We May Be Witness to One of America’s Great Moments!

It is quite possible to find us soon witness
And co-creators of…

One of America’s greatest moments!

I feel like I have a chance to feel
As totally joyous as our parents and clan did
With victory over Hitler et al
Back in ‘45.

What a nightmare we have endured
Since John, Martin, and Bobby were cut down!

And our endurance has given rise to…

One of our finest sons,

And one of our finest daughters…

Children of the movements of our time…

Winning back the White House with us!

What great things just might happen!

What a blessing it has been thus far!

Viva, the Obama campaign!

Viva, Our Movements!

Hundreds of pictures and essays chronicling the emergence of the Obama movement and an apprentice urban farmer’s effort to maximally “green” the Obama campaign can be found at the Obama Campaign.

A 2 or 3 year review of the evolution of Will Allen’s Growing Power and its enormous potential to give the Obama presidential regime a program responding the sustainability, job development, and community building imperatives at…

Growing Power

Obama links food systems, energy policy, health system, and national security

In case you haven’t seen it yet, from a just-posted “Time” magazine’s Joe Klein Obama interview . It’s important to note, in context, that Obama himself brought out this focus on food in response to a generic question about “the need for an Apollo project … that involves national security, jobs growth, environmental [issues].”

Obama Response to Michael Pollan’s “Farmer in Chief” Article.

“I was just reading an article in the New York Times by Michael Pollan about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector. And in the mean time, it’s creating monocultures that are vulnerable to national security threats, are now vulnerable to sky-high food prices or crashes in food prices, huge swings in commodity prices, and are partly responsible for the explosion in our healthcare costs because they’re contributing to type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease, obesity, all the things that are driving our huge explosion in healthcare costs. That’s just one sector of the economy. You think about the same thing is true on transportation. The same thing is true on how we construct our buildings. The same is true across the board. For us to say we are just going to completely revamp how we use energy in a way that deals with climate change, deals with national security and drives our economy, that’s going to be my number one priority when I get into office, assuming, obviously, that we have done enough to just stabilize the immediate economic situation.”

Copies of Michael Pollan’s recent piece in the NYT Sunday magazine are available on the Growing Power platform at “Farmer in Chief.”

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Presidential Rocket Veggie? Arugula.

Arugula City Sun Farmers, Inc.

It is very likely that a person or a family
Who took advantage of Milwaukee’s
Now easily available resources,

With an investment of a few hundred dollars,
And lots of labor of love,

Can become a local “sun farmer,”
Marketing Obama’s favorite veggie, arugula,

Often called the “rocket green”
Because of its taste and energy.

Sendek’s on Downer is ready to buy
Any quality arugula locally grown.

Interested?

Young or old rich or poor,
Can grow arugula,

What say?
Why not?

Godsil
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KK River Village Composting and Gardening Experiment Underway

People interested in developing composting and gardening projects at this and other sites throughout the city, including “rented” back and front yards and rooftop food gardens, will be welcomed to on-line and on-site conversations to move things along.

Connect withh godsil.james@gmail.com if interested.

Urban Agriculture for Self Reliance, Civil Defense, and Community Building

Copies of Michael Pollan’s recent piece in the NYT Sunday magazine are available on the Growing Power platform at “Farmer in Chief.”

Erik Lindberg of Community Growers Establishes First Greenhouse on Rooftop Farm

(on Palmer St. just south of Outpost on Capitol Dr.)

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The White House Organic Farm Project (aka TheWhoFarm) Meet New Orleans

Click here for the The Who Farm petition in rtf format

Click here for the White House Organic Farm Project Letter of Support from Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment by Dr Paul Epstein June 2008 Pdf

Click here for the Santa Monica Daily Press 09–18–08 on the Who Farm Pdf

We are petitioning the next president to plant an organic farm at The White House as a model for healthy, economical and sustainable living everywhere. TheWhoFarm will serve as an educational tool and economic aid, and as a means to provide food security in the Nation’s Capitol. It will reconnect the Office of the Presidency to the self-sufficient agricultural roots of America’s Founding Fathers.

We are traveling around the country in a double-decker upside down school bus with rooftop garden in order to garner support for TheWhoFarm and gain signatures for our petition. We traveled from New York to San Francisco for Slow Food Nation. We are now on our way back to DC for the elections, stopping at farmers markets, restaurants, schools, colleges, farms, festivals and other community events along the way. Our most recent stop was Austin, TX and our next stop is Birmingham, AL.

To learn more about our petition and our project visit our website at
www.TheWhoFarm.org

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Image copyright David Holmgren

Permaculture Philosophy Will Prove Quite Practical

We will be doing our best to share the story of the emerging “permaculture movement” on these pages. Here is an image that captures enough of the “philosophy of permaculture” and the movements it manifests to warrant this front page spot at this auspicious moment. Please join us in the study, the practice, and refinement of the permaculture movement. Here is a platform for this adventure: Permaculture Movement
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Milwaukee’s Will Allen of Growing Power Wins MacArthur “Genius” Award.

‘2008 MacArthur Fellows
Will Allen

Will Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation, production, and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. In 1995, while assisting neighborhood children with a gardening project, Allen began developing the farming methods and educational programs that are now the hallmark of the non-profit organization Growing Power, which he directs and co-founded. Guiding all is his efforts is the recognition that the unhealthy diets of low-income, urban populations, and such related health problems as obesity and diabetes, largely are attributable to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Rather than embracing the “back to the land” approach promoted by many within the sustainable agriculture movement, Allen’s holistic farming model incorporates both cultivating foodstuffs and designing food distribution networks in an urban setting. Through a novel synthesis of a variety of low-cost farming technologies – including use of raised beds, aquaculture, vermiculture, and heating greenhouses through composting – Growing Power produces vast amounts of food year-round at its main farming site, two acres of land located within Milwaukee’s city limits. Recently, cultivation of produce and livestock has begun at other urban and rural sites in and around Milwaukee and Chicago. Over the last decade, Allen has expanded Growing Power’s initiatives through partnerships with local organizations and activities such as the Farm-City Market Basket Program, which provides a weekly basket of fresh produce grown by members of the Rainbow Farmer’s Cooperative to low-income urban residents at a reduced cost. The internships and workshops hosted by Growing Power engage teenagers and young adults, often minorities and immigrants, in producing healthy foods for their communities and provide intensive, hands-on training to those interested in establishing similar farming initiatives in other urban settings. Through these and other programs still in development, Allen is experimenting with new and creative ways to improve the diet and health of the urban poor.

Will Allen received a B.A. (1971) from the University of Miami. After a brief career in professional basketball and a number of years in corporate marketing at Procter and Gamble, he returned to his roots as a farmer. He has served as the founder and CEO of Growing Power, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, since 1995 and has taught workshops to aspiring urban farmers across the United States and abroad.

Information as of September 2008.

Nice picture and video of Will discussing his work at…

http://www.macfound.org/site/pp.aspx?c=lkLXJ8MQKrH&b=4537249&printmode=1

Also, Journal Sentinel Story:

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=797769

Urban farmer’s work honored
Growing Power’s Allen gets MacArthur ‘genius grant’
By LEE BERGQUIST
lbergquist@journalsentinel.com

Journal Sentinel Editor Praises Gentle Green Giant Will Allen

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=798346

Editorial: Urban plowing
A MacArthur Foundation grant to Will Allen, former pro basketball player, is well-deserved.
From the Journal Sentinel Posted: Sept. 23, 2008

Urban farming often is characterized as fertile territory only for earth mother, New Age acolytes. It is, in fact, part of an important movement that aims to diminish, if not eliminate, hunger and to increase the self-sufficiency of those battered by poverty.

New Age? Think World War II and Victory Gardens.

Urban farmer Will Allen, co-founder and chief executive officer of Growing Power in Milwaukee, has been a force in this movement for at least 15 years. A MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” of $500,000 for Allen on Monday just puts an exclamation point behind that assertion.

Congratulations to Allen for the well-deserved grant. Founded in 1993, Growing Power is all about honing urban farming methods and teaching the underserved how to eat healthy. And it does a lot of the feeding itself - selling $14 bags of fruit and vegetables, enough to feed a family of four for a week.

This grant, we’re certain, will not just help Allen in his good work but will further the lofty cause of urban farming.
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Louis Fortis, “Shepherd” Publisher, at Blueberry Pancake Moment

Real Property Tax Relief

A case for the sales tax referendum
By Louis Fortis

On Nov. 4, Milwaukee County voters will have the opportunity to advise their elected officials on a proposal to shift the tax burden for parks, recreational and cultural functions,emergency services and transit from the property tax rolls and onto the sales tax with a penny increase in the sales tax.

Proponents of this tax shift cite three main reasons for why this policy makes sense:

The property tax in Wisconsin is high com pared to many other states because our property tax supports more county-based services than other states’ property tax. Other states are more likely to utilize state revenues, sales tax or a variety of fees to support these services.

We must begin to lower Milwaukee County residents’ property tax burden or we will destroy our quality of life in Milwaukee. Residents are constantly conflicted between their desire to maintain valued county services while struggling with their high property tax bills.

This shift from the property tax to the sales tax for parks, recreational and cultural functions would provide a more solid and stable funding source for our parks and provide for the needed maintenance and repairs. Milwaukee has one of the best park systems in the country, but over the past 20 years we have failed to adequately maintain it. For example, from 1986 to 2006, the parks went from more than 28% of the total county tax levy to just 8%.

The shift of funding for transit will also provide a more stable funding source and enable Milwaukee County to adequately maintain our mass transit system. A decent and affordable mass transit system is necessary to transport employees to their jobs and will become even more important as we struggle to lower our carbon emissions. Two main business organizations—the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and the Greater Milwaukee Committee (GMC)— have gone on record supporting a half-cent sales tax increase to pay for the county’s transit system.

Read the rest here At the Shepherd express!
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Walnut Way Neighborhood Imagines North Ave. Food Co-op

Vigil against Church’s Chicken grew good food co-op vision
Many stories to come

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Green Party and Green Independents As a Critical Political Force

Imagine if the “Green Independents” and the Green Party would focus on mobilizing their constituents in the swing states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Florida, to name a few.

They could make the different in each of these states and claim a larger role in the Obama coalition, n’est-ce pas?

Dear Green Friends, Partners, Allies,

Please consider joining some of us “Green Independents”
To do our best to win Wisconsin for the Obama Presidential campaign.

  • To make a difference in the outcome of this Wisconsin election…

Which could make a difference between a Palin presidency and
An Obama presidency

  • To establish the Wisconsin Green Party and Green Independents

As an important stream of the best movements of our time…

  • Spare the American people and the human race

A host of unnecessary suffering, sorrow, and tragedy.

I for one consider the Obama Movement as just one, a great one(!),
Of the many movements that we have spent our lives co-creating.

I propose that the Green Movement of Wisconsin
Would advance the cause of the Green Movement of the U.S.A.,
And the cause of humanity…

by partnering to advance the Obama campaign.

If we are successful and Obama wins, I propose we continue our partnership,
More now to advance the Green Agenda for the U.S.A. Agenda.

Respectfully…


School supplies needed for kids in New Orleans

The Milwaukee Network for Social Change (mNSC) is working with Teach for America to collect supplies for students at Stella Worley Middle School in New Orlean’s Jefferson Parish. The Jefferson Parish Public School District is among the lowest-performing districts in Louisiana, which ranks in the top two states for children living in poverty
and the bottom two states for academic performance.

Donations of the following simple and very necessary supplies will make a big difference for the children at Stella Worley:

-Computer/Printer Paper
-Notebooks
-Markers/Pens/Pencils
-Craft Paper
-Assorted Supplies (erasers, rulers, etc.)
-Gift Cards to Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc.
-Stamps

There are a number of ways to make your donation:
1. Arrange a donation pick-up with an mNSC member by calling John Revord at 414–759–6606.
2. Drop off donations at one of two collection points:

    -On the West Side; 2203 N. 48th St.
    -On the East Side; People’s Books Cooperative, 2122 E. Locust St. (between the hours of 10am-6pm)

3. Look for mNSC @ the Center St. Daze Music and Arts Festival FREE MARKET!
(Sept. 20th, Center St., between the blocks of Fratney & Booth)
4. Look for mNSC on the UWM campus

Call John Revord at 414–759–6606 for more information.



What is going on in this fine city? Many many things! Here is a very random sampling. See and add: Milwaukee events!


Photo Essay of Obama Labor Day Rally, Milwaukee 2008

The new energies being unleashed by Barack Obama hold great promise.In his person and prose Obama embodies the achievements of the movements of the 20th century and the hope that we can become the change we want to see in the 21st century.

“All of God’s Children” at an Obama Labor Day Rally in Milwaukee 2008

The challenges we face demand profound changes not only in our institutions but in ourselves. That means we can’t leave it all to Obama. Instead of being followers of a charismatic leader, we must be the leaders we’ve been looking for.

Youngsters, Prime of Life Men and Women, Revered Elders

Obama can become a great President only if we become a great people. We must grow together.

Newly engaged citizens, lifetime heavy lifters/detail angels from the movements of our time

The above lines came from legendary Detroit activist philosopher urban farm advocate Grace Lee Boggs the 3rd week of January, 2008.

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Viva, Obama the Community Organizer!

Obama, at his deepest public level, is a great community organizer,
Perhaps the greatest community organizer this nation has ever known.

Pride and Joy Have Been Obvious Themes at Obama Rallies in Milwaukee

His oratory and Harvard level mind and organizing skills,
His hip, good looks, natural manner, his authenticity:
These are very significant resources he and we profit from.

The Obama Movement Is Inspiring Expression of All of Our Movements!

But I submit that his experience as a community organizer,
Which I’m sure he approached with intense energy and thoughtfulness,
Taught him lessons, and gave him character defining experiences,
Which play a great part in explaining “the Obama phenomenon.”

  • Obama knows how to listen.
  • He knows how to make people at ease.
  • He knows how to help stimulate the highest level of discourse with the groups he works with.
  • He is not quick to say “I have the answer,” but more likely to dialog with people about visions, strategies, corrective, close-in, Intermediate, and long term goals.

This Change Inspires This Radiance!

  • He is not one to make grand promises that are “beyond the possible”

And thereby set people up for a collective sense of failure.

  • He is an in-the-trenches worker with vast quantities of energy
  • A modesty as great as a kind of “greatness.”

Manifestations of America’s Great Promise!

At a time when the need to create community,
To co-create, to “organize” our communities,

Is as great an imperative as at any time in
The long journey of the species human..

15,000 to 20,000 Showed Up Like Magic!

Viva, Obama the Community Organizer!

Godsil
February, 2008
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TheWhoFarm PETITION for a White House Organic Farm

ComFood Nation! Good Morning!

Big Will Allen of Growing Power With Heyward Gignilliat Sara Christman

WHO Farms cofounder Daniel Bowman-Simon with founder of Growing Power Will Allen and Growing Power bee keeper Sara Christman

Representing TheWhoFarm, I’ve been generously offered a speaking slot on the “Soap Box” at The Slow Food Victory Garden this Friday afternoon, 08.29.08. Please drop in if you’re at Slow Food Nation! We are planning to have the food-producing TheWhoFarmMobile parked nearby!
http://slowfoodnation.org/press/press-releases/slow-food-nation-announces-soap-box-schedule-for-labor-day-weekend-event/

Good Food Ambassador Daniel Bowman Simon with WHO Farm Bus at Riverwest Co-op CafeDr. Gay Reinartz of Bonobo Survival Movement

Daniel with WHO Farm Bus (purchased from ben and jerrys ice cream) with Dr. Gay Reinartz of Bonobo Survival Movement

On the Soap Box, TheWhoFarm will finally launch our renovated website, including the petition to the 44th President of the United States of America, wherein we, the people, respectfully request that The White House Organic Farm (aka TheWhoFarm) be planted 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC. (Final draft of recipe below.)

TheWhoFarm PETITION FINAL DRAFT (by 8–29–08, it’s permanent)



To the 44th President of the United States of America:

We, the people, respectfully request that The White House Organic Farm (aka TheWhoFarm) be planted on the grounds of The White House, our nation’s First home, at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC.

The White House Organic Farm will be a model for healthy, economical and sustainable living everywhere. It will serve as an educational tool and

economic aid, and as a means to provide food security. It will reconnect the Office of the Presidency to the self-sufficient agricultural roots of America’s Founding Fathers.

The White House Organic Farm Recipe

Article I: The Farmers
Public school children and Americans with disabilities will work The White House Organic Farm, setting an example for the world of hands-on learning and fostering an independent, do-it-yourself work ethic.

Article II: The Eaters
The White House Organic Farm’s harvest will provide fresh food for the President, the President’s family, and the President’s distinguished guests. Just as importantly, it will also supply healthy food to public school lunch programs and food pantries in Washington, DC.

Article III: The Delivery
Food from The White House Organic Farm will be delivered to local public schools and food pantries by volunteers on foot and by bicycle, at a net-zero cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Article IV: The Seeds
The White House organic farmers will plant a diverse mix of heirloom seeds passed down from Thomas Jefferson’s farm at Monticello and seeds donated by American farmers and gardeners, to celebrate both the rich agricultural traditions of the Office of the President and the passions of everyday Americans for working her fertile and bountiful land.

Article V: The Soil
The White House Organic Farm will use healthy topsoil, nourished by compost supplements from yard and food waste from the all three branches of Government; from The White House, from The United States Capitol, and from The United States Supreme Court.
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