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“What’s happening is part of the global phenomenon of change. This has no national boundaries, this is about people waking up to the power systems that exist and demanding and fighting for change,” he told RT.

“What aboriginal people in Canada are teaching us is that to protect the environment we have to address empire and that’s the reality that people everywhere are facing. As well as economic injustice – these are all related issues – we can’t deal with them separately. We have to deal with them collectively and we have to act on them collectively.”(excerpt from post)

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Edible Forest Gardens About Forest Gardening

About Forest Gardening

Let’s explore the edible forest gardening idea in some detail. The forest gardening vision leads us to explore forest ecology. Forest ecology is the basis for effective design and practice. This synopsis not only explains the fundamentals of forest gardening, but its structure parallels the contents of the two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Jacke with Eric Toensmeier.


Picture yourself in a forest where almost everything around you is food. Mature and maturing fruit and nut trees form an open canopy. If you look carefully, you can see fruits swelling on many branchespears, apples, persimmons, pecans, and chestnuts. Shrubs fill the gaps in the canopy. They bear raspberries, blueberries, currants, hazelnuts, and other lesser-known fruits, flowers, and nuts at different times of the year. Assorted native wildflowers, wild edibles, herbs, and perennial vegetables thickly cover the ground. You use many of these plants for food or medicine. Some attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies. Others act as soil builders, or simply help keep out weeds. Here and there vines climb on trees, shrubs, or arbors with fruit hanging through the foliagehardy kiwis, grapes, and passionflower fruits. In sunnier glades large stands of Jerusalem artichokes grow together with groundnut vines. These plants support one another as they store energy in their roots for later harvest and winter storage. Their bright yellow and deep violet flowers enjoy the radiant warmth from the sky. This is an edible forest garden.

What is Edible Forest Gardening?
Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodlandlike patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining. In many of the world’s temperate-climate regions, your garden would soon start reverting to forest if you were to stop managing it. We humans work hard to hold back successionmowing, weeding, plowing, and spraying. If the successional process were the wind, we would be constantly motoring against it. Why not put up a sail and glide along with the land’s natural tendency to grow trees? By mimicking the structure and function of forest ecosystems we can gain a number of benefits.

Why Grow an Edible Forest Garden?
While each forest gardener will have unique design goals, forest gardening in general has three primary practical intentions:

  • High yields of diverse products such as food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, ‘farmaceuticals’ and fun;
  • A largely self-maintaining garden and;
  • A healthy ecosystem.

These three goals are mutually reinforcing. For example, diverse crops make it easier to design a healthy, self-maintaining ecosystem, and a healthy garden ecosystem should have reduced maintenance requirements. However, forest gardening also has higher aims.

As Masanobu Fukuoka once said, “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” How we garden reflects our worldview. The ultimate goal of forest gardening is not only the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of new ways of seeing, of thinking, and of acting in the world. Forest gardening gives us a visceral experience of ecology in action, teaching us how the planet works and changing our self-perceptions. Forest gardening helps us take our rightful place as part of nature doing nature’s work, rather than as separate entities intervening in and dominating the natural world.

Where Can You Grow an Edible Forest Garden?
Anyone with a patch of land can grow a forest garden. They’ve been created in small urban yards and large parks, on suburban lots, and in small plots of rural farms. The smallest we have seen was a 30 by 50 foot (9 by 15 m) embankment behind an urban housing project, and smaller versions are definitely possible. The largest we have seen spanned 2 acres in a rural research garden. Forest gardeners are doing their thing at 7,000 feet (2,100 m) of elevation in the Rocky Mountains, on the coastal plain of the mid-Atlantic, and in chilly New Hampshire and Vermont. Forest gardening has a long history in the tropics, where there is evidence of the practice extending over 1,500 years. While you can grow a forest garden in almost any climate, it is easiest if you do it in a regions where the native vegetation is forest, especially deciduous forest.

Edible forest gardening is not necessarily gardening in the forest, it is gardening like the forest. You don’t need to have an existing woodland if you want to forest garden, though you can certainly work with one. Forest gardeners use the forest as a design metaphor, a model of structure and function, while adapting the design to focus on meeting human needs in a small space. While you can forest garden if you have a shady site, it is best if your garden site has good sun if you want the highest yields of fruits, nuts, berries, and most other products. Edible forest gardening is about expanding the horizons of our food gardening across the full range of the successional sequence, from field to forest, and everything in between.


Edible forest gardens mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystemsthis is how we create the high, diverse yields, self-maintenance, and healthy ecosystem we seek for our garden. It is therefore critical to understand forest ecology and its implications for design. Four aspects of forest ecology are key: community architecture, ecosystem social structure, the structures of the underground economy, and how the community changes through time, also known as succession. Brief discussions of each of these aspects and examples of their influence on garden design and management follow.

(Please click the link to read the whole page, with references and links to buy the books on Edible Forest Gardening by the authors-http://www.edibleforestgardens.com/about_gardening)

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“Betraying the women, who bring together the minds of the people, causes the owistah disease. Its our AIDS that brought us to the victimized state were in. The corporate chiefs job is to infect us with the virus of debt to the bankers. It causes hierarchal pyramidal mental constriction. They deliver the owistah diluted blankets from the economic hit man to us. He reminds the corporate chiefs that you have to think only of yourself and your family. The main symptom of this sickness is, Me, me, me. I, I, I. The cure is We. “
(Please click the link above to read the article on MNN)

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My head is spinning and I have not yet read all of this(including links, comments etc) but I have read enough to see this needs to be shared. Special alert to Laura, Jean and anyone else who publishes a blog dedicated to Disclosure/anti-cabal and finding the truth. I have personally been an activist and organizer in some of the groups listed here as being pawns puppets and shills, and I can say categorically that whoever funds, infiltrates etc the majority of grassroots PEOPLE involved in these organizations(esp Occupy and IdleNoMore) are not only NOT involved in this, they are completely *unaware* of this.
Most of the local Occupy groups aside from OWS itself were not FUNDED by ANYONE. We were all bootstrap-skin of the teeth doing what we could on our own time and whatever “funding” we could find in our sock drawer or under the couch cushions. No one I know involved in IdleNoMore gets any funding either-tho they are all long term activists involved with other Native activist groups.
Anyway, this definitely needs looking into by people closer to the action than I-if only for the very scary but true sounding assertion that people are being gently misdirected away from real change actions into things that don’t threaten the status quo. THAT is EXACTLY what happened to my local Occupy, and it was driven by a small group of center-left males who actively attacked and drove away everyone involved in Safer Spaces, and our Uhuru and Socialist members. Except that in our case it wasn’t gentle it was really disruptive and awful;-/ We went from over 300 active members to less than 20 in just a few months-but the only ones left were the ones who were willing to go with really mainstream non-radical change. (carry signs, get in the news, lather, rinse, repeat)I was completely hounded for trying to introduce classes in NVC(non-violent communication) and bringing up the idea that NVC and similar attempts to reach across false divisions and create community with EVERYONE were key to creating *real* change. After seeing what COINTELPRO did in the 70’s, I suspected it, but this is even scarier because it is so vast. There is no way that something exactly like it does not exist for right wing activists as well(ie Libertarians etc). So if you are one my Libertarian friends/readers-don’t think this doesn’t apply because you already know Soros is scary. I would bet something valuable that the whole military coup of the govt/Drake thing is related to something very similar.
Much thanks to Libya360 for posting this, and to the writer for all the research that went into creating it!