Who Am I To Farm? Excerpt from The Permaculture Handbook

“The emergence of garden farms is at hand. Under the pressure of necessity as unemployment rippled through the economy, millions of North Americans turned to gardening or expanded their gardens in 2009 as evidenced by a 40% increase in vegetable seed sales.  Urban homesteading is spawning its own literature as energy descent forces more and more households to adapt in place.  With income constrained and energy and materials shortages looming, the only resources capable of filling the gap in livelihood are imagination, information, and knowledge, in particular a deeper understanding of the material cycles and energy flows of nature.  For that understanding, we look to permaculture, a language derived from the patterns of the world around us.”

Read more about Peter’s new book just uploaded at Permaculture Activist. 


Who Am I to Farm?
by Peter Bane
from issue #82, GROWING STAPLE CROPS • NOVEMBER 2011, excerpted from Peter’s new book: The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country.

Global Bank Rat Resignations

by Gabrielle Price

February has been a busy month for jumping ship.  The time for rearranging deck chairs is coming to an end – are you prepared?

1) Feb. 6, 2012 / Bank of India CEO Chaturvedi resigns
2) Feb. 10, 2012 / Tamilnad Mercantile Bank CEO resigns
3) Feb. 13, 2012 / Kuwait Central Bank CEO resigns
4) Feb. 15, 2012 / World Bank CEO Zoellick resigns


5) Feb. 15, 2012 / Anz Bank CFO Australia resigns


6) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nicaraqua Central Bank Pres Rosales resigns

7) Feb. 15, 2012 / Royal Bank of Scotland Austrailin CEO Stephen Williams resigns
8) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nova Kreditna Banka Maribo CEO resigns


9) Feb. 15, 2012 / Nova Ljubljanska Banka CEO resigns
10) Feb. 17, 2012 / Credit Suisse Chief Joseph Tan resigns


11) Feb. 18, 2012 / GERMAN PRESIDENT Christian Ruff resigns
12) Feb. 18, 2012 / GOLDMAN SACHS CEO Blankenfein Asked to resign, says No.

Save Your Seeds / An Eyeopening Graphic

Thanks to our friends at Occupy Monsanto
Click graphic for full view


The issue here is more than just corporate takeover of the seed supply. The basic function of evolution’s survival of the fittest is to have biodiversity [see: democracy] to allow life forms to adapt to changing conditions; once we destroy the biodiversity we become 100% responsible for all future adaptations and natural evolution is rendered virtually non-existent.

Please note: This image is based on the seeds available in 1983, what do you think has happened since then?  SAVE YOUR SEEDS!