Garden's for a Future


Life Outside
November 30, 2010, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Communitty cultivation

I’m hesitant to write this because I wanted to finish up my thoughts on the last post. Oh well. I feel the need to share and document this idea.

The idea of Life Outside came to me after experiencing Art Outside in the Austin area. It was a hippy type event,and it was loud and proud. The celebration was filled with artistic art, free stuff here and there, good music, good people, and good fun.

Why not have a festivity in the city that is welcoming to all?

The premise is to take take people out of their box life. They go
to work to work in a box cubicle on a box computer, then go home in their box car, and finish off the day in their box home to watch their box television.

Life Outside is a journey to take people out of their boxes and to bring them back into a social community. This way they discover for themselves an alternative way of life. Furthermore, as people congregate together the possibility to create real change exponentially increases.

The social interactions and connectivity will spread ideas and give the community a taste of what life could be like. There will be art, music, games for all ages, dancing, building, and all things social.

To build on this idea, I would like student organizations and other networks to work together on their passions, doing what you always wanted to do. This way, the incentive to particiate is already there in the hearts and souls of each individual. There is no need to pay people and get them to “work” towards this goal. They already want to live it.

As more people get onboard, resources should become readily accessible to create this alternative way of life.

Just an idea. The major assumption is that people still have a heart to pursue their passions. Hopefully, all they need is the push or a spark to get them going.

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Self-sustainability vs. the Economy and You
November 29, 2010, 12:28 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Self-sufficiency is not in the interest of our current economic standard or way of life.

If nature provides all the food, shelter, the health you need, the fertilization for your food forest, and the pest management, there’s no need for the fertilizer and pesticide industries. Furthermore, if you are eating nutritious food and interacting in a healthy ecosystem, you yourself will be healthy which will adversely affect the health care industries (less doctors, nurses, therapists, hospitals, insurance and other jobs and facilities). If you do not need to till the soil, there’s less of a need if not no need for heavy machinery and equipment.

The relation can be made for most unnecessary jobs at the moment. Most likely, you are doing something that may not be necessary, but you do it anyways. .

for a job.

This is the question for today and tomorrow: What kind of world do you want to live in? Do you want to hound day and night for a job you may be passionate about?

or

Do you want to evolve and cooperate with nature to learn and realize a greater purpose in life?

I’ll leave with this last note.

Everything on this Earth is alien. Nothing originated here. All the atoms in your body and mine came from a piece of outer space.

We were all born from the stars (including the animals, plants, fungi, etc).



The Aquaforest
November 23, 2010, 4:46 am
Filed under: Gardening, Patterns in Nature

Water is essential for life.

In nature, fresh water comes as a form of precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, hail, etc. As it percolates into the soil, water finds it way into tributaries and joins major river systems. Back in the day, these systems provided for all of life: fish, animals, people, insects, fungi, and so on.

Today, these systems are over-saturated with industrial products. However, I believe the change from pollution to a solution is possible.

Aquaponic systems hold a promising alternative to fish and vegetable production. In my opinion, the aquaponic system is a miniature forest. There is no waste or contamination. Instead, everything is a resource. Water is continually recycled, and nutrients are contained. The downside to these systems is the use of a electrical pump and potentially a controlled environment to ensure growth all year round. Controlling the environment can be done self-sustainably if planned correctly; however, I believe another alternative.

Mankind is co-creating forest ecosystems today. Water systems cannot be that different. Succession occurs in all ecosystems. If we can create an artificial environment for fish inland, it can be done off land with the aide of Nature.



Natural Bonds aka Unbiased Social-Ability
November 19, 2010, 5:36 am
Filed under: History, Marketing, Patterns in Nature

I have a bad habit of putting down a book and re-reading the same portion over and over again till I get past that and really get down to reading.

The book at this moment is Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, excellent story so far, and it reinforces my previous post on Marketting like the HIV Virus.

One story in particular that Gladwell focuses on is the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes. Both set out to tell the populace that the British were coming and to be prepared. Paul Revere’s message spread and his name is known in all American history books. Dawes message on the other hand did not go far at all failing to reach the militia.

What was the difference? Revere was a Connector within his community. He had many weak ties in many areas and  naturally was a sociable person talking to anyone and everyone. Dawes on the other hand was a normal person with a normal social circle.

In nature, the bonds and networks within a forest ecosystem are comparable. Linking within a group of species can be beneficial; however, cooperating outside of your species is survival.

For example, mycelium is the vegetative part of fungi. It forms hair-like strands within the soil and can connect to the plants and wildlife within a forest. This connection fosters benefits to both species. The fungi has a home that provides essential starches and nutrients while the tree or plant can obtain nutrients and water through the mycelial network with a boosted immune system (the fungi will eat away diseased tissue and fight off infection/disease).

Another key note is the mycelial connection to all living plants within a forest especially the elderly. Their experience and growth nurtures the younger plants until they can survive on their own and one day give it back.

That’s all for now.



Invasives (part 2): A Change in Paradigm and the World
November 17, 2010, 6:36 am
Filed under: History, Patterns in Nature

Reflecting back on the previous post, the introduction of citrus plants and horses are examples of a foreign plant and animal that did not devastate the native ecosystem. There are more examples, but I’ll let you do that research on your own. From here, I’ll continue the debate of invasives species; plant, animal, and human.

Today, the introduction of new species can and does devastate the environment. So what is happening?

For one, the increased amount of travel increases the opportunity for foreign substances to come into a country via boat or plane. Other factors to consider is the decline in biodiversity in our local environments and the continual successional setbacks in nature.

The destruction of the environment also eliminates homes for predatory animals allowing other animals to infiltrate and leaving the job for us to take care of. The same can be said for plants. If we do not allow systems to regenerate, the opportunity for plants adapted to such environments becomes inevitable.

For example, the constant stream of nitrogen rich fertilizers, industrial and human waste are altering the land and water ecosystems. In the Chesapeake Bay, these pollutants are creating a hypoxic environment where virtually no oxygen is available for most aquatic life. Instead, animals that are adapted to this environment are becoming more prevalent such as jellyfish in replacement of fish, crabs, oysters, and bass. Other examples of such environments are dead zones where NO LIFE can exist.

Moving on, lets focus for a moment on immigrants in any country.

The argument is the same. We’ve created this environment. People are naturally protective of their belongings and thwart any change to their personal environment. This is much like a dog or animal marking their territory. In a productive and over-abundant society, the idea of invasion is minimized to a selective few if any. The key is when resources are abundant the need for fighting is mostly diminished. When resources are scarce, animals and people tend to fight for it; hand to hand combat, community boundaries, racial clashes, ethnic cleansing, religious segregation, etc. The argument changes in relation to reproduction; everybody fights.

In addition, the consumer society demanding low, affordable prices to continue our consumption of natural resources and industries having to be profitable to continue operations and their life add to the effects of “invasive” environments. Overall, this endless consumption and motive for profit neglects environmental issues and basic human rights. Back in the day, when people did not get along for any reason they could move to another part of the town, the country, and today the world. Currently, the opportunity for movement is decreasing. What’s the solution?

Easy, we need to learn to solve our petty problems and get down to the real issues through peaceful negotiations, or  we kill each other till we have a winner, or we kill each other till everyone and everything is dead. Either way, the path to reconstruction needs to be unpaved, but it will be inevitable regardless. Remember nature has survived several extinctions; it will survive with or without us.

All in all, the invasive environment is the result of our ignorant actions towards nature. If our societies were abundant and rich with a natural environment that provided fresh water and food, there would be no invasive plants, animals or people. We could share the overabundance with our neighbors, friends, and animals.

Wouldn’t that be worth working for?

no No NO!?!. . .

WOULDN”T THAT BE WORTH LIVING!?!



Invasives: When Plants and Animals Attack!
November 14, 2010, 6:14 am
Filed under: History

Plants and animals are travelers.

Sometimes, things don’t work out well in the ole jungle, and you have to move out. People do it all the time and so does nature. They just do it differently.

Plants disperse seeds in a variety of ways, but they also can create bonds between animals (like ourselves) traveling with us to new territories. Some times it’s just so hard to give up the things you love

like oranges.

Florida citrus plants are hailed to be grown here in America, but they did not originate here. The origin of oranges is traced back to Asia with no exact locations at this moment. As trade began to develop amongst nations, the Romans obtained seeds from the Persians and it’s spread in Mediterranean region began.

On his voyage to discover India, Columbus ran into what is now the Bahamas and brought orange seeds with him on his second trip. Soon after, the Portuguese brought some oranges with them to Brazil. As it happened in the Mediterranean region, history repeated itself in the Americas. Oranges found a new home.

The same story can be said about peanuts, peaches, limes, tangerines, other citrus fruits,

and animals.

History shows that horses used to be native to the Americas, but for some reason vanished. With the passage of time they were brought back again by the Spaniards. Years passed and wild horses were once again native to this region.

On another note, a story that we have forgotten (or fail to realize) is the migration of people. Like plants and animals that are not “native” to the region, we too place social implications on our own brethren.

But I’m digressing. You can think for yourself and I’ll leave with the words of Woody Guthrie and Sharon Jones:

“This Land was made for You and Me.” – Woody Guthrie

This Land is Your Land” – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

Definitions:

You: pronoun for second-person or being

Being: a living organism

References:

POWELL, L. (2009). A Review of “Citrus: A History”. Food & Foodways: History & Culture of Human Nourishment, 17(2), 136-138. doi:10.1080/07409710902925912.

Weinberger, E. (2009). Oranges & Peanuts for Sale. (pp. 148-149). Southern Review. Retrieved from Academic Search Complete database.



Biomimicry: Marketing Social Ideas like the HIV Virus
November 11, 2010, 3:51 am
Filed under: Marketing

The HIV retrovirus is an intelligent design in spreading a horrible disease. It’s effects are slow to notice, and in the meantime, carriers are sexing it up and spreading their toxic asset to the world. We can use this.

The key mechanisms to remember are the route of infiltration, the dosage, and frequency of exposure.

In marketing, these three principles should be used and tested in unison. Sometimes the results are qualitative but they can be quantified if using digital or direct methods. On a side note, since I’m only focusing on social work, I’m not going to go into detail about digital methods for advertising a certain campaign. The methods I’m using are more localized, direct and personal like HIV.

Moving on, I’m currently working on cultivating the community here in Dallas-Fort Worth beginning in Arlington, Tx, which is right in the middle of the metropolitan sandwich. To get things started, it’s vital to have an idea that you love, cherish and enjoy. It would be best if you wanted it to be your life’s work, but it’ll suffice if it is something you believe in. Selling yourself (not your soul) is the best thing you should be good at.

The next step I chose was to develop relations amongst various non-profits, community gardens, and to get into various student organizations. The key is to surround yourself amongst people you do not know. Diseases can spread back and forth between two carriers but eventually you want to infect others before those two people develop a resistance or die. The same is true for an idea. Get away from like-minded people for a while and meet new people. The key here is to build relationships and real friendships. The message you spread will move onto those whom they know.

Once people see the projects you are working on or what you are promoting, you can begin to reach out to areas with concentrated groups. I chose to go to University departments. Here professors who teach lots of students will see what I’m working on. If it is truly something of interest, it will grab their attention. (I just got proof of that (twice) today November 10,2010). Other methods are to make announcements at various organizations. If they believe your project has value, they will carry those ideals for you. The infection is beginning to spread.

Now, it is time to show the fruits of your knowledge. You present to people why, what, and how you are doing this project. Hopefully, you gain their hearts and souls to work with you. Infestation complete. Now, it should begin to show signs of being a pandemic.

In this way, social ideas and projects become more infectious than the HIV virus. How? People talk more than they have sex. It’s an everyday activity with people you may or may not know who might spread it to people they may or may not know and so on.

Now, go do it with everyone you meet (spreading an idea that is, not sex).

P.S: Do not forget to be friendly and inviting. Frightening ideas will get you nowhere with people or in bed.