Wednesday, 29 October 2014


Just back from Slow Food's Terra Madre in Torino, after the Organic World Congress in Istanbul, after the GlobE in Witzenhausen, after the Tropentag in Prague... phew! ...  All the work there is to do and all the inspiring people there are to do that work with!

Tom, Roberto, and Jim said it best "It's a sad and beautiful world".

Helping to settle back into Kleve, I listened to a teacher at the Insight Meditation Center open his talk with this poem 'Messenger' by Mary Oliver and wanted to share it again, even if you've read it a hundred times, enjoy it slowly and may it inspire gratitude as a central theme.

My work is loving the world.
Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness.
Here the quickening yeast; there the blue plums.
Here the clam, deep in the speckled sand.
Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect?
Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.
The phoebe, the delphinium. The sheep in the pasture, and the pasture.
Which is mostly rejoicing, since all ingredients are here,
which is gratitude, to be given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes, a mouth with which to give shouts of joy to the moth
and the wren, to the sleepy dug-up clam, telling them all,
over and over, how it is that we live forever.

The teacher repeated that line again for emphasis "over and over, how it is that we live forever"

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Ultimate Organic Guide to Tomatoes

The Ultimate Organic Guide to Tomatoes describes how to grow tomatoes in your home garden using entirely organic methods. It will provide information useful for novice and experienced gardeners who want to quickly learn enough to grow a successful tomato in the next season.
Please support Tim's crowd funding campaign at Publishizer additional information at
Tim's philosophy of organic growing
Growing your own organic food in your backyard is more than just an interesting hobby.
Growing your own organic food, and supporting local and organic growers, is a way of making an effective change towards a sustainable, poison free, biodiversity and carbon friendly society.
By supporting organic growers and growing your own, you are avoiding pesticides that consume energy and destroy biodiversity. Organic also takes carbon from the atmosphere and returns it to the soil. At least thirty percent of human carbon emissions come from some part of the food chain, including production, distribution and consumption. At the same time, you are avoiding toxic chemicals that may harm your own health, and choosing nutrient dense food.
Organic is a real part of the solution. It is something everyone can do. It is the obvious way to garden at home, where children, friends and pets roam.
Growing organic, buying organic, putting solar panels on your roof and voting for politicians that support local organic and solar options is a fundamental and easy way to be a responsible citizen in the carbon age.
Get in touch with your environment by producing some of your own food for yourself. There is no planet B, so make organic your plan A.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Voices of transition

Samura Torres Panorama

Today's WORLD FOOD DAY theme "Feeding the world, caring for the earth" is a great kickoff for the North American "grassroots" launch: From now on, you can screen this documentary wherever you want this powerful "seed-bomb" to spread the seeds of transition!

Carpe diem! You have the exclusive possibility to preview the film for free for 24 hours!
(password: WFD)
Find more info regarding the launch here:
* North American Film Launch *