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Coleman Barks was told that “God is the impulse to laugh.”
So I hope to advance garden laughter.

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My favorite Milwaukee Renaissance platforms:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ExchangeArticle/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/MothersAgainstGunViolence/HomePage

This to honor “black vets.” http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/RebirthOfFreedom/PhotosFrom2005Ceremony

On mental health. http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/PeaceOfMind/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Bonobos/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarthPoetsAndMusicians/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/MilwaukeeInternationalUrbanAgricultureConference/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/CommunityWealth/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/StPatsAtTimbuktu/HomePage

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A second Godsil platform at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil

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Welcome to Godsil’s site for the Milwaukee Renaissance!

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Welcome to Godsil’s site for the Milwaukee Renaissance!

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(6) Peoples Paparazzi Capturing Mayor Barrett’s “Urban Ag Guy” Tim McCollow with Vincent High Urban Ag Students, leading up to McCollow’s vanguard role connecting information and urban agriculture “revolutions” for Milwaukee’s inspired
Home Gr/OWN Bloomberg Challenge top 20 submission.

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(6) Peoples Paparazzi Capturing Tim McCollow, member of Mayor’s HOME GR/OWN team, with Vincent High Urban Ag Students.

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Mayor Barrett’s “Urban Ag Guy” Tim McCollow with Vincent High Urban Ag Students

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(6) Peoples Paparazzi Capturing Mayor Barrett’s “Urban Ag Guy” Tim McCollow with Vincent High Urban Ag Students, leading up to McCollow’s vanguard role connecting information and urban agriculture “revolutions” for Milwaukee’s inspired
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(l) Globalizing and Democratizing Aquaponics

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Connecting Big Will w. NJ Unakpa and Emmanuel Pratt

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Old Board Members With Big Will At Growing Power Story Opening MLK Blvd.

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And Steve Lindner and Josh Fraundorf

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(4) And Steve Lindner and Josh Fraundorf

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(3) Co-Creating a Milwaukee Grand Alliance of All Sectors to Experiment in Commercializing, Democratizing, and Globalizing Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture: IBM, Government, Chamber of Commerce, Grass Roots "partners" etc. at Sweet Water

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(5) Co-Creating a Milwaukee Grand Alliance of All Sectors to Experiment in Commercializing, Democratizing, and Globalizing Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture: IBM, Government, Chamber of Commerce, Grass Roots "partners" etc. at Sweet Water

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January 13, 2013, at 02:35 PM by tyler schuster - aha!
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(3) Co-Creating a Milwaukee Grand Alliance of All Sectors to Experiment in Commercializing, Democratizing, and Globalizing Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture: IBM, Government, Chamber of Commerce, Grass Roots "partners" etc. at Sweet Water

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(9) Meeting W. Senate Candidate(now Senator) Tammy Baldwin for discussion of
“Golden Triangle Cities Urban Ag Aquaponics Collaborations”, i.e. Madison, Milwaukee,
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(12) With MK Chef Erick Willliams, Delivering Order for Sweet Water Perch for Obama’s First 2012 $35,000
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(16) Profile Directly Behind Dr. King, “3 Faces to Left of Andrew Young
At Moment King Stoned in Marquette Park, Chicago, SCLC Freedom
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(19) With ‘’Forest Whitaker and Daughter Rachel Godsil Campaigning for Obama 2008
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(21) With Sweet Water Organics President and Community Roofing Partner Josh Fraundorf
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(21) With Sweet Water Organics President and Community Roofing Partner Josh Fraundorf At Delivery of First Great Lakes Water Institutute “Purist Perch on the Planet”

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(25) Cousin Carolyn, Father Joseph Godsil, Me, Mother Mary Godsil,
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(25) Cousin Carolyn, Father Joseph Godsil, Me, Mother Mary Godsil, Aunts Hilda, Alice, and Nell St. Louis area farm around 1956

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(26) Judy Wines(deceased), Megan Godsil, Rachel Godsil, Bridie & Joseph Godsil, Myself,
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(26) Judy Wines(deceased), Megan Godsil, Rachel Godsil, Bridie & Joseph Godsil, Myself, at Rachel’s Law School Graduation from U. of Michigan, about 1991

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(27) On St. Peter Claver Roof 1981 and Pamphlet That Launched
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(30) St. Louis University College Church Where Rachel Was Baptized 1967
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(30) St. Louis University College Church Where Rachel Was Baptized 1967 and I my BA Pol Sc 1967 and MA Urban Affairs 1969

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(28) Some of the Key “Partners” Transition From Sweet Water Organics to
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I welcome a correspondance at godsil.james@gmail.com

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I welcome a correspondance at godsil.james@gmail.com

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(l) Manifestation of Dream of Globalizing Aquaponics & Milwaukee
Urban Ag Innovations

Chinese Delegation to Sweet Water

(2) “Institutionalizing the Charisma of Big Will Allen

Connecting Big Will w. NJ Unakpa and Emmanuel Pratt

And Steve Lindner and Josh Fraundorf

(3) Co-Creating a Milwaukee Grand Alliance of All Sectors to Experiment in Commercializing,
Democratizing, and Globalizking Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture: IBM, Government, Chamber
of Commerce, Grass Roots “partners” etc. at Sweet Water

Mayor Barrett’s “Urban Ag Guy” Tim McCollow with Vincent High Urban Ag Students

Jeff Eagan, Department of Energy, Martha Davis Kipcak of Slow Foods and SWF Board,
Dr. Louis Fortis, Publisher “Shepherd Express” 2012

(4) Introducing Aquaponics to India’s Villages

And great city centers like Mumbai

(5) With Some of Milwaukee Detroit “Great Lakes Renaissance” Collaborators w. Grace Lee Boggs

Immediately after tour of Detroit factory relic devestation

(6) Speech to “Keep Public Our Waters” at City Hall, June 2009

(7) At “Gods Hill City Farm” Compost Pile That Grew Into Sweet Water

(8) Worm Mon of The Worm Mon Show: The Play and the Movie

(9) Meeting W. Senate Candidate(now Senator) Tammy Baldwin for discussion of
“Golden Triangle Cities Urban Ag Aquaponics Collaborations”, i.e. Madison, Milwaukee,
and Chicago

(10) With Pioneer Aquaponist John Todd at NSF D.C. Gathering, 2012

(11) First Introduction of Mayor Barrett to Sweet Water

(12) With MK Chef Erick Willliams, Delivering Order for Sweet Water Perch for Obama’s First 2012 $35,000
per plate Fundrfaiser

(13) Miss Dawn Powell, Andre Lee Ellis, and Marna Winbush at DMZ Garden Sweet Water Helped
Launch

(14) With Jimmy and Roslyn Carter When Community Roofing Gave Habitat the Labor for Walnut St. Home in early
1980s

(15) Roofing Foreman on Johnson Hall UWM 1976 Project

(16) Profile Directly Behind Dr. King, “3 Faces to Left of Andrew Young
At Moment King Stoned in Marquette Park, Chicago, SCLC Freedom
Summer 1966. I was a field marshall in these Chicago Open Housing
Marches, and taught drama and African American history at storefront
school on Roosevelt Ave., living in Project House w. 15 other college students
a block away from Maxwell Street

(17) First Holy Communion Day 1951 St. Louis Mo. from St. Augustin Church

(18) Sweet Water Theorem

(19) With Forest Whitaker and Daughter Rachel Godsil Campaigning for Obama 2008
in Valparaiso, Ind.

(20) With Daughter Bridie Collage of Roofs She and I Worked On During Her Apprenticeship with Me

(21) With Sweet Water Organics President and Community Roofing Partner Josh Fraundorf
At Delivery of First Great Lakes Water Institutute “Purist Perch on the Planet”

(22) Start of “Shanty Irish Compost Project” at Sweet Water

(23) Family Rearing Household Worker Gordon Pl. Home 1981

(24) With Sisters Jean and JoAnn St. Louis 1949

(25) Cousin Carolyn, Father Joseph Godsil, Me, Mother Mary Godsil,
Aunts Hilda, Alice, and Nell St. Louis area farm around 1956

Father Joseph Duncan and Mother Mary Donnelly Godsil

(26) Judy Wines(deceased), Megan Godsil, Rachel Godsil, Bridie & Joseph Godsil, Myself,
at Rachel’s Law School Graduation from U. of Michigan, about 1991

With Megan and Bridie 2012 Alterra Bay View

(26) Wines Godsil Family 1989

Bridie, Grandma Dode, Son Joseph, Daughter Megan 2008

(27) On St. Peter Claver Roof 1981 and Pamphlet That Launched
Community Roofing’s Expansion to Community Roofing & Restoration,
2000

Atop Wahl Ave. Home 2001

First Day of Community Roofing Cooperative June 1974

Atop

(28) Some of the Key “Partners” Transition From Sweet Water Organics to
Sweet Water 2.0, SWF Ex. Dir. Emmanuel Pratt, Board Memberf and critical designer of Transition Joe Recchie, and
Danielle Kizaire at Emmanuel’s Chicago State Aquaponics Center

(29) St. Louis Sullivan Ave. Home and Mary Donnelly Godsil’s Rooming House 1951–1968

Connecticut Ave. St. Louis Home 1947–49

(30) St. Louis University College Church Where Rachel Was Baptized 1967
and I my BA Pol Sc 1967 and MA Urban Affairs 1969

(31) Blueberry Pancake Moments Riverwest Coop Cafe 2008

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  • Deborah Fagan in the Journal 1979 re Community Development Work

http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19790215&id=8WIaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pSkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2615,3543573

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A Good Guy Can Become a Great Mayor

In the Great Lakes Heartland
A good guy can become a great mayor,
Stewarding citizen orchestrations of
Sun, art, and science harvest celebrations,

Internet empowered grand alliances,
Co-creating sweet waters growing power the
Walnut victory garden Riverwest Milwaukee Way
Alice’s Milwaukee urban groundworks gardens NuArtWaukee Way.

In Milwaukee, where the sweet water
Streams and rivers gather their flow to The Sweet Water Seas
In our Milwaukee, a good guy
Is becoming some kind of great mayor.

A first among networked equals
Gathering together at tables round.

http://city.milwaukee.gov/sustainability/HOMEGR/OWN.htm

Godsil reflections on Home Gr/OWN Milwaukee Renaissance

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Truth, Trust, and Trailblazing

Dov Seidman, the author of the book “How” whose company LRN advises C.E.O.’s on leadership, has long argued that “nothing inspires people more than the truth.” Most leaders think that telling people the truth makes that leader vulnerable — either to the public or their opponents. They are wrong.

“The most important part of telling the truth is that it actually binds you to people,” explains Seidman, “because when you trust people with the truth, they trust you back.” Obfuscation from leaders just gives citizens another problem — more haze — to sort through. “Trusting people with the truth is like giving them a solid floor,” adds Seidman. “It compels action. When you are anchored in shared truth, you start to solve problems together. It’s the beginning of coming up with a better path.” (Thomas Friedman of NYT gave me this last Sunday of June, 2012)

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2011–2012 Internet Communication Central to Launch of India Aquaponics Empowerment

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Rough Chronicle of “Godsil Internet Threshhold Moments”

1998 Group E-mails made “Friends of Ted Seaver” a “real virtuality” group winning Street Name for this 1998 deceased civil war and community organizing hero

2001 Riverwest e-mail Network with gatekeeper had 100 activist households with unprecedented grass roots power in Riverwest

2002 Took Riverwest Informational Meme to Bay View, Bill Sell inspired to set up yahoo group, himself as moderator but not gatekeeper, quickly eclipsed old man’s Bay View Business Assocation, inspired Bay View Nbd Group of dynamic young women, which then spawned Bay View Bash, a mammoth street party that awakened city to “Bay View Renaissance”

2003 Internet based Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) won Godsil article in “Milwaukee Magazine” and led to a number of preservationist victories, including a multi-racial blocking of big box Walgreens on historic Sherman Blvd.

2004 John Dean’s Use of Internet

2005 Wiki power comes to Milwaukee’s movement in shape of MilwaukeeRenaissance Dot Com, which chronicled “renaissance moments” and was a vehicle for introducing Will Allen’s Growing Power to Milwaukee, greatly widening awareness of and support for

2006 National network, i.e. Comfoods, informs Milwaukee food movement and provides national platform for sharing Milwaukee’s
progress

2007 or 2008 Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Movement set up wiki platform

2008 Obama’s Use of Internet

2009 Michelle Obama’s White House Garden a child of food networks

2011 Aquaponics Association collaboration platform(could also include Australia’s Backyard Aquaponics)

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I am happy to advance your project.

Godsil.james@gmail.com

Boomer Millennial Partnerships for Blue Green Work Homes

Blue Green Work Homes

Blue Green Work Homes are ready to be co-created, initially as joint ventures
between millennial and boomer partners, aiming to combine complimentary
resources for graceful, productive homes as havens, schools, mini farms, and workshops.

There are tens of thousands of boomers across the Great Lakes Heartland living in homes
much larger than their current needs. The “awakened” 10 percent of these boomers would
prefer the autumn of their lives to be as productive for addressing issues of social and ecological justice and creating the good city life as possible.

There are tens of thousands of millennials in our region who are spending large sums of money
for educational credentials that may not translate into jobs or careers. The “olympians” among
this group have sufficient artisinal, agrarian, or other talents and resources to merit compensation of some kind for co-creating a Blue Green Work Home project. That may be in the form of room and board, a percentage of proceeds, or whatever kind of partnership deal deemed appropriate as a start-up meeting of the minds.

Such boomers and millennials, like Godsil and Montezon, are poised to use space in
a city homes for…

Householder Green Tech Experiments

  • Aquaponics miniatures in basements, garages, or rooms
  • Vermiculture, composting, and raised bed food gardens
  • Elder and Student Work Hostel Space
  • Media center and digital learning space
  • Small enterprise development center
  • Eco and Social Enterprise Tourism

Designing Work Home Deals

Having imagined a Blue Green Work Home leads to the design moment. The
parties to the contract will be the principals but their efforts would be greatly
enhanced with the participation of other actors, e.g. Sweet Water Foundation,
Marquette U. Kohler School of Entrepreneurship, MSOE, UWM, Alverno, and
so forth.

Orchestrating Blue Green Work Homes

These orchestrations from visions and designs would be chronicled to provide
a template for replications.

to be continued

Grand Avenue Arts, Commerce, and Innovation Center Design and Orchestration

Dear All,

So Anna-Marie, Angela, Ian, Tracy, Adam, Chuck, Jan, and others have inspired a vision of the Plankington Arcade’s transformation into some kind of

  • arts and innovation center

including aesthetically inspired, internet enhanced, multi-media, life long aquaponics training, research and development modeling

  • public gathering place and

  • eco historic tourism destination.

Tim Mc Collow, the “Mayor’s urban ag guy,” Tracy, and myself have committed to a brainstorm lunch at the Fountain next Tuesday as well, that’s the 20th at noon.

Seek Heavy Lifters for Grand Avenue Arts and Innovation Center Design and Orchestration

First job: “presence” and “voice” at the Round Table by the Fruit Stand and Milwaukee Public Theatre Space

Responsibility: commit to design and orchestrate one Tuesday Noon Lunch Brainstorm per year

Every city deserves a Grand Avenue Arts, Commerce, and Innovation Center in their renewing downtowns.

Godsil

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Some Key Concepts From James Reston’s Successor at NYT & Friend

Secure the future in the face of

  • globalization’s “cheap genius availability”
  • information revolution & hyper connected world
  • debt, state & local too
  • fossil fuel global warming “conceivably catastrophic” effect

At risk American dream and tent pole of global system requiring

Prosperity Formula: public/private partnerships for

  • education
  • infrastructure
  • r & d
  • immigation’s high iq risk takers
  • prudent regulations

Merger of globalization and IT requires

  • non-routine skills for which no algoritm
  • non-routine servers

Creative creators, employees as innovators, re-invented jobs,
old work in a new way, new work in a new way, invent, reinvent,
re engineer jobs so can’t be outsoured, digitized, or robotized

3 Cs of Education: creativity, communication, collaboration

“all workers present all of the time’

Hard decade or bad century

  • think like a new immigrant
  • think like an artisan(Katz of Harvard)
  • think like best server who “finds extra fruit”

“concontrolled experiment in only house we have”

Greatest Generation

  • save and invest
  • sustainable values

Shock therapy, act collectively on WWII scale

Change incentives and price signals for durable
consumer pull and cost volume learning curve

“fully burdened cost”

US Army Education Corps

bottom up innovators “didn’t get the word”

energy enterprise innovators

If it’s not happening its because you’re not doing it”

All we need is in our past, re-discover America, used to be
us can be again

DOD “going green” w. Pentagon Green Hawks

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Sweet Water An Important “Mainframe” For The Transition From Industrial To Organic Cities

Aquaponics is a new earth friendly eco-system approach to food production, an illustration of what Janine Benyus calls “biomimicry.”(hope you can google TED talks, benyus, biomimcry).

It is winning the attention of some of the best and the brightest across the planet.(google Aquaponics Association Orlanda and join Aquaponnics Gardening collaboration platform and check out he Wall Street Journal, New York Times, UN, State Deparment, NPR, IBM, etc. mainstreaming of Sweet Water aquaponics).

There is no prevailing aquaponics methodology, but rather different schools of thought, affording “open lines of research.” A nice summary by my Indian partner of some of the major approaches:

http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/src/wp/Concept.Note_Aquaponic.Systems.pdf

Sweet Water is a net enhanced, complex, hybrid, experimental social business and enterprise

Basic Mission:

  • Experiment with commercial scale viability of aquaponics in urban industrial locations
  • Experiment with pathways to democratize aquaponics food production
  • Experiment with internet supported internationalization of aquaponics

Broader Vision:

Sweet Water’s hybrid enterprise vision will

  • attract global attention to aquaponics

  • inspire grand alliances of all social sectors and identity groups in major cities

  • provide an open source global context for experiments of aquaponics and related technologies, e.g. urban agriculture architecture and organic engineering systems

Sweet Water is an important “mainframe” for the transition from industrial to organic cities

I have extensively document the Sweet Water Story. Here are two places to begin:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/EarlySweetWaterStory/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/OrganicCityPathways/HomePage

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Sweet Water Breakthroughs: Hope Gives Rise To That Which It Contemplates

I am one of the co-founders of Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation—The Farm and the Academy! Sweet Water, along with Growing Power(I was on board ‘05 to ‘10) have helped mainstream aquaponics* and, in Milwaukee, sparked a “Grand Alliance” of identity and class sectors that inspired IBM film on our “transition from an industrial to an organic city.”

http://wn.com/IBM_Smarter_Cities

UN Conference on Urban Ag/Aquaponics(UAA) & Global Collegiate Design Competition

The State Department, Harvard students, and the U.S. Marines are looking in. State sent me to India barnstorming, the product of which is a University of Calcutta/Sweet Water/Harvard collaboration underway. We are brainstorming a Wingspread Conference for student groups from all continents that submit the winning sustainable aquaponics farm designs.

http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html

Mainstreaming Aquaponics: WSJ, NYT, NPR, NBC Nighty News Reports

http://sweetwater-organic.com/press
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/video
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/audio

IBM

Here is a “Milwaukee Journal” report from the IBM International Team:

The IBM report released today said “Milwaukee could become more economically
viable and help the world feed itself through urban agriculture and aquaponics—
water efficient systems that can transform abandoned factories and vacant lots into urban
farms that raise fish and vegetables.”

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/130096388.html

Short film re IBM Report(scroll down a bit)

http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/
India

http://www.sankalpacmfs.org/cmfs/01coa/aquaponic/iaai.html
State Department

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html
United Nations

http://citiesprogramme.org/index.php/news/

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  • Best story ever re Milwaukee Renaissance on line magazine and “movement resource”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/ExchangeArticle/HomePage

  • Nice “Shepherd” Dave Luhrssen piece on “philosopher roofer.” :)

http://www.npaper-wehaa.com/shepherdexpress;see-cRdRo5S2b28s63No#c-188612

  • Crocker Stephenson in the Journal

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/CrockerStephensonOnGodsilJan2006

  • Rather extensive bio sketch interview in Co-op Newsletter

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/GodsilInterviewedByJuliaKolker
(5) State Department Magazine re Growing Power & Sweet Water Work

http://span.state.gov/jul-aug2011/eng/40-43-James-Godsil.html

  • IBM Film Sketch(have to scroll down a bit)

http://growninthecity.com/2011/08/scaling-up-solutions-aquaponics-in-milwaukee/

  • Radio Interview Best Captures My Sweet Water Vision

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

&Two Versions of Godsil Bio Sketch

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/JamesGodsil(older)

  • Newer

Worker Organizer of New American Movements
Civil Rights

  • St. Louis Pruitt Igoe neighborhood organizing with Catholic Worker Jesuit Scholastics and Father Shockley of St. Brigid’s Parish in old North Side Kerry Patch neighborhood
  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC) Freedom Summer 1966, taught in Freedom School on Rooselvelt Ave., lived in “Project House” near Maxwell Street,field marshall” in SCLC open housing marches in Marquette Park community

Peace Movement

  • co-founder St. Louis University Action Committee, St. Louis University 1966, lead campus anti-Vietnam group

Neighborhood Movement

  • Board President, ESHAC, Inc., community development corporation in Riverwest Milwaukee, key integrating and local economy neighborhood of Milwaukee, 1979–81

Historic Preservation and Artisinal “Guild Development”

Founder and President of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., 1975 to current, leading historic restoration firm, co-founder Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, key in saving many historic homes and buildings, including the Pabst Brewery complex and, God willing, the Soldiers Home.
Urban Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Bio-diversity Initiatives

Board Member, Will Allen’s Growing Power. Co-founder and partner in Sweet Water Organics Fish Vegetable Farm. Milwaukee Zoological Society Awardee for work regarding Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Intiative.
Academic and Communications

Co-founder and Organizer of “Milwaukee Renaissance” On Line Magazine and Movement Resource, 2005 curent; National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow; Jesuit Honors Society Alpha Sigma Nu, All But Dissertation Political Science, Univerity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A. St. Louis University Center for Urban Programs. Vanity publisher of Olde Godsil poetry books, “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.”
60th Birthday Well Wishes

http://sixtygodsil.blogspot.com/

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My First Generation Sweet Water Business Plan

Sweet Watetr is a museum alive, and a lab!

A high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production—
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our children’s birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

Godsil

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My First Generation Sweet Water Business Plan

Sweet Watetr is a museum alive, and a lab!

A high tech, high science,
High craft, high art

Center for safe and delicious food production—
fresh fish and produce, locally sourced!

Sweet Water is a center for hands on education
For young and old.

A center for attracting and energizing
Inventors, innovators, enterprisers…active citizens!

Civic minded celebrators!

Transforming our great industrial cities
Into even more inspiring organic cities.

Every city in every country,
In all of earth’s great civilizations and cultures…

Deserves a Sweet Water!

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil.
To be, once again,

Our children’s birthright,
Our elders security.

Sweet Water, Sweet Soil,
A means of harmony and dignity,

For one human race.

Godsil

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Approaching the Day As If a Fine Mother

Who hangs out laundry in the sun to dry,
Sometimes barefoot so as to feel the grass.

And mixes house cleaning with cooking,
Good music background to graceful work pace.

Offers wise counsel to a child or friend,
While cleaning dishes or watering plants.

Compartmentalizing thoughts of money.
Just Being.

Godsil

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Organic City Food Jobs and 2012 Election

Earth friendly food security IS the paramount environmental and social
justice issue of the day.

Single bottom line, wrongly subsidized, water/air/soil polluting industrial agriculture Is slowly poisoning our citizens and our environment.

Learn about the Urban Economic Development Association’s October Summit on
Food Jobs and economic development by sending me an e-mail at godsil.james@gmail.com.

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Transition from Industrial/Information Society City to Organic Cities

The concept organic city opens up a vast field for consideration. Key related concepts it evokes are:

  • groupings based on feelings of togetherness and on mutual bonds, which are felt as a goal to be kept up, their members being means for this goal.

  • self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, and/or self-protection

  • flexible and has a flat structure

  • Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things

  • growing together

All of this fits in with the theory of organizational developed bt Dee Hock and called “chaordic.”

Notes from Wikipedia:

Of or relating to an organism, a living entity

The term “organism” (Greek ὀργανισμός – organismos, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον – organon “organ, instrument, tool”) first appeared in the English language in 1701 and took on its current definition by 1834 (Oxford English Dictionary). It is directly related to the term “organization”. There is a long tradition of defining organisms as self-organizing beings.[1]

Organic computing, computing systems with properties of self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing, and/or self-protection

Organic growth, business expansion through increasing output and sales as opposed to mergers, acquisitions and take-overs

Organic organisation, one which is flexible and has a flat structure

Organic (model), forms, methods and patterns found in living systems, often used as a metaphor for non-living things

Organicism, the biological doctrine which stresses the organization, rather than the composition, of organisms

Philosophy of Organism or Organic Realism is how Alfred North Whitehead described his metaphysics. It is now known as process philosophy.

Central to this school is the idea of concrescence. Concrescence means growing together (com/con from Latin for “together”, crescence from Latin crescere/cret- grow. Marvin Minsky calls this the “society of mind” in his book Society of Mind.

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The Number11 Bus And Bay View’s Nobel Prize

The best of Riverwest finds fertile soil in Bay View.
The Number 11 Bus Acclerates the diffusion of innovations
In both directions!

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A Nobel Prize for a Neighborhood?

Riverwest Might Win a Nobel Prize

Riverwest is well on it’s way
To becoming the first neighborhood of the planet
To win a nobel Peace Prize.

In the span of one generation
Riverwest has self-transformed
From a traumatized industrial working class community
To a hope-filled urban village of worker gentry activists.

Ghandi’s “determined spirits!”

Riverwest is sacred ground for high proportions
Of its pioneering sons and daughters,
Committed to the realization of Dr. King’s dreams.

The people of Riverwest have worked tirelessly
To build bridges across boundaries of race, class,
Religion, gender, and more.

The people of Riverwest have self-consciously experimented
In a myriad of projects to explore a political economy
Where people, community, nature, and spirit matter.

The people of Riverwest have been the vanguard
Re-spiriting Milwaukee, leading movements for
Peace, social justice, historic preservation,
Environmental stewardship, collective self-reliance.

The people of Riverwest are helping to
Save the Milwaukee River and
Transforming old worker homes into
Green habitats of great beauty.

They have been the original spark behind
The emergence of food co-ops and
Soon to be created edible playgrounds.

Riverwest is home to Timbuktu, the epicenter
For the convivial encounter of the races and classes
Breaking bread, dancing, and marking holy days with joy.

Riverwest is growing power
For the people, mindfulness
For Mother Earth.

Riverwest is harnessing the power of the internet
to advance co-evolutionary experiments.And inspiring other neighborhoods, especially Bay View,
to consider the Riverwest Way.

Viva!
Riverwest!

A Nobel Peace Prize for a Neighborhood

Perhaps a Nobel Peace Prize for our work,
A Nobel Peace Prize for a city, organization, or neighborhood.

This is the easiest for me to envision.
Riverwest would be my starting point.
The Riverwest Vision.

The people of Riverwest in quest of transcendence
Since the founding moments
Centuries ago.

We have lovers of Riverwest
Ready right now,
To share this story from the dawn of time.

Riverwest transcendence and the Indians,
Then the French, the Yankees, the Germans, the Poles,
The Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and “New Americans.”

Let’s present those stories to ennoble our visions,
How about starting at Timbuktu,
The crossroads of cultures, in Riverwest on Center.

Why not a vision of a Nobel Peace Prize
For a neighborhood, say, Riverwest.

Why should Nobel Peace Prizes
Reinforce individual charisma,
So often a source of calamity?

Why not a Nobel Peace Prize
For Charismatic Neighborhoods or Villages,
Global “Golden” and “Rainbow” Urban Villages.

A Nobel Peace Prize for Riverwest,
An Evolutionary Global Village,
Where it is daily proven that diversity is strength.

A mighty collaboration, starting on-line,
To spark a drama designed to win
Nobel Peace Prizes for urban villages.

Olde
March 2007, 2010

Riverwest Key to Sweet Water Story

First.

It began in earnest when the kid from the hood,
Just 15 years old, shot in the stomach,
A fine Riverwest, gay, pub worker/owner,

A few weeks after an intemperate leader
Gay-bashed rogue cops

Rather than thoughtfully, powerfully,
Seize the reins of justice.

‘Second.

This outrageous shooting, plus
A rash of thuggery that summer, 2005,
Brought forth a community gathering,
Which I attended, at the Art Bar on Burleigh,
Across from old St. Mary’s,
Where the shooting had occurred.

I had the same sinking feeling in my stomach,
As during the 1970s and 1980s, when I and friends
Had done our best to inspire thought in things better
Than racist scapegoating at community meetings,
Following notorious crime events and moments
In struggling Milwaukee.

Third

But when I arrived at the Art Bar, there was a
Spirit of graceful, powerful…resolve.

A succession of strong and warm people,
A polyglot, rainbow melange,

People with deep roots in the neighborhood
And the movements of our times,

Expressed thoughts and feelings aiming to heal and renew,
To draw upon our deepest imaginations and
Sources of resilient endurance…

To keep our eyes on the prize that
Ghandi and King, Rosa, John, and Bobby,
Mandela, Grace Lee Boggs, and many more,

Had blazed in great visions in our youth.

Having spent much time alive
In the dark, dank tombs of pharaohs,

While not witnessing manifestations of bestial hate
Aimed at minority “others”

I was overwhelmed by these
Bursts of warm light
Coming from everyday people.

I had to leave early,
Lest I lose my composure,

And while driving home
Along sacred city trails,

Alongside resurgent neighborhoods
And cleansing rivers,

The notion of finally meeting Big Will Allen,
The legendary urban farmer already renowned

In awakened circles for his avant-guard
Permaculture and urban agriculture innovations,

Innovations agricultural and “biological,” e.g. vermaculture,

Agriculture ecological, e.g. gloriously productive
Simulated indoor river valleys with sweet water
And fat, healthy, tasty fish,

Innovations social and cultural, e.g. farmer training youth programs.

And when I got out to Growing Power, on 55th and Silver Spring,
More than one incredibly exuberant persons,
Starting with Miss Karen, greeted me with a warmth and generosity
That continues to inspire, and even, startle me.

Later on I learned that I had experienced my first moment with…

Growing Power Magic!

That’s what Miss Karen calls it.

And it’s true!

Fourth

I returned home to fine an e-mail
Sent from Harvey Taylor, Milwaukee poet and stevedore,
Which contained a song he’d just written
About Big Will Allen and Growing Power!

And then at my 60th birthday party,
Sally Leiser, whom I’d never met, showed up
At the Kern Park “country club,” out of the blue,
And shared the Growing Power story,
In perfect pitch!

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Detroit, Chicago, & Milwaukee: Organic From Industrial Cities

Chaordically!

Principally, a chaordic organization is a self-organizing and self-evolving entity, which ends up looking more like a neural network (like the Internet) than a hierarchically-organized bureaucracy in which decision-making power is centralized at the top and trickles down through a series of well-regulated departments and managers. Chaordic organizations do not fear change or innovation. They are, by their very nature, supremely adaptive. They also tend to be inclusive, multicentric, and distributive and, ultimately, strongly cohesive due to their unshakable focus on common purpose and core principles. If you can’t quite visualize it, there’s a good reason, which Hock will explain in the following interview.

http://www.enlightennext.org/magazine/j22/hock.asp

Chaordic Theory Foundational to Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Industry & Movement

The “Grand Alliance” that is making Milwaukee famous for its urban agriculture/aquaponics initiatives, developmentally speaking, was given a great boost when Julilly Kohler and Ron Doetch, pulled together the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network(MUAN). Julilly introduced MUAN as a “chaordic experiment,” which would network enterprises advancing urban agriculture. MUAN organized the world’s first international urban agriculture conference and did the foundation building for our recent legal victories and the wider appreciation of Growing Power, Victory Garden, Sweet Water, etc.

to be continued

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My Old Friend Sandy Minash

Sandy was a mensch,
With many sides,
And many gifts.

He loved to tease and provoke,
But also to share his wealth
And make people laugh.

He was deeply bright
And a self educating
Self directing workhorse artist.

There were times when
He nearly drove me mad.

And also occasions many
When he revealed graceful insights

And improved my life
With his generous gifts.

Thank you Sandy.
You will be missed!

Godsil

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Grace Lee Boggs Story on the Naming of Sweet Water

Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics

By James Godsil

LIVING FOR CHANGE

Michigan Citizen, Dec. 12–18, 2010

JAMES GODSIl is a roofer, poet, civic entrepreneur and visionary. An activist in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam war movement in the 1960s, he has been a National Science Foundation and Fulbright fellow, an awardee for work related to the Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Initiative, and the Board President of ESHAC, Inc., a community development corporation.

A board member of Growing Power Inc., 2005- 2010, he is the founder and webmaster of Milwaukee Renaissance, founder and president of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., and also co-founder of Sweet Water Organics.

The father of Rachel Godsil, Megan Godsil Jeyifo, Joseph and Bridie Godsil, he envisions the charismatic cities of the Sweet Water Seas (Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto) collaborating to win a bio-regional Nobel Prize for Peace.

He and his partners invite on-line brainstorming around the miniaturization of Sweet Water Aquaponics systems for use in schools, museums, as well as small home systems and small businesses- GLB


Much of the story of Sweet Water is contained in the serendipitous power of the name.

Five or so years back, a polyglot group began “bathing Milwaukee in Rumi” through Milwaukee Renaissance on-line broadcasts and astonishing performances at Club Timbuktu, an African music and culture venue.

Michael Macey, a Sufi priest and enlightened State Department cultural attache, was thrilled that 30 of us had gathered at Riverwest’s Woodland Pattern poetry bookstore. So he e-mailed us from Saudi Arabia offering us a Rumi reading upon returning to his beloved community in Milwaukee and a small farm a bit north.

The next morning, he was besides himself with joyful visions upon experiencing the magic of Will Allen and his Growing Power team.

Will and Macey “recognized” one another. Macey orchestrated Will’s Address to the Royal Academy in London and a year later a visit by some of London’s top “urban agrarians” to Growing Power projects in Milwaukee, Chicago, and New York.

At some point during all this, Macey told me that the First Americans named what we call the Great Lakes.the “Sweet Water Seas!” This concept sparked a Sweet Water vision, i.e., the collaboration of planetary citizens, first in the cities of the Great Lakes, then the world beyond, to advance a new technology called Aquaponics to renew our soil, our water, cities, our selves!

Milwaukee is greatly blessed with the ingredients required to co-create these fish veggie farms in historic factories and their yards for local markets.

Key to the initial inspiration was the historic partnership of Will Allen’s Growing Power and Fred Binkowski’s Great Lakes Water Institute, a link sparked by Jon Bales and Leon Todd of the Urban Aquaculture Center.

Growing Power has connected hundreds, even thousands, of Milwaukee citizens to the Good Food (R) evolution, including myself and the other two original partners of Sweet Water Organics, Josh Fraundorf, and Steve Lindner.

The Great Lakes Water Institute is funded by the Wisconsin Sea Grant Foundation to re-populate the Great Lakes with native fish and enable Aquaculture and Aquaponics to become, quite possibly, major 21st century industries.

Will has often said that Milwaukee is destined to become the urban agriculture city of America. Fred has proclaimed Milwaukee the likely urban aquaponic city of America.

Their teams, along with a deeply-rooted urban agriculture movement that includes the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut Way, the Urban Ecology Center, Alice’s Garden, Mother Jan’s Riverwest projects, UW-Extension projects, Michael Field Institute, Center for Resilience, Well Spring, and more (!), provide the spirit and information necessary to explore whether the highest yielding form of urban agriculture, Aquaponics, can also help us grow a “higher humanity!”

So Sweet Water is an enterprise whose creatives stand on the shoulders of ying and yang giants!

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Asperger Challenged Families & Healing Gardens

Dear All,

A mother and her very bright son challenged by aspergers syndrome will be visiting
Sweet Water this Sunday at noon to do a tour and brainstorm visions of healing gardens tailored for asperger challenged folks.

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She hopes to develop a project in the norther Indiana southern Michigan region.

If anyone is interested in joining in some on-line conversations about this, or has information that would be helpful, please send it my way.

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Translating Urban Ag “Work” into Jobs and Small Businesses

There is no guarantee of a “job” at this point in history with a degree in urban agriculture.

But over the next 34 years we can co-creating “job creating engines” along with value creating, self-reliant community and earth caring citizens through our urban agriculture experiments.

There is also no guarantee of a “job” at this point in history with a degree in perhaps 50% of the programs we win our degrees in.

Translating Work Experience Into Jobs and Small Businesses

But there is no question that a degree in urban agriculture can translate into value creating and ennobling work. Food for family, friends, neighbors, and the passing along of skills to diffuse the self-reliance and community building capabilities of our youth.

The work will be in their backyards, schools, and faith communities, for starters. Then how about installations in elder facilities, veterans domiciles, homeless centers, neighborhood
pubs, restaurants.

Why not a city with a Sweet Water Growing Power Victory Garden on each and every city block? This is not going to happen waiting around for some big corporation, big government, big union, big church, big military. It will only happen with active citizens interweaving 10 billion webs of value creating work, some of which

And that experience can translate into small businesses for the more enterprising of them.

Or, into “jobs” working on organic farms in the rural, urban, or peri-urban areas.

Multiple Skill Sets Increase Prospects for “Jobs” and Successful Small Businesses

If our urban ag students also study other life basic areas like the artisinal, mechanical, or culinary trades, their urban ag degree will be complimented by other value creating capabilities, like roofing, cabinet making, furniture repair, mechanical repair, cooking, barbering, sewing, multiple media expression, etc. Check out C.Wright Mills’ White Collar chapter on “Work” for some insights into the multi-skilled yeoman farmer in the 19th century.

Urban Agriculture Knowledge a Milwaukee Export to Wider World

Milwaukee is becoming world renowned by virtue of our urban agriculture breakthroughs. Growing Power and Sweet Water cannot handle but a fraction of the appeals for support coming our way. Urban agriculture aquaponics training, starting with our grade schools on up to Ph.D.’s at the School of Fresh Water Sciences, will develop bench strength for this new industry and increase the chances for “jobs” in emerging businesses like Sweet Water or Growing Power, enterprises like Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut Way, Urban Ecology Center, and networks of small enterprises advancing our capacities to feed, house, clothe, and entertain ourselves.

“Urban agriculture architecture” and “organic engineering systems” can be as simple
or as complex as the situation calls for, especially if there are trained people eye on the prize of advancing a vision of healthy, tasty food for all of God’s children.

Schumacher’s “Small Is Beautiful”
Mills’ “White Collar”
Grace Lee Boggs’ “The Next American Revolution”
Emerson, “Self Reliance”

are the theoretical backdrop to the above.

In the way that I pray, I pray this exchange b/t the apprentice “Worm Mon”
and Mike the Worm Guy inspires some fruitful theory practice advance.

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On Tue, May 10, 2011 at 12:03 PM, <mikethewormguy@aol.com> wrote:

Your vision for urban ag’s form&function is on a different track from mine. My vision is more based upon the market rather than capacity (i.e. labor, materials, etc).

Where will the jobs be for those urban ag student graduates from MATC ? I would expect that these graduates would want to be able to earn a living in their chosen field. Barter only goes so far. Grant funded positions are few and not sustainable. At some point, jobs based upon income generation are needed.

Who are the customers (i.e. markets), who will pay cash, for this food grown in an urban area ? How is urban ag going to compete for these customers with current ag ?

There can be many visions for urban ag that can co-exist and are all correct. Which vision to participate with depends upon ‘appropriateness’ and ‘context’.

1 more cent….

Mike Flynn
Green Quest LLC
BioSpecific LLC

Subject: Distinguishing “Jobs” from “Work” and “Use Value” from “Exchange Value”

The WHY is wasted human capability, e.g. sitting around depressed, wasted urban soil development streams, e.g. leaves, wood chips, food and veggie wastes, and a wasting environment, e.g. soil and water wrecked by current agriculture methods.

The FORM is experimentation on a small scale with as many of us as we can inspire to…plant a pot!

Less grass and more food in your front yard and backyard. Read up on biofuels and aquaponics!

VALUE Not Just Derived from “Living Wage Jobs”
Grace Lee Boggs has provided an invaluable service in explaining the importance of WORK in a society that will not likely provide “living wage jobs” of the kind the old unionized industries of the Great Lakes cities once provided. There is a lot of work in the informal economy and the realm of use value(as opposed to dollar derived cash nexus “exchange value”) among family, friends, and neighbors that provides goods and services, e.g. barter, food for family, housing upgrades and weatherization, that never reach the exchange economy of dollars nor find the taxmon’s roles.

We have a long way to go to awaken our fellow citizens to their capacity to grow some of their own food, to learn about biofuels, to acquire home fix up skills, cooking skills, and all kinds of other earth friendly technologies waiting to be born.

Olde

Film on Milwaukee Aldermen Support for $250,000 Sweet Water Grant/Loan

http://milwaukee.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=846891&GUID=806DB33E-B0D1-4C6C-8BB7-E952BF51D406&Options=&Search=

Asperger Challenged Families & Healing Gardens

Dear All,

A mother and her very bright son challenged by aspergers syndrome will be visiting
Sweet Water this Sunday at noon to do a tour and brainstorm visions of healing gardens tailored for asperger challenged folks.

She told me there was a project called “Lettuce Work” in Ohio (lettuce-growing hydroponics) and “Cape-Abilities” in Cape Cod, Massachusetts -

She hopes to develop a project in the norther Indiana southern Michigan region.

If anyone is interested in joining in some on-line conversations about this, or has information that would be helpful, please send it my way.

Thanks!

Godsil

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Do It Yourself Aquaponics Forum

http://diyaquaponics.com/forum/portal.php

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Murray Hallam’s Practical Aquaponics Form

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Murray Hallam

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Murray Hallam

http://www.aquaponics.net.au/

Sylvia Bernstein’s Aquaponics Gardening Forum

Eco Films Australia

http://www.ecofilms.com.au/category/aquaponics/

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Jd Sawyer’s On Line Courses

http://www.coloradoaquaponics.com/online-courses

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UN Expert Prefers “Agroecology” Over Industrial Farming

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=390317565&gid=2924722&type=member&item=44957674&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FavJsA5&urlhash=fQQD&goback=.gmp_2924722.gde_2924722_member_44957674

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Sweet Water One World Aquaponics Stories

Zurich’s Roman Gaus

“Before returning back home to Switzerland after a two-year stint in the US, I asked a colleague what would be a really sustainable business idea with a transformational potential to bring back to old Europe. He directed me to SweetWaterOrganics, and since reading about their story I became a fan of closed-loop systems and specifically aquaponics and its potential to leverage urban areas into productive places where food is grown sustainably for the future of our children and our cities. I was lucky to find partners with shared vision and experience in Aquaponics, mainly from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), and are now on track to launch UrbanFarmers, with the mission to produce local and organic food in the city on urban rooftops with the engagement of local co-op communities. Our ties and connections with SweetWaterOrganics are expanded through the One World Aquaponics Initiative, with the ambition to share global benchmarks in aquaponic systems and their application into novel business models through Aquaponics TV.”

Hope that helps!!

Mit freundlichen Grüssen / with the best regards

Roman Gaus

Roman Gaus, lic. oec. HSG
UrbanFarmers
c/o Hub Zurich
Viaduktstr. 93–95
8005 Zürich

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Founder of the Earth Poets Congratulates Sweet Water and Milwaukee City Regarding Sweet Water Loan

Dear Earth Poets & Musicians,

Please join me in congratulating our dear and endearing past guest poet James Godsil upon the Sweet Water breakthrough reported on the frontpage of today’s Milw. JourSent Business section. In short, in the City Hall of the city whose Renaissance Godsil has prophetically proclaimed for the last several years the Common Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee yesterday voted 5–0 to grant Sweet Water a $250,000 loan which Sweet Water will not have to repay if it succeeds in adding 45 jobs within four years. Given the dearth of jobs, I’m sure Sweet Water will have a long line of applicants. Their challenge, I guess, is to increase their ability to realistically add 45 new employees. Also, they have to raise $125,000 in other investments in addition to the city loan. This loan and a recent IBM grant will help make this happen and there ought to be enough hip people who have enough money to invest in a business venture so obviously commendably noble and green. Bay View is lucky to have an alderperson as cool and “with it” in Tony Zielinski as we have in Nik Kovac. The JourSent item ends: “‘These people are visionaries,’ said Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district includes the Sweet Water operation.” If you want to read the whole JourSent piece reporting this good news, go to:
http://www.jsonline.com/business/120747449.html

Congratulations to Godsil and his business partner Josh and to
all others (workers and consumers) who will benefit from this
enterprise (right livelihood and nutritious locally grown food)! Jeff

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11 a.m. Every Saturday In April and May

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Asperger Challenged Families & Healing Gardens

Dear All,

A mother and her very bright son challenged by aspergers syndrome will be visiting
Sweet Water this Sunday at noon to do a tour and brainstorm visions of healing gardens tailored for asperger challenged folks.

She told me there was a project called “Lettuce Work” in Ohio (lettuce-growing hydroponics) and “Cape-Abilities” in Cape Cod, Massachusetts -

She hopes to develop a project in the norther Indiana southern Michigan region.

If anyone is interested in joining in some on-line conversations about this, or has information that would be helpful, please send it my way.

Thanks!

Godsil
Sweet Water

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Sweet Water Miniatures Workshop

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At the Grassy Nole on Robinson,
across the street from Sweet Water.

To talk about:

  • Roundy’s compost pick ups

  • The History of the “Joan of Arc” Northern Compost Range

  • The Story of the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms

  • Havesting the Joan of Arc Compost and the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms

  • Developing Aquaponics TV

  • Delivering Sweet Water Newsletter to Every House in Bay View

  • Transforming fish waste into worm food into worms into fish food

  • Building the Chicago Milwaukee Madison Eco Tourism Project

to be continued…

Godsil

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Godsil Hopes to Brainstorm with Sweet Water Volunteers

11 a.m. Saturday April 16

At the Grassy Nole on Robinson,
across the street from Sweet Water,
2100 block of Robinson, just east of KK,
just South of Becher.

To talk about:

  • Roundy’s compost pick ups

  • The History of the “Joan of Arc” Northern Compost Range

  • The Story of the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms

  • Havesting the Joan of Arc Compost and the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms’

for Sale to the People, In the Sweet Water Market and the people of the city

  • Developing Aquaponics TV, with Americans, but also people from every continent.

  • Delivering Sweet Water Newsletter to Every House in Bay View, it’s good exercise

and inspires people to come forth into the Spring!

  • Transforming fish waste into worm food into worms into fish food, key to it all!

  • Building the Chicago Milwaukee Madison Eco Tourism Project, with lots of good people.

to be continued…

Godsil
414 232 1336

At the Grassy Nole on Robinson,
across the street from Sweet Water.

To talk about:

  • Roundy’s compost pick ups

  • The History of the “Joan of Arc” Northern Compost Range

  • The Story of the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms

  • Havesting the Joan of Arc Compost and the Sweet Water Growing Power Worms

  • Developing Aquaponics TV

  • Delivering Sweet Water Newsletter to Every House in Bay View

  • Transforming fish waste into worm food into worms into fish food

  • Building the Chicago Milwaukee Madison Eco Tourism Project

to be continued…

Godsil

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Urban Agriculture Aquaponics on Presidential Platforms for

Democrats, Republicans, and Indendents

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Eco Tourism and Life Long Learning Hostels, important steps toward the day
when there is a Sweet Water Mainframe and 1,000 miniatures in each and
every city.

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Sweet Water Mainframe and Miniatures for Every City

Urban Agriculture Aquaponics on Presidential Platforms for

Democrats, Republicans, and Indendents

The active citizens and urban agrarians of the Great Lakes Heartland cities
are hoping to enlist your support in advancing Chicago Madison Milwaukee
Eco Tourism and Life Long Learning Hostels, asap!

And Aquaponics/Urban Agriculture TV! Facebook/Youtube as artfully employed
for these earth friendly 21st century technologies/industries/movements as
for the Tunisian Egyptian toppling of despots.

As I am writing this, President Obama’s kick off banquet for his 2012 race is serving Sweet Water Perch.

Here’s the press release.

mk The Restaurant Serving Sustainable and Locally Produced Food and Wine forPresident Obama’s Dinner Thursday, April 14th

mk The Restaurant’s Chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams will be preparing a spectacular dinner featuring only sustainably produced food and wine from America for President Obama’s fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 14th. Highlights from the menu will feature perch from Sweet Water Organics, steak from Bill Kurtis’ Tall Grass Beef Company, as well as Qupe and Au Bon Climat wines.

Starting off the night will be a hors d’oeurves of perch served with Fish Bar tartar sauce. This isn’t your typical perch. The fish have been commercially raised by Sweet Water Organics through an innovative aquaponic system of agriculture, which is a simultaneous cultivation of plants and fish. Through their aquaponic agriculture, Sweet Water Organics is helping address global warming and food insecurity in the 21st Century while providing people with locally grown fish.

Guests will also enjoy Tallgrass beef tartare. Tallgrass Beef Company is one of America’s leaders in grass-fed beef, which produces healthier meat that is higher in Omega-3s and vitamins. The cattle are never raised in feedlots or are given hormones. Instead they are raised naturally in pastures, which results in better tasting meat which is also better for the environment.

The elegant hors d’oeurves of perch, beef and lobster will be paired with a 2009 Qupe Cuve Chardonnay. Qupe Vineyards is based in California’s Central Coast and employs traditional winemaking practices and they are committed to sourcing the best grapes. In 2010, Food & Wine Magazine named Qupe one of the World’s 50 Most Influential Winemakers.

The evening will progress to an exceptional dinner of Maine salmon and seared Maine scallops with short ribs that will be paired with a 2007 Au Bon Climat pinot noir. Au Bon Climat is located on the world-famous Bien Nacido winery in California’s Santa Barbara County and sources the best fruit the Central Coast has to offer. Food & Wine Magazine named Jim Cleneden “Winemaker of the Year” in 2001, and in 2007, Jim was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Au Bon Climat’s wines continue to earn international praise.

Serving sustainable, local and environmentally conscious food and wine is at the core of chefs Michael Kornick and Erick Williams’ culinary philosophy, and President Obama’s dinner is no exception. Below is the decadent menu that will be served on the night of April 14th.

For more information and photos, please contact Allison Clark at aclark@mkchicago.com or 908–304–5213.

For more information about Sweet Water Organics, please contact
James Godsil, 414 123 1336.

End of Press Release

It will be my pleasure to share stories and visions,
to partner across boundaries, to accelerate our adaptations,
to the negative externalities of the industrial revolution,
to advance our incorporation of the best of the bounty of that epoch, e.g.
the internet, cell phones, planes, and appropriate labor saving
devices

and our ushering forth

‘’‘ Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics Experiments

large and small,
for art, science, and earth friendly commerce.

‘’‘ A Sweet Water Mainframe

in every city on the planet.

By my 100th birthday party in 2045,

10,000 Sweet Water Miniatures

in every community
and neighborhood of those same cities,

marrying art, science, commerce, yoga, making

organic cities

increasingly self-reliant bio regions

in arid and rainforest nations…

in nations north south east and west,

exploring formulae for co-creating,
for global cooperation,
for collaboration of civilizations…

Cities of Wonder and Abundance

Sweet Water Projects!

Sweet Soil Projects!

Hybrid Enterprise and solidarity economics…

Kama
Artha
Dharma

Moksa!

A National Experiment in Urban Agriculture

for

the Presidential Campaign Platforms

of Democrats, Republications, Independents,

A Grand Alliance for Biomimicry Explorations!

Photosynthesis will provide 1,000 times more energy
than photo voltaics—cheaply! Seeds, sweet soil from
urban waste streams, aquaponics and raised bed garden “systems.”

Earth Friendly Industry, Enterprise,
and Associational Partnership.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

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Sweet Water Yellow Perch for Obama Banquet at Chicago’s MK Restaurant

Here is first installment of the President’s Banquet offering Sweet Water of Milwaukee’s Yellow Perch, “the purist perch on the planet.”

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-campaign-kickoff-20110412,0,5013010.story

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/obama-to-kick-off-2012-fundraising-efforts-in-home-base-of-chicago/2011/04/11/AFAwYhMD_story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/11/obama-kicks-off-reelectio_n_847585.html

Hellow

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Sweet Water Sparking a Chicago Madison Milwaukee Eco-Tourism Initiative

Dear All,

The costs of experimentation with urban agriculture, aquaponics, and other
“eco system approaches to food production” are as likely to be bankrolled
by eco-tourists as by foundations, government, or wealthy donors.

We have won the commitment of a number of vanguard organic and natural
farmers and community garden organizers to develop an eco-tourism initiative.
Tours will cost from $5 and $10 on up to $25 for extensive hands-on experiences
for young and old alike.

If you have an eco-tour destination to suggest, please send it my way.

As of this writing, Godsil’s Sweet Water Sunday Noon tour is open for business.
And Rob Frost’s One Straw Tour in Jefferson County and Venice Williams’
Alice’s Garden have signed on.

There are 25,000,000 people a day’s drive from Milwaukee Chicago and Madison.
Let’s bring them to Milwaukee’s eco-tours for much needed revenues in support
of natural and local food production.

Thanks!

Godsil

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Milwaukee’s Channel 6 Spotlight on Sweet Water

Here are some very welcomed interviews of Sweet Water folks by exuberant Fox 6 reporters at “The Farm” on the morning after the big elections in Wisconsin.

http://www.fox6now.com/news/wakeup/interviews/

http://www.fox6now.com/news/wakeup/interviews/

http://www.fox6now.com/news/wakeup/interviews/

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Sweet Water Volunteer Project Ideas

  • Sweet Water Flyers Distributed to Every Household In Bay View

  • Raised Bed Local Flower Beds on West Side of Sweet Water Path(service road out back)

  • Thorough Clean Up of Sweet Water Grounds

  • Massive Search for Worms in Northern Compost Range

  • Sifting Black Gold From Compost

  • They spend some time on their “cell phone computers” sending messages

to target populations, e.g. principals or science teachers of every school in Milwaukee
metro area

  • Create “world buckets” and “worm bins” for future SW sales

  • Signage Development

  • Review of 10 You Tube Videos on Aquaponics and Vermculture and Choosing

Top 5

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NYT Bittman Chronciling Food Movement Progress

March 22, 2011, 8:30 pm
Food: Six Things to Feel Good About
By MARK BITTMAN

The great American writer, thinker and farmer Wendell Berry recently said, “You can’t be a critic by simply being a griper . . . One has also to . . . search out the examples of good work.”

I’ve griped for weeks, and no doubt I’ll get back to it, but there are bright spots on our food landscape, hopeful trends, even movements, of which we can be proud. Here are six examples.

• Not just awareness, but power | Everyone talks about food policy, but as advocates of change become more politically potent we’re finally seeing more done about it. Late last year, public pressure enabled the federal government to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which will improve school food, and the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will make food safer. (Gripe alert: Neither is perfect, and it’s easy to be critical of both — the child nutrition bill, for example, may be partially funded by a cut to food stamps — but they mark real progress and increase the possibility of further reform.) Combined with increasingly empowered consumers and a burgeoning food movement (one that Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh suggests has the potential to surpass and save the environmental movement), guarded optimism is called for, especially with the farm bill up for renewal in 2012. If the good guys fail to make some real gains there I’ll be surprised.

• Moving beyond greenwashing | Michelle Obama’s recent alliance with Wal-Mart made even more headlines than the retailer’s plan to re-regionalize its food distribution network, which is if anything more significant. The world’s biggest retailer pledged to “double sales of locally sourced produce,” reduce in-store food waste, work with farmers on crop selection and sustainable practices, and encourage — or is that “force”? — suppliers to reconfigure processed foods into “healthier” forms. (Yes, I think this last is ridiculous, but today I’m all sweetness and light.) Not to be outdone, just last week, McDonald’s made a “Sustainable Land Management Commitment.” We can and should be skeptical of these pronouncements, but the heat that inspired these two giants to promise change may ensure that they follow through. As for the First Lady: “Let’s Move” has helped insert food squarely into the national conversation: everyone from Sarah Palin to Rush Limbaugh to Stephen Colbert talks about it, and even Ms. Palin’s nonsensical comments provoke sensible reactions. And it’s difficult to find a school where someone isn’t gardening.

• Real food is spreading | There are now more than 6,000 farmers markets nationwide — about a 250 percent increase since 1994 (significant: there are half as many as there are domestic McDonald’s), and 900 of them are open during the winter. They’re searchable too, thanks to the USDA. (Community Supported Agriculture programs — CSAs — and food coops are also searchable, courtesy of localharvest.org.) Furthermore, serious and increasing efforts are being made to get that food to the people who really need it: Wholesome Wave, for example, began a voucher program in 2008 that doubles the value of federal food stamps (SNAP) at participating farmers markets; that program has grown more than tenfold in less than three years.

• We’re not just buying, we’re growing | Urban agriculture is on the rise. If you’re smirking, let me remind you that in 1943, 20 million households (three-fifths of the population at that point) grew more than 40 percent of all the vegetables we ate. City governments are catching on, changing zoning codes and policies to make them more ag-friendly, and even planting edible landscaping on city hall properties. Detroit, where the world’s largest urban farm is under development, has warmly and enthusiastically embraced urban agriculture. Other cities, including Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (more on Philly in a week or two), New York, Toronto, Seattle, Syracuse, Milwaukee and many more, have begun efforts to cultivate urban farming movements. And if local food, grown ethically, can become more popular and widespread, and can help in the greening of cities — well, what’s wrong with that?

• Farming is becoming hip | The number of farms is at last increasing, although it’s no secret that farmers are an endangered species: the average age of the principal operator on farms in the United States is 57. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently noted that our farmers are “aging at a rapid rate,” and when he asked, “Who’s going to replace those folks?” it wasn’t a rhetorical question. But efforts by nonprofits like the eagerly awaited FoodCorps and The Greenhorns, both of which aim to introduce farming to a new generation of young people, are giving farming a new cachet of cool. Meanwhile, the Nebraska-based Land Link program matches beginning farmers and ranchers with retirees so that the newbies gain the skills (and land) they need.

• The edible school lunch | The school lunch may have more potential positive influences than anything else, and we’re beginning to see it realized. The previously mentioned child-nutrition bill sets better nutrition standards for school meals and vending machines and increases the number of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. U.S.D.A. is also behind the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, which enlists culinary professionals to help revamp nutrition curricula and the food itself; around 550 schools are participating. Independent of the Feds, many chefs have been moving to schools on their own. Bill Telepan’s Wellness in the Schools, for example, is working with public schools in New York City, while “renegade lunch lady” Ann Cooper, who remade Berkeley’s school lunch, is taking on the much more challenging program in Boulder, and succeeding. There are scores of other examples, and we’re finally seeing schools rethinking the model of how their food is sourced, cooked and served, while getting kids to eat vegetables. That’s good work.

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Sweet Water Hands On Composting Workout Mon-Frid This Week Noon to 2 p.m.

Dear All,

Nick Montezon has learned intensely of composting through his work as a Growing Power intern and as a Sweet Water intern as well.

This week he is training Joseph Strini to become an apprentice compost foremon(“mon” is age and gender neutral) in the vast compost mounds currently under development with about 1,000 pounds per day of layered egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit and veggie waste, brewers mash, and wood chips.

If you would like a spot on this work learn team, send me an e-mail and I’ll make the introductions. godsil.james@gmail.com

Sweet Soil is our birthright!
Let us reclaim soil fouled by
The excess of the Industrial Revolution

Time to vision a return to
Sweet Soil in post-industrial

Organic Cities

Learn to harvest urban waste streams for Sweet Soil.
Your family deserves a backyard, perhaps front yard, food garden!

We can advance your first step toward that,
providing you with hands-on sweet soil crafting experience.

This week, noon to 2 p.m.
Each day behind Sweet Water,
to the east of the railroad tracks,
on the service road, along the

Sweet Water Sweet Soil Path.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Sweet Water Consolidation and Elaboration

The project will support the development of Sweet Water Organics, the world’s first re-purposing of an abandoned factory and adjacent grounds into a commercial scale, 4 season, natural, intensely productive, aquaponics fish vegetable farm and a complimentary research, development, and training center. Sweet Water self-funding first phase has inspired hope across the nation and our increasingly connected world that aquaponics and vermiculture urban based growing methodologies provide a critical response to urban poverty and joblessness, food insecurity and obesity epidemic, and the environmental despoliation of our waters, soil, and air attendent oil-based, industrial monoculture farming methods.

The accomplishments of the Sweet Water Organics team and partners in its first two years of
self-generated development will be consolidated with the support of this grant. The funding will
support personnel for the on-going refinement of aquaponic bio-filtration methodologies in concert with an expanding network of engineers, biologists, horticulturalists, and information systems analysts, including a team of 5 IBM people supported by a $400,000 Smart City Grant.
The grant will also support further experimentation and development of resource efficiencies regarding heating, lighting, optimal balance among fish, plants, and bacteria, and monitoring instrumentation(with IBM support). The grant will also advance Sweet Water’s “sweet soil” initiatives focus on the daily harvesting of a thousand pounds of urban waste streams, e.g. fruit and veggie wastes, coffee grounds, egg shells, wood chips, and leaves, into compost or humis, which become food for worms, whose castings provide the most powerful natural fertilizer on earth. While the aquaponics project calls for highly skilled labor, the “Sweet Soil” project provides
entry level positions, starting point for hands-on, learn while you earn urban agriculture skill set and sensibility acqusition. For Sweet Water and Wisconsin, “Growing urban farmers” is as critical as growing healthy, tasty food in small places for local markets. The skills and aptitudes
acquired in Sweet Water employment will credentialize participants in a key 21st century green industry, as well as provide skills for self-reliance through at home and community gardening.

Measurable Results

  • increased fish, plant, and organic soil production by 25 to 50% in first year, including the development of outside systems providing “free sun power” for plants as well as a testing

ground for engineering systems to support bacteria populations through Wisconsin winters

  • installation of science based data gathering tools and systems for testing industry critical hypothesis regarding different aquaponics and vermiculture methodologies, e.g. the Australian versus Virgin Island approaches, compost teas for plant nutrients during life cycle shifts

  • formalization of existing research collaborations between Sweet Water and research teams of scientists at UWM, MSOE, MIAD, MATC, and development of partnerships with researchers beyond Wisconsin, including international partners in UK, Netherlands, and Switzerland, as well

as collaborations among other urban agriculture aquaponics practioners in Milwaukee and beyond

  • augmentation of consulting support for Sweet Water replications in other cities and nations, including net-enhanced collaborative platforms the IBM project will help develop

  • in partnership with the Sweet Water Foundation Sweet Water will provide the most advanced technnical support for

-tours that will attract an average of 100 visitors per week, 50 of whom will be students
-host face to face workshops and meet-ups among educators, researchers, enterprisers
(public and private)
-develop net enhanced distant learning capacities for world-wide distribution
-develop aquaponics miniatures for schools, veterans centers, and churches, with the
expectation of 10 such projects during the first grant year

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the moment, would simply involve searching facebook for aquaponics practioners

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The Tunisian and Egyptian “breakthroughs” have inspired me to imagine even greater possibilities from internet connectivity. Sweet Water is a “net enhanced” hybrid enter-prise that would not exist but for the miracle of internet communications. In the way that I pray, I pray that we can hasten the day when every city in America, every city in India, has a Sweet Water food and community center, science and education lab, aquaponics miniature showroom, and gathering place of earth friendly technical innovations—a hub for 21st century self reliance, community, and the coming abundance!

to:

The Tunisian and Egyptian “breakthroughs” have inspired me to imagine even greater possibilities from internet connectivity. Sweet Water is a “net enhanced” hybrid enterprise that would not exist but for the miracle of internet communications. In the way that I pray, I pray that we can hasten the day when every city in America, every city in India, has a Sweet Water food and community center, science and education lab, aquaponics miniature showroom, and gathering place of earth friendly technical innovations—a hub for 21st century self reliance, community, and the coming abundance!

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Harnessing the Power of the Internet for Milwaukee India Collaborations

I am happy, and must confess, astonished, at the wondrous possibilities
that appear to be within our reach regarding the diffusion of aquaponics
innovations.

The Milwaukee India collaborations rest primarily, for the moment, in
the visions of Michael Macy, U.S. State Department Cultural Attache and
husband of an Indian journalist and myself, who he is hoping to introduce
to people in a State Department sponsored trip I hope happens asap.

If I had a team of interns or even one, I would begin harvesting internet
connectivity for this vision. I would, for example, ask people like yourself
for names of the key institutions, enterprises, movements, or individuals most
likely to be open for some on-line conversations about aquaponics development.

Then I would send individualized e-mails with compelling subject lines
in hopes of establishing a correspondence and some on-line brainstorming.
I would also introduce these new potential partners to some of the other members
of the emerging aquaponics global community of practice to widen the circle
of insight and possible resources.

I am very keen on an informal, grass roots Aquaponics TV venture, which, for
the moment, would simply involve searching facebook for aquaponics practioners
on every continent, inviting them to share their favorite youtube for review,
organization, and distribution.

I am also inspired to aim for 5% of the world’s schools equipped with an aquaponics miniature by 2020, probably starting with a Travis Hughey barrel ponics set up unless someone introduces an even simpler model.

The Tunisian and Egyptian “breakthroughs” have inspired me to imagine even greater possibilities from internet connectivity. Sweet Water is a “net enhanced” hybrid enter-prise that would not exist but for the miracle of internet communications. In the way that I pray, I pray that we can hasten the day when every city in America, every city in India, has a Sweet Water food and community center, science and education lab, aquaponics miniature showroom, and gathering place of earth friendly technical innovations—a hub for 21st century self reliance, community, and the coming abundance!

Grateful,

Godsil

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Sweet Water Marine “Partner” Matthew Holzman Getting Nice Media Attention

READ: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/mar/09/archis-acres-transitions-military-battlefield-farm/
LISTEN: http://kpbs.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/audio/2011/03/09/20110309-ASJ-ARCHIS.mp3

From Empty Factory Buildings to Community Food and Training Centers

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blue%Godsil “Concept Note” in response to IBM Grant

IBM Integrated Systems Advancing Milwaukee Aquaponics Industry

There are 3 basic elements in Milwaukee’s embryonic aquaponics industry, all of which will
be greatly advanced with the resources IBM can bring to each:

  1. Commercial Up-scaling

  2. Aquapanics Systems Diffusion & Replication, starting with our schools

  3. Internationalization of Aquaponics Large Scale and Miniature Methodologies

Commercial Up-scaling and IBM Instrumentation

Sweet Water Organics, conceived at its founding as a “net enhanced” aquaponics
business, research and development project, will greatly profit from resources
the IBM team of experts will provide. The Sweet Water teams, which include in-house staff but also an expansive web of partners from the science, technology, business, and social sectors, look forward to IBM instrumentation that will:

  • support 24/7 monitoring of aquaponic system elements and their proper balance, e.g.water chemistry and flow, temperature and air quality, fish and plant health, heating and lighting

  • introduction of integrated systems hard-ware and soft-ware for optimal development of “organic engineering in urban agriculture architecture.”

  • collaborative platform development for enhanced connectivity with global aquaponic and “multiple intelligence” resources

Aquapanics Systems Replication, starting with out schools

Sweet Water is not just in the business of raising fish and produce. A key piece of the Sweet Water business model is:

Growing Urban Farmers Through “Farm, Academy, and Civil Society Collaborations”

Aquaponics is perhaps the highest value added form of agriculture per square foot. It should come as no surprise that the level of science, art, and focus required to mimic so productive a “natural system” requires highly skilled personnel. The art and science of developing and maintaining mini-eco systems with proper balance between water, fish, micro-organisms, plants, air, light, and mechanical components demands our sustained commitment to the education of a new kind of farmer.

Sweet Water’s commitment to growing urban farmers is expressed both in its business model and its social vision behind its founding of the Sweet Water Foundation. The IBM team will be of great value for both. Commercial scale aquaponics needs “bench strength.” The IBM team can accelerate the day when 5% of our nation’s schools, 5% of the world’s schools, have hands-on aquaponics projects advancing the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math and providing skill sets for at home food gardening.

IBM Instrumentation of The Diffusion of Sweet Water Innovations

Sweet Water Organics, the Sweet Water Foundation, and a dense web of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and global partners are committed to sharing aquaponics methodologies
in Milwaukee and beyond, starting with:

  • design, development, and tech-support for aquaponics miniatures in schools, churches and faith communities, veterans centers, day care centers for young and old. The Sweet Water Foundation is working with over 20 schools in Chicago and Milwaukee, and is development an aquaponics demonstration project with the National Association of Black Veterans and the Center for Veterans Initiatives as a first step toward a Neighborhood Aquaponics Program.

  • workshops, consultations, and commercial scale replications. Sweet Water organized the nation’s first national aquaponics workshop and is developing consulting relationships with groups in a number of cities hoping to develop Sweet Water scale projects. IBM collaborative platforms will greatly support these efforts, as will the system instrumentation forthcoming.

  • fostering eco-tourism and social media based “aquaponics tv”

Sweet Water looks forward to IBM support in outreach to schools, churches, and other sites for miniatures; in net-enhanced monitoring, communications, and tech-support for “aquapon” partnerships; in accelerating the advent of grass roots video programming both enlightening and entertaining

Internationalization of Aquaponics Large Scale and Miniature Methodologies

Sweet Water’s commitment to become an export industry through diffusing
aquaponics organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture
will be greatly advanced with IBM resources, especially collaborative platforming. Sweet Water’s initial “net enhanced” business model has resulted in rich collaborations and information sharing with the world’s leading aquaponics communities of practice. European aquaponics centers that have been inspired by Sweet Water to take aquaponics from their science lab and small experiments into the social economy of the city, e.g. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK in London, Bas de Groot’s work in Rotterdam, Roman Gaus’ in Zurich. Australian aquaponic developments have been introduced into the Sweet Water community primarily through a new partnership with Sylvia Bernstein’s Aquaponics Gardening web based group connecting 1,000 practioners throughout North America. The Virgin Island aquapons’ insights are reaching Sweet Water through Nelson and Pade, a Wisconsin based training center whose operation manager attended the Sweet Water Winter Workshop on “The Commercial Upscaling, Democratization, and Internationalization of Aquaponics.”

IBM enhanced aquaponics projects and collaboration platforms will provide a means to greatly advance the testing of various aquaponics “schools.” Equally important will be the support provided to develop ways of introducing aquaponics in developing nations with very different climactic and socio-economic conditions.

Milwaukee As World Water and Aquaponics Hub Through IBM Enhanced Catalytic Collaborations

The IBM Smarter Cities grant means that Sweet Water’s capacity for partnerships with government, business, science and academy, civil society, and the thriving Milwaukee urban agriculture industry and movement will reach a new threshold. Milwaukee means “gathering place by the water” to the original Americans, who also called the Great Lakes “The Sweet Water Seas.” Milwaukee now has a most welcomed ally in IBM to dramatically enhance our capacity to: gather by the waters we are learning to appreciate: to heal and thoughtfully manage the waters and work with the myriad life forms, including our own, that they support: to take more thoughtful steps to make the Great Lakes, once again, “The Sweet Water Seas”: and to develop sustainable food and water management industries that entitle our self-conception as a world water and urban agriculture hub.

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http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/117624638.html

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From Empty Factory Buildings to Community Food and Training Centers

With sweet soil and sweet water, our empty factories can help us heal.

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Healing Factories

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Factory Scale Systems Start From Aquaponics Miniatures for Schools and Churches

Some useful starting links:

The Democratization and Internationalization of Aquaponics

Travis Hughey’s Modestly Priced Barrel-ponis Handbook

http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

Communities of Practice Sharing Hard Won Information

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics

Godsil Radio Interview on Aquaponics Miniatures in 5% of Our Schools by 2020

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio Sweet Water Stories

http://sweetwater-organic.com/press
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/video
http://sweetwater-organic.com/press/audio

God willing,
to be continued

Godsil the Worm Mon

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Here’s the simple formula, ready to roll out!
Aquaponics miniatures in 5% of humanity’s schools by 2030!

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Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPshBbX2ww
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin
Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

Do you hear the people sing,
singing the song of working men?
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!
by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power.

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, the song of our unions!
Viva, that our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, the song of our progressive gentry!
Viva, that of OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, the song of each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

You Tube and Facebook enables us to hear each other’s songs,
and see each other dance! And work! And play!

With as much, it will soon again be, authentically,
the people’s day. For all of God’s children.

Godsil

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Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPshBbX2ww
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin
Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

Do you hear the people sing,
singing the song of working men?
It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.
When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!
by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power.

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, the song of our unions!
Viva, that our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, the song of our progressive gentry!
Viva, that of OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, the song of each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

You Tube and Facebook enables us to hear each other’s songs,
and see each other dance! And work! And play!

With as much, it will soon again be, authentically,
the people’s day. For all of God’s children.

Godsil
=======

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPshBbX2ww
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin

Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

 Do you hear the people sing,

singing the song of working men?

 It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.

When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power…

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, our unions!
Viva, our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, our progressive gentry!
Viva, OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

Godsil
>>>>>>>

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  • “Creative Teams of 5″ Can Launch Aquaponics Programming for Free Democracy TV

Consider beings the first on your block to inspire 4 of your “aquaponically inclined” friends to explore youtube aquaponics offerings and organize them into “regional experiments”: (l) Australia; (2) Hawaii; (3) USA (4) Virgin Islands; (5) Northern Europe; (6) Asia (7) Africa. Then if you could inspire 4 other friends the sociologists might call “creatives” and see if they will review these regional aquaponics you tube offerings and pick the top 3 from each category. Then we would invite 1,000 people to judge which of the top 3 were their favorite. These 7 youtube aquaponic videos would be the start of “Free Aquaponics TV(FATV). FATV might become one of 4 hybrid enterprises in networked fields that might provide programmng for Free Democracy TV. What say?

  • Creative Teams of 5 Can Launch “Collaboration of Cultures TV(CCTV)

  • Cull top 3 songs, poems, movies, and dance you tubes for friendly culture competition.

Why not? Godsil

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Viva, our unions!
Viva, our social business leaders!

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Viva, the song of our unions!
Viva, that our social business leaders!

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Viva, our progressive gentry!
Viva, OUR WORKING middle classes!

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Viva, the song of our progressive gentry!
Viva, that of OUR WORKING middle classes!

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Viva, each and every citizen—of One World!

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Viva, the song of each and every citizen—of One World!

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You Tube and Facebook enables us to hear each other’s songs,
and see each other dance! And work! And play!

With as much, it will soon again be, authentically,
the people’s day. For all of God’s children.

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=======

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPshBbX2ww
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin

Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

 Do you hear the people sing,

singing the song of working men?

 It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.

When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power…

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, our unions!
Viva, our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, our progressive gentry!
Viva, OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

Godsil
>>>>>>>

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Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OPshBbX2ww
from Les Miserables in Wisconsin

Offered by Ingrid Dr. Solo

The ongoing protests against Gov. Walker’s proposal to strip public
employees and their unions of collective bargaining rights hit yet another
high note today with a rousing rendition of “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
from Les Miserables early Sunday afternoon inside the Capitol.

Led by an ensemble of trained vocalists and musicians, the song gathered
strength from a vast chorus of demonstrators who joined in the refrain:

 Do you hear the people sing,

singing the song of working men?

 It is the music of a people who will not be slaves again.

When the beating of your heart echoes the beating of the drums,
there is a life about to start when tomorrow comes.

Past galleries festooned with banners and signs, the voices rose from the
rotunda floor. Watch the video:

Oligarchs Tremble When They Hear the People Sing!

by Godsil

Hang on tight, when the people start to sing.

Oligarchies of Tunisia and Egypt are awakening
to this power…

As they will in our great nation!

Viva, our unions!
Viva, our social business leaders!
Viva, our public servants!
Viva, our progressive gentry!
Viva, OUR WORKING middle classes!
Viva, our urban and rural farmers!
Viva, each and every citizen—of One World!

Wisconsin once again is at the edge of history,
like back around 1910 when the Progressives
and Social Democrats of Wisconsin were
incubating whet became the ‘New Deal” for America,
or when the Wisconsin delegation to the 1968
Democratic convention most profoundly confronted the war hawks.

We might well be experimenting with the crafting
of a collaboration of civilizations, to replace
the “clash of civilizations” the greed and imbecilities
of OUR oligarchs and THIER oligarchs perpetuates.

Madison, like Tunis and Cairo, is a world phenomenon.

With the power of the internet in imaginative minds
and courageous hearts, the human race is realizing
that we are citizens of one world, one humanity.

The human race is won!

Godsil

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  • “Creative Teams of 5″ Can Launch Aquaponics Programming for Free Democracy TV

Consider beings the first on your block to inspire 4 of your “aquaponically inclined” friends to explore youtube aquaponics offerings and organize them into “regional experiments”: (l) Australia; (2) Hawaii; (3) USA (4) Virgin Islands; (5) Northern Europe; (6) Asia (7) Africa. Then if you could inspire 4 other friends the sociologists might call “creatives” and see if they will review these regional aquaponics you tube offerings and pick the top 3 from each category. Then we would invite 1,000 people to judge which of the top 3 were their favorite. These 7 youtube aquaponic videos would be the start of “Free Aquaponics TV(FATV). FATV might become one of 4 hybrid enterprises in networked fields that might provide programmng for Free Democracy TV. What say?

  • Creative Teams of 5 Can Launch “Collaboration of Cultures TV(CCTV)

  • Cull top 3 songs, poems, movies, and dance you tubes for friendly culture competition.

Why not? Godsil

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empowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youthm our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful
short documentaries and films with digital cameras, cell phones, you tube, and
facebook technologies. Networked fields of artists, writers, and producers
would assemble offerings from every city and country of the planet, around themes
important in the movements and happenings of the day. My focus these days would
be on programming pertaining to

to:

empowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youth, our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful short documentaries and films with digital cameras, cell phones, you tube, and facebook technologies. Networked fields of artists, writers, and producers would assemble offerings from every city and country of the planet, around themes important in the movements and happenings of the day. My focus these days would be on programming pertaining to

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Solidarity economics involves social local and/or family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

Democracy TVempowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youthm our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful

to:

Solidarity economics

involves social local and/or family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

Democracy TV

empowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youthm our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful

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Solidarity Eco Economics(SEE) and Democracy TV

Solidarity economics involves social local family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

to:

Solidarity Eco Economics and Democracy TV(SEED TV)

Solidarity economics involves social local and/or family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

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Solidarity Eco Economics(SEE) and Democracy TV

Solidarity economics involves social local family businesses, co-ops, non-profits, and hybrid enterprise advancing grand alliance collaborations to green urban and rural societies, integrate earth friendly theory and practice, commerce and ethics, art and science.

Democracy TVempowers grass roots cultures with partnerships of tech-savvy youthm our wiser elders, and active citizens to develop beautiful
short documentaries and films with digital cameras, cell phones, you tube, and
facebook technologies. Networked fields of artists, writers, and producers
would assemble offerings from every city and country of the planet, around themes
important in the movements and happenings of the day. My focus these days would
be on programming pertaining to

  • Aquaponics TV in Cyber Cafes and Test Stations

The test stations could find 3 different kinds of aquaponics miniatures being
assembled, operated, evaluated, and harvested. This work could be documented
as it evolved and broadcast to any place of the planet looking into the powerfully
productive, water preserving, small space growth methodology that is aquaponics.

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Bay View churches with small aquaponic systems for the miracle of four
season fish and plant gardening.

to:

faith communities across the nation with small aquaponic systems for the miracle of four season fish and plant gardening.

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We also plan on reaching out to “all of God’s children.” Sweet Water miniatures in churches, temples, mosques, synagogues are part of this vision. We have already installed or inspired the installation of miniatures in a number of Milwaukee and Chicago schools. We hope to help the peoples of arid and rainforest nations learn the art of aquaponics gardening, which uses very little water and grows great quantities in small spaces, year found.

to:

We plan on reaching out to “all of God’s children.” Sweet Water miniatures in churches, temples, mosques, synagogues are part of this vision. We have already installed or inspired the installation of miniatures in a number of Milwaukee and Chicago schools. We hope to help the peoples of arid and rainforest nations learn the art of aquaponics gardening, which uses very little water and grows great quantities in small spaces, year found.

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Milwaukee/Chicago Aquaponics Industries in Support of Arab Popular Revolutions and Western Healing From Oil Addiction

Thomas Friedman is probably quite close to Rom Emanuel.

Emanuel is still very close to our President.

Sweet Water’s Emmanuel Pratt is now sinking rich, thick, extensive roots in
Chicago and will soon be in rich conversation with Rom Emanuel or some of his
close advisers.

All three are all now ready to discover this fact.

Aquaponics provides many answers to the critical challenges
of our day, especially as they pertain to the calamitous consequences
of Wetern oil addiction.

Friedman has provided us with a nice outline of why aquaponics for
arid nations, especially arid Arab nations, is in perfect pitch with the times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/opinion/23friedman.html?hp

Aquaponics In Support of Arab Popular Revolutions

Aquaponics contributes greatly to all of the great challenges the Arab Popular
Revolutions must address:

  • rising food prices

  • unemployed youth

  • developing responsive civil society and democratic social spaces

If we wish to increase the chances for today’s Arab world revolutions to
support humanity’s adaptations, we would do well to accelerate
the diffusion of natural, labor intensive, highly productive, small space
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations.

Self reliance in food procurement, within a supportive community of practice,
is the key to dignity and health, for individuals and communities.

Emerging Milwaukee Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Export Industry/Movement

There is now something of a grand alliance in Milwaukee paving the
way for the export of the art, science, and commerce of urban agriculture

Here are just some of the partners to this emerging industry’s champions:

Growing Power, Sweet Water, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, the Victory Garden Initiative, UW-Extension,
MSOE, UWM, the Water Council, MIAD, and many more!

It is fitting that we support this grand alliances inspiring us to live more creatively and compactly in earth friendly ways. We will create jobs for Milwaukee citizens, harvest our currently “wasted resources,” e.g. empty buildings, vacant lots, and urban waste tsreams, and sub-employed young and old citizens, and play an important role in our quest for world peace, justice,
and mindul, earth friendly living.

Godsil

Milwaukee Public School Teachers: Public Servants In the Trenches

I owe an incalculable debt to Milwaukee Public School teachers.
Not just for their tireless gifts of mind and love to my family
that would have gone under without them.

But also for their gifts to my struggling city this past generation,
which has been profoundly in need of their steadfast
day in day out teaching of our children deeply challenged by
a myriad of injustices rooted in our very flawed social fabric
and shameful historic legacies.

Milwaukee public school teachers, like our other public servants,
are in for a protracted struggle against very powerful forces,
material and ideological. And so are the rest of us!

We are all Egyptians!

Consolidating the democratic aspects of our imperfect institutions
is a never ending challenge in the face of greed, ignorance, and
arbitrary power.

Our school teachers and public servants are in the lead today.

Viva, the Milwaukee Public School Teachers!
Viva, Wisconsin’s Public Servants!

Godsil

Our Coming Good Boom

A myriad of cities, across the world,
Are co-creating the coming good boom.

The good booms of these smart cities
Will evolve because we thought it out.

We’re testing our best offerings,
and learning as we go.

Thousands of us,
In every smart city of the planet.

And we’re connecting with one another,
Better than ever before.

Good boomers!

Here’s a full length book by an economist with soul,
Doug Booth, exploring the reasons for and the nature of
the coming good boom.

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Good-Boom-Environment-ebook/dp/B003TLMZ0A

Godsil

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Milwaukee/Chicago Aquaponics Industries in Support of Arab Popular Revolutions and Western Healing From Oil Addiction

Thomas Friedman is probably quite close to Rom Emanuel.

Emanuel is still very close to our President.

Sweet Water’s Emmanuel Pratt is now sinking rich, thick, extensive roots in
Chicago and will soon be in rich conversation with Rom Emanuel or some of his
close advisers.

All three are all now ready to discover this fact.

Aquaponics provides many answers to the critical challenges
of our day, especially as they pertain to the calamitous consequences
of Wetern oil addiction.

Friedman has provided us with a nice outline of why aquaponics for
arid nations, especially arid Arab nations, is in perfect pitch with the times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/opinion/23friedman.html?hp

Aquaponics In Support of Arab Popular Revolutions

Aquaponics contributes greatly to all of the great challenges the Arab Popular
Revolutions must address:

  • rising food prices

  • unemployed youth

  • developing responsive civil society and democratic social spaces

If we wish to increase the chances for today’s Arab world revolutions to
support humanity’s adaptations, we would do well to accelerate
the diffusion of natural, labor intensive, highly productive, small space
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations.

Self reliance in food procurement, within a supportive community of practice,
is the key to dignity and health, for individuals and communities.

Emerging Milwaukee Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Export Industry/Movement

There is now something of a grand alliance in Milwaukee paving the
way for the export of the art, science, and commerce of urban agriculture

Here are just some of the partners to this emerging industry’s champions:

Growing Power, Sweet Water, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, the Victory Garden Initiative, UW-Extension,
MSOE, UWM, the Water Council, MIAD, and many more!

It is fitting that we support this grand alliances inspiring us to live more creatively and compactly in earth friendly ways. We will create jobs for Milwaukee citizens, harvest our currently “wasted resources,” e.g. empty buildings, vacant lots, and urban waste tsreams, and sub-employed young and old citizens, and play an important role in our quest for world peace, justice,
and mindul, earth friendly living.

Godsil

Milwaukee Public School Teachers: Public Servants In the Trenches

I owe an incalculable debt to Milwaukee Public School teachers.
Not just for their tireless gifts of mind and love to my family
that would have gone under without them.

But also for their gifts to my struggling city this past generation,
which has been profoundly in need of their steadfast
day in day out teaching of our children deeply challenged by
a myriad of injustices rooted in our very flawed social fabric
and shameful historic legacies.

Milwaukee public school teachers, like our other public servants,
are in for a protracted struggle against very powerful forces,
material and ideological. And so are the rest of us!

We are all Egyptians!

Consolidating the democratic aspects of our imperfect institutions
is a never ending challenge in the face of greed, ignorance, and
arbitrary power.

Our school teachers and public servants are in the lead today.

Viva, the Milwaukee Public School Teachers!
Viva, Wisconsin’s Public Servants!

Godsil

Our Coming Good Boom

A myriad of cities, across the world,
Are co-creating the coming good boom.

The good booms of these smart cities
Will evolve because we thought it out.

We’re testing our best offerings,
and learning as we go.

Thousands of us,
In every smart city of the planet.

And we’re connecting with one another,
Better than ever before.

Good boomers!

Here’s a full length book by an economist with soul,
Doug Booth, exploring the reasons for and the nature of
the coming good boom.

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Good-Boom-Environment-ebook/dp/B003TLMZ0A

Godsil

to:

Faith Communities To Grow Pure Fish and Fresh Spinach for Body and Soul?

Learn more at Sweet Water Wednesday and Friday Market, 4 to 7 p.m. or
Sunday noon tours.

Sweet Water, i.e. the farm and the foundation, is now in a position to provide
Bay View churches with small aquaponic systems for the miracle of four
season fish and plant gardening.

Sweet Water Miniatures will be shown at the Wednesday & Friday 4 to 7 p.m. Open Market. Miniature workshops for church congregations, families, and restaurants will take place on dates to be announced.

Please let your local faith communities know about this possibility for their congregations.

Sweet Water Miniature Inter-faith and International Collaborations

We also plan on reaching out to “all of God’s children.” Sweet Water miniatures in churches, temples, mosques, synagogues are part of this vision. We have already installed or inspired the installation of miniatures in a number of Milwaukee and Chicago schools. We hope to help the peoples of arid and rainforest nations learn the art of aquaponics gardening, which uses very little water and grows great quantities in small spaces, year found.

There may be no better place to find God than in a garden.

Sweet Water Mainframe, the Diffusion, and Democratization of Aquaponics Miniatures

The Sweet Water “mainframe” at 2151 S. Robinson has attracted organic
farmers, scientists, and “aquapons” from every corner of America and the
world beyond our borders to accelerate the art and science of small space
urban farming. The experts have reached the point where the systems are
simple enough for any church, family, or enterprise that has the passion,
some people with focus, and a capacity to consult with Sweet Water support
teams as well as on-line communities of aquaponics practice.

The first Sweet Water Miniature project may well be a collaboration with the
Center for Veterans Initiatives and the National Association of Black Veterans.
This will involve Dave Mangin and Jesse Blom, with support from Howard
Hinterthuer and Sweet Water Organics technical staff, working with veterans
to develop a Travis Hughey barrel-ponic system in the carriage house of their
Wells St. headquarters, to add to the vets’ already celebrated organic
healing raised bed garden.

Here are some pictures and a 90 page how to manual for a Travis Hughey
barrel-ponic system we hope to help people develop.

http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

Sweet Water’s mainframe and miniature experiments have been assisted by the
Water Council, MSOE, MAID, UWM, and M.U. professors, about 10 high schools, and
a number of urban agriculture enterprises.

Gardens In the House of God

Gardens in “the house of God” might inspire us to improve our bodies’ diets.

Gardens in our homes and neighborhoods might inspire us to spend less time:
burning oil in our cars on trips to the mall; watching tv; eating too much salt,
sugar, fat, fast, and processed foods.

Please consider reaching out to your local spiritual leaders and high school teachers to advance aquaponics for self reliance, community building, physical and mental health.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, President
Sweet Water Foundation
co-founder Sweet Water Organics, Inc.

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Milwaukee/Chicago Aquaponics Industries in Support of Arab Popular Revolutions and Western Healing From Oil Addiction

Thomas Friedman is probably quite close to Rom Emanuel.

Emanuel is still very close to our President.

Sweet Water’s Emmanuel Pratt is now sinking rich, thick, extensive roots in
Chicago and will soon be in rich conversation with Rom Emanuel or some of his
close advisers.

All three are all now ready to discover this fact.

Aquaponics provides many answers to the critical challenges
of our day, especially as they pertain to the calamitous consequences
of Wetern oil addiction.

Friedman has provided us with a nice outline of why aquaponics for
arid nations, especially arid Arab nations, is in perfect pitch with the times.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/opinion/23friedman.html?hp

Aquaponics In Support of Arab Popular Revolutions

Aquaponics contributes greatly to all of the great challenges the Arab Popular
Revolutions must address:

  • rising food prices

  • unemployed youth

  • developing responsive civil society and democratic social spaces

If we wish to increase the chances for today’s Arab world revolutions to
support humanity’s adaptations, we would do well to accelerate
the diffusion of natural, labor intensive, highly productive, small space
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations.

Self reliance in food procurement, within a supportive community of practice,
is the key to dignity and health, for individuals and communities.

Emerging Milwaukee Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics Export Industry/Movement

There is now something of a grand alliance in Milwaukee paving the
way for the export of the art, science, and commerce of urban agriculture

Here are just some of the partners to this emerging industry’s champions:

Growing Power, Sweet Water, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Walnut Way, Alice’s Garden, the Victory Garden Initiative, UW-Extension,
MSOE, UWM, the Water Council, MIAD, and many more!

It is fitting that we support this grand alliances inspiring us to live more creatively and compactly in earth friendly ways. We will create jobs for Milwaukee citizens, harvest our currently “wasted resources,” e.g. empty buildings, vacant lots, and urban waste tsreams, and sub-employed young and old citizens, and play an important role in our quest for world peace, justice,
and mindul, earth friendly living.

Godsil

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Milwaukee Public School Teachers: Public Servants In the Trenches

I owe an incalculable debt to Milwaukee Public School teachers.
Not just for their tireless gifts of mind and love to my family
that would have gone under without them.

But also for their gifts to my struggling city this past generation,
which has been profoundly in need of their steadfast
day in day out teaching of our children deeply challenged by
a myriad of injustices rooted in our very flawed social fabric
and shameful historic legacies.

Milwaukee public school teachers, like our other public servants,
are in for a protracted struggle against very powerful forces,
material and ideological. And so are the rest of us!

We are all Egyptians!

Consolidating the democratic aspects of our imperfect institutions
is a never ending challenge in the face of greed, ignorance, and
arbitrary power.

Our school teachers and public servants are in the lead today.

Viva, the Milwaukee Public School Teachers!
Viva, Wisconsin’s Public Servants!

Godsil

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Here’s a full length book by an economist with soul,
Doug Booth, exploring the reasons for and the nature of
the coming good boom.

http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Good-Boom-Environment-ebook/dp/B003TLMZ0A

Godsil

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Our Coming Good Boom

A myriad of cities, across the world,
Are co-creating the coming good boom.

The good booms of these smart cities
Will evolve because we thought it out.

We’re testing our best offerings,
and learning as we go.

Thousands of us,
In every smart city of the planet.

And we’re connecting with one another,
Better than ever before.

Good boomers!

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Swee Air.

to:

Sweet Air.

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Sweet

to:

Olde

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Jasmine Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

to:

Tunisian Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

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The Jasmine Revolution is a perpetual revolution.
And beauty also needs substance.

to:

The Tunisian Revolution, all of our ®Evolutions,
are perpetual.

And their beauty needs substance.

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Jasmine ®Evolution Aquaponics Miniatures

to:

One World Aquaponics Miniatures

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Mighty on-line collaborations with the Jasmine Revolutionaries,

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Mighty on-line collaborations with the one world ®Evolutionaries,

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Aquaponics for a Global Jasmine ®Evolution!

to:

Aquaponics for a Global ®Evolution!

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Sweet Cities

Sweet Cities have
Sweet Waters.
Sweet Soil.
Swee Air.

Sweet Younges.
Sweet Oldes.

Sweet Cities,

Sweet

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self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive
communities, geographic and “of practice.”

to:

self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive communities, geographic and “of practice.”

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Mother Nature demands we re-acquire Sweet Waters!

to:

Mother Nature demands we restore Sweet Waters!

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Godsil You Tube on Milwaukee as Aquaponics Innovation Center

Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
with people from all over the world who show up. Read the web pages.

Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

My Favorite Aquaponics Community of Practice Forums

to:

Volunteer for Hands On Aquaponic/Vermiculture Construction

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation are collaborating to
democratize and internationalize aquaponics through aquaponics miniatures.

If you would like to learn how to build your own small and inexpensive systems
I can connect you with people who would help you out by providing hands-on
experience as they construct barrel ponic miniatures and vermiculture structures.

Here’s a 90 page manual on barrel ponics that provides the basis for their efforts.

http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/documents/barrel-ponics.pdf

Here’s a community of aquaponics practice I hope you’ll consider joining to learn
from about 1,000 people who share their discoveries. If you join this group, please let Sylvia know I sent you!

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And finally, here’s a song by a woman I wish I’d met that gives me strength to face
some of my challenges:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUcXI2BIUOQ&feature=autoplay&list=MLGxdCwVVULXererKUxIIoWiLmhyk8hdwq&index=15&playnext=13

Let me know if you would like an introduction to Jesse Blom or Dave Mangin,
who are welcoming volunteer apprentices for aquaponics/vermiculture construction/
installation experiments. godsil.james@gmail.com

Can’t connect you with paying gigs for now, but can connect you with information
and experiences that will provide you with life long means of growing some of
your own food and perhaps developing your own small business teaching people
how to do the same.

Best regards,

Godsil

Godsil You Tube on Milwaukee as Aquaponics Innovation Center

Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
with people from all over the world who show up. Read the web pages.

Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

My Favorite Aquaponics Community of Practice Forums

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics

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These connections rooted in 40 years of civic engagement, with nanosecond and virtual patners
all over the place and doorways to new cities.

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These connections rooted in 40 years of civic engagement, with nanosecond and virtual patners all over the place and doorways to new cities.

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*Yeoman Orchestrations to Launch Your Urban Ag/Aqua Career or Enterprise

These involve talking while working, at your garden, work site, or mine, about

  • complimentary collaborations among multiple skill set partners

  • sequential project development

e.g. I’ll explore a partnership with the National Association of Black Veterans over a one year period, quite possibly not making any green dollars in this period, but growing social and cultural capital that sets the stage for some green dollar capital from a grant we win or project contract we capture

  • hybrid enterprise exploration

e.g. some of this work might occur within a standard corporation or family business, some of it might occur as a project for a non-profit, some of it might occur in the informal economy(your backyard or home energy efficiency experiments

  • use-value and exchange value

e.g. some of these collaborations might find us creating goods and services that have “exchange value” in the market place(let’s develop some arugula mini-farms!), while others might be entirely located in the realm of “use value”(let’s create 1,000 potted arugula plants and distribute them to fire houses, police stations, schools, and assisted living centers just for the good of it with all volunteer labor)

  • multiple income streams

e.g. while we’re mostly focused on producing a couple of key items like perch and lettuce at Sweet Water, we also pay attention to income streams ancillary to the prime focus(at Sweet Water we are developing the soft-ware needed for highly sophisticated aquaponics conversations of vintage factory building that can generate revenues at work shops, as school curricula, as blueprints for replications, and so forth)

  • on-line brainstorming and round table gatherings

e.g. we invite potential collaborators to some on-line conversations, either via e-mail or setting up sites on facebook, wiki platforms, list serves, and so on. These conversations
in the “noosphere” are punctuated and enhanced by gatherings of round table conversations, where on-line participants can meet one another and people who don’t like on-line talk can join in

  • committing to a start-up 100 hours of concept and project exploration

I would feel most comfortable investing in yeoman orchestrations with people who would start out with a commitment of 100 hours of exchange, as well as a commitment to document what comes forth from those first 100 hours

  • imagination and inspiration make for miracles

In my lifetime I have seen small groups of people greatly contribute to evolutionary history making, fueled by visions they easily put their shoulder into. Green money capital is important, social and cultural capital too! But, in my mind’s eye, reflecting upon the golden sons and daughters of Mother Earth these past 40 years of “movement” and “small enterprise” work, it’s spiritual capital that trumps all else.

Sweet Water is an adventure that bears witness to the power of an idea whose time has come. Yeoman orchestrations can play a vital part of the Sweet Water Story.

I hope you will consider some of these concepts with me and some of my able mates!

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  • A yeoman (pronunciation: /ˈjəʊmən/) usually refers to a farmer who cultivates his own land, historically a lesser freeholder of England, below the landed gentry but with political rights…

A yeoman could be a free man holding a small landed estate, a minor landowner, a small prosperous farmer, especially from the Elizabethan era onwards (16th-17th century), a deputy, assistant, journeyman, or loyal or faithful servant. Work “performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner”, especially in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as a yeoman’s job.[3] Yeomen became a class of people that gained a reputation for hard toil.[4]

Yeoman also was a rank or position in a noble or royal household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, King’s Yeoman, and various others. Most duties were connected with protecting the sovereign and dignitaries as a bodyguard, such as the Yeomen of the Guard, attending the sovereign with various tasks as needed, or duties assigned to his office.[1]

In modern British usage, yeoman may specifically refer to a member of a reserve cavalry unit called a yeomanry (similar to a militia) traditionally raised from respected and moderately wealthy commoners in England and Wales, and today part of the Territorial Army; a member of the Yeomen of the Guard or Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, or servant in the British Royal Household at Windsor Castle, such as the Yeoman of the Cellar; or a supervisory soldier normally between the ranks of staff sergeant to Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army, an appointment achieved upon completion of a 14-month technical course and seen as the highest accolade bestowed upon an operator and indeed a Royal Signals soldier.[2]

to be continued

Godsil

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Favorite pictures:

https://picasaweb.google.com/epsweetwaterfoundation/SweetWater?feat=email#

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My Contribution for Sweet Water Scale Replications

Political

leading official and unofficial actors(I can probably enhance their relations in just about any city. (That’s part of “my secret sauce.” :)

Help Connect w.

  • Science/Academic

Community Support—I can probably help them connect with area academics and practicing “science” people, whether biology, aquatics, horticulture, energy, architcture, engineering

 (another part of my sauce)

  • Media and Grass Roots Citizens

These connections rooted in 40 years of civic engagement, with nanosecond and virtual patners
all over the place and doorways to new cities.

  • Good Food Movement and Aquaponics Communities of Practice

Have been developing correspondance across the planet with these players since 2005.

  • Public Speaking, Enterprise Design, and Partnership Meetings

Either through skype or face to face, contextually determined.

  • Sweet Water Institutional Memory

Olde

  • Recruitment

Have been a talent scout forever.

Happy to be of service to this great enterprise/movement!

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Eco Tourism, Bed & Breakfasts, Urban Agriculture/Aquaponics In Milwaukee

Dear All,

There is a pretty good chance that IBM will be awarding Milwaukee a $500,000
“in-kind” grant award as one of 30 “Smart Cities” on the planet by virtue of our
urban agriculture and aquaponics innovations and our readiness to share those
with a world possibly on the edge of the bursting of the industrial, oil-based
agriculture “food bubble.”

IBM Collaborative Platforms Connect Eco-Tourists With Milwaukee

IBM’s professionals and edge of history internet technologies could provide
us with the means of thick presentations of learning/entertaining destinations
for some of the 30 million people who live a day’s drive from Milwaukee.

West Side Eco and Historic Building Destinations and B & B’s

Sweet Water is now a member of the Visit Milwaukee web, which brought us
two busloads with 50 Minnesota seniors happy to pay $8 to $15 for an hour
tours, which left them quite literally enthralled.

They would also be delighted to visit some of the West Side possible sites:

  • the Veterans Organic Healing Garden and Carriage House Aquaponics

demonstration site

[Your home, school, senior center, faith community could also become an
aquaponics demonstration site:

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics]

  • Alice’s Garden

  • Walnut Way

  • Amaranth Bakery

  • Concordia Bed and Breakfasts

and more!

Anyone up for brainstorming this?

Godsil

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Developing Sweet Water Workshops for Your City

I am deeply honored and very happy to do my best to offer what I’ve learned about the puzzle of large aquaponics experiments in re-purposed buildings and industrial grounds.

I think Sweet Water’s most cost effective workshop for your city would be a series of on-line conversations and some skype conferencing.

Much of my support can come from on-line exchanges and introductions. If I have not already offered these sites for your teams’ considerations, I think they are a must read, the first an on-line community of aquaponics gardeners, the second a site for advancing aquaponics enterprise.

Re the first site, please let Sylvia Bernstein, destined to become a star in aquaponics, know I sent you:

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics

http://newaquaponics.com/aqua/bookmarktag.cfm/Business%20Plan

I also encourage you to take your time and wade through some of my

 “Sweet Water Concept Notes.”

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

These concept notes are dense and might be sent around in small bites to participants.

Then some on-line questions and answers I can forward to our various teams.

It takes

Multiple Intelligences

and time to reach a proper

Aquaponics Balance of fish, water, bacteria, plants, air, light, energy, and hardware

Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Godsil

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Best Aquaponics Community of Practice Forum

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My Favorite Aquaponics Community of Practice Forums

http://aquaponicscommunity.com/page/what-is-aquaponics

Australians really got things going!

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Jasmine Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

Planetary Aquaponics Network for Economic Democratization

When Will We Meet in Tunis?
Aquaponics waters for life make humanity one!

The Jasmine Revolution is a perpetual revolution.
And beauty also needs substance.

Say fresh fish and greens from
Jasmine ®Evolution Aquaponics Miniatures

Planetary aquapons, one world aquaponics, available for
Mighty on-line collaborations with the Jasmine Revolutionaries,
For starters, then, God willing, real world work celebrate gatherings.

In downtown Tunis, along side the
orange and carrot juice stands.

Aquaponics for a Global Jasmine ®Evolution!

®Evolutions take 7 generations to fully blossom
proceeding in mindful balance, like aquaponics!

I am very happy and pleased to do everything I can to help you and yours
co-create with the “aquapons of Mother Earth”…

Neighborhood and Community Aquaponic Projects

It’s time!

Might you wish to visit Sweet Water?

I would offer you room and board at my very modest worker house
w/in easy reach of Sweet Water.

I would organize a Sweet Water experience to provide you with
some ideas as to the best manner of developing an aquaponic
system tailored to compliment your context and resources,
human and material and financial.

I hope to be a doorway to a world where thousands of us commit
to experimenting with aquaponics systems large and small and
diffuse the innovations to every city of the world asap.

  • Sweet Water Hybrid Business Enterprise: For Profit and Non-profit and Co-op Centers

Apprentice Urban Farmer Elder Training and Development

One of my most persistent visions has our community of practice inspiring
boomers rattling around in houses appropriate for the days when they had
children and spouses to share the space with but not quite often find themselves
along with an extra 2 or 3 bedrooms and other rooms that are really not in
use. I am imagining an aquaponic miniature in what used to be a “living room.”
(Make it really alive!)

I imagine front and back yard fruit and produce gardens of beauty, and the
extra couple of rooms in my place for people coming through to learn about
urban agriculture and aquaponics.

Dare I Dream of 3 Generation Households and “Urban Ag/Aqua Project Homes?”

to:

Radio Interview Best for MY Sweet Water Visions

Here is a radio interview that best captures my vision:

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

Sweet Water is a:

  • science lab

  • school and university hands on learning station, curricula development, and distant learning hub

  • a hybrid social business with multiple income streams and multiple bottom lines

  • a community center, gathering place, eco-tourist destination, an inspiration for

self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive
communities, geographic and “of practice.”

Every community deserves a Sweet Water!

Mother Nature demands we re-acquire Sweet Waters!

Sweet Soil and Sweet Water will renew our cities!

Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
with people from all over the world who show up. Read the web pages.

Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

Best Aquaponics Community of Practice Forum

http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/index.php?sid=e037f13b530afc627eee40fa1e945d5d

Google “aquaponics you tube.”

Watch the films.

We will be hosting workshops in the winter months. Still working out the details.

Google “aquaponics (your city or state name) and see if anyone shows up.

Do volunteer work for them if they will accept you as an intern.

Let me know of your progress! I will do my best to be one of your distant, on-line aquaponics project design mentors.

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P.S. If you can recruit some friends to do some on-line work with me eye on the
prize of establishing contact with one aquaponic go to person in each and every
city of the USA for starters. Or, one “apprentice urban farmer elder” who would
consider doing in their over sized house what I am doing in mine!

Concepts Inspired by Winter Workshop One

Aquaponics TV Will Accelerate Planetary Artisinal Fish Farming

Nice story about Tim O’Shea of Clean Fish Inc underscores need to accelerate the creation of Aquaponics T.V., starting with artful, thoughtful compilation of the
best you tube shows out there now, and incremental refinement of the product from every region of the world asap.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/wild-fish-farmed-fish_b_812308.html

I’m also hoping that you and yours will join in some brainstorming to advance the artisinal practice of fish farming. Send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Aquaponics TV

We will probably begin with the help of a $500,000 IBM Smart Cities grant to the City of Milwaukee to develop collaborative platforms for urban agriculture and aquaponics. I am hoping to gather people from across the planet to harvest that grant money to hasten the day when we can share excellent stories through videography for entertainment and education in our schools and homes.

The recent Sweet Water Workshop One on the Internationalization, Democratization, and Upscaling of Aquaponics brought together people representing the major schools, e.g. Australian, Virgin Islands, and European.

We have you tube to begin with, an armies of media students and professionals ready to pitch in.

My vision finds us:

  • inviting AP TV design teams from different countries, continents, and “schools of practice” to begin brainstorming process, content, and structure issues

  • create scenarios regarding maximum feasible contribution $100,000 to $500,000 worth of IBM Smart City “software design tech support” could provide such an effort (Milwaukee quite likely to win $500,000 IBM Smart City award for urban aquaponics and to a lesser extent agriculture, i.e. sweet water and sweet soil in smart cities learning to feed themselves!)

  • recruiting students, underemployed professionals, and retired creatives to

join in brainstorming but also to do some of the “field work” like

  • comb you tube offerings for the best already there for various content areas, themes, and different “AP schools”

  • internet outreach and organizing introductions to people likely to be either

co-creators or interactive consumers of the fledgling offerings, originally
artful presentations of existing materials

to be continued…

I hope you might consider joining in program development for these areas
as well:

Summer Healing Camps at Aquaponics Centers Like Sweet Water, especially for Autistics and ADHD

STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Performance Demonstrations at Aquaponics Projects

Aquaponics System Time Share Competition(friendly) with 4 of Sweet Water’s 10,000 gallon systems

  • will IVY create a more perfect system than Big 10?
  • will aquaponics performance competitions capture attention from football?

Miniature Installations in 5% of world’s schools by 2020

Miniatures for Arid regions, aquaponics collaborative programs real time streamed from Saudi and other arid nations

Miniatures for Rain forest regions, starting in the Congo to help save the Bonobos and i Willie Smits “agroforestry projects”(see TED) in Indonesia

Organic engineering systems

Social Business collaborations

Sweet Soil Collaborations

What say?

Why not?

to:

Sweet Water a Hybrid Aquaponics Social Business

Here’s a first draft for some more conversation:

Sweet Water is a hybrid social business that has three enterprises In this note I’m creating some rough sketches of the first “enterprise” of Sweet Water, namely

Sweet Water Organics, Inc

“the world’s first commercial urban aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory building selling to local markets”

Products:

  • Aquaponic Urban Agriculture Intellectual Property

including design and stewarding of organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture, Sweet Water software support for installations large and small, especially school aquaponic systems, re aquatic science, horticulture, energy systems, mechanical systems, business structuring, work configurations, information technology systems monitoring, collaboration platforms, source of
aquaponics industry personnel needs and development

  • Perch…Great Lakes Water Institute developed “the purist perch on the planet”

  • Produce…lettuces, micro-greens, herbes, mixed greens, peppers, tomatoes

  • Tours…eco-tourism, clubs and associations, schools, elder groups, spiritual communities

  • Workshops…local, national, and international

  • Installations…first focus on local, then regional, then national and international, depending upon evolution of teams competent to install, develop, and steward the systems

Sweet Water has brought Aquaponics mainstream! Combined with
Will Allen’s Growing Power, and a newly mobilized movement I’ll
call the local global creatives, Sweet Water and its wide and deep
partnership networks are poised to accelerate the translation of a new found
awareness of aquaponics into the practice of aquaponics, starting in
our schools with Sweet Water Miniatures.

Sweet Water is the world’s first commercial up-scaling of an aquaponics
system in a re-purposed factory building. Aquaponics is an effort by
humans to mimic nature, i.e. biomimicy innovations inspired by nature.

Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

Main Frame “Generations.”

Sweet Water has, in my mind, 4 iterations in the works, each of which
is an improvement upon the previous. The proof of concept, narrowly
defined to exclude revenues that will arrive through our training, tours,
Sweet Water miniatures, consulting, and publications, will very likely come

 somewhere at the moment of Iteration Three and Iteration Four achieving their peak

performance levels.

Iterations One and Two had to occur for us to acquire
the know-how and coherent team required for Three and Four.

What follows is a highly simplified translation which can be presented in more
depth with the help of some of our scientist/technicians.

In Iteration One, we simply drew upon Will Allen’s Greenhouse Model for
Tilapia. This quickly proved itself inadequate, primarily because of the
issue of lights. Grow lights of the kind used in Will’s greenhouse did not
come close to supporting healthy plants, and thereby sufficient colonies
of beneficial bacteria.

Iteration Two is currently being tested. This model dramatically improved
upon the lighting and made a less than perfect effort to augment the
filtration of the water, to allow for more vigorous fish, thereby eating,
thereby providing nutrients for the plants. This model was also upgraded
through the use of compost teas, to provide for nutrients like iron, phosphorous,
potassium, and calcium for fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers.
The productivity of this iteration greatly exceeded model one, and will further
be improved upon with the help of a new clarifier with the help of Dr. Charlie Price.
I do not anticipate very robust returns on our investment in this model, even if
we develop the world’s finest aquaponic bio-filtration design. This is because of
the issue of lighting and the issue of surface area available for plants.

Iteration Three. This is our outside model in the green houses under construction.
The narrow proof of concept has a good chance of arriving for these systems in
the 12 months following their expected rolling out sometime in the middle months of
2011. The power of the sun for plant growth is dramatically more than that provided
by any kind of artificial lights. And our incorporation of vertical pots, 4 plants to a pot, stacked 7 pots high on a hollow tube that allows the nutrient rich water to filter through the roof structures, will increase greatly increase plant yield, given that 28 plants will now reside where our current system now hold 4 or 8.

Iteration Four. I think this will basically duplicate model three, with the difference that it will be a green house on top of the roof. More to come on this, the subject of a $500,000 NSF grant proposal by Prof. Matt Trussoni of Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Start Up Theory

Here’s a radio interview that captures some of my concepts

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

And here is a platform I store some of the Sweet Water Developments I’m closest to.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/GodsilConceptNotes2010

“Start Up Theories.”

Asset Based Sequential Community and Economic Development

The Sweet Water Founders believed that harnessing the resources available to them
in pursuit of a vision that was “in the grain” of the needs of the time, they would set in motion an “auto-catalytic” or sustainable process that would bring new partners with new resource sets, who would bring yet more partners with yet more resources, in a “virtuous cycle” of evolution and growth.

Here were some of the initial resources brought to the project:

  • a mammoth 10,000 sq. ft. building with 3 built-in, concrete lined, below the ground

fish tanks waiting for transformation from their original use as a rail road car bed

  • an acre of secluded land outside amenable to large scale composting without

bothering any neighbors(rail road tracks and lightly used factories nearby

  • a start-up capitalization of about $50,000 the Community Roofing partners were

able to bring forth during the first 6 months

  • a wide and deep network of artisans, mechanics, horticulturalists, and fish scientists already showing up in various edge of history Milwaukee urban agriculture

projects, e.g. Growing Power, Great Lakes Water Institute, Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut
Way, Alice’s Garden, Future Green, and more

  • a track record of collaboration with complex and dangerous projects that marked the

Lindner/Community projects during the previous 5 plus years

  • communications connectivity with the mainstream media and the increasingly dense

internet platforms available not just to attract local but also national and international
help

The core theory was that Sweet Water Organics could make a sufficient mark with its
start-up team as to attract new sources of capital: green dollars, social, cultural, and spiritual capital that would launch the good ship Sweet Water for fruitful projects over the years and throughout Milwaukee and beyond

Two. Multiple Bottom Lines and Income Streams

The Sweet Water “proof of concept” for the sustainability of the world’s first fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building involved different points of view. Some of the expanding circle of partners believed that there would be sufficient revenues from the sale of tilapia, perch, and the produce they nourished to validate the system and inspire replications large and small.

Others viewed Sweet Water Organics as a necessary research and development project with too many unknowns to expect quick green money bottom line performance. Sweet Water was seen as a science lab, a multifaceted 21st century school “without walls,” an eco-business incubator, an emerging community center, and possibly a model for urban infill development with a “Sweet Water Village” potential.

This group proposed a focus on multiple bottom lines, e.g. ecology and equity, as well as multiple-income streams, e.g. fish and produce sales, but also compost, worms, worm castings, small plot intensive garden structures, workshops, tours, urban agriculture and aquaponics installations.

Some also advocated a hybrid business model for Sweet Water Organics that would involve the establishment of a non-profit, i.e. the Sweet Water Foundation, to harvest the hard won information derived from “Organics’” research and development, and incorporate it into education and inspiration for schools and community. Sweet Water Organics would “profit” from the good will and expanding web of competent and committed partners in the urban agriculture/aquaonics ®Evolution!

Sweet Water Foundation Flickr Photo Stream and Pay Pal Link

About 150 wondrous pictures of our children learning great new things!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

To Pay Pal:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=kxr7ljeab&v=001SbPU0nO9dPDIzj-bZrvfoyFM7en6qH1BjNvksuX8-_z7zjED8iCjL1M9duB5mReG1Si3Ncqavyys2pg6SIJA_KgjGnCrsJzT

Miniature “Generations”

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Mondragon Like Co-ops

SweetWater “Theory” January 2, 2011

Yo Alece, JD, and our emerging community of aquaponics practice!

Happy New Year!

You and yours are providing a great service with your work and developing places like this for we apprentice aquaponics practitioners to share our discoveries. For me the Sweet Water and Growing Power aquaponics experiments are in the early research and development phase, with Growing Power tilting toward inspiration and motivation, Sweet Water tilting toward science and engineering. The commercial proof of concept in the short run will possibly happen with the large chapel greenhouses which are well away from the building and will get maximum sunshine. The greenhouses closer to the building are not for plants but for fish. We hope to successfully grow plants in vertigrow type towers with 7 pots of 4 plants each. Key challenge in my mind will be insulating the pipes carrying the fish water to the greenhouses. I would love to learn of problems you may have heard about regarding the vertigrow systems. It will be interesting to discover how much heat will be required for these greenhouse systems in Wisconsin winter. Some engineers have shown up at Sweet Water for questions like this, but also to explore establishing rooftop greenhouses that would provide the plant space, the insufficient quantity you correctly express concern about.

Aquaponics in giant old factory buildings is as much a science lab, classroom, eco-tourist destination, locus for hope and inspiration, and a place to bring together the many kinds of skill sets to advance the democratization of aquaponics through miniaturization. The democratization of aquaponics, interestingly, may be the strictly commercial proof of concept for aquaponics in big old factories. They will serve both as the “showroom” for the smaller systems, but also the place for design and fabrication.

Sweet Water is a triple bottom line, multiple income streamed, social business experiment.

In the same way that the civic minded have supported museums and inspiring homes of worship for faith communities, I intuit the energies available in each and every major Great Lakes Heartland and seaboard industrial city to find at least one Sweet Water to bring together our good food ®Evolution, improve each “generation” of large system experiments, and, perhaps, most importantly, refine and accelerate the miniaturization experiments. Every school deserves an aquapaponics miniature. Sweet Water gathering places should be designed to inspire and support aquaponics experiments at faith communities, elder care homes, some pubs and restaurants, hopefully every square city block. What more earth friendly way is there to provide tasty protein sources and fresh greens for the people, but, more importantly BY we people!

Every city deserves Sweet Water!

Grateful for your outstanding services,

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Sweet Water Winter Camps

We will offer these to provide people with exposure and experience in this new growing technology. Let me know if you’d like to sign up! godsil.james@gmail.com. Campers might help us develop these programs:

  • 8,000 aquaponic system time shares—we are exploring the leasing of 4 of our systems, among the world’s largest, to groups preferring to spend some months of outside the lab aquaponics study before major capital investment;

  • aquaponics miniatures—we are partnering with some of the world’s top producers of small aquaponic systems for school, backyard gardening, and commercial step-by-step experience acquisition;

Sweet Water Winter Workshop, Jan. 21–23 Hopes to Mainstream Aquaponics

We’ve put together our first Winter Workshop for this Jan. 21–23,
discussed in broad strokes at the web site:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/winter-workshop-1/

My personal version of the events are in the next story on this platform.

I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

If the $250 price for the entire workshop plus some food and drink is
too steep, or if you would want to tailor your attendance to fit your
time frame, interest, and budget, there are prices for each event,
with the $30 Sunday fee able to be nuanced as follows:

$10 morning session
$10 noon tour
$10 afternoon session
Free: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sweet Water Winter Workshop One Draft Outline

Upscale, Democratize, and Internationalize Aquaponics

This January 21–23 Sweet Water, i.e. Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation, will offer Winter Workshop One.

Here’s the bare bones outline with more to come.

Friday:Moving Aquaponics to Commercial Scale

Saturday:Democratizing Aquaponics and Hands-on Miniature Workshops

Sunday:The Sweet Water Foundation, One World Aquaponics Initiative, Soap Box
Moments and Presenting Tables for Conference Attendees

Key to this event is:

  • introducing Fred Binkowski, Friday’s keynote speaker, of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Fresh Water Science, which will be developing an aquaponics specialization

http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/fred-binkowski/

  • introducing Sweet Water’s commercial scale aquaponics farm in a 100 year old factory and Henry Hebert’s aquaponics system design and construction
to:

Sweet Water “Fields” of Rich Possibility

8,000 Fish Aquaponics Systems for Lease

Dear Naomi, Royce, and Mell,

We are brainstorming a couple of initiatives at Sweet Water that might prove very important in the diffusion of urban ag/aquaponics methodologies.

Net Enhanced Commercial Scale Sequencing Through Leased 8,000 Fish Systems

We hope to lease 4 of our 10,000 gallon aquaponic systems to educational, business, or spiritual groups, provide training in their use, support for their tending, sharing of the fish and veggie harvest but, probably much more important, taking advantage of an IBM Smart Cities grant to set up collaborative platforms such that the leasing group can be virtually at the site with as many researchers, students, scientists as they wish.

So as the fish are being sampled and weighed to determine proper feeding quantities; as water chemistry is measured; as different varieties of plants are tested for growth rates and volume; as bacteria colonies are explored: the applied science of aquaponics is made readily available to classrooms and board rooms wherever!

Before investing $300,000 to $1,000,000 in a commercial sized aquaponics system groups can test the waters by leasing Sweet Water systems and be brought into research communication with the emerging planetary aquaponics communities of practice.

Aquaponics Miniature Showrooms and Tending Support

We are also brainstorming the introduction of a Tulip Building Showroom for aquaponics miniatures from the Australian, Caribbean, Hawaiian, and European “approaches.” We hope to accelerate the introduction of aquaponics miniatures in 10% of our nation’s school, both for their inspiring impact on STEM learning as well as the sensibility and tasty food they would offer. This showroom could provide a testing ground for various approaches. It will also support the translation of many fine Milwaukee/Chicago area tech artisans into aquaponic system installers and support tenders.

Eco Tourism and Agrarian Urbanism In-Fill Development

Finally, we have been pleasantly astonished when busloads of 50 elders all over 70 arrive from Minnesota and are happy to pay $10 or $15 for an hour tour of our amazing facility. And a number
of developers are showing up imagining enough impact on their challenged neighborhoods adjacent downtowns a Sweet Water type “re-purposed factory of food and hope” would have, in terms of bringing pioneering urban agrarians to live and work and share these discoveries with their new neighbors combining to blossom food desert communities.

Sweet soil and sweet water projects provide a field of enormous, if not “infinite”(Depok) possibilities!

Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”

  • eco-tourism project
  • event construction and orchestration
  • workshop construction and orchestration
  • composting, vermicomposting
  • raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
  • sprouts
  • aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
  • audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
  • harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
  • water chemistry
  • fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
  • plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
  • experiments with alternative lighting systems

Godsil

Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

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http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/henry-hebert/

  • introducing Glen Ford of Praxis Marketplace, providing insights into financing commercial urban agriculture and aquaponics enterprise

http://www.praxismarketplace.com/foods/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/praxis-foodfight.pdf

  • introducing Europe’s Charlie Price, Saturday’s keynoter, of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK, one of our keynote speakers and hands-on workshop mentor

ttp://www.aquaponics.org.uk/

  • introducing Emmanuel Pratt of Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Design and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, heading up Sunday’s offerings

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/sweetwater-foundation/

  • providing tables and gathering places on Sunday for urban ag and aqua groups to show their wares and hold forth at Soap Box Moment gatherings

  • One World Aquaponics Initiative—your group and

introducing Sylvia Bernstein, President and Founder of The Aquaponics Source, organizer of AquaponicsCommunity.com, writer for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Backyard Aquaponics and Urban Garden magazines, Growing Edge and Bodies in Space ezines. I teach and speak extensively on aquaponics and am currently writing a book on home aquaponic gardening for New Society Press.

Jump into Sylvia’s planetary conversation at http://aquaponicscommunity.com/

  • an Aquaponics 101 workshop and hands-on aquaponics miniature break away session

  • on-line conversations among the emerging aquaponics communities of practice before and after the event

  • New participants: Milwaukee Department of Community Development Director Rocky Marcoux, Professors Trussoni, Carriere, Jeong, and Schmitz of MSOE, and a Water Council Rep have signed on for Friday’s session; Phil Wolfe of We Grow Dreams for the One World Aquaponics Initiative

More details to come, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Net Enhanced Marriage of Social Business Hybrids and Agrarian Urbanism

Net Enhanced Collaborations re New Agriculture New Social Enterprise
Methodologies, i.e. Social Business Hybrids

Social Business Hybrids mix for profits with non-profits, co-ops with sole proprietorship, big business with small business, social sector institutions with ad hoc project teams. As varied as the riotous life of rain forests! Boundaries between organizations are more permeable and some of the relationships can be world wide and very fluid while others are deeply rooted and densely enmeshed.

Here are some concepts that structure my approach to social business hyybrids like Sweet Water, which now includes “Organics,” i.e. the farm, the Foundation, i.e. the academy, and my experiment aimed to spark self-managed enterprise or “profit centers,” within or in close
relationships with Organics and the Foundation.

Sweet Water Social Business Hybrid Organizing concepts

Open source
Free culture
Net enhanced
Experimental
Collaborative
Contextualizing
Resilient
Participatory
Project based
Self reliance through community
“Commons” inclined

Chaordic, i.e. aiming for harmony within chaos and order, competition and cooperation

Sharing Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities Grant

Milwaukee’s Growing Power and Sweet Water are centerpieces of Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities grant application, which would provide methinks $500,000 worth of IBM “software” support for advancing urban agriculture.

I would like some of these funds to go toward the marriage of social business hybrid experiments with urban agriculture/aquaponics experiments.

And I hope it makes sense for you and your partners to join in!

Grateful,

to:

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

  • The Office of the Mayor
  • The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
  • Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
  • The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
  • And others provided upon request

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
etc. consulting. Send me a bit of your story! It’s very important for
you to assemble a team if you are thinking commercial scale.
If you are thinking family food supplement or additional income
stream, we are soon to be introducing Sweet Water Miniatures.


Jasmine Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

Planetary Aquaponics Network for Economic Democratization

When Will We Meet in Tunis?
Aquaponics waters for life make humanity one!

The Jasmine Revolution is a perpetual revolution.
And beauty also needs substance.

Say fresh fish and greens from
Jasmine ®Evolution Aquaponics Miniatures

Planetary aquapons, one world aquaponics, available for
Mighty on-line collaborations with the Jasmine Revolutionaries,
For starters, then, God willing, real world work celebrate gatherings.

In downtown Tunis, along side the
orange and carrot juice stands.

Aquaponics for a Global Jasmine ®Evolution!

®Evolutions take 7 generations to fully blossom
proceeding in mindful balance, like aquaponics!

I am very happy and pleased to do everything I can to help you and yours
co-create with the “aquapons of Mother Earth”…

Neighborhood and Community Aquaponic Projects

It’s time!

Might you wish to visit Sweet Water?

I would offer you room and board at my very modest worker house
w/in easy reach of Sweet Water.

I would organize a Sweet Water experience to provide you with
some ideas as to the best manner of developing an aquaponic
system tailored to compliment your context and resources,
human and material and financial.

I hope to be a doorway to a world where thousands of us commit
to experimenting with aquaponics systems large and small and
diffuse the innovations to every city of the world asap.

  • Sweet Water Hybrid Business Enterprise: For Profit and Non-profit and Co-op Centers

Apprentice Urban Farmer Elder Training and Development

One of my most persistent visions has our community of practice inspiring
boomers rattling around in houses appropriate for the days when they had
children and spouses to share the space with but not quite often find themselves
along with an extra 2 or 3 bedrooms and other rooms that are really not in
use. I am imagining an aquaponic miniature in what used to be a “living room.”
(Make it really alive!)

I imagine front and back yard fruit and produce gardens of beauty, and the
extra couple of rooms in my place for people coming through to learn about
urban agriculture and aquaponics.

Dare I Dream of 3 Generation Households and “Urban Ag/Aqua Project Homes?”

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P.S. Here is a link to something I wrote 10 years ago or so, that was expressing
ideas I’ve held for 40 years about the superior output possibilities of:

Small Is Beautiful Economic Enterprise

Mondgragon Worker Owned Co-ops

Toward a Self Managed Industrial Sector of the United States

http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/communityroofinginc/crhist.htm

In 1974 I helped Launch the Community Roofing Collective in hopes of creating a “worker-owned” company. Hierarchy and capitalist exploitation of labor would be minimized as the workers would be the owners, controlling what they made, how they made it, and how the profits were distributed. The best model for this vision was developed by a Yugoslavian-born economist named Jaraslov Vanek in a work entitled, “Toward a Self-Managed Industrial Sector in the U.S. A.” Vanek called for “support corporations” designed to create and provide services for “satellite firms” of self-managed worker-owners. These semi-autonomous work units would give rise to more attentive, ambitious, and cooperative work relationships, minimizing the ancient conflict of “labor” versus “capital,” contributing to the humanization of the workplace, and freeing labor from alienating work.

About a year later I became president of Community Roofing, Inc., a business entity in essence aiming to simply provide employees with a decent wage for an honest days work and clients with repairs and new roofs that worked. I had discovered that many of those concerned about “worker exploitation” were not sufficiently committed to the very hard, dirty, and dangerous work of roofing. Additionally, those who had the right stuff to actually do the work, were not very interested in spending time with business or ideological issues. As president of a small corporation I had one hell of a time learning how to actually do business, recruit and retain good help, develop repair and restoration techniques that were cost-effective and guaranteeable, deal with insurance companies, the government, occasional clients who were either crazy or crooks, etc., etc. The “red roofer” was hard pressed to simply keep the business sound, much less contribute toward a radically reformed work-place as envisioned by Vanek and other proponents of self-managed, worker-owned companies.

Twenty-five years later, this “broken-roofer” is revisiting Vanek and the concept of worker-ownership. No longer physically up to the challenge of roofing work myself, I now must make my living by helping create an effective organization. Notions of self-managed work units make the most sense in this context. In my next installment, I’ll explain why.

Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”

  • eco-tourism project
  • event construction and orchestration
  • workshop construction and orchestration
  • composting, vermicomposting
  • raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
  • sprouts
  • aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
  • audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
  • harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
  • water chemistry
  • fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
  • plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
  • experiments with alternative lighting systems

Sweet Water “Fields” of Rich Possibility

8,000 Fish Aquaponics Systems for Lease

Dear Naomi, Royce, and Mell,

We are brainstorming a couple of initiatives at Sweet Water that might prove very important in the diffusion of urban ag/aquaponics methodologies.

Net Enhanced Commercial Scale Sequencing Through Leased 8,000 Fish Systems

We hope to lease 4 of our 10,000 gallon aquaponic systems to educational, business, or spiritual groups, provide training in their use, support for their tending, sharing of the fish and veggie harvest but, probably much more important, taking advantage of an IBM Smart Cities grant to set up collaborative platforms such that the leasing group can be virtually at the site with as many researchers, students, scientists as they wish.

So as the fish are being sampled and weighed to determine proper feeding quantities; as water chemistry is measured; as different varieties of plants are tested for growth rates and volume; as bacteria colonies are explored: the applied science of aquaponics is made readily available to classrooms and board rooms wherever!

Before investing $300,000 to $1,000,000 in a commercial sized aquaponics system groups can test the waters by leasing Sweet Water systems and be brought into research communication with the emerging planetary aquaponics communities of practice.

Aquaponics Miniature Showrooms and Tending Support

We are also brainstorming the introduction of a Tulip Building Showroom for aquaponics miniatures from the Australian, Caribbean, Hawaiian, and European “approaches.” We hope to accelerate the introduction of aquaponics miniatures in 10% of our nation’s school, both for their inspiring impact on STEM learning as well as the sensibility and tasty food they would offer. This showroom could provide a testing ground for various approaches. It will also support the translation of many fine Milwaukee/Chicago area tech artisans into aquaponic system installers and support tenders.

Eco Tourism and Agrarian Urbanism In-Fill Development

Finally, we have been pleasantly astonished when busloads of 50 elders all over 70 arrive from Minnesota and are happy to pay $10 or $15 for an hour tour of our amazing facility. And a number
of developers are showing up imagining enough impact on their challenged neighborhoods adjacent downtowns a Sweet Water type “re-purposed factory of food and hope” would have, in terms of bringing pioneering urban agrarians to live and work and share these discoveries with their new neighbors combining to blossom food desert communities.

Sweet soil and sweet water projects provide a field of enormous, if not “infinite”(Depok) possibilities!

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P.S. If you can recruit some friends to do some on-line work with me eye on the
prize of establishing contact with one aquaponic go to person in each and every
city of the USA for starters. Or, one “apprentice urban farmer elder” who would
consider doing in their over sized house what I am doing in mine!

Concepts Inspired by Winter Workshop One

Aquaponics TV Will Accelerate Planetary Artisinal Fish Farming

Nice story about Tim O’Shea of Clean Fish Inc underscores need to accelerate the creation of Aquaponics T.V., starting with artful, thoughtful compilation of the
best you tube shows out there now, and incremental refinement of the product from every region of the world asap.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/wild-fish-farmed-fish_b_812308.html

I’m also hoping that you and yours will join in some brainstorming to advance the artisinal practice of fish farming. Send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Aquaponics TV

We will probably begin with the help of a $500,000 IBM Smart Cities grant to the City of Milwaukee to develop collaborative platforms for urban agriculture and aquaponics. I am hoping to gather people from across the planet to harvest that grant money to hasten the day when we can share excellent stories through videography for entertainment and education in our schools and homes.

The recent Sweet Water Workshop One on the Internationalization, Democratization, and Upscaling of Aquaponics brought together people representing the major schools, e.g. Australian, Virgin Islands, and European.

We have you tube to begin with, an armies of media students and professionals ready to pitch in.

My vision finds us:

  • inviting AP TV design teams from different countries, continents, and “schools of practice” to begin brainstorming process, content, and structure issues

  • create scenarios regarding maximum feasible contribution $100,000 to $500,000 worth of IBM Smart City “software design tech support” could provide such an effort (Milwaukee quite likely to win $500,000 IBM Smart City award for urban aquaponics and to a lesser extent agriculture, i.e. sweet water and sweet soil in smart cities learning to feed themselves!)

  • recruiting students, underemployed professionals, and retired creatives to

join in brainstorming but also to do some of the “field work” like

  • comb you tube offerings for the best already there for various content areas, themes, and different “AP schools”

  • internet outreach and organizing introductions to people likely to be either

co-creators or interactive consumers of the fledgling offerings, originally
artful presentations of existing materials

to be continued…

I hope you might consider joining in program development for these areas
as well:

Summer Healing Camps at Aquaponics Centers Like Sweet Water, especially for Autistics and ADHD

STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Performance Demonstrations at Aquaponics Projects

Aquaponics System Time Share Competition(friendly) with 4 of Sweet Water’s 10,000 gallon systems

  • will IVY create a more perfect system than Big 10?
  • will aquaponics performance competitions capture attention from football?

Miniature Installations in 5% of world’s schools by 2020

Miniatures for Arid regions, aquaponics collaborative programs real time streamed from Saudi and other arid nations

Miniatures for Rain forest regions, starting in the Congo to help save the Bonobos and i Willie Smits “agroforestry projects”(see TED) in Indonesia

Organic engineering systems

Social Business collaborations

Sweet Soil Collaborations

What say?

Why not?

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Sweet Water Winter Camps

We will offer these to provide people with exposure and experience in this new growing technology. Let me know if you’d like to sign up! godsil.james@gmail.com. Campers might help us develop these programs:

  • 8,000 aquaponic system time shares—we are exploring the leasing of 4 of our systems, among the world’s largest, to groups preferring to spend some months of outside the lab aquaponics study before major capital investment;

  • aquaponics miniatures—we are partnering with some of the world’s top producers of small aquaponic systems for school, backyard gardening, and commercial step-by-step experience acquisition;

Sweet Water Winter Workshop, Jan. 21–23 Hopes to Mainstream Aquaponics

We’ve put together our first Winter Workshop for this Jan. 21–23,
discussed in broad strokes at the web site:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/winter-workshop-1/

My personal version of the events are in the next story on this platform.

I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

If the $250 price for the entire workshop plus some food and drink is
too steep, or if you would want to tailor your attendance to fit your
time frame, interest, and budget, there are prices for each event,
with the $30 Sunday fee able to be nuanced as follows:

$10 morning session
$10 noon tour
$10 afternoon session
Free: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sweet Water Winter Workshop One Draft Outline

Upscale, Democratize, and Internationalize Aquaponics

This January 21–23 Sweet Water, i.e. Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation, will offer Winter Workshop One.

Here’s the bare bones outline with more to come.

Friday:Moving Aquaponics to Commercial Scale

Saturday:Democratizing Aquaponics and Hands-on Miniature Workshops

Sunday:The Sweet Water Foundation, One World Aquaponics Initiative, Soap Box
Moments and Presenting Tables for Conference Attendees

Key to this event is:

  • introducing Fred Binkowski, Friday’s keynote speaker, of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Fresh Water Science, which will be developing an aquaponics specialization

http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/fred-binkowski/

  • introducing Sweet Water’s commercial scale aquaponics farm in a 100 year old factory and Henry Hebert’s aquaponics system design and construction

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/henry-hebert/

  • introducing Glen Ford of Praxis Marketplace, providing insights into financing commercial urban agriculture and aquaponics enterprise

http://www.praxismarketplace.com/foods/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/praxis-foodfight.pdf

  • introducing Europe’s Charlie Price, Saturday’s keynoter, of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK, one of our keynote speakers and hands-on workshop mentor

ttp://www.aquaponics.org.uk/

  • introducing Emmanuel Pratt of Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Design and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, heading up Sunday’s offerings

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/sweetwater-foundation/

  • providing tables and gathering places on Sunday for urban ag and aqua groups to show their wares and hold forth at Soap Box Moment gatherings

  • One World Aquaponics Initiative—your group and

introducing Sylvia Bernstein, President and Founder of The Aquaponics Source, organizer of AquaponicsCommunity.com, writer for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Backyard Aquaponics and Urban Garden magazines, Growing Edge and Bodies in Space ezines. I teach and speak extensively on aquaponics and am currently writing a book on home aquaponic gardening for New Society Press.

Jump into Sylvia’s planetary conversation at http://aquaponicscommunity.com/

  • an Aquaponics 101 workshop and hands-on aquaponics miniature break away session

  • on-line conversations among the emerging aquaponics communities of practice before and after the event

  • New participants: Milwaukee Department of Community Development Director Rocky Marcoux, Professors Trussoni, Carriere, Jeong, and Schmitz of MSOE, and a Water Council Rep have signed on for Friday’s session; Phil Wolfe of We Grow Dreams for the One World Aquaponics Initiative

More details to come, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Net Enhanced Marriage of Social Business Hybrids and Agrarian Urbanism

Net Enhanced Collaborations re New Agriculture New Social Enterprise
Methodologies, i.e. Social Business Hybrids

Social Business Hybrids mix for profits with non-profits, co-ops with sole proprietorship, big business with small business, social sector institutions with ad hoc project teams. As varied as the riotous life of rain forests! Boundaries between organizations are more permeable and some of the relationships can be world wide and very fluid while others are deeply rooted and densely enmeshed.

Here are some concepts that structure my approach to social business hyybrids like Sweet Water, which now includes “Organics,” i.e. the farm, the Foundation, i.e. the academy, and my experiment aimed to spark self-managed enterprise or “profit centers,” within or in close
relationships with Organics and the Foundation.

Sweet Water Social Business Hybrid Organizing concepts

Open source
Free culture
Net enhanced
Experimental
Collaborative
Contextualizing
Resilient
Participatory
Project based
Self reliance through community
“Commons” inclined

Chaordic, i.e. aiming for harmony within chaos and order, competition and cooperation

Sharing Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities Grant

Milwaukee’s Growing Power and Sweet Water are centerpieces of Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities grant application, which would provide methinks $500,000 worth of IBM “software” support for advancing urban agriculture.

I would like some of these funds to go toward the marriage of social business hybrid experiments with urban agriculture/aquaponics experiments.

And I hope it makes sense for you and your partners to join in!

Grateful,

Godsil

P.S. Here is a link to something I wrote 10 years ago or so, that was expressing
ideas I’ve held for 40 years about the superior output possibilities of:

Small Is Beautiful Economic Enterprise

Mondgragon Worker Owned Co-ops

Toward a Self Managed Industrial Sector of the United States

http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/communityroofinginc/crhist.htm

In 1974 I helped Launch the Community Roofing Collective in hopes of creating a “worker-owned” company. Hierarchy and capitalist exploitation of labor would be minimized as the workers would be the owners, controlling what they made, how they made it, and how the profits were distributed. The best model for this vision was developed by a Yugoslavian-born economist named Jaraslov Vanek in a work entitled, “Toward a Self-Managed Industrial Sector in the U.S. A.” Vanek called for “support corporations” designed to create and provide services for “satellite firms” of self-managed worker-owners. These semi-autonomous work units would give rise to more attentive, ambitious, and cooperative work relationships, minimizing the ancient conflict of “labor” versus “capital,” contributing to the humanization of the workplace, and freeing labor from alienating work.

About a year later I became president of Community Roofing, Inc., a business entity in essence aiming to simply provide employees with a decent wage for an honest days work and clients with repairs and new roofs that worked. I had discovered that many of those concerned about “worker exploitation” were not sufficiently committed to the very hard, dirty, and dangerous work of roofing. Additionally, those who had the right stuff to actually do the work, were not very interested in spending time with business or ideological issues. As president of a small corporation I had one hell of a time learning how to actually do business, recruit and retain good help, develop repair and restoration techniques that were cost-effective and guaranteeable, deal with insurance companies, the government, occasional clients who were either crazy or crooks, etc., etc. The “red roofer” was hard pressed to simply keep the business sound, much less contribute toward a radically reformed work-place as envisioned by Vanek and other proponents of self-managed, worker-owned companies.

Twenty-five years later, this “broken-roofer” is revisiting Vanek and the concept of worker-ownership. No longer physically up to the challenge of roofing work myself, I now must make my living by helping create an effective organization. Notions of self-managed work units make the most sense in this context. In my next installment, I’ll explain why.

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Sweet Water Worm Mons Seek Craft Blender, Garbage Disposal, and Garage Door Tracks

Kata Young, Mike Flynn, and Nik Montezon are doing some very serious sweet soil applied science work these days.

I hope there are people in the movement checking in on some of their projects, which vastly exceed the “Shanty Irish compost/vermiculture start” that I was doing my best to bring along.

I expect we’ll be hearing quite a lot about their emerging discoveries, which, at the moment, are hoping will find someone with:

  • craft blender (an older blender used for papermaking, mucky art projects, etc.) that we could borrow for the time being (or as long as you are willing to lend)

  • An old sink/garbage disposal (working)…Know any construction contractors rebuiling kitchens??? I know you guys know them…!!!

  • Old Garge Door Tracks/attachments (minus the door!)

For the sifting box to roll on…

Any ideas as to where best to acquire as much?

Happy New Year!

Olde

Viva la tierra!!!

kata

Kata Young
Dir. of Soil Systems
Sweet Water Organics
www.sweetwater-organic.com
510–507–0829

Sweet Water Foundation Flickr Photo Stream and Pay Pal Link

About 150 wondrous pictures of our children learning great new things!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

To Pay Pal:

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=kxr7ljeab&v=001SbPU0nO9dPDIzj-bZrvfoyFM7en6qH1BjNvksuX8-_z7zjED8iCjL1M9duB5mReG1Si3Ncqavyys2pg6SIJA_KgjGnCrsJzT

Godsil Holiday Sweet Water Tours & Art Gallery Opening

Silent Auction, Art by Jeff Redmon, Sweet Water Artist in Residence

Invite your artist friends to participate

I am hoping to inspire some of the Sweet Water teams to join in at
some Holiday tours I have committed to hosting, God willing.

Invite Your Visiting Friends and Relatives to the “Sweet Water Rainforest” Tour

$10 adults, $5 students, kids get in free

Please e-mail or call me at 414 232 1336 to make sure all is well, just in case one of my family forbids me to spend this time at Sweet Water.

Thursday Dec. 23

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24,

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday Dec. 26

Noon to 2 p.m.

Friday Dec. 31

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 1

noon to 2 p.m.

Just returned to Milwaukee,inspired by visions of mighty collaborations, God willing, at least up through to my 100th birthday party, in 2045.

Milwaukee means “where the Waters meet.”

The first nations of America, I’m told, called the Great Lakes…

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Radio Interview Best for MY Sweet Water Visions

We are having a major workshop January 8th. We have tours all of the
time. My phone is 414 232 1336. Feel free to call anytime.

Here is a radio interview that best captures my vision:

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

Sweet Water is a:

  • science lab

  • school and university hands on learning station, curricula development, and distant learning hub

  • a hybrid social business with multiple income streams and multiple bottom lines

  • a community center, gathering place, eco-tourist destination, an inspiration for

self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive
communities, geographic and “of practice.”

Every community deserves a Sweet Water!

Mother Nature demands we re-acquire Sweet Waters!

Sweet Soil and Sweet Water will renew our cities!

Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
with people from all over the world who show up. Read the web pages.

Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

Best Aquaponics Community of Practice Forum

http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/index.php?sid=e037f13b530afc627eee40fa1e945d5d

Google “aquaponics you tube.”

Watch the films.

We will be hosting workshops in the winter months. Still working out the details.

Google “aquaponics (your city or state name) and see if anyone shows up.

Do volunteer work for them if they will accept you as an intern.

Let me know of your progress! I will do my best to be one of your distant, on-line aquaponics project design mentors.

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Retiring Boomers Equip Their High Schools with Sweet Water Miniatures

IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Feed Themselves”

Some of my friends from St. Louis U. High are gearing up to develop a
Sweet Water Miniature at some local high schools with challenged
children, families, and neighborhoods. Would you like an introduction?
I was hoping to inspire some friendly competition among St. Louis boomers
from different schools, starting with SLUH, U. City, Priory, John Bourroughs,
Chaminade, and Ladue. Parnering with Vashon, Sumner, Hadley Tech, and
so forth could accelerate lots of good things!

IBM met with us yesterday to explore collaborating to advance the concept

Smart Cities Feed Themselves

The Smithsonian, Shedd Aquarium, Mayor’s offices of Chicago,
Boston, Kansas City, and are tip toeing in our direction. A number
of universities environmental and sustainability departments as well.
Today we are finishing a Sweet Water Miniature at the First Lady’s
alma mater, Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago.

With Will Allen’s Growing Power and Sweet Water, Milwaukee has
become something of a hub of the grow local movement.

From Rustbelt to Arugula Cities!

Sweet Water is an applied science lab harvesting and marketing
urban agriculture/aquaponics information and technologies.

It’s a guild school and a university, developing training programs,
with the help of the Sweet Water Foundation and lots of partners
in the educational circles of Milwaukee and beyond.

Sweet Water is an aquaponic fish and produce experimental farm,
selling gloriously fresh and sweet fish and produce to local markets.

And it’s a center for imagination and inspiration, drawing eco-tourists
from all over the planet into a factory building once cold, dark, and ugly,
now warm, aromatic, bright, and stunningly beautiful.

If you’ve followed me to this point, and want to dig deeper, there are
hundreds of pages chronicling this at:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

and

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com

and about 5,000 pretty well disorganoized and uneven
pictures of many steps along the way at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/?&page=2

Once No Pencils, Books, Computers, Aquaponics Systems

No Alphabet No Pencils

There was a time when schools had no alphabet;
then no paper, no pencils; then no books.

But then the alphabet, paper, pencils,
and the books arrived. Learning advanced.

And there was a time when schools had no social workers,
no computers. But they came as well. Learning advanced.

Now is a time when schools have no aquaponic systems,
to inspire deeper interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

No aquaponic systems to inspire the notion that “I can grow my own food!”
And the food that I grow, even vegetables, tastes…fantastic!

But then the aquaponic systems arrived, little by little, greatly accelerated
by hands-on exhibits at the nation’s top museums, starting with the Smithsonian.

And aquaponics as a birthright training experience became a meme,
then a desiderata. Learning, and health, advanced.

Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

Dear All,

If you would wish to join me at my house tomorrow night for a Tilapia Cleaning
Potluck party send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com. You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a fillet knife
and thin rubber gloves. You must be capable of eating a 5 to 10 inch fish that
has bones in it if you take any fish home with you.

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Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

Dr. Charlie Price of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK has, with Jamie Oliver’s involvement, set up FARM Shop in London,

a hub for urban agriculture, demonstrating aquaponics in the front room, as well as mushrooms in the basement, chickens on the roof, and a polytunnel cafe/cinema in the garden… with offices and meetings rooms on the first and second floor… anyway its a bit of fun, but we’re hoping to connect up a number of FARM:shops with a cetralized commercial hub, and then from the FARM:shops have a number of outreach growers, growing in their homes, greenhouses and gardens…

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water team presenting if enough people express interest.

Aquaponics UK/Sweet Water “Aquaponic Miniatures” for Top Museums Then 5% of Nation’s Schools by 2020

We are in conversation with some of the nation’s top museums to develop miniatures that would translate the discoveries of the Sweet Water “mainframe*” into “Apples”:

Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples”: small, efficient, accessible

I’m wondering if Steve Jobs and the Apple enterprise might consider teaming up with these experiments in “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture.” Apple computer supported monitoring of larger aquaponic systems elements would greatly reduce the risks. The Apple company’s blessing of a Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples” might accelerate the vision of 5% of our nation’s schools with aquaponics miniatures by 2020. The STEM disciplines, i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math, and our children’s physical and emotional health would be substantially advanced with this kind of collaboration.

Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee? And Growing Power too!

Aquaponics Apples some day
would surely keep far away
earth fouling urban decay,

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Sweet Water a Hybrid Aquaponics Social Business

Here’s a first draft for some more conversation:

Sweet Water is a hybrid social business that has three enterprises In this note I’m creating some rough sketches of the first “enterprise” of Sweet Water, namely

Sweet Water Organics, Inc

“the world’s first commercial urban aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory building selling to locall markets”

Products:

  • Aquaponic Urban Agriculture Intellectual Property

including design and stewarding of organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture, Sweet Water software support for installations large and small, especially school aquaponic systems, re aquatic science, horticulture, energy systems, mechanical systems, business structuring, work configurations, information technology systems monitoring, collaboration platforms, source of
aquaponics industry personnel needs and development

  • Perch…Great Lakes Water Institute developed “the purist perch on the planet”

  • Produce…lettuces, micro-greens, herbes, mixed greens, peppers, tomatoes

  • Tours…eco-tourism, clubs and associations, schools, elder groups, spiritual communities

  • Workshops…local, national, and international

  • Installations…first focus on local, then regional, then national and international, depending upon evolution of teams competent to install, develop, and steward the systems

Sweet Water has brought Aquaponics mainstream! Combined with
Will Allen’s Growing Power, and a newly mobilized movement I’ll
call the local global creatives, Sweet Water and its wide and deep
partnership networks are poised to accelerate the translation of a new found
awareness of aquaponics into the practice of aquaponics, starting in
our schools with Sweet Water Miniatures.

Sweet Water is the world’s first commercial up-scaling of an aquaponics
system in a re-purposed factory building. Aquaponics is an effort by
humans to mimic nature, i.e. biomimicy innovations inspired by nature.

Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

Main Frame “Generations.”

Sweet Water has, in my mind, 4 iterations in the works, each of which
is an improvement upon the previous. The proof of concept, narrowly
defined to exclude revenues that will arrive through our training, tours,
Sweet Water miniatures, consulting, and publications, will very likely come

 somewhere at the moment of Iteration Three and Iteration Four achieving their peak

performance levels.

Iterations One and Two had to occur for us to acquire
the know-how and coherent team required for Three and Four.

What follows is a highly simplified translation which can be presented in more
depth with the help of some of our scientist/technicians.

In Iteration One, we simply drew upon Will Allen’s Greenhouse Model for
Tilapia. This quickly proved itself inadequate, primarily because of the
issue of lights. Grow lights of the kind used in Will’s greenhouse did not
come close to supporting healthy plants, and thereby sufficient colonies
of beneficial bacteria.

Iteration Two is currently being tested. This model dramatically improved
upon the lighting and made a less than perfect effort to augment the
filtration of the water, to allow for more vigorous fish, thereby eating,
thereby providing nutrients for the plants. This model was also upgraded
through the use of compost teas, to provide for nutrients like iron, phosphorous,
potassium, and calcium for fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers.
The productivity of this iteration greatly exceeded model one, and will further
be improved upon with the help of a new clarifier with the help of Dr. Charlie Price.
I do not anticipate very robust returns on our investment in this model, even if
we develop the world’s finest aquaponic bio-filtration design. This is because of
the issue of lighting and the issue of surface area available for plants.

Iteration Three. This is our outside model in the green houses under construction.
The narrow proof of concept has a good chance of arriving for these systems in
the 12 months following their expected rolling out sometime in the middle months of
2011. The power of the sun for plant growth is dramatically more than that provided
by any kind of artificial lights. And our incorporation of vertical pots, 4 plants to a pot, stacked 7 pots high on a hollow tube that allows the nutrient rich water to filter through the roof structures, will increase greatly increase plant yield, given that 28 plants will now reside where our current system now hold 4 or 8.

Iteration Four. I think this will basically duplicate model three, with the difference that it will be a green house on top of the roof. More to come on this, the subject of a $500,000 NSF grant proposal by Prof. Matt Trussoni of Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Start Up Theory

Here’s a radio interview that captures some of my concepts

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

And here is a platform I store some of the Sweet Water Developments I’m closest to.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/GodsilConceptNotes2010

“Start Up Theories.”

Asset Based Sequential Community and Economic Development

The Sweet Water Founders believed that harnessing the resources available to them
in pursuit of a vision that was “in the grain” of the needs of the time, they would set in motion an “auto-catalytic” or sustainable process that would bring new partners with new resource sets, who would bring yet more partners with yet more resources, in a “virtuous cycle” of evolution and growth.

Here were some of the initial resources brought to the project:

  • a mammoth 10,000 sq. ft. building with 3 built-in, concrete lined, below the ground

fish tanks waiting for transformation from their original use as a rail road car bed

  • an acre of secluded land outside amenable to large scale composting without

bothering any neighbors(rail road tracks and lightly used factories nearby

  • a start-up capitalization of about $50,000 the Community Roofing partners were

able to bring forth during the first 6 months

  • a wide and deep network of artisans, mechanics, horticulturalists, and fish scientists already showing up in various edge of history Milwaukee urban agriculture

projects, e.g. Growing Power, Great Lakes Water Institute, Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut
Way, Alice’s Garden, Future Green, and more

  • a track record of collaboration with complex and dangerous projects that marked the

Lindner/Community projects during the previous 5 plus years

  • communications connectivity with the mainstream media and the increasingly dense

internet platforms available not just to attract local but also national and international
help

The core theory was that Sweet Water Organics could make a sufficient mark with its
start-up team as to attract new sources of capital: green dollars, social, cultural, and spiritual capital that would launch the good ship Sweet Water for fruitful projects over the years and throughout Milwaukee and beyond

Two. Multiple Bottom Lines and Income Streams

The Sweet Water “proof of concept” for the sustainability of the world’s first fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building involved different points of view. Some of the expanding circle of partners believed that there would be sufficient revenues from the sale of tilapia, perch, and the produce they nourished to validate the system and inspire replications large and small.

Others viewed Sweet Water Organics as a necessary research and development project with too many unknowns to expect quick green money bottom line performance. Sweet Water was seen as a science lab, a multifaceted 21st century school “without walls,” an eco-business incubator, an emerging community center, and possibly a model for urban infill development with a “Sweet Water Village” potential.

This group proposed a focus on multiple bottom lines, e.g. ecology and equity, as well as multiple-income streams, e.g. fish and produce sales, but also compost, worms, worm castings, small plot intensive garden structures, workshops, tours, urban agriculture and aquaponics installations.

Some also advocated a hybrid business model for Sweet Water Organics that would involve the establishment of a non-profit, i.e. the Sweet Water Foundation, to harvest the hard won information derived from “Organics’” research and development, and incorporate it into education and inspiration for schools and community. Sweet Water Organics would “profit” from the good will and expanding web of competent and committed partners in the urban agriculture/aquaonics ®Evolution!

Miniature “Generations”

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Mondragon Like Co-ops

SweetWater “Theory” January 2, 2011

Yo Alece, JD, and our emerging community of aquaponics practice!

Happy New Year!

You and yours are providing a great service with your work and developing places like this for we apprentice aquaponics practitioners to share our discoveries. For me the Sweet Water and Growing Power aquaponics experiments are in the early research and development phase, with Growing Power tilting toward inspiration and motivation, Sweet Water tilting toward science and engineering. The commercial proof of concept in the short run will possibly happen with the large chapel greenhouses which are well away from the building and will get maximum sunshine. The greenhouses closer to the building are not for plants but for fish. We hope to successfully grow plants in vertigrow type towers with 7 pots of 4 plants each. Key challenge in my mind will be insulating the pipes carrying the fish water to the greenhouses. I would love to learn of problems you may have heard about regarding the vertigrow systems. It will be interesting to discover how much heat will be required for these greenhouse systems in Wisconsin winter. Some engineers have shown up at Sweet Water for questions like this, but also to explore establishing rooftop greenhouses that would provide the plant space, the insufficient quantity you correctly express concern about.

Aquaponics in giant old factory buildings is as much a science lab, classroom, eco-tourist destination, locus for hope and inspiration, and a place to bring together the many kinds of skill sets to advance the democratization of aquaponics through miniaturization. The democratization of aquaponics, interestingly, may be the strictly commercial proof of concept for aquaponics in big old factories. They will serve both as the “showroom” for the smaller systems, but also the place for design and fabrication.

Sweet Water is a triple bottom line, multiple income streamed, social business experiment.

In the same way that the civic minded have supported museums and inspiring homes of worship for faith communities, I intuit the energies available in each and every major Great Lakes Heartland and seaboard industrial city to find at least one Sweet Water to bring together our good food ®Evolution, improve each “generation” of large system experiments, and, perhaps, most importantly, refine and accelerate the miniaturization experiments. Every school deserves an aquapaponics miniature. Sweet Water gathering places should be designed to inspire and support aquaponics experiments at faith communities, elder care homes, some pubs and restaurants, hopefully every square city block. What more earth friendly way is there to provide tasty protein sources and fresh greens for the people, but, more importantly BY we people!

Every city deserves Sweet Water!

Grateful for your outstanding services,

Godsil

Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

to:
  • Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory, has generated intense support from the mainstream media, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and NPR, all reports at this link:
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Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

  • The Office of the Mayor
  • The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
  • Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
  • The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
  • And others provided upon request

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
etc. consulting. Send me a bit of your story! It’s very important for
you to assemble a team if you are thinking commercial scale.
If you are thinking family food supplement or additional income
stream, we are soon to be introducing Sweet Water Miniatures.


Retiring Boomers Equip Their High Schools with Sweet Water Miniatures

IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Feed Themselves”

Some of my friends from St. Louis U. High are gearing up to develop a
Sweet Water Miniature at some local high schools with challenged
children, families, and neighborhoods. Would you like an introduction?
I was hoping to inspire some friendly competition among St. Louis boomers
from different schools, starting with SLUH, U. City, Priory, John Bourroughs,
Chaminade, and Ladue. Parnering with Vashon, Sumner, Hadley Tech, and
so forth could accelerate lots of good things!

IBM met with us yesterday to explore collaborating to advance the concept

Smart Cities Feed Themselves

The Smithsonian, Shedd Aquarium, Mayor’s offices of Chicago,
Boston, Kansas City, and are tip toeing in our direction. A number
of universities environmental and sustainability departments as well.
Today we are finishing a Sweet Water Miniature at the First Lady’s
alma mater, Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago.

With Will Allen’s Growing Power and Sweet Water, Milwaukee has
become something of a hub of the grow local movement.

From Rustbelt to Arugula Cities!

Sweet Water is an applied science lab harvesting and marketing
urban agriculture/aquaponics information and technologies.

It’s a guild school and a university, developing training programs,
with the help of the Sweet Water Foundation and lots of partners
in the educational circles of Milwaukee and beyond.

Sweet Water is an aquaponic fish and produce experimental farm,
selling gloriously fresh and sweet fish and produce to local markets.

And it’s a center for imagination and inspiration, drawing eco-tourists
from all over the planet into a factory building once cold, dark, and ugly,
now warm, aromatic, bright, and stunningly beautiful.

If you’ve followed me to this point, and want to dig deeper, there are
hundreds of pages chronicling this at:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

and

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com

and about 5,000 pretty well disorganoized and uneven
pictures of many steps along the way at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/?&page=2

Once No Pencils, Books, Computers, Aquaponics Systems

No Alphabet No Pencils

There was a time when schools had no alphabet;
then no paper, no pencils; then no books.

But then the alphabet, paper, pencils,
and the books arrived. Learning advanced.

And there was a time when schools had no social workers,
no computers. But they came as well. Learning advanced.

Now is a time when schools have no aquaponic systems,
to inspire deeper interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

No aquaponic systems to inspire the notion that “I can grow my own food!”
And the food that I grow, even vegetables, tastes…fantastic!

But then the aquaponic systems arrived, little by little, greatly accelerated
by hands-on exhibits at the nation’s top museums, starting with the Smithsonian.

And aquaponics as a birthright training experience became a meme,
then a desiderata. Learning, and health, advanced.

Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

Dear All,

If you would wish to join me at my house tomorrow night for a Tilapia Cleaning
Potluck party send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com. You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a fillet knife
and thin rubber gloves. You must be capable of eating a 5 to 10 inch fish that
has bones in it if you take any fish home with you.

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>>>>>>>

Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

Dr. Charlie Price of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK has, with Jamie Oliver’s involvement, set up FARM Shop in London,

a hub for urban agriculture, demonstrating aquaponics in the front room, as well as mushrooms in the basement, chickens on the roof, and a polytunnel cafe/cinema in the garden… with offices and meetings rooms on the first and second floor… anyway its a bit of fun, but we’re hoping to connect up a number of FARM:shops with a cetralized commercial hub, and then from the FARM:shops have a number of outreach growers, growing in their homes, greenhouses and gardens…

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water team presenting if enough people express interest.

Aquaponics UK/Sweet Water “Aquaponic Miniatures” for Top Museums Then 5% of Nation’s Schools by 2020

We are in conversation with some of the nation’s top museums to develop miniatures that would translate the discoveries of the Sweet Water “mainframe*” into “Apples”:

Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples”: small, efficient, accessible

I’m wondering if Steve Jobs and the Apple enterprise might consider teaming up with these experiments in “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture.” Apple computer supported monitoring of larger aquaponic systems elements would greatly reduce the risks. The Apple company’s blessing of a Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples” might accelerate the vision of 5% of our nation’s schools with aquaponics miniatures by 2020. The STEM disciplines, i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math, and our children’s physical and emotional health would be substantially advanced with this kind of collaboration.

Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee? And Growing Power too!

Aquaponics Apples some day
would surely keep far away
earth fouling urban decay,

Godsil

  • Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory, has generated intense support from the mainstream media, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and NPR, all reports at this link:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

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Jasmine Revolution’s Germinating “Aquapons”

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Aquaponics waters for life make humanity one!

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Planetary aquapons, one world aquaponics, available for
Mighty on-line collaborations with the Jasmine Revolutionaries,
For starters, then, God willing, real world work celebrate gatherings.

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Jasmine Revolution’s Aquaponic Miniatures

When Will We Meet in Tunis?

The Jasmine Revolution is a perpetual revolution.
And beauty also needs substance.

Say fresh fish and greens from
Jasmine ®Evolution Aquaponics Miniatures

In downtown Tunis, along side the
orange and carrot juice stands.

Aquaponics for a Global Jasmine ®Evolution!

®Evolutions take 7 generations to fully blossom
proceeding in mindful balance, like aquaponics!

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What say?

Why not?

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One of my most persistent visions has our community of practice inspiring
boomers rattling around in houses appropriate for the days when they had
children and spouses to share the space with but not quite often find themselves
along with an extra 2 or 3 bedrooms and other rooms that are really not in
use. I am imagining an aquaponic miniature in what used to be a “living room.”
(Make it really alive!)

I imagine front and back yard fruit and produce gardens of beauty, and the
extra couple of rooms in my place for people coming through to learn about
urban agriculture and aquaponics.

Dare I Dream of 3 Generation Households and “Urban Ag/Aqua Project Homes?”

Godsil

P.S. If you can recruit some friends to do some on-line work with me eye on the
prize of establishing contact with one aquaponic go to person in each and every
city of the USA for starters. Or, one “apprentice urban farmer elder” who would
consider doing in their over sized house what I am doing in mine!

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Wild Flower Moments

“Harvesting Sweet Water Fields 2011″ experiments I’m working on.

The “fields” in question involve the:

  • Sweet Soil Initiative

  • Neighborhood Aquaponics Projects with the Vets

  • Sweet Water Miniature Showroom, Design, Installation, and Tending

  • Eco-Tourism

  • Workshops, Conferences, and Aquaponics TV

  • Sweet Water Tomatoes, Arugula, and Raspberries for Your Home and Garden

  • Sweet Water Aquaponic System Time Shares

  • Sweet Water Winter Camps, Spring Camps, Summer Camps, and Fall

Camps for Elders

  • Distant and Personal Training for Apprentice Urban Farmer Elders

  • Mental Health Treatment Through Sweet Water Homes and Gardens

  • Sweet Water Village Development Centers

These projects will hopefully become “profit centers” within Sweet Water

Organics or perhaps the Foundation. They may also become enterprise
centers in the networked fields Sweet Water and the Milwaukee Urban Agriculture

®Evolution is helping advance.

Pick a day that works for you if you are interested in this.

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I am very happy and please to do everything I can to help you and yours

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I am very happy and pleased to do everything I can to help you and yours

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I am very happy and please to do everything I can to help you and yours
co-create with the “aquapons of Mother Earth”…

Neighborhood and Community Aquaponic Projects

It’s time!

Might you wish to visit Sweet Water?

I would offer you room and board at my very modest worker house
w/in easy reach of Sweet Water.

I would organize a Sweet Water experience to provide you with
some ideas as to the best manner of developing an aquaponic
system tailored to compliment your context and resources,
human and material and financial.

I hope to be a doorway to a world where thousands of us commit
to experimenting with aquaponics systems large and small and
diffuse the innovations to every city of the world asap.

  • Sweet Water Hybrid Business Enterprise: For Profit and Non-profit and Co-op Centers

Apprentice Urban Farmer Elder Training and Development

What say?

Why not?

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27,000 Sq. Ft. Aquaponics Farm Heated by Aenorobic Digester

http://heavytable.com/future-farm-in-baldwin-wisconsin/

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My vision finds us:

  • inviting AP TV design teams from different countries, continents, and “schools of practice” to begin brainstorming process, content, and structure issues

  • create scenarios regarding maximum feasible contribution $100,000 to $500,000 worth of IBM Smart City “software design tech support” could provide such an effort (Milwaukee quite likely to win $500,000 IBM Smart City award for urban aquaponics and to a lesser extent agriculture, i.e. sweet water and sweet soil in smart cities learning to feed themselves!)

  • recruiting students, underemployed professionals, and retired creatives to

join in brainstorming but also to do some of the “field work” like

  • comb you tube offerings for the best already there for various content areas, themes, and different “AP schools”

  • internet outreach and organizing introductions to people likely to be either

co-creators or interactive consumers of the fledgling offerings, originally
artful presentations of existing materials

to be continued…

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Background Reading for Sweet Water Interns and Volunteers

Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”

  • eco-tourism project
  • event construction and orchestration
  • workshop construction and orchestration
  • composting, vermicomposting
  • raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
  • sprouts
  • aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
  • audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
  • harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
  • water chemistry
  • fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
  • plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
  • experiments with alternative lighting systems
  • growing perch and plants for sale to local markets
  • harnessing the internet to ship information that empowers people to grow their own food in vermiculture soil and aquaponic systems throughout the world
  • aquaponics t.v.!

Here’s a link to some concept notes to help you orient yourself:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

I suggest you start with a radio interview, #19, and then when the Spirit moves you, take your
time and check in slowly, at your leisure, no rush…

  1. 21, 22, 23, 25, and 1.

Here are some pictures of our Foundation’s work:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

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Sweet Water Winter Camps

We will offer these to provide people with exposure and experience in this new growing technology. Let me know if you’d like to sign up! godsil.james@gmail.com. Campers might help us develop these programs:

  • 8,000 aquaponic system time shares—we are exploring the leasing of 4 of our systems, among the world’s largest, to groups preferring to spend some months of outside the lab aquaponics study before major capital investment;

  • aquaponics miniatures—we are partnering with some of the world’s top producers of small aquaponic systems for school, backyard gardening, and commercial step-by-step experience acquisition;
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I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

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I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

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Aquaponics TV Will Accelerate Planetary Artisinal Fish Farming

Nice story about Tim O’Shea of Clean Fish Inc underscores need to accelerate the creation of Aquaponics T.V., starting with artful, thoughtful compilation of the
best you tube shows out there now, and incremental refinement of the product from every region of the world asap.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/wild-fish-farmed-fish_b_812308.html

I’m also hoping that you and yours will join in some brainstorming to advance the artisinal practice of fish farming. Send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Aquaponics TV

We will probably begin with the help of a $500,000 IBM Smart Cities grant to the City of Milwaukee to develop collaborative platforms for urban agriculture and aquaponics. I am hoping to gather people from across the planet to harvest that grant money to hasten the day when we can share excellent stories through videography for entertainment and education in our schools and homes.

The recent Sweet Water Workshop One on the Internationalization, Democratization, and Upscaling of Aquaponics brought together people representing the major schools, e.g. Australian, Virgin Islands, and European.

We have you tube to begin with, an armies of media students and professionals ready to pitch in.

I hope you might consider joining in program development for these areas
as well:

Summer Healing Camps at Aquaponics Centers Like Sweet Water, especially for Autistics and ADHD

STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Performance Demonstrations at Aquaponics Projects

Aquaponics System Time Share Competition(friendly) with 4 of Sweet Water’s 10,000 gallon systems

  • will IVY create a more perfect system than Big 10?
  • will aquaponics performance competitions capture attention from football?

Miniature Installations in 5% of world’s schools by 2020

Miniatures for Arid regions, aquaponics collaborative programs real time streamed from Saudi and other arid nations

Miniatures for Rain forest regions, starting in the Congo to help save the Bonobos and i Willie Smits “agroforestry projects”(see TED) in Indonesia

Organic engineering systems

Social Business collaborations

Sweet Soil Collaborations

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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IBM Smart Cities Support for Grand Alliance to Foster Good Food Skills and Culture in Smart Schools

I think the Hawthorne effect should not be underestimated regarding the
harnessing of the IBM connectivity opportunity to urban ag community inroads
into schools at all levels, from day care on up through the universities: good
for student learning, teacher learning, and new job growth.

Putting a bright light on which teachers and which schools are embracing
smart schools feeding students better and “smart schools help awaken communities
to healthy food” would accelerate the day when 10% of our schools had aquaponics
miniatures, raised bed gardens, and vermiculture experiments.

Realizing that goal would develop higher value added urban ag skills among teachers
and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

Such newly skilled teachers and students could also become actors in an intensified
push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changing the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

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IBM Smart Cities Support for Grand Alliance to Foster Good Food Skills and Culture in Smart Schools

I think the Hawthorne effect should not be underestimated regarding the
harnessing of the IBM connectivity opportunity to urban ag community inroads
into schools at all levels, from day care on up through the universities: good
for student learning, teacher learning, and new job growth.

Putting a bright light on which teachers and which schools are embracing
smart schools feeding students better and “smart schools help awaken communities
to healthy food” would accelerate the day when 10% of our schools had aquaponics
miniatures, raised bed gardens, and vermiculture experiments.

Realizing that goal would develop higher value added urban ag skills among teachers
and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

Such newly skilled teachers and students could also become actors in an intensified
push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changing the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

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    * eco-tourism project
    * event construction and orchestration
    * workshop construction and orchestration
    * composting, vermicomposting
    * raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
    * sprouts
    * aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
    * audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
    * harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
    * water chemistry
    * fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
    * plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
    * experiments with alternative lighting systems 
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  • eco-tourism project
  • event construction and orchestration
  • workshop construction and orchestration
  • composting, vermicomposting
  • raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
  • sprouts
  • aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
  • audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
  • harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
  • water chemistry
  • fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
  • plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
  • experiments with alternative lighting systems
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“smart schools feeding students better” and “smart schools help awaken communities
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“smart schools feeding students better” and “smart schools help awaken communities
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and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

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and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

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push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changng the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

to:

push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changing the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

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IBM Smart Cities Support for Grand Alliance to Foster Good Food Skills and Culture in Smart Schools

I think the Hawthorne effect should not be underestimated regarding the
harnessing of the IBM connectivity opportunity to urban ag community inroads
into schools at all levels, from day care on up through the universities: good
for student learning, teacher learning, and new job growth.

Putting a bright light on which teachers and which schools are embracing
“smart schools feeding students better” and “smart schools help awaken communities
to healthy food” would accelerate the day when 10% of our schools had aquaponics
miniatures, raised bed gardens, and vermiculture experiments.

Realizing that goal would develop higher value added urban ag skills among teachers
and some of their “star” agrarian students, both of whom could be connected with food garden projects for homes, business, and community projects.

Such newly skilled teachers and students could also become actors in an intensified
push for eco-tourism in Milwaukee. Visitors who love to visit Sweet Water and Growing
Power would also very much enjoy visiting school projects like Matt Ray’s Fernwood project, Alice’s Garden enhanced with school partners, Concordia gardens, and more.

Changng the School Culture in the Smart Cities project over the next 5 or 10 years could
provide the “bench strength” for urban ag/aqua project teams of increasing depth and reach.

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A Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of our nation’s schools by 2015!

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A Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of our nation’s schools by 2010!

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A Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of our nation’s schools by 2015!

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Here are some projects for consideration by Sweet Water “enterprise centers” or Sweet Water “rep teams”

    * eco-tourism project
    * event construction and orchestration
    * workshop construction and orchestration
    * composting, vermicomposting
    * raised bed garden design, installation, and maintenance
    * sprouts
    * aquaponics miniature design, development, fabrication, show room modeling, contracting, tech support
    * audio video productions for documentaries and educational packages
    * harnessing the power of the internet to advance the enterprise, enterprise partners, and industry, tied in with IBM Smart Cities support
    * water chemistry
    * fish health and development, feeding, harvesting, processing, marketing, cooking
    * plant testing, propagation, planting, tending, harvesting, marketing
    * experiments with alternative lighting systems 
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Sweet Water “Fields” of Rich Possibility

8,000 Fish Aquaponics Systems for Lease

Dear Naomi, Royce, and Mell,

We are brainstorming a couple of initiatives at Sweet Water that might prove very important in the diffusion of urban ag/aquaponics methodologies.

Net Enhanced Commercial Scale Sequencing Through Leased 8,000 Fish Systems

We hope to lease 4 of our 10,000 gallon aquaponic systems to educational, business, or spiritual groups, provide training in their use, support for their tending, sharing of the fish and veggie harvest but, probably much more important, taking advantage of an IBM Smart Cities grant to set up collaborative platforms such that the leasing group can be virtually at the site with as many researchers, students, scientists as they wish.

So as the fish are being sampled and weighed to determine proper feeding quantities; as water chemistry is measured; as different varieties of plants are tested for growth rates and volume; as bacteria colonies are explored: the applied science of aquaponics is made readily available to classrooms and board rooms wherever!

Before investing $300,000 to $1,000,000 in a commercial sized aquaponics system groups can test the waters by leasing Sweet Water systems and be brought into research communication with the emerging planetary aquaponics communities of practice.

Aquaponics Miniature Showrooms and Tending Support

We are also brainstorming the introduction of a Tulip Building Showroom for aquaponics miniatures from the Australian, Caribbean, Hawaiian, and European “approaches.” We hope to accelerate the introduction of aquaponics miniatures in 10% of our nation’s school, both for their inspiring impact on STEM learning as well as the sensibility and tasty food they would offer. This showroom could provide a testing ground for various approaches. It will also support the translation of many fine Milwaukee/Chicago area tech artisans into aquaponic system installers and support tenders.

Eco Tourism and Agrarian Urbanism In-Fill Development

Finally, we have been pleasantly astonished when busloads of 50 elders all over 70 arrive from Minnesota and are happy to pay $10 or $15 for an hour tour of our amazing facility. And a number
of developers are showing up imagining enough impact on their challenged neighborhoods adjacent downtowns a Sweet Water type “re-purposed factory of food and hope” would have, in terms of bringing pioneering urban agrarians to live and work and share these discoveries with their new neighbors combining to blossom food desert communities.

Sweet soil and sweet water projects provide a field of enormous, if not “infinite”(Depok) possibilities!

Godsil

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Net Enhanced Marriage of Social Business Hybrids and Agrarian Urbanism

Net Enhanced Collaborations re New Agriculture New Social Enterprise
Methodologies, i.e. Social Business Hybrids

Social Business Hybrids mix for profits with non-profits, co-ops with sole proprietorship, big business with small business, social sector institutions with ad hoc project teams. As varied as the riotous life of rain forests! Boundaries between organizations are more permeable and some of the relationships can be world wide and very fluid while others are deeply rooted and densely enmeshed.

Here are some concepts that structure my approach to social business hyybrids like Sweet Water, which now includes “Organics,” i.e. the farm, the Foundation, i.e. the academy, and my experiment aimed to spark self-managed enterprise or “profit centers,” within or in close
relationships with Organics and the Foundation.

Sweet Water Social Business Hybrid Organizing concepts

Open source
Free culture
Net enhanced
Experimental
Collaborative
Contextualizing
Resilient
Participatory
Project based
Self reliance through community
“Commons” inclined

Chaordic, i.e. aiming for harmony within chaos and order, competition and cooperation

Sharing Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities Grant

Milwaukee’s Growing Power and Sweet Water are centerpieces of Milwaukee’s IBM Smart Cities grant application, which would provide methinks $500,000 worth of IBM “software” support for advancing urban agriculture.

I would like some of these funds to go toward the marriage of social business hybrid experiments with urban agriculture/aquaponics experiments.

And I hope it makes sense for you and your partners to join in!

Grateful,

Godsil

P.S. Here is a link to something I wrote 10 years ago or so, that was expressing
ideas I’ve held for 40 years about the superior output possibilities of:

Small Is Beautiful Economic Enterprise

Mondgragon Worker Owned Co-ops

Toward a Self Managed Industrial Sector of the United States

http://milwaukeerenaissance.com/communityroofinginc/crhist.htm

In 1974 I helped Launch the Community Roofing Collective in hopes of creating a “worker-owned” company. Hierarchy and capitalist exploitation of labor would be minimized as the workers would be the owners, controlling what they made, how they made it, and how the profits were distributed. The best model for this vision was developed by a Yugoslavian-born economist named Jaraslov Vanek in a work entitled, “Toward a Self-Managed Industrial Sector in the U.S. A.” Vanek called for “support corporations” designed to create and provide services for “satellite firms” of self-managed worker-owners. These semi-autonomous work units would give rise to more attentive, ambitious, and cooperative work relationships, minimizing the ancient conflict of “labor” versus “capital,” contributing to the humanization of the workplace, and freeing labor from alienating work.

About a year later I became president of Community Roofing, Inc., a business entity in essence aiming to simply provide employees with a decent wage for an honest days work and clients with repairs and new roofs that worked. I had discovered that many of those concerned about “worker exploitation” were not sufficiently committed to the very hard, dirty, and dangerous work of roofing. Additionally, those who had the right stuff to actually do the work, were not very interested in spending time with business or ideological issues. As president of a small corporation I had one hell of a time learning how to actually do business, recruit and retain good help, develop repair and restoration techniques that were cost-effective and guaranteeable, deal with insurance companies, the government, occasional clients who were either crazy or crooks, etc., etc. The “red roofer” was hard pressed to simply keep the business sound, much less contribute toward a radically reformed work-place as envisioned by Vanek and other proponents of self-managed, worker-owned companies.

Twenty-five years later, this “broken-roofer” is revisiting Vanek and the concept of worker-ownership. No longer physically up to the challenge of roofing work myself, I now must make my living by helping create an effective organization. Notions of self-managed work units make the most sense in this context. In my next installment, I’ll explain why.

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7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. round up session: gratis

I’m organizing this around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

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Free: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

I’m organizing this round up session around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

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Sweet Water Winter Workshop, Jan. 21–23 Hopes to Mainstream Aquaponics

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Sweet Water Winter Workshop, Jan. 21–23 Hopes to Mainstream Aquaponics

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Here’s my own version of the event(the second story from the top)

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

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My personal version of the events are in the next story on this platform.

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Write a Chapter for The Milwaukee Farm Book

I hope to inspire Sylvia Bernstein’s to advance “The Milwaukee Farm Book,”
in hard copy and on-line.

She founded Aquaponics Gardening, is publishing a book on the same this Fall,
and is coming to Milwaukee to introduce her and her expansive, planetary teams’
projects to us, and present at the Sunday session, July 23(more on that to come).

And, hopefully, be won to the vision of mighty collaborations with her publishing
partners so our work can be shared.

I’m hoping we can come up with some pretty good material to show her and her team,
with this as my vote for an organizing theme.

Designing Resilient Urban Farm Enterprise

But there may be a better approach awaiting discovery.

If you would want, you each have a chapter for this book.

I would like to work with you to advance your chapter
and invite a circle of your partners to help you “write your book!”

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Write a Chapter for The Milwaukee Farm Book

I hope to inspire Sylvia Bernstein’s to advance “The Milwaukee Farm Book,”
in hard copy and on-line.

She founded Aquaponics Gardening, is publishing a book on the same this Fall,
and is coming to Milwaukee to introduce her and her expansive, planetary teams’
projects to us, and present at the Sunday session, July 23(more on that to come).

And, hopefully, be won to the vision of mighty collaborations with her publishing
partners so our work can be shared.

I’m hoping we can come up with some pretty good material to show her and her team,
with this as my vote for an organizing theme.

Designing Resilient Urban Farm Enterprise

But there may be a better approach awaiting discovery.

If you would want, you each have a chapter for this book.

I would like to work with you to advance your chapter
and invite a circle of your partners to help you “write your book!”

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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We’ve put together our first Winter Workshop for this Jan. 21–23,
discussed in broad strokes at the web site:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/winter-workshop-1/

Here’s my own version of the event(the second story from the top)

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

If the $250 price for the entire workshop plus some food and drink is
too steep, or if you would want to tailor your attendance to fit your
time frame, interest, and budget, there are prices for each event,
with the $30 Sunday fee able to be nuanced as follows:

$10 morning session
$10 noon tour
$10 afternoon session

7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. round up session: gratis

I’m organizing this around the theme:

Sweet Water One World Partnerships

The keynote speakers for this event will be those who give voice
in the lovely antique “piano chairs” we assemble in the round…
like, hopefully, you!

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Write a Chapter for The Milwaukee Farm Book

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Write a Chapter for The Milwaukee Farm Book

I hope to inspire Sylvia Bernstein’s to advance “The Milwaukee Farm Book,”
in hard copy and on-line.

She founded Aquaponics Gardening, is publishing a book on the same this Fall,
and is coming to Milwaukee to introduce her and her expansive, planetary teams’
projects to us, and present at the Sunday session, July 23(more on that to come).

And, hopefully, be won to the vision of mighty collaborations with her publishing
partners so our work can be shared.

I’m hoping we can come up with some pretty good material to show her and her team,
with this as my vote for an organizing theme.

Designing Resilient Urban Farm Enterprise

But there may be a better approach awaiting discovery.

If you would want, you each have a chapter for this book.

I would like to work with you to advance your chapter
and invite a circle of your partners to help you “write your book!”

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Healing Homes, Healing Factories

With sweet soil,
And sweet water,
Our homes can become

Healing Homes.

Our empty factories

Healing Factories.

Our lovely challenged parks,
Healing parks.

Our glorious Soldiers Home:

Healing.

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Sweet Water Winter Workshop One Draft Outline

Upscale, Democratize, and Internationalize Aquaponics

This January 21–23 Sweet Water, i.e. Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation, will offer Winter Workshop One.

Here’s the bare bones outline with more to come.

Friday:Moving Aquaponics to Commercial Scale

Saturday:Democratizing Aquaponics and Hands-on Miniature Workshops

Sunday:The Sweet Water Foundation, One World Aquaponics Initiative, Soap Box
Moments and Presenting Tables for Conference Attendees

Key to this event is:

  • introducing Fred Binkowski, Friday’s keynote speaker, of the University of Wisconsin’s School of Fresh Water Science, which will be developing an aquaponics specialization

http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/fred-binkowski/

  • introducing Sweet Water’s commercial scale aquaponics farm in a 100 year old factory and Henry Hebert’s aquaponics system design and construction

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

http://www.growingpowerfarmconference.org/speakers/presenters/henry-hebert/

  • introducing Glen Ford of Praxis Marketplace, providing insights into financing commercial urban agriculture and aquaponics enterprise

http://www.praxismarketplace.com/foods/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/praxis-foodfight.pdf

  • introducing Europe’s Charlie Price, Saturday’s keynoter, of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK, one of our keynote speakers and hands-on workshop mentor

ttp://www.aquaponics.org.uk/

  • introducing Emmanuel Pratt of Columbia University School of Architecture and Urban Design and executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, heading up Sunday’s offerings

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/sweetwater-foundation/

  • providing tables and gathering places on Sunday for urban ag and aqua groups to show their wares and hold forth at Soap Box Moment gatherings

  • One World Aquaponics Initiative—your group and

introducing Sylvia Bernstein, President and Founder of The Aquaponics Source, organizer of AquaponicsCommunity.com, writer for the Aquaponic Gardening Blog, Backyard Aquaponics and Urban Garden magazines, Growing Edge and Bodies in Space ezines. I teach and speak extensively on aquaponics and am currently writing a book on home aquaponic gardening for New Society Press.

Jump into Sylvia’s planetary conversation at http://aquaponicscommunity.com/

  • an Aquaponics 101 workshop and hands-on aquaponics miniature break away session

  • on-line conversations among the emerging aquaponics communities of practice before and after the event

  • New participants: Milwaukee Department of Community Development Director Rocky Marcoux, Professors Trussoni, Carriere, Jeong, and Schmitz of MSOE, and a Water Council Rep have signed on for Friday’s session; Phil Wolfe of We Grow Dreams for the One World Aquaponics Initiative

More details to come, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

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Sustainable Fish Food From Land Crops?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101013153621.htm

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Some Worthy “Masters” by 2045 for: Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

I hope you will indulge me a vision of our mighty collaborations
Eye on the prize of training ourselves to become Eco Corp Masters
After a 25 year program of urban agriculture aquaculture projects,
Starting with

Madison Milwaukee Chicago Ann Arbor Detroit Toronto

But also looking to Mother Africa, starting in

Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

Over the next 35.5 years.

The UW School of Fresh Water Sciences is looking for
projects that will give their students aquaculture experiences
beyond Milwaukee’s borders. Growing Power’s “From the Ground Up Workshops”
are a place to start!

Here is some Sweet Water information and images for the cause:

The odds are getting better that Sweet Water, aspiring to be a commercial upscaling of Will Allen’s aquaponic systems, will have about 100,000 fish by this time next year, and sales of $300,000 in fish, produce, worms, castings, compost, workshops, installations, and tours.

In the way that you pray for the fish! Pray for the people! It is very complex to transform an old factory into a fish vegetable farm. We’ve a lot to learn and a long way to go before we will imagine financial success. But it absolutely is feasible and we have a decent chance of making it.

Here’s a nice Wisconsin Foodie show on Sweet Water:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSyx0noGpeM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHqyJdXY6Sk&feature=email

Here’s a good Outpost Natural Foods you tube clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBx_LWRd_Qg

Official Web Site:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/gallery/

Godsil Chronicling Sweet Water

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterFishFarming/HomePage

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157622045002814/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157622726096474/

Dr. Dave’s Bay View Wheat Grass Lab in Lamborganics “Hot House”

Dr. Dave and Tony Lambo have teamed up to do winter farming at 325 E. Euclid Ave. in Bay View.

Dr. Dave has a micro green and wheat house “lab” inside a Lamborganics “Hot House” using Lamborgonics worm castings to grow one of nature’s finest medicines, i.e. wheat grass.

Here are some pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/4102214062/in/set-72157622726495797/

Wheat grass trays can be ordered for $15 per tray plus $3 deposit for tray and growing medium.

Open House on Sundays 1 to 3 p.m.?

There may be open houses this and other Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.
But call first to make sure! 414 232 1336.


Grand Alliances Toward a City of Healthy Food Gardeners

Eyes on the Prize of Corporate Community Gardens:

What say we reach out to the sustainability directors of our corporations large and small,
And offer to work with them to set up raised bed gardens in corners of their parking lots,
For the purpose of teaching their employees how to grow healthy, tasty food in
Their back yards or an expanding web of community gardens throughout our fair city?

There is much nitrogen and carbon waiting to be harvested and turned into vibrant soil.

There are many corporations worried about the physical and mental health of their employees,
top ones, middle ones, every one of them!

The day is not far off when corporations will pay less health insurance premiums when they can show
they have food and healing gardens for workers, at the company and in the employees’ home gardens.

Black Brain Book Sharing

I feel much safer with my black brain book in hand.

I rarely lose an important name, fact, number, “idear,”
To do list, inspirational verse, meeting notes, or stories…

I capture them all in my black brain book.

For around $10 or so, a Utrecht hard bound
With wire binder that won’t break.

Milwaukee Returns You Black Brain Book(BBB)

I have collected 35 BBBs since midnight, 2000.
I have mislaid them about 50 times, but only lost one for good.

Now I’m taking pictures of the pages and uploading them
To my flickr account.

I might electronically share my black brain book pages
To the right people at the right time.

The Newburgh Renaissance

Dear Yaakov,

There are a number of people ready and happy to help out!

Viva, the Newburgh Renaissance!

Godsil

On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM, YS <yaksul2000@yahoo.com> wrote:Godsil, that video that Laura sent me on the project Will Allen and you have initiated in the converted factory as an example of urban agricultural possibilitties and fish farming was unbelievable. I would like to work on getting you and Will out to Newburgh, NY with the idea of starting something like this here in one of the myriad of old factories we have in this depressed town.

Across the Hudson from us is the town of Beacon which also has a group of people involved in urban agriculture and of course they are well acquainted with the work of Will Allen. I am going to send them a copy of your video.

I would also like to send it on to our state representatives as an idea of what can be done here in Newburgh. This is really a wonderful thing you are involved with. It has me very excited. Let me know what you think about this suggestion and what you might be able to provide to help it along in terms of videos, lectures given by Will Allen, etc.

Cheers,
Yaakov

Get Pete Seeger into the loop.

His gorgeous boat, docked in Beacon, could carry the first loads of vegetables and fish to the City.

Lots of Golden Thread Factory Buildings in Newburgh

Sam Kass and Emmanuel Pratt Might Check This Out

Will Allen My Vote for Coach and Guy in the Middle

Sweet Water Foundation(2010) Will Pitch In

  • Light and green and black are golden.

  • Demonstration and Training Programs in Vermiculture Aquaculture

Let Us De-Construct Our Local “Bourgeoisie and Gentry”

I go nuts in the face of monoliths,
Be they of stone or symbol.

I know thought is hard and takes time
And we all have so much to do.

But pause just a moment and
Think on a deeper level for a moment.

None of our words or concepts
Can ever capture the richness of anything!

So, as a working hypothesis, let’s de-construct
Our local bourgeoisie and gentry.

Let’s be as creative in working with the
Progressive gentry, and the
Progressive bourgeoisie, as we are with
Charismatic leaders from a myriad of oppressed groups.

Diversity is strength!
Some of my best friends are millionaires!

And lots of them are poised to use some of their millions,
But more importantly, some of their resources of
Mind and spirit,
To fight the good fight and
Do the right thing!

Let’s start out by working with

Worm Mon

Free My 401K From Wall Street for My Backyard Farm, Garage Aquaculture, and Roof System Energy Harvesting

For self reliance and community building,
For tasty local food and increasing energy independence,
For the cultivation of scientific, artisinal, and artistic skill sets…

Free me to invest a third of my 401K in

  • my backyard farm
  • my garage aquaculture system
  • my rooftop energy harvest technologies

For Mother Earth!
For adapting citizens!

Nurturing Husbander

The British Are Coming.

The British are coming!
As metaphor for empires of wealth and force,
They really never left.

And it will be the species’ task
And destiny…

To continue the quest
For freedom and justice

Self reliance and community,
Beauty and conviviality…

Forever.

On Eve of Bioneer Gathering in Madison 2009

Eat Your Beauty

People are here for you
To learn to grow greens
Lovely to behold and
Available at your window sill
For grazing while craving.

Wheat Grass High

One Water, Laughing in a Thousand Fields(Rumi)

Permaculture Mondragon
Sweet Water Growing Power
Hybrids.

Getting High and Higher on Dr. Dave’s Wheat Grass

Wheat grass makes me high.
As my daily companion, probably higher, higher.

When I see a young person clutching a cigarette,
Or old bar fly sucking up a cheap beer,
I bite my tongue so as not to shout and holler,
Wheat grass, now!
Do wheat grass!

Dope, booze, cigarettes,
Sugar, salt, and fat,
All trumped by wheat grass
If you want to burn and crackle with
love of life!
And fun!

Let us let our youth know
That some of us plan on working to
Inspire sweet healthy addictions to
Dr. Dave’s Wheat Grass!

Lady Bug Man Hooked on Wheat Grass

My Milwaukee 2009

My Milwaukee is
Berkeley,
Brooklyn, a new
Key West!

My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

And some would go to their local county park to learn about the Zoological Society’s
Bonobo work and Congo Bio diversity work, inspiring them to acquire the skills of use
in helping people protect their rain forests and the planet’s glorious pageant of life!

And we would start an eco corps to accelerate this process,
training to start at a very early age.

In primary school children would be provided with visions of themselves
Equipped with skills that would enable them to set up growing systems
in their own homes and cities, but also in the wider world beyond.

They would learn to grow soil, raise plants and animals, build things of wood and stone.
They would learn how simple machines function and how to tend and repair.
And they would learn to work with others with skills different from their own
To create common goods.

Shall the People Make Money from County Park Outings?

Is it polite to imagine the people making money from family County Park Outings?

Would it be untoward to find 1 per cent of the land now called County Park Land
Turned into schools and guilds for skill development in urban agriculture urban aquaculture bio diversity?

Am I daft in having visions of my children and my grand children being taught by zoo keepers
How to raise a goat and a chicken at our county parks?

Can parks become university class rooms and training centers?
Places where people are given occasions to earn while they learn!

Mighty Collaborations

The Milwaukee County Zoo, the Zoological Society, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Growing Power, MPS, Johnson Control, Rockwell International, the Brady Company, Roundys,
Sweet Water Organics, and on and one…

Collaborations aiming to make Milwaukee the urban agriculture, the urban aquaculture…and

The Bio Diversity City of America?

The people would go to the parks to learn how to grow soil
That would enable grandma or grandpa to help the family
grow the sweetest juiciest tomatoes possible.

Juicy Tomatoes For All?

They would go to the parks closest to their homes to learn how to turn leaves and veggie/fruit residuals
into compost, food for the worms, who would then create the richest natural soil on the planet.

A Small Fish Farm in My Garage?

Some families would go to their local county park to learn how to erect and maintain a
fish vegetable farm in their garage or backyard hoop house.

My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

And some would go to their local county park to learn about the Zoological Society’s
Bonobo work and Congo Bio diversity work, inspiring them to acquire the skills of use
in helping people protect their rain forests and the planet’s glorious pageant of life!

What say?

Why not?

Don’t Rake Your Leaves Into the Street.

Mother Earth will be disappointed if you do!

Rake them into a corner of your yard somewhere.
Let them break down for a season, year, or two!

Then mix them in with your daily nitrogen harvest,
e.g. veggies and fruit, never meat or dairy.
Add your less vigorous neighbors’ collection to your pile!

You’ve now become… a composter!

Then keep adding and adding,your leaves, wood chips, and nitrogen,
Over the days and weeks, the months and the years.

Add some worms!

Won’t be long and you’ll have the world’s richest natural soil.
Then use it to plant good food that you will harvest before your meals.

You are not a victim of the system.

Grow you own systems!

Natural and cultural!

Mon upped bio worlds!
In your backyards!

Nation building, Great lakes.
East Coast, West Coast, the South!

Life as Sufi dance
Harvesting sun power for local food
And fun with your neighbors.

Crafting Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds in Renaissance Cities

With rich dark soil, moist, teaming with
Worms and soil partners—
Billions and billions of benign bacteria.

River bed pea gravel and plant roots
Host these happy microbes, which
Transform the fish wastes into nitrates
For vibrant plants and sweet water
For the fish!

Some river valley bio worlds in green houses,
Others in hoop houses,
Some in lovely old reborn factory buildings,
Others at your school! Your church!
Your garage! Basement! Backyard!

Let us craft together 10,000 Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds
Well before 2045!

Some in your renewing city,
Others for your brothers and sisters
In the wider world beyond!

Olde
Milwaukee 2009

Some Rumi For You

While these come from Rumi,
They belong to us all.

Let Us Dance!

It is the day of great, great joy.
Let us all now, become friends.
Let us join our hands. Let us go the the Friend.
We are all one. We are not two, of one color and hue.
Let us dance! Let us go to the market, dancing!
The beautiful friends are now starting to dance,
So let’s close the shop and dance, idle and free
Today is the day that the souls put on the robe of
Her grace.
To mystery’s side, to the side of mystery,
We go dancing as God’s guests.
All the gods have pitched their tents in the garden,
And to see them, we now go to the rose garden.

The Worms That Made Milwaukee Famous

And the least of us
Shall save us
From our lesser angels!

Milwaukee is becoming a Holy City
As its humans now nourish the worms.

Radiant nitrogen harvests of
Fruit, veggie, and coffee residues,
Mixed with carbons from wood chips and leaves—
Healthy, tasty food for the worms!

Who in the privacy of transforming bananas,
Make sweet love and rich soil,
And multiply, to become food for—
Our farm raised fish…

In our classic golden thread factory buildings,
Renewing as fish vegetable farms and agora!

Wet Fall Week
Milwaukee

A Floss After Every Meal Kind of Guy

I aim to become a floss after every meal kind of guy,
Without losing my soul or my friends!

How would it be to wake up to my me
And see that I’d made of me…

A floss after every meal kind of guy!

Yanek and the Polish Nation

Witnessing Yanek prepare a final meal for his friends in America,
In his modest and clean south side apartment
Next to the imposing Church in the increasingly Latino neighborhood
Will forever remain a vivid image in my minds eye.

Yanek’s Milwaukee story, for me, captures much of the secret of
The Polish nation’s majestic endurance in the heart of Europe
Lacking natural boundary protection from aggressive neighbors
In all directions: the Russians, Vikings, Germans, Austrians,
Mongols, Tartars, and Romans, to name a few.

Yanek’s Milwaukee story also contains some of the secret of
The Polish nation’s glorious refusal to bow down before the
Mighty Soviets, and resistance galvanized by a
Modest electrician and gentle Pope, widening the crack
That eventually crumbled the Berlin Wall and ended the cold war.

Yanek came 5,000 miles in hopes of earning American citizenship
And liberating his family from the poverty of rebuilding Poland,
As a carpenter of prodigious work capacities and an eye for fine detail.
He lived alone without wife and children, including a newborn babe,
And gave Americans fine workmanship and inspiring example.

I wonder if he ever complained?

I tried to become Yanek’s sponsor, committing my 25 year old roofing company
To provide employment for this eminently employable man,
Whose workmanship would have taken my company to a higher level
Of historic home restoration capabilities.

That company is now 35 years old, and has tripled its annual sales
And launched a path breaking fish farm in an old factory
But an obscure bureaucrat judged my company
Too small and insignificant to guarantee against Yanek’s becoming
An unemployed burden on this nation’s budget—a decision so absurd
And cruel in its implications that I flee from remembering.

So Yanek will leave America and return, after 18 years, to his ailing wife
And children, who have missed their father’s most vital years.
But I have no doubt that Yanek, like the great Polish nation,
Will gracefully capture every good aspect of every moment he encounters
In his remaining years, in Poland, denying America a nearly perfect son.

A Small Business Owner’s Plea for Public Control of Water

Sacred Waters

My Milwaukee,
Our Milwaukee…

Is among…

The best runs cities
In the Land.

And our Water Works…
Are world renowned!

Our leaders have given
Inspired support,

To our citizens efforts,
To renew Milwaukee…

To fix our eyes on the prize,
Of some kind of post-industrial
Renaissance, of Old Milwaukee,
Our Milwaukee.

Key to this Renaissance,
Is Will Allen’s Growing Power
Urban Agriculture projects.

And the work of
The Great Lakes Water Institute…

Both partnering with Milwaukee Government,
To make Milwaukee…

The Urban Agriculture City of America…

As well as…

The Urban Aquaculture City of America.

I feel far more secure,
As a small business owner
Of a start-up urban agriculture/aquaculture
Enterprise…

With my civic leaders,
Supported by my fellow citizens,
In local control of…

Our sacred waters.

We the citizens
In concert with
Our civil leaders…

Must own and operate,
Our public goods, and especially,
The very source of our lives…

Our sacred waters.

With public ownership
Of this public good,
I am much more confident in…

Our water’s quality.

Fair pricing.

Long term structural
Integrity and sustainability.

Social and environmental
Justice impacts.

I hope to operate
My small business
In a city with control of..

It’s sacred waters.

Water of, for, and by the people…

For the generations.

Peddling Charismatics

My charismatics
Are the very finest!

Pick of the litter!
Top of the line!

And we can very easily
Keep them honest!

The Freuds Are Often Pissed Off With the Junges

And I can’t be your Peter or
Your Paul,
If you lose your Christ!

Hubris On The Court

We’ll run you ragged,
Foul you out, and
Shoot the eyes
Out of the basket.

Must do better than
Two handed set shots!

The Age of Industry Is Over

More is demanded of us,
Now.

Be Careful, Or

I’ll tell
Grace on you!

Frozen in Charisma

The inspired
And wonderous eyes.

Can freeze
Charisma.

The Land, the Water, and the Commons

In Europe, the lords and ladies
And their sheriffs and executioners,
Took the commons for commerce,
And herded the people into
The factories satanic.

In America, Wall Street and technocrats
Lulled the people into believing
The mall and fast food
Were commons sufficient.
And the Leviathan’s food
Is slowly poisoning our children’s bodies,
The mall our children’s spirits.

And now we should cede our waters?

Sweet Water Olde

The Liberation of the Cubicle People

Alas!

Ten thousand years of
Lord, priest, and warrior
Diminishing the power and the glory,
Of our honest and noble artisans.

But a case has now been made,
For working with our hands,
Celebrated on the pages of…
The New York Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/magazine/24labor-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine

Vindicating Working Class

Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerships of Younge and Olde

A Sweet Water Olde, among other
Worker Gentry City Farmers,
Partners with Sweet Water Younges
And fixes eyes on the prize of rich fish vegetable farms,
Some in our old industrial buildings,
Some at our old school buildings,
Others on the grounds, of spiritual communities,
And small villages of elders,
Others in backyard garages and/or greenhouses,
In all of our city’s
Worthy neighborhoods.

Some, perhaps, God willing,
With healing and inspiring veterans,
At the Soldiers Home.

Or next to the site,
Of the Bay View Massacre.

Sweet Water Oldes, while not working,
Are sometimes practicing their
100th birthday party dance,
Or learning how to grow and cook.

Composting Oligarchies

We no longer need remain victimized
By the iron law of oligarchies,
Which explains why every human institution…

Even our glorious movements, e.g.
Political parties, unions, peace, civil rights…

Even our sacred spiritual communities, e.g.
Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Hindu, Islamic,
Except, perhaps, the Sufi and B’hai…

Even our closest political champions,
Alderman, mayor, governor, whatever…

All collective human enterprises
Find tiny groups coming to control
The flow…
Of information!

No information, no organization.
No orgnaization, no power!

With our modern information technologies,
From e-mail to yahoo groups,
To wiki web sites, facebook, now twitter…

All of them are helping us compost oligarchies,
Large and small.

We needed the resources, i.e. the carbon and the nitrogen,
Of these old oligarchic institutions.
They have given us much!

And their de-composition creates cleansing heat,
And the breeding ground for
Swarms of beneficial bacteria…

Us!

Doing our best, groping, stumbling,
Stammering, and sometimes
Brilliantly chanting…

Truth and beauty to power.

Wormon

God, The Gods, and Surplus Suffering

Suffering in this mortal realm is inescapable,
But surplus suffering can be incrementally diminished.

Never make a vow, say all the great books,
Without adding “God willing.”

Sometimes neither God nor the Fates
Will allow your words materialization in deeds.

Consider denying your neck
That hangman’s noose…

By concluding your commitments
With some simple words, like…

“I’ll be there at 9, God willing,” or

“I’ll call you tomorrow, unless
My mind runs away.”

You might also co-create the events,
And cover your “self,” with…

“Spare me shame if I’m 5 minutes late,
My cell phone is 414 232 1336.”

Surplus suffering is an especially onerous
Burden on your sacred body.

Our minds release toxic chemicals
When we are ashamed of ourselves…

Weakening our immune systems
And diminishing our spirits!

Mon

Should “man” become “mon?”

Should “woman” become “mon?”

Should “persons” become “mon?”

Hey Mon, the way Bob Marley said it,
Is very easy on my mindbody.

What about yours?

WormMon

Dodging Bullets Riding Whales

Dodging bullets
On the way up the mountain.

Dodging bullets
Down deep in the sea.

Dodging bullets
Riding whales.

Spirit trumps bullets.

Rainy Spring Weekend Morning

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With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

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Poetry and Prose Winter 2009

Reggae Dancing In The White House!

How good it feels to witness
This brilliant and loving
Son of humanity!

And his queenly bride!

At last!
At last!

Time now for…

Reggae dancing in the White House!

How long will it be
Before we dance
In the streets
Outside…

The Reggae in the White House?

Worm Mon, Chicken, Junk, Fish, Food, and Love Mon: Good Mon

Worm Mon

“Worm Mon” and “mon” is, for me, gender neutral.
If you would prefer “worm man” or “worm woman,”
We can oblige.

Worm Mon raises worms.

Chicken Mon

Goes to the forum to suggest chicken farm industry for Milwaukee.

Junk Mon

Hopes to figure out good uses for all of creation, starting with what some call junk.

House Mon

Learning how to mother and father and shepherd increasingly lovely homes.

Fish Mon

Partnering with Milwaukee yeoman urban agrarian in efforts to transform industrial slums ito fish and vegetable farms.

Food Mon

Working with family and community gardeners to advance locally grown, intensive, natural, urban agriculture.

Love Mon

Enjoying conversations with Rumi, Hafiz, and the mystics of all people’s most authentic spiritual traditions offering food for thought
on creations most dazzling mystery—

Us!

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Water and Weed Your Visions!

I swear it’s true that
Hope tends to quite often
Somehow materialize
That which it contemplates!

Not always, but often enough
That I water and weed my visions.
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Gargantua’s “Depression” Stirs Primal Powers

As humans pause
‘fore gargantua’s gaspings…

Gasping themselves
In all that foul air…

Forced to meta reflect,
And explore new daily rounds.

Good anti-dementia exercise.
Fresh and happy neural rhythms.
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Boomers’ Children: The Greatest Generation

Stocks tank,
Boomers keep working.

Forced entrepreneurship and victory gardens,
Small businesses and barter networks,
Co-ops and small is beautiful solar architecture.

Our young become…
The greatest generation!
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I Want To Be a City Fish Farmer

I’ll feel safer for our bodies’ futures
If fish are farmed in our ‘hoods.”

Our children and our elders
Will be joyful
While visiting our fish farms,
And eating our fish.

I have no doubt that Mother Earth
Prefers protein for humans from fish
More than from cows and/or pigs.

And I’ve a better chance
To lose my bulging belly’s shameful girth,
On a diet of baked fish
In virgin olive oil and fresh garlic.

Home Depot Paint Desk, 3/7/09
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Give God a Morning Kiss

Give God a kiss,
While walking
Out your door.

Give God a kiss,
While walking
Through new doors.

Give God a kiss,
While walking
On this floor…

We call…

Earth.

Inspired by Karen Hafiz Kolberg
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Bonobo Mamas At Heidelberg Gardens

Bonobo Mamas at Heidelberg Gardens
Surrounded by East Grant Boulevards…

Getting that tree ready for my nest…

After my 100th.

Sitting up there…

Mixing my mushrooms…

With my Avalon breads…

My Gardening Angel greens…

My King Solomon Baptist Church honey…

Communing with Grace and Starhawk.

Happy.
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Climbing Out From The Second American Civil War

I think we’re climbing out from a second American Civil War,
Not as manifestly bloody as the first,
But bloody still and more blurred in boundary.

We’ve a long way to go.
We’ve a long way already come.

Hang in there!
Hang on!

The best parts…
Yet to come!

Thank you for working toward this day!
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Bounty Once Thought Waste

What gift, the bounty
Once thought waste!

No Imperium’s edicts
Could approach
The benign effects

Of so luminous an…

Appreciation.

Olde
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The Story of Loaves and Fishes From the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas

First.

It began in earnest when the kid from the hood,
Just 15 years old, shot in the stomach,
A fine Riverwest, gay, pub worker/owner,

A few weeks after an intemperate leader
Gay-bashed rogue cops

Rather than thoughtfully, powerfully,
Seize the reins of justice.

‘Second.

This outrageous shooting, plus
A rash of thuggery that summer, 2005,
Brought forth a community gathering,
Which I attended, at the Art Bar on Burleigh,
Across from old St. Mary’s,
Where the shooting had occurred.

I had the same sinking feeling in my stomach,
As during the 1970s and 1980s, when I and friends
Had done our best to inspire thought in things better
Than racist scapegoating at community meetings,
Following notorious crime events and moments
In struggling Milwaukee.

Third

But when I arrived at the Art Bar, there was a
Spirit of graceful, powerful…resolve.

A succession of strong and warm people,
A polyglot, rainbow melange,

People with deep roots in the neighborhood
And the movements of our times,

Expressed thoughts and feelings aiming to heal and renew,
To draw upon our deepest imaginations and
Sources of resilient endurance…

To keep our eyes on the prize that
Ghandi and King, Rosa, John, and Bobby,
Mandela, Grace Lee Boggs, and many more,

Had blazed in great visions in our youth.

Having spent much time alive
In the dark, dank tombs of pharaohs,

While not witnessing manifestations of bestial hate
Aimed at minority “others”

I was overwhelmed by these
Bursts of warm light
Coming from everyday people.

I had to leave early,
Lest I lose my composure,

And while driving home
Along sacred city trails,

Alongside resurgent neighborhoods
And cleansing rivers,

The notion of finally meeting Big Will Allen,
The legendary urban farmer already renowned

In awakened circles for his avant-guard
Permaculture and urban agriculture innovations,

Innovations agricultural and “biological,” e.g. vermaculture,

Agriculture ecological, e.g. gloriously productive
Simulated indoor river valleys with sweet water
And fat, healthy, tasty fish,

Innovations social and cultural, e.g. farmer training youth programs.

And when I got out to Growing Power, on 55th and Silver Spring,
More than one incredibly exuberant persons,
Starting with Miss Karen, greeted me with a warmth and generosity
That continues to inspire, and even, startle me.

Later on I learned that I had experienced my first moment with…

Growing Power Magic!

That’s what Miss Karen calls it.

And it’s true!

Fourth

I returned home to fine an e-mail
Sent from Harvey Taylor, Milwaukee poet and stevedore,
Which contained a song he’d just written
About Big Will Allen and Growing Power!

And then at my 60th birthday party,
Sally Leiser, whom I’d never met, showed up
At the Kern Park “country club,” out of the blue,
And shared the Growing Power story,
In perfect pitch!
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Information Age Movement Organizing!!

There are those among us who would gladly
Make money at a regular job,
And craft a life focused on raising families
And creating the good life…

And there are those who don’t quite fit this mould.
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Squeezing the Bad Out of Life

Let us pray we improve
Our skills
Squeezing the bad out of life!

Exhale that bad in your life!

Dance it out!

Laugh it out!

Cry it out!

Do it!
Do it!

It feels good!

Get hot!

Get loose{!}…

Squeezing that bad from your life!
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Poetry and Prose 2008

Apple & Raspberry Harvesting in Bay View With Your Honey

Imagine a Sunday morning stroll to a city farm in Bay View
Some Saturday or Sunday morning this coming Fall…

Where you are invited to harvest sweet ripe raspberries,
And, red cherry tomatoes from a rooftop farm.

And arugula!
Power packed green
Our Movement’s Best Organizer enjoys.

You are also shown how to mix radiant wastes
With wood chips and leaves,
Let that alchemize a while,
And feed the rich humus results
To your red wriggler worms.

The worms casting then are rightly called
Black Gold!

The kind you give to your soil,
So seeds planted yield great harvests.

For you and your honey to enjoy,
Every Summer and Fall…

At Gods Hill City Farm,
Or, your farm,
That’s just around the bend!

Contact godsil.james@gmail.com
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A New City of New Orleans

Good mgrning, America, how are you?
Don’t you know me I’m your favorite child.
I’m the people of the city of New Orleans,
I was down but now I’m back
Let’s move it on.

I was down but now I’m back
Let’s move it on.

There’s a train they call
The City of New Orleans
Stops at cities great along the way…

Detroit, Old Milwaukee, and Chicago,
St. Louie is the last stop of the day.

And on that train a rainbow throng is gathering,
With eyes fixed on the prize of freedom,
And on that train a global village’s bloooming,
Visions of the new dawn that we’re growing,
Knowing, the human race is one.

Good morning, America, how are you?
Don’t you know me I’m your favorite child.
I’m the people of the city of New Orleans,
I was down but now I’m back
Let’s move it on.

I was down but now I’m back
Let’s move it on.
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Freedom Train Brings Milwaukee Lincoln Brigade to Great City of New Orleans

21st Century Milwaukee can help the world feed itself,
With gifts of worms and worm casting methods
To grow soil, food, and square foot farms
Tended by urban villagers with
Green collar, blue collar, and white collar training.

Viva Eagan seed money and support!

Hot Summer Day
Milwaukee 2008
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21st Century Milwaukee Helps the World Feed Itself

Not Vast Wheat Farms But Square Foot Backyard/Rooftop Worm Depositories & Food Gardens

19th century Milwaukee may have been the port
From which went forth more wheat to the wider world
From the Great Plains and Great Midwest
Than from any port heretofore in the history of humanity.

There is a lovely poster with a beautiful women
Casting wheat to the world entitled…
“Milwaukee Feeds the World.”

Perhaps the image for the 21st Century
Which may find Milwaukee helping the world’s cities
And their immediate water basins and bio-regions
Re-learning how to feed themselves…

With the help of worms and radiant waste,
Growing the finest soil for the healthiest plants,
Animals, and Humans,
Growing backyard mini-farms, community gardens,
City farmers, and liberating convivial communities.
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Yes! Sweetheart...Of Course... It’s All About Me!

And every day is my birthday...

...

...

And yours too!

Lovely Summer Sunday Morning
Milwaukee 2008
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Tim Russert: A Child of Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis of Assissi, and Virgin Mary

Tim Russert

I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of
Love and respect showered upon the spirit of
Tim Russert upon his far too early return to
The Spirit.

Part of his love and glory
Came from his early mentors
Devoted to the teachings of
St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis,
And to the “Sacred Heart of Mary.”

The Roman Catholic Church as an institution
and the Catholics as a “culture”
Have many things to answer for.

Tim Russert and people like him,
Who number in the thousands in Milwaukee,
Offset some of that shadow side
Of one of the great religions of “The West.”

Perfect Summer Day
Milwaukee 2008
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Sissy Roofers Love Wild Women and Free Range Chickens

Sissy roofers have to very carefully tend the fires
Upon encountering wild women and free range chickens.

The taste is so rich
They fear collapsing…

In gratitude.

Perfect Summer Saturday Morning
Milwaukee 2008

Fire Arcs Spark Divine

Janine’s response to my favorite sissy roofer on the planet (any planet):

free range chickens and wild women
dance in exuberance
in the company of sissy roofers
knowing they each share
the spark of the divine…

tend your fires carefully,
magical sissy roofer
of the sweet inland seas

in each fire
arcs
the
sparks
of
the
divine

Square Inch City Farms To Change the Way We Live: Permaculture Cities!

Will Allen rightly booms forth during most of his glorious Growing Power tours…

It’s not how green is your thumb!
It’s how fertile is your soil!

And then…

Just start growing something, anything,
In any kind of pot. See what good will happen!

Community Growers Recruiting Square Inch City Farmer Apprentices

With Will Allen compost or homemade compost following Will’s methods,
A network of artist/artisan/urban farmers is giving people small hanging pots
To grow arugula for their family and friends, and, if they are ambitious,
For one of Milwaukee’s most revered family grocers, e.g. Seneks on Downer,
Which put out the call for “local organic arugula” this week.

From Pots to Plots

The hypothesis is that 100 such pots will yield one or two
Apprentice city farmers,
Once the magic is experienced.

It will also yield returns for those offering the pots,
Intrinsic and otherwise. And…

Hastening the Emergence of 10,000 Mini City Farms & Roof Top Gardens

In each of our venerable industrial cities
Becoming, by necessity, something new…

Say…

Permaculture Cities!

What say?

Godsil
Apprentice Urban Farmer
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Family Therapists and Surplus Suffering

It is my studied opinion, based on
Living through many an ocean of sorrows
And witnessing my sweet ones
Gasping for air in their own such seas…

It is my studied opinion, and my
Deepest intuition…

That a considerable portion of human suffering
Would be reduced were more of the people
Connected with competent family therapists
To help them untangle…

Family knots!

If it is the case that the earth is the insane asylum
Of the universe, a plausible hypothesis derived
From reading any newspaper, high brow or pulp…

If that is true, then family therapists are surely
Worthy of our spending some time with,

When the inescapable imbecilities and
Constant provocations of those we live with
And/or love

Begin to make us…mad!

Family therapists are a noble few
And in Milwaukee very, very well trained.

Family therapists are as valuable to our evolution
And survival, as roofers, artists, urban farmers,
Doctors, lawyers, and teachers,
And any other worthy trade or social role.

Family therapists reduce…
Surplus suffering.

Unnecessary suffering.

Avoidable suffering.

Not all suffering
In this highly painful
World of being.

But enough to warrant
Googling…”family therapists, Milwaukee,”
Before popping your cork
When a family member
Is totally out of line, obnoxious,
Or even…noxious.

Viva, family therapists!

Cool Spring Day
Milwaukee 2008
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Viva, Hillary Rodham Clinton!

We owe this great day in the U.S.A. to…
Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Hillary and her family will offer much to the movement
Growing across the land
To welcome egocentric old men
From dominant families and cultures
Into the compost pile of history.

She and her movement will play a decisive role
In this historic movement.

Great energies, community building, and mindful public policies
Are ours to look forward to in the face of
Life’s tragedies,
With new leaders in D.C.
Who shame not the nation nor the species.

Viva Hillary Rodham Clinton!

Hot Spring Saturday
Milwaukee 2008

Dancing in the Streets of the U.S.A.

In my mind’s eye, we’re dancing the in streets today.
What a great gift we’ve offered ourselves and the world!

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Perhaps the world’s oldest political party
Has chosen a fine son of the best
Of the movements of our time.

The dreams of our visionary leaders
From days gone by,
Are in many inspiring ways
Taking shape, manifesting.

The Obama movement
Has enormous possibilities
For peace and reconciliation,
For justice and harmony,
For some kind of transcendence.

He and his team have loosened
Some rich soil and
Connected with many new sources
Of nutrients and energy!

May Obama live a long life!
May he inspire and advance
Our movements!

New Day, Milwaukee

Crafting My Many Selves

I love crafting my many selves!
This work is never complete,
Nor an easy task!

I am so vast and so complex,
So filled with contradictory voices
Even naming myself becomes a game.

Who am I today?
Which identity to present to whom?

I’m exultant when I pick
Just the right name
For the person, place, or day.

What self, what culture
Will I choose on the morrow?

I sometimes swim through my selves.
Other times I simply float down
Those luxurious rivers.

Don’t dare tell me who or what I am!
That is my choice to make!

I’m coming to love my many selves!
Even their quarrels, battles,
And intractable impossible
Glorious contradictions.

Perfect Spring Morning
Milwaukee, 2008

Floating Down the River Through My Backyard City Farm

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It’s really quite easy to float down the river
Running right through my backyard city farm.

I never was one to sit still enough
To float down that river
Through my mind’s eye.

Backyard, and frontyard(!) city farms
Are practical, and divine, in other ways as well.

No burning fossil fuels
While digging with one’s worms!

No burning bridges
Since everyone knows
You can’t argue politics
Or religion while planting
Those incredibly tiny oregano seeds.

Glorious Brisk Spring Saturday
Memorial Day Weekend, 2008

Wrestling With My Vanities

I can barely stay upright
When you let me talk!

I love your attention!
I love attention!

I once ran from
Its thrill.

But a cascade of follies
Throughout my adult years
Calls for good news
For my well weathered soul.

Your kind attention to my words
Is very, very good news!

Thank you!
Thank you!
Thank you!

Overwhelmingly lovely Spring Morning
Milwaukee 2008

Grandpa Knows Very, Very Much About Some Things

Grandpa knows very, very much about some things,
And very, very little about others.

Satisfied Young Elder
Bracing Milwaukee Spring Day, 2008

Charismatic Friends and Families

I wonder if we should reflect upon the custom
Of public accolades for charismatic citizens.

We are our relationships, n’est-ce pas?

If a family member’s social practice
Suggests an astonishing “gift of grace”…

Does that gift not reflect directly upon
The family which has nourished them.

The family of origin.
The family of this life’s construction.

Let’s bring that partner(s) spouse(s)on stage!
What about Mom and Dad?
Brothers and Sisters?

And the children!

Look at how well they have lived
With the inexorable and inescapable
Imbecilities and deviations from perfection
Of their charismatic parent!

Viva, the families of our great and modest beings!

Bracing Spring Day, Milwaukee 2008

From Culture Consumers to Culture Creators in Old Milwaukee

It is now well within our reach to
Create our own culture!

We now can be our own “Le Monde” and “Les Tempes Modernes!”
How about a Great Lakes Times,
All the news we’re fit to create!
Let’s be our own “Guardian!”
Let us create a “Milwaukee New Republic!”

The Milwaukee Renaissance
(On Line Magazine and Movement Resource)
Is ours to craft!

Even as we grow perfect red cherry tomatoes
In our Milwaukee three generation hamlets…

And sing new songs and bellow barbaric yawps
From roof tops and glades
In the Holy City
We appear to be making.

Peddler 2008

I Love My Peddler Prowess!

I love my peddler prowess!
Give me a worthy “idear,” person,
Or even practical
Goods or services…

And watch me fly!

Rather Chilly Spring Sunday
Note: “Idear” in honor of Ted Seaver

Earth Poets 20th Anniversary Offerings

Some Children Are Better Taught by Their Parents

Some children are better taught by their parents,
Like it’s been for the previous 3,000 generations
Of village life.

It’s only in the past 3 to 5 generations, in the main,
That children have been thought to acquire more
From formal educators than their mothers and fathers,
Aunts and uncles, grandmas and grandpas.

Certain kinds of children, the more spirited,
The more sensitive, the more exuberant ones,
Might be especially deprived by the lack of parental mentors,
And the presence of employee teachers in bureaucratic settings,
Who really are not meant to “deal” with these kinds of youth.

A lot of our so-called ADD kids would do just fine
Working with their parents in certain kinds of
Personalized work study dramas
Tailored for each unique child,
As only a parent can do!

Rainy Day in Milwaukee
March 31, 2008
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Lovingly Composting The One Dimensional Man

We need not worry to bury
The one dimensional man.

Why not intend him,
Gently, gracefully…
Compassionately,
Away…

Into the compost pile
Of the human race.

Should We Let St. Patrick Rest?

Should We Let St. Patrick Rest?
At least at Timbuktu in Riverwest,

Say, a century’s experiment
In the Holy City of
The Sweet Water Seas?

St. Patrick’s better angels
Would surely welcome Brigid her due,

The Patrick that was a great and modest being
Would gladly cede center stage
To one so wise and lovely as our Brigid.

St. Patrick’s very human failings
Were likely at least in part derived from
His status as a Roman male,
And Church of Rome authority.

Are we not tired of archetypal Romans,
Spiritual or material powers, whatever?

Are the sissy roofers of Milwaukee
The only ones to notice this exhausting hubris?

Patrick in his day may well have expiated sins
In acts of mortification, perhaps even quite pure forms of flagellation.

But retiring Patrick from the reigning icon role
Of St. Patrick’s Day might free him up
For all kinds of new adventures with lots more soul.

Transforming St. Patrick’s into St.Brigid’s Day,
May even pave the way for Patrick’s release
From the agony of purgatory,
Even, perhaps, retroactively,
In defiance of space and time!

Free Patrick! Free Patrick! Free Patrick!
Let Brigid speak! Hear what she has to say!

Let us gaze upon images of Brigid!
Let’s see what that might do!

And what about what St. Patrick’s Day has become?
I can imagine St. Patrick’s shedding a tear
Every time a young Irishmen or otherwise
Drinks a not even fatal, bur rather, a banal beer!

A Spring Like Day, March 14, 2008
Olde

Divine Delusions

Bay View genius Michael Moynihan’s response to Hillary Obama Wisconsin breakthrough…

“A poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more:
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Worse than nothing. It signifies a delusion so deep, a denial so unrecognized, and an ignorance so complete, that it makes thoughtfulness, critical thinking and intelligent discourse seem impossible.

Divine Delusions

I love my hour upon the stage!
I adore Michael’s!

I strut and fret less as my hour
Approaches its final strokes.

There is less sound, less fury,
And I’m sure…the sweetest of new meanings.

Possibly to echo through the 7th generation,
Plenty enough for me.

My delusions divine have contributed to Wisconsin
Overwhelmingly choosing a “black” and a “woman.”

A new sensibility quite likely, perhaps
Mixed with the better angels of aeon’s of “white men.”

A new sensibility marked by a certain kind of
Race and gender ambiguity…a more balanced center.

Which our resident surface level nihilist but deep beauty
Michael Moynihan helped grow!

Godsil

Viva Hillary Obama Wisconsin!

Yin and yang.
Black and white.

He and she.
Mind and heart.

Workers and owners.
Men and women.

North and South.
East and West.

Viva Hillary!
Viva Obama!
Viva, Wiscosin!

Obama 650,000
Hillary 453,000

Seventy four per cent!

McCain 224,000
Huckabee 151,000

Hillary voters greater than
McCain/Huckabee combined!

Obama almost tripled McCain’s showing!

Viva Hilary Obama Wisconsin!

The world was watching.
We did our ancestors proud.

Apprentice City Farmer
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Growing Power Growing Food

Toward a Planetary Real Food Movement

Michael Pollen has inspired the nation to “eat real food!”
Like great grandma served her family when times were good.

Milwaukee’s Will Allen and his Growing Power team
Have awakened me to the promise of front and backyards,
School yards, corner lots, old industry leand for reclamation…

For the renewal of home and community gardens,
For self-reliance, community, grace, and beauty.

And now Linn Cohen-Cole and Devinder Sharma
Are stretching my mind to our brothers and sisters
Across the planet, in cities, towns, and rural places,
North South East West…
Small organic farmers
Everywhere!

We all need real food!
We all can learn to grow it!
Or partner with those who do.

Organic farming, permaculture aspirations.

Starting with connections in the “noosphere,”
To ennoble and protect our lives in the biosphere,
To begin with a germinating web of exchanges
On line and in the real,
Theory, practice.
Practice, theory.

Let’s rehearse a future
With an emerging planetary movement
For organic farming and organic farmers,
In the cities
In the towns
In the country.

We’re in this boat together.
We’re on these lands together.

Learning how better to love one another,
Our biosphere,
Our Life.

We now can reach out beyond our locales,
Beyond our regions, beyond state borders.

Internet empowerment for real food farmers,
For real food partners and consumers.

Looking forward to story sharing
And chaordic vision practice.
Intensely.
Very, very intensely.
But with humility, awe, and irony.
And fun!

Growing farms and gardens to the 7th generation,
Of grace, beauty, and justice,
With reverance for mother earth and all creatures…

As the Growing Power vision puts it,

Creating a just world,
One food-secure community
At a time.

Viva, Real Food!
Viva, healthy people and healthy food!
Viva, growing power growing food!

Humanity is One!

Godsil

Sweet Red Cherry Tomatoes From Your Harambee Garden

Have you ever wished to venture forth beyond
Your primal ancestral circles
And see what’s up in the village
Across the river from your own?

Have you ever longed for sweet red cherry tomatoes
So fresh and juicy the old world
Protestant or Catholic in you worries that
Eating them might be some kind of carnal sin?
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Have you ever felt the joy of sacred fatigue
At the end of a workout in rich soil
Hands in the dirt, good sweat, and
Joyous work laughter moments with friends?

Have you ever imagined that…

Your nation gave rise to a movement
With other nations you are learning to love,

With an eye, strong body, and heart
Fixed on the prize of
Ten thousand backyard city farms.

With 4 chickens (no rooster) each
(Roosters visit from the early rising towns)

Eyes on the prize of…
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Ten Thousand community farms and gardens,
In old industrial city neighborhoods,

Transforming themselves into

Planetary villages of grace, beauty, and health?

And the nation chose a leader
Who could understand all this!

Olde
Too Much Snow and Rain to Roof 2008

Janine Arseneau’s “Delicious Revolution” Starts Poetry Jam Session

dreaming of
a delicious revolution,
from the ground up

cherry tomatoes
in their sweet red summer glory
giving up flesh and nectar

leaving seeds behind
to find their way
back into the soil
to create more
sweet little tomato treasures

softening the earth
opening hearts
nurturing spirits

sustaining us
uniting us

the transformative power
of a tiny cherry tomato

this revolution should be
televised and broadcast widely

Janine

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Looking Like Bridie’s Found Her Harvard

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She has spent about 5 half-days with me this past couple of weeks,
Some of them in bitter cold,
Others requiring some mind/body/hand precision,
Like shooting basketballs,
Which she does so well!

A total pleasure to be with these past couple of weeks in my work rounds.
She has a peddler’s aspect the truck will serve,
E.g. buying, selling, bartering, and delivering things from
Craig’s List Milwaukee Emporium.

Looking like Bridie’s found her Harvard.

Part of her “folk” Harvard adventure will be presented at
www.twogirlsandatruck.com
A wiki web site master wiki gnome Tegan Dowling
Will be creating for Bridie’s 20th Birthday,
The Friend willing!

In the way that I pray, I pray the tragectory of Bridie’s last 3 seasons,
Remains with her for the next 320!

She is one of the reasons I can weep for joy
At an inside table with food and warmth for my babies,
With promise of nice bedrooms for the evening.

Dreaming of 3 generation homes for my sweet ones,
With lots of grand children picking summer raspberries
And sweet red cherry tomatoes.

Olde Godsil

Happy Birthday to Bridie!
Highlights of 20th Birthday Week

Bridie Godsil with Morrey of Crown Hardware and new roofing tools
Rainbow Roofing
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Leaning How To Nail Fasten Metal Flashings
And Heat Weld Membrane Seams
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Two Girls and a 3/4 Ton Truck
Ready to Haul Your Stuff

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Viva, Bridie Wines Godsil!

Happy 20th Birthday!

What a great and good adventure
You are making of your life!

What a joy to be part of
Bridie Rose Wines Godsil’s Life!

What fine people love you!

And thank The Friend
That you were born!

Olde Godsil
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Presidential Campaigns and “Growing Power Awakening”

A “Growing Power” presidential campaign
Starts out with a Will Allen Tour
Of the first organic city farm
Of post-industrial,
Greening Milwaukee.

Nature’s magic.
City farmer work .
Combine to yield small daily miracles,
Astonishingly fresh and healthy
Veggies, fruits, fish, and fowl, and…
City Farmers!

The candidate who awakens to the promise
Of the emerging urban agriculture movement
Will win the people’s nod.

The presidency that will really, deeply matter,
Will go to the candidate who has a “Growing Power Awakening,”
While enjoying a Will Allen Tour, of his teams’
First Organic City Farm of Milwaukee,
The “City of Culture,” sooner than you think to
Offer its bounty of
10,000 city gardens
To the people of
It’s bio-region,
And training,
And inspiration,
To the people of the world.

Godsil
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The Emancipation of the Fourth Estate

It has been my experience in over 40 years of work
In the major movements of our time,
That the reporters of St. Louis, Chicago, Milwaukee,
Fargo, Denver, Brooklyn, and Detroit,
Were quite often the first people in their city
To “get” some major new social trend or fact,
To grasp the “essence” of new developments.

It is also my understanding that many of the
Best and the brightest of our nation, i.e. big city reporters,
Sometimes find themselves intellectually and spiritually challenged
By virtue of the imperatives of the cash nexus.

It is my hope that the internet may afford
A response to this challenge,
A means for small miracles in the lives
Of we citizens of the great cities of the
Great Lakes and Mississippi River regions,
With connections to our brothers and sisters
In the east, west, and southern coasts,
Reporters, the Fourth Estate, and
Citizens, alert and active.
Educating one another.
Co-creating a more graceful civilization.

The Fourth Estate?

Conversations With Bohemian Gentry?

Why Have Not Hillary, Obama, and/or Edwards
Looked into City Farming?
Are They Not Ignoring
Millions of “Locavore” Voters?

Are They Not Missing a
Costless, Creative Way
To Transform Our Health System?

Does anyone have any idea as to how it could be
That our top Democratic Three,
Have not yet understood the cancer
That is industrial agriculture?

Michael Pollan inspires in me
The concept that we are violating
Our bodies and our spirits
By a basic, “systemic” flaw
In our “food system.”

Local, organic, city farming
As pioneered by Milwaukee’s Will Allen,
Dramatically endorsed by Chicago’s Mayor Richard Daley,
Is proving a creative, evolutionary response.

But somehow none of our best and brightest Democratic candidates
Has awakened to this new possibility.

Why not?

Olde
Zero Degree Day
January 2008

Norm

What a man!
What a force of nature!
Look at all he did!
Witness the fruits of his labor!

You would have had to live a while,
Alongside of Norm(to paraphrase Otis),
To have any chance
Of understanding…words won’t do!

Where to begin? What can one possibly say?

Hampton Gardens, 1952.
Tall, dark, handsome, strong, lithe, agile,
Totally at ease with his self and his body.
A friendly smile, soft spoken,
A tad shy with the straight Irish-American elders.
Warm and friendly with us little guys—second graders,
Destined to become “Betty’s Boys.”

Knock-down dead gorgeous movie star beauty wife, Betty,
Brand new apartment, the hottest possible cars
(was that the red Cadilac to Betty’s pink Studebaker era?).

Traveling at 90 to 100 mph through Illinois
To give the nation the sweetest ice cream—custard!
A professional baseball player in his 20s,
Made it as a pitcher to the St. Louis Browns for a time!

An Italian! Brother of a millionaire Italian trucker!
Played cards at high stakes with guys on the edge of …
Played golf, probably at high stakes, with others, on the edge of ???
Spent time with wife and son at great Italian restaurants,
Had, something his son’s friend’s families only dreamed of,
A night life!

Norm Tarantola introduced some kind of a Mediterranean way
To South St. Louis, just a bit beyond “The Hill.”
He sent his son Norman Jr.(“Rock”) to private Catholic schools,
St. Joan of Arc then Chaminade,
Correctly believing that a good education would
Make life easier than it had been for him.

This was in the early 1950s, when most northern European families,
Including the vast majority of St. Joan of Arc, German and Irish,
Had barely any contact with Italians, whose culture was different,
Some of it very, very much better, e.g. excellent spicy food, gardens, wine & celebrations,
Some if it a mixed blessing, e.g. explosive temper outbursts.

To be continued…

An Old Roofer’s Response to Quantum Physics’ “Zero Point Field”

May we help you…
Calm and stoke your fire?
Perfect pitch your symphony?
Manifest your most glorious selves?
Gracefully order you elegant chaos?

Thank You For the Tears of Joy

We were violently cast adrift
In the cold and briny deep, clutching
Our ship’s detritus, gasping for air.

Barely conscious face down in the sand,
Freezing shivering, vomiting water,
Bodies bruised and swollen.

After what seemed a lifetime of misery
Some rays of sun began to dry our
Clothes and bodies—we slowly awakened.

Able to open our eyes and hold our heads up,
Eventually pushed ourselves from the sand,
Knelt, crawled, and finally stood—wobbling.

We began a halting walk
Away from the sea, across the sand,
Toward higher drier land—hungry.

Past the dunes we climbed small bluffs
And spied a modest house
Set in a yard with a once painted picket fence.

The gate had no latch,
We walked past toward the porch,
Knocked on the door—no one was there.

The door knob turned,
We opened the door
And slowly walked in.

It was a lightly furnished house,
Rather recently occupied,
With some food on a kitchen table.

We gathered at that table
By windows where the warming sun
Welcomed us to sit and eat.

We looked at each other.
Smiled, then laughed,
And wept for joy.

Olde
2008

If John Kerry Had Offered This Speech at Milwaukee’s Soldiers Home

First Draft of John Kerry Speech for Delivery at Steps of Old Main at
Soldiers Home of the Great M Idwest?, in Milwaukee, Wiconsin.

Milwaukee is becoming home to all of God’s children.
It is a lovely city
where the waters and citizens from every continent meet.

Milwaukee, like life itself, is a terrible beauty,
the scene of great tragedies, but also, of great triumphs.

It is humbling and awe-inspiring to meet with you at the Soldiers Home
of the Great Lakes and the Great Midwest, home to the sacred remains
of the gallant soldiers and families, who faced the horrors of war,
and whose finest aspect informs this gathering today.

I have chosen the Soldiers Home as one of my major Midwest
destinations, so that I and we can experience the spirit of these buildings,
where healed and died the soldiers who fought the war that ended
10,000 years of slavery in Western civilization.

These are also the buildings and the graves where
inhere the spirit of the soldiers who fought the wars that wiped the
malignancy of Hitler’s Nazism and Mussolini’s facism from the map of
Europe. And these are the buildings and the graves where will reside
the spirit of the Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting
the scourge of terrorist fundamentalisms in these times.

It is at these grounds that I wish to address the issues of war and
peace, and the issues of race and religious reconciliation.

How can we learn to be good soldiers and citizens in a just war,
without learning the lessons of the Soldiers Home?
How can we learn to be good citizens in our domestic
war against intolerance, injustice, and violence, public and private,
institutional and individual.

These 43,000 graves and these marvelous buildings that housed those
maimed and wounded by the dogs of war, speak clearly to a basic and
fundamental principle.

This great country should never go to war because we want to.
We should only go to war because we have to.

These buildings which constituted a nurturing village for our soldiers
since the Civil War era, are currently in a disgraceful state of
disrepair, largely forgotten these past 15 years. This failure inspires a second
principle to guide our collective enterprise: when we make a mistake,
when we overlook something of great importance, we must seek out a wise
response to our mistake, apologize to those harmed by it, and move on
to a brighter and more thoughtful tomorrow. It is quite human to err, to
apologize, and to move on, informed by our mistakes. It is quite
limitingto our humanity to err, evade, and continue on misguided pathways.

Let us renew these buildings and fill them with new life and new purpose.

Let us renew our foreign and domestic policy. Let America once again
embody the charisma of freedom and democracy. No more unilaterial
wars! No more rejection of treaties designed to heal our
environment. Never again Abu Ghraib!

We will reclaim the Soldiers Home for the generations. We will hear
the spirit of these fallen heroes. We will extricate this great nation
from a narrative of self-destructive fear.

Let us reclaim the narrative of hope that has served so well this
nation’s great contribution to the advance of liberty, community, and justice.

(to be continued)

Dare to Dream of Three Generation Households

Is it possible to imagine laying plans for
A three generation household in old Milwaukee?

Where old granpa and/or olde grandma
Live in pleasant, modest, and private
But accessible quarters, in the same lot or hamlet
That mom and dad, and perhaps young children
Also live, perhaps work, and surely play?

And not necessarily just biological family hamlets.
Spiritual, cultural, artisinal, etc. “families”
Could aspire to succeed in Three Generation Households.

Say like the Polish working class neighborhoods of a century ago,
With the duplex in front, often a cottage in the back.
Where the elders helped with looking after the grandchildren,
Often cooking large meals for all 3 generations,
Maybe earning pocket change with some neighborhood service
That further connected families with clans with communities?

Can some of us children of the movements of the 60s,
Pull something like that off with our kids and grand kids?

Young elders with gardening, fix-up, cooking, cleaning,
Driving, errand-running, and child-rearing skills,
With compassionate, exuberant, kindly focused spirits
Surely are blessed with the kinds of resources
That might inspire the new generations to risk some shared fates.

Young elders with new generation partners!

If 10 percent of us did that, if 5 percent of us did that,
It would be an historic project!

What must one do to arrive at as much?

The Indiginous Peoples of North America have told me…
“Watch the animals and learn how to live.”

So watching the bonobos is high on my list.
Barbara Bell, Harry Prosen, and Gay Reinartz
Should be consulted.

Talking with family therapists about their “shop” another.
Mary Maroney, Jim Morningstar, and Roberta Hanus for the humans.

And then there is talk with my family and my friends.

Perhaps some of the three generation households
Will not be biology as destiny but rather
Freely chosen fully conscious transgenerational partnerships.
With eyes wide open!

“Shadow work” with Jung’s children.
Trips to witness possible household members
In challenging circumstances.

Baby steps and escape plans
A plenty.

And more talk with my neighbors, work and other kinds of partners.

The sweet ones!

Study the bonobos. Talk with the sweet ones.
Experiments. Baby steps.

Therein lies one path to take!

You Are Invited To My 100th Birthday Party

June 18, 2045 at around noon.
Bring a Friend. Bring The Friend!
We’ll start out at the Riverwest Co-op Cafe.
With a tour bus.

Great food, drink, music, and Sweet Ones!

All will merit a prize, perhaps hand crafted
Coffee table books of interviews and pictures
Of the great and modest beings who sparked some kind of
Historic Milwaukee, Great Lakes, and
Mississippi River Valley
Renewal.

Some kind of Upper Mississippi River Great Lakes Culture.
Growing our own food and culture.
Growing Power!

Harvesting our water and wind!
Sun power! Soil power!
Rain power!
Our power!

Cultivating healthy spirits,
Young and old.

I am hoping for your blessing and support
For adventures of the Mind and Spirit,
Following my 100th, which is past 8 a.m. that day,
Perhaps just through the food, music, dance, poetry,
And performance art that mark the day.

Or perhaps I’m by my 100th worthy of
Sacred mushrooms and the like.

In any case, the birthday party may extend beyond
June 18, 2045,
And may involve touring beyond the borders of
MyOur Milwaukee.

And, if I don’t quite make it to my 100th,
You’re invited to my funeral!

If you don’t quite make it to my 100th,
Or my funeral,
Do your best to let me know.
I’ll shed a tear for you…
You know.

Rainbow dancing in the streets,
Even those whose people
Have not danced sober in the streets
Since the dawn of the industrial age.

RSVP: sacredmushroomsifworthywhen100@milwaukeerenaissance.com

Our Hearts Are Made of Love

Don’t be afraid.

It’s ok.

You can fall in love.

You can say “I’m in love”
Even if your love
Sometimes makes you crazy.

Literally.

Or would prove impossible to live
Day to day with…

Always.

Our hearts are made of love.

It’s good to be falling into love.

With one special person.

With many special persons.

In different realms of being.

In different galaxies.

In the regions of the heart.

The rich paths to the Soul.

Yes Magazine Article

Poetry and Prose 2007

Poetry and Prose 2006

Poetry and Prose 2005

My Life’s Highest Professional Honor: The Good Word from Grace Lee Boggs

A HEALTHIER FOOD SYSTEM IS POSSIBLE
by Grace Lee Boggs
July 1, 8:35 a.m.

My friend, James Godsil, is a poet and roofer who lives in Milwaukee,and works closely with Will Allen, the retired basketball player who is known nationally and internationally for Growing Power, the 2–1/2 acre urban farm with five greenhouses which produces over 100,000 pounds of chemical-free vegetables a year and is also a fish farm.

To date, Will has taught farming and food processing to more than 1,000 students and helped launch more than 25 urban gardens, some in the poorest counties in the U.S.

For example. Sharon Adams has eliminated blight and reclaimed her Walnut Way neighborhood not far from Growing Power with youth community gardening programs developed by Will Allen.

“We’re not just growing food, we’re growing communities,” says Will.

Godsil is the webmaster for Milwaukee Renaissance and works tirelessly not only to spread the good news about Growing Power but to create a national network of urban farmers as the surest way to rebuild and respirit 21st century U,S. cities. See www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/BillSell/AnUrbanManifesto/

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Renowned Slate Roofer and Green Trailblazer Joe Jenkins to Publish “Confessions of a Sissy Roofer in “Traditional Roofer” magazine.

This is a dream come true!

Wrote Luhrssen in the “Shepherd” re “My Milwaukee”’‘’

August 02, 2007

Jim Godsil is someone everyone in Milwaukee meets sooner or later. The intellectual roofer and soulful artisan has conducted countless campaigns by e-mail and in person on behalf of bettering local social and cultural life—calling out the treasures hidden in the city’s history, the potential of the present and the promise of the future. In a booklet of poetry that catches his visions in short, lyrical phrases, Godsil addresses his thoughts to “We Sons and Daughters/Of the Sweet Inland Seas,” the Great Lakes bioregion that might function quite well outside the orbit of Washington, D.C. Godsil’s human preoccupation with his homeland, Milwaukee, has universal resonance at a time when globalization has become the engine of global catastrophe. Gracing My Milwaukee’s cover is a painting of a local landmark, Soldier’s Home, by Shelby Keefe, another artist filled with the unique spirit of our Great Lakes city.

http://www.shepherd-express.com

Denise Dee organized the presentation of “My Milwaukee” at Schwartz’ on Downer to include Dave Luhrssen’s review which may have more soul than that reviewed!

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Olde Godsil

Olde Godsil at Riverwest Co-op Office, August 2, 2007
Photo by Jake Hay

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Godsil Interviewed by Julia Kolker

Confessions of a Late Comer to the Environmental Movement

60th Birthday Greetings from Family and Friends…

http://sixtygodsil.blogspot.com/

Godsil Poetry Archive

Value of Sweet Water Foundation to Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water Foundation Value to Sweet Water Organics

The Sweet Water Foundation is in collaboration with Sweet Water Organics, Inc. to advance the 21st century industry of organic enginering systems in urban agriculture architecture, with aquaponics and its ancillary enterpises key to this new set of earth friendly, sustainable technologies

  • a team of grant writers developing projects that will be quite likely to contract for Sweet Water goods and services in a transparant, appropriate fashion

  • good will that inspires media, government, business, and community groups to support and purchase Sweet Water products. The Foundation supported by generous start-up money by Sweet Water Organics has helped Sweet Water Organics win a few million dollars worth of publicity and wide-spread community support.

  • the young people that the Foundation is training will become the bench strength that enables Sweet Water to replicate its commercial template and roll out Sweet Water miniatures far and wide

  • teams of “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture” professionals exploring methods useful for aquaponics

in general, and Sweet Water commercial scale and miniature projects in particular

  • partnerships with universities and foundations that will bring people to paying Sweet Water Organics tours and workships

  • an expanding “community of urban agriculture practice” that will be key to developing ancillary industries that will make Organics more efficient and secure, e.g. compost, compost teas, soldier fly larvae, etc.

  • a doorway to the One World Aquaponics network, a team of social businesses and enterprisers ready and willing to share vital scientific information without which Sweet Water is substantially diminished in its capacities

  • miniature aquaponic system experiments with a wide variety of people across the nation and the world collaborating to develop best practices to the great advantage of the Sweet Water Miniature initiative

The Emerging Hybrid One World Aquaponics

We have a team of engineers and biologists from across the
planet, helping develop not just Sweet Water but also…

One World Aquaponicss

It is beginning to look like Sweet Water has become the
symbol of North American aquaponics in historic factory
buildings.

We have partners in One World Aquaponics(emerging) who
are England’s, Switzerland’s, Holland’s, and, actually,
the European equivalents of Sweet Water.

So there may be a world market for your intriguing products
and career visions.

Tell me your story!

Godsil, co-founder V.P.
Sweet Water Organics
President, Sweet Water Foundation

Smithsonian Sweet Water Collaboratons?

Your e-mail is yet another “dream come true.” This past week 4 scientists
from the Shedd Aquarium were brought by the Great Lakes Water Institute’s
Fred Binkowski to advance a collaboration involving Sweet Water and the Shedd
Aquarium that should greatly aid our existing commitments to support aquaponics
miniatures at Chicago State University, Kennedy King College, Whitney Young
High School(where the First Lady graduated), and other school/Sweeet Water
collaborations in Milwaukee and beyond.

One World Aquaponics, which Sweet Water is helping launch, brings us into working
relationships, thanks to the miracle of the internet and skype, with some of the world’s top hands-on, applied aquaponics scientists, most notably, Dr. Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK.

Between the Shedd Aquarium, Sweet Water, and One World Aquaponics support group(just established this Fall), a Smithsonian aquaponics initiative would have access
in the design, installation, development, and maintenance moments to a fine “dream team.”

We are working to advance Janine Benyus’ call in her TED lecture on bio-mimicry for the marriage of engineers and biologists for 21st century industries like aquaponics. Many, many engineers and biologists are supporting the work of Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm, and the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy.

We welcome on-line brainstorming around the miniaturization of Sweet Water Aquaponics systems for use in schools, museums, as well as small home systems and small business models. We are eager to help develop a…

Best Practice Aquaponics System for the Smithsonian

We would love for you and some of your partners to come to Sweet Water, perhaps at
our January 8 and 15th workshops, or sooner if you can.

We have investors and possible replicators in the D.C. area who we can bring into this conversation as well. Eye on the prize of…

A Sweet Water Miniature(or a Smithsonian Shedd Aquarium Miniature) in 5 Per Cent of the Nation’s Schools in 10 Years!

The STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math would be greatly advanced. And Harvard’s Tony Wagner, author of “The Global Achievement Gap, would find the three basic skills students need for our knowledge economy greatly supported by aquaponics installations: the ability to do critical thinking and problem-solving; the ability to communicate effectively; and the ability to collaborate(from NYT’s Friedman article this week).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Know that I am happy to invest considerable efforts to advance our collaboration possibilities.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, co-founder
Sweet Water Organics, Inc.
President, Sweet Water Foundation


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Government of Alberta Canada Bankrolling Aquaponics Initiatives

http://albertaventure.com/2011/01/a-fish-called-wonder/

Grace Lee Boggs Newsletter Features Story on “Naming Sweet Water”

http://www.boggscenter.org/fi-glb-12-18-2010_milwaukee_james_godsil.html

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It looks now like aquaponics is going main stream, and quite possibly in a dramatic
way if our dreams about collaborations with a number of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, and Minneapolispeople and institutions manifest.

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It looks now like aquaponics is going main stream, and quite possibly in a dramatic way if our dreams about collaborations with a number of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, and Minneapolispeople and institutions manifest.

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Best Aquaponics Community of Practice Forum

http://backyardaquaponics.com/forum/index.php?sid=e037f13b530afc627eee40fa1e945d5d

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SweetWater “Theory” January 2, 2011

Yo Alece, JD, and our emerging community of aquaponics practice!

Happy New Year!

You and yours are providing a great service with your work and developing places like this for we apprentice aquaponics practitioners to share our discoveries. For me the Sweet Water and Growing Power aquaponics experiments are in the early research and development phase, with Growing Power tilting toward inspiration and motivation, Sweet Water tilting toward science and engineering. The commercial proof of concept in the short run will possibly happen with the large chapel greenhouses which are well away from the building and will get maximum sunshine. The greenhouses closer to the building are not for plants but for fish. We hope to successfully grow plants in vertigrow type towers with 7 pots of 4 plants each. Key challenge in my mind will be insulating the pipes carrying the fish water to the greenhouses. I would love to learn of problems you may have heard about regarding the vertigrow systems. It will be interesting to discover how much heat will be required for these greenhouse systems in Wisconsin winter. Some engineers have shown up at Sweet Water for questions like this, but also to explore establishing rooftop greenhouses that would provide the plant space, the insufficient quantity you correctly express concern about.

Aquaponics in giant old factory buildings is as much a science lab, classroom, eco-tourist destination, locus for hope and inspiration, and a place to bring together the many kinds of skill sets to advance the democratization of aquaponics through miniaturization. The democratization of aquaponics, interestingly, may be the strictly commercial proof of concept for aquaponics in big old factories. They will serve both as the “showroom” for the smaller systems, but also the place for design and fabrication.

Sweet Water is a triple bottom line, multiple income streamed, social business experiment.

In the same way that the civic minded have supported museums and inspiring homes of worship for faith communities, I intuit the energies available in each and every major Great Lakes Heartland and seaboard industrial city to find at least one Sweet Water to bring together our good food ®Evolution, improve each “generation” of large system experiments, and, perhaps, most importantly, refine and accelerate the miniaturization experiments. Every school deserves an aquapaponics miniature. Sweet Water gathering places should be designed to inspire and support aquaponics experiments at faith communities, elder care homes, some pubs and restaurants, hopefully every square city block. What more earth friendly way is there to provide tasty protein sources and fresh greens for the people, but, more importantly BY we people!

Every city deserves Sweet Water!

Grateful for your outstanding services,

Godsil

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Sweet Water Worm Mons Seek Craft Blender, Garbage Disposal, and Garage Door Tracks

Kata Young, Mike Flynn, and Nik Montezon are doing some very serious sweet soil applied science work these days.

I hope there are people in the movement checking in on some of their projects, which vastly exceed the “Shanty Irish compost/vermiculture start” that I was doing my best to bring along.

I expect we’ll be hearing quite a lot about their emerging discoveries, which, at the moment, are hoping will find someone with:

  • craft blender (an older blender used for papermaking, mucky art projects, etc.) that we could borrow for the time being (or as long as you are willing to lend)

  • An old sink/garbage disposal (working)…Know any construction contractors rebuiling kitchens??? I know you guys know them…!!!

  • Old Garge Door Tracks/attachments (minus the door!)

For the sifting box to roll on…

Any ideas as to where best to acquire as much?

Happy New Year!

Olde

Viva la tierra!!!

kata

Kata Young
Dir. of Soil Systems
Sweet Water Organics
www.sweetwater-organic.com
510–507–0829

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Sweet Water Foundation Flickr Photo Stream and Pay Pal Link

About 150 wondrous pictures of our children learning great new things!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sweetwaterfoundation/

To Pay Pal:

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Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology. Don’t try to launch
a project on your own. Talk with people who might be pre-disposed to do the
research and the work required. High school or college science or ag teachers, for example; friends passionate about the environment, good food, e.g. chefs, or growing things, e.g. farmers, gardeners.

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If you do facebook, do a search for aquaponics and become facebook friends
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Google “aquaponics (your city or state name) and see if anyone shows up.

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Let me know of your progress! I will do my best to be one of your distant, on-line aquaponics project design mentors.

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Godsil Holiday Sweet Water Tours & Art Gallery Opening

Silent Auction, Art by Jeff Redmon, Sweet Water Artist in Residence

Invite your artist friends to participate

I am hoping to inspire some of the Sweet Water teams to join in at
some Holiday tours I have committed to hosting, God willing.

Invite Your Visiting Friends and Relatives to the “Sweet Water Rainforest” Tour

$10 adults, $5 students, kids get in free

Please e-mail or call me at 414 232 1336 to make sure all is well, just in case one of my family forbids me to spend this time at Sweet Water.

Thursday Dec. 23

4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 24,

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday Dec. 26

Noon to 2 p.m.

Friday Dec. 31

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday Jan. 1

noon to 2 p.m.

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Just returned to Milwaukee,inspired by visions of mighty collaborations, God willing, at least up through to my 100th birthday party, in 2045.

Milwaukee means “where the Waters meet.”

The first nations of America, I’m told, called the Great Lakes…

The Sweet Water Seas

Why not gather our lost tribes, from America, but also beyond,
to gather in Milwaukee and other sacred sites,
and combine to make our waters sweet again, to once again
fish sweet waters and grow fresh plants as our ancestors did,
naturally, in work moments ennobling and awakening great spirit.

Why not make the secular sacred?

Why not learn from the elders of our First Nations,
And the wise elders of all nations,
How to cooperate with Mother Nature and Father Sky?

And draw upon the resources now at hand…the fine buildings,
the brilliant technologies, old and new, the winter homes now vacant,
the fish tanks, the bio-filters and clarifiers, the myriad tools
and edge of history technologies awaiting re-use.

Why not combine our lessons learned from hard-won experience,
our shared knowledge of aquatic and horticulture science, our aquaponics discoveries…

Why not draw upon the countless communities of mindful practice in

  • aquaculture
  • aquaponics
  • organic farming
  • organic engineering systems
  • intensive agriculture architecture
  • bio-sphere friendly energy harvesting technologies

Who are knocking on our doors eager to join in!

And, with the internet and easy travel, can be our partners!

  • Life long learning workshops and year round multigenerational “camps”

in sweet soil and plant development, including vermiculture and permaculture
theory and practice

  • Recruiting highly skilled participants who trade 4 hours of work per day in return

for room and board and study/learning time and occasions

  • location of aquaponic/ras integration and sequential development

  • develop learning centers for first nation peoples,

including “net enhanced” small scale aquaponics and organic farming

  • Lab and Testing Workshops

  • Training and Development Programs

  • Aquaponics Miniature Test, Design, Build Initiatives

I hope you and yours will swap visions with me and mine!

And that we take the first 10,000 steps toward 10 billions, all pleasing
To Mother Nature and the Great Spirit.

Godsil

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Small Changes Rippling Through the Culture: Multiple Values From

$500 Worth of Arugula, Spinach, and Raspberries

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$500 Worth of Arugula, Spinach, and Raspberries

I wonder what the value is of inspiring and mentoring someone with modest resources
to

  • grow $500 worth of arugula, spinach, mushrooms, and raspberries in their back yard

  • teach one of the children in that family to learn how to work with Mom and/or Dad and/or

Grandma and/or Grandpa

  • find that family sharing meal with some of the tastiest ingredients from the family garden

  • giving rise to one of the children in that family eating $100 less of sugar, fat, salt, or processed

food of little nutritional value

  • inspiring that family to grow sweet soil with the leaves and their radiant nitrogen residues

  • of inspiring another family on the block to start their garden

  • and next year the 2nd family inspired 2 more families!

  • this small change for one family were multiplied by 10 families over the next 3 years

  • and one of those families started a community garden on a vacant lot, and the story evolves…

Multiple bottom lines

Multiple value streams

Godsil

I wonder what the value is of inspiring and mentoring someone with modest resources
to

  • grow $500 worth of arugula, spinach, mushrooms, and raspberries in their back yard

  • teach one of the children in that family to learn how to work with Mom and/or Dad and/or

Grandma and/or Grandpa

  • find that family sharing meal with some of the tastiest ingredients from the family garden

  • giving rise to one of the children in that family eating $100 less of sugar, fat, salt, or processed

food of little nutritional value

  • inspiring that family to grow sweet soil with the leaves and their radiant nitrogen residues

  • of inspiring another family on the block to start their garden

  • and next year the 2nd family inspired 2 more families!

  • this small change for one family were multiplied by 10 families over the next 3 years

  • and one of those families started a community garden on a vacant lot, and the story evolves…

Multiple bottom lines

Multiple value streams

Godsil

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With a budget from $500 to $1,000, I am confident that I can win your enough attention from our staff pertaining to horticultural, water chemistry, business design, strategic marketing and communications, information property and harvesting, tour and workshop, mechanical systems functioning, and so on.

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Intensive Sweet Water Private Tours & Consultation

With a budget from $500 to $1,000, I am confident that I can win your enough attention
from our staff pertaining to horticultural, water chemistry, business design, strategic marketing and communications, information property and harvesting, tour and workshop, mechanical systems functioning, and so on.

Let me know if you would like to firm up your

Tailored Tour

And I am happy to refine it with you and initiate some on-line conversations with some of those you’ll be meeting.

>>>>>>>

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Intensive Sweet Water Private Tours & Consultation

With a budget from $500 to $1,000, I am confident that I can win your enough attention
from our staff pertaining to horticultural, water chemistry, business design, strategic marketing and communications, information property and harvesting, tour and workshop, mechanical systems functioning, and so on.

Let me know if you would like to firm up your

Tailored Tour

And I am happy to refine it with you and initiate some on-line conversations with some of those you’ll be meeting.

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We will be hosting a workshop Jan. 8 and others in the winter months.

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We will be hosting workshops in the winter months. Still working out the details.

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Start Up Theory

Here’s a radio interview that captures some of my concepts

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

And here is a platform I store some of the Sweet Water Developments I’m closest to.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/GodsilConceptNotes2010

“Start Up Theories.”

Asset Based Sequential Community and Economic Development

The Sweet Water Founders believed that harnessing the resources available to them
in pursuit of a vision that was “in the grain” of the needs of the time, they would set in motion an “auto-catalytic” or sustainable process that would bring new partners with new resource sets, who would bring yet more partners with yet more resources, in a “virtuous cycle” of evolution and growth.

Here were some of the initial resources brought to the project:

  • a mammoth 10,000 sq. ft. building with 3 built-in, concrete lined, below the ground

fish tanks waiting for transformation from their original use as a rail road car bed

  • an acre of secluded land outside amenable to large scale composting without

bothering any neighbors(rail road tracks and lightly used factories nearby

  • a start-up capitalization of about $50,000 the Community Roofing partners were

able to bring forth during the first 6 months

  • a wide and deep network of artisans, mechanics, horticulturalists, and fish scientists already showing up in various edge of history Milwaukee urban agriculture

projects, e.g. Growing Power, Great Lakes Water Institute, Milwaukee Urban Agriculture Network, Urban Ecology Center, UW-Extension, the Victory Garden Initiative, Walnut
Way, Alice’s Garden, Future Green, and more

  • a track record of collaboration with complex and dangerous projects that marked the

Lindner/Community projects during the previous 5 plus years

  • communications connectivity with the mainstream media and the increasingly dense

internet platforms available not just to attract local but also national and international
help

The core theory was that Sweet Water Organics could make a sufficient mark with its
start-up team as to attract new sources of capital: green dollars, social, cultural, and spiritual capital that would launch the good ship Sweet Water for fruitful projects over the years and throughout Milwaukee and beyond

Two. Multiple Bottom Lines and Income Streams

The Sweet Water “proof of concept” for the sustainability of the world’s first fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building involved different points of view. Some of the expanding circle of partners believed that there would be sufficient revenues from the sale of tilapia, perch, and the produce they nourished to validate the system and inspire replications large and small.

Others viewed Sweet Water Organics as a necessary research and development project with too many unknowns to expect quick green money bottom line performance. Sweet Water was seen as a science lab, a multifaceted 21st century school “without walls,” an eco-business incubator, an emerging community center, and possibly a model for urban infill development with a “Sweet Water Village” potential.

This group proposed a focus on multiple bottom lines, e.g. ecology and equity, as well as multiple-income streams, e.g. fish and produce sales, but also compost, worms, worm castings, small plot intensive garden structures, workshops, tours, urban agriculture and aquaponics installations.

Some also advocated a hybrid business model for Sweet Water Organics that would involve the establishment of a non-profit, i.e. the Sweet Water Foundation, to harvest the hard won information derived from “Organics’” research and development, and incorporate it into education and inspiration for schools and community. Sweet Water Organics would “profit” from the good will and expanding web of competent and committed partners in the urban agriculture/aquaonics ®Evolution!

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the deep “structural” challenges of our economy were our urban community colleges,
which, he said, are going to get much more funds and attention as a location for technical skill sets for the 21st century economy, much as the factories of yesteryear were the path from rural poverty and destitution.

to:

the deep “structural” challenges of our economy would be in our urban community colleges, which, he said, are going to get much more funds and attention as a location for technical skill sets for the 21st century economy, much as the factories of yesteryear were the path from rural poverty and destitution.

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Here is a link to an aquaponics classic by the scientist most often credited as
“The Father of Modern Aquaponics.”

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

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Here is a seminal article by the modern father of aquaponics:

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

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Seek Correspondence With Aquaponics “Creatives” and “Wisdom Workers”

Aquaponics Going Mainstream!

It looks now like aquaponics is going main stream, and quite possibly in a dramatic
way if our dreams about collaborations with a number of Chicago, Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, and Minneapolispeople and institutions manifest.

Aquaponics “Creatives” and “Wisdom Workers” are needed to respond to requests made of Sweet Water to help people develop aquaponic projects, large and small, in schools, store front enterprises, community centers, spiritual centers,and commercial scale social businesses in abandoned factories, Masonic temples, YMCA facilities, and more, throughout the Great Lakes Heartland and Seaboard old industrial cities.

We cannot possibly help all of the people seeking help and would like to do our
best to develop a team of aquaponics mentors, installers, maintenance and tech supporters, horticulralists, water and fish scientists, mechanics, and more.

Looking forward to 34.5 years of mighty collaborations, on up through my 100th birthday party!

Godsil

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Here is a link to an aquaponics classic by the scientist most often credited as
“The Father of Modern Aquaponics.”

http://www.northernaquafarms.com/knowledgelibrary/NAF_PDF_Files/Integrating_Fish_and_Plant_Culture

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Community Colleges Embrace Aquaponics & Urban Agriculture

Community Colleges Can Help Substitute For The Good Old Factory Jobs

Last night Tom Brokow told nation that the key investment for addressing
the deep “structural” challenges of our economy were our urban community colleges,
which, he said, are going to get much more funds and attention as a location for technical skill sets for the 21st century economy, much as the factories of yesteryear were the path from rural poverty and destitution.

Sweet Water has been in conversation with Kennedy King Community College, Chicago State University, and now the mayor’s office of Chicago, which hopes to give the Sweet Water Foundation the Masonic Temple across the street from Kennedy King’s incredible culinary and multi-media facilities, and adjacent to a very large site they hope to get our help developing into a 4 season aquaponic green house.

Help Citizens Make Miracles of Loaves, Fishes, and Productive Habitats

The web of partnerships available for crafting between Chicago and Milwaukee resourced teams could go quite a way toward realizing Dr. Watson’s dream of CSU and KKCC become renowned urban agriculture centers. Young and life long students at such an accessible campus could acquire:

  • a combination of food growing and preparing skills;
  • multi-media communication capacities;
  • old home green conversions into not just energy tight/efficient dwellings but also family enterprise providing large shares of home grown and prepared foods and the marketing of the skills acquired by such start-up family enterprisers:
  • enterprise “consciousness”, i.e. market place self promotion/reliance in the context of community building

Transforming a Historic Masonic Temple Into an Eco-Tourist Destination and Urban Aquaponics National Nerve Center

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation and dissertator from Columbia College, has pulled together a national network that just might be able to pull this off, with a little bit of help from his and Sweet Water’s friends, which may soon include IBM’s Smart City support teams.

Let me know if you or any of your team would like to become part of this phantasmagorical
story. Sweet Water adventures to date have disciplined that part of me that says “this is way to utopian” to back off and allow that part of me that says “Why not?” along with the spirit of Bobby Kennedy, may he rest in peace.

What say?

Why not?

Godsil

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Goodle “aquaponics you tube” and “aquaponics facebook.”

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Google “aquaponics you tube” and “aquaponics facebook.”

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Once No Pencils, Books, Computers, Aquaponics Systems

No Alphabet No Pencils

There was a time when schools had no alphabet;
then no paper, no pencils; then no books.

But then the alphabet, paper, pencils,
and the books arrived. Learning advanced.

And there was a time when schools had no social workers,
no computers. But they came as well. Learning advanced.

Now is a time when schools have no aquaponic systems,
to inspire deeper interest in science, technology, engineering, and math.

No aquaponic systems to inspire the notion that “I can grow my own food!”
And the food that I grow, even vegetables, tastes…fantastic!

But then the aquaponic systems arrived, little by little, greatly accelerated
by hands-on exhibits at the nation’s top museums, starting with the Smithsonian.

And aquaponics as a birthright training experience became a meme,
then a desiderata. Learning, and health, advanced.

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Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

  • The Office of the Mayor
  • The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
  • Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
  • The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
  • And others provided upon request

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

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Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

  • The Office of the Mayor
  • The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
  • Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
  • The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
  • And others provided upon request

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

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Visions of Sweet Water Chicago, Dec. 2010

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:50 AM
Subject: A Sweet Water Press Release for Chicago

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sweet Water Organics and the Sweet Water Foundation have announced their intention of
co-creating Sweet Water Two in the City of Chicago. Milwaukee’s Sweet Water One has
recently introduced the nation, and even the world, to the possibilities of aquaponics farming in historic industrial buildings and their adjacent properties. Here is a link to NBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times coverage of their aquaponics fish vegetable farm growing perch and produce for local markets.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/

Chicago Partners First Focus: Sweet Water Miniature Showrooms in East Garfield Neighborhood

Sweet Water Organics has partnered with a wide range of institutions, engineers, biologists, aquatic scientists, artisans, mechanics, artists, and entrepreneurs to create the world’s first commercial scale aquaponic system, now home to 70,000 perch and tilapia and thousands of lettuce, basil, chard, water cress, and other plants being enjoyed fresh daily by Milwaukee restaurant patrons. In collaboration with the Sweet Water Foundation and Dr. Charlie Price’s Aquaponics UK, Sweet Water has developed a series of Sweet Water Miniatures for installation in schools, small and large urban agriculture enterprises, and museums. The Smithsonian and Shedd are in conversation about partnerships not only to provide hands on learning experience for young and old, but also to support the democratization urban agriculture, starting with a vision of equipping 10% of Chicago and Milwaukee schools with aquaponic minatures by the year 2020. The diffusion of these small systems will accelerate the acquisitions of skill sets necessary for major
commercial up-scaling of aquaponics in the urban centers of America and the world beyond.

East Garfield Urban Agriculture and Aquaponic Demonstration Sites for Home, School, and Main Street Business

Two Chicago entrepreneurs may provide the start-up capital and the sites for the introduction of Sweet Water to the Chicago market. Sweet Water Chicago will begin with miniatures in a number of East Garfield properties, prices ranging from $1,500, $2,500, $5,000, $10,000, $25,000, and $50,000. These aquaponic project sites will provide hands-on urban agriculture experience for Chicago citizens young and old, starting with aquaponics, and including composting, vermiculture, raised bed gardening, compost tea development, and multi-media information collection, storage, and distribution to diffuse the innovations beyond the immediate area into the city and region beyond.

The East Garfield initiative will be supported by the Milwaukee Sweet Water teams, which include the Great Lakes Water Institute, the School of Fresh Water Sciences, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Water Council, and a number of Milwaukee’s thriving pathfinders in urban agriculture methodologies. Phase Two of the Sweet Water Chicago initiative will be to upscale to a commercial replication of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics in one or more of Chicago’s classic factories from the industrial era.

Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, will be connecting the Sweet Water East Garfield demonstration sites with Chicago partners, which include:

  • The Office of the Mayor
  • The Presidents of Chicago State University and Kennedy King College
  • Science Teams from the Shedd Aquarium
  • The Whitney Young, Ravinia, and St. Ignatius College Prep Communities
  • Black Oaks Center for Sustainability
  • And others provided upon request

The Sweet Water Foundation and the Chicago enterprise teams may jump start the Sweet Water Chicago developments in a collaboration with Kennedy King College and Chicago State University at the Masonic Temple site across the street from Kennedy King College’s culinary and multi media facilities, adjacent to their proposed urban farm demonstration model.

The Sweet Water Garfield Eco Tourist and STEM Training Destination

The Chicago Sweet Water alliance will work with the Visitors Bureau and various Chicago area school systems to transform the work sites into science labs and tourist destinations while the project is in development. In collaboration with students from Kennedy King a documentary film and learning modules will be developed and distributed, possibly in concert with Sweet Water Milwaukee’s collaboration with IBM’s Smart Cities Smart Planet initiative. The Sweet Water Milwaukee site just yesterday astonished 50 tour organizers from Minnesota, each of whom paid $8 each for an hour tour and were eager to spread the good word about the stunning beauty of this 21st century earth friendly industry ready to burst forth in the civic culture of Chicago.

Crafting the Deal to Roll Out the Sweet Water Chicago Initiative

Dr. Charlie Price will be working with the Sweet Water team to produce a Sweet Water Miniature Manuel ready for sharing by the beginning of 2011. “The Sweet Water Aquaponics Book” will present the miniatures that will be developed at the
East Garfield sites. Sweet Water aquaponics design teams will survey the possible sites to introduce the first showroom in December as well. Construction of the first miniatures and their supporting show rooms will begin in January. By April 1 it is expected that 4 models will have been created, prices ranging from $1,500 to $10,000. Over the course of the summer the $25,000 and $50,000 models will be developed.

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‘’‘ Products:

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Products:

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‘’‘ Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

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Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

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Sweet Water a Hybrid Aquaponics Social Business

Here’s a first draft for some more conversation:

Sweet Water is a hybrid social business that has three enterprises In this note I’m creating some rough sketches of the first “enterprise” of Sweet Water, namely

Sweet Water Organics, Inc

“the world’s first commercial urban aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory building selling to locall markets”

‘’‘ Products:

  • Aquaponic Urban Agriculture Intellectual Property

including design and stewarding of organic engineering systems in urban agriculture architecture, Sweet Water software support for installations large and small, especially school aquaponic systems, re aquatic science, horticulture, energy systems, mechanical systems, business structuring, work configurations, information technology systems monitoring, collaboration platforms, source of
aquaponics industry personnel needs and development

  • Perch…Great Lakes Water Institute developed “the purist perch on the planet”

  • Produce…lettuces, micro-greens, herbes, mixed greens, peppers, tomatoes

  • Tours…eco-tourism, clubs and associations, schools, elder groups, spiritual communities

  • Workshops…local, national, and international

  • Installations…first focus on local, then regional, then national and international, depending upon evolution of teams competent to install, develop, and steward the systems

Sweet Water has brought Aquaponics mainstream! Combined with
Will Allen’s Growing Power, and a newly mobilized movement I’ll
call the local global creatives, Sweet Water and its wide and deep
partnership networks are poised to accelerate the translation of a new found
awareness of aquaponics into the practice of aquaponics, starting in
our schools with Sweet Water Miniatures.

Sweet Water is the world’s first commercial up-scaling of an aquaponics
system in a re-purposed factory building. Aquaponics is an effort by
humans to mimic nature, i.e. biomimicy innovations inspired by nature.

‘’‘ Sweet Water Is the Main Frame.

Main Frame “Generations.”

Sweet Water has, in my mind, 4 iterations in the works, each of which
is an improvement upon the previous. The proof of concept, narrowly
defined to exclude revenues that will arrive through our training, tours,
Sweet Water miniatures, consulting, and publications, will very likely come

 somewhere at the moment of Iteration Three and Iteration Four achieving their peak

performance levels.

Iterations One and Two had to occur for us to acquire
the know-how and coherent team required for Three and Four.

What follows is a highly simplified translation which can be presented in more
depth with the help of some of our scientist/technicians.

In Iteration One, we simply drew upon Will Allen’s Greenhouse Model for
Tilapia. This quickly proved itself inadequate, primarily because of the
issue of lights. Grow lights of the kind used in Will’s greenhouse did not
come close to supporting healthy plants, and thereby sufficient colonies
of beneficial bacteria.

Iteration Two is currently being tested. This model dramatically improved
upon the lighting and made a less than perfect effort to augment the
filtration of the water, to allow for more vigorous fish, thereby eating,
thereby providing nutrients for the plants. This model was also upgraded
through the use of compost teas, to provide for nutrients like iron, phosphorous,
potassium, and calcium for fruiting plants like tomatoes and peppers.
The productivity of this iteration greatly exceeded model one, and will further
be improved upon with the help of a new clarifier with the help of Dr. Charlie Price.
I do not anticipate very robust returns on our investment in this model, even if
we develop the world’s finest aquaponic bio-filtration design. This is because of
the issue of lighting and the issue of surface area available for plants.

Iteration Three. This is our outside model in the green houses under construction.
The narrow proof of concept has a good chance of arriving for these systems in
the 12 months following their expected rolling out sometime in the middle months of
2011. The power of the sun for plant growth is dramatically more than that provided
by any kind of artificial lights. And our incorporation of vertical pots, 4 plants to a pot, stacked 7 pots high on a hollow tube that allows the nutrient rich water to filter through the roof structures, will increase greatly increase plant yield, given that 28 plants will now reside where our current system now hold 4 or 8.

Iteration Four. I think this will basically duplicate model three, with the difference that it will be a green house on top of the roof. More to come on this, the subject of a $500,000 NSF grant proposal by Prof. Matt Trussoni of Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Miniature “Generations”

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water Mondragon Like Co-ops

to be continued

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Radio Interview Best for MY Sweet Water Visions

We are having a major workshop January 8th. We have tours all of the
time. My phone is 414 232 1336. Feel free to call anytime.

Here is a radio interview that best captures my vision:

http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=7269

Sweet Water is a:

  • science lab

  • school and university hands on learning station, curricula development, and distant learning hub

  • a hybrid social business with multiple income streams and multiple bottom lines

  • a community center, gathering place, eco-tourist destination, an inspiration for

self-reliance experiments in the context of expanding webs of close in and expansive
communities, geographic and “of practice.”

Every community deserves a Sweet Water!

Mother Nature demands we re-acquire Sweet Waters!

Sweet Soil and Sweet Water will renew our cities!

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Buy a Sweet Water Miniature for Your School, Turn It Into a Learn

While You Earn Social Business

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Buy a Sweet Water Miniature, Turn It Into a Social Business

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While You Earn Social Business

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While You Earn Social Business

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While You Earn Social Business

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While You Earn Social Business

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Sweet Water To Help Launch Start-up Aquaponics Companies

I have been obsessed with earn while you learn concepts my whole life.
As I have also been obsessed with not building a large firm of employees
but an expanding web of interconnected custom shops of closely managed
small enterprises, similar to how Community Roofing & Restoration has evolved
with a web of custom artisinal shops, including historic home roofers, copper smiths, rough and architectural carpenters, masons, painters, and more.

Buy a Sweet Water Miniature for Your School, Turn It Into a Learn

While You Earn Social Business

So Community played an enormous role in launching a number of small restoration enterprises and providing various kinds of business support services that sustained them over the years. And many of these “self-managed firms,” have in turn have matured and now are very important Community “assets.”

In the same way I would like to explore developing a contract with some of the
people who buy our miniatures. It would structure not only the purchase of
the aquaponic system, but also the support resources and personnel
that would be necessary to gradually amp up their first start-up miniature into
a start-up business, connected not just with Sweet Water resources but also the resources of the web of start-up aquaponic firms. We would be providing not just aquaponic expertise, but also small business support. Some of my high school mates at St. Louis U. High are thinking about buying our school or a sister school a Sweet Water Miniature. I would also like to offer them the opportunity to buy into a small business we would help them launch.

We would charge for a menu of support services according to formula we develop with our various experts and expanding web of partners.

Sweet Water One Hundred Aquaponics Jobs Initiative: A 21st Century Green Project of:

Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water Foundation

Sweet Water, i.e. The Farm and The Academy

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Response to Question: How Do I Get Started in Aquaponics

Aquaponics is an exciting and complex farming technology.

Google “aquaponics wikipedia” to start you journey.

Goodle “aquaponics you tube” and “aquaponics facebook.”

Watch the films.
Read the web pages.
Become facebook friends.

We will be hosting a workshop Jan. 8 and others in the winter months.

Google “aquaponics (your city name) and see if anyone shows up.

Do volunteer work for them if they will accept you as an intern.

Let me know of your progress!

Godsil

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IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Learning to Feed Themselves”

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IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Feed Themselves”

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Retiring Boomers Equip Their High Schools with Sweet Water Miniatures

IBM May Soon Advance The Concept “Smart Cities Learning to Feed Themselves”

Some of my friends from St. Louis U. High are gearing up to develop a
Sweet Water Miniature at some local high schools with challenged
children, families, and neighborhoods. Would you like an introduction?
I was hoping to inspire some friendly competition among St. Louis boomers
from different schools, starting with SLUH, U. City, Priory, John Bourroughs,
Chaminade, and Ladue. Parnering with Vashon, Sumner, Hadley Tech, and
so forth could accelerate lots of good things!

IBM met with us yesterday to explore collaborating to advance the concept

Smart Cities Feed Themselves

The Smithsonian, Shedd Aquarium, Mayor’s offices of Chicago,
Boston, Kansas City, and are tip toeing in our direction. A number
of universities environmental and sustainability departments as well.
Today we are finishing a Sweet Water Miniature at the First Lady’s
alma mater, Whitney Young H.S. in Chicago.

With Will Allen’s Growing Power and Sweet Water, Milwaukee has
become something of a hub of the grow local movement.

From Rustbelt to Arugula Cities!

Sweet Water is an applied science lab harvesting and marketing
urban agriculture/aquaponics information and technologies.

It’s a guild school and a university, developing training programs,
with the help of the Sweet Water Foundation and lots of partners
in the educational circles of Milwaukee and beyond.

Sweet Water is an aquaponic fish and produce experimental farm,
selling gloriously fresh and sweet fish and produce to local markets.

And it’s a center for imagination and inspiration, drawing eco-tourists
from all over the planet into a factory building once cold, dark, and ugly,
now warm, aromatic, bright, and stunningly beautiful.

If you’ve followed me to this point, and want to dig deeper, there are
hundreds of pages chronicling this at:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

and

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com

and about 5,000 pretty well disorganoized and uneven
pictures of many steps along the way at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/?&page=2

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Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

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Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

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Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

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Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

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 Fernwood Montesory,  Sweet Water’s horticulturalist Jesse Hull,
 Sweet Water President Josh Fraundorf, the executive director of Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel  Pratt, and other members of the Sweet Water
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Fernwood Montesory, Sweet Water’s horticulturalist Jesse Hull,
Sweet Water President Josh Fraundorf, the executive director of Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel Pratt, and other members of the Sweet Water

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After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time.

to:

After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time for
non-profits, co-ops, and schools, and anywhere from $120 on up for private investors
in commercial real estate firms.

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Potluch party send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com. You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a filet knife

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Potluck party send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com. You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a fillet knife

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Tilapia Cleaning Potluck Party Thursday Night, Dec. 2, 2010

Dear All,

If you would wish to join me at my house tomorrow night for a Tilapia Cleaning
Potluch party send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com. You can take home some
sweet tilapia according to Little Red Hen principals if you bring a filet knife
and thin rubber gloves. You must be capable of eating a 5 to 10 inch fish that
has bones in it if you take any fish home with you.

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Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water
team presenting if enough people express interest.

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Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water team presenting if enough people express interest.

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 Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee?  And Growing Power too!
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Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee? And Growing Power too!

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Europe’s Top Aquaponics Applied Scientist to Sweet Water for Collaborations/Workshops(?)

Dr. Charlie Price of Stirling University and Aquaponics UK has, with Jamie Oliver’s involvement, set up FARM Shop in London,

a hub for urban agriculture, demonstrating aquaponics in the front room, as well as mushrooms in the basement, chickens on the roof, and a polytunnel cafe/cinema in the garden… with offices and meetings rooms on the first and second floor… anyway its a bit of fun, but we’re hoping to connect up a number of FARM:shops with a cetralized commercial hub, and then from the FARM:shops have a number of outreach growers, growing in their homes, greenhouses and gardens…

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

Charlie Price Sweet Water December(?) and January Workshops: January 8 and January 15

Charlie will be coming to Sweet Water in the middle of December. We might organize a workshop with him and the Sweet Water
team presenting if enough people express interest.

Aquaponics UK/Sweet Water “Aquaponic Miniatures” for Top Museums Then 5% of Nation’s Schools by 2020

We are in conversation with some of the nation’s top museums to develop miniatures that would translate the discoveries of the Sweet Water “mainframe*” into “Apples”:

Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples”: small, efficient, accessible

I’m wondering if Steve Jobs and the Apple enterprise might consider teaming up with these experiments in “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture.” Apple computer supported monitoring of larger aquaponic systems elements would greatly reduce the risks. The Apple company’s blessing of a Sweet Water/Aquaponics UK One World “Apples” might accelerate the vision of 5% of our nation’s schools with aquaponics miniatures by 2020. The STEM disciplines, i.e. science, technology, engineering, and math, and our children’s physical and emotional health would be substantially advanced with this kind of collaboration.

 Anybody know anybody who can bring Steve to the aquaponics fish veggie farm in Milwaukee?  And Growing Power too!

Aquaponics Apples some day
would surely keep far away
earth fouling urban decay,

Godsil

  • Sweet Water Organics, an aquaponics fish vegetable farm in an historic factory, has generated intense support from the mainstream media, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, and NPR, all reports at this link:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/about-us/news/


Besides the Sweet Water website, consider sending your millennial friends and family members links
to some of the more outrageous aquaponics visions at:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage and
http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com

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Inspire The Great Museums of Our Cities to Develop Aquaponic “Apples” for STEM Pedagogy

Sweet Water “Apples” and Smithsonian Shedd Aquarium Boston S.F. D.C. New Orleans and More

We would make giant strides toward “new realities” were 5% of our nation’s schools
graced with Aquaponic “Apples” by 2020. Were our nation’s great museums to establish hands-on
aquaponic exhibits, like the Smithsonian is contemplating, this technological innovation would
spread more quickly to our nation’s schools.

Steve Jobs and Sweet Water Collaborations: Sweet Water Apples

I would like to connect Steve Jobs with this vision. Sweet Water Organics is the mainframe, building capacity and inspiring 10 million steps toward the development of

Sweet Water Apples: small, efficient, accessible

Would it not be almost literally divine to find the nation’s top cities’ museums of a variety
eye on the prize of introducing their citizens to a source of self-reliance, food security, and advancing compelling STEM discipline pedagogy in the schools(science, technology, engineering, and math)?

Looking forward to mighty collaborations!

Godsil

P.S. Anyone have contacts with Steve Jobs or other Apple managers?

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We are hoping to connect the Smithsonian’possible aquaponic miniature collaboration with Sweet Water with the following other partners:

to:

We are hoping to connect the Smithsonian’s possible aquaponic miniature
collaboration with Sweet Water with the following other partners:

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Inspire Apple Computers To Collaborate in Sweet Water “Apples”

We are hoping to connect the Smithsonian’possible aquaponic miniature collaboration with Sweet Water with the following other partners:

  • Steve Jobs of Apple
  • Shedd Aquarium of Chicago
  • Whitney Young High School of Chicago(First Lady’s Alma Mater)
  • Chicago State University and Kennedy King Community College of Chicago

Sweet Water is the “mainframe” that has built capacity and inspired interest
in the democratization of aquaponics.

Sweet Water miniatures, which, like the Apple computer, would be small, efficient,
and accessible, fulfilling food needs with a 21st century earth friendly industry.

Sweet Water “Apples” In 5 Per Cent of the Nation’s Schools by 2020

Might you have anyone who can connect Steve Jobs with this vision?

Grateful,

Godsil

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Aquaponics Exhibits to Nation’s Top Museums Democratize Food Self-Reliance

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Aquaponics Exhibits to Nation’s Top Museums Democratize Food Self-Reliance

What an honor and a blessing to introduce you, eye on the prize of aquaponics
exhibitions at our nation’s leading museum, eye on the prize of

Democratizing Aquaponics

Michael Carriere is a Milwaukee School of Engineering(MSOE) professor
of history who has been of immense value in Sweet Water’s advancing
the marriage of engineering and biology, the arts and commerce!

He is prepared to help design and develop an exhibit on the history of
aquaponics.

Ilze Berzings is a scientist at the Shedd Aquarium. Steve Madewell
is advancing an aquaponic exhibit at the Smithsonian!

An Aquaponic System in 5% of the Nation’s Schools by 2020!

Sparked by museum grass roots, business, town and gown collaborations.

The “bench strength needed”, e.g. STEM proficient students, for urban
aquaponics would be greatly advanced.

An earth friendly 21st century industry is being born!

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Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of the Nation’s Schools by 2010

We are crafting a rather complex hybrid enterprise,
which includes Sweet Water Organics, looking for
another $2,000,000 for its most far reaching Sweet Water
One vision; the Sweet Water Foundation, a non-profit
seeking grants and donors for its educational mission;
and a web of Mondragon-like, “self-managed” firms with Sweet Water,
i.e. the corporation and the foundation, contracting for support
services.

We are also looking for partners to advance Sweet Water Miniatures,
including, perhaps, one developed in a collaboration with the
Smithsonian Institute, Shedd Aquarium, the West Coast’s finest
aquatic museum, Dr. Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK, Matt Ray of

 Fernwood Montesory,  Sweet Water’s horticulturalist Jesse Hull,
 Sweet Water President Josh Fraundorf, the executive director of Sweet Water Foundation, Emmanuel  Pratt, and other members of the Sweet Water

team and world wide support network.

A Sweet Water Miniature in 5% of our nation’s schools by 2010!

Tell me more of your story and interest, por favor!

And come visit Sweet Water!

I will be giving a tour today at 4 p.m.($10), this Sunday at
noon($5), just about any day around 4 if a person or group
of 5 or less has $50.

We’re planning our first Winter Workshop Jan. 8 and 15.

Become Sweet Water’s Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping
to do at these sites:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

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Smithsonian Sweet Water Collaboratons?

Your e-mail is yet another “dream come true.” This past week 4 scientists
from the Shedd Aquarium were brought by the Great Lakes Water Institute’s
Fred Binkowski to advance a collaboration involving Sweet Water and the Shedd
Aquarium that should greatly aid our existing commitments to support aquaponics
miniatures at Chicago State University, Kennedy King College, Whitney Young
High School(where the First Lady graduated), and other school/Sweeet Water
collaborations in Milwaukee and beyond.

One World Aquaponics, which Sweet Water is helping launch, brings us into working
relationships, thanks to the miracle of the internet and skype, with some of the world’s top hands-on, applied aquaponics scientists, most notably, Dr. Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK.

Between the Shedd Aquarium, Sweet Water, and One World Aquaponics support group(just established this Fall), a Smithsonian aquaponics initiative would have access
in the design, installation, development, and maintenance moments to a fine “dream team.”

We are working to advance Janine Benyus’ call in her TED lecture on bio-mimicry for the marriage of engineers and biologists for 21st century industries like aquaponics. Many, many engineers and biologists are supporting the work of Sweet Water Organics, i.e. The Farm, and the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. The Academy.

We welcome on-line brainstorming around the miniaturization of Sweet Water Aquaponics systems for use in schools, museums, as well as small home systems and small business models. We are eager to help develop a…

Best Practice Aquaponics System for the Smithsonian

We would love for you and some of your partners to come to Sweet Water, perhaps at
our January 8 and 15th workshops, or sooner if you can.

We have investors and possible replicators in the D.C. area who we can bring into this conversation as well. Eye on the prize of…

A Sweet Water Miniature(or a Smithsonian Shedd Aquarium Miniature) in 5 Per Cent of the Nation’s Schools in 10 Years!

The STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math would be greatly advanced. And Harvard’s Tony Wagner, author of “The Global Achievement Gap, would find the three basic skills students need for our knowledge economy greatly supported by aquaponics installations: the ability to do critical thinking and problem-solving; the ability to communicate effectively; and the ability to collaborate(from NYT’s Friedman article this week).

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Know that I am happy to invest considerable efforts to advance our collaboration possibilities.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, co-founder
Sweet Water Organics, Inc.
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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The Emerging Hybrid One World Aquaponics

We have a team of engineers and biologists from across the
planet, helping develop not just Sweet Water but also…

One World Aquaponicss

It is beginning to look like Sweet Water has become the
symbol of North American aquaponics in historic factory
buildings.

We have partners in One World Aquaponics(emerging) who
are England’s, Switzerland’s, Holland’s, and, actually,
the European equivalents of Sweet Water.

So there may be a world market for your intriguing products
and career visions.

Tell me your story!

Godsil, co-founder V.P.
Sweet Water Organics
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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60th Birthday Greetings from Family and Friends…

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60th Birthday Greetings from Family and Friends…

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Value of Sweet Water Foundation to Sweet Water Organics

Sweet Water Foundation Value to Sweet Water Organics

The Sweet Water Foundation is in collaboration with Sweet Water Organics, Inc. to advance the 21st century industry of organic enginering systems in urban agriculture architecture, with aquaponics and its ancillary enterpises key to this new set of earth friendly, sustainable technologies

  • a team of grant writers developing projects that will be quite likely to contract for Sweet Water goods and services in a transparant, appropriate fashion

  • good will that inspires media, government, business, and community groups to support and purchase Sweet Water products. The Foundation supported by generous start-up money by Sweet Water Organics has helped Sweet Water Organics win a few million dollars worth of publicity and wide-spread community support.

  • the young people that the Foundation is training will become the bench strength that enables Sweet Water to replicate its commercial template and roll out Sweet Water miniatures far and wide

  • teams of “organic engineering systems” and “urban agriculture architecture” professionals exploring methods useful for aquaponics

in general, and Sweet Water commercial scale and miniature projects in particular

  • partnerships with universities and foundations that will bring people to paying Sweet Water Organics tours and workships

  • an expanding “community of urban agriculture practice” that will be key to developing ancillary industries that will make Organics more efficient and secure, e.g. compost, compost teas, soldier fly larvae, etc.

  • a doorway to the One World Aquaponics network, a team of social businesses and enterprisers ready and willing to share vital scientific information without which Sweet Water is substantially diminished in its capacities

  • miniature aquaponic system experiments with a wide variety of people across the nation and the world collaborating to develop best practices to the great advantage of the Sweet Water Miniature initiative
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Become our Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping
to do at these sites:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

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Late Note to NBC Show Callers

Promoting Godsil Sweet Water Tours, Dec. 11 & 18, 10 a.m. to noon

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you!

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
and skype consulting. Send me a bit of your story and I will
begin sending you links to advance your personal and community
projects.

You may be hearing from some of the Sweet Water creatives,
who may have forms for you to fill out and news about developments
that I don’t know. Sweet Water’s projects are becoming vast!
I can’t keep up with it all!

It’s very important for you to assemble a team if you are thinking
commercial scale. I have some ideas about that to share with you.

I am the co-founder of Sweet Water, playing the role of “net enhanced
aquaponic enterprise co-designer.” I served on the Board of Will Allen’s
Growing Power from 2005 through March of 2010 and have spent the
same amount of time connecting with the world’s top aquaponics
hands-on applied scientists, along with engineers, biologists, and MBA’s
interested in advancing the 21st Century industry I call “Organic Engineering
in Urban Agriculture Architecture.” Aquaponics is Sweet Water’s
focus, but ancillary enterprises include vermiculture, compost, compost teas,
soldier fly larvae, raised bed garden installations and support, worm
bins, and other urban agriculture technologies, instruments, and structures.

We’re marketing a lot more than just fish and produce. Information, training,
and technical support being key. I have been a doctoral candidate in
political economics, a National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow,
a hands-on historic home/building roof system restoration contractor since 1975,
and founder of MilwaukeeRenaissance.com On Line Magazine.

I give tours costing $5 per person every Wed. at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon.

I am seeing if it makes sense to offer Saturday tours this Fall and Winter, which
must gross $50 per hour for my time and the Sweet Water facility’s opening.

$10 per person for 2 Hour Saturday Tours with $50 minimum to host show.

I am also going to help organize 4 hour Saturday workshops in January that will include other members of the Sweet Water team. These will be held if enough people
sign up to cover our $1,000 revenue needs.

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

We will be developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

The next item is a standard letter to investor inquiries.

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Godsil Late Response to Callers After NBC Broadcast

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you!

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
and skype consulting. Send me a bit of your story and I will
begin sending you links to advance your personal and community
projects.

You may be hearing from some of the Sweet Water creatives,
who may have forms for you to fill out and news about developments
that I don’t know. Sweet Water’s projects are becoming vast!
I can’t keep up with it all!

It’s very important for you to assemble a team if you are thinking
commercial scale. I have some ideas about that to share with you.

I am the co-founder of Sweet Water, playing the role of “net enhanced
aquaponic enterprise designer.” I served on the Board of Will Allen’s
Growing Power from 2005 through March of 2010 and have spent the
same amount of time connecting with the world’s top aquaponics
hands-on applied scientists, along with engineers, biologists, and MBA’s
interested in advancing the 21st Century industry I call “Organic Engineering
in Urban Agriculture Architecture,” with aquaponics being Sweet Water’s
focus, but ancillary enterprises in vermiculture, compost, compost teas,
soldier fly larvae, raised bed garden installations and support, worm
bins, and other urban agriculture technologies, instruments, and structures.

We’re marketing a lot more than just fish and produce. Information, training,
and technical support being key. I have been a doctoral candidate in
political economics, a National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow,
a hands-on historic home/building roof system restoration contractor since 1975,
and founder of MilwaukeeRenaissance.com On Line Magazine.

I give tours costing $5 per person every Wed. at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon.

I am seeing if it makes sense to offer Saturday tours this Fall and Winter, which
must gross $50 per hour for my time and the Sweet Water facility’s opening.

I am also going to help organize 4 hour Saturday workshops in January that will includeother members of the Sweet Water team. These will be held if enough people
sign up to cover our $1,000 revenue needs.

Godsil 2 Hour Tours, Sat. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to Noon

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Winter Saturdays
or Sunday Workshops Sign Up for Saturday Jan. 8 and Jan 15 Four Hour Workshops

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

.which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Here is a standard letter I’m sending to commercial inquiries:

Dear _,

to:

Sweet Water Response to Investor/Replication Inquiries

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We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,

to:

We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,

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conversation with the upwards of 100 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water. After that I am going

to charge $60 per hour for my time.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010

to:

conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010

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After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time.

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Sign up for Godsil 2 Hour Tours, Sat. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to Noon

$10 if 10 sign up, $20 if only 5 sign up

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Winter Saturdays
or Sunday Workshops

Sign Up for Saturday Jan. 8 and Jan 15 Four Hour Workshops

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

We will be developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”

to:

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”

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I’ll keep you in the loop as we fill up spaces for different
weekends this Fall and Winter.

to:

Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

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a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”

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a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”

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Become our Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping

to do at these sites:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

Thanks!

Godsil

Sweet Water Response to Investor/Replication Inquiries

I am happy to talk with you about Sweet Water.

We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,
National Public Radio.

I can only afford about 15 minutes of phone and/or e-mail
conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010
(subject to change come Winter)

After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time.

We have public tours on Sunday at noon and Wednesday
at 6 p.m. for $5 per person.

We have private tours at $50 per hour for l to 5 people,
$10 per hour per person after that.

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

We have spent the past 5 years forging bonds with urban
agriculture and aquaponics leaders on a world wide basis,
a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”
network, available for consultation to supplement ours.

We are ready to talk about capital investments and Sweet
Water replications, at a commercial scale, as well as
Sweet Water Miniatures for school and small business.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, co-founder, V.P. SWO
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you!

Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
and skype consulting. Send me a bit of your story and I will
begin sending you links to advance your personal and community
projects.

You may be hearing from some of the Sweet Water creatives,
who may have forms for you to fill out and news about developments
that I don’t know. Sweet Water’s projects are becoming vast!
I can’t keep up with it all!

It’s very important for you to assemble a team if you are thinking
commercial scale. I have some ideas about that to share with you.

I am the co-founder of Sweet Water, playing the role of “net enhanced
aquaponic enterprise designer.” I served on the Board of Will Allen’s
Growing Power from 2005 through March of 2010 and have spent the
same amount of time connecting with the world’s top aquaponics
hands-on applied scientists, along with engineers, biologists, and MBA’s
interested in advancing the 21st Century industry I call “Organic Engineering
in Urban Agriculture Architecture,” with aquaponics being Sweet Water’s
focus, but ancillary enterprises in vermiculture, compost, compost teas,
soldier fly larvae, raised bed garden installations and support, worm
bins, and other urban agriculture technologies, instruments, and structures.

We’re marketing a lot more than just fish and produce. Information, training,
and technical support being key. I have been a doctoral candidate in
political economics, a National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow,
a hands-on historic home/building roof system restoration contractor since 1975,
and founder of MilwaukeeRenaissance.com On Line Magazine.

I give tours costing $5 per person every Wed. at 6 p.m. and every Sunday at noon.

I am seeing if it makes sense to offer Saturday tours this Fall and Winter, which
must gross $50 per hour for my time and the Sweet Water facility’s opening.

I am also going to help organize 4 hour Saturday workshops in January that will includeother members of the Sweet Water team. These will be held if enough people
sign up to cover our $1,000 revenue needs.

Godsil 2 Hour Tours, Sat. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to Noon

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Winter Saturdays
or Sunday Workshops Sign Up for Saturday Jan. 8 and Jan 15 Four Hour Workshops

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

.which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Here is a standard letter I’m sending to commercial inquiries:

Dear _,

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We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
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We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
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conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010

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conversation with the upwards of 100 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water. After that I am going

to charge $60 per hour for my time.

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We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
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Sign up for Godsil 2 Hour Tours, Sat. Dec. 11 and Dec. 18, 10 a.m. to Noon

$10 if 10 sign up, $20 if only 5 sign up

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Winter Saturdays
or Sunday Workshops

Sign Up for Saturday Jan. 8 and Jan 15 Four Hour Workshops

$!00 if 10 sign up; $50 if 20 sign up; $25 if 40 sign up

We will be developing tailored tours,
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Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

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I’ll keep you in the loop as we fill up spaces for different
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a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”

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Become our Facebook friend to keep updated!

You can learn quite a lot about what we’re doing and hoping

to do at these sites:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

Thanks!

Godsil


Sweet Water Response to Investor/Replication Inquiries

I am happy to talk with you about Sweet Water.

We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,
National Public Radio.

I can only afford about 15 minutes of phone and/or e-mail
conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010
(subject to change come Winter)

After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time.

We have public tours on Sunday at noon and Wednesday
at 6 p.m. for $5 per person.

We have private tours at $50 per hour for l to 5 people,
$10 per hour per person after that.

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

We have spent the past 5 years forging bonds with urban
agriculture and aquaponics leaders on a world wide basis,
a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”
network, available for consultation to supplement ours.

We are ready to talk about capital investments and Sweet
Water replications, at a commercial scale, as well as
Sweet Water Miniatures for school and small business.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, co-founder, V.P. SWO
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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Good deal! You should come visit Sweet Water! Know that
we hope to help you learn as much on your own as possible
and supplement that with some workshops and on-line, phone,
etc. consulting. Send me a bit of your story! It’s very important for
you to assemble a team if you are thinking commercial scale.
If you are thinking family food supplement or additional income
stream, we are soon to be introducing Sweet Water Miniatures.

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Aquaponic Enterprise Design and Build Consulting

Tilapia are much easier to raise than perch.
Perch demand “cleaner” water.

Perch are iconic fish in the Great Lakes,
priced at $18 per pound. Tilapia get around $6,
methnks.

Perch like water around 65 or 70.
Plants like the water around 65 or 70.

Tilapia like water around 85.
Plants don’t like water that warm.

We have access to aquatic sciensts from the
entire world ready to help you explore different
kinds of fish to raise.

Relative to MY anticipated revenue streams,
the cost of heating the water is well worth
the value had by

  • conducting the experiments

  • packaging the information derived

  • marketing it to schools and enterprisers

  • considering the commercial experiment
 the “Main Frame,” big, expensive, complex

 but also inspiring…

The Democratization of Aquaponics

I personally am not expecting more than 50 to
60 per cent of the revenues to come from the sale
of fish and produce from “The Main Frame.”

Other revenue streams:

  • Tours

Sweet Water is stunning to see and inspiring to experience.
People are showing up, literally, by the scores each month,
wanting to volunteer their labor, which quite often includes that
of sub-employed architects, scientists, engineers, highly skilled
artisans and artists, communications creatives, retiring boomers,
from all over the world.

  • Workshops

We are finding it impossible to keep up with the volume of callers
and visitors who want help launching their own aquaponics enterprise,
be it for their school, family business, restaurant, community center,
spiritual community, real estate development, and so forth, again,
from all over the world.

  • Sweet Water Miniatures

I have written and spoken extensively about diffusing a 21st century
bio-engineering technology, squaponics, i.e. Sweet Water, in North
America and the world entiere! We have invested thousands of high
end labor power eye on the prize of

“Apple-like” Sweet Waters

  • Simple
  • Small
  • Price Accessible

Aquaponic Enterprise Design and Build Consultant

That is what I make my living at.

Sweet Water Organics, Inc. is my first “product.”

The Sweet Water Foundation is my second.

Mondragon Like Sweet Water Ancillary Enterprises

The third will be a network of Mondragon-like creative enterprises,
developing Sweet Water ancillary goods and services, e.g.

  • worm bins and vermiculture systems
  • global buckets(hardly have to water them) and tomatoes as candy
  • sprouts and juice bars
  • Sweet Water miniatures
  • bees
  • mushrooms
  • raised bed produce and fruit gardens for home, spiritual center, business, veterans, at risk or special needs children, and elder care
  • intellectual and artistic product, e.g. books, documentaries, graphic art, etc.

Sweet Water Is Vast

I would imagine there are now upwards of 50 people working full and part time in the Sweet Water “galaxy.”

I am a key elder in the Sweet Water World:

  • Quasimodo, perhaps my most vital role

  • Social Practice and Partnership Designer

  • Internet Integration Obsessive, i.e. we’re intensely “net enhanced.”

  • Chronicler and Publicist

From here on I am expected to charge consulting fees for my conversations
and work with you.

Here is a link to the note that explains my(our) fees:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Godsil/HomePage

Grateful,

James J. Godsil, co-founder

Sweet Water Organics
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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Sweet Water Response to Investor/Replication Inquiries

I am happy to talk with you about Sweet Water.

We are swamped with inquiries since the “Wall Street
Journal,” “New York Times,” “NBC,” and this Wednesday,
National Public Radio.

I can only afford about 15 minutes of phone and/or e-mail
conversation with the upwards of 50 people currently expressing an
interest in investing in or replicating Sweet Water.

Consulting and Workshop Fee Schedule: Fall 2010
(subject to change come Winter)

After that I am going to charge $60 per hour for my time.

We have public tours on Sunday at noon and Wednesday
at 6 p.m. for $5 per person.

We have private tours at $50 per hour for l to 5 people,
$10 per hour per person after that.

We are orchestrating “Sweet Water Thousand Dollar Saturdays
and Sundays,” which will find us developing tailored tours,
workshops, and conversations with aquaponics “creatives”
both in-house and, through the miracle of skype, world wide.

Were your group to partner with another group for a total
and bring up to 50 people, the cost would only be $20 per
person. Or, if we joined your group with other groups to
bring the total up to only, say, 25 people, it would be a
$40 experience.

We have spent the past 5 years forging bonds with urban
agriculture and aquaponics leaders on a world wide basis,
a number of whom are part of our “One World Aquaponics”
network, available for consultation to supplement ours.

We are ready to talk about capital investments and Sweet
Water replications, at a commercial scale, as well as
Sweet Water Miniatures for school and small business.

Sincerely,

James J. Godsil, co-founder, V.P. SWO
President, Sweet Water Foundation

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Dear All,

So what say to this vision:

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Aquaponics a Bio-Engineering System That Centers and Soothes Our Children’s Emotions

The New York Times ran a piece today:

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction
By MATT RICHTEL 12:37 AM ET

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/technology/21brain.html?hp

The constant stream of stimuli offered by new technology poses a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Here’s my letter to the author:

Dear Matt, I hope you will consider looking into a bio-technology innovation the stream of stimuli from which
eases our young and old learners not into distraction but
perhaps into that state of mind and spirit that may have more
often occurred before “the dreadful happened” and the world “lost its charm.”

Bio-mimicry’s…Aquaponics!

The “Wall Street Journal,” “New York Times,” and now Brian Williams NBC Nightly news have applauded the arrival of “high tech” farming in the commercial scale aquaponics systems at Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics.
http://sweetwater-organic.com

What might be the most profound news here is the compelling combined “cognitive” and “affective” learning that occurs when children spend time at the Sweet Water Foundation, i.e. “The Academy,” learning high tech bio-engineering in
hands on “senses alivened” learning experience. Touching the soil, handling the worms, hearing the water, seeing the fish and plants grow and interact, smelling the rain forest aromas—this is the high tech resource to compliment the information technologies! Organic engineering systems like aquaponics have a primordial power to awaken and inspire awe at nature’s pattern language.

Michael Pollan was amazed at his visit last week! We hope you’ll come visit us too!

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  • we are among a large number of possible gangs of eight sparked and connected by One World Aquaponics
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Dear All,

So what say to this vision:

One World Aquaponics Consulting

Project One. Planetary Aquaponics and Urban Agriculture Net Enhanced Consultants

Aquaponics Global Consulting “Gang of Eight”: A Project Experiment of One World Aquaponics

  • each of us charges $25 for every 15 minutes of phone, on-line, skype, or person to person consulting about our respective area of competence, or $100 per hour(charge can be on a sliding fee scale, with consultant making that determination)

  • payments are made through the most appropriate form of on-line resource

  • 25% of the payment goes to support One World Aquaponics

  • 25% goes to support the projects of the first Gang of Eight

  • 50% of the payment goes to the individual who is doing the actual consulting

  • the payments are electronically sent to a One World Aquaponics Bank Acount that is overseen by 2 accountants of our choosing(I would vote Oliver Plunket for North America rep) as well as electronically to each of our individual bank accounts

  • we are among a large number of possible gangs of eight sparked and connected by Onde World Aquaponics

  • we might consider giving people 15 minutes of free time

Let’s Do This Now!

How about we do this now! We already has a domain name. We can develop pictures, prose, and graphics at some shared document space. We can commission
people to set up a web site(we can make a platform at Milwaukee Renaissance if we
want to keep it simple at the outset) and develop it as we work.

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Vision the Day After NBC Nightly News Featured Sweet Water

Sweet Water Organics is the “main frame.”

We are preparing to roll out “Sweet Water Miniatures” asap.

Let us “apple” Sweet Waters! Simple, cheap systems for
fresh tasty fish and produce!

Every city, every school,spiritual community, and gifted families can replicate Sweet Water!

A 21 century organic technology industry! For all of God’s children!

Partnering across the planet for:

One World Aquaponics

We also have our eyes on the prize of sparking collaborations among
biologists, engineers, MBAs, and worker creatives to develop ancillary
industries, e.g. cultivating soldier fly larvae for fish feed, raised bed
gardens from compost grown with organic urban waste streams like
leaves, wood chips, fruit and veggie wastes, urban agriculture implements
like green and hoop houses, cold frames, worm bins, and more.

New organic technologies explored in creative worker owned enterprise
experiments, Mondragon inspired!

Please keep track of Sweet Water Organics Developments at

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/HomePage

and keep in touch w. me for news re on-line and in the real workshops, support, etc.

Sweet Water is an “internet enhanced

“hybrid enterprise web”(we work with corporations, non-profits, co-ops, and family businesses)

“[[Organic technology experiment[[“(aquaponics is one among many “organic technologies” waiting to be developed in the 21st century)

Toward a good food ®Evolution?(we must joyfully and intensely focus our energies on a daily basis over many, many years, and even over the generations to craft ways out of the systems of industrial life and agriculture that are threatening life on the planet, but not the “macho Revolutions” with strutting and violence of the past)

With a focus on urban agriculture, aquaponics, and ancillary industries?(there are many related industries waiting to be born, like fish feed from soldier fly larvae, compost teas from urban carbon and nitrogen waste streams like wood chips, leaves, fruit and veggie residues)

Eye on the prize of a Sweet Water and Pure Soil? experiment in

every school, every spiritual center, every urban village neighborhood,

by my 100th birthday(I’m 65.5).

Skill enhancing?

Credentializing?

Sweet Water Organics

Worker creatives?

hands-on learning school and experimental social businesses


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Seek Exhausted Parents Needing Relief From Winter Gloom

Allow You Children to Work With Worms, Plant Their Own Food

Children’s Highly Productive Work While Parents Profoundly Play

Dear All,

I have been astonished by the cooperative joy of as many as 10 children
from 4 to 8, as they “make” the Worm Mon Show at Sweet Water or
one of their class rooms, day care centers, spiritual centers, parks, etc.

When asked to fill a pot half full of compost and search a large compost
pile for 2 worms for their pot, 10 small children diligently search and totally
enjoy themselves as they harmoniously set about their task.

Then when asked to sift worm castings from worms and wood chips, and then
mix the “black gold” 50/50 with ground coconut, and then fill the pot to 3/4
compost, and then top the pot off with the black gold/coir topping mix, and,
finally, to plant 4 arugula seeds in the north, then south, east, and then west
corners of their pots, and, if they are mature enough, water to pots!

And take their arugula pot home and watch plants grow!

And then, eat the food that they have grown!

They do all of this, including eating the greens, with glee, happiness, focus,
and great benefit, for mind and body!

So why not some parent child care co-op group that’s already formed, or would
like to form, imagine bringing your children over for an hour or two to the Great Room
of the Tulip Building in the Sweet Water complex, where one of our “Worm Mon”
can offer a Worm Mon Show, while the parents hang out, start a film series in the
Green Room, or go eat at some great Bay View restaurant. Actually, we could
train some of the parents to become Worm Mon.

Apprentice Worm Mon Olde

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Berkeley Study re Edible Playgrounds: They Inspire Kids to Eat Veggies!

For another study whose results were announced this week, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, spent three years examining the difference between children who participated in the Berkeley Unified School District’s “edible schoolyard” program, in which gardening and cooking are woven into the school day, and children who didn’t.

The students who gardened ate one and half servings more of vegetables a day than those who weren’t in the program.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/health/policy/25vegetables.html?hp

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United Nations Support for Global Urban Agriculture

policy briefs

August 2010
Fighting Poverty and Hunger
What role for urban agriculture?

Towns and cities are growing rapidly in developing countries. This process is often accompanied by high levels of poverty and hunger, leading many urban dwellers to engage in farming activities to help satisfy their food needs. Policy makers need to recognize this reality and actively seize the opportunities offered by urban agriculture.

Hunger – a growing concern in urban areas
The recent spike of world hunger disproportionately affected the urban poor. As a large share of their disposable income is spent on food, the 2007–08 food price crisis was particularly hard on them. The urban poor also suffered from the consequences of last year’s global economic downturn, which reduced their employment opportunities and income.

Agriculture can help buffer the effects of such crises. While agriculture is largely a rural phenomenon, urban agriculture can also help increase the resilience of some urban poor to external shocks and improve their access to fresh vegetables, fruits and animal products. This mechanism would be particularly relevant in areas where inadequate infrastructure and heavy losses in transit add to the scarcity and cost of agricultural produce. Some urban famers might also be able to offer their goods on local markets and generate income for themselves and their families.

What is urban agriculture?
Urban agriculture describes crop and livestock production within cities and towns and surrounding areas. It can involve anything from small vegetable gardens in the backyard to farming activities on community lands by an association or neighborhood group.

In peri-urban areas, production is often intensive and commercially oriented, but farming within cities generally occurs on a smaller scale. It is commonly practiced on fallow public and private spaces, wetlands and underdeveloped areas; rarely is it found on lands specifically designated for agriculture. In many countries urban agriculture is informal and sometimes even illegal. Competition for land is a frequent source of conflict. Other contentious issues include the environmental impact of urban agriculture and food safety concerns, particularly relating to livestock production.

While data are scarce, urban agriculture is an important reality in many developing countries. Up to 70 percent of urban households participate in agricultural activities, according to the first systematic quantification of urban agriculture conducted by FAO, based on data from 15 developing and transition countries for which comparable statistics are available (from the Rural Income Generating Activities database).

Urban agriculture seems particularly important in low-income countries such as Malawi, Nepal and Vietnam. But even in more developed economies such as Panama, a significant share of urban households is involved in farming activities. Indeed, in three quarters of the countries analyzed the share of urban households participating in crop and – to a lesser extent – livestock production exceeds 30 percent. In other countries, such as Indonesia, the share is much lower, but it is not clear whether these differences are due to different economic or policy factors or due to differences in measurement of agriculture or urban areas.

Another aspect emerges from the empirical findings. With very few exceptions, poor urban dwellers are more likely to participate in crop and livestock production than richer households. In many countries more than half of all urban households in the poorest expenditure quintile rely in part on agricultural activities to satisfy their food needs.

More and better food

Urban agricultural production is generally geared towards consumption within the household. Only in a few countries, including Bangladesh, Madagascar and Nepal, is more than a third of production sold on markets. Urban agriculture is thus not primarily a source of cash income, although in some countries (notably Madagascar and Nigeria) the share of income derived from urban agriculture exceeds 50 percent in the lowest income quintile.

The food security benefits of engaging in urban agriculture materialize mostly through better access to additional and more nutritious food. Indeed, urban households engaged in farming activities tend to consume greater quantities of food, sometimes as much as 30 percent more. They also seem to have a more diversified diet, as indicated by an increase in the number of food groups consumed. Relatively higher consumption of vegetables, fruits and meat products translates into an overall higher intake of energy as well as higher calorie availability.

Seizing opportunities

Urban agriculture can thus have important benefits for food security. Although the impact might be small, it can be crucial for some groups of society, such as the urban poor as well as women of reproductive age and children.
Policy responses will vary across countries – or even within the same city – depending on the specific local situation. They might also differ between specific activities, as livestock production in urban centres can be expected to pose greater challenges than maintaining a backyard garden.

In some cases benefits from urban agriculture will clearly outweigh potential negative consequences, such as environmental pollution or competition over scarce resources. In these cases policy makers should actively promote urban agriculture and find ways to integrate it in urban land-use planning. Providing technical guidance and training on good production techniques, for example, could minimize risks such as health hazards, water contamination and food safety concerns.

In others there might be more efficient ways to raise food security of the poor such as promoting alternative income generating activities, expanding non-agricultural employment opportunities or improving the functioning of urban food markets.

Policy makers should thus carefully weigh available options. Simply banning farming activities in cities – as has often been the case in the past – is not necessarily the best alternative. Policy responses could instead focus on improving land use rights and specifying which activities are allowed and where. Without a careful analysis of existing opportunities and risks, policy makers will miss an important opportunity to better integrate agricultural activities into urban development, and ensure that it helps to achieve social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Sweet Water Collaboration with Great Lakes Water Institute

Great Lakes WATER Institute

Wisconsin Aquatic Technology & Environmental Research

September 16, 2010

600 East Greenfield
Avenue
Milwaukee, WI
53204–2944
414 382–1700 phone
414 382–1705 fax
www.glwi.uwm.edu

To Whom It May Concern,

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Center at the University of Wisconsin Great Lakes
WATER Institute has been involved in aquaculture research and outreach for the past
25 years supported in part by the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute. Most
of our efforts with regard to research have been focused on developing the necessary
aquaculture tools to support the development of a yellow perch commercial aquaculture
industry. However, these tools are not limited in their application to yellow perch
exclusively. This technology could also be transferred to other highly desirable species such as purebred bluegill, hybrid bluegill, hybrid walleye, crappie, etc. All of these species represent high quality and high value finfish products.

Our Wisconsin Sea Grant Marine Advisory aquaculture outreach program, at the front-
end of the 25 year period, had been directed at all aspects of commercial aquaculture
which included food fish, effluent management, fish for stocking, baitfish production, fee fishing operations, shellfish production, etc. For the last ten years we have been doing research on and using recirculating aquaculture system technology (RAS). More recently, our focus for the past three years has been on studying an approach to modify RAS technology that could be coupled with natural aquaponic and hybrid aquaponic systems which are commonly referred to as “integrated recirculating aquaculture” systems, incorporating plants, vegetables, and finfish. Additionally we have begun to work on the location concept of urban aquaculture utilizing technology systems such as RAS, natural aquaponics, and hybridized aquaponics for commercial scale production. The application of our technology research program has been coupled with our research on finfish biology such as genetic characterization, broodstock development, reproduction, early life stage culture of finfish (from fertilized egg to fingerlings), and the management of grow-out strategies to market size.

The Great Lakes Aquaculture Center, through funding supported by the National
and Wisconsin Sea Grant Outreach Programs, has been involved with Sweet Water
Organics since February 2009. Sweet Water Organics entered into a cooperative
research agreement with the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center in July 2009 with the
intent to document the production and costs of rearing a cohort of fingerling yellow
perch to market size using their commercial scale aquaponic system. We have a
vested interest in continuing our collaborative research efforts with Sweet Water
Organics as their goal of developing a commercial scale yellow perch production

facility in an urban environment is directly in-line with the goals of our Wisconsin Sea Grant Outreach Program. The relationship that we have with Sweet Water Organics
is beneficial to us in that their facility provides us with an opportunity to field test the results of our research in a large commercial scale operation. The basic and applied research that we have developed, as part of a technology transfer process, can be applied at a commercial scale site such as Sweet Water Organics, providing us with a venue to study a real-world application of our research efforts. Their proximity to the Great Lakes Aquaculture Center is ideal, making interactions uncomplicated and optimizes the need for close interactions especially during emergency situations.

The collaborative research effort between Sweet Water Organics and the Great Lakes
Aquaculture Center has proven beneficial to both parties and we look forward to
continuing our relationship with them.

Sincerely,

Fred P. Binkowski
Director, Great Lakes Aquaculture Center
Senior Scientist, UW-Milwaukee Great Lakes WATER Institute

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to:

Food Film List

Attached is a lengthy food film list. Please be free in getting back with additions.

P.S.

Please donate 12minutes to Urban Food Projects

By completing this survey helping us grow!

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See Food Film list below: {also attached as notepad document}

Video Project.com

Food Movies:

FRESH

THE GARDEN

EATING ALASKA

POLYCULTURES

WHAT’s ON YOUR PLATE?

GOOD FOOD

shorts: EATING FOR THE DEAD, HUNGRY FOR CHANGE, GREENHORNS,DIG THE EARTH, The Meatrix, with

these hands, The Bitter Aftertaste, Gefilte Fish,

Two Angry Mom’s (Food Fight)

Bitter Harvest?

Lunch Line (The Movie)

Against the Grain

Les glaneurs et la glaneuse

Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen’s

Le sang des bêtes (a.k.a. Blood of the Beasts)

Chulas Fronteras

Corner In Wheat

37 Uses for a Dead Sheep

What’s For Dinner?

Garbage! The Rovolution Starts at Home

GMOs & the Changing Face of Agriculture Series

Terminator Tomatoes

Food For Thought

Genetic Time Bomb

Nourish: Food + Community

Think Twice

Fresh

Ripe For Change

The Future of Food

Food INC

Ingredients

Fast Food Nation

Super Size me

Coca Cola Kid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiJ_3JGRgDI&feature=player_embedded#

King Corn

Big River (A king Corn Companion)

Truck Farm

Fresh

The End of the Line

Home Grown

Food

Food Fight

The Future of Food

Our Daily Bread

The Real Dirt on Farmer John

Asparagus

American Dream

Waste=Food

Controling Our Food (“The World According To Monsanto”)

Le Sang Det Betes [French slaughterhouse…]

Blood OF the Beasts

The Gleaners & I

Tableland

The World According to Monsanto

Growing Awareness

Crazy Sexy cancer

Queen of the Sun

Foodimentary

Water:

Flow

The Water Front

FlOW

Liquid Assets

Blue Gold

Tapped

Fisheries:

Magnificent Fish, Forgotten Giants

When the Salmon Run Dry

One More Dead Fish

Heading for Shore

River of Renewal

Echo of Water Against Rocks

Foodie Film:

Tampopo

Like water for chocolate

The Dinner

Babette’s Feast

The Big Night

When Do We Eat?

A Chef in Love

Chocolat

Eat Drink Man Woman

Soul Food

Soylent Green

Starving Artists’ Cookbook

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Designing $1,500 to $25,000 Aquaponic Systems for Home & School

The Growing Power conference has inspired me to let you and others know
that we now have the resources to imagine establishing an aquaponics
system in each and every school of the nation over the next
10 or 20 years.

It is becoming likely that we have access to what might be
the world’s most advanced aquaponics teams, two of whose
leading actors, Charlie Price of Stirling U. in Scotland, and
Glen Martinez, of Olomana Gardens and the U. of Hawaii,
were participants in a round table at Sweet Water that crystallized
into a vision of an…

International and Urban Aquaponics Network.

Both also hope to recruit people to consider
careers in aquaponics, including work in rain forest and desert
regions of the planet.

Both have spent years developing what to me and the Sweet
Water team appear to be way ahead of the curve small aquaponic
systems. Both are enthusiastic about our promoting their
innovations in North America.

There are now artisan mechanics and biology wizards at Sweet
Water and/or Milwaukee ®Evolution who are available to incorporate
these upscaled, miniature systems into home, school, enterprise
installations in Milwaukee and beyond.

Charlie and Glen are both eager to have people who develop these
systems come to Scotland or Hawaii for intensive training, if they
wish, or to develop on-line connections so our local experimentors
can fine tune their systems with Charlie and Glen’s help(Charlie’s
help includes access to 95 doctoral candidates in aquaponics/
aquaculture at Stirling; Glen is connected to top aquaponics people
across the planet).

Sweet Water and the Sweet Water Foundation will offer me resources
to chaordically collaborate to advance this vision, assuming it makes
sense as time marches on!

What say?

Why not?

Care to spend some time configuring a $1,500 to $25,000 Sweet Water Home and/or School Aquaponic System

Part of the fees could include intense study opportunities at Sweet Water, University of Stirling in Scotland, and the Olomana Gardens/U. of Hawaii.

A design conversation on line, phone conference, and/or at Sweet Water?

What say?

Why not?

Olde

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The Worm Mon Show has many faces,
Aiming to cultivate “heroes with a thousand faces,”
starting with children, rich soil, red wriggler worms,
and other “actors” in life’s drama, e.g. bugs, air, sun, rain, tools, etc.

The Worm Mon Show has an underlying
emancipatory and participatory philosophy.

It hopes to inspire all of God’s children to
become eco-literate, to become fine
sons and daughters of Mother Earth,
starting with an encounter with
sacred soil and the myriad creatures
which make for growing power, proof that
diversity is strength, in the realm of nature
and realm of humanity, joined in life’s
miraculous and mysteries embrace.

Mother Nature fills the dreams of worm mon
with the notion that we can create much more
of our history than we think, that we need not be
victims but rather co-creators of brighter days.

Worm Mon Shows aim to inspire attention to
nature’s ways, but also to foster human cultures
more thoughtful and gracefully following the
pattern language of life.

One Worm Mon may know a little bit about a lot,
but many connected worm mon(a gender and age free
concept that can be singular or plural) can learn a lot
about partnering with many, who know a lot about
their domain of knowledge and practice.

Words are power and the Worm Mon show aims
to inspire not just a love of worms, for what they do
and for what they stand for, but also a love of words,
so humanity can learn to “give voice” and express ourselves.

Worm Mon Show participants gather in circles and are helped
to shake hands with good energy while looking directly
into the eyes of one another, and to introduce themselves to the larger
group while learning how to use a microphone or amplifying voice
and speaking clearly, distinctly, with less and less nervousness
with practice. New neural pathways from hands-on experience,
with worms, soil, and one another!

So at the outset of every Worm Mon Show the audience participants
are introduced to the notion that the show is an evolving process,
that they are co-creators of Worm Mon Shows, that the distinction
between performers and audience will be progressively narrowed,
that one Worm Mon does not know all that much, but that a
myriad of worm mon, especially internet empowered, can discover
answers to many vexing questions and establish on-going conversations,
on line and at ensuing Worm Mon Shows(which might take place
during garden blitzes, work parties, edible playground constructions).

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Life and Health Insurance Companies Reduce Rates for Healthy Diets?

to:

Leaner and Happier Police Officers and Firefighters

I have been noticing a marked increase in extremely overweight police officers and firefighters over the past 10 years or so, a reflection of their fast and processed food diet filled with too much fat, sugar, and salt. Of late when I encounter any of these servants of the people, I tell them the Worm Mon is coming their way, intent on helping establish some raised bed gardens, hoop houses, and perhaps a small aquaponics system at their stations, as well as introduce them to dietitians and chefs who will increase their capacity to choose healthy food and prepare it so it’s least costly and most tasteful. With attention to growing some of their own fruit and vegetables, along with support and encouragement to refine their diet and culinary skills, the police and firefighters would would have fewer health problems, live longer and happier lives, and perform their duties more effectively.

Life and Health Insurance Companies Reduce Rates for Healthy Diets?

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Life and Health Insurance Companies Reduce Rates for Healthy Diets?

I notice that non-smokers pays less life insurance premiums, a nice incentive to kick that dirty habit. Why not a campaign to inspire our health and life insurance companies, starting with large firms that cover high-profile clients, to reduce premiums for people who commit to growing a certain percentage of their own fruit and vegetables at home or community gardens, as well as those who refrain from eating greasy, fast and processed food?

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Multiple Bottom Lines of Home Grown Food

  • Less Restaurant Purchased Meals

8 months harvesting arugula that tastes so good that 2.5 meals per day were eaten at old man’s home rather than at a local cafe. This translates into l.5 less meals per day eaten at a restaurant with a savings of about $5 per day, $150 per month, $1,200 per year

  • The Value of the Tomatoes, Arugula, Basil, and Raspberries Eaten at Home

I and occasional guests probably eat $1.50 to $2,00 per day worth of arugula for 8 months, the same in raspberries for 2 harvests of a month’s length, a hundred bucks worth of tomatoes, and the same amount of basil. Totaling about $600 per year

  • Worms, compost, arugula, basil, and tomato pots given or bartered to friends and neighbors

I have been given about 30 “womon cooked meals” from people in return for the above, valued at $5 per meal or $150. I would guess that the recipients of my garden’s surplus have been able to harvest at least $1,000 of various kinds of value. And some of them have given their surplus of arugula and/or basil plants which we’ll guess at $250 in total value.

  • Mind Body Health Benefits: Strengthened Immune System & Emotional Intelligence

Since beginning my 15 year apprenticeship in urban farming 5 years ago, I have enjoyed wonderful mindbody health, spending probably no more than $100 on aspirin, sinus pills, whatever. It would take a large research project to support the notion that gardening has bolstered my immune system by virtue of the deep peace and satisfaction it provides. But my daily rounds are charmed by encounters with healthy, happy people who grow increasing amounts of their own food. Much less “mad rushing about,” much less anxiety about tomorrow, much more focus on the blessings of the present and trust in the immense intelligence in whose lap we reside. Gardening awakens mind hearts to the miracle of life, the pleasures of nurturing, and the deep value of patience and attentiveness.

Another research project would be required to support the notion that the sense of well being it has offered has improved my relationships with family, friends, neighbors, and business associates. My children appear charmed when walking through my shanty Irish garden and picking plants/fruits when in season. I know for certain that 3 of my neighbors have been inspired by get into the dirt because “if an old eccentric roofer can grow raspberries like that, I can sure do as much or more!”

Value? Priceless.

  • Social Capital and the Diffusion of Innovation

My business partner Josh Fraundorf was inspired by my adventures at Growing Power to buy $75 worth of Will’s compost that yielded the best tomatoes his farm and garden family clan had ever tasted. His wife Jamie was inspired by the science teaching possibilities of composting and vermiculture. These happy facts sparked the emergence of Sweet Water Organics and a number of very worthy outcomes that have flowed from that, e.g. the Bay View Community Compost project, compost for any number of school and community gardens the Sweet Water Foundation is supporting.

Value? Priceless.

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A COMMUNITY AS GARDEN: Astonishing Fun With Dispersed Microplot Gardening!

From Blake Santifer R: “It depends greatly on the context of the land, how it will be maintained, & on the food shed of the immediate commu
All said; I’ve attached an excerpt from a concept I advocate!”

A COMMUNITY AS GARDEN, A SOLUTION!Dispersed microplot gardening!

Your Community Can Be Your Garden!

So, The concept is that our communities should indeed BE our community gardens!!!

Many of us have front back & side yards we spend countless dollars hiring others to maintain. Some even feel obliged to spend their scant free time beyond the 8–6 sodding, fertilizing, aerating, edging, mowing & ?weeding?!?

OUTRAGEOUS!

In overcoming all these issues & costs in maintaining land near our homes we form a gardening collaborative. “Community Gardening”

We embrace the unique micro climate of each & every dispersed micro plot near our homes, businesses, telephone poles, fire hydrants, drainage ditches, & yes, Still the “community gardens”.

We plant window boxes, containerize fruit trees, place portable palletized garden beds & hang baskets.

In super urban areas we plant rooftops, raise flag pole plantings, install strawberry pipes on freeway supports, engineer ferris wheeling plants in buckets & always put out another potted plant.

We can start seeds inside our homes & disperse them come spring!

There is so much we can grow with even the simplest of synergy.

Ask your neighbor if they enjoy paying to mow their lawn or if they might prefer you help care for their land & share the abundant harvest!

So many spaces can be planted. Potted plants put into place. portable Palatized planters & more!

So, simply put

The solution is planting exceptionally functional plants EVERYWHERE!

Further breaking down this solution:

  • communicate with your neighbors!

I reckon “neighborly” is adjective for good reason!

  • utilize all available space for what it can grow!

Everywhere has a microclimate that a particular plant will thrive within!

  • Plant only what grows best at your location

Since you’ve been “neighborly” you have plenty to share with your neigbors & they too share from their unique microclimates.
{imagine you have a side yard getting less light, okay.. Potatoes it is.
your neighbor has a front lawn getting scorched, okay.. tomatoes it is.
your neighbor has a back porch for entertaining, okay.. herbs it shall be.}

  • Observe your private planting, select what is growing best & share your abundance!

Recapping The Two Key Steps

Through utilizing each micro plots micro climate; we create abundance by allowing nature to specialize & growing what grows best.

Through “neighboring” we create an environment for sharing the abundance our micro plot produces & too experience providing & being provided for by our community.

We then allow each specifically planted micro plot to contribute to the grander

“COMMUNITY AS GARDEN”

So, Once again in closing…

We plant small plots & pots all over the place &

view our community as the garden!

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Worm Mon Saving the Planet Through the Forces of Nature

The “Worm Mon Show” is a work in progress organized around the broad theme “From Wastes to Resources…for Ourselves, Our Grandchildren, and for Mother Nature.”

Everyone As Worm Mon “Someday Auditions”

Boys and Girls
Men and Women
Young and Old
And Luxuriant Variations Thereof…

Are encouraged and hopefully inspired,
To become a

Worm Mon!

Many grade school children exult “how adorable” are their red wrigglers,
After moving beyond their initial squeamishness into sheer delight
With these miraculous creatures, now their, our, friends!

Increasingly important partners in our lives,
Transforming our wastes into precious resource,
i.e. Mother Nature’s finest growing medium,
the source of fresh fruit and vegetables that can change one’s life,
quite a bit for the better, e.g. lose weight, calm nerves, build endurance…
Taste great food while fully enjoying one’s friends and family!

Worm Mon is not just the person organizing and presenting the Show. The audience too are participants in this theatrical, co-instructional production. It is hoped that some in the audience will become Worm Mon Apprentices. It is also to be anticipated that filmed worm mon shows will become instructional materials for vermicomposting and urban agriculture, that pieces of the “Show” will be incorporated into the Worm Mon Show: A Morality Play in 3 Acts, that is under construction, with the support that arrives from each Worm Mon Show.

Many audience members will know much more than the presiding “worm mon”: about soil, worms and soil partners, weeds and plants, urban agriculture and ecology in general. And they are encouraged, exorted(!), to share their knowledge. Worm Mon are never proud. Trained to increasing humility, like, learning from, the worms!

All are invited to join in the evolution of the Show, some merely by sharing their new found gardening and soil nourishing information, others by rolling up their sleeves(especially the children), and

  • sifting through fresh compost in search of 12 worms for every pot

  • layering veggie and fruit residuals with leaves and wood chips to start a compost pile

  • separating the worm “offerings,” i.e. castings, from their home in compost and decomposing wood chips” and mixing this “black gold” with ground coconut shells, i.e. coir, to form the topping soil for potted plant arugula gardening

  • filling 6 inch pots with 4 inches of compost, 2 inches of casting/coir topping mix, planting

4 arugula seeds, and watering the same

  • sharing in conversations about the best “worm spa and hotel” for winter basement projects

Worm Mon Philosophical Musings

Worm Mon Shows involve mixing mental with manual labor. While working with the compost soil, the worms, wood chips, coconut shell coir, and other soil partners, and
feeling the soil, breathing in the sweet aroma of the black gold(like rain forest soil),

young and old quite often exchange stories and ideas the work inspires. All are encouraged to share visions of small, everyday chores worthy as they help us grow
food and have fun adding nutrient value to the beauty of our growing plants and flowers.

Brainstorming

  • cooperative projects for money, self-reliance, and community building, in backyard and front yard gardens, neighborhood community gardening, edible playgrounds, gardening at spiritual communities, elder care, and special needs habitats

  • healthy daily chores, routines, and projects for more graceful and energetic days, e.g. starting your own mini-urban farm

  • new careers in urban agriculture and aquaponics, in Milwaukee and well beyond our borders, including projects in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South/Central America

  • reaching across the fence and beyond our neighborhood exchange, e.g. sister neighborhoods, connecting North and South, East and West self-reliance and community building projects, commercial and volunteer co-op making

to be continued

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THE SWEET SOIL THAT GREW SWEET WATER

August 29, 2007 KK River Village Mixed Model Green Development

Sweet Water Organics is the ongoing creation of a number of partnerships with long histories of successful collaborations.
A critical first alliance was that of the original core team of Steve Lindner, Josh Fraundorf, and James Godsil.
Fraundorf and Lindner were long time friends and business associates, whose work together found Community Roofing & Restoration’s(“Community”) Fraundorf contracting with Steve for high, complex roof system projects on Steve’s and his sister’s vintage homes along Milwaukee’s north and south side lakefront communities, and “light green urban infill” projects as well. Lindner and Fraundorf had forged their’s and their families’ friendships within the matrix of artisinal and entrepreneurial virtuosity and success. Both are products of Wisconsin’s rich tradition of “outdoorsmen,” who worked long, hard, and usually smart, and relaxed and renewed hunting and fishing in the beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests of this privileged Great Lakes Heartland state. Josh’s and his wife, Jamie, were raising their sons Will and Tyler in a large circle of friends that included Steve, his wife Tasha, and their son Jake. That “clan of friends” had huge outings and parties together, some centered around the championship softball team, the “Kind Bugs,” heady newcomers to the iconic Milwaukee “Un-American League,” created by the counter-culture back in the 1960s. Josh, Steve, families, and friends are children of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Great Lakes Heartland civic cultures where risk taking, hard work and hard play, reverence for nature and community, and progressive social and economic innovation are part of life’s fabric.

So Lindner asked Fraundorf to invite his “Community” partner, Godsil, into a brainstorming conversation that would make Steve’s development of a 6.5 acre of “industrial wasteland” the “greenest possible” without losing money, i.e. “green and sustainable!” Godsil had won Steve’s attention in his work “peddling Milwaukee’s renaissance,” especially the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and Save the Soldiers Home work, the myriad Riverwest and Bay View social enterprises, and Will Allen’s Growing Power. Lindner described himself to Godsil as “the most hated landlord in Milwaukee,” and thought Godsil and Fraundorf might help him elevate the “greenness” of his developments and inspire community appreciation for his honest efforts. Godsil jumped at the offer, having been greatly impressed with Lindner’s hands-on work building nicely designed urban infills, restoring historic old homes, and treating “Community” and his very competent group of carpenters, electricians, excavators, plumbers, metal smiths, painters, and more, with integrity and respect.

Here’s a note that captures the spirit of this new alliance, sent August 29, 2007, from Godsil’s work room in his Bay View city farm.

Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 7:47 AM
Subject: Godsil Here re KK River Village(or whatever name emerges)
To: Steve LIndner <Slindner2@gmail.com>
Cc: Josh Fraundorf <Josh.Fraundorf@gmail.com>

Hey Steve,

I know you won’t get this until you come back to town, but I wanted to begin by letting you know it is my pleasure and high privilege to work with you and Josh to make the most imaginative “green development” possible at your new 6.5 acre(maybe 10!) site at the crossroads of the Third Ward, Walkers Point, and Bay View.

I think the mix of people ready to help with this vision could make it one of Milwaukee’s premier “urban infill projects.” I think your project could win national attention, especially if you consider building upon the vision developed by Howard Leu and Rochelle Scholz after months of connecting with Milwaukee’s leading green experts.

A first step, in my mind, would be to introduce you to Howard and Rochelle[this model involves urban agriculture] and their vision for the transformation of a city block at 11th and North Ave., which, in consultation with such green developers as Paul Bachowski, Julilly Kohler, and others, was submitted in a national design competition.

Another step would be to meet with Mary Beth Driscoll, who I’m working with to create urban gardens in the old city, to talk about the ins and outs of “design charrettes,”which she organized for the Renew the Valley planning.

I think a mixed model that incorporates for profit and non profit partners is worth considering for this venture.

I’ve created a web platform for this project at the Milwaukee Renaissance.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/KKRiverVillage/HomePage

We’ll show you the simple software this wiki open source community involves.

Viva, the KK River Village!(or whatever name emerges)

Godsil

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    * find a site for medium to large scale composting
    * design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
    * introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
    * recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
    * develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers 

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

    * develop partnerships and contracts with sources of nitrogen and carbon
    * purchase, store, and maintain a pick-up truck, 50 gallon and smaller barrels, pitch forks, and, for larger sites, occasional use of bobcat or other earth moving equipment
    * training for delicate social/physical challenges of picking up nitrogen at various sites, more complex and delicate the larger the source
    * training in mixing and tending of compost ingredients 
to:
  • find a site for medium to large scale composting
  • design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
  • introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
  • recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
  • develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

  • develop partnerships and contracts with sources of nitrogen and carbon
  • purchase, store, and maintain a pick-up truck, 50 gallon and smaller barrels, pitch forks, and, for larger sites, occasional use of bobcat or other earth moving equipment
  • training for delicate social/physical challenges of picking up nitrogen at various sites, more complex and delicate the larger the source
  • training in mixing and tending of compost ingredients
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Feel free to comment, edit, add to the start of the Sweet Water Story,
given each of you are among the partnerships that have been moving
things along with surprising and wonderful outcomes along the way.

THE SWEET SOIL THAT GREW SWEET WATER

August 29, 2007 KK River Village Mixed Model Green Development

Sweet Water Organics is the ongoing creation of a number of partnerships with long histories of successful collaborations.
A critical first alliance was that of the original core team of Steve Lindner, Josh Fraundorf, and James Godsil.
Fraundorf and Lindner were long time friends and business associates, whose work together found Community Roofing & Restoration’s(“Community”) Fraundorf contracting with Steve for high, complex roof system projects on Steve’s and his sister’s vintage homes along Milwaukee’s north and south side lakefront communities, and “light green urban infill” projects as well. Lindner and Fraundorf had forged their’s and their families’ friendships within the matrix of artisinal and entrepreneurial virtuosity and success. Both are products of Wisconsin’s rich tradition of “outdoorsmen,” who worked long, hard, and usually smart, and relaxed and renewed hunting and fishing in the beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests of this privileged Great Lakes Heartland state. Josh’s and his wife, Jamie, were raising their sons Will and Tyler in a large circle of friends that included Steve, his wife Tasha, and their son Jake. That “clan of friends” had huge outings and parties together, some centered around the championship softball team, the “Kind Bugs,” heady newcomers to the iconic Milwaukee “Un-American League,” created by the counter-culture back in the 1960s. Josh, Steve, families, and friends are children of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Great Lakes Heartland civic cultures where risk taking, hard work and hard play, reverence for nature and community, and progressive social and economic innovation are part of life’s fabric.

So Lindner asked Fraundorf to invite his “Community” partner, Godsil, into a brainstorming conversation that would make Steve’s development of a 6.5 acre of “industrial wasteland” the “greenest possible” without losing money, i.e. “green and sustainable!” Godsil had won Steve’s attention in his work “peddling Milwaukee’s renaissance,” especially the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and Save the Soldiers Home work, the myriad Riverwest and Bay View social enterprises, and Will Allen’s Growing Power. Lindner described himself to Godsil as “the most hated landlord in Milwaukee,” and thought Godsil and Fraundorf might help him elevate the “greenness” of his developments and inspire community appreciation for his honest efforts. Godsil jumped at the offer, having been greatly impressed with Lindner’s hands-on work building nicely designed urban infills, restoring historic old homes, and treating “Community” and his very competent group of carpenters, electricians, excavators, plumbers, metal smiths, painters, and more, with integrity and respect.

Here’s a note that captures the spirit of this new alliance, sent August 29, 2007, from Godsil’s work room in his Bay View city farm.

Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 7:47 AM
Subject: Godsil Here re KK River Village(or whatever name emerges)
To: Steve LIndner <Slindner2@gmail.com>
Cc: Josh Fraundorf <Josh.Fraundorf@gmail.com>

Hey Steve,

I know you won’t get this until you come back to town, but I wanted to begin by letting you know it is my pleasure and high privilege to work with you and Josh to make the most imaginative “green development” possible at your new 6.5 acre(maybe 10!) site at the crossroads of the Third Ward, Walkers Point, and Bay View.

I think the mix of people ready to help with this vision could make it one of Milwaukee’s premier “urban infill projects.” I think your project could win national attention, especially if you consider building upon the vision developed by Howard Leu and Rochelle Scholz after months of connecting with Milwaukee’s leading green experts.

A first step, in my mind, would be to introduce you to Howard and Rochelle[this model involves urban agriculture] and their vision for the transformation of a city block at 11th and North Ave., which, in consultation with such green developers as Paul Bachowski, Julilly Kohler, and others, was submitted in a national design competition.

Another step would be to meet with Mary Beth Driscoll, who I’m working with to create urban gardens in the old city, to talk about the ins and outs of “design charrettes,”which she organized for the Renew the Valley planning.

I think a mixed model that incorporates for profit and non profit partners is worth considering for this venture.

I’ve created a web platform for this project at the Milwaukee Renaissance.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/KKRiverVillage/HomePage

We’ll show you the simple software this wiki open source community involves.

Viva, the KK River Village!(or whatever name emerges)

Godsil

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  • find a site for medium to large scale composting
  • design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
  • introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
  • recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
  • develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers
to:
    * find a site for medium to large scale composting
    * design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
    * introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
    * recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
    * develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers 
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things along with surprising and wonderful outcomes along the way.

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    * find a site for medium to large scale composting
    * design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
    * introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
    * recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
    * develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers 
to:
  • find a site for medium to large scale composting
  • design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
  • introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
  • recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
  • develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers
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Feel free to comment, edit, add to the start of the Sweet Water Story,
given each of you are among the partnerships that have been moving
things along with surprising and wonderful outcomes along the way!

THE SWEET SOIL THAT GREW SWEET WATER

August 29, 2007 KK River Village Mixed Model Green Development

Sweet Water Organics is the ongoing creation of a number of partnerships with long histories of successful collaborations.
A critical first alliance was that of the original core team of Steve Lindner, Josh Fraundorf, and James Godsil.
Fraundorf and Lindner were long time friends and business associates, whose work together found Community Roofing & Restoration’s(“Community”) Fraundorf contracting with Steve for high, complex roof system projects on Steve’s and his sister’s vintage homes along Milwaukee’s north and south side lakefront communities, and “light green urban infill” projects as well. Lindner and Fraundorf had forged their’s and their families’ friendships within the matrix of artisinal and entrepreneurial virtuosity and success. Both are products of Wisconsin’s rich tradition of “outdoorsmen,” who worked long, hard, and usually smart, and relaxed and renewed hunting and fishing in the beautiful lakes, rivers, and forests of this privileged Great Lakes Heartland state. Josh’s and his wife, Jamie, were raising their sons Will and Tyler in a large circle of friends that included Steve, his wife Tasha, and their son Jake. That “clan of friends” had huge outings and parties together, some centered around the championship softball team, the “Kind Bugs,” heady newcomers to the iconic Milwaukee “Un-American League,” created by the counter-culture back in the 1960s. Josh, Steve, families, and friends are children of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Great Lakes Heartland civic cultures where risk taking, hard work and hard play, reverence for nature and community, and progressive social and economic innovation are part of life’s fabric.

So Lindner asked Fraundorf to invite his “Community” partner, Godsil, into a brainstorming conversation that would make Steve’s development of a 6.5 acre of “industrial wasteland” the “greenest possible” without losing money, i.e. “green and sustainable!” Godsil had won Steve’s attention in his work “peddling Milwaukee’s renaissance,” especially the Milwaukee Preservation Alliance(MPA) and Save the Soldiers Home work, the myriad Riverwest and Bay View social enterprises, and Will Allen’s Growing Power. Lindner described himself to Godsil as “the most hated landlord in Milwaukee,” and thought Godsil and Fraundorf might help him elevate the “greenness” of his developments and inspire community appreciation for his honest efforts. Godsil jumped at the offer, having been greatly impressed with Lindner’s hands-on work building nicely designed urban infills, restoring historic old homes, and treating “Community” and his very competent group of carpenters, electricians, excavators, plumbers, metal smiths, painters, and more, with integrity and respect.

Here’s a note that captures the spirit of this new alliance, sent August 29, 2007, from Godsil’s work room in his Bay View city farm.

Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 7:47 AM
Subject: Godsil Here re KK River Village(or whatever name emerges)
To: Steve LIndner <Slindner2@gmail.com>
Cc: Josh Fraundorf <Josh.Fraundorf@gmail.com>

Hey Steve,

I know you won’t get this until you come back to town, but I wanted to begin by letting you know it is my pleasure and high privilege to work with you and Josh to make the most imaginative “green development” possible at your new 6.5 acre(maybe 10!) site at the crossroads of the Third Ward, Walkers Point, and Bay View.

I think the mix of people ready to help with this vision could make it one of Milwaukee’s premier “urban infill projects.” I think your project could win national attention, especially if you consider building upon the vision developed by Howard Leu and Rochelle Scholz after months of connecting with Milwaukee’s leading green experts.

A first step, in my mind, would be to introduce you to Howard and Rochelle[this model involves urban agriculture] and their vision for the transformation of a city block at 11th and North Ave., which, in consultation with such green developers as Paul Bachowski, Julilly Kohler, and others, was submitted in a national design competition.

Another step would be to meet with Mary Beth Driscoll, who I’m working with to create urban gardens in the old city, to talk about the ins and outs of “design charrettes,”which she organized for the Renew the Valley planning.

I think a mixed model that incorporates for profit and non profit partners is worth considering for this venture.

I’ve created a web platform for this project at the Milwaukee Renaissance.

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/KKRiverVillage/HomePage

We’ll show you the simple software this wiki open source community involves.

Viva, the KK River Village!(or whatever name emerges)

Godsil

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Sweet Water E-Mail Chronicle Rough Draft

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Major NYT Essay on Agony/Ecstacy of Being 20 Something or Parent Thereof

Dear All,

If you or any of your family or friends are challenged by the “emerging adulthood” drama of our
loved ones in their 20s, check out this in-depth, thoughtful essay on the theme:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/magazine/22Adulthood-t.html?src=me&ref=homepage

Worm Mon Show Mind Heart Themes: Adult ADHD and 20 Something Drama

So now we have a new theme to introduce to the round table moments during and after
the Worm Mon Show at Sweet Water, every Wed. at 6:30 and every Sunday at 12:30.
Gratis, but there is a $5 fee if you take the Sweet Water Tour at 6 on Wed. and noon on
Sunday.

Worm Mon Parent of Three “20 Somethings”

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“The best place to find God is in a garden.” G.B. Shaw

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Social Entrepreneurs

This a comment in response to a NYT piece on social entrepeneurs.

“Wonderful heat in pursuit of pubic aim” marks the many social entrepreneurs that have inspired me in St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee since the start of my adventures in the social movements of our time. The young Jesuit scholastics who sparked new schools and reform political campaigns in the Pruitt Igo neighborhood of St. Louis; the community organizers of Chicago who sparked neighborhood development projects and small businesses; Milwaukee’s Jeff Eagan’s leadership in a community development corporation key to the graceful integration of Riverwest Milwaukee; Will Allen of Milwaukee’s Growing Power; Josh Fraundorf of Sweet Water Organics labor intensive fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building. These social “enterprisers”(easier to spell) put their imagination and shoulders to the wheel, “bound to see their measure carried, and stick to it through ages of defeat.” Retiring boomers and the millennial generation will make Mother Earth proud as they turn to green and local economic development married to social justice and aesthetics! Viva, social enterprisers!

Sweet Water Worm Mon Shows & Adult Attention Deficit Disorder(ADHD)

Dear All,

As one who is making a bit of good history proving that an old dog can learn new tricks and harness the positive implications of a kaleidoscope of affective disorders, including above average scores on adhd, this current Sweet Water Worm Mon(you can become a worm mon too!) is addressing the positive value of backyard and front yard food gardens, i.e. Sweet Water Front Yard Edens, for dealing with adhd.

The Worm Mon Shows occur about l/2 hour after the Wed. 6 p.m. and Sunday noon Sweet Water Tours. The Sweet Water Tours
cost $5. The Worm Mon Shows are free, providing you show up at 12:30 on Sunday or 6:30 on Wednesday.

Here is a wikipedia list of adhd symptoms for your enlightenment and sharing with your loved ones whose undiagnosed adhd is driving you crazy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder

In adults, these evolve into:[10]

    * Procrastination
    * Indecision, difficulty recalling and organizing details required for a task
    * Poor time management, losing track of time
    * Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
    * Difficulty initiating tasks
    * Difficulty completing and following through on tasks
    * Difficulty multitasking
    * Difficulty shifting attention from one task to another

In adults:

    * Chooses highly active, stimulating jobs
    * Avoids situations with low physical activity or sedentary work
    * May choose to work long hours or two jobs
    * Seeks constant activity
    * Easily bored
    * Impatient
    * Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
    * Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
    * Loses temper easily, angers quickly

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One Hundred Jobs in Labor Intensive Fish Vegetable Farm in Old Factory

It won’t take much public money to roll out an “auto catalytic” 100 jobs experiment in fish vegetable farms and small business incubators in re-purposed factory buildings. Sweet Water Organics, Inc., the Sweet Water Foundation, Community Roofing & Restoration, and the Milwaukee Renaissance Movement Magazine network have inspired this working plan I hope you will help upgrade, refine, and advance.

No public monies have been spent this past year and 8 months and the above named enterprises have combined for the equivalent of 25 of the greenest of jobs this Spring and Summer.

Here’s some media coverage of the fish vegetable farm, including a “Wall Street Journal” and front page “Milwaukee Journal,” “Shepherd Express” and “Bay View Compass” stories.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/

Here is the first draft essay that focuses on developing 100 jobs in a Sweet Soil Project.

100 Jobs in Labor Intensive Fish Vegetable Farm and Small Business Incubator in Re-Purposed Factory Buildings

The Sweet Water Foundation collaboration with Journey House, the Domes, the National Association of Black Vets, Core el Centro, 16th St. Community Health Center, the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center, the Victory Garden Initiative, La Causa School, Honey Creek School, and on and on, aims to develop the foundation for a 100 job urban ag project over the next 5 years.

And it all begins with harvesting urban waste streams and partnering with beneficial bacteria and red wriggler worms. That’s how Sweet Water Organics was launched.

:)

Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

    * find a site for medium to large scale composting
    * design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
    * introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
    * recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
    * develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
    * establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers 

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

    * develop partnerships and contracts with sources of nitrogen and carbon
    * purchase, store, and maintain a pick-up truck, 50 gallon and smaller barrels, pitch forks, and, for larger sites, occasional use of bobcat or other earth moving equipment
    * training for delicate social/physical challenges of picking up nitrogen at various sites, more complex and delicate the larger the source
    * training in mixing and tending of compost ingredients 

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Adding Vermiculture to the Project

“Yeoman Social Enterprises” Orchestrations are one way to advance this project.

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I would very much appreciate your thoughts and hope to meet over coffee some day in the next couple of weeks to explore these and other job projects that public works jobs that help citizens and their communities develop labor intensive fish vegetable farms and small business incubators in old factory buildings.

Social Entrepreneurs

This a comment in response to a NYT piece on social entrepeneurs.

“Wonderful heat in pursuit of pubic aim” marks the many social entrepreneurs that have inspired me in St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee since the start of my adventures in the social movements of our time. The young Jesuit scholastics who sparked new schools and reform political campaigns in the Pruitt Igo neighborhood of St. Louis; the community organizers of Chicago who sparked neighborhood development projects and small businesses; Milwaukee’s Jeff Eagan’s leadership in a community development corporation key to the graceful integration of Riverwest Milwaukee; Will Allen of Milwaukee’s Growing Power; Josh Fraundorf of Sweet Water Organics labor intensive fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building. These social “enterprisers”(easier to spell) put their imagination and shoulders to the wheel, “bound to see their measure carried, and stick to it through ages of defeat.” Retiring boomers and the millennial generation will make Mother Earth proud as they turn to green and local economic development married to social justice and aesthetics! Viva, social enterprisers!

Sweet Water Worm Mon Shows & Adult Attention Deficit Disorder(ADHD)

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As one who is making a bit of good history proving that an old dog can learn new tricks and harness the positive implications of a kaleidoscope of affective disorders, including above average scores on adhd, this current Sweet Water Worm Mon(you can become a worm mon too!) is addressing the positive value of backyard and front yard food gardens, i.e. Sweet Water Front Yard Edens, for dealing with adhd.

The Worm Mon Shows occur about l/2 hour after the Wed. 6 p.m. and Sunday noon Sweet Water Tours. The Sweet Water Tours
cost $5. The Worm Mon Shows are free, providing you show up at 12:30 on Sunday or 6:30 on Wednesday.

Here is a wikipedia list of adhd symptoms for your enlightenment and sharing with your loved ones whose undiagnosed adhd is driving you crazy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder

In adults, these evolve into:[10]

    * Procrastination
    * Indecision, difficulty recalling and organizing details required for a task
    * Poor time management, losing track of time
    * Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
    * Difficulty initiating tasks
    * Difficulty completing and following through on tasks
    * Difficulty multitasking
    * Difficulty shifting attention from one task to another

In adults:

    * Chooses highly active, stimulating jobs
    * Avoids situations with low physical activity or sedentary work
    * May choose to work long hours or two jobs
    * Seeks constant activity
    * Easily bored
    * Impatient
    * Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
    * Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
    * Loses temper easily, angers quickly

Consider Becoming an Apprentice Sweet Water Worm Mon

Dear All,

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Social Entrepreneurs

This a comment in response to a NYT piece on social entrepeneurs.

“Wonderful heat in pursuit of pubic aim” marks the many social entrepreneurs that have inspired me in St. Louis, Chicago, and Milwaukee since the start of my adventures in the social movements of our time. The young Jesuit scholastics who sparked new schools and reform political campaigns in the Pruitt Igo neighborhood of St. Louis; the community organizers of Chicago who sparked neighborhood development projects and small businesses; Milwaukee’s Jeff Eagan’s leadership in a community development corporation key to the graceful integration of Riverwest Milwaukee; Will Allen of Milwaukee’s Growing Power; Josh Fraundorf of Sweet Water Organics labor intensive fish vegetable farm in a re-purposed factory building. These social “enterprisers”(easier to spell) put their imagination and shoulders to the wheel, “bound to see their measure carried, and stick to it through ages of defeat.” Retiring boomers and the millennial generation will make Mother Earth proud as they turn to green and local economic development married to social justice and aesthetics! Viva, social enterprisers!

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Dear All,

As one who is making a bit of good history proving that an old dog can learn new tricks and harness the positive implications of a kaleidoscope of affective disorders, including above average scores on adhd, this current Sweet Water Worm Mon(you can become a worm mon too!) is addressing the positive value of backyard and front yard food gardens, i.e. Sweet Water Front Yard Edens, for dealing with adhd.

The Worm Mon Shows occur about l/2 hour after the Wed. 6 p.m. and Sunday noon Sweet Water Tours. The Sweet Water Tours
cost $5. The Worm Mon Shows are free, providing you show up at 12:30 on Sunday or 6:30 on Wednesday.

Here is a wikipedia list of adhd symptoms for your enlightenment and sharing with your loved ones whose undiagnosed adhd is driving you crazy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adult_attention_deficit_hyperactivity_disorder

In adults, these evolve into:[10]

    * Procrastination
    * Indecision, difficulty recalling and organizing details required for a task
    * Poor time management, losing track of time
    * Avoiding tasks or jobs that require sustained attention
    * Difficulty initiating tasks
    * Difficulty completing and following through on tasks
    * Difficulty multitasking
    * Difficulty shifting attention from one task to another

In adults:

    * Chooses highly active, stimulating jobs
    * Avoids situations with low physical activity or sedentary work
    * May choose to work long hours or two jobs
    * Seeks constant activity
    * Easily bored
    * Impatient
    * Intolerant to frustration, easily irritated
    * Impulsive, snap decisions and irresponsible behaviors
    * Loses temper easily, angers quickly

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Yeoman Orchestrations

These involve talking while working, at your garden, work site, or mine, about

  • complimentary collaborations among multiple skill set partners

  • sequential project development

e.g. I’ll explore a partnership with the National Association of Black Veterans over a one year period, quite possibly not making any green dollars in this period, but growing social and cultural capital that sets the stage for some green dollar capital from a grant we win or project contract we capture

  • hybrid enterprise exploration

e.g. some of this work might occur within a standard corporation or family business, some of it might occur as a project for a non-profit, some of it might occur in the informal economy(your backyard or home energy efficiency experiments

  • use-value and exchange value

e.g. some of these collaborations might find us creating goods and services that have “exchange value” in the market place(let’s develop some arugula mini-farms!), while others might be entirely located in the realm of “use value”(let’s create 1,000 potted arugula plants and distribute them to fire houses, police stations, schools, and assisted living centers just for the good of it with all volunteer labor)

  • multiple income streams

e.g. while we’re mostly focused on producing a couple of key items like perch and lettuce at Sweet Water, we also pay attention to income streams ancillary to the prime focus(at Sweet Water we are developing the soft-ware needed for highly sophisticated aquaponics conversations of vintage factory building that can generate revenues at work shops, as school curricula, as blueprints for replications, and so forth)

  • on-line brainstorming and round table gatherings

e.g. we invite potential collaborators to some on-line conversations, either via e-mail or setting up sites on facebook, wiki platforms, list serves, and so on. These conversations
in the “noosphere” are punctuated and enhanced by gatherings of round table conversations, where on-line participants can meet one another and people who don’t like on-line talk can join in

  • committing to a start-up 100 hours of concept and project exploration

I would feel most comfortable investing in yeoman orchestrations with people who would start out with a commitment of 100 hours of exchange, as well as a commitment to document what comes forth from those first 100 hours

  • imagination and inspiration make for miracles

In my lifetime I have seen small groups of people greatly contribute to evolutionary history making, fueled by visions they easily put their shoulder into. Green money capital is important, social and cultural capital too! But, in my mind’s eye, reflecting upon the golden sons and daughters of Mother Earth these past 40 years of “movement” and “small enterprise” work, it’s spiritual capital that trumps all else.

Sweet Water is an adventure that bears witness to the power of an idea whose time has come. Yeoman orchestrations can play a vital part of the Sweet Water Story.

I hope you will consider some of these concepts with me and some of my able mates!

Godsil

  • A yeoman (pronunciation: /ˈjəʊmən/) usually refers to a farmer who cultivates his own land, historically a lesser freeholder of England, below the landed gentry but with political rights…

A yeoman could be a free man holding a small landed estate, a minor landowner, a small prosperous farmer, especially from the Elizabethan era onwards (16th-17th century), a deputy, assistant, journeyman, or loyal or faithful servant. Work “performed or rendered in a loyal, valiant, useful, or workmanlike manner”, especially in situations that involve a great deal of effort or labor, such as would be done by a yeoman farmer, came to be described as a yeoman’s job.[3] Yeomen became a class of people that gained a reputation for hard toil.[4]

Yeoman also was a rank or position in a noble or royal household, with titles such as Yeoman of the Chamber, Yeoman of the Crown, Yeoman Usher, King’s Yeoman, and various others. Most duties were connected with protecting the sovereign and dignitaries as a bodyguard, such as the Yeomen of the Guard, attending the sovereign with various tasks as needed, or duties assigned to his office.[1]

In modern British usage, yeoman may specifically refer to a member of a reserve cavalry unit called a yeomanry (similar to a militia) traditionally raised from respected and moderately wealthy commoners in England and Wales, and today part of the Territorial Army; a member of the Yeomen of the Guard or Yeomen Warders of the Tower of London, or servant in the British Royal Household at Windsor Castle, such as the Yeoman of the Cellar; or a supervisory soldier normally between the ranks of staff sergeant to Warrant Officer Class 1 in the Royal Corps of Signals in the British Army, an appointment achieved upon completion of a 14-month technical course and seen as the highest accolade bestowed upon an operator and indeed a Royal Signals soldier.[2]

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Dear All,

I have working with urban waste streams turning to humus, then fed to worms for their enhanced castings, i.e. black gold, then into potting plants, especially arugula, with a mixture of humus, black gold, peat moss/coir.,

This work is the foundation for the Worm Mon Shows at, Sweet Water every Wednesday night around 7 p.m. and Sundays around 1 p.m.

 http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/WormMonShowsAndMoralityPlay,

 http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/Main/WormMonShows,

If you would like to become an apprenticed Worm Mon, or would like to help develop and advance the Worm Mon Shows, send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com.

 Thanks!

Godsil, co-founder
Sweet Water Organics
Apprentice Worm Mon
Co-Director The Worm Mon Show: A Morality Play in Three Acts

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The Worm Mon of the world have a good chance to protect themselves from “The Narcissism Epidemic” and become Mother Nature’s fine children. A Worm Mon working to transform wastes into resources and help create bounty through a growing knowledge of Mother Nature’s secrets will experience a deepening love of our Great Mother and a decreasing pre-occupation with egocentric, grandiose indulgences. Worm mon(“mon” can be singular or plural, is gender and age neutral)in time become Mother Nature’s eyes and ears, tuning into life’s mystery and majesty and aquiring reservoirs of information and understanding that serve them in the process of becoming mediators between humans and Nature, learning The Way.

Here’s my favorite self-proclaimed conservative essayist on narcissism.

Op-Ed Columnist
The Gospel of Mel Gibson
By DAVID BROOKS
Published: July 15, 2010

Let us enter, you and I, into the moral universe of the modern narcissist.

The narcissistic person is marked by a grandiose self-image, a constant need for admiration, and a general lack of empathy for others. He is the keeper of a sacred flame, which is the flame he holds to celebrate himself.

There used to be theories that deep down narcissists feel unworthy, but recent research doesn’t support this. Instead, it seems, the narcissist’s self-directed passion is deep and sincere.

His self-love is his most precious possession. It is the holy center of all that is sacred and right. He is hypersensitive about anybody who might splatter or disregard his greatness. If someone treats him slightingly, he perceives that as a deliberate and heinous attack. If someone threatens his reputation, he regards this as an act of blasphemy. He feels justified in punishing the attacker for this moral outrage.

And because he plays by different rules, and because so much is at stake, he can be uninhibited in response. Everyone gets angry when they feel their self-worth is threatened, but for the narcissist, revenge is a holy cause and a moral obligation, demanding overwhelming force.

Mel Gibson seems to fit the narcissist model to an eerie degree. The recordings that purport to show him unloading on his ex-lover, Oksana Grigorieva, make for painful listening, and are only worthy of attention because these days it pays to be a student of excessive self-esteem, if only to understand the world around.

The story line seems to be pretty simple. Gibson was the great Hollywood celebrity who left his wife to link with the beautiful young acolyte. Her beauty would not only reflect well on his virility, but he would also work to mold her, Pygmalion-like, into a pop star.

After a time, she apparently grew tired of being a supporting actor in the drama of his self-magnification and tried to go her own way. This act of separation was perceived as an assault on his status and thus a venal betrayal of the true faith.

It is fruitless to analyze her end of the phone conversations because she knows she is taping them. But the voice on the other end is primal and searing.

That man is like a boxer unleashing one verbal barrage after another. His breathing is heavy. His vocal muscles are clenched. His guttural sounds burst out like hammer blows.

He pummels her honor, her intelligence, her womanhood, her maternal skills and everything else. Imagine every crude and derogatory word you’ve ever heard. They come out in waves. He’s not really arguing with her, just trying to pulverize her into nothingness, like some corruption that has intertwined itself into his being and now must be expunged.

It is striking how morally righteous he is, without ever bothering to explain what exactly she has done wrong. It is striking how quickly he reverts to the vocabulary of purity and disgust. It is striking how much he believes he deserves. It is striking how much he seems to derive satisfaction from his own righteous indignation.

Rage was the original subject of Western literature. It was the opening theme of Homer’s “Iliad.” Back then, anger was perceived as a source of pleasure. “Sweeter wrath is by far than the honeycomb dripping with sweetener,” Homer declared. And the man on the other end of Grigorieva’s phone seems to derive some vengeful satisfaction from asserting his power and from purging his frustration — from the sheer act of domination.

And the sad fact is that Gibson is not alone. There can’t be many people at once who live in a celebrity environment so perfectly designed to inflate self-love. Even so, a surprising number of people share the trait. A study conducted at the National Institutes of Health suggested that 6.2 percent of Americans had suffered from Narcissistic Personality Disorder, along with 9.4 percent of people in their 20s.

In their book, “The Narcissism Epidemic,” Jean M. Twenge and W. Keith Campbell cite data to suggest that at least since the 1970s, we have suffered from national self-esteem inflation. They cite my favorite piece of sociological data: In 1950, thousands of teenagers were asked if they considered themselves an “important person.” Twelve percent said yes. In the late 1980s, another few thousand were asked. This time, 80 percent of girls and 77 percent of boys said yes.

That doesn’t make them narcissists in the Gibson mold, but it does suggest that we’ve entered an era where self-branding is on the ascent and the culture of self-effacement is on the decline.

Every week brings a new assignment in our study of self-love. And at the top of the heap, the Valentino of all self-lovers, there is the former Braveheart. If he really were that great, he’d have figured out that the lady probably owns a tape recorder.

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http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/

Would be nice if there were some 21st century WPA projects that would award the best you tube teachers some funds for their “you tube school.”

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In the 1900s and 1910s, the progressives and socialists of Milwaukee and Wisconsin
provided the models for much of the great 20th century New Deal.

At the dawn of the 21st century, the progressives and ®Evolutionaries of Milwaukee and Wisconsin,
learning from the victories and the defeats of the 20th century popular movements,
may well be providing the models for much of the great 21st century

Social Economy ®Evolution.

Become a Teacher at Your Own You Tube School

http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/

Would be nice if there were some 21st century WPA projects that would award the best you tube teachers some funds for their “you tube school.”

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Dear All,

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Expanding the Social Economy Sector Through Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics

I have done my best to advance the social economy sector of our society over the years in a variety of ways.

  • Community Roofing Collective
  • ESHAC, Inc.
  • Outpost Natural Co-ops
  • Kern Park Country Club
  • Little People’s Basketball Program

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Expanding the Social Economy Sector Through Urban Agriculture and Aquaponics

I have done my best to advance the social economy sector of our society over the years in a variety of ways.

  • Community Roofing Collective
  • ESHAC, Inc.
  • Outpost Natural Co-ops
  • Kern Park Country Club
  • Little People’s Basketball Program

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Become a Teacher at Your Own You Tube School

http://chronicle.com/article/A-Self-Appointed-Teacher-Runs/65793/

Would be nice if there were some 21st century WPA projects that would award the best you tube teachers some funds for their “you tube school.”

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Proper Language for Teaching Children

Dear All,

I have been taking my “Worm Man Show” to a number of schools in town,
to mine and the children’s delight.

Of late I have been telling the children that I was the Worm Man but now am
the Worm Mon.

“Mon” is the word in Jamaica that Bob Marley and others have used to designate male or female,
young or old, i.e. human being or person.

Rather than say I am the”Worm Person” or the “Worm Human” I like a shorter
gender age neutral term like “Mon.”

Some people I know like this concept a lot.

Others I know do not like this at all.

I would appreciate your thoughts in this matter.

Thanks!

Godsil

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    1 “Deep Water” or “Raft Culture” aquaponics which is the primarily research carried out at the University of the Virgin Islands under the guidance of Dr. James Rakocy [3] and;
    2 Reciprocating aquaponics (“Ebb and Flow” or “Flood and Drain”) based on the techniques developed by Mark McMurtry, et al. at NCSU (such as that implemented by Tom and Paula Speraneo of S&S Aquafarms in West Plains, Missouri.[4])
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  • “Deep Water” or “Raft Culture” aquaponics which is the primarily research carried out at the University of the Virgin Islands under the guidance of Dr. James Rakocy [3] and;
  • Reciprocating aquaponics (“Ebb and Flow” or “Flood and Drain”) based on the techniques developed by Mark McMurtry, et al. at NCSU (such as that implemented by Tom and Paula Speraneo of S&S Aquafarms in West Plains, Missouri.[4])
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[edit] Aquaponics Research in Canada

The first aquaponics research in Canada was a small system added onto existing aquaculture research at a research station in Lethbridge. Later, a larger set-up was built in Brooks, Alberta. Scientists, especially Dr. Nick Savidov, at this research station have made some interesting findings related to rapid root growth in aquaponics systems.

Dr. Savidov’s research is unusual for aquaponics as it is based out of a plant science background. His team took the system developed at the University of Virgin Islands and adapted it into a system in an Alberta greenhouse. One of the interesting adaptations that he made was to run his system at a low pH level (favoured by plants), rather than a system that is half-way between the ideal (low) pH for plants and neutral to high pH for fish. He found that even with a lower pH, the fish could survive nicely because of other advantages in the system over traditional aquaculture.
[edit] Commercial Aquaponics in Canada

Many of the pioneers of aquaponics in Canada are no longer in production.

    Founded in 1998, Future Aqua Farms in Nova Scotia[6] is widely considered the first commercial aquaponics project in Canada.

    North Atlantic Aquaponics Ltd., in Newfoundland apparently grew eels in their aquaponic system.[7],[8]

    Agua Aquaponics Greenhouses International, in Manitoba is another early project that is no longer operational.

Other aquaponic systems tried aquaponics and then switched toward pure aquaculture.

    MDM farms in Alberta switched from a small aquaponics system back to a pure aquaculture system.

    Greenview farms also in Alberta, switched from aquaponics to a pure aquaculture system at the same time that it changed its name to Aquagrow Enterprises International Ltd.

Only a few commercial aquaponics systems continue operations in Canada.

    Cultures Aquaponiques M.L. Inc, in Quebec is an early aquaponics system in Canada, and an unusual one in that it combines trout (a cold water fish) and floating lettuce production.[9]

    Circle M Trout Farm, in Alberta also uses trout, but does not recirculate their water because they use it to produce fruiting vegetable crops. They run the trout water through the greenhouse in pipes to warm it up and then into the plant beds. After the plants have taken the nutrients out of the water, the water is too warm to recirculate and it is taken out of the system.

    Floating Gardens Ltd.,[10] in Saskatchewan won an award for their business plan[11] using aquaponics and advertise a start-up date of summer 2009. They plan to grow tilapia and various vegetables for the Saskatchewan market.

[edit] Aquaponics in the Barbados

The easternmost Caribbean island nation of Barbados is considered to be the most developed of the Caribbean states, having one of the highest per capita incomes in the region.The densely populated island nation of Barbados (627 people/km2) has limited resources required for a prosperous agricultural industry (Central Intelligence Agency, 2010). This high population density and seasonal influx of foreign tourists - over 570,000 tourists stayed in Barbados in 2007 and over 600,000 cruise ship passengers visited the country that same year – places stress on the country’s key national resources (Totally Barbados, 2010). Barbados is known as the 15th most water scarce country in the world and freshwater withdrawal per capita is 333 m3/year (Central Intelligence Agency, 2010). The long history of intensive plantation-style monoculture production over the past 300 years in Barbados has made extensive contributions to soil quality problems in Barbados. These include the erosion of topsoil, a decrease in soil fertility, and the consequent application of large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides in order to maintain productivity (Homer, 1998). The colonial history of Barbados has left behind a reliance on monocrop, plantation-style agriculture which focuses on the production of a single cash crop in large amounts. The agricultural industry in Barbados therefore still consists primarily of sugar cane cultivation and the sugar, rum and molasses production industry.Production of food crops in the country is quite low as Barbados imports around 80% of its food (IICA, 2009), including large amounts of fruits and vegetables (Závodská & Dolly, 2009). Only 10% of the labour force in Barbados is involved in agricultural activities as agriculture must compete with more profitable industries and forms of land use such as the growing tourism and real-estate sector (CIA World Factbook, 2009). The reliance on outside factors and world markets associated with such high levels of food importation place the country in a position of dependency and hinders progress towards self-sufficiency in terms of food production.

Traditionally, small-scale farming faces challenges regarding the necessity to incorporate high-input technologies into their production in order to be able to compete on the global market. These technologies involve high costs and significant initial investments that cannot be afforded by all rural food producers and which increase production costs and therefore the cost of locally produced crops. This makes small farmers uncompetitive against cheaper imported items (Závodská & Dolly, 2009).

Aquaponics has the potential to lessen the challenges associated with small scale farming in Barbados and generally in the Caribbean. The system requires minimal land and water resources, and no soil resources, which is desirable for highly populated and arid regions such as Barbados. Aquaponic systems provide a source of protein as well as fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. As meat on the island is relatively expensive, protein in the form of freshwater fish would provide a healthy alternative and reduce stress on dwindling saltwater and freshwater fish supplies.

In late 2009 the project “Aquaponic island” was started with joint funding by the United Nations Development Program(UNDP), the Food and agriculture organization (FAO),Ministry of Agriculture(MOA),4H movement, Inter-American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bellairs Research Institute And Baird’s Village Aquaponic Association(BVAA.

The aim of the project is to educate the island population about the advantages of aquaponics. A commercial size system was set up at Baird’s Village and extensive research and development was done adapting the technology to the island climate the next phase (2010)is to put aquaponic systems in many of the island schools.

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Skype Conference and Event Planner

Might you let me know if we could have a skype set up with a very large screen
that would beam up participation at the Growing Power World Conference by the following who have told me of their hopes to show or skye:

  • Charlie Price of London
  • Clyde Tamaru of Hawaii
  • Marielle Dubbeling of the Netherlands
  • Tom Knoll of S.F. and India projects
  • Glen Martinez of Hawaii

Here Are Folks I Would Like to Invite to Skype or Show

  • Rebecca Nelson
  • John Pade

In 1997 Rebecca Nelson and John Pade began publishing the Aquaponics Journal [www.aquaponicsjournal.com].

  • Willilam McLarney

In 1974 “The Journal of New Alchemists No.2″ was published by the New Alchemy Institute and contained an article by William McLarney “Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water”.

  • K. Sneed
  • K. Allen
  • JE Elllis

In 1975 K. Sneed, K. Allen and JE Ellis wrote one of the first articles about integrating fish farming and hydroponics.

  • Ronald Zweig

In the late 1970s Ronald D. Zweig and several other researchers published articles with the New Alchemy Institute about Fish Culture Systems and Solar-Algae Ponds

  • Mark McMurtry
  • Douglas Sanders
  • Paul Nelson

In 1985, North Carolina State University (then) graduate student, Mark R. McMurtry, and professors Douglas C. Sanders, Paul V. Nelson, et al. created the first known recirculating (closed-loop), reciprocating (flood and drain) “aquaponic” system (called an Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System) that filtered Tilapia effluent into sand biofilters (bacteria and alga) planted with Tomato and/or other vegetable crops

  • Dr. James Rakocy

From the 1980s to present day the two distinct aquaponic systems are;

  • “Deep Water” or “Raft Culture” aquaponics which is the primarily research carried out at the University of the Virgin Islands under the guidance of Dr. James Rakocy [3] and;
  • Reciprocating aquaponics (“Ebb and Flow” or “Flood and Drain”) based on the techniques developed by Mark McMurtry, et al. at NCSU (such as that implemented by Tom and Paula Speraneo of S&S Aquafarms in West Plains, Missouri.[4])

What say,

Godsil

Wikipedia Article on Aquaponics Inspired the above 12 names I would like to invite to show or skype.
Modern Western beginnings

At the New Alchemy Institute (1971–1991) researchers experimented with bioshelters and wastewater management via crop production. This pursuit, of what was to become the permaculture movement, inspired like-minded researchers to advance the concept of fish effluent as fertilizer for crop production.

In 1974 “The Journal of New Alchemists No.2″ was published by the New Alchemy Institute and contained an article by William McLarney “Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water”. This article was followed with “Further Experiments in the Irrigation of Garden Vegetables with Fertile Fish Pond Water” by William McLarney in 1976 in “The Journal of the New Alchemists No.3″. Still neither of these was symbiotic relationships in a circulatory environment.

Formal interest in the combining of aquaculture and hydroponics seems to have started in the mid-1970s. In 1975 K. Sneed, K. Allen and JE Ellis wrote one of the first articles about integrating fish farming and hydroponics.[4] It would take another decade however before a greater amount of research in the integration of the two areas would start to crystallize into the true beginnings of aquaponics.

In the late 1970s Ronald D. Zweig and several other researchers published articles with the New Alchemy Institute about Fish Culture Systems and Solar-Algae Ponds. The progression of this study saw the integration of plants into the system. Ronald Zweig published “An Integrated Fish Culture Hydroponic Vegetable Production System” in the Aquaculture Magazine May/June 1986 pp34–40. It has been called “the most advanced form of aquaculture developed at New Alchemy - the Zweig hydroponic aquaculture pond - which grows both edible fish and floating hydroponic lettuce”.[5]

In 1985, North Carolina State University (then) graduate student, Mark R. McMurtry, and professors Douglas C. Sanders, Paul V. Nelson, et al. created the first known recirculating (closed-loop), reciprocating (flood and drain) “aquaponic” system (called an Integrated Aqua-Vegeculture System) that filtered Tilapia effluent into sand biofilters (bacteria and alga) planted with Tomato and/or other vegetable crops.[1] From the mid-1980s and throughout the 1990s both McMurtry and Sanders published a number of articles on their research and worked to develop the recirculatory techniques for the arid Third World, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
[edit] Aquaponics in the United States

Many institutions and enterprises followed on the efforts (replicated peer-reviewed research, active publication, dissemination and technology transfer) at North Carolina State University [2]; notably by the University of Arizona Environmental Research Labs, NASA/CELSS, S&S Aquafarms, The Freshwater Institute, University of Arkansas (?), Bioshelters, Inc (?), Global Aquatics, Inslee Fish Farms (?) and others who carried out (mostly proprietary and unpublished) ‘research and development’ of aquaponics.

From the 1980s to present day the two distinct aquaponic systems are;

    1 “Deep Water” or “Raft Culture” aquaponics which is the primarily research carried out at the University of the Virgin Islands under the guidance of Dr. James Rakocy [3] and;
    2 Reciprocating aquaponics (“Ebb and Flow” or “Flood and Drain”) based on the techniques developed by Mark McMurtry, et al. at NCSU (such as that implemented by Tom and Paula Speraneo of S&S Aquafarms in West Plains, Missouri.[4])

The University of the Virgin Islands Aquaculture Program has developed an aquaponic system through over 20 years of research into its design and operation. The system can produce over 10,000 lbs. of tilapia annually and a variety of vegetables that are harvested weekly in staggered production (lettuce and basil) or as needed by other fruiting crops (okra, cantaloupe, peppers, tomatoes etc.) The aquaculture program promotes several principles of aquaponics that can be applied to any size system, from hobby-scale to commercial-scale. These principles include a) system design that balances feed input to vegetable growing area, b) constant input of feed by staggering fish stocking, c) constant nutrient uptake by staggering vegetable production, d) continuous water flow and e) maintaining pH of 7.0. Other guidelines also apply and lead farmers to productive and profitable enterprises. [5]

The University of the Virgin Islands teaches a course each June, the “International Aquaponics and Tilapia Aquaculture Course” [6] to participants from around the globe. These individuals return home to develop their own commercial enterprises based on the aquaponic principles taught in the course.

In 1997 Rebecca Nelson and John Pade began publishing the Aquaponics Journal [www.aquaponicsjournal.com]. The Aquaponics Journal was the first publicaiton to bring the research and various applications of aquaponics to people around the globe. Nelson and Pade also began offering training and internships at their facility in Mariposa, CA during the 1990s. In 2004 they produced the first video on aquaponics and in 2008, they wrote and published the first comprehensive book on aquaponics, “Aquaponic Food Production.” They are known throughout the industry as leaders for offering training, consulting and sytstems. Nelson and Pade work closely with Dr. Rakocy of the University of the Virgin Islands to bring the research on aquaponics into mainstream agriculture. Now located in Montello, WI, they are expanding their business and are the only full-spectrum provider of aquaponic systems, supplies, training and consulting in the US. [www.aquaponics.com]

A graduate of the 2007 University of the Virgin Islands Short Course in Aquaponics, Tim Mann and his wife and partner Susanne started an aquaponics farm (Friendly Aquaponics, Inc) in Hawaii in 2007. This was the first aquaponics farm in the USA to have its produce USDA Organic certified and Food Safety Certified, and is currently shipping 1,600 pounds of its organic lettuce mix and 300 pounds of white tilapia per month. Friendly Aquaponics teaches the “Commercial Aquaponics Training” [7] twice a year to participants worldwide. Attendees have developed their own commercial and educational enterprises based on the information provided in the course.
[edit] Aquaponics Research in Canada

The first aquaponics research in Canada was a small system added onto existing aquaculture research at a research station in Lethbridge. Later, a larger set-up was built in Brooks, Alberta. Scientists, especially Dr. Nick Savidov, at this research station have made some interesting findings related to rapid root growth in aquaponics systems.

Dr. Savidov’s research is unusual for aquaponics as it is based out of a plant science background. His team took the system developed at the University of Virgin Islands and adapted it into a system in an Alberta greenhouse. One of the interesting adaptations that he made was to run his system at a low pH level (favoured by plants), rather than a system that is half-way between the ideal (low) pH for plants and neutral to high pH for fish. He found that even with a lower pH, the fish could survive nicely because of other advantages in the system over traditional aquaculture.
[edit] Commercial Aquaponics in Canada

Many of the pioneers of aquaponics in Canada are no longer in production.

    Founded in 1998, Future Aqua Farms in Nova Scotia[6] is widely considered the first commercial aquaponics project in Canada.

    North Atlantic Aquaponics Ltd., in Newfoundland apparently grew eels in their aquaponic system.[7],[8]

    Agua Aquaponics Greenhouses International, in Manitoba is another early project that is no longer operational.

Other aquaponic systems tried aquaponics and then switched toward pure aquaculture.

    MDM farms in Alberta switched from a small aquaponics system back to a pure aquaculture system.

    Greenview farms also in Alberta, switched from aquaponics to a pure aquaculture system at the same time that it changed its name to Aquagrow Enterprises International Ltd.

Only a few commercial aquaponics systems continue operations in Canada.

    Cultures Aquaponiques M.L. Inc, in Quebec is an early aquaponics system in Canada, and an unusual one in that it combines trout (a cold water fish) and floating lettuce production.[9]

    Circle M Trout Farm, in Alberta also uses trout, but does not recirculate their water because they use it to produce fruiting vegetable crops. They run the trout water through the greenhouse in pipes to warm it up and then into the plant beds. After the plants have taken the nutrients out of the water, the water is too warm to recirculate and it is taken out of the system.

    Floating Gardens Ltd.,[10] in Saskatchewan won an award for their business plan[11] using aquaponics and advertise a start-up date of summer 2009. They plan to grow tilapia and various vegetables for the Saskatchewan market.

[edit] Aquaponics in the Barbados

The easternmost Caribbean island nation of Barbados is considered to be the most developed of the Caribbean states, having one of the highest per capita incomes in the region.The densely populated island nation of Barbados (627 people/km2) has limited resources required for a prosperous agricultural industry (Central Intelligence Agency, 2010). This high population density and seasonal influx of foreign tourists - over 570,000 tourists stayed in Barbados in 2007 and over 600,000 cruise ship passengers visited the country that same year – places stress on the country’s key national resources (Totally Barbados, 2010). Barbados is known as the 15th most water scarce country in the world and freshwater withdrawal per capita is 333 m3/year (Central Intelligence Agency, 2010). The long history of intensive plantation-style monoculture production over the past 300 years in Barbados has made extensive contributions to soil quality problems in Barbados. These include the erosion of topsoil, a decrease in soil fertility, and the consequent application of large amounts of fertilizer and pesticides in order to maintain productivity (Homer, 1998). The colonial history of Barbados has left behind a reliance on monocrop, plantation-style agriculture which focuses on the production of a single cash crop in large amounts. The agricultural industry in Barbados therefore still consists primarily of sugar cane cultivation and the sugar, rum and molasses production industry.Production of food crops in the country is quite low as Barbados imports around 80% of its food (IICA, 2009), including large amounts of fruits and vegetables (Závodská & Dolly, 2009). Only 10% of the labour force in Barbados is involved in agricultural activities as agriculture must compete with more profitable industries and forms of land use such as the growing tourism and real-estate sector (CIA World Factbook, 2009). The reliance on outside factors and world markets associated with such high levels of food importation place the country in a position of dependency and hinders progress towards self-sufficiency in terms of food production.

Traditionally, small-scale farming faces challenges regarding the necessity to incorporate high-input technologies into their production in order to be able to compete on the global market. These technologies involve high costs and significant initial investments that cannot be afforded by all rural food producers and which increase production costs and therefore the cost of locally produced crops. This makes small farmers uncompetitive against cheaper imported items (Závodská & Dolly, 2009).

Aquaponics has the potential to lessen the challenges associated with small scale farming in Barbados and generally in the Caribbean. The system requires minimal land and water resources, and no soil resources, which is desirable for highly populated and arid regions such as Barbados. Aquaponic systems provide a source of protein as well as fresh fruits, vegetables or herbs. As meat on the island is relatively expensive, protein in the form of freshwater fish would provide a healthy alternative and reduce stress on dwindling saltwater and freshwater fish supplies.

In late 2009 the project “Aquaponic island” was started with joint funding by the United Nations Development Program(UNDP), the Food and agriculture organization (FAO),Ministry of Agriculture(MOA),4H movement, Inter-American Institute for the Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Bellairs Research Institute And Baird’s Village Aquaponic Association(BVAA.

The aim of the project is to educate the island population about the advantages of aquaponics. A commercial size system was set up at Baird’s Village and extensive research and development was done adapting the technology to the island climate the next phase (2010)is to put aquaponic systems in many of the island schools.

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“Event Planner” Jobs: Worm and Arugula Shows and Plants to Corporate Picnics, Festivals of Spiritual Communities, Fire and Police Houses

One or two full time jobs could be involved in the communications and orchestrations required to present shows but also “product” to these entities.

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Merchant Supplier for Green Cottage Industries

In the “proto-industrial” era prior to the rise of the “satanic factories” and “leviathan” office bureaucracies, many, perhaps most, farm families received the materials necessary to do some weaving work while not farming from a merchant in town. The town merchant fronted the materials, delivered them, returned for the finished product, served as quality control inspector, and quite often marketed the farm family finished goods as well.

So if a web of cottage green industries were to emerge in Milwaukee, there would be jobs aplenty supplying these enterprises, performing quality control, and perhaps marketing as well. How many would depend upon how many cottage industries were to grow.

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Cottage Green Industries in Each and Every Neighborhood

I have visions of “Green Cottage Industries” in each and every neighborhood, where enterprise hosts experiment mentoring one competent, screened apprentice in whichever green arts, crafts, communicate, grow, etc. skills they are blessed with.

I myself, for example, am launching a small plot intensive arugula farm at my worker house 325 E. Euclid Ave., in Bay View, block south of Oklahoma, block east of Howell. I have dreams of inspiring 20 similar mini urban farms over the next 5 years, all over town! If you would like to brainstorm this concept, send me an e-mail: godsil.james@gmail.com

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Next items: developing 10 “Meme Production Teams” for Milwaukee Nobel Prize project and 10 vermiculture jobs

Meme Production Teams Organizing Without Organization

Vision: Nobel Peace Prize for Milwaukee and One Mondragon Conservation Development Hybrid Enterprise

I propose to brainstorm the development of meme production teams(google meme, por favor)to include:

  • writers
  • artists
  • IT wizards
  • communication public relations workers
  • bookkeepers and accountants
  • attorneys

These “staffers” would agree to mentor an Americore or Good Will worker for, say, an hour a day of face time per week, developing action scenarios aiming toward putting together a team that down the line wins for Milwaukee a Nobel Prize for peace. Internet time throughout the week would likely be part of a work week.

I suggest a worthy first concrete project would be to explore some efforts that would make Growing Power’s Fall World Conference a great success and win for Milwaukee’s Will Allen the World Food Prize.

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Employee Lunches At Top 10 Firms, Top 10 Law Firms

Besides visions of training Arugula Garden coaches and Vermiculture Wizzards
For each and every school by 2012, how about we look into conversations with
Human relations bosses at the top 10 companies and top 10 law firms by May Day 2011
To see if they would like to participate by having our Americore/Good WIll teams
Help develop Arugula Gardens for their employee lunch sandwiches and salads?

We can offer these “at cost” and expect some of these highly resourced firms
to contribute big time to the good cause.

Compost Piece: Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

  • find a site for medium to large scale composting
  • design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
  • introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
  • recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
  • develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

  • develop partnerships and contracts with sources of nitrogen and carbon
  • purchase, store, and maintain a pick-up truck, 50 gallon and smaller barrels, pitch forks, and, for larger sites, occasional use of bobcat or other earth moving equipment
  • training for delicate social/physical challenges of picking up nitrogen at various sites, more complex and delicate the larger the source
  • training in mixing and tending of compost ingredients

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Next item: developing 10 vermiculture jobs

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Five Worm Arugula Mon Performance Mentors

I can imagine 10 or 20 jobs growing out of this project over the next 6 months.

I have offered Worm Mon Arugula Mon performances to Honey Creek,
Deer Creek, Shorewood H.S., La Causa, Jo’s Day Care schools and other
public sites and have been met with astonishing exuberance and close to
“passionate excess” on the part of the students. The worms and other soil
partners stir some deep, deep chord in the children’s minds and hearts.
I have many letters and art expressions offered to “Worm Mon” I can show
you some day.

Here is an effort to chronicle some of this great urban adventure:

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/TheArugulaJournals/HomePage

A worm bin, arugula and raspberry patch in each and every school by Thanksgiving 2012.

These traveling mentors would present the following to their participating
“audiences”/partners.

 The story of…

  • compost—buckets of carbon and nitrogen ingredients

  • worms—hundreds of red wrigglers in compost buckets to be gently and

thoughtfully removed from pile and place, 5 to a 6 inch planting pot

  • black gold—sifting worms and wood chips from close to finished casting

bucket, using the “worm gifts,” i.e. poop, to top off the…

  • vermicompost planting pots—3/4 compost, topped off with mixture of

coir and black gold

  • arugula seeding of the pots—trainee partners learning to plant tiny arugula

seeds into the pots and appropriately watering

Traveling Mentors and Support Staff Equip 200 Schools 2010/2011

The mentors could develop support staff to grow the compost, raise the worms,
handle the seedlings, arrange the performances, provide performance with
graphic support, chronicle them with photo, audio, and video coverage, share the
media on you tube, facebook, wiki and other internet enabling platforms.

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Aspiring to Universal Literacy: Words & Worms

Dear All,

Would it not be a good thing to imagine a city of active citizens
All of whom were functionally literate regarding words read and written…

But also functionally literate regarding worms nourished, raised, and
profoundly valuable making black gold organic soil for sweet backyard food for all!

We must start with our students, young and old, in our schools!

Godsil

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Op-Ed Columnist
Drilling for Certainty
By DAVID BROOKS
Published: May 27, 2010

In the weeks since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the political debate has fallen into predictably partisan and often puerile categories. Conservatives say this is Obama’s Katrina. Liberals say the spill is proof the government should have more control over industry.

But the real issue has to do with risk assessment. It has to do with the bloody crossroads where complex technical systems meet human psychology.

Over the past decades, we’ve come to depend on an ever-expanding array of intricate high-tech systems. These hardware and software systems are the guts of financial markets, energy exploration, space exploration, air travel, defense programs and modern production plants.

These systems, which allow us to live as well as we do, are too complex for any single person to understand. Yet every day, individuals are asked to monitor the health of these networks, weigh the risks of a system failure and take appropriate measures to reduce those risks.

If there is one thing we’ve learned, it is that humans are not great at measuring and responding to risk when placed in situations too complicated to understand.

In the first place, people have trouble imagining how small failings can combine to lead to catastrophic disasters. At the Three Mile Island nuclear facility, a series of small systems happened to fail at the same time. It was the interplay between these seemingly minor events that led to an unanticipated systemic crash.

Second, people have a tendency to get acclimated to risk. As the physicist Richard Feynman wrote in a report on the Challenger disaster, as years went by, NASA officials got used to living with small failures. If faulty O rings didn’t produce a catastrophe last time, they probably won’t this time, they figured.

Feynman compared this to playing Russian roulette. Success in the last round is not a good predictor of success this time. Nonetheless, as things seemed to be going well, people unconsciously adjust their definition of acceptable risk.

Third, people have a tendency to place elaborate faith in backup systems and safety devices. More pedestrians die in crosswalks than when jay-walking. That’s because they have a false sense of security in crosswalks and are less likely to look both ways.

On the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a Transocean official apparently tried to close off a safety debate by reminding everybody the blowout preventer would save them if something went wrong. The illusion of the safety system encouraged the crew to behave in more reckless ways. As Malcolm Gladwell put it in a 1996 New Yorker essay, “Human beings have a seemingly fundamental tendency to compensate for lower risks in one area by taking greater risks in another.”

Fourth, people have a tendency to match complicated technical systems with complicated governing structures. The command structure on the Deepwater Horizon seems to have been completely muddled, with officials from BP, Transocean and Halliburton hopelessly tangled in confusing lines of authority and blurred definitions of who was ultimately responsible for what.

Fifth, people tend to spread good news and hide bad news. Everybody wants to be part of a project that comes in under budget and nobody wants to be responsible for the reverse. For decades, a steady stream of oil leaked out of a drill off the Guadalupe Dunes in California. A culture of silence settled upon all concerned, from front-line workers who didn’t want to lose their jobs to executives who didn’t want to hurt profits.

Finally, people in the same field begin to think alike, whether they are in oversight roles or not. The oil industry’s capture of the Minerals Management Service is actually misleading because the agency was so appalling and corrupt. Cognitive capture is more common and harder to detect.

In the weeks and hours leading up to the Deepwater Horizon disaster, engineers were compelled to make a series of decisions: what sort of well-casing to use; how long to circulate and when to remove the heavy drilling fluid or “mud” from the hole; how to interpret various tests. They were forced to make these decisions without any clear sense of the risks and in an environment that seems to have encouraged overconfidence.

Over the past years, we have seen smart people at Fannie Mae, Lehman Brothers, NASA and the C.I.A. make similarly catastrophic risk assessments. As Gladwell wrote in that 1996 essay, “We have constructed a world in which the potential for high-tech catastrophe is embedded in the fabric of day-to-day life.”

So it seems important, in the months ahead, to not only focus on mechanical ways to make drilling safer, but also more broadly on helping people deal with potentially catastrophic complexity. There must be ways to improve the choice architecture — to help people guard against risk creep, false security, groupthink, the good-news bias and all the rest.

This isn’t just about oil. It’s a challenge for people living in an imponderably complex technical society.

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Worker Organizer of New American Movements

Civil Rights

  • St. Louis Pruitt Igoe neighborhood organizing with Catholic Worker Jesuit Scholastics and Father Shockley of St. Brigid’s Parish in old North Side Kerry Patch neighborhood

  • Southern Christian Leadership Conference(SCLC) Freedom Summer 1966, taught in Freedom School on Rooselvelt Ave., lived in “Project House” near Maxwell Street, “field marshall” in SCLC open housing marches in Marquette Park community

Peace Movement

  • co-founder St. Louis University Action Committee, St. Louis University 1966, lead campus anti-Vietnam group

Neighborhood Movement

  • Board President, ESHAC, Inc., community development corporation in Riverwest Milwaukee, key integrating and local economy neighborhood of Milwaukee, 1979–81

Historic Preservation and Artisinal “Guild Development”

Founder and President of Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., 1975 to current, leading historic restoration firm, co-founder Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, key in saving many historic homes and buildings, including the Pabst Brewery complex and, God willing, the Soldiers Home.

Urban Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Bio-diversity Initiatives

Board Member, Will Allen’s Growing Power. Co-founder and partner in Sweet Water Organics Fish Vegetable Farm. Milwaukee Zoological Society Awardee for work regarding Bonobo Congo Bio-diversity Intiative.

Academic and Communications

Co-founder and Organizer of “Milwaukee Renaissance” On Line Magazine and Movement Resource, 2005 curent; National Science Foundation and Fulbright Fellow; Jesuit Honors Society Alpha Sigma Nu, All But Dissertation Political Science, Univerity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, M.A. St. Louis University Center for Urban Programs. Vanity publisher of Olde Godsil poetry books, “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.”

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“My Child the Self Reliant Family/Clan Food Grower”

Dear All,

Sweet Water Organics has sparked the creation of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF).

The Sweet Water Foundation has a vision of providing training in the harvesting of wastes
into resources, especially our food and leaf residues into compost for the worms for black
gold soil that allows nutrient rich tasty abundant backyard/front yard/school/spiritual community
vegetable farming and aquaponics systems.

“God willing and with our work, our children will someday provide a high portion of our family protein sources, e.g. fish(someday chickens), and vitamin packed produce!”

It may take many years before Sweet Water Organics can produce fish that compete price wise
with fish from agriculture as usual.

But we are starting right now taking the first of billions of steps eye on the prize of training our youth
to raise their own fish and grow their own fruit and vegetables, for themselves, their families, and,
for some, the community.

Meeting This Thursday re “Milwaukee As the Vermiculture City of America” at Inland Seas School.

Brainstorming such visions at the Sweet Water Night School every day 5 to 7 p.m., but not on Fridays!

Send me an e-mail or call 414 232 1336 for more of this.

Godsil

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Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

By JANE E. BRODY
Published: NYT, February 1, 2010

In the more than four decades that I have been reading and writing about the findings of nutritional science, I have come across nothing more intelligent, sensible and simple to follow than the 64 principles outlined in a slender, easy-to-digest new book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” by Michael Pollan.

Mr. Pollan is not a biochemist or a nutritionist but rather a professor of science journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. You may recognize his name as the author of two highly praised books on food and nutrition, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.” (All three books are from Penguin.)

If you don’t have the time and inclination to read the first two, you can do yourself and your family no better service than to invest $11 and one hour to whip through the 139 pages of “Food Rules” and adapt its guidance to your shopping and eating habits.

Chances are you’ve heard any number of the rules before. I, for one, have been writing and speaking about them for decades. And chances are you’ve yet to put most of them into practice. But I suspect that this little book, which is based on research but not annotated, can do more than the most authoritative text to get you motivated to make some important, lasting, health-promoting and planet-saving changes in what and how you eat.

Reasons to Change
Two fundamental facts provide the impetus Americans and other Westerners need to make dietary changes. One, as Mr. Pollan points out, is that populations who rely on the so-called Western diet — lots of processed foods, meat, added fat, sugar and refined grains — “invariably suffer from high rates of the so-called Western diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.” Indeed, 4 of the top 10 killers of Americans are linked to this diet.

As people in Asian and Mediterranean countries have become more Westernized (affluent, citified and exposed to the fast foods exported from the United States), they have become increasingly prone to the same afflictions.

The second fact is that people who consume traditional diets, free of the ersatz foods that line our supermarket shelves, experience these diseases at much lower rates. And those who, for reasons of ill health or dietary philosophy, have abandoned Western eating habits often experience a rapid and significant improvement in their health indicators.

I will add a third reason: our economy cannot afford to continue to patch up the millions of people who each year develop a diet-related ailment, and our planetary resources simply cannot sustain our eating style and continue to support its ever-growing population.

In his last book, Mr. Pollan summarized his approach in just seven words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” The new book provides the practical steps, starting with advice to avoid “processed concoctions,” no matter what the label may claim (“no trans fats,” “low cholesterol,” “less sugar,” “reduced sodium,” “high in antioxidants” and so forth).

As Mr. Pollan puts it, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.”

Do you already avoid products made with high-fructose corn syrup? Good, but keep in mind, sugar is sugar, and if it is being added to a food that is not normally sweetened, avoid it as well. Note, too, that refined flour is hardly different from sugar once it gets into the body.

Also avoid foods advertised on television, imitation foods and food products that make health claims. No natural food is simply a collection of nutrients, and a processed food stripped of its natural goodness to which nutrients are then added is no bargain for your body.

Those who sell the most healthful foods — vegetables, fruits and whole grains — rarely have a budget to support national advertising. If you shop in a supermarket (and Mr. Pollan suggests that wherever possible, you buy fresh food at farmers’ markets), shop the periphery of the store and avoid the center aisles laden with processed foods. Note, however, that now even the dairy case has been invaded by products like gunked-up yogurts.

Follow this advice, and you will have to follow another of Mr. Pollan’s rules: “Cook.”

“Cooking for yourself,” he writes, “is the only sure way to take back control of your diet from the food scientists and food processors.” Home cooking need not be arduous or very time-consuming, and you can make up time spent at the stove with time saved not visiting doctors or shopping for new clothes to accommodate an expanding girth.

Although the most wholesome eating pattern consists of three leisurely meals a day, and preferably a light meal at night, if you must have snacks, stick to fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and nuts, which are naturally loaded with healthful nutrients. I keep a dish of raisins and walnuts handy to satisfy the urge to nibble between meals. I also take them along for long car trips. Feel free to use the gas-station restroom, but never “get your fuel from the same place your car does,” Mr. Pollan writes.

Treating Treats as Treats
Perhaps the most important rules to put into effect as soon as possible are those aimed at the ever-expanding American waistline. If you eat less, you can afford to pay more for better foods, like plants grown in organically enriched soil and animals that are range-fed.

He recommends that you do all your eating at a table, not at a desk, while working, watching television or driving. If you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating, you’re likely to eat more than you realize.

But my favorite tip, one that helped me keep my weight down for decades, is a mealtime adage, “Stop eating before you’re full” — advice that has long been practiced by societies as diverse as Japan and France. (There is no French paradox, by the way: the French who stay slim eat smaller portions, leisurely meals and no snacks.)

Practice portion control and eat slowly to the point of satiation, not fullness. The food scientists Barbara J. Rolls of Penn State and Brian Wansink of Cornell, among others, have demonstrated that people eat less when served smaller portions on smaller plates. “There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion,” Mr. Pollan writes. “Special occasion foods offer some of the great pleasures of life, so we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of them, but the sense of occasion needs to be restored.”

Here is where I can make an improvement. Ice cream has been a lifelong passion, and even though I stick to a brand lower in fat and calories than most, and limit my portion to the half-cup serving size described on the container, I indulge in this treat almost nightly. Perhaps I’ll try the so-called S policy Mr. Pollan says some people follow: “No snacks, no seconds, no sweets — except on days that begin with the letter S.”
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Bring a Date, Perhaps Meet Your Mate, At Sweet Water’s Worm Spa

Location: Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora, 2151 S. Robinson, Bay View
Time: Every Night 5 to 7 p.m.(but not Friday)

Dear All,

I am seeking worm casting stories to help us promote our Sweet Water Vermiculture Fertilizer and Compost Tea. Please send your stories our way. Here’s part of ours:

Worms Are the Heroes of the Urban Agriculture ®Evolution

This January, I and volunteers have been harvesting 8 months work by $500 worth of red wriggler worms purchased last June from Growing Power. The worms worked smart more than hard eating and thereby transforming about $600 worth of Growing Power compost, to which we added lots and lots of bananas, avocados, grapes, and other mushy fruits into their bins during the summer months. This extra source of radiant nitrogen came from the Pic n Sav store on Holt Street.

The power of $75 worth of Growing Power compost on Josh Fraundorf’s Hacket St. driveway was key to the Sweet Water start-up. Josh’s farmer relatives and his wife Jamie’s garden store family were astonished at the taste and size of the tomatoes Josh grew at his raised bed driveway garden.

The worm castings are an even more powerful growing medium, since the worms secrete a chemical compound, methinks calcium carbonate, into the compost soil as it goes through their system, which doubles the beneficial bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and more. We used some worm castings from my back yard worm beds to grow glorious micro greens, e.g. sun flower and radish sprouts, in 6 days.

People tell me that compost tea, made by soaking the casting in a painters bag in 5 gallon bucket of water, is great as a natural fertilizer and insect repellent.

New Jersey’s Terracycle, developed by a few Princeton University students gathered compost material to make into compost tea fertilizer, which is sold in recycled bottles.

http://www.terracycle.net/products/36-Tomato-Plant-Food

Come Buy Our First Worm Casting Offerings at the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora

Open 6 nights a week, 5 to 7 p.m.

Every night but not Friday

2151 S. Robinson
Bay View Milwaukee
one block west of KK, one block south of Becher

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But Can He Cook?

Now that Mother Earth and the most active citizens
Have declared radical homemaking a noble calling…

How about some cooking classes in community kitchens
In sister neighborhoods.

Let’s teach our sons and daughters, ourselves,
How to cook!

Maybe we should mix in tai chi or yoga(why not?)

Worm tending, for that matter.

How about Polish Falcon Hall for Riverwest classes,
And Sweet Water, the Green Room, or the Tulip Complex
For Bay View.

Connected by a $2 twenty minute bus ride on the #11!

Call 414 344 6711 and use easy automated schedule robot voice.

Some great royal red or red batavia Sweet Water lettuce
For first new bus rider on the #11 for a Sister Neighborhood
local economies transaction.

Stop over to the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora
5 to 7 p.m. 6 days a week(everyday but not Friday)
if interested.

Olde

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3rd Sweet Water Perch Auction Party, 5 to 8 p.m.

2151 S. Robinson(one block west of KK, one block south of Becher)

We will also be pre-selling “perch in the round” for $5 per fish, and

Showing off our lovely fish, plants, and worm enhanced soil.

Consider Renting Parts of the Tulip Complex Adjoined Next Door!

We’ll share visions for persons/groups who might profit from renting parts of the
Tulip Complex immediately to the North of Sweet Water.

  • Howard Lewis Embedded Reporter Music
  • Good food and drink

$5 donation at the door

Call 414 232 1336 if questions

See www.milwaukeerenaissance.com front page stories(please scroll down a bit)
for more information regarding our auctions.

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Youth Haiti Project linked With Rumi and Hafiz Prsentation?

Dear All,

Gigi Pomerantz has worked miracles with wastes through compost toilets in Haiti,
And she is has deep roots in Milwaukee and Haiti movement enterprise and circles.

http://youthaiti.org/

Would anyone be up for an on-line brainstorm, along with appropriately timed meetings
Eye on the prize of helping Haiti now with a Sweet Water and Timbuktu benefit, but also learning from Gigi
How to help ourselves and Haiti with the lessons she has learned turning wastes into resources.

Maybe a bus party from Timbuktu to Sweet Water to connect events at both places?

Godsil

P.S. Karen Kolberg and Sky Schultz will be visiting the Sweet Water Night School Store and Agora
this coming Monday at 5:30 p.m. to talk about an evening with Hafiz and Rumi. Perhaps some drum circles,
music, and Haiti slide shows of Gigi’s project might make the Rumi Hafiz gathering extend to a longer
time, with earlier arrivals or later departures. Join in!

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May 1st Timbuktu Sweet Water Bus Party Haiti Benefit

Dear All,

May 1st is the day Catholics celebrate the miracle of Mary Mother of Christ.

May 1st is the day progressives celebrate the miracle of people’s movements these past 150 years.

May 1st is the anniversary of the Bay View Massacre, which involves a moving ceremony at the historic marker for the event, organized by union people.

What say we focus on a Timbuktu Sweet Water benefit for Gigi’s Haiti project on May 1st, and connect the two events with a bus party?

Godsil

The Bay View Massacre (sometimes also referred to as the Bay View Tragedy) was the culmination of events that began on Saturday May 1, 1886 when 7,000 building-trades workers joined with 5,000 Polish laborers who had organized at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to strike against their employers, demanding an eight-hour work day.

By Monday, these numbers had increased to over 14,000 workers that gathered at the Milwaukee Iron Company rolling mill in Bay View. They were met by 250 National Guardsmen under order from Governor Jeremiah M. Rusk to “shoot to kill” any strikers who attempted to enter. Workers camped in the nearby fields and the Kosciuszko Militia arrived by May 4. Early the next day the crowd, which by this time contained children, approached the mill and were fired upon. Seven people died as a result, including a thirteen-year-old boy.[1] Several more were injured during the protest.

Thanks wikipedia!

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I’m trying to create a document that offers guidelines for growing “eco village urban agriculture aquaculture villages employing 100″ in our transitioning industrial era cities.

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Eco Village Urban Agriculture Aquaponics 100 Worker Projects

I’m trying to create a document that offers guidelines for growing “eco village urban agriculture aquaponics villages employing 100″ in our transitioning industrial era cities.

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Eco Village Urban Agriculture Aquaculture 100 Worker Projects

I’m trying to create a document that offers guidelines for growing “eco village urban agriculture aquaculture villages employing 100″ in our transitioning industrial era cities.

Here is the start of my effort to outline how 10 jobs in the vermiculture/soil building piece might be grown.

Growing Clean Rich Soil for Urban Agriculture

Start with One Organizer and Volunteer Teams for Composting Piece

Here are some tasks for the organizer:

develop a volunteer work team(s) to organize the program

  • find a site for medium to large scale composting
  • design the compost site to control leachate(sp?) and avoid problems with officials or neighbors
  • introduce composting to households in the target area through churches, schools, community organizations, barber shops and salons
  • recruit and help some local householders to begin their own backyard composting
  • develop materials and tool list for compost projects, sources for the tools, facilities and procedures to store, maintain, and repair tools
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of nitrogen, e.g. groceries, breweries, restaurants, institutions, households
  • establish relations with large, medium, and small sources of carbon, e.g. landscapers, tree trimmers, cities with leaves and wood chips, local farmers

develop volunteer work team(s) to harvest nitrogen carbon for compost piles

  • develop partnerships and contracts with sources of nitrogen and carbon
  • purchase, store, and maintain a pick-up truck, 50 gallon and smaller barrels, pitch forks, and, for larger sites, occasional use of bobcat or other earth moving equipment
  • training for delicate social/physical challenges of picking up nitrogen at various sites, more complex and delicate the larger the source
  • training in mixing and tending of compost ingredients

monitoring of organizer’s progress with an eye toward providing paid workers to support/advance composting piece

Adding Vermiculture to the Project

to be continued

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Sister Neighborhood Bus Parties for Fun and Growing Local Economies

Hey Bill,

Do you know of 3 others who might consider joining you and me,
assuming you are amenable, in brainstorming the crafting of
bus parties b/t Bay View and Riverwest, eye on the prize of
having fun while forging local economic connections?

It is so easy to go by bus on Howard and/or KK to Riverwest,
takes 20 minutes and the ride is very, very interesting and
even inspiring, given all of the new good things along what is
actually something of a river route, e.g. KK and Milwaukee Rivers.

Maybe we should also connect with Shorewood, Eastside, Harambee,
and Brewers Hills citizens and small business workers.

:)

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Sweet Water Sunday Night School Focus on Internet Empowerment of Aquaponic Projects

David Johnson of Friedens Pantry and Bucketworks’ IT Man back in the day is ready to work with people to set up some state of the art internet work stations at Sweet Water.

Stop over to the Sweet Water Night School this Sunday 5 to 7 p.m. if interested.
Tuition: You gotta buy a $5 fish.

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Sweet Water Saturday Night School Focus on Worms and Rain Forest Projects

Dear All,

It has dropped from the 50s to the 40s at Sweet Water,
And I’m hoping for some help to move the worms from
inside bins lacking adequate nitrogen carbon “fire”
to the giant outdoor compost piles.

I’m hoping someone will volunteer to read aloud as we
sift through the 23 worm bins at Sweet Water, separating
the worms from what is now close to 90% castings,
gloriously powerful growing medium I would barter for
with those who will work upon “Little Red Hen” principles.

I also would enjoy sharing some rain forest project possibilities
With anyone so inclined.

Please call me at 414 232 1336 or e-mail godsil.james@gmaiil.com.

Grateful,

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Announcing Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum

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Announcing Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum

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Announcing Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum

Become a Mentor, Vendor, and/or Soap Box Orator

I have decided to moonlight during as many evening hours at Sweet Water as is appropriate. Most evenings from:

5 to 6 p.m.

9 to 10 p.m.

Call me at 414 232 1336 to set up a time for your visit.

Buy a Fish and Come on In!

To be welcomed at Godsil’s Sweet Water Night School, Store, and Forum requires you pre-purchase for $5 a perch or tilapia “in the round,” i.e. you bring a chest or ice bag, we bag the fish for you(and teach you how to fillet it), and you take it home.

I am looking for people with things to sell at the store; bodies of knowledge to teach; and causes to promote either at the soap box corner or on-line with help, if you need it, from our internet empowerment mentors.

Please send an e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com if you would like to brainstorm this concept or join with me others at the auction tomorrow night to advance this project.

Sweet Water Night School and Store’s First Two Artists: Muneer Bahauddeen and Jeff Redmon

Ceramic Tiles by Muneer Bahauddeen

Here’s a bit on Muneer from the Story Hill Newsletter:

Muneer Bahauddeen is a Milwaukee-area artist who is well known for his work in ceramics. Muneer has taught ceramic sculpture at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Rhinelander, and at the University School of Milwaukee. He has also participated in a number of area public art projects and has worked with Artists Working in Education, Inc. to bring art enrichment programs to children in Milwaukee.

Bahauddeen has led the creation of adinkra symbols in ceramic tiles for Walnut Street bridge parapets. He worked with selected students from the Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, which is located just east of the overpass to design and create these tiles. The ceramic tiles are colorful
symbols selected by the students and will represent the proud heritage of Walnut Street and its residents and merchants. There will be 78 ceramic tile art pieces created - 39 on each side of the bridge.

Bahauddeen’s total contract amount to design and create the ceramic tiles is $67,320, including materials cost and delivery. Installation cost of the ceramic tiles is $36,000.

Sweet Water Artist in Residence and Green Room Founder Jeff Redmon

A key element of the Sweet Water “miracle” is the art of Jeff Redmon, whose lovely murals grace many of the towering walls of Sweet Water’s interior. Jeff has also created the Green Room behind Sweet Water, which will be a work station and gathering place for artists and culture creatives. Here’s Jeff’s web site:

http://www.jeffredmon.com/

Hope to see you soon at Sweet Water!

Godsil

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Martin’s Helpful List

www.troygardens.org, www.walnutway.org, www.kccua.org, www.noffn.org, www.added-value.org, www.lowernineurbanfarming.org, www.southsideclt.org, www.nuestras-raices.org, www.breakingnewgrounds.org, www.detroitagriculture.org, www.growinghomeinc.org, www.vpi.org/Re-VisionFarm/urban_farm.html, www.seattle.gov/Neighborhoods/ppatch, www.thestop.org/community-gardens, neighbor-space.org, www.apcollaborative.org/growingyouth.htm, www.eastnewyorkfarms.org, www.flatsmentorfarm.org, www.zengerfarm.org

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Denver

Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) has a long history of growing community through urban gardens. Michelle Obama reinforced the work and programs of DUG through planting an organic garden on the White House lawn, by engaging youths in the garden, and with commitment to translate the experience for the youths into healthy eating and living. Certainly DUG saw increased interest and participation in community gardens and urban agriculture, as well as an overwhelming number of applicants for the Master Community Gardener Training Program. Moreover, DUG finds that with the heightened visibility in the media of the need for stronger food systems, including urban agriculture, there is growing support among citizens, urban planners, and funders for community gardens and related programs.

Tori Ford
Community Initiatives Coordinator
DENVER URBAN GARDENS
3377 Blake Street, Suite 113
Denver, Colorado 80205
office: 303–292–9900
fax: 303–292–9911
www.dug.org

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Kansas City

I think she has given us credibility and gotten some people who hadn’t taken plain old food seriously to think that maybe they should take it seriously! And, all of our hopes are up that she will continue to deepen her support for local, healthy food.

Katherine Kelly

Executive Director, Farmer

KC Center for Urban Agriculture

www.kccua.org

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My answer to your question – is yes! It is absolutely important that our nation’s leaders not only understand the issues concerning hunger but that there are may ways to address those challenges to include a return to the idea of people being more sufficient in growing at least part of the foods they eat through back yard gardening, community gardening and supporting local growers in our communities. It is an imperative that our leaders not only understand that hunger is real in America but that the way we have been growing our foods through large cooperate farming, and reliance on heavy processing or our foods creates:

  • Significant health problems from vitamin deficient foods grown in petro-fertilized conditions

  • Increasing the ever growing ecological conditions which threatens our planet’s ability to sustain life and our food systems. (nitrogen run off into aquifers, soil depletion, super insects from over use of pesticides, etc)

  • Fuel shortages due to the distances we ship our food

Having the example of our nation’s presidential family growing food and consuming the food is a wonderful example to set for everyone – urban and rural. I have noticed a significant increase of people seeking Urban Harvest’s assistance in both Community Gardening efforts and home gardening start ups. More than one person has mentioned that they liked the idea of the garden at the White House. I think it gives our work justification and allows us to point out to others what Michelle Obama is doing and why she is doing it. I really hope to see more people such as governors, and people that hold elected office look for ways to address these issues instead of just playing politics with our health through food policy that favors profit over reality.

If I can be of any other assistance—please let me know.

Bruce Edwards
Urban Harvest Director
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
405–604–7108

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New York Metro Area

here in NY city, some key players are
Just Food www.justfood.org
East NY Farms http://www.eastnewyorkfarms.org/
Added Value http://www.added-value.org/
La Famlia Verde http://www.lafamiliaverde.org/

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Key Urban Ag Workers On Michelle Obama’s Impact

Baltimore

Hi James,

It is great to hear from you. I have put your request into Tony Geraci, Baltimore City Public Schools director of Food and Nutrition Services as well.

For one, the First Lady’s project has significantly fanned the flames of the already growing curiosity around food, farming, and everything in between. We feel this curiosity daily as we engage visiting young people, their teachers and community at Great Kids Farm in hands on work with food. No doubt you well know that one of the beautiful things about the good food revolution, as I’ve heard Will call it, is that once one is curious about it one is sure to be converted. Once one is aware of the joy and nourishment that can be had through growing your own or becoming part of your local food community, one will find a way to bring good food into one’s life.

Others have told me that they sold more vegetable seedlings at farmers markets last spring than ever before, which is no small thing for the well-being of the small farm community. These are not all liberal loving folks, but they attribute this in great part to the publicity around Mrs. Obama’s garden.

This is what first comes to mind. I’d be happy to discuss any of this further with you on the phone at your convenience or via e-mail. Keep on breaking the ice up there in Milwaukee. We love what you do,

Greg

Greg Strella
Farm Manager
Baltimore City Public Schools
Great Kids Farm at the Bragg Nature Center
717 350.3730 (cell)
Support us at www.bcf.org/farm

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Sweet Water Invite to Donna Schlieman, the Mother of Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Movement

Dear Donna,

Hope you will come someday to feel the warmth of the low winter sun
streaming into the historic golden thread factory building
Now home to 45,000 tilapia and 3,000 perch, equal numbers of plants,
Millions of worms and billions of beneficial bacteria,
Soon to yield the bounty of sweet water, pure soil, and light!

Inspired by your Mothering the Milwaukee Historic Preservation Movement,

Godsil

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From our lesser angels!

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From(our lesser angels!

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Milwaukee Returns You Black Brain Book(BBB)

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Milwaukee Returns You Black Brain Book(BBB)

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Black Brain Book Sharing

I feel much safer with my black brain book in hand.

I rarely lose an important name, fact, number, “idear,”
To do list, inspirational verse, meeting notes, or stories…

I capture them all in my black brain book.

For around $10 or so, a Utrecht hard bound
With wire binder that won’t break.

Milwaukee Returns You Black Brain Book(BBB)

I have collected 35 BBBs since midnight, 2000.
I have mislaid them about 50 times, but only lost one for good.

Now I’m taking pictures of the pages and uploading them
To my flickr account.

I might electronically share my black brain book pages
To the right people at the right time.

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Eco Corps Interns Madison Milwaukee Chicago Ann Arbor Detroit Toronto

In Preparation for Eco Corps Masters 2045 Ready for Worthy of

Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

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Eco Corps Interns Madison Milwaukee Chicago Ann Arbor Detroit Toronto

Some Worthy “Masters” by 2045 for: Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

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Eco Corps Interns Madison Milwaukee Chicago Ann Arbor Detroit Toronto

In Preparation for Eco Corps Masters 2045 Ready for Worthy of

Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

I hope you will indulge me a vision of our mighty collaborations
Eye on the prize of training ourselves to become Eco Corp Masters
After a 25 year program of urban agriculture aquaculture projects,
Starting with

Madison Milwaukee Chicago Ann Arbor Detroit Toronto

But also looking to Mother Africa, starting in

Congo Ghana Uganda Tanzania South Africa

Over the next 35.5 years.

The UW School of Fresh Water Sciences is looking for
projects that will give their students aquaculture experiences
beyond Milwaukee’s borders. Growing Power’s “From the Ground Up Workshops”
are a place to start!

Here is some Sweet Water information and images for the cause:

The odds are getting better that Sweet Water, aspiring to be a commercial upscaling of Will Allen’s aquaponic systems, will have about 100,000 fish by this time next year, and sales of $300,000 in fish, produce, worms, castings, compost, workshops, installations, and tours.

In the way that you pray for the fish! Pray for the people! It is very complex to transform an old factory into a fish vegetable farm. We’ve a lot to learn and a long way to go before we will imagine financial success. But it absolutely is feasible and we have a decent chance of making it.

Here’s a nice Wisconsin Foodie show on Sweet Water:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSyx0noGpeM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHqyJdXY6Sk&feature=email

Here’s a good Outpost Natural Foods you tube clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBx_LWRd_Qg

Official Web Site:

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/gallery/

Godsil Chronicling Sweet Water

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/SweetWaterFishFarming/HomePage

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157622045002814/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/sets/72157622726096474/

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Dr. Dave’s Bay View Wheat Grass Lab in Lamborganics “Hot House”

Dr. Dave and Tony Lambo have teamed up to do winter farming at 325 E. Euclid Ave. in Bay View.

Dr. Dave has a micro green and wheat house “lab” inside a Lamborganics “Hot House” using Lamborgonics worm castings to grow one of nature’s finest medicines, i.e. wheat grass.

Here are some pics:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ourrenaissance/4102214062/in/set-72157622726495797/

Wheat grass trays can be ordered for $15 per tray plus $3 deposit for tray and growing medium.

Open House on Sundays 1 to 3 p.m.?

There may be open houses this and other Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.
But call first to make sure! 414 232 1336.


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Grand Alliances Toward a City of Healthy Food Gardeners

Eyes on the Prize of Corporate Community Gardens:

What say we reach out to the sustainability directors of our corporations large and small,
And offer to work with them to set up raised bed gardens in corners of their parking lots,
For the purpose of teaching their employees how to grow healthy, tasty food in
Their back yards or an expanding web of community gardens throughout our fair city?

There is much nitrogen and carbon waiting to be harvested and turned into vibrant soil.

There are many corporations worried about the physical and mental health of their employees,
top ones, middle ones, every one of them!

The day is not far off when corporations will pay less health insurance premiums when they can show
they have food and healing gardens for workers, at the company and in the employees’ home gardens.

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Yes Magazine Article

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Sweet Water Foundation(2010) Will Pitch In

  • Light and green and black are golden.

  • Demonstration and Training Programs in Vermiculture Aquaculture

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Lots of Golden Thread Factory Buildings in Newburgh

Sam Kass and Emmanuel Pratt Might Check This Out

Will Allen My Vote for Coach and Guy in the Middle

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Get Pete Seeger into the loop.

His gorgeous boat, docked in Beacon, could carry the first loads of vegetables and fish to the City.

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Viva, the Newburgh Renaissance!]

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Viva, the Newburgh Renaissance!

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On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM, YS <yaksul2000@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Godsil, that video that Laura sent me on the project Will Allen and you have initiated in the converted factory as an example of urban agricultural possibilitties and fish farming was unbelievable. I would like to work on getting you and Will out to Newburgh, NY with the idea of starting something like this here in one of the myriad of old factories we have in this depressed town.

    Across the Hudson from us is the town of Beacon which also has a group of people involved in urban agriculture and of course they are well acquainted with the work of Will Allen. I am going to send them a copy of your video.

    I would also like to send it on to our state representatives as an idea of what can be done here in Newburgh. This is really a wonderful thing you are involved with. It has me very excited. Let me know what you think about this suggestion and what you might be able to provide to help it along in terms of videos, lectures given by Will Allen, etc.
    Cheers,
    Yaakov

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On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM, YS <yaksul2000@yahoo.com> wrote:Godsil, that video that Laura sent me on the project Will Allen and you have initiated in the converted factory as an example of urban agricultural possibilitties and fish farming was unbelievable. I would like to work on getting you and Will out to Newburgh, NY with the idea of starting something like this here in one of the myriad of old factories we have in this depressed town.

Across the Hudson from us is the town of Beacon which also has a group of people involved in urban agriculture and of course they are well acquainted with the work of Will Allen. I am going to send them a copy of your video.

I would also like to send it on to our state representatives as an idea of what can be done here in Newburgh. This is really a wonderful thing you are involved with. It has me very excited. Let me know what you think about this suggestion and what you might be able to provide to help it along in terms of videos, lectures given by Will Allen, etc.

Cheers,
Yaakov

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The Newburgh Renaissance

Dear Yaakov,

There are a number of people ready and happy to help out!

Viva, the Newburgh Renaissance!]

Godsil

On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 9:12 AM, YS <yaksul2000@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Godsil, that video that Laura sent me on the project Will Allen and you have initiated in the converted factory as an example of urban agricultural possibilitties and fish farming was unbelievable. I would like to work on getting you and Will out to Newburgh, NY with the idea of starting something like this here in one of the myriad of old factories we have in this depressed town.

    Across the Hudson from us is the town of Beacon which also has a group of people involved in urban agriculture and of course they are well acquainted with the work of Will Allen. I am going to send them a copy of your video.

    I would also like to send it on to our state representatives as an idea of what can be done here in Newburgh. This is really a wonderful thing you are involved with. It has me very excited. Let me know what you think about this suggestion and what you might be able to provide to help it along in terms of videos, lectures given by Will Allen, etc.
    Cheers,
    Yaakov

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Let Us De-Construct Our Local “Bourgeoisie and Gentry!”

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Let Us De-Construct Our Local “Bourgeoisie and Gentry”

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What about yours?

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What about ycurs?

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Let Us De-Construct Our Local “Bourgeoisie and Gentry!”

I go nuts in the face of monoliths,
Be they of stone or symbol.

I know thought is hard and takes time
And we all have so much to do.

But pause just a moment and
Think on a deeper level for a moment.

None of our words or concepts
Can ever capture the richness of anything!

So, as a working hypothesis, let’s de-construct
Our local bourgeoisie and gentry.

Let’s be as creative in working with the
Progressive gentry, and the
Progressive bourgeoisie, as we are with
Charismatic leaders from a myriad of oppressed groups.

Diversity is strength!
Some of my best friends are millionaires!

And lots of them are poised to use some of their millions,
But more importantly, some of their resources of
Mind and spirit,
To fight the good fight and
Do the right thing!

Let’s start out by working with

Worm Mon

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Free My 401K From Wall Street for My Backyard Farm, Garage Aquaculture, and Roof System Energy Harvesting

For self reliance and community building,
For tasty local food and increasing energy independence,
For the cultivation of scientific, artisinal, and artistic skill sets…

Free me to invest a third of my 401K in

  • my backyard farm
  • my garage aquaculture system
  • my rooftop energy harvest technologies

For Mother Earth!
For adapting citizens!

Nurturing Husbander

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And it will be the species task

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And it will be the species’ task

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Self reliance and community…

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Self reliance and community,
Beauty and conviviality…

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On Eve of Bioneer Gathering in Madison 2009

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The British Are Coming!

The British are coming!
As metaphor for empires of wealth and force,
They really never left.

And it will be the species task
And destiny…

To continue the quest
For freedom and justice

Self reliance and community…
Forever.

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Eat Your Beauty

People are here for you
To learn to grow greens
Lovely to behold and
Available at your window sill
For grazing while craving.

Wheat Grass High

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Permaculture Mondragon Hybrids,
Sweet Waters Growing Power.

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Permaculture Mondragon
Sweet Water Growing Power
Hybrids.

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One Water, Laughing in a Thousand Fields

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One Water, Laughing in a Thousand Fields(Rumi)

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One Water, Laughing in a Thousand Fields

Permaculture Mondragon Hybrids,
Sweet Waters Growing Power.

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Good morning, America, how are you?

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Good mgrning, America, how are you?

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Getting High and Higher on Dr. Dave’s Wheat Grass

Wheat grass makes me high.
As my daily companion, probably higher, higher.

When I see a young person clutching a cigarette,
Or old bar fly sucking up a cheap beer,
I bite my tongue so as not to shout and holler,
Wheat grass, now!
Do wheat grass!

Dope, booze, cigarettes,
Sugar, salt, and fat,
All trumped by wheat grass
If you want to burn and crackle with
love of life!
And fun!

Let us let our youth know
That some of us plan on working to
Inspire sweet healthy addictions to
Dr. Dave’s Wheat Grass!

Lady Bug Man Hooked on Wheat Grass

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My Milwaukee 2009

My Milwaukee is
Berkeley,
Brooklyn, a new
Key West!

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My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

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My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

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My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

And some would go to their local county park to learn about the Zoological Society’s
Bonobo work and Congo Bio diversity work, inspiring them to acquire the skills of use
in helping people protect their rain forests and the planet’s glorious pageant of life!

And we would start an eco corps to accelerate this process,
training to start at a very early age.

In primary school children would be provided with visions of themselves
Equipped with skills that would enable them to set up growing systems
in their own homes and cities, but also in the wider world beyond.

They would learn to grow soil, raise plants and animals, build things of wood and stone.
They would learn how simple machines function and how to tend and repair.
And they would learn to work with others with skills different from their own
To create common goods.

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Shall the People Make Money from County Park Outings?

Is it polite to imagine the people making money from family County Park Outings?

Would it be untoward to find 1 per cent of the land now called County Park Land
Turned into schools and guilds for skill development in urban agriculture urban aquaculture bio diversity?

Am I daft in having visions of my children and my grand children being taught by zoo keepers
How to raise a goat and a chicken at our county parks?

Can parks become university class rooms and training centers?
Places where people are given occasions to earn while they learn!

Mighty Collaborations

The Milwaukee County Zoo, the Zoological Society, UW School of Fresh Water Sciences,
Growing Power, MPS, Johnson Control, Rockwell International, the Brady Company, Roundys,
Sweet Water Organics, and on and one…

Collaborations aiming to make Milwaukee the urban agriculture, the urban aquaculture…and

The Bio Diversity City of America?

The people would go to the parks to learn how to grow soil
That would enable grandma or grandpa to help the family
grow the sweetest juiciest tomatoes possible.

Juicy Tomatoes For All?

They would go to the parks closest to their homes to learn how to turn leaves and veggie/fruit residuals
into compost, food for the worms, who would then create the richest natural soil on the planet.

A Small Fish Farm in My Garage?

Some families would go to their local county park to learn how to erect and maintain a
fish vegetable farm in their garage or backyard hoop house.

My Child Working in a Rain Forest?

And some would go to their local county park to learn about the Zoological Society’s
Bonobo work and Congo Bio diversity work, inspiring them to acquire the skills of use
in helping people protect their rain forests and the planet’s glorious pageant of life!

What say?

Why not?

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Don’t Rake Your Leaves Into the Street!

Mother Earth will be disappointed if you do!

Rake them into a corner of your yard somewhere.
Let them break down for a season, year, or two!

Then mix them in with your daily nitrogen harvest,
e.g. veggies and fruit, never meat or dairy.
Add your less vigorous neighbors’ collection to your pile!

You’ve now become… a composter!

Then keep adding and adding,your leaves, wood chips, and nitrogen,
Over the days and weeks, the months and the years.

Add some worms!

Won’t be long and you’ll have the world’s richest natural soil.
Then use it to plant good food that you will harvest before your meals.

You are not a victim of the system.

Grow you own systems!

Natural and cultural!

Mon upped bio worlds!
In your backyards!

Nation building, Great lakes.
East Coast, West Coast, the South!

Life as Sufi dance
Harvesting sun power for local food
And fun with your neighbors.

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Others for your brothers and sister

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Others for your brothers and sisters

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Crafting Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds in Renaissance Cities

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Crafting Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds in Renaissance Cities

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Others at your schooo! Your church!

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Others at your school! Your church!

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Crafting Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds in Renaissance Cities

With rich dark soil, moist, teaming with
Worms and soil partners—
Billions and billions of benign bacteria.

River bed pea gravel and plant roots
Host these happy microbes, which
Transform the fish wastes into nitrates
For vibrant plants and sweet water
For the fish!

Some river valley bio worlds in green houses,
Others in hoop houses,
Some in lovely old reborn factory buildings,
Others at your schooo! Your church!
Your garage! Basement! Backyard!

Let us craft together 10,000 Sweet Water River Valley Bio Worlds
Well before 2045!

Some in your renewing city,
Others for your brothers and sister
In the wider world beyond!

Olde
Milwaukee 2009

October 26, 2009, at 08:53 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Some Rumi For You

While these come from Rumi,
They belong to us all.

Let Us Dance!

It is the day of great, great joy.
Let us all now, become friends.
Let us join our hands. Let us go the the Friend.
We are all one. We are not two, of one color and hue.
Let us dance! Let us go to the market, dancing!
The beautiful friends are now starting to dance,
So let’s close the shop and dance, idle and free
Today is the day that the souls put on the robe of
Her grace.
To mystery’s side, to the side of mystery,
We go dancing as God’s guests.
All the gods have pitched their tents in the garden,
And to see them, we now go to the rose garden.

October 24, 2009, at 11:39 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Shall savde us

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Shall save us

October 24, 2009, at 11:30 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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The Worms That Made Milwaukee Famous

And the least of us
Shall savde us
From our lesser angels!

Milwaukee is becoming a Holy City
As its humans now nourish the worms.

Radiant nitrogen harvests of
Fruit, veggie, and coffee residues,
Mixed with carbons from wood chips and leaves—
Healthy, tasty food for the worms!

Who in the privacy of transforming bananas,
Make sweet love and rich soil,
And multiply, to become food for—
Our farm raised fish…

In our classic golden thread factory buildings,
Renewing as fish vegetable farms and agora!

Wet Fall Week
Milwaukee

September 09, 2009, at 01:53 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Without losing my soul or friends!

to:

Without losing my soul or my friends!

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And realize I’d made of myself…

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And see that I’d made of me…

September 09, 2009, at 01:52 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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A Floss After Every Meal Kind of Guy

I aim to become a floss after every meal kind of guy,
Without losing my soul or friends!

How would it be to wake up to my me
And realize I’d made of myself…

A floss after every meal kind of guy!

September 07, 2009, at 09:04 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Yanek and the Polish Nation

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Yanek and the Polish Nation

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A Small Business Owner’s Plea for Public Control of Water

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A Small Business Owner’s Plea for Public Control of Water

September 07, 2009, at 09:03 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Yanek and the Polish Nation

Witnessing Yanek prepare a final meal for his friends in America,
In his modest and clean south side apartment
Next to the imposing Church in the increasingly Latino neighborhood
Will forever remain a vivid image in my minds eye.

Yanek’s Milwaukee story, for me, captures much of the secret of
The Polish nation’s majestic endurance in the heart of Europe
Lacking natural boundary protection from aggressive neighbors
In all directions: the Russians, Vikings, Germans, Austrians,
Mongols, Tartars, and Romans, to name a few.

Yanek’s Milwaukee story also contains some of the secret of
The Polish nation’s glorious refusal to bow down before the
Mighty Soviets, and resistance galvanized by a
Modest electrician and gentle Pope, widening the crack
That eventually crumbled the Berlin Wall and ended the cold war.

Yanek came 5,000 miles in hopes of earning American citizenship
And liberating his family from the poverty of rebuilding Poland,
As a carpenter of prodigious work capacities and an eye for fine detail.
He lived alone without wife and children, including a newborn babe,
And gave Americans fine workmanship and inspiring example.

I wonder if he ever complained?

I tried to become Yanek’s sponsor, committing my 25 year old roofing company
To provide employment for this eminently employable man,
Whose workmanship would have taken my company to a higher level
Of historic home restoration capabilities.

That company is now 35 years old, and has tripled its annual sales
And launched a path breaking fish farm in an old factory
But an obscure bureaucrat judged my company
Too small and insignificant to guarantee against Yanek’s becoming
An unemployed burden on this nation’s budget—a decision so absurd
And cruel in its implications that I flee from remembering.

So Yanek will leave America and return, after 18 years, to his ailing wife
And children, who have missed their father’s most vital years.
But I have no doubt that Yanek, like the great Polish nation,
Will gracefully capture every good aspect of every moment he encounters
In his remaining years, in Poland, denying America a nearly perfect son.

June 15, 2009, at 11:13 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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My Milwaukee is among the best governed cities of America.
And our water works are literally world renowned.

My Milwaukee’s political leaders and public servants
Have been providing inspiring support for…

Will Allen and his Growing Power team’s work
that is literally making Milwaukee
The urban agriculture city of America…

And the projects of the Great Lakes Water Insitute,
That will make of Milwaukee
The urban aquaculture city of America.

I feel more secure, as a small business owner
Of a start-up urban agriculture/aquaculture enterprise,
With my city government controlling our sacred waters.

My mayor, common council, and civil servants
Are vastly more accessible than the leaders
Of any giant corporation, much less a foreign one.

With public ownership of this public good,
I am more confident about…

Water quality
The systems structural integrity
The fairness of the price.

Water is a public good.
I want to conduct my business
In a city with control of its sacred waters,
For the people, for generations to come.

to:

Sacred Waters

My Milwaukee,
Our Milwaukee…

Is among…

The best runs cities
In the Land.

And our Water Works…
Are world renowned!

Our leaders have given
Inspired support,

To our citizens efforts,
To renew Milwaukee…

To fix our eyes on the prize,
Of some kind of post-industrial
Renaissance, of Old Milwaukee,
Our Milwaukee.

Key to this Renaissance,
Is Will Allen’s Growing Power
Urban Agriculture projects.

And the work of
The Great Lakes Water Institute…

Both partnering with Milwaukee Government,
To make Milwaukee…

The Urban Agriculture City of America…

As well as…

The Urban Aquaculture City of America.

I feel far more secure,
As a small business owner
Of a start-up urban agriculture/aquaculture
Enterprise…

With my civic leaders,
Supported by my fellow citizens,
In local control of…

Our sacred waters.

We the citizens
In concert with
Our civil leaders…

Must own and operate,
Our public goods, and especially,
The very source of our lives…

Our sacred waters.

With public ownership
Of this public good,
I am much more confident in…

Our water’s quality.

Fair pricing.

Long term structural
Integrity and sustainability.

Social and environmental
Justice impacts.

I hope to operate
My small business
In a city with control of..

It’s sacred waters.

Water of, for, and by the people…

For the generations.

June 15, 2009, at 08:59 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Political Statement Into Poetry?

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A Small Business Owner’s Plea for Public Control of Water

June 15, 2009, at 08:58 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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to be continued

to:

I feel more secure, as a small business owner
Of a start-up urban agriculture/aquaculture enterprise,
With my city government controlling our sacred waters.

My mayor, common council, and civil servants
Are vastly more accessible than the leaders
Of any giant corporation, much less a foreign one.

With public ownership of this public good,
I am more confident about…

Water quality
The systems structural integrity
The fairness of the price.

Water is a public good.
I want to conduct my business
In a city with control of its sacred waters,
For the people, for generations to come.

June 15, 2009, at 08:52 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Political Statement Into Poetry?

My Milwaukee is among the best governed cities of America.
And our water works are literally world renowned.

My Milwaukee’s political leaders and public servants
Have been providing inspiring support for…

Will Allen and his Growing Power team’s work
that is literally making Milwaukee
The urban agriculture city of America…

And the projects of the Great Lakes Water Insitute,
That will make of Milwaukee
The urban aquaculture city of America.

to be continued

June 11, 2009, at 07:37 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Pick of the litter!

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Pick of the litter!

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June 11, 2009, at 07:37 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Peddling Charismatics

My charismatics
Are the very finest!

Top of the line!
Pick of the litter!

And we can very easily
Keep them honest!

June 03, 2009, at 06:12 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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The Freuds Are Often Pissed Off With the Jungs

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The Freuds Are Often Pissed Off With the Junges

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The Freuds Are Often Pissed Off With the Jungs

And I can’t be your Peter or
Your Paul,
If you lose your Christ!

Hubris On The Court

We’ll run you ragged,
Foul you out, and
Shoot the eyes
Out of the basket.

Must do better than
Two handed set shots!

The Age of Industry Is Over

More is demanded of us,
Now.

Be Careful, Or

I’ll tell
Grace on you!

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With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

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Poetry and Prose 2009

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With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

Bio sketch is here

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Poetry and Prose Winter 2009

June 03, 2009, at 10:30 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Frozen in Charisma

The inspired
And wonderous eyes.

Can freeze
Charisma.

May 31, 2009, at 08:31 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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Were a more worthy commons.

to:

Were commons sufficient.

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Is slowly poisoning our children.

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Is slowly poisoning our children’s bodies,
The mall our children’s spirits.

May 26, 2009, at 08:41 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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But a case has now been made,
For working with our hands,
Celebrated on the pages of…
The New York Times!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/magazine/24labor-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine

May 26, 2009, at 08:37 AM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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The Liberation of the Cubicle People

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The Land, the Water, and the Commons

In Europe, the lords and ladies
And their sheriffs and executioners,
Took the commons for commerce,
And herded the people into
The factories satanic.

In America, Wall Street and technocrats
Lulled the people into believing
The mall and fast food
Were a more worthy commons.
And the Leviathan’s food
Is slowly poisoning our children.

And now we should cede our waters?

Sweet Water Olde

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With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

Bio sketch is here

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Poetry and Prose 2009

The Liberation of the Cubicle People

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Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerships of Younge and Olde

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Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerships of Younge and Olde

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Worker Gentry City Farms,

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Worker Gentry City Farmers,

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With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

Bio sketch is here

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Poetry and Prose 2009

May 25, 2009, at 07:36 PM by Commonwealth Citizen -
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The Liberation of the Cubicle People

Alas!

Ten thousand years of
Lord, priest, and warrior
Diminishing the power and the glory,
Of our honest and noble artisans.

Vindicating Working Class

May 24, 2009, at 04:05 PM by Godsil -
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Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerhips of Younge and Olde

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Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerships of Younge and Olde

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‘’‘Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerhips of Younge and Olde

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Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerhips of Younge and Olde

May 24, 2009, at 04:04 PM by Godsil -
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A Sweet Water Olde partners with Sweet Water Younges

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‘’‘Worker Gentry City Farms: Partnerhips of Younge and Olde

A Sweet Water Olde, among other
Worker Gentry City Farms,
Partners with Sweet Water Younges

May 24, 2009, at 03:24 PM by Godsil -
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Some, perhaps, God willing,
With healing and inspiring veterans,
At the Soldiers Home.

Or next to the site,
Of the Bay View Massacre.

May 24, 2009, at 03:22 PM by Godsil -
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Sweet Water Oldes, while not working,
Are sometimes practicing their
100th birthday party dance,
Or learning how to grow and cook.

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A Sweet Water Olde partners with Sweet Water Younges
And fixes eyes on the prize of rich fish vegetable farms,
Some in our old industrial buildings,
Some at our old school buildings,
Others on the grounds, of spiritual communities,
And small villages of elders,
Others in backyard garages and/or greenhouses,
In all of our city’s
Worthy neighborhoods.

May 21, 2009, at 11:10 AM by Godsil -
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Which explains why every human institution,
Even our sacred movements, e.g.
Political parties, unions, non-profits,

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Which explains why every human institution…

Even our glorious movements, e.g.
Political parties, unions, peace, civil rights…

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All of them except, perhaps the Sufi and B’hai,
Even our closest pollitical champion,

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Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Hindu, Islamic,
Except, perhaps, the Sufi and B’hai…

Even our closest political champions,

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No information, no organization.
No orgnaization, no power!

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All of them are composting oligarchies,

to:

All of them are helping us compost oligarchies,

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We needed the carbon and the nitrogen
Of these institutions.
Their de-composition creates cleansing heat,

to:

We needed the resources, i.e. the carbon and the nitrogen,
Of these old oligarchic institutions.
They have given us much!

And their de-composition creates cleansing heat,

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Beneficial bacteria…

And us!

to:

Swarms of beneficial bacteria…

Us!

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Composting Oligarchies

We no longer need remain victimized
By the iron law of oligarchies,
Which explains why every human institution,
Even our sacred movements, e.g.
Political parties, unions, non-profits,
Even our sacred spiritual communities, e.g.
All of them except, perhaps the Sufi and B’hai,
Even our closest pollitical champion,
Alderman, mayor, governor, whatever…

All collective human enterprises
Find tiny groups coming to control
The flow…
Of information!

With our modern information technologies,
From e-mail to yahoo groups,
To wiki web sites, facebook, now twitter…

All of them are composting oligarchies,
Large and small.

We needed the carbon and the nitrogen
Of these institutions.
Their de-composition creates cleansing heat,
And the breeding ground for
Beneficial bacteria…

And us!

Doing our best, groping, stumbling,
Stammering, and sometimes
Brilliantly chanting…

Truth and beauty to power.

Wormon

May 20, 2009, at 07:34 AM by Godsil -
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Reggae Dancing In The White House!

How good it feels to witness
This brilliant and loving
Son of humanity!

And his queenly bride!

At last!
At last!

Time now for…

Reggae dancing in the White House!

How long will it be
Before we dance
In the streets
Outside…

The Reggae in the White House?

May 20, 2009, at 07:31 AM by Godsil -
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How good it feels to witness
This brilliant and loving
Son of humanity!

And his queenly bride!

At last!
At last!

Time now for…

Reggae dancing in the White House!

How long will it be
Before we dance
In the streets
Outside…

The Reggae in the White House?

May 19, 2009, at 08:04 AM by Godsil -
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God, We, and Surplus Suffering

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God, The Gods, and Surplus Suffering

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God, We, and Surplus Suffering

Suffering in this mortal realm is inescapable,
But surplus suffering can be incrementally diminished.

Never make a vow, say all the great books,
Without adding “God willing.”

Sometimes neither God nor the Fates
Will allow your words materialization in deeds.

Consider denying your neck
That hangman’s noose…

By concluding your commitments
With some simple words, like…

“I’ll be there at 9, God willing,” or

“I’ll call you tomorrow, unless
My mind runs away.”

You might also co-create the events,
And cover your “self,” with…

“Spare me shame if I’m 5 minutes late,
My cell phone is 414 232 1336.”

Surplus suffering is an especially onerous
Burden on your sacred body.

Our minds release toxic chemicals
When we are ashamed of ourselves…

Weakening our immune systems
And diminishing our spirits!

May 19, 2009, at 07:38 AM by Godsil -
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Mon

Should “man” become “mon?”

Should “woman” become “mon?”

Should “persons” become “mon?”

Hey Mon, the way Bob Marley said it,
Is very easy on my mindbody.

What about yours?

WormMon

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How good it feels to witness
This brilliant and loving
Son of humanity!

And his queenly bride!

At last!
At last!

Time now for…

Reggae dancing in the White House!

How long will it be
Before we dance
In the streets
Outside…

The Reggae in the White House?

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/OldeGodsil/Poetry?action=download&upname=olde.jpg

With cover artist of “My Milwaukee” and “Forbidden Pleasures of Permaculture in the Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas,” Shelby Keefe, April 14, 2007, at benefit for MilwaukeeRenaissance at the venerable Coffee House, for 30 or 40 years in the basement to Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church on 19th & Wisconsin. The benefit featured the music of Howard Lewis Hinterthuer, poet/singer/songwriter, founder of the Embeded Reporter music group, always looking to do benefits for environmental and bio-diversity movement projects, including one for Growing Power in December, and the Bonobo Project in January. Send e-mail to godsil.james@gmail.com for more information.

Bio sketch is here

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Poetry and Prose 2009

Dodging Bullets Riding Whales

Dodging bullets
On the way up the mountain.

Dodging bullets
Down deep in the sea.

Dodging bullets
Riding whales.

Spirit trumps bullets.

Rainy Spring Weekend Morning

Worm Mon, Chicken, Junk, Fish, Food, and Love Mon: Good Mon

Worm Mon

“Worm Mon” and “mon” is, for me, gender neutral.
If you would prefer “worm man” or “worm woman,”
We can oblige.

Worm Mon raises worms.

Chicken Mon

Goes to the forum to suggest chicken farm industry for Milwaukee.

Junk Mon

Hopes to figure out good uses for all of creation, starting with what some call junk.

House Mon

Learning how to mother and father and shepherd increasingly lovely homes.

Fish Mon

Partnering with Milwaukee yeoman urban agrarian in efforts to transform industrial slums ito fish and vegetable farms.

Food Mon

Working with family and community gardeners to advance locally grown, intensive, natural, urban agriculture.