In this city / we grow accustomed to thirst. The sidewalk / skinned like a mouth & tender & / the bones adjusting in every child / silently / they lick their fingers / as if wiping / clean a blade. / My mother says / all gods are more water / than seed, she says / all gods repeat like breaths / she knows there are many ways / to be a body / to worship. When she kneels / she is soil / and smoke / creation / and destruction / This is the kind of worship / that looks like war / how the bullets / recall / our bellies / how we drag our bodies / into stiffening light & skyward / watch the ghosts that slip / from our mouths / like breaths / like pearls. / Everything alive / red & holy / on our tongues. / We / were once alive / Now / we rouse in the night / like blood. / Watch / as four girls take turns / massaging your feet / solving your blood in their mouths. / Four girls fall asleep under / the crucifix / on your balcony / wake up when the birds swoon / over our bodies / that is how we know / it is worship. / This is how / we learn to be clean: forgetting / our hands in this water / our children in this sea / their bodies teething the tide.
—  Kristin Chang, “Chinatown,” published in SOFTBLOW
Diversified Organic Market Gardening and Arboriculture - The Permaculture Research Institute
Diversified organic market gardening and arboriculture

“This tiny acreage allows the development of permacultural microfarms in urban and peri-urban areas, where access to land is the major obstacle. The Permacultural microfarms can be a new gateway into agriculture, which is currently, very inaccessible.
Since 2010, many French and foreign agronomists came to visit the Fermedu Bec Hellouin. Noting particularly intensive production levels and aggradation of the natural environment (soil creation, enhancement of biodiversity and landscapes, carbon sequestration …), some agronomists have thought the experience deserved to be scientifically validated and modeled. François Léger, Director of the research unit SADAPT, of INRA and AgroParisTech, and we ourselves have jointly formulated a research project entitled ” Permacultural organic market gardening and economic performance” (see website The study, started in late 2011, and will last until spring 2015. AgroParisTech students realize their knowledge or their doctoral theses within this framework. This research program is funded by the Fondation de France, Lemarchand Foundation for balance between people and the Earth, the Léa Nature Foundation, the Fondation Pierre Rabhi, Terra Symbiosis Foundation, Lunt Foundation, Picard Foundation, Ivory Foundation, the SADAPT unit and Farm Bec Hellouin.” 

all the compost in the world is not gonna save us. things are gonna back up and we are not gonna like the foul funk that we have produced.
—  maurice small — regarding the plight of the uninsured, the homeless and hungry, the poorly educated youth and the continued disregard of the soil and watershed systems in the united states.

youngstown community gardens getting it done. lots of green in 2011.


Asphalt lots turn into urban gardens |

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Roadell Hickman/The Plain Dealer 
Maurice Small, center, wearing blue overalls, and his crew of teenagers from the City Fresh community food project, help nutritionist Kate Thomas, painting on right, at a raised-bed garden in a parking lot near Ridge Road and Denison Avenue in Cleveland. Read more in Peter Krouse’s story and find previous entries in The Plain Dealer’s Green Inc. series.
those were the days. now we do acres per month.  sb
as far as compost …it never stops. do it night and day. keep the worms and soil microbes fed and your food will will strong and disease free. composting helps on 3 levels: personal, regional and universal. personal because it teaches discipline. regional because it teaches sharing of resources. universal because it is the right thing to do and be done by.
—  maurice small