On this page…

  1. Heart Haus Film Night
  2. Interview With Dr. Nicholas Rose, Churchill Fellow/National Coordinator, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
  3. Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival & Artists Networking Event
  4. Good Times for a Good Cause
    1. 4.1  Ham-BINGO at Hamburger Marys
  5. The Harlem Renaissance Is Moving To Milwaukee Chicago
  6. Boomer Millennial Ventures
  7. Citizen Diplomacy For “Ecopreneur” Experiments
    1. 7.1  Visioning a USA, India, China, and Vietnam School to School Aquaponics Experiment
  8. A July 4th Lesson From My Daughter
    1. 8.1  Kipling’s “If”
  9. Deschooling Society From Integral Urban Homes and Hamlets
    1. 9.1  Young Eagan Saved Locust Street
  10. Nominate Your Top “Ecopreneur Experiment” For Milwaukee Renaissance: The Film
  11. Vision Organizing: The Milwaukee Sweet Water Teacher Corps
  12. 2008 Vision of Milwaukee Evolving Into a Permaculture City
    1. 12.1  And Milwaukee Evolved into a Permaculture City With 10,000 Rain Barrels for 10,000 Kitchen Gardens
  13. Universal Love Band CD release party of World Be Free
  14. Danny Glover Discovers The Sweet Water Universe at the Sweet Water Foundation Chicago State University Aquaponics Center
    1. 15.1  The Mass Incarceration Crisis in Milwaukee
    1. 16.1  About Rachel Godsil
  17. Donna Neuwirth of Wormfarmm Institute At Creative Placemaking Forum
  18. Want To Explore The Concept “Metabolic Rift?”
  19. Ford Ad Celebrates Urban Ag & Composting
    1. 19.1  Cleverly Trashes Cadillac
  20. Citizen Sensing Homes/Hamlets: Chicago/Milwaukee, North Side/South Side Design Charrettes?
    1. 20.1  Good Bones House 1.0
    2. 20.2  Amaranth Urban Sanctuary Good Bones House Project
    3. 20.3  Good Bones House 1.0
  21. United Church Of Christ Fellowship Model For Old House Transformations?
  22. Social Learning Networks For Resource Management & Education: A Focus On Old House Transformations
  23. Old City Home Transformation Adventures & Artist/Ecopreneur Hero Quests
    1. 23.1  Worm Mon of The Worm Mon Show: The Play and the Movie
  24. Riverwest Harambee
    1. 24.1  Timbuktu Spring Celebration
    2. 24.2  12th Annual St Pat & St Brigid
  26. Airports & Intermodal Hubs As World Universities
  27. Developing a Tribute To Historic Preservation Hero Donna Schlieman
  28. Muneer and Janine Developing Mosaics For Healing/Peace Post
    1. 28.1  Join In at Amaranth Feb. 25 or March 11, at Amaranth
  29. Parents and Grandparents Donating Small Aquaponics Demos For Their Childrens’ Schools
    1. 29.1  Aquaponics Is a New Literacy
  30. Food Security and Safety In China
    1. 30.1  Farm Together Connects Urban and Rural As “Partners”
  31. New global water center lab replicates and teaches effective water cycle management
  32. Sweet Water Foundation’s Bradley Tech Installation Wins A “Milwaukee Journal” Salutary Clause
  33. What Resources Local Food Movement For Elder Organic Farmers’ Crisis?
    1. 33.1  Marrying The Best of Esalen With the Food Sovereignty Community
  34. Global Collaboration Experiment For Smart Agroecology Culture Wagons
  35. Milwaukee native offers educational summer expeditions for youth
    1. 35.1  Summer 2014
  36. Urban Agriculture Olympic Competition For Our Schools?
    1. 36.1  Urban Permaculture Olympics?

Heart Haus Film Night

Film Screening of The Growing Food Project, a movie about Australia’s Food movement.
Special guest Nick Rose, visiting from Australia, will be present for discussion following the film.


Gathering and Film Viewing
Thursday July 31st

6:30 to 8 at Heart Haus
325 E Euclid Ave
In Bayview

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Interview With Dr. Nicholas Rose, Churchill Fellow/National Coordinator, Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance

Godsil. You have won a Churchill Fellowship and now book contract from your Great Work on the food sovereignty movement in Australia and beyond, guided by the proposition that “(t)he global movement for food sovereignty is perhaps the foremost 21st long tradition of human struggle for freedom, diversity and equality.” Has this movement in Australia become part of any major political leaders’ policy agenda? If so, do any positions stand out for possible inclusion in USA party policy prescriptions? (I am hoping to inspire some food sovereignty activists to win a place in the 2016 Presidential primaries).

Rose. “Yes to some extent.

The two main parties (Coalition Liberal / National conservative political grouping, and Australian Labor Party traditionally the party of the trade unions) have said that they want a strong agriculture and food sector in Australia. However there has for some decades been bipartisan agreement in favour of a policy agenda of free trade, increased commodity production and deregulation, to ‘let the market rip’, as it were. This has fostered a ‘get big or get out’ dynamic which has seen an exodus of farmers from the land (an average of 7–10 per day over the last three decades, likely to double in the next decade) and increasing levels of stress and anxiety, linked to high debt levels of unfavourable terms of trade, for many of those remaining. The recent National Food Plan of the ALP (2010–2013) and the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper of the Coalition (2013–2014) largely entrench this trajectory.

The National Party was formerly called the ‘Country’ party and its main constituency has always been farmers and rural and regional communities, although with the extreme urbanisation of Australia during the 20th century this political base has shrunk a great deal. Conscious of the hardships that many farmers are experiencing the Nationals have recently raised concerns about food sovereignty-related issues such as increasing external ownership of Australian farmland and infrastructure, the impacts of cheap imported foods on local producers and manufacturers, and the power of the supermarket duopoly (Australia’s two main supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, control between them 75–80% of the grocery sector the most concentrated in the world see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxGsu4lkcIc&app=desktop).

The food sovereignty agenda, as we developed it in the Peoples Food Plan (http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/peoples-food-plan/), was to a significant extent embraced and adapted in the food and agriculture policy that was taken by the Federal Greens party: http://greens.org.au/policies/sustainable-agriculture. This speaks of recognition of the value of urban and peri-urban agriculture, of support for agro-ecology, and the need to invest in localised food systems.

This policy agenda was and is supported by many farmers and rural communities. There is however a deep sense of loyalty to particular parties amongst certain constituencies, even when their policies and platforms run directly counter to the best long-term interests of those very constituencies.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, as a non-aligned and non-party political organisation, does not affiliate itself with any political party. Obviously we were pleased to see the Federal Greens adopt so much of what we had developed. Our challenge now is to work to make increasing parts of this agenda ‘common sense’ across the food system.



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Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival & Artists Networking Event

You’re invited to the Lisbon Avenue Arts Festival & Artists Networking Event Friday, August 1 from 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM located next to Amaranth Bakery (3329 W Lisbon)

Artists like Muneer Bahaudeen & Martina Paterson will showcase their art. Art-based organizations including Express Yourself Milwaukee and Artists Working in Education will participate in the event as well. Enjoy food from local chefs including BJ’s Smokin’ (smoked turkey, chicken and tasty sides) and Amaranth Bakery. Entertainment will include storytelling from Adekola Adedapo and a life size chess game organized by artist Quan Caston.

Please come support and network with Washington Park artists! To learn more about Washington Park Artists visit our website.

If you are an artist interested in participating in this free event please call Bess at 344–1818 or [email protected]

Click on the link below to register or RSVP.

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Good Times for a Good Cause

Ham-BINGO at Hamburger Marys

Join Grandmothers Beyond Borders at Hamburger Marys for a night of bingo, prizes, and fun.
Trixie Mattel will be hosting the benefit for Grandmothers Beyond Borders and promises an enjoyable evening full of her adult humor.

Hamburger Marys is a bar and grille for open-minded people.

July 30, 2014
Hamburger Marys
2130 S. Kinnickinnic
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
10 games for $10.00

food and drink available for purchase
reservations are recommended
Hamburger Marys (414) 988–9324

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The Harlem Renaissance Is Moving To Milwaukee Chicago

The Harlem Renaissance is moving
To Milwaukee, Chicago, and more!

And the people have learned a lot
Since back in that day.

Lot’s of new players,
From everywhere!

And not just one renaissance.
Not just a Harlem one.

A myriad of simultaneous re-births,
Like folk blues and jazz.

Background to our self constructing
Art science crafts.

Fresh food and life
For All.

For healthy bodies.
Healthy souls.

We are coming to
Grow our selves.

Lots of fun!
Lots of work!

Standing on the shoulders
Of yin and yang giants.

Riding on the waves
Of Divine.

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Boomer Millennial Ventures

The are great 21st century earth renaissance possibilities through boomer millennial collaboration experiments. Ten percent of our boomers have very substantial amounts
of 4 kinds of capital to invest:

green dollars, cultural(what you know), social(who you know), and spiritual(heart and will force).

And millions of boomers have enough of these investment resources to make a difference if advanced to millennial micro production experiments. At least 10 percent of our millennials have enough cultural, social, and, especially, spiritual capital to warrant support from boomer investors. The available boomers no longer have family, career, or status needs to prevent some ecopreneur risks.

Their millennial partners have yet to assume householder responsibilities and can often
negotiate high school or college course credentials in urban greening ventures.

Milwaukee has won the attention of the nation and world as a Fresh Coast Portland through boomer millennial partnerships in urban agriculture. I am hoping this wiki platform will share
some of the best of these stories.

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Citizen Diplomacy For “Ecopreneur” Experiments

Visioning a USA, India, China, and Vietnam School to School Aquaponics Experiment

This is a letter I sent to the Director of the Vietnamese Institute for Social Development Studies


Dear Professor Duong,

I was inspired by Professor TUONG LAI’s New York Times op ed regarding a USA/Vietnam alliance to send this note regarding an emerging global network of aquaponics experimenters with a focus on small, digitally linked school demos connecting USA, India, China, and perhaps Vietnamese students and teachers.

I am the President of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF), which has received substantial support from the MacArthur/Mozilla/HASTAC foundations to advance the marriage of biomimicry experiments like aquaponics with badge based, digital training and credentialing.



The US State Department sent me to India in 2011, from which blossomed the Indo American Aquaponics Institute, and a budding relationship with China’s top “aquapon” David Li.



Establishing an aquaponics demo in a Vietnamese school is not so much a question of green dollar capital as it is of social, cultural, and “spiritual” capital, i.e. who you know, what you know, and the passion with which you focus on materializing a vision.

There are people throughout the world poised to support efforts by just one(!) Vietnamese high school teacher to harvest the bounty of a digitally connected aquaponics demo to advance STEAM(science, technology, engineering, art/artisanship, and math) and an elevating ecological sensibility, for starters. As skills are acquired and technology advances, aquaponics has great potential to provide an earth friendly, small space, water conserving, intensely productive food production methodology.

And…opportunities for citizen diplomacy!

Here is a short you tube story of my life’s public work, which began in earnest in the peace and civil rights movements at St. Louis University in 1965 and the Chicago Open Housing Marches of 1966.


James J. Godsil, President
Sweet Water Foundation

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A July 4th Lesson From My Daughter

Kipling’s “If”

Thank wiki for this note too!

And a Joni Mitchell Song as well!

Kipling’s “If”

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, dont deal in lies,
Or being hated, dont give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dreamand not make dreams your master;
If you can thinkand not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: Hold on!

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kingsnor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything thats in it,
Andwhich is moreyoull be a Man, my son![6]

The poem was adapted and performed as a song by Joni Mitchell on her 2007 album Shine.[10] ‘If’ is also referenced in the song ‘If (When You Go)’ by Judie Tzuke from the album Moon on a Mirrorball, as well as in the second verse of Sowing Season, a song by rock band Brand New on their album The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me.

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Deschooling Society From Integral Urban Homes and Hamlets

If anyone has family/friends with younges who hate their “industrial modeled” school, or oldes who are looking for meaning and fun in the autumn of their lives, suggest they look into advancing the Deschooling of Society from Integral Urban Homes. That’s one concept being developed at the Euclid House of a Thousand Names, most prominently today The Heart House.

Here is an opportunity Emmanuel Pratt, executive director of the Sweet Water Foundation, sent my way this morning, i.e. a short and well done introduction tp the Digital Badges program of the Mozilla/MacArthur/HASTEC foundations, with the Sweet Water Foundation now one of the lead grass roots collaborators.


Eager for your response!

P.S. On Deschooling Society


Integral Urban Homes


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Young Eagan Saved Locust Street

I came to Milwaukee to feel the lake,
To see the snow, breath cleaner air,
Hear deep winds blow.

They said Milwaukee was pretty clean and safe,
with an Irish gang
That owned white lace.

Theres a gal names McNulty at City Hall.
An ODonnell covers County,
And McNallys not in jail.


Young Egan saved Locust Street,
The whole city runs for Al,
Used to be a Mayor named Hoan
An OConnor turned out a bankers pal.

A Daly ran Chicago, the suburb to the south,
Malone built up a plumbing shop,
Mahoney keeps illegals out.

Doherty sells lumber for Carl Miller,
Finnegan keeps calm at the Cheetah Club,
Fitzpatrick is a pastor at Gesu Church,
His cousin sells chicken in large or small tubs.

McGinnis is a cook for the Lutheran Manor,
And Hanley can handle the largest of cranes,
Theres a Dillon at the Rep, the Doyles sell diamonds,
The Dugans antiques, the Donovans planes.

The Burkes, and the Boyles, the Blakes and the Brynes,
The Butlers, the OConnells, the Cassidys, the Ryans,
The sullivans, the Morans, the OTooles, and the Moores,
The OReillys, the OSheas, the MacSweeneys,
Still want more?

The OHares, OHogans, MacLoughlins, and Flynns,
The OHiggins, the Keans, the Lynchs,
Are IN.

The Joyces, the Farrells, the Kennedys, and Roches,
The Murphys, the Regans, the OKeefs,
Im not boasting.

Milwaukee is filled with a wonderful beauty,
A thousand Irish names,
A fine Irish bounty.

Americans weve become,
The Strength of our roots,
Oer the Atlantic, afar.

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Nominate Your Top “Ecopreneur Experiment” For Milwaukee Renaissance: The Film

I am teaming up with some local film students to launch, God willing, a social learning network focused on producing a short film on the theme of Milwaukee’s Renaissance.

I am committing $200 front cash for the portion of this film that chronicles the Euclid House “Integral Urban House” experiment and the role of the Sweet Water Foundation and the Mycelia Project(Chicago centered) in its evolution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integral_Urban_House

The Euclid House project is also The Heart House(Ben Koller), and the House With a Thousand Names(Godsil)

This $200 advance will finance 10 “twenty buckers” of student film maker’s laborpower at a start-up rate of $10 per hour. I hope revenues arriving from Euclid House offerings may reimburse me for this ecopreneur investment. I also hope other projects find a boomer or other sources who can afford an investment for their cherished project worthy of a place in The Film.

Send any worthy project or student film maker my way!


Vision Organizing: The Milwaukee Sweet Water Teacher Corps

So why not consider naming one of our social learning networks,
Where teachers are also students,
And students are also teachers,

The Milwaukee Sweet Water Teacher Corps

Milwaukee, in the language of its earliest human settlers,
Is “where the waters gather,” and flow into
“The Sweet Water Seas.”

Those names are seeds to nourish,
With the help of teachers and students,
Life long learners, poised to renew Milwaukee,
And birth a Holy City of the Sweet Water Seas.

Let the teachers know there is a throng of fellow citizens,
Poised to partner with them, starting with efforts to connect them
With summer sources of revenues and 21st century skill sets.

At what Ben Koller calls “The Heart House.”
I call the Euclid House With a Thousand Names.

As Ben Koller said upon receiving a Proclamation for Work 2 Do
At an 88.9 radio gathering last night in the Stone Creek building…

“Break that line of segregation by simply reaching our a hand
and sharing a passion with a fellow Milwaukeean…

Activate that thing inside of you! Birth that idea!

Just do it! Paint the city your color!

Build upon the ancestors’ legacy!

Mayor Barrett Remarks re Ben Koller & Proclamation for Work 2 Do Campaign

Ben called by Barrett last night, as he delivered a proclamation before an inspiring polyglot gathering at Stone Creek Building in the 3rd Ward, “a force of nature…A one man energy machine…A child of a great Milwaukee family—Father Greg, Mother Judie, and Sister Anne—whose legacy Ben advancing…energizing and inspiring all who connect.

Ben’s Upon Receiving Proclamation

Create your own legacy!

Move Milwaukee into the future…Now!”

And I say, “Yes! Now! It’s time!”


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2008 Vision of Milwaukee Evolving Into a Permaculture City

And Milwaukee Evolved into a Permaculture City With 10,000 Rain Barrels for 10,000 Kitchen Gardens

How long shall we imagine it will take
Before the Sons and Daughters
Of the Sweet Water Seas,
Help Milwaukee
Become a permaculture city,
A city of 10,000 rain barrels
For 10,000 rain gardens
And 10,000 kitchen gardens,
Where the people
Worked with nature
To reclaim their relationship
With fresh, clean

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Universal Love Band CD release party of World Be Free

Saturday, May 17th @ 6pm-9pm
520 E Center Street 53212

All Ages. PLEASE bring your kids. =)
Community Gift [no set cover, please come, and you are welcome to offer what feels right to you]

Ceramic artist Muneer Bahauddeen will be making tiles for a peace post to be installed in the summer.
Project was initiated on St. Patirck / St. Brigid 2014 Timbuktu Gathering
Community members are welcome to help!

Flower art from Sharad Gudigar of Banavasi, India.

African chicken. TIBETAN SINGING BOWLS. Ukeleles. ULB Healing Music. African Drums and more.

More music, better life.

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Danny Glover Discovers The Sweet Water Universe at the Sweet Water Foundation Chicago State University Aquaponics Center

Danny Glover @mrdannyglover

There is brilliance & artistic ingenuity coming out of #Chicago South Side. Truly OFF THE CHAIN! @SweetWaterFDN pic.twitter.com/ZQz6rBRiKh

Grace Lee Boggs and Richard Feldman have long partnered with Danny Glover, the Sweet Water Foundation, and the expanding web of “new workers” advancing the next American ®Evolution from their Detroit Boggs Center myriad projects. The Sweet Water experiment was introduced to Grace and community the same week of Obama’s 2008 election, before ground was broken for the Sweet Water Organics(SWO) experiment, and before the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) was formalized.

Emmanuel Pratt, director of the Sweet Water Foundation, and James Godsil, President of the Board, have since visited the Boggs community once or twice a year, and maintained a steady flow of reports and partnerships, including participation in Re-imagine Work Conferences, and a magical Sweet Water day in Chicago with Access Living.

Glover’s visit was inspired by Feldman’s telling Glover that he “has to see this new work place…There’s nothing like it!”

Here are some Emmanuel Pratt pictures of the visit.

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The Mass Incarceration Crisis in Milwaukee

Saturday May 10th 8:30 a.m. to 1pm at the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, 1342 N. Astor Place (Ogden & Astor) on Milwaukees east side.

The event will feature UWM researcher Lois Quinns presentation of her 2013 report on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin. Her research revealed that Milwaukees 53206 zip code is the most heavily incarcerated zip code in the most-incarcerating state in the nation.

Click here for more information
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NEW YORKMayor de Blasio today announced the appointment of Rachel Godsil as Chair of the Rent Guidelines Board. The Rent Guidelines Board determines annual rent adjustments for approximately one million apartments across the city subject to the Rent Stabilization Law.

Godsil is an accomplished attorney and professor specializing in issues of housing, land use and social justice. She is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and previously clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Mayor previously appointed Sarah Williams Willard as an owners representative, Cecilia Joza and Steven Flax as public members of the board, and Sheila Garcia as a tenant representative. The Mayor also re-appointed current tenants representative Harvey Epstein to the board.

About Rachel Godsil

Rachel Godsil currently serves as the Eleanor Bontecou Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law. Godsils areas of expertise include property, land use, environmental justice, education and race. Her recent property work focuses on the mortgage crisis and eminent domain, as well as the intersection of race, poverty and land use decisions.

Godsil previously clerked for John M. Walker of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. She was an associate counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on environmental justice, as well as an associate with Berle, Kass & Case and Arnold & Porter in New York City.

After serving as the convener for the Obama campaigns Urban and Metropolitan Policy Committee and an advisor to the Department of Housing and Urban Development transition team, Professor Godsil co-directed a report to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

She joined Seton Hall University School of Law in 2000 and has been recognized for her teaching by being nominated for Professor of the Year in 2002 and 2003. She was named Researcher of the Year in Law by Seton Hall University. She has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and New York University Law School. Godsil lives in Brooklyn.

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Donna Neuwirth of Wormfarmm Institute At Creative Placemaking Forum

Wednesday April 16th 2:45–6pm
Turner Hall

Please join us for a forum on creative placemaking featuring local and national case studies, hosted by the Great Milwaukee Committee, in partnership with Creative Alliance Milwaukee and the Mandel Group, Inc. This event is free, but requires registration.

Program: 2:45pm-6pm
Networking/Reception: 6pm-7pm

Featured speakers include:
-Omar Blaik, U3 Advisors
-Alice Carle, Kresge Foundation
-Lyz Crane, ArtPlace American
-Kimberly Driggins, District of Columbia Office of Planning
-Michael Fleming, St.Clair Superior Development Corporation
-Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation
-Marilyn Higgins, SALT Distict Syracuse- New York
-Neil Hoffman, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
-Darryl Johnson, Riverworks
-Dasha Kelly, Still Water Collective
-Barry Mandel, Mandel Group
-Michael Murphy, Milwaukee Common Council
-Polly Morris, Milwaukee Arts Board
-Donna Neuwirth, Wormfarm Institute

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Want To Explore The Concept “Metabolic Rift?”

Metabolic rift is a shorthand expression introduced by John Bellamy Foster to refer to Karl Marxs notion of the “irreparable rift in the interdependent process of social metabolism,”[1]Marx’s key conception of ecological crisis tendencies under capitalism. Marx theorized a rupture in the metabolic interaction between humanity and the rest of nature emanating from capitalist production and the growing division between town and country. This concept has been widely used in recent years in various environmental discussions, particularly on the left.

The concept of a metabolic rift, according to Foster, is the development of Marxs earlier work in the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts on species-being and the relationship between humans and nature. Metabolism is Marxs “mature analysis of the alienation of nature,”[2] and presents “a more solidand scientificway in which to depict the complex, dynamic interchange between human beings and nature, resulting from human labor.”[3]

As opposed to those who have attributed to Marx a disregard for nature and responsibility for the environmental problems of the Soviet Union and other purportedly communist states, Foster sees in the theory of metabolic rift evidence of Marxs ecological perspective. The theory of metabolic rift “enable[ed] [Marx] to develop a critique of environmental degradation that anticipated much of present-day ecological thought,”[4] including questions of sustainability.


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Ford Ad Celebrates Urban Ag & Composting

Cleverly Trashes Cadillac

Check out this video on YouTube:


Pratt Response:

Godsil and I had started talking to Toyota last year about something very similar and more indepth but it fell thru cause of some corporate restructuring.

Hyundai also been tip toeing on the issue. http://inhabitat.com/hyundai-unveils-worlds-first-aquaponics-farm-powered-by-a-fuel-cell-car/

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Citizen Sensing Homes/Hamlets: Chicago/Milwaukee, North Side/South Side Design Charrettes?

Design Charrette for young and old?

  • marriage of the information and biomimicry ®Evolutions

  • good work/good food/makers/artists movements

These are two Milwaukee homes to be considered for this experiment.

Perhaps not just Milwaukee and Chicago paired, connected experiments, but also Detroit, St. Louis, Columbus, Madison, and other Great Lakes Heartland cities.

North Side Citizen Sensing House and Hamlet

Good Bones House 1.0

The Good Bones Home of the Amaranth Urban Sanctuary

linked with

South Side Citizen Sensing House and Hamlet

Euclid Brisbane House
The Project House of 1,000 Names

Beloved community templates?

What say?

Why not?


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Amaranth Urban Sanctuary Good Bones House Project

Whether or not its prokaryotic, some may consider it precariotic. Muneer’s loosely defined Urban Sanctuary of Walnut Hill, home to the Good Bones house, is searching for nuclei with the capacity of sweat equity, thus enabling a flexible, affordable livelihood.

Good Bones House 1.0

G.B. is 1741 N 33rd St. As a foreclosure, it was an easy house for a slumlord to convert to easy income, potentially making our lives miserable since it shares an alley with Amaranth Bakery. Purchased for its transformative potential for the neighborhood and for the person willing to take it on. While it needs kitchen, bath, and HVAC updates, GB will make an easy transition to a place anyone could call home, within the time that summer allots.

The city has agreed to raze the home to the south providing an additional space for growing, greenhouse, etc. A newer 2-car masonry garage is already there, with little need other than gutter clean out, new locks, and facia trim work.

This, like most homes on the west side, has typical annual fixed expenses of less than $500/mo once complete. When one factors the opportunity of a tenant or business paying typical rents of $500, GB provides a near expense-free domicile for those willing to put some time and energy into the bricks and mortar of home and community.

Happy spring and may the elbow grease flow!
Dave Boucher

United Church Of Christ Fellowship Model For Old House Transformations?


Social Learning Networks For Resource Management & Education: A Focus On Old House Transformations

So I and “partners” are exploring a project I hope will share the bounty of
science enhanced, digitally connected urban agriculture in service to the renewal of old American(and perhaps beyond) cities and urban/rural partnerships. I hope you and many others will join in an email brainstorm and wiki open source chronicling, God willing.

There are two old 100+ year old homes under consideration for this experiment. One is in a primarily European American neighborhood in Bay View, Milwaukee.

Euclid Brisbane House

The other in a primarily African American and Hmong neighborhood in Walnut Hill, Milwaukee.

And there is an entire city block of duplexes and an historic Masonic Temple, Mother Clara’s Gingerbread Land, that, God willing, will profit from this brainstorm, and perhaps entwine with this project.

I aspire to engage a local, regional, national, and global “social learning network for resource management and education” in this adventure. Micah’s Lewis and Clarke senior thesis introduced me to this rich guiding, “project algorithm.” I hope the work on theses two homes is complimentary to one another’s transformation. And, open sourcing this experiment, I hope the lessons learned will increase chances for success for other similar efforts like the Gingerbread First Street Renaissance.

At this moment, key to this vision is integrating the followinig:

  • Mitra’s Hole In The Wall Education, with young and old learners


  • some kind of eChoupal digital kiosk resource for the surrounding community’s micro producers


  • hopefully aquaponics demos and urban ag workshops


I am hoping you will consider minimally being “nanosecond patners” to this project. This means that you will remember this email and share the concept with people you think will be interested in becoming a member of the social learning network, old house focus, Spring and Summer 2014.

What say?

Why not?


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Old City Home Transformation Adventures & Artist/Ecopreneur Hero Quests

Lots of groups in Milwaukee, Chicago, Detroit, and other GLH old industrial cities harvesting not only compostibles but also old buildings and homes for artist/ecopreneur experiments.

Old homes as multi valued fields of adaptation and elevation, as secret openings to deep centers of creativity, among those who design/orchestrate, and those who visit!

At “Gods Hill City Farm” Compost Pile That Magically, and “As If Seized By a Madness,” Grew Into A Sweet Water Universe

The Boucher Amaranth Good Bones Urban Sanctuary House 1.0

Aiming to marry mini farming with digital conferencing, elder hostels,
integrated training and innovation centers for new economies, aquaponics as art, with polyglot, rainbow, urban rural collaborations explored.

Anyone interested in exploring integral urban home transformation and agroecology training and tours?

Worm Mon of The Worm Mon Show: The Play and the Movie

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Riverwest Harambee

Timbuktu Spring Celebration

Gathering for the good times and honoring elders young,
Here and beyond.

Sunday March 16, 3 to 6 p.m.

Please share Riverwest Harambee! elders you wish honored.

Riverwest Harambee Elders Young

Muneer will bring paper for intention/vision scroll making, clay, tools and paint for mosaic tile making… his great spirit and gifts as an artist to guide participants…

Melody Todd often uses a tibetan singing bowl to bring quiet to a room… Maybe, after the last note of music, we could ask her to do that, as a moment of transition from the fullness of words and ideas, to clear the air and to create a quiet space for people to write their ideas/intentions on little scrolls of paper. Then, Muneer and Melody would collect the writings and “Invest them” in paraffin wax to seal the intentions. After that… people would be asked to come to the tile making work area to have at it with the clay. Stay as long as needed to finish their tiles, and leave (or stay for dinner), as they choose.

The heavy lifting Riverwest Harambee Elders Young have stories for all!

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12th Annual St Pat & St Brigid


~Community Members~
~Activists~ Artists~ Cultural Creators~
working toward peace, justice and beauty in MKE

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3–6PM

2 minute soapbox presentations
Demos and performances
projects ~organizations~ visions~ beauty in

Live Music

Community mosaic art project

On site registration

Club Timbuktu
520 E. Center St


$5 suggested donation - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - All are welcome!

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Airports & Intermodal Hubs As World Universities

The primacy of food and water, and the miracle of the Internet, have inspired an emerging global community of highly linked experiments of enormous possibility. These applied science adventurers and ecopreneurs cross many boundaries in open source initiatives in urban and permaculture agriculture, aquaponics, water management and stewarding, energy innovations, and public health elevation. My experience with aquaponics and urban agriculture since 2005 suggests the possibility of some dramatic breakthroughs, equal to Michelle Obama’s White House Garden and Let’s Move initiative and Will Allen’s MacArthur Genius and Time 100 recognition.

University Of Humanity And Aquaponics As Public Art At World’s Airports.

We now have the capacity to not only provide ping pong tables, wi fi, and other amenities at the world’s airports, but also digital kiosks, simulation galleries, MOOCs, Makers Spaces, and hands-on aquaponics as public art experience.

Aquaponics As Public Art In Airports

Hands On Simulations of Water Cycle


Mitra’s Hole in the Wall Participatory Pedagogy

E-Choupal Digital Kiosks

What say?

Why not?


Emmanuel Pratt’s Response

Given our recent network of partners/collaborators with expertise in kinesthetic structures and interns in industrial design being converted to AQUAPONS, seems like a no brainer.

I’ve looped in Jim Robinett from the Shedd Aquarium into this convo. Also thinking we need to bring in some contacts from the Museum of Science and Industry as well (just need to think through whom from our existing contacts would be the right team).

If not airports, there are a range of other public spaces which would definitely work with the right team assembled.

On a smaller scale and as a more immediate project, an immediate thought is that I’d like to invite the team from Cannon Design and Shedd Aquarium to join in one of the upcoming design crits with IIT regarding our Culture Stand project with the Wormfarm Institute.

Below is a brief on the design/build studio underway this semester with Eva Kulterman’s Architecture design studio at IIT:

An individuals access to fresh fruits and vegetables is vital to physical health and well-being. Food is an integral part of culture and self-identity. As the issue of food availability becomes more of a national focus, the disparity between affluent and low- income communities is apparent in the availability and variety of fresh produce. Local food based industries promote the productive use of public and private lands to improve access to good nutrition.

This studio is involved in the design and construction of a Roadside Culture Stand in collaboration with the Wormfarm Institute and the Sweet Water Foundation. Culture Stands are architect/artist designed mobile farm stands used to display display and sell fresh local produce produce along with the work of local artists.

As part of the Sweet Water Foundation, the culture stand will vend local produce across a network of sites throughout Chicago and serve as an informational kiosk to attract and direct visitors to other agricultural and cultural attractions. The project will also investigate the collaborative possibilities of utilizing the arts as a marketing vehicle for local farmers products

See links below and pics attached of examples of our work over the years exploring aquaponics as public art.

http://www.hydeparkart.org/events/2011-09-01-open-studio-emmanuel-pratt [The MYCELIA Project]

video overview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFNp7la4Jng

http://watershedmke.wordpress.com/about/ (see pics attached)

SWF/4240 Architecture Collaboration for the Design International; The MYCELIA Project (see pic attached and pdf description attached)

Sweet Water Foundation + Kennedy King Washburne Culinary Institute The MYCELIA Project Installation for “Culinology & The Future of Food” event & series (see pic SWF_KKC vertical garden photo)

Sweet Water Foundation partnership with Chicago State University; buildout and transformation of the former shoe warehouse at 9601 S Cottage Grove Ave as continuation of THE MYCELIA PROJECT
(See photos attached and link here http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2013/2013-Green-Awards-Emmanuel-Pratt/) also see https://www.chicagoideas.com/events/280

Sweet Water Foundation “Built for Art” [Extension of The MYCELIA Project] (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.194228790639664.50549.142914895771054&type=3)

Sweet Water Foundation + Growing Networks Aquaponics and Art Installation (http://growingnetworks.weebly.com/)

Sweet Water Foundation Bradley Tech Aquaponics in the Classroom (with art mural) see photo attached

Sweet Water Foundation Aquaponics as Art (http://sweetwaterfoundation.com/aquaponics-as-art/)
Upcoming : Art Residency with Provisions Library (http://provisionslibrary.com/research/residencies/)


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Developing a Tribute To Historic Preservation Hero Donna Schlieman

Donna successfully nominated these nine places for historic protection, Donna’s “Babies,” as she warmly referred to them.

Kilbourn/Reservoir Park

  • Avalon Theatre

  • Holy Rosary Church

  • University Club

  • Schlitz Tavern at Humboldt & North

  • First Ward Yard Office at Humboldt & Kane

  • First National Bank at 733–743 N. Water St.

  • Goll House (1550 N. Prospect)

  • Brown Double House (1122–24 N. Astor St).

Three nominations that failed were for the Gordon Park Bath House (torn down), Biltmore Apartments on the Marquette Campus (torn down), and the Blatz Pavilion in Lincoln Park (still stands).

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Muneer and Janine Developing Mosaics For Healing/Peace Post

Join In at Amaranth Feb. 25 or March 11, at Amaranth

Come join Muneer and me tomorrow, Feb 25 at 11 AM at Amaranth,
and save the date of Tues March 11 at 11AM at Amaranth,
as we continue the conversation and plans for a Community Mosaic Project
at this year’s St Patrick/StBrigid All City Gathering.

Lots of details to work out, but Muneer is in for bringing supplies and taking the lead in having everyone who’s interested create mosaic tiles for a healing/peace post during our March 16 all city gathering.

The process will begin at Timbuktu, and will include having participants write their hopes, visions, intentions, prayers for Milwaukee (and beyond:) on small strips of ls of paper.

Muneer will roll the papers up into tiny scrolls, seal them in paraffin wax, and install them in a wooden post at a later date. The mosaic tiles will be placed on the four sides of the post, as an organic sculpture and talisman for the community.

The current plan is to have the post installed on the grounds, curbside or corner outside of Club Timbuktu

He agreed to offer open studio time to community members who’d like to work on the project. Dates/times to be determined.

11 AM, Tuesday Feb 25 at Amaranth and
11 AM, Tuesday March 11 at Amaranth

He has such great ideas!

With joy

For inspiration: If you haven’t seen Lily Yeh’s website and trailer (Barefoot Artist) about creating beauty in broken places with mosaic art, take a look. Muneer’s work with community reminds me that we have so many heroes right here (you know, because you are among them!)

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Parents and Grandparents Donating Small Aquaponics Demos For Their Childrens’ Schools

Some parents in Chicago have reached out to the Sweet Water Foundation
to partner with their childrens’schools for modestly priced aquaponics
demonstrations for science, math, environmental, and technology classes.

Aquaponics Is a New Literacy

And a path to vital competencies!

Your child or young adult
Will create with teachers and friends,
A small world of life and abundance.

Imagine your child

Learning how to build something
That is teeming with healthy life
That combines to provide sweet teasting food!

Discussing how to translate
Digital designs into tanks for fish,
Platforms for plants, pumps for water flows,
Lighting for photosynthesis,
Designs for real life eco systems!

Food for family and friends!
Experience for deep practical and spiritual learning.

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Food Security and Safety In China

By David Li, Shanghai Ecopreneur Combining Aquaponics & Makers Movements

From the perspective of Shanghai, food security isn’t much an issue, especially when it comes to the fresh vegetables. There is a national policy called “vegetables basket” mandating every mayor in China has to guarantee 70% of the daily vegetables to be produced with in the city limit. The city track these sagas and published daily wholesales price of over 200 vegetables. This makes interesting urban planning and let us have access to plenty of farmlands at very affordable price with in 30 miles of the city center. In the city, wet markets are in all neighborhoods providing access to fresh vegetables among other at very affordable price.

The well being of the farmers have become the #1 priority of the current national administration as policy on “family farms” have been front and center in the administration’s policy document.

Plus, the food security is also priority #1 in China with over 200 millions still live under the poverty line as less then $1/day defined by UN and the stablization of these groups determine the future of China. One analysis shows the Arab Spring is partially caused by China buying up flour and drive the price up in the international markets and cause food security problem in the already high unemployement regions.

In short, food security is least of our concern when it comes to China in general and Shanghai in particular.

I have given an hour talk on this in Hongkong university Shanghai campus to a group of architects a while ago.


We probably have to emphasize on the food safety and sustainable practices of farming. The WTO entry came with a concession restricting China from making agriculture subsidizes. One of the way for China to get around this is to manipulate the price of chemical materials for chemical fertilizers and pesticide which in term driving down the cost for chemical fertilizers and pesticide. Long term uses of this has its consequence on the productivity of the lands but the restriction on farm subsidizes and artificially low price of chemicals are taking the farming here in a downward spiral. And as the productivity of the lands get worse in China, the greater the needs to buy on international markets. With it’s purchasing power and 1.3 billions people to feed, it would makes this food security problems for everyone around the world.

The question for us in China become how we can push for more sustainable practices while it really cost much more to farm organically in China.

Farm Together Connects Urban and Rural As “Partners”

Farm Together is one of our answers to this. We are connecting urbanites to the farms and farmers around the city and have the concept of “Buying safe and healthy food by square meter.”

Basically, urbanites will pay farmers to farm for them but pay in term of square meters instead of kilogram. This frees up the farmers’ risks in ensuring enough production to sustain their income and shift the risks to the much better off urbanites who can actually get vegetables for less then their yearly Starbucks spending. It also remove the incentives of using chemical fertilizers. And in the same time, we can double farmers’ income.

Any feedback and comments are welcome! Farm Together is still work in progress and we are launching the pilot in March this year.


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New global water center lab replicates and teaches effective water cycle management

Milwaukee, WI, Jan 28, 2014 Mahattil International has opened NEW Works in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, WI. NEW Works offers hands-on training for all water management professionals. State-of-the-art FESTO lab equipment simulates the complete water cycle, from source to wastewater treatment and all steps in between. An open house is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

The NEW Works mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer, and transform communities using appropriate technologies for water management. To that end, NEW Works has developed six hands-on and practical learning courses to quickly train water management professionals in the following: Water Purification, Water Supply, Wastewater Transport, Wastewater Treatment, Monitoring & Controlling Operations, and Energy Optimization in Water Treatment Plants.

For all of the aspirations of incorporating the latest development of water technology it is still essential to have superbly trained talent operating the systems, stated Dean Amhaus, president & CEO of The Water Council. This is where NEW Works comes in as it will be a tremendous resource and asset in meeting this training demand.”

Housed in the Flow Lab on the first floor of the Global Water Center, the lab simulates the entire water cycle with four different stations: Water Purification, Water Supply, Waste Water Transport and Waste Water Treatment. Each area can be used individually or work together as a complete system. The stations can also be leveraged to do applied research like modeling and simulations.

NEW Works curriculum was designed to quickly equip water management professionals with the skills to function at an advanced level in the water industry, stated Shajan M. John, President of Mahattil International. John continues, Our courses address the global shortage of water industry technicians and engineers. Trainees are equipped with process control and automation field expertise to effectively manage a precious resource - water.

An open house featuring tours, demonstrations, and presentations will be held Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at the NEW Works facility in the Global Water Center located at 247 Freshwater Way, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, presided over by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. with the days events concluding with a reception at 5:30 p.m.

Electordialysis (ED) technology has application in the water, food, beverage and many industries. Prof. Dr. Johannes Fritsch, University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany is scheduled to speak on this topic at the Global Water Center in the morning. Cheese manufacturing companies in the region should find this presentation useful.

NEW Works is an entity of Mahattil International, a global consultancy dedicated to furthering the education and deployment of international business growth practices. NEW Works mission is to train professionals, accelerate technology transfer, and transform communities using appropriate technologies for water management. Both NEW Works and Mahattil International are located in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, WI. For more information visit the website: http://www.mahattil.com/water.html or call (262) 671–4291.

For more information:
Shajan M. John
President NEW Works/Mahattil International Global Water Center
Suite 220, 247 West Freshwater Way Milwaukee, WI 53204
(262) 671–4291
[email protected]

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Sweet Water Foundation’s Bradley Tech Installation Wins A “Milwaukee Journal” Salutary Clause

A Key Piece Of The Sweet Water Story Previously Submerged, i.e. The Sweet Water Foundation(SWF)

Has now, praise God, seen the light of day!

The Sweet Water Foundation, with accomplishments local, regional,
national, and global—immense,

Won a clause in an enchanting story about the Bradley Tech Sweet Water
Foundation’s Aquaponics Installation and program.

Here’s the Journal story and the sacred clause:


Aquaponics will be “commercially upscaled” in climates like ours, not by large aquaponics farms, but by thousands of school system projects with digitally enhanced, aquaponics demos that elevate STEM training and an ecological sensibility, developing the bench strength for eventual mainstreaming of urban farming among the citizens.

Here are some links to a myriad of beyond Milwaukee tributes to the Great Work, in the
Thomas Berry sense, of the Sweet Water Foundation(SWF) “partners” across the planet,
led by Milwaukee’s Jesse Blom and Chicago’s Emmanuel Pratt.

Chicago Magazine: How to Turn a Vacant Building into an Urban Farm:

Complex TV: Toyota Avalon Bold Moves TV Series

PBS Growing a Greener World: Aquaponics and Mushroom Growing:

NBC Nightly News: Greener Planet Showcase Series

SWF AQUAPONS Digital Badge-Based Program (supported by MacArthur Foundation,Mozilla Foundation, Gates Foundation, and Clinton Global Initiative)


Photo Gallery of examples of some of the ongoing projects:
Sweet Water Foundation Global “Partners”


On this page

Globally Brainstorming Digitally Enhanced Agroecology Eco Tourism Badge Program
Advancing Global Ecological Collaborative Innovation Networks(COINs)
North America
Jesuit School Experiments

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What Resources Local Food Movement For Elder Organic Farmers’ Crisis?

Michael Abelman and Eliot Coleman, organic farmers and ecopreneurs of renown, organized an Esalen gathering of organic farmer elders to document their knowledge and advance a national conversation about the fate of their farms upon retirement. Abelman frames the issue as a “national emergency,” given that the average age of farmers is 57 years old and extreme percentages of these elders have no children poised to carry on the family business.

Anyone up for brainstorming with the Esalen and organic farm communities to harvest community food movement resources to address this emergency? I think our work can lead to fruitful collaborations in response to the challenges described below by Norbert Kungl and Mr. Huber:

Norbert Kungl, 58, who farms in Nova Scotia, is concerned about the future of his land, which he says produces enough income for only one family. I cant find a cushion, he said. What options do I have other than selling to the highest bidder, which I do not want to do? These are questions that I have no answer for.

Mr. Huber, who owns 25 acres and farms more than 600 acres on the north Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, said, I think were looking at models that dont work anymore. Im 72. I love what I do, he said. Obviously, I cant keep doing it. But young people dont have the financial resources to make it happen, he said, with land in his area going for $26,000 an acre. And they dont have the knowledge, yet.


Marrying The Best of Esalen With the Food Sovereignty Community

Many Americans don’t know much about the Esalen Institute, which has made history beyond its role in the human potential, spiritual, and therapy fields these past 50 years. Jeff Kripal’s “Esalen” provides the definitive story at this juncture, and inspires the notion that Esalen can play an important role advancing the food sovereignty movement. Here’s an interview on this book: http://calitreview.com/245/jeffrey-j-kripal-author-of-esalen/

There is a spiritual aspect to farming, in the country or the city. A comfoods conversation about this would respond to Thomas Berry’s call for a re-visioning of the Universe Story in the light of scientific breakthroughs and deeper metaphysical comprehensions afforded by our increased access to the wisdom traditions of first nation Americans and religions beyond the West.

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Global Collaboration Experiment For Smart Agroecology Culture Wagons

We are working with local artists, farmers, and knowledge workers to provide mobile schools, workshops, demonstration stations, and evocative artistic expression for gathering neighbors becoming friends, buying and selling local food and art, and self empowering through digital resources the wagons will provide.

This project is directed by the Worm Farm Institute and includes engineers
from Milwaukee School of Engineeres and Illinois Institute of Technology.

More at Culture Wagon Movement Industry

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Milwaukee native offers educational summer expeditions for youth

Summer 2014

Micah Leinbach, a Milwaukee resident involved with environmental issues still known for “saving the worms” by moving them into Sweetwater’s big compost heap on a subzero New Year’s has started a small business running expeditions for kids over the summers. Crystalaire Adventures offers trips for kids ages 8 - 14, in addition to contracting their tripping services to non-profits, youth groups, or other organizations.

“A lot of outdoor adventure and leadership is still in the past,” according to Leinbach, who tries to encourage his industry to become more inclusive and cross cultural. “We try to teach a lot of the leadership skills we know we need in today’s world: collaboration, cross-cultural competency, inclusion, and an awareness of the environments that surround us.”

Rather than a vacation, Leinbach believes his trips offer critical skills today’s youth don’t have access to. “I’m a child of the 21st century - I love technology,” he admits. “But helping people unplug, spend some quality time with human beings face to face, is so important. We think we can help make the world better by giving people the skills they need to live and work together.” The program is, in part, his response to a digital world that he appreciates, but finds increasingly pervasive. “I’m on my computer all the time, and I love the access to the world it gives me. But all the time is too much time.” Crystalaire Adventures run for 2 to 3 weeks in wilderness settings, giving small groups plenty of time to spend time together. Participants learn to navigate dense forests, cook nutritious meals from simply and cheap ingredients, pitch tents, and travel safely over rivers and through forests.

In between the daily chores of traveling and living out-of-doors participants engage in discussions on leadership or guides give workshops on leadership skills. “We’re not really trying to help people get away from it all,” Leinbach explains, “we want them to get ready for it all. We’re teaching life skills: responsibility, judgment, decision making. Cooking.” He laughs: “Today’s kids really need to learn cooking. I’ve had a lot of burned mac’n’cheese out there. The restaurant industry will be suffering if we don’t get people on that track.”

While Micah is constantly emphasizing that fun is at the core of the Crystalaire idea (“if you’re not having fun, you aren’t learning” is a mantra he repeats to his staff) there is a serious dimension to his work. While similar programs fly kids out to Alaska, Patagonia, or other countries, he wants his campers to gain an appreciation for their own region. He spends most of the summer in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and has seen first hand the places threatened by expansions of mining projects, logging, or other industries. “Look, the need for jobs is very real in the places we go. They need economic support. We can either let industry do that, or we can show that our environments can have a very different kind of value. We show people that - and we show that small, local business has a place in local environments too. A healthy one.” He goes on to discuss the importance of kids who, as they reach adulthood, are already equipped with the social awareness and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. “Lots of people see it. This is a big time for the planet, on issues from climate change to inequality to increasing interactions between people of different cultures. We want to play our part in addressing that.”

Openings are available on all trips this summer, including a 3-week leadership program called “The Cojourn.” Other trips are going to Isle Royale National Park, the South Manitou Islands, and Ontario. Micah, a Milwaukee native, is happy to help residents of this city find the easiest way to make the 8 hour trip to Frankfort, MI, where he runs his base camp.

Crystalaire Adventures has also established a scholarship program for kids whose families lack the means to afford a trip themselves. If you or an organization you work with wish to sponsor a kid on a trip contact Micah at [email protected] You can sponsor a kid from your neighborhood, or work with us to serve one of Michigan’s many kids in need.

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Urban Agriculture Olympic Competition For Our Schools?

Is there any reason not to advance the vision of “urban agriculture Olympics” for our schools? In the Great Lakes Heartland two top public schools in Chicago and Milwaukee began a friendly competition in aquaponics. Does it not make sense to imagine competitions regarding vemiculture, bees, fruit trees, raised beds, hoop houses? And why not embed some of the competitions into artistic and digital expression and resourcing of these areas?

Urban Permaculture Olympics?

Or begin a conversation identifying critical elements of urban permaculture advance and support friendly competitions around this more expanded framework?

Suporting Premises for Aquaponics Olympics

(l) Aquaponics is a pathway to skill sets and a sensibility critical to our adaptation to global warming, food insecurity, and the gales of creative destruction that are fundamental to the global capitalist economy.

(2) The diffusion of aquaponics art, science, and technology will be accelerated by focusing on digitally linked, small demos in our schools.

(3) This school initiative will be accelerated by providing recognition

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