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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Roots and Shoots: Garden Priority

Education, like great gardening, is high-maintenance work. A London school reaches out to children with special needs, turning out honey and horticulturists.


Inner city campus? Roots and Shoots is a gardening

school + in the Lambeth neighborhood of London

Photo: Courtesy of Roots and Shoots

By Allen Bush

There’s a little piece of wonderland in London, England. It’s not far from the Houses of Parliament and only a short walk from Waterloo Station. Roots and Shoots, a model gardening school, is tucked away off a side street, hidden behind council flats in Lambeth, in a neighborhood of Georgian and early Victorian houses.

When I visited in late May, Environmental Education and Resources Manager David Perkins was introducing a visiting school group to bees, bugs and baby birds. Smiling faces prove that something good was going on.

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Posted by Julie on 07/14 at 10:24 AM
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Friday, July 09, 2010


Overcoming alienation: John Levett furthers the revolution thirty minutes a day.


Bobby James and Félicité Parmentier

Photo: John Levett

By John Levett

There’s an oft-quoted passage of Karl Marx that goes as follows: “as soon as the distribution of labour comes into being, each man has a particular, exclusive sphere of activity, which is forced upon him and from which he cannot escape. He is a hunter, a fisherman, a herdsman, or a critical critic, and must remain so if he does not want to lose his means of livelihood; while in communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticize after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming fisherman, herdsman or critic.”

It’s a passage about human creative potentialities where the human being “...does not reproduce himself in one specificity, but produces his totality…Strives not to remain something he has become, but is in the absolute movement of becoming.”

They’re fine passages omitting only the recognition that hunting, fishing, cattle rearing, criticizing and becoming are also available to women.

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Posted by Julie on 07/09 at 04:02 PM
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Thursday, July 08, 2010

A Florist with Prairie Aesthetics

Combining the grow-local ethic with a fondness for rangeland plants, Kimberly Hess will let Mother Nature handle inventory for her flower shop.


Kimberly Hess uses curly dock, a prairie wildflower, in arrangements. Her shop, soon to open in Fargo, ND, will feature the region’s wild plants, homegrown on her farm.

Photo: Sarah Kolberg, for the Grand Forks Herald

It’s a long way from the world’s renowned flower-growing regions—Lisse in the Netherlands or Medellin, Colombia—to Halstad, Minnesota. Nobody told Kimberly Hess that, though. She’s planning to open a flower shop in nearby Fargo, North Dakota, using the grasses and wildflowers that grow at her farm along the Red River.

Tu-Uyen Tran of the Grand Forks Herald wrote a fine feature story about Hess and her plans for Prairie Petals.

Halstad, pop. 622, is in far western Minnesota, a farming community settled by Norwegian immigrants. In fields of her own 150-acres and ditches through the surrounding countryside, Hess finds wild hemlock, sedge and lead plants, along with “purple prairie clovers and the violet flowers of the vervains, ignored or unseen by drivers roaring by on the asphalt.

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