Dec 242013


My friend (and newly qualified Ethnobotanist) Emma Cooper has started a virtual book club. More about Emma’s studies later, as we were a case study in Emma’s thesis.

Her idea is that participants will read a set book every other month and we then discuss this online.

For more details about how this will work and how to take part, please visit Emma’s blog post.

The first book for January 2014 is Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden by Gilbert Livingstone Wilson. It describes native American Indian agricultural practices of the Hidatsas (meaning ‘willows’) as recounted to him by the mother of his interpreter, Maxi’diwiac.

I very much look forward to reading the book and hope some of my blog readers will join in on Emma’s blog.

To help I have converted the free file of the book on the University of Pennsylvania web site into a pdf file which you can download.
Click on the link to open in a new tab you can then save to your hard drive.
Or right mouse click and ‘Save Link As’ to save the book to your hard drive.

Buffalo Bird Woman’s Garden pdf

 Posted by at 12:06

Please help now to save our spuds

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Dec 042013
Sarpo Potatoes in our garden

Some of our 2013 Sarpo potatoes growing

If you’ve grown potatoes, you’ll probably know the heartbreak that late blight can cause you. It can wipe out your crop.

If you eat potatoes, I’m sure you’d like to eat ones that are free from copper (a heavy metal), fungicides & pesticides. But to prevent crop losses, conventional farmers use the copper & other sprays.

A small startup company, Sarpo Potatoes have developed GM free, blight resistant spuds that don’t need spraying. Hooray!

Their spuds are also very tasty. Yay!

But if Sarpo don’t get a few tens of pounds from spud lovers in the next few days, their project may die. 🙁

You can help by donating as little as £5. You can help by loaning (yes lending!) as little as £50 and you’ll get lovely spuds as your interest payment.

Please contribute here now.

I have.

If you’d like to find out more about this low-carbon, environmentally sound project, please click here.

Sarpo Potatoes are not big agri-business. They really need our help to get the potatoes grown and out to the wider market. Your contribution could be as little as the loose change down the back of the sofa or to loan the cost of less than a night out. Please go here to help.

Thanks in advance 🙂

 Posted by at 13:34
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