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When the WAR comes- Plant Gardens!

You want to do some DIRECT ACTION? Start with the parking strip right in front of your house. It is City Property- reclaim it. There is enough space there to take care of a significant part of your grocery bill.

It is a truly revolutionary act to use the output of the system to build infrustructure that lowers your dependence on the system.

REMEMBER:
__________
*Spend Less then You Make
*Don't Store Savings in a Bank
*Put Your Savings Into Investmest that Lower Your Initial Cost: Energy Efficiency, Self-sufficient Gardens, Organizing Your Life and Time.
etc.
You want to do some DIRECT ACTION? Start with the parking strip right in front of your house. It is City Property- reclaim it. There is enough space there to take care of a significant part of your grocery bill.

It is a truly revolutionary act to use the output of the system to build infrustructure that lowers your dependence on the system.

Start by digging out a small trench where the turf meets the sidewalk. This will catch water runnoff and make the rest of this easier.

Then, plant any fruit or nut trees you want (perferably on the North Side of the yard to give the rest of the yard light.

put down a layer of wet newspaper or cardboard. Add a layer of compost, grass clippings, and foodscraps. Add a layer of woodchips for mulch.

Water each layer heavily.

Plant large seeds directly under slits in the newspaper.

Plant small seeds in trays in your kitchen window. Once they get big enough, put then in your yard.

Help your neighbors. I bet you have enough materials right now to move to a state of a little more self-sufficiency.

Focus on plants that are perrenial so that you will get long-term payback for your effort.

REMEMBER:
__________
Spend Less then You Make
Don't Store Savings in a Bank
Put Your Savings Into Investmest that Lower Your Initial Cost: Energy Efficiency, Self-sufficient Gardens, Organizing Your Life and Time.
etc.

Sheet Mulch for Victory!!!! 14.Mar.2003 17:39

hellyeah

I'm there.

Imagine, if over the next month, if everyone who opposes the War would put in a small backyard garen. Around 5 ft by 5ft square.

Man, it would definately be a move towards self-sufficiency.

right on!!!! 14.Mar.2003 19:01

Mike

hey, great post! if you're interested in that kinda stuff maybe you've seen  http://www.pathtofreedom.com

build a chicken coop, too -- three chickens per house are allowed without a permit in PDX

graphic taken from:  http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/history/can.htm
right on!!!!
right on!!!!

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Mike

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Free food!! 14.Mar.2003 19:23

simplesimon

Did you also know that with your government-issued Foodstamps you can buy PLANTS that will provide you food and valuable seeds(so long as they're bought from a place that accepts the Oregon Trail card)?
Get Foodstamps if you can, it's eeeasy.
Use the government's money to help build yourself a more sustainable future instead of THEM using OUR money for death and destruction!!

Code of the City of Portland, Oregon 14.Mar.2003 21:26

Dr. Doolittle

Portland City Code
TITLE 13 - ANIMALS
13.05.015
(E.) A person keeping a total of three or fewer chickens, ducks, doves, pigeons, pygmy goats or rabbits shall not be required to obtain a specified animal facility permit.


a good resource at:
www.backyardchickens.com

truely revolutionary 14.Mar.2003 23:42

seedmama

Sustainable agriculture and small garden plots have always been the first strike against oppression. Please visit the website for The World Seed Fund or take a trip into what Cuba is accomplishing in that area. Most local NW organic farms are more than happy to donate free, open-pollinated seeds for urban, community, and personal use. Most of these seeds are not "sellable" on the retail market, due to the expiration dates. Don't be fooled, most seeds have a shelf life of 2-5 years if not exposed to moisture or extrememe heat. Plant and be fruitful, the coinage "Victory Garden" does not have to be a statement of of waror conservation of resources to aid war. The new "Victory Garden" is much more so a victory of the people to help themselves. Montsano beware...

food not lawns 15.Mar.2003 08:56

mamansita

think how many people would let us put gardensw in their yards too. even if they didn't want to do it themselves or don't know how to begin.

it is possible to grow enough food to feed ourselves year- round in small spaces. this web site says that we could feed america's entire population by converting our current lawn space to gardens.

don't trust the man to feed you and keep you healthy.
do it yourself. for free and for freedom.

build an underground home, plant a garden on the roof!


YES! 15.Mar.2003 09:03

CatWoman

Plant and share. In the harvest season, we can have a gathering and share the fruits of our labors. We can trade produce with others who grew things we didn't. We can can and dry and preserve things for the winter. Even a small garden often produces far more than one family can eat. DIY.