listening.. learning.. observing.. taking notes

the urban ecology center  http://www.urbanecologycenter.org/  is a great place to get a little education and network so as i was looking around the site i noticed a program offered by the victory garden initiative www.VictoryGardenInitiative.org

Be a Food Leader with the Victory Garden Initiative!

Be the first to participate in this unique, cutting edge program that combines knowledge of the food system, with community organizing, and the skills needed to grow your own food!  This certificate program, offered by the Victory Garden Initiative, is for people who want to become leaders in the food movement, in their personal or professional lives.  The 2-day retreat is the launching event for the one-year certification program, that also includes 2 day-long community organizing trainings, 8+ Edible Gardening Classes and much more. With supervision, participants will plan and execute a community food project during the one-year training period.

exactly the kind of thing i was looking for only, it began last month, i was a little too late. I wrote the coordinator who is also a good friend of my friend Sarah and she told me they were all filled up and that i could register sometime in Aug. for the next session.. so I’m gonna keep lookin around we have a lot  going on here in Milwaukee. I later went visit Sarah and we had a long productive talk about everything thats going on in my life at the moment Sarah is an inspiration for me and very active within the gardening scene of Milwaukee and her advice is always helpful.

Starr

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 I set off  on my way to ramallah with my good friend
Moneer to take a look at some land possibilities for hope garden. Pushing my way through
the crowded streets of my beloved jerusalem toward the bus station, i noticed clouds hanging overhead
and prayed the rain would hold off long enough for me to do what i had to do.
I met moneer, we exchanged greetings… i was in need of caffine so we stopped off at the cafe and took some coffee to go.
we reached the 18 that would take us to Qalandia check point where we would meet a guy who would then take us to meet the
owner of the land we were about to see. Sure enough it began to rain the moment we reached Qalandia. We were waiting
about 20 minutes before the guy showed up, he took us to meet the lawyer who owns the land at his Ramallah office.
When we finally reached him he was just finishing his afternoon prayer. We began to discuss the property in question and he told us
that he has a few dunums just outside ramallah. It took about 10 minutes to get there
and really i was amazed to find it perfect for what we need, the land was fertile and has all the water pipes essential for farming, I took some pics and we headed back to Jerusalem where my lovely lady Starr was waiting eagerly for my return.

Raed

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