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The Wildcrafting Brewer

Creating Unique Drinks and Boozy Concoctions from Nature’s Ingredients

By Pascal Baudar
Chelsea Green Publishing
Feb 12, 2018 (Forthcoming)

Primitive beers, country wines, herbal meads, natural sodas, and more

The art of brewing doesn’t stop at the usual ingredients: barley, hops, yeast, and water. In fact, the origins of brewing involve a whole galaxy of wild and cultivated plants, fruits, berries, and other natural materials, which were once used to make a whole spectrum of creative, fermented drinks.

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1990 Flashback: Compost Bins Featured at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

City Farmer’s Lorenzo Mele shows our bins to the media

CBC’s “Down to Earth”
Part 1 and 2, 1990
At the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden

In those early days, we brought ‘home compost bins’ from Europe and invited inventors to create bins that were rodent-resistant. One of the bins was built by Lorenzo Mele, eventually named the ‘Lorenzo Bin’, which was based on a design that City Farmer created for the cover of a brochure we’d produced for the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) now ‘Metro Vancouver’. The design came after a year’s research, talking with experts about how to ‘build out’ rodents from compost pile.

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Promoting sustainability with community gardening in Pacific Beach, San Diego

Diana Melody and Kari Kiehnau in the community garden.

“Urban agriculture is something nearly everyone can do on a small scale,” said Ferraco.

By Dave Schwab
San Diego News
01/27/18

Excerpt:

Ferraco and Victor are on a mission to educate the public that urban agriculture is something nearly everyone can do. Victor has turned her home into a model sustainable gardening site by using a grey water system to collect used water from her shower, sink, etc. to water all her landscaping.

Ferraco has become an apostle of community gardening, preaching its merits and lobbying for more space to be devoted to collective urban agriculture. She’s presently lobbying to get some community gardening space included in the De Anza Revitalization Plan, a three-year effort to re-imagine, repurpose and revitalize the 120-acre area within Mission Bay Park.

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