Just a short note

Good day to you all, just want to fill you in on what is happening at the farms. Our soils have recovered finally from the salt water flooding after Hurricane Ike, we have begun rebuilding all of the out buildings and working on the main structure. Your kind messages and visits have sustained us through out the entire process.
We are redesigning the site as our Data Bases have become so large they are a bit slow. Essentially we will be utilizing the group function much more intensely in an attempt to make things a bit more logically organized.
We are now being translated into Arabic, Russian and French also. We are very pleased with this acceptance of our site and look forward to becoming more global.
Peace be with you all. We greatly appreciate the support.

The Myth of Positive Thinking and how to Empower Yourself through COLLECTIVE ACTION

the permaculture approach to a closed loop Goat milking.

How to make your own vermiposter on a budget

World Peace Day A Message from Wiser.org and the Collective

Dear Members and Visitors, the following is a message from the PEACE DAY GROUP on Wiser.org. where I am an editor and we are establishing a mirror site of this one.  I encourage you all to visit Wiser.org and to consider joining both the organization and the Peace Day Group there as well as the sba farms collective group there. Peace be with you all Every Step of Every Day. Namaste.

Peace, Paz, Salām, Shalom, Paix,

Frieden, 和平, Amani, Pace, мир

Celebrating the International Day of Peace!

It’s tomorrow!

Let’s celebrate this special day wherever we are in the World by creating peace …with those around us, in our homes, our families, in our villages, towns and cities, in our hearts.

If you are looking for ideas on how to celebrate, here’s one idea among many others.

At 12.00 (midday) in your country, you may like to…

….join hands with someone standing near you (or hug them if you’re good at that), or put your arms around yourself if you’re on your own…you aren’t alone.


… grab the (virtual) hand of another person who is reaching out to hold your hand in another village, town or city.

…smile again

Here’s Thomas, a Wiser.org member in France, hugging a complete stranger in Paris…it felt good!

Share your peace day ideas

We invite as many people to answer the following question (in your own language is OK) if you haven’t yet had the chance to write something:

What is the greatest issue that we need to address to achieve Global Peace?

Tomorrow will be sharing your reflections across the World across the world wide web in a really big billboard for peace which we will be inviting you to share.

“It doesn’t matter where we come from; we are all seeking for the same food to feed our soul – the peace that brightens us.”

Read more. Suse, Hawaii.
..please make friends with Suse by Inviting to connect with her on Wiser.org! (she only has 2 connections on Wiser.org!)
In peace & gratitude

Camilla and the Wiser.org Peace Day Team..
Celeste, Sil, Steve, Michael, Martin and Antoinette


Twitter TAGS for peace (Add yours to the peace day group)

Children gardeners needed for fall planting at Shangri La » Local News » orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

Indian Elder Speaks about the point of no return

Want to know what happened to the small Farmers, this is one possibility

Those of us who struggle to run small family farms, educate our communities about the benefit of local food and local business are gaining ground every day and for that we thank you. If you want to see a bigger picture of what has happened over the last 100 years to us that brought about this decline in our way of life here is a very good graphic from OCCUPY MONSANTO.

Who owns what? The structure of the food industry. click on the image for a full screen view.

Contaminated Fruit at the Center of Two Huge Recalls cantaloupe recall

Re posted from Rodale Press.

A dangerous bacterium has contaminated some of summer’s tastiest fruits.
By Emily Main

Fruit season is at its height, and this summer, like last, fruit is at the center of two major food-safety recalls affecting dozens of states.

Cantaloupe and Honeydew
North Carolina–based Burch Farms is recalling cantaloupes and melons grown on its farm because the fruits have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious, even fatal, infections in children and the elderly and miscarriages or stillbirths in pregnant women. Initially, the recall involved 189,000 cases of cantaloupes, but it has since been expanded to include all cantaloupes and honeydews grown at the farm this season.

The recalled cantaloupes and honeydew melons were shipped between June 23rd and July 27th, to the following states: FL, GA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, VA, VT, and WV.

Government regulators detected the contamination during routine testing of the farm’s packing facilities, which were found to be “unsanitary,” according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unsanitary conditions at packing facilities were ultimately the cause of the nation’s deadliest foodborne illness outbreak, which happened last summer. That recall also involved Listeria-contaminated cantaloupes and was responsible for at least 33 deaths and more than 140 illnesses.
Toss Your Melons: Listeria Outbreak of 2011 Deadliest in a Decade

The fruits involved in the current recall bear a red label reading “Burch Farms” with the PLU code #4319. However, some of the fruits have the same PLU code but stickers that say “Cottle Strawberry Inc.” (a separate farm that didn’t grow or pack any of the melons involved in the recall).

Because some varieties of cantaloupe have a long shelf life, there is some possibility that these are still in people’s refrigerators, so check the stickers before cutting up your melons!

Tainted Apple Products
Also last week, Missa Bay, a subsidiary of New Jersey–based Ready Pac Foods, recalled 293,488 cases of apples and 296,224 individual packages of apples and vegetable and sandwich products that contain apples, all of which have been contaminated with Listeria. The products were sent to distributors and stores in AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA, WI, and WV.

Some of the packaged apples have been handed out at Burger King and McDonald’s restaurants, and many were relabeled under private-label products sold at Wawa, Wegmans, Hannaford’s, Safeway, as well as the company’s own Ready Pac brand name. For a complete list of products included in the recall and their associated UPC codes, see fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm315249.htm.

All the affected products bear use-by dates of July 8, 2012, through August 20, 2012.

Where Listeria Comes From
Fortunately, neither recall has made anyone sick, the FDA has said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria is commonly found in soil and water, and typically crops up in meat and dairy products. But it can affect produce that passes through contaminated processing plants, where Listeria can live for years. Listeria can be killed during cooking, but that’s not going to help disinfect contaminated cantaloupe, which are usually eaten raw. Sometimes, the fruit itself is contaminated, but other times, the bacteria live on the outside and are transferred to the fruit when it’s cut.

The infection from the bacterium can be fatal in certain people, but average healthy adults will experience less-severe symptoms, including muscle aches and fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. In rare cases, healthy people may experience convulsions.

For complete details on both recalls, visit fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/default.htm.

Some very useful immigration information from a very reliable source

I received this message this morning from our friend Adam Luna who heads Americas Voice Education Fund. I found myself compelled to share it with you.

“I’m excited to report that on Friday, the Obama Administration released guidelines for the President’s decision to provide qualifying DREAMers with a two year work permit and temporary relief from deportation.

This relief is without a doubt the most significant victory our movement has seen in decades, and it could not have happened without you. Now, with less than two weeks to go until August 15th – the day DREAMers can begin the application process — we need to get the word on how to apply out to every single eligible DREAMer. Please circulate this email to your family, friends and anyone you think may benefit.

Below are the basic requirements outlined by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Agency. DREAMers must meet all of these criteria in order to apply.

However, each person’s story is different, so if you or anyone in your community has a question or concern, please consult with a qualified immigration attorney before applying. DREAMers, you may request consideration if you1:

Were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012;

Came to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;

Have continuously resided in the United States since June 15, 2007, up to the present time;

Were physically present in the United States on June 15, 2012, and at the time of making your request for consideration of deferred action with USCIS;

Entered without inspection before June 15, 2012, or your lawful immigration status expired as of June 15, 2012;

Are currently in school, have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from high school, have obtained a general education development (GED) certificate, or are an honorably discharged veteran of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States; and

Have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

It is important to remember that if you or anyone you know has any questions about these requirements, please consult with a qualified immigration attorney before applying.

This is a big deal — thank you for doing your part in getting us to this historic moment!


Adam Luna
America’s Voice Education Fund

P.S. Today, DREAMers, along with legal and community organizations, launched the “We Own the DREAM” campaign to offer trustworthy information, direct help with the application process, and access to free or low-cost qualified attorneys to eligible immigrant youth. Text “OwnIt” to 877877 or for Spanish, text “Únete” to 877877 for more information.”


1. USCIS Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process: http://1.usa.gov/RmN1nA

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