Save 20 Trees for 2 Cents/Day?!?
Our recent exhibition at Flatbed Press with Annette Lawrence reached far and wide! People are interested and concerned about junk mail’s impact on the environment and excited about “free paper” as a creative material. The reach of the show extended nationally to San Francisco and Boston and internationally to Dublin, Ireland. Hundreds signed ForestEthics’ Do Not Mail Registry petition.
The show has created a partnership with 41pounds.org, a non-profit that takes the dozens of steps for you to stop junk mail to your home for five years. The added bonus is that your action also supports Austin Green Art!
$15 of the $41 to “un-mail” goes to AGA! Just select Austin Green Art from the pull-down menu when you Sign Up.
• By stopping your junk mail, you’ll conserve approximately 20 trees and 7,000 gallons of water, and prevent global warming emissions – and you’ll gain about 3,000 hours of free time!
Can you forward this info to your friends and encourage them to take action?
During the spring AGA will be shaping a longterm strategy to mobilize national action to un-mail as many people as we can through our creative, community-building and FUN brand of activism. If you’re interested to get involved as an Un-mailer, let me know. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
February 21st, 2009 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
EXPANDING OUR ENTERPRISE
Applied Natural Living
– hyper-local food production is the basis for economy (exchange of goods, services, ideas, skills) & culture (fellowship, food, stories, art) based on living with&in natural means
– every organism has the birthright to live as part of a natural community
(We know that we do NOT currently have the culture, skills, economy or community (including rootedness in our regional landbase) to fulfill our responsibility as members of a natural community, BUT we can commit to LEARN. We will learn-by-doing (experiential/participatory). Part of that commitment is to JUSTICE (social, economic,environmental) that we KNOW is threatening our community. Working for justice addresses REAL political power and establishes DIRECTLY DEMOCRATIC structure.)
– life is a miracle, not a commodity (see below from Wendell Berry)
(We are anti-extraction (oil AND technological resources) and consumption. We are pro-hyper local production and supply (self-sufficiency).)
– the fundamental building block of our applied learning to be members of natural community is FOOD
(Because we can. Because agricultural practice generates rootedness in place, exchange (social/economic/environmental) and a tangible experience of meaning and authenticity that is our birthright. From this practice we will generate tendrils that allow us to address: the built environment, transportation, waste, water management, wildlife habitat, environmental restoration, cultural practice and economic structure).
– we seek strong, meaningful, committed relationship with a few hundred people
(We know that the scale of natural, directly democratic community is not possible with more than this. Once we pass this threshold, we establish new communities.)
Each of the world’s innumerable creatures is unique, and each of the world’s innumerable places is unique. Creatures survive in their places by local adaptation. To believe these things is to see that we must not separate ourselves too far from nature. We must learn to live a given life in a given world. Our ability to change either our life or our place is limited. To transgress those limits is to put ourselves and our places in danger. Now we are faced with a choice between life as defined by the corporate economy and its client institutions, including governments, and life as defined by our own nature and the nature of our home landscapes — between life as a commodity and life as an unreproducible gift, as what I think is properly called a miracle. Life is a gift to be accepted. Its acceptance implicates us in gratitude, and in a responsibility of care that is fearful, difficult, and yet pleasing. This is the only antidote I know to the ideas of life as commodity, as property, or as subject.
Wendell Berry, 2002
hyperlocal health – taking care of yourself – first aid, homeopathic
natural building – straw-bale, cob, adobe
rainwater collection & irrigation
Build a palette garden — http://lifeonthebalcony.com/how-to-turn-a-pallet-into-a-garden/
fight the squash-vine borer
Urban Farming/Gardening Water Conference
Urban Beekeeping 101
Sprouting for Beginners
Edible Mushrooms (yep)
Building a cob oven (multi day – probably 3) – plus later – baking bread or pizza in your cob oven
Make your own raised garden bed
Making your own compost tea
You can “humanely” kill a chicken too
How pale is your ale? Beer brew 101
Soil (what is it and why should I care?)
Raising Chickens in an Urban Backyard
Community Youth, Community Farms
Knot Tying 101 (half hitch, clove hitch, square knot, truckers hitch, rolling hitch, double sheet bend, bowline, etc., etc. – for tying tomatoes, to securing that lumber and wheelbarrow, etc.)
individual/group specific plant design focus (finding new ways to arrange space efficiently)
language of plants
hunting/cleaning/cooking small game (squirrels, possums, rabbit)
wild edible plant workshop
· IF I were there, I would want to know about companion-planting & toxin-free gardening. I would also enjoy learning gardening tips from the elderly who learned them from their forefathers (and mothers!)
urban deer hunting
Film screenings! A whole ‘nother topic. Jake Stewart votes for “Rivers and Tides” — great choice!
live entertainment/ gatherings on rotation at some of the 5miles farms. This will give an opportunity for making new collaborations and maybe new members.
The workshops I have been thinking about are more of a slow build, holistic design- multiple workshops relating to the same project. It sounds like the farm could use an outdoor kitchen. By combining the cob oven w/ water collection/ irrigation we can filter and purify that water as well as possibly reuse steam created from the oven. Adding thermal mass to the exhaust system of the oven (with versatile duct work for winter/summer) could provide extra warmth through seating or a possible future chicken coop. Within this one project there are several possible workshops based on the overall design possibilities, ex.- cob, a variety of finishes, mosaics/ natural mosaics, sculpting Texas limestone, masonry, building with wine bottles and earth, free form concrete sculpture, basics of metal working- could be a variety of metals workshops, mold making, tool making, wood working, solar workshops- build your own panel, solar oven, re-using broken solar cells, and on and on. Building a palette garden could be part. The point is the amount of workshops relating to a single ongoing project are nearly endless. Let me know what you all think, I have a number of possible designs able to adapt to any goals of the Garden.
· Herbs! And what to do with the abundance of them – dry? Oil? freeze?
scarecrow sculpture show or alternatively (I think probably more fun) a scarecrow fashion show, (could be a combo I suppose).
PS Some of those workshops look AWESOME. I think you’re going to create something really special and keep the spirit of Austin alive with what you’re doing. Creative, earthly, art. <—- I like that!!
TOOL LIBRARY – make tools & materials available for community
May 30th, 2012 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
Mandala Harvest Festival on October 31
Celebrate the Harvest & Collect produce/canned goods for Capital Area Food Bank!!!
5th and Waller, Sunday, October 31, 11 am – 3pm
Bring family, friends, canned goods, non-perishable food items (and produce from local farmers!) to contribute to the mandala installation. Wear colorful costumes for the parade and contest! Purchase a seedling to grow at home!
Community Partners: HOPE Farmers Market, Austin Green Art, The Sustainable Food Center, Theatre Action Project
Join us at the HOPE Market site on Saturday the 30th to help build the Mandala Food Donation Art Installation from 2 to 5pm.
October 19th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
350.org at Johnson’s Backyard Garden
We had a blast Sunday setting out the flags for the 15 acre art project to help raise awareness about climate change during the next round of international talks in Cancun. Make a micro DONATION to help buy 1000 lbs of rye seeds and run the tractors to seed the project. Johnson’s Backyard Garden
Thanks a million parts per million to for supporting our project:
Anne Robertson and Growing Grace
Kathy Zarsky and Heather Carter
Tom Roli, Anita Mennucci, Ben Bufkin and Steve Rutledge
October 15th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
An inspirational, truly diverse gathering at Growing Power Urban Agriculture Conference.
Will Allen was a generous host to 500+ farmers, NGOs, city planners and activists for a weekend of great info and great local food. Winona La Duke made a fabulous keynote featuring the quotation from her father: “You’re pretty smart and formally educated, but I don’t want to hear your philosophy until you can grow some corn!” Also Fritz Haeg made a great presentation closing with his newest focus on compost as artmaking. He revealed a recent op-ed that he wrote suggesting that the White House establish the “national compost pile” — to be placed at the FRONT DOOR of the White House!
Austin Green Art’s art projects were well received and we met some great kids from Added Value in Brooklyn, and Leo from Grown in Omaha, and Leah Gauthier, a green art professor from Butler University.
Join us Saturday, September 18 at 11am for Pancakes and the Low-down!
MAP to AGA near Camp Mabry.
September 15th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »
AGA Announces 2010–2011 Calendar
Quenton, Ashley and Chuck helped hang the steel sign at Eastside Memorial Green Tech High. We had to do some innovative positioning of the old gantry and truck to make it happen.
AGA submitted a Cultural Contracts application to the City of Austin for support of our 2010 thru 2011 Programming Season. You can download the overview and choose a program committee to get involved with.
May 24th, 2010 by randy Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »