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Green Jobs Philly NEWS #42

September 25th, 2012

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Dancing to the Drummers Beat in North Philly

Dancing to the Drummer's Beat in North Philly (video)

RESURRECTION AFTER EXONERATION (RAE)  Innocent people jailed rebuild their lives after release.

MINDSPOT PHILLY invites you to teach a course on your favorite subject

HOW PHILADELPHIA’S GREENEST COMPANIES ARE STAYING AHEAD

PHILADELPHIA PAID SICK DAYS CAMPAIGN

“In the greater Philadelphia region, the top three occupations are retail sales, cashier and office clerk—the highest paying of the three—with an average annual salary of about $28,000. Three of every 10 families in the region is low-income, or, earns less than $50,000 annually. These households spend, on average, 27 percent of their annual income on housing, 29 percent on transportation– and, with families increasingly reliant on working mothers for income–12 percent on childcare.”  –PolicyLink

ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING HUB NEWS at the Navy Yard
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FEEDING OUR FUTURE

PHILADELPHIA FARMERS MARKETS MAP

YOUTH AGRICULTURE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM

GUERRILLA GRAFTERS of San Francisco graft “fruit bearing branches onto non-fruit bearing, ornamental fruit trees.”

PHILLYEARTH at Village of the Arts and Humanities demonstrates and teaches green living skills

Edible City movie

Edible City Movie

NEARLY 500 BULK FOOD BINS AT RENOVATED WEAVER’S WAY CO-OP, Carpenter Lane & Greene Streets in Mt Airy.  Largest in region.

VERTICAL AND ROOF PLANTERS MADE IN PHILADELPHIA

DELAWARE VALLEY WATER GARDEN SOCIETY installs ponds

Edible City EDIBLE CITY MOVIE “Take Back Vacant Land Campaign - Philadelphia.  ”Just think what we could do with 40,000 vacant lots in Philadelphia here is food for thought.”
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MINI-EDITORIAL: Predicting History

Our city is increasingly divided into two camps.  For some, the dominant system works.  These are the folks who own the land, law, money and media, or get paid well by those who do.  But for growing multitudes the system doesn’t work.  That’s the 40% of Philadelphia children in poverty, in America’s second-poorest metropolis, plus the working poor and jobless who struggle to survive.

Book explains grassroots power benefiting all.

Book explains grassroots power benefiting all.

—What will happen?  History suggests that the wealthy will continue to squeeze and scorn the poor until the poor inevitably attack them.  Violent, messy, expensive.  When the economy tanks, cops and yuppies may join them.
—There is an alternative.  City Hall can instead share real power with grassroots organizations that seek control of food, housing, health care, regulations and finance. LIke many of those featured in Green Jobs Philly News.  Dozens of such local intiatives will flourish when government and capital show flexibility.  Better sooner, than later.
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EVENTS

9/30 SEED SAVING WORKSHOP & EXCHANGE with Philly Seed Exchange • 11am–1pm • Free • on at Greensgrow. Seed ID techniques and saving basics, pollination, vectors, container plantings. RSVP  phillyseedexchange@gmail.com

10/3 URBAN AGRICULTURE IN PHILADELPHIA: Mary Seton Corboy of Greensgrow and Phil Forsyth of the Philadelphia Orchard Porject (POP) discuss the benefits of fresh local food and the opportunities and challenges facing the Urban Agriculture in Philadelphia. 6pm, Valley Green Inn, Wissahickon Park

10/3 EMPTY LOTS TO GARDEN PLOTS “Stories from YOU about Urban Farming” Emerald St. Urban Farm (Corner of Emerald And Dauphin St.

October 2012: NEW WORKSHOPS FROM THE HOME GROWN INSTITUTE “every-other-month Homestead 101 series. Sundays, from 1-5pm in Erdenheim (near Chestnut Hill).  First is 10/21.

10/4 SOAK IT UP! LAUNCH PARTY: Presenting best design ideas for stormwater abatement.  Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St, 6-8pm.

10/4 PHILLY SWAPPERS at Greensgrow Farms 7:00-9pm (doors close at 8pm) “Food swaps are popping up all over the world and now Philly has one! They make and exchange homemade or homegrown food items (preserved fruits and veggies, pickles, jams, jellies, salsas, vinegars, cheeses, breads, cookies, cakes, honey, granola, homegrown herbs and vegetables, backyard eggs, soups, spreads.  Registration is full but we encourage everyone to come and check out what the swap is all about.”

10/6 FALL FESTIVAL AT GREENSGROW FARMS “celebration of fresh, local food, crafts and farm fun!” 11am-4pm, rain or shine

10/9  MOM’S CLEAN AIR FORCE– NIGHT OUT FOR CHILDRENS’ HEALTH at Pop-Up Garden, Walnut St between 19/20 streets.  5:30-7pm

10/10-14 T THE DESIGNPHILADELPHIA FESTIVAL “The city-wide Festival will feature five-days of non-stop programming championing design, showcasing the work of more than 400 designers and creative thinkers in over 120 public events.

10/16 SERVSAFE® FOOD SAFETY TRAINING & CERTIFICATION “Do You Work with Food in Philadelphia? Make sure you in compliance with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health code for Food Service Professionals and Establishments.”  Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Church, 2139 E. Cumberland at Trenton Ave.  $175 includes course book for home study, instructor-led training, practice test, exam, and locally sourced lunch.  Register

10/18 SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CONFERENCE

10/18 FOOD FOR PROFIT “Training Program customized to meet the needs of local food entrepreneurs.  9am-4pm, Overbrook Environmental Education Center, 6134 Lancaster Avenue.  $45 includes materials and lunch.

10/27 FERMENTING SAUERKRAUT & MEAD 12-2pm • Registration Required • $35.00 • at the Greensgrow Community Kitchen at St. Michael’s Church.  “Make your own mead, pickles, sauerkraut.”  Registration:

11/10 PHILADELPHIA COOPERATIVE SUMMIT
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YOUR LETTERS

“Although it is not on your website, somehow I had heard you were doing something with alternatives to mortgage loans for housing. My son is about to take out a loan to build a house here in south central PA (in my backyard) and of course a traditional bank loan puts him into neofeudalism of 30 years of working to pay off the debt.
—”Also, would like to talk with you about “urban colonialism” and the work of Josh Vincent who is there in Philly at the Center for Study of Economics.”  –Alanna Hartzok
—[REPLY]  Alternatives to conventional mortgaged housing may be found via investopedia and co-housing and Tiny House and Squatting.
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“I’m a fan of your ideas. I wanted to see if you could point me to where I could find a copy (digital or printed) of the comic strip that someone had made, possibly you, about radical ideas for a better world kind of things. I saw it hanging up on the idea board during the very early weeks of Occupy Philly. It was like a numbered list of things we could do, like permaculture and earth ships, etc. Each idea had a great little drawing next to it. I’m working on an infographic project about similar ideas and the comic strip keeps coming back to me. I would really like to see it again. I remember it having really great ideas.”  http://visual.ly/education-vs-incarceration  –Jason Killinger
—[REPLY]  Revolution Comix
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“I just happened upon your urban land reform law.  I’ve been doing some thinking and research about land access and food in Chicago, and found it interesting.  Curious what, if anything, you’ve done with it.  Has it gotten any traction in Philly?  Is it recent, or something from a while ago?”  –Nate Ela, Graduate Student, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin - Madison
—[REPLY]  The proposal dates from 2007 when I started the Philadelphia Orchard Project to fill Philadelphia’s 40K vacant lots with food, asserting agriculture as a permanent part of the city’s structure, economy and culture.  New zoning law here makes urban farming somewhat easier, but there is no specific prioritization of vacant land for food production.
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“Your insight into some of the important issues of our time and your work regarding actionable solutions to some of these issues is quite impressive. We’re very lucky to have had the opportunity to listen to you describe some of your initiatives, especially the Patch Adams free clinic.”  –Aaron, Delaware Valley Green Builders Emerging Professionals