Occupying Chico, with Gratitude. And Fire Zinnias.

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 6:00 pm

The Farmers Market in Chico, CA (north of Sacramento) is epic. It is the way the world would be, if the world were fair, if the world were beautiful, if the world were based on abundance instead of austerity. I guess it used to be that way. It still is, on Thursday nights in Chico.

 

Occupy LA: Now Approaching Its Fourth Week Anniversary

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 7:15 pm

Occupy Los Angeles is feeling the effects, both positive and negative, of its growth. Sanitation costs –hauling out garbage and cleaning the porta potties– are taking up most of the donations, and meals must now be delivered from restaurants or “catered” by certified kitchens in order to comply with the health department until the proper permits are in place. Occupy LA’s cook staff did have access to a kitchen for the first two weeks andthey are still looking for another. Pizza is still coming in and people are also relying on their own resources, providing food for themselves and those around them.

FDL Movie Night: Save the Farm

By: Monday June 6, 2011 5:00 pm

Director Michael Kuehnert’s award winning film Save the Farm jumps into the center of the battle to save the country’s largest urban farm, the 14 acre South Central Farm in the weeks leading up the farmers’ eviction.

Developed on an empty lot which was later bought by the City of Los Angeles under eminent domain and mitigated to the community after the Rodney King riots, the South Central Farm was a community venture with 350 farmers growing their own organic crops for food or for sale at the weekly farmer’s market on the land. But the lot’s previous owner, developer Ralph Horowitz claimed the city had violated a clause in the sale, and sued to get the property back. Three courts threw out his suit, but in 2004 Horowitz prevailed and bought back the property for $5 million, and claimed he had a buyer willing to pay $16.3 millions.

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