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El Cerrito Community Council Meeting Inspires Arosa Canyon Clean Up Ideas

BILL HARRIS STORM WATER RUNOFF EDUCATOR FOR SAN DIEGO WILL SUGGEST WAYS THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO CAN HELP COME UP WITH THE LOWEST IMPACTFUL ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTION FOR THE AROSA CANYON, HE SAYS IN THIS VIDEO



YOUTUBE NOTES NOVEMBER 19, 2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3G_jZt6m70

Leslie Goldman, AKA Your Enchanted Gardener, popular internet Plant Your Dream Blogger, speaks to Bill Harris, public information educator for Think Blue, the San DIego exciting project to raise awareness about how our water goes to the sea when we release pollutants down our storm drains and waterways. What is the best possible management practice for our enormous stand of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) on the rim of the Arosa Canyon near San Diego State University? To kill or not kill it with Roundup Herbicide, initiated this interview with Bill Harris at the El Cerrito Community Council meeting of November 17, 2011. Bill is a lively speaker, a gift to San Diego. He cares about the future of our kids. Will they be able to enjoy going in the water of our ocean with parents having to be concerned about dangerous runoff from chemicals and other harmful substances? Are we helping the situation by resorting to using Roundup Herbicide, increasingly identified as as toxic to human, animal, and vegetable health, yet commonly used to kill off backyard weeds? What is the message from the Arosa Canyon Arundo Donax itself? What is the voice of our Arosa Canyon saying to you wherever you live? This is a story about Arosa Canyon, a story of well meaning Fire Prevention staff and community neighbors coming together for a cleaner and Fire safe San Diego using the most advanced approaches in harmony with nature. Arundo Donax is speaking now and says: Let us grow together, man, woman, and plant. I, Arundo Donax, am not a devil plant. I am here to help you live in harmony with the beat of nature. I am here this holiday season to be manger growing material, to be materials for flutes, musical instruments, and wonderment. I am a biofuel source that in years to come will to replace oil. I am here to help you get your beat back with nature.–
Leslie Goldman, November 19, 2011

For more on this story read this Plant Your Dream Blog
in this Plant Your Dream Blog. http://plantyourdream.net/?p=6382

ADD YOUR NAME TO THIS ARTWORK AND MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORT CONTINUING NATURAL OVERGROWTH CLEAN UP EDUCATION ON THE AROSA CANYON RIM



HI FRIENDS AND GOOD NEIGHBORS, FUNDS ARE NEEDED NOW TO SECURE OUR ORGANIC FUTURE ALONG THE AROSA CANYON RIM

Hi Friends and Good Neighbors of the Arosa Canyon, I am raising funds to hire helpers to continue our Overgrowth Cleanup on our property and along the Arosa Canyon Rim. There is pressure to use Roundup Herbicide. Think Blue. sponsored by the CIty of San Diego, is the effort to raise awareness so we can turn back the use of chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides that are harming children who go into our oceans. I am convinced that the use of Roundup herbicide, a current popular practice by gardeners everywhere, contradicts Think Blue. Roundup is basically an approach to beat the system. It is a quick and easy answer to a labor intensive process; Working in harmony with neighbors and fellow gardeners in the ways we have gardened for centuries that builds health through contact with each other and our earth. We have reached a point in our history where we need to secure our organic future if we are to have one. The earth has always been organic and we are organically grown. Now is the time to adapt and come back to nature if we are to recover our ground and beat with nature. The opportunity is now and the place is here, along the rim of the Arosa Canyon to begin the education process of community building.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE ART WORK

I encourage you to add your name to the Art Work, each of us being an Organic Uprising, each of us Standing Up for Nature’s Original Technology, and make a contribution at the Paypal below. This will help me educate the San Diego Fire Prevention Bureau about alternatives to Roundup herbicide use, work with Think Blue, and support neighbors having the time to determine the best possible solutions for the healthy future of our Arosa Canyon.

CONTRIBUTE IN ANY AMOUNT









JOIN THE BEET KEEPERS


Join The Beet Keepers





SPONSORS AND SIGNERS OUR ORGANIC UPRISING CAMPAIGN:
SECURING OUR ORGANIC FUTURE FOR THE AROSA CANYON,
ARE LISTED HERE:

http://plantyourdream.net/?page_id=1248



RELATED PLANT YOUR DREAM BLOGS TELLS THE STORY
OF THE AROSA CANYON OVERGROWTH CLEAN UP

THINK BLUE AND ROUNDUP HERBICIDE DO NOT GO TOGETHER

http://plantyourdream.net/?p=6382


BIO NOTE, LESLIE GOLDMAN, AKA YOUR ENCHANTED GARDENER




Thank you for being our Enchanted Gardener!”– Mark Lipson, National Organic Program, USDA Washington D.C.
September 20, 2011

I’ve been waiting half my life to tell somebody about Leslie Goldman. Always figured I’d wait for some desperate moment. Now it’s here.”
– Bob Baker, Los Angeles times Magazine


Leslie Goldman, AKA Your Enchanted Gardener, sets out in the 2011-2011 Enchanted Garden Club Beet Keeper, Return Campaign to inspire more than 1,000,000 youth to regain their confidence that we can all grow a bit of our own food. Called “Our Enchanted Gardener” by Mark Lipson of the USDA Organic Sector, you can help move along our first project of our year, the Arosa Canyon Overgrowth Cleanup. at this link Join the Beet Keepers Add your name to the Organic Uprising Artwork that will be giving to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Funds contributed now will help us hire additional help to manage our Overgrowth Cleanup naturally, work with local neighbors, and work in coordination with the FIre Prevention Department. Improved Brush Management Practices here can influence the use of Roundup herbicide everywhere. Thank you to adding your name to our honor roll.

TESTIMONIALS


Dear Uncle Leslie,

I really enjoyed your presentation yesterday. It uplifted my spirits and made me feel like I had to do something to make our planet better. Personally, I don’t eat vegetables but everything you said changed my mind about it. I do need to change my eating habits and I do need to grow my own vegetables. You kept the classes’ attention. You were funny, and you kept us interested. You’ll probable be the man that’ll actually get our generation to do their part in helping rebuild our enchanted garden.

Sincerely,
Summer
Ms Eva Becker’s Science Class
15 or 16 year old
Hamilton High School
Los Angeles
October 5, 2011

THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT THINK BLUE FROM BILL HARRIS

STORM WATER RUNOFF GOES UNTREATED TO THE OCEAN, BILL HARRIS TOLD US


Photo from the Think Blue San Diego Website

Bill Harris, reported that we needed to be very concerned about our storm water run off. This water flows down our storm drains to the sea. It is not treated. I have one good neighbor who currently wants to cut down her stand of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed), bordering our property on the Arosa Canyon rim and use Roundup herbicide on it. I have visions of rain drenching over those Roundup roots and washing minute residues of America’s most popular weed killer Roundup into the winter watershed at the bottom of the canyon on a journey of mischief to our Oceans. This is a horror story for me. Storm drain runoff concerns the EPA. They are speaking about levying enormous fines up to $10,000 a day to the City of San Diego if we do not clean up our practices. According to Harris, the EPA says that we need to only stop polluting our waters. This means shifting habits and raising awareness. The Arosa Canyon is now giving us an opportunity to educate ourselves about Roundup pollution. The Fire prevention Bureau currently follows brush management practices that are the same for most Canyons. These currently advise the use of Roundup to kill Arundo Donax Roots, as well as destroying the natural canopy that may very well encourage further needs for pesticide use as weeds grow. My position is that we need to go the route of other communities and say no to Roundup, as well as looking at updating information about canyon brush management here.

Bill Harris was very open to further communication with me on this subject of pollution in the Arosa Canyon Runoff. Maybe we will have it if we use Roundup here; Maybe will do not, but what is clear is that we need to encourage the best possible future for the Arosa Canyon. This is privately owned land. Neighbors are going to considerable expense to make the canyon fire prevention safe, as well as a safe home to native species of plants, numerous animal species. Let us go the distance now to make sure we are using the best possible brush management practices, including non herbicide methods where possible.


BACKGROUND ABOUT THE OVERGROWTH CLEANUP ON PROPERTIES ALONG THE RIM OF THE AROSA CANYON

A FEW MONTHS AGO…

A few months ago, while it was still potentially fire season, many neighbors along the rim of the Arosa Canyon received letters from the San Diego First Prevention Bureau alerting us to the need to work with our Overgrowth Cleanup. Many of us responded. Stunned at first at the immensity of the jobs, as well as the expenses involved in coming into compliance with the potential fines based on deadlines of time to complete the needed work, we set out individually to begin. On our property, 1/3 acre, we hired Flectcher Morgan, a youthful arborist, as well as other helpers. Brian Everette, a co-owner of the property came down twice from the San Mateo Eco Village. We have used volunteers. We have explored ads to see if the stands of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) would be valued. One mother responded and brought children. She cut Arundo Donax for kid projects. The kids were excited to have one of nature’s most prolific building materials for there school projects. We have spend more than 100 hours on the project and spend about $1000.00 as of Thanksgiving.

ARUNDO DONAX (GIANT REED) CUT BACK

One of my main concerns was the needed Overgrowth Clean Up of the stands of Arundo Donax (Giant Reed). At the time the San Diego Fire Prevention became talking to us, the recommended procedure was to use Roundup herbicide to kill the roots. I have been studying the negative consequences of Roundup for years. Now Roundup was coming into my own backyard. This has initiated a very profound growth experience…that still continues. As the issue stands now, one good neighbor aims to cut the stand of Arundo Donax bordering our property. We are working together toward the best possible solution. She believes the use of Roundup is safe. The internet review of Roundup literature, suggests that the use of the herbicide is dangerous. The suggested procedure would be to cut the Arundo Donax and then immediately paint the roots that would kill the plant. The idea would be to cut the stalks and leave them on the ground, with the disposal to be determined in the near future. One of the key issues is how long the herbicide stays active. That is my current research.

NEIGHBORS BORDERING THE AROSA CANYON
DO NOT WANT FIRES

Clearly, I and other neighbors along the Arosa Canyon do not want fires here. On our 1/3 acre property and along our bordering canyon we have been working with Sylvia Sowadski, staff member for the San Diego Fire Prevention Bureau. She has been very helpful in guiding our Overgrowth Clean Up and working with our arborist Fletcher Morgan. Morgan is working on numbers of nearby canyon Overgrowth Clean Up Projects (Hire him: 509-844-3467). We on our property, and many other land owners, are making significant progress now. The going has not been easy amid torrential rains of late. In recent weekends, including Saturday November 12, I stood among fellow workers drenched in rain for five yours to clear one huge pile we had built up for weeks.



IT IS VITAL THAT WE TAKE A STAND NOW AS NEIGHBORS AND WORK TOGETHER ON THE CITY LEVEL

It is vital that we take a stand on the best possible use of the Arosa Canyon. Clearly this is private property, and neigbors along the canyon rim do not want fires or fines. We are, many of us, taking action, to cut back our Overgrowth, and work with Sylvia. On the other hand, this is a learning opportunity for all of us, both the San Diego FIre Department and neighbors.

CLEAN UP COSTS ARE BUILDING TO DO THIS JOB THE RIGHT WAY



We worked five hours in drenching rains November 12 to get rid of one enormous large pile of brush overgrowth, that was made up both of brush from our property as well as cleaning up brush from our neighbors who allow us to use their property for organic gardens. The Fire Prevention Bureau has given us all extensions of time, in light of the enormity of the project of clearing our properties and taking on responsibly the Arosa Canyon Overgrowth. The concern for Fire Prevention had brought the attention of the Canyon to the Fire Department. Many land owners received letters and we are working hard to comply against deadlines and potential fines for non compliance.


WHAT IS THE VOICE OUR OUR CANYON SAYING NOW?

In recent months, as numbers of neighbors will attest, every time we start chain saws, the Arosa Canyon seems to have other plans! Saturday Novembe 12 alone, we had enormous rains for more than five hours as we worked. We are now in the rainy season rather than the fire season. I am more concerned for soil erosion and pollution rather than possible fire as December approaches. On November 12, you could hardly light a match outside. You could hardly turn on the Shredder we rented for AI Rentals at $200.00 for the day. (619-668-4849–a great family run business. Go support them–7190 University AvenueLa Mesa CA 91942). In spite of this hardship of rain, we made progress.

PRAISES FOR THE FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU

I want to send thanks to Sylvia Sowadski. of our San Diego Fire Prevention Bureau for her sensitivity and underscoring the wishes of the neighborhood property owners who are concerned about “preserving the wildlife and natural vegetaed habitat.” It is for this reason that they currently do not want mulched Arundo back on the open space canyon area, she reports. It makes sense therefore, not to add the potential of Roundup Glysophate pollution to our canyon through possible run off of rain over Arundo Donax roots in the canyon water below. Recent reports suggest Roundup herbicide can have negative side effects to health. This leaves our community, neighboring Community Councils, and the Fire Prevention Bureau needing to study and apply other alternatives to Roundup for managing our Arundo Donax (Giant Reed). Together we can come up with a good plan that looks at the overall best management for the Arosa Canyon.

Sylvia writes:

On Oct 24, 2011, at 7:00 PM, Sowadski, Sylvia wrote:

Hi Leslie,

I wanted to confirm with you that the neighboring property owners would prefer that under the circumstances of preserving the wildlife and the natural vegetated habitat that any machine chipped or mulched Arundo not be placed back onto the open space canyon area.


THIS VIDEO WAS MADE THE OCTOBER 20 WHEN SYLVIA FIRST VISITED

Sylvia Sowadski, of the FIre Prevention Bureau is giving us coaching for our Overgrowth Clean Up. As saw early on, that work with the Fire Prevention Bureau was an opportunity to educate about fire prevention and save the City of San Diego landfill costs. When we began this project, the city’s Miramir Greenery told me Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) could not be mulched. They said it was trash. That meant that we and our neighbors would have to spend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money for disposal fees. We have already shown that Arundo Donax can be mulched. This was thought impossible by the Miramar Greenery. I see the best possible use, based on science, to return the Arundo Donax Mulch to the Canyon; however, I will not do this until permissions are granted from neighbors who currently do not want the possible expense of having to repeat the cleanup of Arundo Donax in future years. Some reports suggest that killing Arundo Donax is not a one time deal. It is a 3-5 year eradication project with ongoing needs to monitor the results.



SYLVIA SOWADSKI, FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU, SUGGESTED FOR GUEST SPEAKER AT UPCOMING COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETINGS

Sylvia would be an excellent speaker for future ECCC and College area Community Council meetings. I believe the future the Arosa Canyon is a discussion that needs to happen in light of San Diego State Redevelopment. Yes, it is private property. It is also the home of wildlife and native fauna and a watershed that effects us all. The practices we adopt and adapt here can influence Brush Management and use of Roundup herbicide everywhere. Parks are already cutting back on herbicide use. I want to show that there are alternatives. It is important to bring all this out in the open now for the sake of future generations as well as current residents of San Diego.


MY HOPE:

1. ALTERNATIVE SOLUTIONS


2. HELPING EDUCATE ABOUT FIRE PREVENTION


3. WORKING TOGETHER AS NEIGHBORS, THE CITY, AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO COME UP WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE BRUSH MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR OUR UNIQUE WATERSHED IN THE AROSA CANYON

RESEARCH AT CAMP PENDLETON SUGGESTS RETURNING ARUNDO DONAX MULCH TO OUR CANYON WOULD BE SAFE




It is my hope, that research made at Camp Pendleton will show that Arundo Donax Mulch is a good economic solution and sound environmental practice for our canyon. See this report on science-based research at Camp Pendleton suggesting that Arundo Mulch would be a good addition to our canyon with little chance of resprouting; as well as letters to my helpful neighbors. Other reports suggest that black plastic tarps covering the root system of Arundo Donax can kill this weed. This would be a good alternative to Roundup.

THE CONCLUSION FROM THE CAMP PENDLETON STUDY IS THIS….

Conclusions
1. While very small stem and root fragments can germinate under laboratory conditions, in the field very few actually do.
2. The numbers of resprouts are so few and small that pesticides are not needed for their control and they can easily be collected by hand.

pp 64-78

http://www.cal-ipc.org/symposia/archive/pdf/18602.pdf

RECENT INFORMATION ON ROUNDUP; THIS IS WHY I AM CONCERNED

THE USE OF ROUNDUP®, ESPECIALLY IN THIS RAINY SEASON, IS ILL ADVISED

Roundup® is touted as a safe, environmentally friendly and easy to use herbicide. It’s also denounced as a toxic, hazardous chemical. Which is right? Are there any alternatives to using Roundup?

Never use an herbicide before it rains unless specifically directed to. Even if the main ingredient doesn’t wash away, other ingredients may!

ROUNDUP® FOUND IN RAIN

In studies made in 2007 by {ai; Caper;. US Geological Survey, US. Department of the Interior, and not released by the US Geological Survey until August 2011, Glyphosate was frequently detected in surface waters, rain and air in areas where it is heavily used in the basin. The consistent occurrence of glyphosate in streams and air indicates its transport from its point of use into the broader environment.

“Though glyphosate is the mostly widely used herbicide in the world, we know very little about its long term effects to the environment,” says Paul Capel, USGS chemist and an author on this study. “This study is one of the first to document the consistent occurrence of this chemical in streams, rain and air throughout the growing season. This is crucial information for understanding where management efforts for this chemical would best be focused.”
http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=2909

MONSANTO, THE MAKER OF THIS HERBICIDE SAYS IT IS SAFE, BUT GROUNDWATER TESTS SAY DIFFERENLY

According to Monsanto, producers of glyphosate herbicides including Roundup, the chemical presents a “low risk to human health.”
“That’s what Monsanto says. Monsanto has had a number of problems with the truth in the past,” said Bernhoft.

The evidence from the groundwater in North Dakota and Denmark is that it does not in fact break down and it does in fact get into the ground water.”

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety Health, glyphosate is water soluble and the (Ventura County) supervisors just ignored this, said Bernhoft. It’s not quite as soluble as table salt, but it’s pretty soluble. Monsanto told the supervisors it was not soluble, that’s a lie.

ROUNDUP CAUSES BIRTH DEFECTS
HUFFINGTON POST


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/07/roundup-birth-defects-herbicide-regulators_n_872862.html

ROUNDUP® IS TOUTED AS SAFE, BUT IT IS ALSO DENOUNCED AS TOXIC

http://www.gcbl.org/forum/there-safe-alternative-roundup

POTENTIAL NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF ROUNDUP® USE

ROBERT KREMER, USDA, SITES NEGATIVE IMPACT OF ROUNDUP® HERBICIDE

Robert Kremer is a microbiologist with the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and an adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. He is co-author of one of five papers published in the October 2009 issue of The European Journal of Agronomy that found negative impacts of Roundup herbicide, which is used extensively with Roundup Ready genetically modified crops. Kremer has been studying the impacts of glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, since 1997.

Robert Kremer of the USDA says:

The big assumption for claims that glyphosate is benign is that it isn’t immediately absorbed by the soil. But research is showing that isn’t necessarily true; that it is still available in the soil.”

“Any glyphosate that hits the soil will be a potential contaminant. It can stay in the soil or it might run off into streams or waterways.

http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20044.cfm

IN OJAI, A GROUP FORMED TO PREVENT USE OF ROUNDUP® HERBICIDE

IN Ojai, a community group was so concerned about the spraying of Round Up that they formed a community action group called Pesticide Free Ojai around the use of Round Up being sprayed.

A RECENT BLOG SAYS MORE RESEARCH IS NEEDED ON ROUNDUP® NOW

PAN (Pesticide Action Network) researched this also and found no relevant studies for the effects of this acid on soil and water organisms especially including humans. Go to this link and you will be amazed and alarmed (http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC37655). Now, not only is Round Up GM food everywhere but so is the toxin that it relies on. This is clearly a call to action. Warning signs are already known. Why has no one started research on this? Could it be funding or is this something we don’t want to know.
Onward.
Thomas

http://pesticidefreeojaivalley.org/blog/

RED LIGHTS BLINKING: ROBIN BERNHOFT M.D. CALLS ROUNDUP® DANGEROUS

The safety and efficacy of the herbicide has been questioned or denied by some observers, this blog says.

“Glyphosate is what’s being used, which is generic Roundup®, that’s what’s going in the water,” said Robin Bernhoft, an Ojai medical doctor with a specialty in the effects of toxic chemicals on human health.

“It’s dangerous stuff. The linkage to Parkinson’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and leukemia has come up over and over again, in this country and in Europe and in Japan. I don’t think people should use it at all because it does get into the water.”

HEALTH DANGERS SITED OF ROUNDUP®

Information from the Ventura county watershed protection district states: “three methods are being used to remove and control giant reed. each has been chosen for safety and efficacy.” the three methods are: shredding the plants, spraying an approved herbicide onto the foliage of the target plants, and painting the herbicide on cut plants.

ISSUES OF CONCERN ABOUT AROSA CANYON BRUSH MANAGEMENT

ONE BIOLOGIST NEIGHBOR IS CONCERNED ABOUT WEEDS

One biologist, a neighbor on the Arosa Canyon rim, preferred to allow the natural canopy on her property rather than the suggested cutting back. The cutting back, she told me, promotes unnecesary weed growth. This would then create a need for more radical pesticide approaches or constant monitoring and expense.

Truly we all need to be doing Overgrowth Clean Up now, but a broader long range approach needs to be in place that will serve this specific canyon and his profound diverse flora and fauna. We are the home to many native plants as well as wildlife. The voice of the canyon itself asks to be heard, as we concurrently do Overgrowth on our properties, as well as consider the extreme expense of compliance.

ARUNDO DONAX (GIANT REED) IS A MAJOR PROBLEM HERE

Arundo Donax (Giant Reed) is a major problem here. Camp Pendleton has done extensive research to show that the mulch is safe. With the blessing
of the City FIre Department Prevention, neighbors would likely go along with mulching here,

Two months ago, when we began our overgrowth Clean Up, the Miramir landfill told me that Arundo could not be mulched. This say this was trash and needed to go into the landfill. This concerned me very much. We have been composted the Arundo Donax for years on our property. We know it breaks down.

WHAT IS THE COST TO THE TAXPAYERS FOR CONSIDERING ARUNDO DONAX
AS TRASH?

There is considerable cost to taxpayers when we consider Arundo Donax trash. It takes up landfill space. We are running out of that.

It also would coast extensive and perhaps unnecessary expense to Arosa Canyon Neighbors who are being asked to haul it off our properties. This would not be the best use if indeed, we go along with the accepted science reports from done at Camp Pendleton that suggest this is a safe mulch when
monitored.

Truly, the Arosa Canyon is going to have to be monitored for now on, one way or another, and the extremely small potential resprouting possibility is worth the effort of dealing with this by hand rather than the tremendous expense of hauling and dumping.

MORE TIME AND DISCUSSION IS NEEDED ABOUT RETURNING ARUNDO DONAX AS MULCH TO THE CANYON

if we knew that mulching was the sa nest of economic solutions as well as a benefit to our canyon, and that we had the blessing of the Fire Department, this will be the best action. This needs time to work out. I advise this.

We still need to have more discussion among neighbors, and this discussions are already beginning.

RAY WARNER

Ray Warner, is one neighbor along the Arosa Canyon Rim. We spoke of forming an Arosa Canyon Neighborhood Association. He is the first member. Ray’s parents moved here because they loved this Canyon and its natural growth. Ray has been an Organic farmer for more than 40 years, and agrees with me that Roundup® is not a good approach here.

GARDENS, AS WELL AS OPEN SPACE PRESERVING OUR NATURAL PLANTS, ARE GOOD USE HERE

Currently, through the good works of Sylvia, I have become aware of the sound environmental practices of our Fire Department. They want to preserve our native growth and see invasive species manages. This makes total good environmental sense.

We currently have one organic farm in our Arosa Canyon on private property,
and our land has been organically grown from more than 40 years.

I have the permission of my neighbors across the canyon to garden on their land that borders my own property.

We need a plan here, in light of new San Diego regulations that are wanting to support more community gardens and urban farming.

This is the trend, as well as protecting native species. In our own canyon, we need to think this out.

JOBS?

http://curezone.com/upload/Blogs/Your_Enchanted_Gardener/Andrew_Blume_11.jpg

Andrew Blume will be gardening and tending our plants here on our property.. He is a military veteran, newly graduated from an program locally that aims to retrain veterans to go into agriculture and other peace keeping jobs. For Andrew, working along our canyon rim is therapeutic as well as a way to earn money.

In my own home, I have one new housemate who is a former military veteran. He must graduated from the Arch’s Acres Ag program that aims to train 1 million returning men who have served. To my mind, it makes more sense, to have someone, with the passion of Andrew Blume, my new housemate, monitoring and tending our Arundo Donax, as well as canyon. These military men need good work and time to recover. They need the nature of our canyon, as most of us do.

http://healthimpactnews.com/2011/war-vets-turn-to-organic-farming-for-mental-health-instead-of-drugs/

CLEARLY MORE LOCAL GROWING OF FOOD IS A TREND AND A SOLUTION
TO PEAK OIL AND TRUE EARTH BASED HOMELAND SECURITY

Growing more of our own food, and getting to know our neighbors is a trend. Thanks to the well wishes of the San DIego Fire Department, I have been inspired to get to know all my neighbors.

I am going to continue this work, inviting some of them to participate in
support of our local farmers who have much food that could go to residents here among the Arosa Canyon.

Let us work together now, to make the most of the opportunity that is Overgrowth Clean Up is sending our way.

Leslie Goldman
AKA Your Enchanted Gardener

EL CERRITO COMMUNITY COUNCIL MEETING NOVEMBER 17, 2011

FIRST MEETING AT THE EL CERRITO COMMUNTY COUNCIL SHOWED
INTEREST IN FINDING ALTERNATIVES TO ROUNDUP USE

Went to the ECCC Community Council last night for the first time. The meeting is help at the Catholic Church in the neighborhood where I vote. Met some good neighbors who care about community. I care about community too.

Doug, who chaired the meeting, gave me time to speak. I introduced my concerns about using Round Up because of the potential violations to Think Blue. My comments were followed by numbers of interested inquiries wanting more information.

I also had a chance to discuss the use of Round Up with Bill Harris, the guest speaker. He was aware that Round Up can be a problem.

WASHING ROUNDUP INTO OUR AROSA CANYON

The stands of Arundo Donax border the rim of the Arosa Canyon on part of the property at our edge. The recent rains pointed out the potential damage that would be caused to wildlife and flora as the rain would be washing over the cut roots. I do not advise that these roots be managed with Round Up.
I prefer to seek other alternatives that I have written about in other blogs.

ALTERNATIVES SUGGESTED

There are numbers of alternatives that are beginning to show up,
including digging them out by hand, covering the roots with black plastic,
and then with Arundo Donax IGiant Reed) mulch.

I am currently continuing research to show that Arundo Mulch is safe
to put back on the Arosa Canyon. We have had no resprouting from bags of the mulch I have in plastic bags and buckets.

SUPPORT FOR CSA

I also brought a display of JR Organic CSA product that from the North Park Farmers Market, Thursday afternoon 3-7 pm Doug told me that he was part of the Bee Wise Community Supported Agriculture program. This made me happy.

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EL CERRITO COMMUNITY COUNCIL BLOG

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http://elcerritocommunitycouncil.blogspot.com/

THE ADDRESS OF THE MEETINGS OF THE EL CERRITO COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
(El Cajon Blvd. at El Cerrito Dr.)

GREAT NEWSLETTER EDITED BY JAN RILEY

I found out about the meeting through the El Cerrito Community Council Newsletter that was dropped off at my door.

FOR MORE ON THINK BLUE GO TO THIS LINK

Http://www.thinkblue.org

LINKS TO THINK BLUE SAN DIEGO VIDEOS

http://www.sandiego.gov/thinkblue/news/videos.shtml

From:
My neighbors do not want Arundo mulch in Arosa Canyon

This was written in October. I am working on an education project to for the San Diego Fire Prevention Department so that they see that the mulching is a good idea. I sense, this is the best possible solution for our Arundo Donax (Giant Reed). The expense of hauling off the large reeds are prohibitive to some neighbors. This needs to be reconsidered after more information is brought forward.

http://curezone.com/blogs/fm.asp?i=1875045

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ZeroTree Toilet paper can be considered a fun Holiday Gift. It is a playful item…being on the Honor Roll is one of my lines I like to say.

H2>WHERE TO ORDER ZEROTREE TOILET PAPER

BIOSMART PACKAGING OFFERS ZERO TREE TOILET PAPER

http://www.biosmartpackaging.com/Default.aspx?cat=3277

http://earthsmartllc.com/products/recreation/all-recreation/soft-paper-products/tp-0010-recs

FIRST EXPERIENCE USING ZEROTREE AT THE HILLCREST FARMERS’S MARKET WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL

A SHIFT HAD HAPPENED

This is a product that encourages environmental sensitivity and Think Blue.

Many of the other productds of BioSmart Packaging and EarthSmart, sister companies directly aim to impact the healthy state of our oceans.

I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE ECCC SUPPORT LOCAL MERCHANTS
MOVING AWAY FROM STYROFOAM USE

AFTER THE SHIFT TOILET PAPER WAS FEATURED
ON MY RECENT EAST COAST TOUR WHERE I WON THE SUPPORT
OF THE USDA ORGANIC SECTOR AT ORGANIC LISTENING DAY

LESLIE GIVES USDA PEPTALK

http://plantyourdream.net/?p=4498

Leslie at the People’s Garden at the USDA Headquarters, September 20, after my short Pep Talk at the Organic Listening Session. In my short Pep Talk, I focused on a few issues, aiming to establish rapport. This blog contains numbers of issues I also want in the record.

HOW TO REGISTER A PEOPLE’S “ORGANIC” GARDEN

I received this update from Livia Marquez October 11, 2011:

On Oct 11, 2011, at 12:52 PM, Marques, Livia wrote:

Leslie,

Thank you for your interest in the People’s Garden Initiative. We are in the process of moving all of the sites into one place at Http://www.USDA.gov/peoplesgarden
We expect the registration link to be up on this site by the end of the week.

Until then, you can register by going to our resources site at http://www.thepeoplesgarden.gov
Please be aware that this site will be taken down once we get everything in one place.

I apologize for the inconvenience. We are trying to keep up with the expansion of the program.

Thank you for your support and wonderful blog!
Livia

Livia Marqués
Director, People’s Garden Initiative
US Department of Agriculture

ON SEPTEMBER 20, THE USDA HELD AN ORGANIC LISTENING SESSION.
I WAS THERE.


Mark Lipson, Organic & Sustainable Agriculture Policy Advisor, did a great job organizing the day.
There is an organic section within the USDA addressing the needs of Organic Trade and the Organic Community.
Mark will soon post the comments received.

Mark can be reached at:
2011OrganicListening@ams.usda.gov | (202) 720-4256

The Organic sector working within the USDA asked to hear from us so they could prioritize their time and spending. This is what they wanted to know:

READ THE INFO HERE ABOUT THE ORGANIC LISTENING SESSION.

ARRIVAL AT JFK AIRPORT

http://plantyourdream.net/?p=4362

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