Archive for the ‘Your Food Supply’ Category

Your Food Supply #28

23/01/2011

On the Road in New Zealand
Is Monsanto in the Neighborhood?

Pioneer Seed Sign: Belgium 2009

We just arrived on the South Island, having driven through from NZ’s biggest city, Auckland, down Route 1. We saw some disturbing looking corn fields with little red signs on the side, saying Pioneer. It eerily reminded us of scenes in the U.S.’s midwest fields, but not on the grand scale of course.  Please see our earlier posts on how corn has crowded out the countryside in America.

How do you tell strange corn? It grows closer together than normal corn. It looks uncomfortably close together. And there’s lots of it, and of course the telltail signs at the edge of the field.

With a quick check on Wikipedia we discovered a connection with Dupont Chemical. Ykes. The mulit-national corp is everywhere. Of course, you knew that already. The saving grace, we think Kiwis have a bit more sense, and something to go on, seeing the disaster that has befallen the U.S. food supply with GMO, high fructose corn syrup, ad infinitum.

MSI Gears up with Programs

17/11/2010

Mountain Spirit is advertising in Wisdom Magazine, and Spirit of Change aiming at people who might be at a crossroads in their life, or simply wanting to try a new challenge, or learn something new.

A non-profit educational organization

Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle program will be held in Northern Vermont next spring at a peaceful retreat center, focusing on the personal – sustainability and health. Learn how to plant a garden, the basics of yoga and meditation and of course time for relaxation in a beautiful place.

Drumming Jamaica program taught by well-known instructor Bob Bloom will be held in Treasure Beach Jamaica from Feb. 7-11. There will be about 20 hrs of instruction with plenty of time to explore the beaches and local culture. Lodging will be at the Calabash House.

New Zealand: Our other base. We will be based on the South Island near the Southern Alps. Aimed at active travelers but with flexible offerings, depending upon your interest and focus. Options are trekking, glacier travel, rock climbing, or simply walks and getting into the lessor known areas of the Wanaka and Queenstown area, with options of other parts of South Island depending  upon your availability, interest and energy. Be ready to step out and see something new.

For more info, see our website: www.mtnspirit.org

Your Food Supply #27

01/10/2010

As our 2010 blog series on “Your Food Supply” starts wrapping up, we present an interview with an intern at Hardwick Vermont Farmer’s Market. She had quite an interesting perspective on the health of Vermont’s village centers vs. those in the western U.S.  Check out her perspective…

Your Food Supply #26: Walmart, or…..

24/09/2010

Gail Brill talks about the first “community owned department store” in New York state. Learn more…

Your Food Supply #25: Convergence & Food

20/09/2010

Gail Brill continues the discussion, and talks about Peak Oil,  “Transition Towns” in the U.S and how it all comes down to the local food supply.

Your Food Supply #24: Saranac Lake, NY

19/09/2010

Meet Gail Brill, Founder of the very active Adirondack Green Circle in Saranac Lake New York.  She’s getting things done. Learn more….

Your Food Supply #23: Engaging in Life

16/09/2010

A wrap-up discussion about what it means to be a local farmer, and who benefits..

Your Food Supply#22: A German Perspective

03/09/2010

A German Perspective on the “American Nightmare” .
The discussion with Randy Ramsley continues…when a German couple vacationing in Utah stop in and add to their perspective to the American Food Supply.

Your Food Supply #21: Farming the Desert, with Heart

26/08/2010

Meet Randy Ramsley, a “farmer hero like Salatin and Allen” says blogger Lorna Sass in a post about Ramsley. We came across Ramsley’s farm just east of Escalante, UT. See the video below.

From: The Wasatch Journal
By Chip Ward

Caineville, Utah, is a remote, dusty outpost between where we have been and where we are going next. Under a harsh sun, its bare mesas, with their pleated skirts of pale ash, may seem plain, especially compared to their more colorful and celebrated redrock neighbors down the road. Most visitors zoom by it on their way to or from Lake Powell or Capitol Reef National Park. It is easy to miss the dance of luminosity and shadows that define the horizon, but there are subtle hues of violet, yellow, and blue among the gray tones. This is a landscape of nuance, patina, and pentimento.

Those who do stop are often towing all-terrain vehicles behind their trucks, using Caineville’s wide-open spaces and extreme landforms to test their machines against the limits of gravity. You could say that Caineville is what you make of it—a haven of solitude and beauty, or a carnival of combustion, depending on who’s in town.

Randy Ramsley is one of a handful of Caineville residents who is always in town. For a decade now, Ramsley has been farming the bottomlands of the Fremont River as it makes its slow descent toward read the rest of this article

Your Food Supply #20: Meat-Packing Plants

22/08/2010

Jeff Mannix describes a tour he was given of a meat packing plant in California. Also, getting local foods in local schools, and what is in your hamburger?