Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, Sustainability, and Seed Saving

“we learn from the seed renewal
we learn from the seed generosity
we learn from the seed multiplicity
we learn from the seed diversity”
Vandana Shiva”

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Mushroom Class Tonight – July 25

Join us tonight for our mushroom class taught by local Biocentric Brothers.  Read about it here on Homestead Lady’s Blog.  RSVP via Facebook here.

By Raven Simons ©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc all rights reserved

By Raven Simons
©2013 Shapeshifting, Inc
all rights reserved

And for your enjoyment go to the link and watch this fine mushroom video from Perennial Plate:

http://www.theperennialplate.com/episodes/2011/05/episode-55-mushroom-music/

July 25th Meeting and How to Grow Mushrooms Class

Homestead Lady,  did an awesome write up on our July Class and meeting so I’ve copied and pasted her blog entry with her permission (just FYI Homestead Lady is also the president of Salt Lake County Seed Swap):

How to Grow Mushrooms in Utah!

by Homestead Lady on July 12, 2013

biocentricThis one is for the Utah people!

The Salt Lake County Seed Swap is hosting Biocentric Bros, Utah’s Own Mushroom growers, as they teach us how to grow mushrooms in Utah both indoors and out.  The class will be held at our homestead in South Jordan on July 25th (yes, the day after Pioneer Day) at 7pm and should run about an hour to an hour and a half.  Everyone is invited; you do NOT have to be a member of the Swap to attend the class.  (Although, you’re very welcome to join – it’s free and has many privileges!)  The best way to RSVP (a must to get the address) is to leave me a message and I’ll email you the information you’ll need.  You can also go to the Facebook page for the Swap and rsvp on the events page, which will have a description of the class and a place to say you’re coming.

Chase, of Biocentric Bros (yes, they’re actually brothers – I asked; plus they have a good friend helping out), says that they’ll bring kitsbiocentric 2 to get us started, if we’re interested in purchasing some.  Each kit is $20 or you can buy three for $50.  That night, they’ll have Reishi, Shiitake, King Oyster, Wild Oyster, Elm Oyster and Lion’s Mane available.  They originally got into growing mushrooms and, more broadly, gardening as they started thinking more about the health of the food they ate.  You can read a write up the Salt Lake Tribune did on them last year here; you can click on the photos for photo credit from the article.  Biocentric also has a website but they’re so busy growing awesome things to put much content in – it’s mostly there to give you a way to contact them and access their Facebook page.   I follow them on Facebook and they’ll tell you when they have something fun going on – they just got t-shirts made, for instance.  Who wouldn’t love a mushroom t-shirt?!

biocentric 3Can I just tell you how excited I am about this class?!   These guys did what us homesteaders are so, so, so familiar with – they read books, got some gear and tried it out!  Now, several years later, they’re successfully selling at the Salt Lake Farmer’s Market and teaching others how to grow their own.  I love people who grow food, don’t you?  I’ve wanted to know how to grow mushrooms for so long but was always too intimidated.  Every time I think about it I get visions of old growth forests in the mist, but I don’t happen to have any old growth forests in the mist.  This is Utah.  It’s dry.  A bit.  Mushrooms are like magic in the world of plants, though; they take dead materials and turn them into useable organics.  Plus, there’s all this wonderful growing and “blooming” taking place without a single root or a speck of dirt; genetic tests even seem to indicate that mushrooms are more closely related to animals than they are to plants.  For all our knowledge in Botany and Biology, the Fungi kingdom still baffles us on so many levels.  Did you know some mushrooms glow in the dark?  Yeah, I don’t know that those are legal to sell in Utah; this ain’t California, man.

If you’re in Utah, please feel free to join us; remember, you don’t have to be a member of the Swap to attend classes.  I must have a headcount, though so be sure to leave me a message if you’d like to rsvp.  See you there!

Here is the event link.

Home Garden Irrigation Class and Meeting on June 27th

Thursday, June 27th we will have our monthly meeting and June class.  The class will be a home garden irrigation class taught by Jim Emmons, Master Gardener. He’ll talk about options, conservation, plant selection, etc. We will also we’ll have a DIY rain barrel with all of it’s parts laid out and simple instructions on how to make one.

5:18:13 drop vinePlease join us from 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. at the Tyler (Midvale) Library on Thursday, June 27, 2013.  The library is located at:

8041 South Wood Street, Midvale,  Utah

You can RSVP for this event on Facebook here.

Photo by Raven Simons

Salt Lake County Seed Swap BOD Meeting This Thursday – 5/23

Please join us on Thursday, May 23 at 7:00 P.M. at the Tyler Library in Midvale for the May meeting of the Salt Lake County Seed Swap.  Anyone interested in serving on the board of directors or any standing committee is encouraged to attend.  This board of directors’ meeting will be held in lieu of a May general meeting.

Ruth Vine Tyler Library                                                                                                 Wood St, Midvale, UT 84047

Thursday, May 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M.

Tessa Zundel on Essential Survival Radio Show

From May 7, 2013:  In this week’s show, Julie interviews Tessa Zundel of HomesteadLady.com  and the President of the Salt Lake County Seed Swap about various aspects of homesteading, including raising chickens and goats, seed swapping, urban homesteading, and family health & nutrition!

 

http://radio.thesurvivalmom.com/essential-survival-radio-show-episode-5-interview-with-homestead-lady-tessa-zundel/

A Month Without Monsanto by April Davila

“In January of this year, while procrastinating on Facebook, I followed a link to an article reporting on evidence that there may be health effects associated with consuming Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) corn. Clicking on that link was one of those moments on which I look back and laugh. I had no idea how my life was about to change.”

Full article at Yes Magazine