Comments on: Not “like” a Revolution, it IS a REVOLUTION! http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Sun, 05 Jul 2009 23:57:04 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: risa b http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22168 risa b Thu, 02 Jul 2009 23:06:07 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22168 So yer not yelling, then why are you hoarse? ;) So yer not yelling, then why are you hoarse? ;)

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By: Sharon http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22117 Sharon Wed, 01 Jul 2009 19:35:51 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22117 KATE, APOLOGIES FOR ALL CAPS, MY SHIFT KEY DOESN'T WORK FOR REASONS OPAQUE TO ME. I PROMISE I'M NOT YELLING. THE V-GARDEN MATERIAL IS FROM AMY BENTLEYS EATING FOR VICTORY, HER BOOK ABOUT FOOD SYSTEMS IN THE US IN WWII. THE OTHER FIGURES ARE FROM A NATION ARTICLE IN 2007 ON BLACK FARMERS - I'M AWAY FROM MY DESK SO I CAN'T FIND THE MONTH AND YEAR AT THE MOMENT, BUT WILL WHEN I GET BACK AFTER THE WEEKEND. IT WAS IN THEIR ANNUAL FOOD ISSUE. SHARON KATE, APOLOGIES FOR ALL CAPS, MY SHIFT KEY DOESN’T WORK FOR REASONS OPAQUE TO ME. I PROMISE I’M NOT YELLING. THE V-GARDEN MATERIAL IS FROM AMY BENTLEYS EATING FOR VICTORY, HER BOOK ABOUT FOOD SYSTEMS IN THE US IN WWII. THE OTHER FIGURES ARE FROM A NATION ARTICLE IN 2007 ON BLACK FARMERS - I’M AWAY FROM MY DESK SO I CAN’T FIND THE MONTH AND YEAR AT THE MOMENT, BUT WILL WHEN I GET BACK AFTER THE WEEKEND. IT WAS IN THEIR ANNUAL FOOD ISSUE.

SHARON

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By: New Mama http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22077 New Mama Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:06:09 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22077 Will Allen's operations are in Milwaukee not too far from me. He is an amazing man doing amazing things. He recently contracted with a local cemetery to grow food in their old greenhouses (which once were used to grow flowers for the graves but have since been abandoned). Will Allen’s operations are in Milwaukee not too far from me. He is an amazing man doing amazing things. He recently contracted with a local cemetery to grow food in their old greenhouses (which once were used to grow flowers for the graves but have since been abandoned).

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By: risa b http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22070 risa b Tue, 30 Jun 2009 20:50:34 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22070 I grew up in Atlanta and I remember (this could well be the early 70s I'm remembering) that there was a freeway approved and hundreds, if not thousands, of houses -- whole swathes of the cityscape bulldozed. You could drive for blocks and blocks and blocks and it was all concrete front steps to nowhere, with English ivy taking over the trees (and in some places, kudzu). And then the freeway was successfully challenged, and the empty land sat there -- and sat there. And my heart went out to it -- my heart of avarice! Oh, to farm those thousands of acres! It looks like FINALLY someone took this on. I grew up in Atlanta and I remember (this could well be the early 70s I’m remembering) that there was a freeway approved and hundreds, if not thousands, of houses — whole swathes of the cityscape bulldozed. You could drive for blocks and blocks and blocks and it was all concrete front steps to nowhere, with English ivy taking over the trees (and in some places, kudzu). And then the freeway was successfully challenged, and the empty land sat there — and sat there. And my heart went out to it — my heart of avarice! Oh, to farm those thousands of acres! It looks like FINALLY someone took this on.

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By: nika http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22051 nika Tue, 30 Jun 2009 17:27:05 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22051 Nuestras Raices is awesome and super fantabulous! Their parties really rock too (dancing people and dancing horses, roast pigs, dancing cubayalas) see this photo set on flickr for shots from 2 years ago. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nika7k/sets/72157600705908401/ Nuestras Raices is awesome and super fantabulous! Their parties really rock too (dancing people and dancing horses, roast pigs, dancing cubayalas)

see this photo set on flickr for shots from 2 years ago.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nika7k/sets/72157600705908401/

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By: Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22035 Kate@LivingTheFrugalLife Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:46:52 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22035 Two great posts from you today, Sharon. I don't know how you do it. Perhaps we can look to Will Allen for the future of urban African American farming. Let's hope so. It's not that I doubt anything you say here, but I'd love to know your references for the numbers you cite on the growing ranks of gardeners and the makeup of Victory Gardeners. Could you provide them, please? Two great posts from you today, Sharon. I don’t know how you do it.

Perhaps we can look to Will Allen for the future of urban African American farming. Let’s hope so.

It’s not that I doubt anything you say here, but I’d love to know your references for the numbers you cite on the growing ranks of gardeners and the makeup of Victory Gardeners. Could you provide them, please?

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By: Heather G http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22033 Heather G Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:36:21 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22033 Excellent to hear about! On non-white people farming, you may or may not have heard of Nuestras Raices in Holyoke, MA? http://www.nuestras-raices.org/~nuestra1/ Economic, cultural, community, and agricultural development in the Hispanic community there. Community lots for gardening, home gardening, etc. Plus they have at least one festival each year, open to everyone, to try out the food, etc. Excellent to hear about!

On non-white people farming, you may or may not have heard of Nuestras Raices in Holyoke, MA?

http://www.nuestras-raices.org/~nuestra1/

Economic, cultural, community, and agricultural development in the Hispanic community there. Community lots for gardening, home gardening, etc. Plus they have at least one festival each year, open to everyone, to try out the food, etc.

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By: Judy http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22032 Judy Tue, 30 Jun 2009 15:33:47 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/06/30/not-like-a-revolution-it-is-a-revolution/#comment-22032 In my very integrated, middle/working class community, there are now THREE community gardens that I know of. One of them is just a block away from me. This project was conceived by three young black women -- two of whom have completed a Master Gardening course. They've gotten city grant money, and are proceeding organically and sustainably. Two regular community 'work' times are scheduled each week. Children are encouraged to participate. "You say you want a revolution, well you know We all wanna change the world" Bring it on! Judy (from your first AIP class) In my very integrated, middle/working class community, there are now THREE community gardens that I know of. One of them is just a block away from me. This project was conceived by three young black women — two of whom have completed a Master Gardening course. They’ve gotten city grant money, and are proceeding organically and sustainably. Two regular community ‘work’ times are scheduled each week. Children are encouraged to participate.

“You say you want a revolution, well you know
We all wanna change the world”

Bring it on!

Judy
(from your first AIP class)

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