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Knowing the Land is Resistance (From Hamilton)
- Why is there so little forest left? Who benefits from this? What do
healthy natural communities look like in this area? What roles do the
various plants and animals play in these communities? How do disturbed
wild spaces heal themselves? How can we, humans raised in this
constrictive colonial, capitalist system, participate in that healing?
Knowing the Land is Resistance Collective will be doing some traveling, to
explore wild spaces throughout the Southern Ontario region and to connect
When examining the historical phenomenon of community gardening, one quickly learns that urban gardening projects have traditionally been initiated due to a local or global economic crisis. The modern presence of community gardening is no different. The catalyst to the contemporary utilization of community gardening projects can be contributed to the neoliberal corporate restructuring of society and has evolved into a social movement seeking alternative ways of developing a new vision of what society ought to be.
By Ron Drouillard
Windsor Guerrilla Gardening Collective is challenging (even daring!) every
environmentalist to adopt the "Sustainable Diet Once-A-Day Challenge".
The Once-A-Day challenge is eating food that was foraged, garden grown or
directly purchased from a local farmer, but eating that sustainable food
at least once a day, 365 days a year. This doesn't mean 100% of your diet
will come from sustainable sources, but at least one item you eat everyday
will! This effort will amount to a HUGE difference in how your diet
impacts the earth. Here are some ideas that may inspire you to meet the
Here is the Radical History Pages collection that was displayed at the Radical History Conference. Its a random sampling of events from Radical History. Most of the content came from internet publications, the sources are indicated at the bottom of each page.
Please freely distribute.
Below is the download link for the 2011 Radical History Conference Program
Members of WGGC attended the presentation by prominent activist and academic Raj Patel, hosted by the University of Windsor. Raj spoke on the failure of the global market economy, focusing on food systems and the plight of small farmers and the world's poor. Raj's message was inspiring for grassroots activists, as he highlighted the importance of direct action to attain social change. Raj talked about the true cost of our cheap commodities, using the fast food hamburger as an example.
Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17 at 10 am
The backyard at 504 Elm Street, Windsor
Come out and help build an outdoor, earthen bread oven the 3rd weekend in October, 2 houses down from the WGGC garden. It should be a good introduction to building with cob, and a great practical application of natural building techniqes. Plus, we'll all get to sample some home-made bread when we're done.(After it cures in the sun for a week)
From SaveOjibway.info: Thanks to Amy Riberdy for organizing "Yoga at the Park" Aug 15, 2010. Some cash was raised to pay experts and all had a great time. Thanks to Mary Farrell, with Yoga for the Soul and Jonathon Choquette for the yoga and talk. They inspired the new name of development lands- "Coco's Prairie"
*3rd Annual FedUp Garden Bike Tour/Film Screening*
Everyone come join us for our 3rd Annual Bike Tour and Film Screening taking
*Saturday, August 21st*
*Garden Bike Tour*
starts @ 2pm at the Citizen Environment Alliance (1950 Ottawa St.)
*Seasonal Goods Cookof**f*
7pm @ Windsor Worker's Action Center ( 328 Pelissier St. )
Come taste seasonal dishes and vote on your favorites.
Suggested donation $5
Sunday, August 22nd
All events @ Windsor Worker's Action Center ( 328 Pelissier St. )
*Sunday, August 22nd*
DIY Green Building
Help Us Build a Small StrawBale Shed/GreenHouse!!
The Gaia collective has partnered with WECSA to build a small storage
shed/greenhouse with a commitment to using natural (or reclaimed)
materials and self-reliant building techniques. We are inviting the
community to share in this project and come helpout. Our goal is to spread
the knowledge we attain through this project and give people a chance to
have first hand experience with sustainable, DIY building methods.
Our plans incorporate the following features:
-No poured concrete
This is our 4th year of Guerrilla Gardening!! Congratulations to everybody
for making this such an awesome and successful project.
We will have a planning meeting/potluck in mid April.
We plan to really expand our garden this year. Lindsay has drawn out a
detailed garden plan after many hours of research and contemplation. The
design calls for a living fence, many hex raised beds, and a potted herb
garden, and takes up the entirety of the backyard. The design isn't set
The historical contradiction of agriculture has always been how its proliferation destroys the ecological conditions which made its existence possible. As civilization has expanded, it has converted wilderness into grazing and farm land, and ultimately, barren desert.1 The natural world takes the form of a cycle, but civilized man has turned this cyclic process into a resource to exploit. Instead of a cycle, the nature-human relationship becomes a linear transfer of life and energy one way, and pollution and destruction the other way. “Agriculture is the birth of production...
By Jae Muzzin, Windsor Community News
Jan 15th 2010
Matt and Zach from the Hanlon Creek Business Park Occupation in Guelph made a visit to Windsor Ontario yesterday. They presented a history of the occupation and the larger social and historical contexts of this local struggle. Through incredible adversity, the resisters of the business park are continuing to fight off the developers, and came to Windsor to win support and builder inter-city relationships with other activists.
Broken city lab is making magnetic planters in a grassroots effort to bring life to our urban spaces. These small containers are made of biodegradable paper mache-like material. They have a magnet embedded in them to adhere to lamp posts and chain link fences. Keep your eyes peeled this summer for these magnetic planters, and if you see one, water it! Read more about the project at http://www.brokencitylab.org/tags/planters/
Alot of people get involved in food politics because of the horrors they
see in modern farming, but industrial agriculture is just a logical
extension of traditional agriculture. For instance, the adoption of
artificial fetilizers is a reaction to unfertile soil that was depleted
with traditional farming techniques. Traditional farming destroys soil
through deforestation and tilling. (A naive counterpoint is the always
productive farmlands of Egypt and Punjab, but these are alluvial soils,
meaning they are flooded with nutrients from higher land, at the expense
Its harvest time! Man what a bounty! (Those are full grocery bags)
3 sisters are thriving. The squash and corn are flowering.
The garden is thriving from all the rain. Unfortunately, so are the weeds. The squash in the 3 sisters bed is supposed to suppress weeds, and its definitely out-competing them, but small weeds still persist. Also shown is our other beds. We are going to put straw down on these beds as mulch, which will definitely keep weeds at bay.
Using the instructions provided by the excellent book Neighborhood Forager by Robert K. Handerson, we harvested dandelions for their roots. We then roasted and ground them to make a great coffee-like beverage.
Becoming friends with "weeds" is an important step towards sustainable horticulture.
Any old dandelion will do, but you want to aim for the ones that have the biggest root. Loose sandy soils are best to find these, as the dandelions found in your healthy lawn will typically have small roots. Ones with the thickest flower stems usually yeild the biggest roots.
Click the link below to download a printable PDF pamphlet about our tree planting campaign.
Why Plant a Tree?
-Trees do a large part in fighting global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Planting 10 trees a year can offset your total carbon footprint
-During a 50-year life span, one tree will generate $30,000 in oxygen, recycle $35,000 worth of water, and clean up $60,000 worth of air pollution
-Prevents or reduces soil erosion and water pollution