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Peter Lamborn Wilson

The work we are going about is this, to dig up Georges Hill and the waste grounds thereabouts, and to sow corn, and to eat our bread together by the sweat of our brows.

And the First Reason is this, that we may work in righteousness, and lay the Foundation of making the Earth a Common Treasury for All, both rich and poor. That everyone that is born of the land may be fed by the Earth and his Mother that brought him forth, according to the Reason that Rules in the Creation.

— Gerrard Winstanley, the Digger
“The True Levellers Standard Advanced,” April 26, 1649

Brothers of the plow, The power is with you;
The world in expectation waits For action prompt and true,
Oppression stalks abroad, Monopolies abound;
Their giant hands already clutch The tillers of the ground.

Awake, then, awake! the great world must be fed,
And heaven gives the power to the hand that holds the bread.

— Geo. F. Root,
“The Hand That Holds The Bread”
Grange Melodies (Philadelphia, 1905)


photo of Peter Lamborn Wilson reading on stage.

One summer day in Colorado some years ago, the poet Reed Bye drove me around to look at a few of the still-standing Grange Halls of Boulder County. Plain wood-frame structures, simple in an almost Amish or Shaker manner (American Zen) and almost barn-like, these rural outposts of farm culture have been overtaken by the county’s insane rate of “development.” The farms that once surrounded the Grange Halls have been sold and subdivided — the Denver gentry have built huge “trophy homes,” strip malls, defense and biomutagenic labs, New Age supermarkets, etc., etc. The few horses and bewildered cows that still stand around in the shrinking “open spaces” appear to be waiting for the End. A thick but slightly luminous atmosphere of nostalgia hangs over the lonely halls baking in the sunlight.

Ever since childhood Sunday afternoon excursions in the fifties, I’ve been noticing Grange Halls in little American towns and admiring them. The bigger halls sometimes resemble charming Victorian churches — “carpenter gothic” — or firehouses. Not many of them appear to be still active or owned by the Grange. In Rosendale, a town near where I live in Upstate New York, the slightly ornate but decaying Grange Hall was saved by artists but tragically burned down several years ago.

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SLO Botanical Garden Joins Let’s Move Museums and Gardens

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The San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to announce that we have joined the nationwide e= This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it &;r=401458">Let’s Move! Gardens and Museums initiative, and shortly after received national attention when our Family Cooking Class was featured as a Success Story.

 SLO Botanical Garden Joins
Let’s Move Museums and Gardens

San Luis Obispo, CA—San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is pleased to join Let’s Move! Museums and Gardens, an initiative of First Lady Michelle Obama and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Launched by the First Lady on May 23 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Museums, this initiative is designed to educate children and their families about healthy food choices and promote physical activity.

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Permaculture Farming Research Proposal

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by Rafter Sass Ferguson, University of Chicago

Changing the Face of Farming


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It's 2012. 10,000 years since we started domesticating plants. 3000 years since we invented the plow. And 70 years since the rollout of what we now call ‘industrial agriculture,’ with it’s intensive use of chemicals, fossil fuels, and irrigation.


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