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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Earth Day's New Fruits: Heirlooms and Nuclear Disarmament

The earth has revolved around the sun 40 times since the first earth day in San Fran in 1970.

My mother told me today as we were walking with heirloom seedlings to sell at an earth day festival that she organized the very first earth day celebration where she lived in York, PA. How lovely. Actually it turns out that this particular first earth day in 1975 was the first time that my mother and father organized together and were on stage together. Apparently i thought they had met playing frisbee near the commune where they both later lived and worked the land in peace and healing, at their farm and health food store at the commune.

Mom was organizing in York and working closely with the Lancaster Independent Media. Their collaborations took off when they got their hands on the magazine she created, The Sunnyside News. It was a magazine of eating organic and local, it was a movement of peace and nuclear disarmament. Filled with the thoughts of images of our mothers and their comrades.

My mother's friend Patricia was on stage playing the flute and dad was playing the bass in a side project called "Meatloaf Johnny." Mom spoke between sets of the origins of the day and how Earth Day would always be remembered in healthy life styles like eating healthy chemical free food, recycling... and nuclear disarmament. Dad had thrown his metals over the whitehouse fence, after being drafted with most of his friends a fighting some other man's fight over oil, tin, and rubber.

The Earth Day Celebrations in Waterfront South 2010 have been astounding. The Waterfront South Environmental Network held a gathering and press conference announcing the demolition of an old gas station at the edge of the neighborhood, its remediation, and transformation into a greenspace gateway. Pounding the gasoline in the ground into fertile life giving playlands.

I met up with the people of Artemis Farm in Southampton, NJ, and some amazing professors for a discussion at Burlington County College of the film Food, Inc. This is an interesting response from some of the meat industries.

Children at schoolyards all over the country dug into the ground planting trees, and believing in a better future.

A group of peace activists were walking through Camden on their way up to NYC. Thinking outside the bomb the walkers of NPTwalk2010 walked through and stayed here in Camden. We welcomed them to the greenhouse where we walked with our labeled fruit tree signs and walked them down to the future site of the neighborhood orchard.

I feel so honored by the company of such people finding nuclear disarmament under every lifting step.

The feisty Japanese man was always making cranes, every kind, as if that was all his hands knew to do. We have much to learn from the Japanese the only country on which a nuclear bomb was used during war time. In the Japanese Constitution Article 9 takes away the right for the Japan to enter into war, and the banning of every branch of national military.

THE REALLY LARGE PEACE CRANE DIDN'T MAKE THE PICTURE, but you can see the first lain stake marking the peaches that will come and fill the land.

New FRUITS New fruit to be planted within two weeks <3

127 Ayres Pear Semi Dwarf
262 American Filbert (Hazel Nut) Trees
123 Bartlett Semi-Dwarf Pear Trees
197 Garden State Nectarine Semi-Dwarf
13 Elberta Semi-Dwarf Peach Trees

20900 Eastern Prince Magnolia Vine 1
30142 Rubel Blueberry 4 @
30145 Patriot Blueberry 4 @
30210 Edelweiss Grape 1 @
30221 Marquis Seedless Grape 3 @ 5
30222 Mars Seedless Grape 1 @
30280 Pilgrim Cranberry 5 @ evergreen groundcover bogless cranberry <3>

1 comment:

Nomadic Farmer said...

This is all great! glad to hear about the fruit too. I just got some of my plants in the mail today: two pawpaws, 3 kiwi vines, 1 elderberry, 75 strawberries and a rhubarb. I just bought a house and am in the process of removing sod for 7 50'X 30" and 7 50'X 48" beds. I also got in a 50 foot row of black raspberries, 2 blackberries, a pair of pear trees and a pair of apple trees. I'm hoping for a ton of currants and gooseberries this fall if we're able. Lots more in the woodwork too. I'm always happy to hear about more perennials in the mix. Keep up all your wonderful work! Hopefully I can make a visit this year!