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Honoring the Two Row: 13 Days Down the River that Flows Both Ways

The two bands of purple beads of the historic wampum treaty concluded in 1613 between the Dutch and the Haudenosaunee represent the native peoples and the European new comers living side by side in peace and contentment without interfering in one another’s internal affairs.  The three bands of white beads stand for “good mind,” equity and justice, the power of life energy, and peace. In the words of Akwesasne Mohawk Cultural Specialist Mike McDonald, “If groups have good mind with one another, you have freedom. Peace is a feeling, the health of society and nations, the absence of stress.” This is the essence of the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign and its message to a society that has not lived up to the promises made 400 years ago by the Europeans to cooperate with the native peoples in maintaining the land, waters and air for the healthy living of generations to come. The treaty’s term is perpetuity: as long as the sun rises in the East and sets
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Report on the IFOAM Organic World Congress, General Assembly and the meeting of the farmers’ group, the Intercontinental Network of Organic Farming Organizations (INOFO) – Sept 28 – Oct 5, 2011

Recommendations: 1. Spread the word that the “terminator technology” is not dead – we must join the international campaign to stop it. 2. Sign-on to 2012 as International Year of the Family Farming with the UN and FAO 3. Set up a fund so that a delegation of US farmers can attend  the next IFOAM […]
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Part II – CSAs in China

CSA in the People’s Republic of China Little as I know about Taiwan, I know even less about China and it is so vast and, like the US, so full of contradictions. I offer here what I observed during an intensive 4-day visit. Little Donkey Farm is located in Ho Sha Tien Village, on 6th […]
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CSA in Taiwan and China – a Tantalizing Glimpse

Part I: Taiwan Today’s citizens of China, Korea and Japan whose agriculture of a century ago F.H. King described so vividly in Farmers of Forty Centuries have almost forgotten the traditions that inspired so many of us in organic farming in the west. Fortunately, the traces have not totally disappeared. There are old timers who […]
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BikeIt! To the US Social Forum in Detroit, and Back

Young friends say to me – “Farmers don’t retire!”  Friends my age say – “Good for you! You have worked hard long enough.”  For my first growing season in over 30 years without regular farming responsibilities, I am appreciating my new freedom to travel, though I still feel pangs of guilt at shirking a bigger […]
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