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Peak Moment: The Bicycling Horticulturalist

03 Jul 2008 | |
View all related to alternative transportation | bicycle | compost | gardening | horticulture | Peak Moment Television
Ryan Nassichuk builds food gardens for people. His bicycle and trailer are the sole transport for himself, tools, and materials - including soil and plants! This horticulturist also builds container gardens and composters. Tour a backyard garden in which a 6-week class of students filled raised beds with soil, compost and fertilizer, did succession planting, and built a low-cost composter. Recently Ryan has added free seed-sharing to his wisdom-sharing, while continuing to propagate food gardens throughout Vancouver. This man has a low ecological footprint -- or should we say bike tire tread? Episode 117.
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Peak Moment: Community Gardens Grow Communities

01 May 2008 | |
View all related to activism | cities | community | community gardens | gardening | Peak Moment Television | post carbon cities | urban agriculture
Patrick Marcus and other motivated citizens sprouted a community garden on city land slated to be a park in Ashland, Oregon. When the garden was threatened by plans to develop the park, they got active. Their research and advocacy led to official policy supporting community gardens in city parks. As the volunteer garden manager, Patrick affirms gardening isn't just for leisure -- it helps build community. It creates bonds among people from diverse social spheres -- through shared work, classes, potlucks and, most of all, shared passion. Episode 106.
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Deconstructing Dinner: Backyard Chickens I (Farming in the City III)

27 Mar 2008 |
View all related to chickens | Deconstructing Dinner | gardening | local economy | self-sufficiency | urban agriculture
Meet Bucky Buckaw - a backyard-chicken expert and Host of Bucky Buckaw's Backyard Chicken Broadcast. Also meet Christoph Martens - a subversive backyard chickener who raises chickens within the city limits of Nelson, British Columbia. While City Bylaw #2333 prohibits the raising of poultry, Martens won't let such an environmentally irresponsible bylaw get in the way of his path to greater self-sufficiency.
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Peak Moment: Suburban Permaculture with Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg

06 Mar 2008 | |
View all related to gardening | Peak Moment Television | Permaculture | rainwater catchment | Suburbia | Sustainability
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Tour Janet and Richard's quarter acre for an example of what's possiblein suburbia. Their front yard of edible plants also provides habitatfor birds and insects. The backyard radiates out from an herb andkitchen garden to vegetable beds and containers; 25 fruit and nuttrees; and a restful Zen garden. Near a future pond is a "threesisters" spiral of corn, beans and squashes. Check out their rainwatercatchment barrels system, solar ovens, grid-tied photovoltaics withbackup batteries, a low-energy house, solar-heated garden room, and acomfortable "summer palace" of natural & salvaged materials. (www.richardheinberg.com) Episode 100!