you go “garden” girl

January 5, 2007 at 6:19 pm | Posted in Eco-Friendly, environment, Sustainability | 4 Comments

we all know that sustainable living is “what’s up”. unfortuantely, there is a misconception that green living can only be successful if done in rural locations. well, garden girl is here to save the day! patti moreno, a boricua from nyc, has a dope new television series coming out entitled, “garden girl: urban sustainable living”. the show is a resource, especially for city boys & gals, giving the necessary how-to’s of living sustainably in the city. say word?! please believe, this isn’t a scam to beat you in the head with nonsense, the sister is well-informed and offers practical ways to “think globally, act locally”. topics include permaculture, aquaculture, constructing winter garden beds and more –all from her self built urban “farmette”. show a lil’ love and give her support by checking out her site: she is clearly a pioneer. also, look out for her home video series and book.

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soul power, green power

December 25, 2006 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Activism, Black Folks, environment, Sustainability | 10 Comments

“let’s get together and get some land. raise our food just like the man.” – james brown, “funky president”

for me the above lyrics advises against overconsumption, to become less dependent on corporate production, and to re-establish a functional realtionship with the earth –an understanding james brown developed by watching his father harvest terpentine from local pine trees near barnwell, south carolina for a living.

the prolific elder, musician and human rights pioneer, james j. brown, jr., passed away this christmas morning. i was a bit caught off guard, particularly, since i recently viewed an interview with him on youtube. the interview was not representative of him at his best, so i was left to ponder: besides artistic genius, what did he leave us all with? what can we learn from his example? empowering messages. empowering messages, indeed. and while many of his most memorable songs were created to instill cultural pride and ignite self-determination amongst black folks, the concepts are timeless and universal.

just like a godfather, james brown left us words to inspire our courage. though, in the struggle for spiritual and emotional freedom he fought internal struggles that heavily impacted those around him, he provided us with salient words of wisdom that provoked critical thought and action. “i started a chain of gold platter restaurants…i financed my own line of food stamps.”

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