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  1. Sweet Water Miniatures Workshop
  2. Light
    1. 2.1  From Empty Factory Buildings to Community Food and Training Centers
  3. Factory Scale Systems Start From Aquaponics Miniatures for Schools and Churches
    1. 3.1  Helping Veterans Trade Their Swords for Plows
    2. 3.2  2011 Request for Proposals:
  4. Opportunity for Artists, Architects, Designers, Builders, Farmers and Community-Based Organizations
  5. Project overview:
  6. Holiday Gift of “Infinite Expansion”
    1. 6.1  Sweet Water Theorem
    2. 6.2  Sweet Water WWWW Holiday Gift Designers
  7. Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools
    1. 7.1  Sweet Water Organics Developments.
    2. 7.2  Godsil Concept Notes 2010
    3. 7.3  Brainstorming Urban Eco-Village In-Fill Developments
  8. A Sweet Water High School Creating Sweet Water Villages
    1. 8.1  International and Urban Aquaponics Network Reports
    2. 8.2  Olomana Aquaponics on a Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)Ship
    3. 8.3  Doctors Orders: Eat Well to Be Well
  9. Barbara Bell Bonobo Update at Milwaukee’s World Renowned Bonobo Sanctuary
  10. Customized Cargo Bikes, Milwaukee Made, Recycled and Nicely Priced
  11. Our Name Is 100 Labor/Knowledge Intensive Greening Jobs
  12. Life and the Movie “Home” in 10 Billion Gracefully Orchestrated Notes
  13. Let’s Help Make Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary in Milwaukee a Huge Success
  14. Roadside Culture Stand, a Wormfarm Institute Initiative
  15. Worm Mon Shows and Morality Play
  16. Nice Film Clip from NPR’s “State of the Reunion” on Sweet Water Fish Vegetable Farm Experiment in Re-Purposed Vintage Factory Building
  17. Making Money and Honest Profits In Urban Farming: Explorations
    1. 17.1  Notes from the Forum
  18. Boggs, Wallerstein on Detroit, movements, and systems
    1. 18.1  Milwaukee Artisan Agrarian Erik Lindberg Highlighted by Milwaukee T.V. News Show
    2. 18.2  The Next Development in Education
    3. 18.3  Milwaukee Program to Honor Milwaukee Born Mildred Harnack, Executed by Hitler 1942
    4. 18.4  Madison Bike Brigade to U.S. Detroit Social Forum Might Need Your Backyard
    5. 18.5  The End of the Line: Imagine a World Without Fish
  19. Barn Swallows, Fruit Flies, and Natural Fertilizing

Sweet Water Miniatures Workshop

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Light, my light, the world-filling light,
the eye-kissing light,
heart-sweetening light!
Ah, the light dances, my darling, at the center of my life;
the light strikes, my darling, the chords of my love;
the sky opens, the wind runs wild, laughter passes over the earth.
The butterflies spread their sails on the sea of light.
Lilies and jasmines surge up on the crest of the waves of light.
The light is shattered into gold on every cloud, my darling,
and it scatters gems in profusion.
Mirth spreads from leaf to leaf, my darling,
and gladness without measure.
The heaven’s river has drowned its banks
and the flood of joy is abroad.

This by a new friend, Rabindranath Tagore
1st Asian to Win a Nobel Prize for Literature

From Empty Factory Buildings to Community Food and Training Centers

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

Healing Factories

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


Communities of Practice Sharing Hard Won Information


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


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


God willing,
to be continued

Godsil the Worm Mon

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

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Helping Veterans Trade Their Swords for Plows

Published: February 5, 2011 in The New York Times

About 45 percent of the military comes from rural communities, compared with one-sixth of the total population, according to the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. In 2009, the Agriculture Department began offering low-interest loans in its campaign to add 100,000 farmers to the nations ranks each year.

Among them will probably be Sgt. Matt Holzmann, 33, a Marine at Camp Pendleton who spent seven months in Afghanistan. He did counterinsurgency work and tried to introduce aquaponics, a self-replenishing agricultural system, to rural villages.

His zeal for aquaponics led him to the farming class. Its a national security issue, he said the other day outside a garage-turned-classroom filled with boxes of Dr. Earth Kelp Meal. The more responsibly we use water and energy, the greater it is for our country.

Mr. OGorman, a pacifist and a pioneer of the baby-lettuce business, started the coalition after his son joined the Coast Guard. The group recently received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, co-founded by the ABC News journalist who was wounded in Iraq, to provide farming fellowships for wounded young veterans.

Click here for the rest of the article at The New York Times
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2011 Request for Proposals:

Opportunity for Artists, Architects, Designers, Builders, Farmers and Community-Based Organizations

The Roadside Culture Stand tangibly unites art and farming. It is a reconsideration of the iconic roadside farm stand or vegetable peddlers cart, reminding us that culture surrounds our food and food imbues our culture.

This project is open to artists from the Arts Midwest region. This region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Project overview:

The Wormfarm Institute is seeking proposals to design and build Roadside Culture Stands - mobile farm stands that will be used to display and sell fresh local produce as well as the work of local artists (where allowed). Each of three selected designs will be built using one of two platforms:

  1. 5x 8 steel flatbed trailer to be pulled by a pickup truck-see http://www.trailermantrailers.net/singleaxleutilitywithgate.html
  2. 4x 4platform- cargo tricycle http://b-linepdx.com/ and

Note: trike platform is a tentative supplier- dimensions are approximate.

Click here for full project overview and some previous stands.
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Holiday Gift of “Infinite Expansion”

“Apprenticeships” for Sweet Soil, Sweet Water, Good Food

Imagine holiday gifts for our loved ones
that are seeds for infinite expansion.

Imagine a world wide web of apprentice wisdom workers
experimenting with the design and crafting
of such holiday gifts of infinite expansion.

The initial gift would carry over through the months and
the years, in the design and manifestation of the gift,
one that will “truly keep giving”(Nick Montezon).

Say some goods and services that would
provide your family with 10 percent of its food needs
after a year or two or five of refining the initial gift.

And quite possibly 30 percent of its food needs
after three to ten years or 20 years of fine tuning.

Can you imagine a holiday gift that’s a first step
toward your family and friend’s food security and,
equally important, graceful food aesthetic?

It is my intuition that some of the Sweet Water younges
and the Sweet Water oldes and partners from across the
planet might share some on-line time with you toward’s the
day when your children’s school, our neighborhood pub proprietor,
and one among your family can apply the Sweet Water Theorem to your
remaining years as fine sons and daughters of Mother Nature
and Father Son.

Aquaponics Apprenticeships

  • Haiti
  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Original Americans Lands
  • London
  • Zurich
  • Rotterdam
  • India
  • South Africa

Tailor your program with the world wide Sweet Water team
of partners. [email protected] or become my facebook friend.

Sweet Water Theorem

FW + BB = SW + SV + SF + WWWW


F is fish

W is water

BB is beneficial bacteria

SW is sweet water

SV are sweet veggies

WWWW are world-wide wisdom workers web

Sweet Water WWWW Holiday Gift Designers

Sweet Water Theorem for Sweet Water Aquaponics Miniatures in Our Schools

  • for 10% of Great Lakes Schools, i.e. Sweet Water seas, by 2020, starting with Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Toronto

  • 5% of the planet’s schools by 2030, with focus on arid and rainforest nations

Sweet Water Organics Developments.

Click here.

Godsil Concept Notes 2010

Brainstorming Urban Eco-Village In-Fill Developments

A Sweet Water High School Creating Sweet Water Villages


The Students, Families, and Communities of Practice
Design and Build the Village and the School

An Earn While You Learn Increasingly
Self-Sustaining Academy Guild School

Green Enterprise Hybrid Experiments:

Farm--Growing Power Sweet Water Miniatures

Workshop--Community scale fabrications for farm and home

Academy--Integrating the Humanities and the Sciences, Theoretical
Learning with Applied Knowledge

Guild--Training in cooperative enterprise, food, and community projects

Community Center--place for socializing, conviviality, and community
celebration and problem solving

Neighborhood Co-op Start-ups--beginning with corner grocery store cafes

Net Enhanced Theory Practice Based
Integration of Science, Art, and Commerce

Students experience mentors in various

disciplines--biology, engineering, MBA for aquaponics

trades--weatherizers, roofers, carpenters, for starters

occupations and professions--as guest presenters, priority to be developed by the
design teams

Aiming for High Value Added Skill Sets

Aiming for Self Reliance Skills and More Earth Friendly Lives

  • growing family food

  • greening, upgrading, and stewarding

family habitats

  • small business start-up

skills and insights

Mentor Partners

  • MBAs

will focus students on the translation of their skill sets into goods and services for the money economy, e.g. arugula and mushrooms at farmers markets, construction of cold frames, worm bins, and hoop and green houses. Business plans will be developed for use in after school, week end, and summer “learn while you earn projects.”

  • Biologist, Horticulturalists, Artisans, and Engineers

will adopt various “organic engineering systems” experiments, providing
not just guidance, but also help raising money through grants to pay for the projects,

working with the MBA mentors, guidance in the process of sequential,
asset based development experiments in green city enterprise, including raised bed garden, green house, vermiculture, and aquaponics initiatives

  • Art, Wellness, and Communication

will harvest some of the information derived
assemble culture productions and life experiences,
especially food preparation, storing, and enjoying,

on-line and print bodies of information beautifully presented

Action Steps: Assemble Project Teams

  • “Framing the Partnership” Team

urban agriculture and aquaponics applied scientists, professionals, and “apprentices” engineers, biologists, and architects artists, chefs, communications, information technologies wellness and healing fields, e.g. doctors, nurses, yoga dance, art therapy, nutrition and natural foods creatives

  • “Designing the Space” Team--urban agriculture architecture

  • Designing the Urban Agriculture Organic Engineering Systems

compost--off site
vermiculture--off site
Sweet Water Aquaponic systems--on site
projects exploring off-the grid energy systems

to be continued

International and Urban Aquaponics Network Reports

Glen Martinez of Hawaii’s Olomana Gardens will be working with Sweet Water Organics and other members of the newly formed International and Urban Aquaponics Network to democratize aquaponics for schools and families “on the mainland.” Other reports will highlight the work of Charlie Price of Aquaponics UK, Bas de Groot of Walden 21 in the Netherlands, Tom Knoll of Pathway to Empowerment projects in India, and the team of Milwaukee’s Sweet Water Organics, which will be coordinating the North American project eye on the prize of an aquaponic system in every school and growing numbers of family businesses, in addition to developing a proof of concept for commercial scale aquaponics as an integral business for the transformation of our industrial cities into “cities of culture,” including agriculture!

Olomana Aquaponics on a Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA)Ship

Aquaponics headed into uncharted waters when a NOAA Ship left the port of Honolulu Wednesday, September 1, 2010, carrying an experimental portable system on deck. The research vessel Kaimimoana will attempt to grow food, and
handle some of its organic waste with the system, called an Aquaport.

The idea to use aquaponics at sea came from the ships Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Helen Ballantyne.

The mini aquaponics system was custom designed and built, for NOAA, by Glenn Martinez, at Olomana Gardens. What he and his team designed for the Kaimimoana, and her 27 member crew, includes a small system for gardening dozens of different plants, raising Tilapia, and worms, and it all fits in a 24 square foot space.


This may be the first time that aquaponics has gone aboard a ship that goes out to sea for 65, sometimes even 90 days at a time. Thats a long stretch, with nothing green in sight. The excited crew watched the system being
installed. Olomana Gardens had to work feverishly, on short notice to custom design a system, build the system, and get the ship fitted out with it before she set out. Now the Aquaport is on its maiden voyage. Getting its first real ocean shake down. And there have already been things to address, such as sloshing water.

The 224 foot ship is the only National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel dedicated to climate research http://www.moc.noaa.gov/ka/ . Dr. Ballantyne along with Chief Steward Rainier Capati wanted an aquaponic garden on board, to address multiple issues, such as the environmental sustainability of the way the research itself is conducted, and boosting crew morale on long trips.

Morale can slump during a long stay at sea. If the Aquaport succeeds - on deck the crew get a visually satisfying bed of living greenery (not only to eat, but to tend), plus a hobby caring for the Tilapia.

Glenn built a four tray system pre-planted, at Olomana Gardens, with 36 assorted plants, including lettuces, tomatoes, mint, chive, hot peppers, strawberries and eggplant. Plus he sent the crew off with 12 additional packs of seeds. Also aboard is a tank stocked with 15 Tilapia, a worm farm holding 5 pounds of worms, and a worm tea factory.

If this voyage proves the Aquaport is feasible technology, next time the ship docks, theyll get a bigger system. Right now, that small amount of worms will only eat about 2.5 pounds of waste, a fraction of the 50 pounds of organic garbage the ships crew currently generates per day. That would take 100 pounds of worms, Glenn said,
which hell give them in the next system.

Glenn Martinez thanked Tetsuzan (Benny) Ron, PhD, Aquaculture Program Coordinator at the Vice Chancelors Office for Research and Graduate Education, University of Hawaii for getting the Aquaport started. Benny Ron helped Olomana Gardens obtain a grant toward the development of the first Aquaport. That got the whole idea
rolling about a year ago. And this is probably only one of many possible applications.

Source of this article: http://www.aquaculturehub.org/profiles/blogs/aquaport-aboard-noaa-ship?xg_source=activity

Doctors Orders: Eat Well to Be Well

Published: September 21, 2010 New York Times


DR. PRESTON MARING was striding along a hospital corridor at double speed on a recent Friday morning, his tall frame, white hair and frequent gesticulations prompting waves of greetings from colleagues, who also took care to sidestep his forward momentum. His destination was the weekly farmers market he started in 2003, just outside the front door at the Kaiser Permanente medical center here.

Since its mine, I made the rules all organic, he said as he skimmed by a line of stalls where fresh fruits and vegetables are sold to hospital workers, passers-by and even, he said, those bringing patients to the emergency room.

Dr. Maring, 64, a gynecologist and obstetrician with three decades as a surgeon, is well known as a former physician in chief at the hospital, the man who spearheaded the creation of its new pediatric neurosurgery unit.

But increasingly, his reputation and perpetual motion revolve around his conviction that in the health professions, the kitchen must become as crucial as the clinic. Food is at the center of health and illness, he argues, and so doctors must make all aspects of it growing, buying, cooking, eating a mainstay of their medical educations, their personal lives and their practices.

Though Dr. Maring blithely refers to himself as that food nut around the hospital, he is serious about the role he believes doctors should play in creating awareness of healthy food choices. To that end, he has worked to obtain fresh local food for hospital trays and in cafeterias. He began a Web site and blog that offers recipes and advice on meal planning and budgeting. He spent the summer working on a series of three-minute Web videos to explain the basics of shopping for healthful foods and efficient preparation techniques.

He also created a kind of culinary road show, which regularly takes him to health care institutions around the country, toting a PowerPoint presentation, a couple of plastic vegetable knives (one of the great technological breakthroughs), some salad ingredients and the makings of a vinaigrette.
Click here to read the rest at the New York Times
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Barbara Bell Bonobo Update at Milwaukee’s World Renowned Bonobo Sanctuary

Maringa and her daughter Zomi

Photo by Mark Scheuber (keeper)

Much has happened in the past 6 months. Our bonobo troop is hovering at 16 individuals right now with a pregnancy on the way. We have lost several key players in the bonobo world and my life is all the richer for having known them for so long. Several months ago Maringa the matriarch of the troop was euthanized after she suffered a severe cerebral bleed which left her unable to move, vocalize, or tend to her family. I came in to work only to find my dear friend laying in her nest unable to respond to us and her eyes were fixed and dilated. The very easy decision to end her suffering was quickly made by the veterinary and keeper staff at MCZ. Maringa had given me so much through the years and had been totally paralyzed from the waist down for the past 10 years. She gave birth to 2 little girls in this condition, and was able to mother and lead her troop through daily decision making. We were very good friends and had known each other since 1987, so her loss is a huge one for me personally.

When I found Maringa unable to move in her nest, she had her 4 year old daughter hanging on her back crying and frightened. This was causing Maringa a lot of stress and I know she could hear what was happening. I sent our old male Lody in to Maringa’s pen to lend a hand. He sat down and stroked Maringa’s head and shoulders. He fixed her messed up hair and straightened her nest. Next he grabbed the 4 year old daughter and tossed her up on his back. He gave one last look at Maringa and then left his best friend and constant companion for over 35 years. The sadness in his face was something I will never forget. Lody gave my hand a quick squeeze as he tended to the fussy baby girl. Such a wise old man!

The troop is adjusting to the lack of female leadership and several of the young girls have tried out the role of being “in charge”, but nobody takes them seriously. Tamia attempted to be queen for about 4 days, she even decided to mother Maringa’s daughter. Until the daughter became a fussy, whiny little girl who missed her mother. Then Tamia determined the queen role was a lot of work, and 4 year olds are a handful, she quit the experiment and gave the daughter back to Lody. Maringa’s daughter “Faith” is doing fine and is being raised by her older sister Zomi who has a baby of her own.

We have a new stud muffin in the troop. Ricky came to me a few months ago from Columbus. He is very sweet, very smart, and the girls think he is a super hero. The resident young males want to somehow get rid of him because he is getting all the female attention. So, Ricky is a bit stressed to say the least. He is stuck somewhere between super hero and chopped liver…depending on who you talk to. Tamia is his full sister and they definitely remember each other from Columbus. Tamia tries to spit at Ricky and he makes faces back at her. Typical siblings. To avoid in breeding these two are being kept far apart for now.

So much for now. bb
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Customized Cargo Bikes, Milwaukee Made, Recycled and Nicely Priced

Today there was a meeting of some Sweet Water Organics workers,
some Sweet Water Foundation volunteers, and some school teachers
of great talent and fine character.

Eye on the Prize of 100 Auto-Catalytic Green Jobs: Cargo Bikes 1 Job

Imagine contracting with a design build teacher supported by the Bike Federation
to develop a cargo bike program with students of North Division High School to
create your cargo bike, customized the support your better living through exercise
and reduced carbon footprint.

Your cargo bike will allow you to carry your work materials to coffee shop offices or
meetings across town(some buses have bike racks!). You might use it to
do your grocery shopping, or, if you are a new urban farmer, to carry your produce
to your clients.

It would seem quite possible that within 5 or 10 years this project could easily
evolve to support the equivalent of one full time job, perhaps filled by one cargo bike enterpriser, or perhaps one fifth of a year’s job for 5 cargo bike enterprisers.

Send an e-mail to [email protected].

Want To Help Grow One Hundred Greening Jobs Before 2020 Olde

Our Name Is 100 Labor/Knowledge Intensive Greening Jobs

I am inviting you to brainstorm with me
the development of 100 “auto catalytic green jobs”
over the next 5 or 10 years.

These jobs can be “auto-catalytic” if needs be, i.e.
they are won in the market place by the simple act of offering
goods and services that do not rely on patrons or government,
just hard won and supporting clients…
because the people you and I and our respective teams know
have skills and resources amenable to translating into
21st century green jobs in Milwaukee

with or without any external source of start-up funding.

Some call this a “social business model,” others call it “social enterprise.”

Projects to spark social entrepreneurs, free lance professionals,
urban farmers, elbow grease/common sense virtuosos,
and community organizers.

We already have the resources to manifest this vision,
especially our imagination, the resources of our partners,
and the connectivity afforded by the communications miracle
that is the world wide and quite local internet.

I’ll Stand Up for This Young Knowledge Elbow Grease Worker Farmer Social Enterpriser

I have a ready market for young and old citizens of Milwaukee in the field of
household self-reliance support and community organizing, quite complimentary work galaxies.

Self Reliance Support Jobs Looking To Be Filled

I am hoping you will “stand up for” two people to be available to develop
“penny capitalists and social enterprisers” for the following revenue sources in the marketplace:

  • food and flower garden tenders

  • basic handymon(“mon” is gender and age neutral) work to beautify and “green” old houses

  • basic family support work, e.g. driving, child and elder care, house cleaning, phone work,

and common sense problem solving

Peddling Our Start Up Worker Farmer Apprentice Professionals

Consider sharing this concept note with possible enterprisers ready to translate
some of their skills and capacities into “gigs” in the market place.

One of my favorite social roles is “peddling” good people, good work, and good ideas.
At the Milwaukee Renaissance movement resource, or your web platform,
we can chronicle these experiments in self reliance and community building.

And consider brainstorming and advancing the concept of

100 Labor/Knowledge Intensive Greening Jobs in Next 10 Years

In my capacity as an elder in the Sweet Water Organics, Inc., Sweet Water Foundation,
Community Roofing & Restoration, Inc., Milwaukee Renaissance Movement Magazine,
the Green Room, and other enterprises I aspire to advance, I can see 100 auto-catalytic jobs emerging from our mighty collaborations. Here are the personal goals I am setting for:

Sweet Water Organics, Inc.

http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/news/ 20 jobs

Sweet Water Foundation

http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/TheSweetWaterFoundation/HomePage 20 jobs

Community Roofing & Restoration Network 20 jobs


National Association Black Veterans Network 20 jobs

Kennedy King Community College Network 20 jobs

Consider Sharing Your 100 Job Vision

“By our steady combination we’ll succeed!”

“We are bound to see our measure carried, and stick to it through ages of defeat!”

I hope you will consider exploring visions of 100 auto-catalytic greening jobs from your work and that of your close in team and expanding network.

And sharing those visions!

Worm Mon Show 100 Green Job Vision Swap

At the Worm Mon Show during the Sweet Water tours on Wed. at 6 and Sunday at noon,
the topic of 100 green job development partnerships will be a recurring theme.

The Sweet Water Tours are $5, but the worm mon show, which starts at 12:30 on Sundays, and 6:30 on Wednesdays, is free.

Here is a Concept Essay pertaining to these themes:


Let’s talk about some of this while we work and walk !

Or, send me an e-mail at [email protected]

Olde “100 Green Jobs” Godsil

Life and the Movie “Home” in 10 Billion Gracefully Orchestrated Notes

When Marty Marty helped me overcome my Catholic Jesuit inspired anxiety about looking too closely into the metaphysics of the Chinese, Indians, Arabs, Jews,
and Indiginous Peoples I hope someday to better name, I was greatly moved by the
Chinese mystics many references to 10,000 things under heaven.

And now the bacteria of Sweet Water and Sweet Soil have expanded my mind to the number 10 billion. I propose that anything of lasting value requires 10 billion steps. I also move that we realize that it makes some sense to look upon our lives as a co-created(with God, Mother Nature, and our Friends) symphony we orchestrate with a lifetime of 10 billion choices, some of which please God, Mother Nature, and our Friends, and are in accordance with truth, beauty, justice, and the way.

At the end of a day, throughout the day, our meditations and prayers, or ruminations and random thoughts, might well reflect upon the quality of the notes
we offer for our grand and hopefully harmonic life’s symphony.

Ten billion notes and steps, more graceful and thoughtful, God willing, with each and every turn of the Seasons and setting of the evenings Sun.

Here’s a movie that inspired these “idears”:


Worm Mon Off Day Reflections

Let’s Help Make Farm Aid’s 25th Anniversary in Milwaukee a Huge Success

How about we brainstorm visions for a Grand Great Lakes Heartland Alliance to
Advance Farm Aid 25?

  • How about supporting the diversification of the Heartland’s Traditional Farmers

into 21st century bio-mimicry hands-on researchers, e.g. creating high protein fish feed from worms, soldiers larvae, and other gifts of nature that free aquaculture
projects from harvesting fish species from the challenged wilds?

  • What say we help spark the marriage of engineers, biologists,

and hands-on urban and rural farmers, as Janine Benyus suggested in her Ted Lecture delivered around the same time as Clay’s:


  • Why not gather our urban agriculture and sustainability workers from the great cities of Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Madison, and Minneapolis for brainstorm linking our projects with Farm Aid 25 and beyond?

Would not Grace Lee Boggs make for a great planner and participant of this event?


And other movement elders a days drive from the event, happy to fix our eyes on the prize of making Farm Aid 25 in Milwaukee an historic moment that sets the stage for mighty 21st century collaborations deeply admired by Mother Nature.

Here’s a note from one of the event’s organizers. Send an e-mail to [email protected] if you would like support this project.

On Mon, Aug 2, 2010 at 10:13 PM, Hilde Steffey <[email protected]> wrote:

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Farm Aid is pleased to announce that Farm Aid 25: Growing Hope for America, Farm Aids 25th anniversary concert, will be held at Miller Park Stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Farm Aid holds its annual benefit concert in a different location each year to shine a spotlight on the great work of family farmers and food and farm groups in diverse communities and regions across the country. This year we are thrilled to be coming to Wisconsin and the Upper Midwest, where family farmers are leading the way in urban agriculture, pasture-based dairy, organic production and beyond.

Farm Aid 25 will be a national stage to showcase independent family farmers as vitally important to the nations future, offering practical solutions to the economic, environmental and public health challenges we face. Family farmers are growing hope for America through the good food they produce, the economies they build, and with their care for the natural resources upon which a healthy agriculture depends.

There are a number of ways for family farmers and food and farm activists to get involved:

  • Media - In the weeks leading up to Farm Aid 25 and during the concert itself, numerous opportunities will emerge for family farmers to tell their stories. Farm Aid dedicates time and energy to connecting farmers with the media. For more information, see the Media Opportunities attachment. To register farmers as media spokespersons, see the Spokesperson Registration form.
  • Farm Yard - Each year we set aside a special place at the concert venue called the Farm Yard for farmers, farm activists and concertgoers to gather. While everyone is encouraged to stop by the Farm Yard throughout the day, we like to schedule farmers and farm activists at different times to keep the space lively, and to better connect spokespersons with the media. Interested parties can indicate their interest to be scheduled in the Farm Yard on the Spokesperson Registration form.
  • HOMEGROWN Village An integral part of the Farm Aid 25 experience, the HOMEGROWN Village is a festive and fun area for concertgoers to explore what it takes to produce the quality family farm food that we need. We are seeking creative, interactive exhibits that both educate and entertain. To learn more about being a HOMEGROWN Village exhibitor at this year’s show, see the HOMEGROWN Village attachment or contact Joel Morton at [email protected]
  • Local activities and events Farm groups and farmers often come together to host local activities and events around concert time. If you would like to learn more about getting involved in planning such an event, please contact Hilde Steffey at [email protected]
  • Tickets - Tickets will be available to Farm Aid members beginning August 6th and to the general public on August 14th. A limited number of reduced-rate tickets are reserved for family farmers. Please contact Alicia Harvie at [email protected] for more information.

We hope you can join us in the celebration! Please feel free to be in touch if you have any questions.

All the best,

Hilde, Joel, Alicia and the entire Farm Aid crew

Hilde Steffey
Program Director
Farm Aid

501 Cambridge Street
3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02141


Roadside Culture Stand, a Wormfarm Institute Initiative

In cooperation with Sweet Water Organics and Beans and Barley

The “costermonger” was an itinerant fruit and vegetable peddler. Pushing a handcart through the streets calling out or singing about their wares they made fresh local produce easy to acquire by bringing it to the people. It was also a way an entrepeneur could gain a foothold with a minimal investment and grow a business with ingenuity and creativity- what we today might call a “micro-enterprise”.

The Roadside Culturestand is a re-imagining of this tradition, linking the vision and talents of artists, designers and farmers with the goal of making locally produced food and arts more accessible. Each of the artist-designed and built Culturestands is intended to vend produce, art, as well as serving as an informational kiosk to dispense information on the source of additional sustainably-produced culture and agriculture.

In 2010, there will be four Roadside Culturestands traveling the roads of Wisconsin. Currently there are two in Milwaukee, one in Madison and one in Sauk County. This initial rollout will provide valuable information as we seek to develop the project in 2011 and beyond.

Look for more information about the Culturestands at www.wormfarminstitute.org and also look for the next round of Call for Proposals for 2011 Culturestands in the Fall/ Winter of this year.


Worm Mon Shows and Morality Play

Audition for part of Mother Earth, Father Sky, Rainforest, Ice Cap, Worm Mon, Bug Mon, Plant Mon, Work Mon, Business Mon, Artist Mon, and more at Sweet Water’s Theatre in the round, every Wed. 6 p.m., Sunday noon, adjacent tour moments.

Click here for a first draft description of Worm Mon Shows And Morality Play.

Nice Film Clip from NPR’s “State of the Reunion” on Sweet Water Fish Vegetable Farm Experiment in Re-Purposed Vintage Factory Building


Making Money and Honest Profits In Urban Farming: Explorations

Concepts to take into consideration:

  • SPIN Farming - They show how a small scale plot can be economically sustainable. SPIN Farming (Small Plot Intensive farming) has done a pretty good job of developing some pretty specific models for 3 different sizes of small farms, down to equipment needs and budgets http://www.spinfarming.com/ (some of the information on the website is not free)
  • Growing high-value crops to sell to those who can afford them to help cover the cost of growing food for those who cannot. Here is a model, in the Boston area, that works in this manner: http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/2007914/slocum.

Useful links:

If anyone is familiar with any research that was made on this subject with relevant data I’ll be happy to learn about it as well.

Thanks again!

Notes from the Forum

Boggs, Wallerstein on Detroit, movements, and systems

by Frank Edwards Published June 24, 2010 in AREA Chicago

Common Dreams put Mark’s filming of the Boggs - Wallerstein workshop up on the front page of their site this a.m. http://www.commondreams.org/home

It was truly an honor to be witness to a conversation between Grace Lee Boggs and Immanuel Wallerstein this morning at the Social Forum. I recorded audio (available for download here at the original article), and jotted down a few notes that I’d love to share. I know I will listen to this conversation again soon, and hope to spend some more time when things are less hectic reflecting on their words and observations.

Grace Lee Boggs: Living at the expense of the earth has brought us to the edge of disaster. We face evolution to a higher humanity or the devastation and extinction of all life on earth. Revolution is also evolution.

Immanuel Wallerstein: Historical systems do not go on forever. The modern world system has entered into strucutral crisis, it’s coming to an end. The system doesn’t provide the possibilities in its own terms to work. Its own terms is an endless accumulation of capital… It’s worked brilliantly for a couple of hundred years, but its moved far from eqilibrium and we are in a structural crisis. Struggles today are not about preserving the present system, but what will replace it. Every little action on our part helps to determine the end. We don’t know who’s going to win the struggle about what replaces the current system. There’s no certainty, but it all depends on us.

Grace Lee Boggs: Resistance to commodification is a human resistance. All over the world we have resistance developing. People are resisting the commodification of relationships, the commodification of their communities. The movement we are engaged in is not only about the transformation of institutions but also about the transformation of ourselves.

Immanuel Wallerstein: To live well is not necessarily to endlessly consume. This isn’t the kind of system that people at Davos want to create. It doesn’t have to be capitalism, it could be worse than capitalism. We have to talk about the consequences of this for organizing. Everybody has to eat today, not tomorrow. You can’t tell people that they have to wait another 5 years or 10 years or 20 years. That was a line of the historic anti-systemic movements. You’ve got to worry about today, but you can’t only worry about today. The problem is working out a strategy that contains an immediate attempt to meet people’s needs and a medium run strategy of changing the system. People need to have less pain immediately. That doesn’t transform the world, but it meets people’s needs. You’ve also got to explain to people that we’ve got a 20 or 30 or 40 year struggle. There will be some new system, it can be better or it can be worse.

Original article here visit and add a comment :)
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Milwaukee Artisan Agrarian Erik Lindberg Highlighted by Milwaukee T.V. News Show


The Next Development in Education

By James Boggs

Excerpted from a 1977 speech by James Boggs (1919–1993) at the University of Adult Education in Detroit. —GLB

For most Americans education is for the sake of getting a good job. They dont realize that the concept of education has gone through many changes in the past few thousand years. The Greeks, Romans and Chinese used education to prepare a few people to govern. During the feudal period in Europe training was mainly in swordsmanship and horsemanship. With the Reformation in the 16th Century, ordinary people learned to read and write so they would not be dependent on priests to interpret the Bible.

The greatest leap in the concept of education came with the American Revolution which proclaimed self-government for ordinary people. Making self-government possible became the purpose of Education.

Education did not become tied to economic goals in the United States until the late 19th Century with the speed-up of the industrial revolution and the huge surge in immigration. For the first time the purpose of education became preparing the illiterate masses to work in factories.

In the 1930s people still believed that a high school education was enough to get a decent job. However, with the introduction into factories of the HiTech developed during World War II, young people were persuaded that you needed a college education.

Today, with millions coming out of college every year, even teachers find themselves looking for work.

Yet few people are ready to recognize that unemployment in the United States is not due to lack of schooling but is rooted in a system which, giving priority to economic development over human development, installs automation to replace human beings.

So long have we continued to believe that education is the road to economic success that we have not even begun to evaluate what happens to a people who treasure economic development over human development.

Today we need to change our concept of education from Education for Earning to Education for Governing. By governing I mean the continuing exercise of our distinctively human capacity to choose between policies that will benefit our communities and posterity, and those that serve only our immediate self-interest.

To develop Education to Govern, we have to recognize that the foundation of good government is the moral development of young people. This must begin in the home or family where the child learns in practice certain values, such as the importance of telling the truth and doing ones share of work around the house. These are the basis of trust and cooperation, without which no family and no community can long survive.

Next comes the development in the child of the skills necessary to make a productive contribution to the whole society. Particularly in a highly technical society, it is necessary that from an early age young people, female and male, do some productive work that will contribute to the overall society, both because this is the best way to learn and because it is impossible to keep young people as parasites in school for 15–20 years and then expect them to be responsible citizens.

How do we reorganize our schools so that our youth will learn, not only in theory but in practice, that workmanship is important to their development as human beings?

Should all schools have gardens and greenhouses so that young people can learn how to grow food a well as restore their relationship to nature, and should all schoolchildren cook and serve their own food, in the process learning more about nutrition and budgeting?

Why shouldnt young people in each school be responsible for the trees, playgrounds and roads in their neighborhoods?

Why shouldnt students in science be given real problems to solve, such as the best ways to conserve energy sources?

What kind of political system and education do we need to involve all citizens in a process of responsible social decision-making that will take the place of the kind of sweepstakes or lottery in which we are now asked to engage every few years?

These are just some of the questions that we must now begin to ask ourselves to initiate the next development in education. We havent asked them before because we thought our minds were like cameras, only reflecting theories, facts, information created by others. Now we must recognize that knowledge is something that human beings create through our reflections and our practice.

Milwaukee Program to Honor Milwaukee Born Mildred Harnack, Executed by Hitler 1942

On Memorial Day, please remember Mildred Fish Harnack, Milwaukee native and MPS product, the only American Woman Executed by the Nazis for being part of the German Resistance

Sunday, June 6th at 4pm at the UW-M Union

The director and producers of the upcoming film, NUMBER 228, narrated by famed actress Meryl Streep, will appear at the UWM Union Theatre Cinema, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee. The films subject is Milwaukee native, Dr. Mildred Fish Harnack, the only American woman beheaded by Hitlers direct order for her activity in one of Berlins first German resistance movements. Executive Producer/Director Jade Wu and Producers Adrian Schriel and Caitlin OConnell will present a trailer screening for the film which is still in production and will be released for theatrical distribution and television broadcast in late 2011, combined with a discussion and presentation on the films educational outreach plan. The event at the UWM Union Cinema, beginning at 4pm, is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Art Heitzer, [email protected], 4142731040, ext. 12

A bio sketch of Mildred Harnack at http://www.milwaukeerenaissance.com/HumanRights/HomePage
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Madison Bike Brigade to U.S. Detroit Social Forum Might Need Your Backyard

Dear All,

There is a contingent of bike riders from the Madison area en route to this early June’s US Social Forum in Detroit…”Another World Is Possible!”

They will be passing through Milwaukee on June 11 weekend.


We hope we have a place for them at Kadish Park, but that might not work.

Might anyone have a backyard that would hold 10 people camping out? Plus let them use a bathroom on site?

Here is the web site for the U.S. Social Forum, which all of Milwaukee is invited to, perhaps some bike riders joining in!


Another world IS possible,


The End of the Line: Imagine a World Without Fish

http://endoftheline.com/film/ [DVD via Netflix]

There’s an Interesting ‘calculator’ there to determine the wider impact of the buying choices we make



He who knows how to be poor knows everything. — Jules Michelet

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Barn Swallows, Fruit Flies, and Natural Fertilizing

The Sweet Water Younges and their friends
Do not enjoy fruit flies from our compost range
As uninvited guests at their workshop gatherings.

The barn swallows, on the other hand, seem
Ecstatic as they dive bomb around
Making fruit flies feel like stars in Hitchcock’s “Birds.”

Anyone have any ideas about harvesting fruit flies
Along with the barn swallows?

La Causa School’s Worm Man

Many images obtained from Wikipedia

Last edited by Tyler Schuster.   Page last modified on September 23, 2011

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