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