Rain is Life!

Happily holding our banner in a downpour under the shelter of my Mary Poppins-with-bling umbrella, I begin my next career as an organizer of protests, pickets, demonstrations, and other such human installations for a cause. At 2 PM the sun was out. By 3 a chill wind blew up the hill from the ferry.  At 3:45 I took my plastic lawn chair, umbrella and sign over to the sidewalk in front of Wells Fargo Bank,

Wealth Building 4.0

First shot: a freeway cloverleaf at rush hour. Cut to foreshortened slo-mo shot of people in a generic city looking worried and harried bobbing down a sidewalk on the way to work. More shots of toddlers watching TV, teenagers taking Selfies, unemployment offices. This is the visual vocabulary of a degraded life in the consumer culture where there are no more brass rings of happiness on the not so merry money-go-round. In 10 seconds we

Giving to Standing Rock

In just two months the Standing Rock Sioux non violent resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline boring under the Missouri River has grown from a few Water Protectors in prayer and ceremony to 4 camps where well over 200 tribal groups and 10,000 people have passed through – and many are staying for the winter to keep the water and land safe and the pipeline from being built. As you may know, it’s heating up.

Mni Wiconi. Water is Life.

(I begin, again, to tell stories via this blog. Recently I visited Standing Rock where the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Sioux are in non violent resistance to the building of a crude oil pipeline under the Missouri River, their main water sources, and across land where their ancestors are buried) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In September 2016 I drove from the Black Hills in South Dakota to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannonball North Dakota with a large suitcase full

A bessing for the hands that feed us – for Thanksgiving

Let’s, on this Thanksgiving, reflect on whose hands we are blessing as we sit down to a meal. Perhaps we start with the hands of God or Gaia or the God of your Understanding as they say in AA. Just imagine. The amazing marriage of sun and seed that brings over a quarter of a million edible and medicinal plants species to us, not by the glory of agriculture but by the glory of the

The Local Food Challenge wind up

Halloween, 2014 Our first 10-Day Local Food Challenge comes to an official end today – though any day is a good day for a personal local food challenge. Everyone’s experience this month counts. Those who did it. Those who started and stopped. Those who meant to but didn’t get around to it. All of you will get the final survey and we hope all of you will use it to let us know how it

“Local” heading up the influence chain

Watch out team! I’m swimming in inspiration at Terra Madre. Here’s what I posted on the Food Day website (in the middle of the night because I’m so full). What do you think of it? I am at Terra Madre in Italy – a great place to be on Food Day. As a food activist I’m learning important ideas here about being effective. 1. Align with movements. I, like many Americans, start small groups because

For the love of food

How can you not love food when in Italy, especially when you are at Terra Madre? But something different is happening to me. Something less utilitarian. I’m “feeling” the flavors, because I am among people with reverence for food. For the thousands of different types of squashes and beans and apples and grains. This wheat versus that one. The soil, the air, the length of the season. I don’t really taste the difference myself –

Terra Madre: Opening Ceremony

Terra Madre is the biannual Slow Food Conference to build and connect the movements for good, clean and fair food … and I’m here for the first time. I consider it a pilgrimage of sorts, paying homage to the millions of people around the world who grow, process, distribute and defend real food and the hundreds of organizations that work on different slivers of the pie. so to speak. The opening ceremony last night stirred

10-Day Local Food Challenge Update: 9/16

To get these updates sign up for the Local Food Challenge mailing list] “A local eating challenge is a crash course in reconnection, putting us back in touch with the people who produce our food, the landscapes we live in, and even our own bodies. It is philosophy and politics lived out loud, a delicious demand for a new way of eating.” —J.B. MacKinnon, author, The 100-Mile Diet and The Once and Future World The

Tada! 10-Day Local Food Challenge Begins

Greetings! Since Blessing the Hands that Feed Us came out in January, I’ve gone from author to activist with a passion for restoring regional food systems so we-the-eaters can have more fresh, local food and our food producers can have more fresh money in their pockets. Especially exciting is the 10-Day Local Food Challenge. Click here to read all about it. Simply put, in October you’re invited to join an experiment: can you, for just

What’s in your 100-mile eating circle?

Ready Set Eat! Coming soon a game we can play together: the 10-Day/100 mile Local Food Challenge. I’ll post the game plan, mini-manual and helpful tools by the end of August. Any 10-days in September through November you can join in. For now, I stumbled on a tool to find a radius on a map, so I plugged in my home town and 100 miles to see where I will source my food during the