Friday, December 28, 2007

Jamul project

[In the long run, I'm not sure this sort of thing will be posted to
this blog--but maybe it would be. In the next week or so I'll be
writing up a more complete proposal about where this blog could go.]

This opportunity was posted on the sdpg list,
and Marc Bailey managed to arrange it so I could ride out there with him.

It is in effect a paid local permaculture internship (I don't know how
many more could be paid at this point, but it couldn't hurt to call
Josh), and one of the most wonderful opportunities I've had in San

Marc and I both got to use a bobcat excavator yesterday to dig swales!

Josh is great.


"plant your water before you plant your plants" (Brad Lancaster?) -- a saying I learned.

Hey Folks,

My name is Josh Robinson and I live in Flagstaff,
Arizona where I own a permaculture based landscape
design company called Eden on Earth
I will be visiting San Diego for a couple of weeks
during the holidays where I will be doing some
permaculture landscaping at my folks home and I am
looking for some helping hands. The site is in Jamul
which is in east county. The project is removing a
lawn and replacing it with an edible and water
harvesting landscape. This is PAID work and a great
way for people to get some hands-on experience
learning permaculture. The pay will be somewhere
between $10-15/hour. Work will begin somewhere around
December 26th and last a week or so. I have extensive
experience installing both passive and active
rainwater harvesting systems in drylands environments
so you will learn much while making a bit of cash.

Please contact me asap if you or someone else you know
is interested in this job.

Josh Robinson
rolling_stone123 at

PS. I am also interested to see some permaculture
sites that other people are working on in the area so
please contact me about that as well.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Breaking Ground Consciousness Festival: Friday 1/25

Friday, Jan 25th
Local Power San Diego presents
Breaking Ground Music, Arts and Consciousness Festival at UCSD

Calling the conscious minded:
Breaking ground is an art, music, and consciousness
festival to be held at the Che Cafe at UCSD. The day's
activities will be held in the organic garden coop,
and evening events include a concert featuring the
Elephants in Mud, among other reggae and various
artists. For anyone interested in participating in the
festival, we are looking for artists, musicians,
naturalists, healers, dancers, and anyone who has the
desire to share their vision of consciousness freely
to the world. Sign up by sending me an email or go to and send an email there. We'll keep
you informed of organizational meetings and any
information leading to the event. Thanks and we hope
to jam with you soon!

Three new maps: Canyons, Gardens, Permaculture Sites

Please edit these maps:

They all are currently displaying in the map channels map!

To edit them, you'll need a google account and maybe Firefox or Internet Explorer (I'm not sure about Safari). Your edits may not show up in the Map Channels map immediately. If you do a lot of work, you can make a copy of the map to save your work--ask me how (and I'll make a copy too).

If you'd like to work on importing the data from Community Farms and Gardens, let me know--I have some ideas.

To work on the canyons, visit Sierra Club Canyons Campaign. Eric Bowlby may have some GIS data that could be imported.

There may already be data in google earth about these sites, but my computer is too slow to check. Let me know if you take the time to search around in google earth.

Proposed book tour for David Wann, _Simple Prosperity_ 1/31-2/15

If someone organizes a venue for him, he will visit. If you'd like to volunteer to organize this, let me (and/or him) know. When I mentioned my interest in ecovillages / cohousing, he wrote the following:

Thanks for your quick reply. As an eleven-year resident of Harmony Village Cohousing, author of several community books, and producer of several TV programs about the many benefits of communities and "neighborhoods on purpose" I could address those issues specifically with a talk and slideshow. Please see the current online issue of Cohousing Magazine, where an article I wrote is the lead article.
Google David Wann+Simple Prosperity

Proposed Book Signing Tour Simple Prosperity:
Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle
with Author Dave Wann Jan 31- Feb 15 2008 San Diego -SF

Dave Wann is organizing  a BOOK SIGNING TOUR& POWER POINT author of Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle , he will be selling his book and giving a Power Point. Below is a list of proposed locations for the tour  let us know if you would like to be part of the Book tour. He will organize the dates for each talk once he hear back from everyone.  He will send you copies of the book to help with the promo, also a pressrelease and poster.

Simple Prosperity is a sequel to the book Affluenza by John Wann, both from the book and the well-watched TV programs that coauthor  John de Graaf produced.

Please visit youtube as Dave Wann Talks about Sustainability:

What’s Simple Prosperity About?

The book Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle outlines a new way of life that can deliver twice the satisfaction for half the resources. What we eat, where we live, where we work, and what we buy are all topics of discussion, and all can be assets that build immunity to over-consumption. The book’s underlying theme is that current, unprecedented rates of consumption can’t and won’t continue. “Because of resource shortages, a reduced capacity of the environment to clean up after us, an epidemic of debt, a longing for meaning and purpose, and a deep-seated instinct for ecological stability, we’ll invent a joyfully moderate and culturally abundant lifestyle,” author David Wann writes.

He concludes that basic human needs are not being met well in the U.S., leaving us vulnerable to the socially transmitted disease he helped identify in the best-selling book Affluenza. Simple Prosperity is a sequel to Affluenza, which has some degree of notoriety in the west, both from the book and the well-watched TV programs that coauthor John de Graaf produced.

Americans may spend the least for food in the world (as a percentage of income) but we also have the most expensive healthcare, and we have recently sunk to 42nd in the world in life expectancy. Simple Prosperity presents seventeen forms of real wealth that can overcome affluenza, including health, time affluence, social capital, natural connections, an instinct for genuine happiness, the real wealth of neighborhoods, mindful money, and brilliant design based on what nature and people actually need.

“When we change a few key priorities, many of our material wants will cease to be obsessions, “ says Wann. “It’s not just that we won’t need the next generation of gadgets or clothes; we truly won’t even want them. Instead of fidgety, addictive consumption, our lives will be filled with the real wealth of sanity, health, hope, caring, connection, participation, and purpose.”

David Wann is president of the non-profit Sustainable Futures Society, a board member of the Cohousing Association of the U.S., and a fellow of the Simplicity Forum, an association of writers and thinkers on the topic of sensible, sustainable lifestyles. Wann has received various lifetime achievement awards for his work on sustainability. He’s been an passionate gardener for 25 years and coordinates the community garden in the neighborhood he helped design Harmony Village in Golden, Colorado. He’s written nine books and produced many award-winning TV programs and videos on sustainable design and sustainable lifestyles.

Videos and TV programs produced by David include Sustaining America’s Agriculture, narrated by the late Raymond Burr, appeared in syndication on public and cable TV stations across the country, as did Transportation 2000: Moving Beyond Auto America. The short program, Sustainable Design: Lessons from Nature premiered at the 1996 Olympics and was recently used at the United Nations. Smart Growth is widely used by city councils and planners across the country, and Building Livable Communities was produced in 1999 as a speaking tool for then Vice President Al Gore.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Colin Leath's Links

Occasionally viewed:

Sites I maintain(ed): sdtjdph, sdperm, sdcityrepair, sdprim, carfreecasualties, j9k blog, the garden at 4602 seminole, carfreeuniverse, j9k, experienceart, googlepage, sdtjpcg, cfev

Newly added links, yet to be sorted. Many of these I just visit once and list here to make it easier to find them later:

[recently, I've been using and tagging certain links 'for:sdtjdph']

The main excitement today was from an ad for the Bike Prom in this week's CityBeat. So, we have primarily a bunch of myspace sites linking to younger bicycle & related social events, activism:
Other links I saved up:

Tijuana trips:
Backyard Urban Farming
Misc:From Keith Pezzoli
  • Cafe San Diego seeks to have posts by a different local leader each weekday. I find it difficult to read/follow but there are good topics and posters who are leading organizations. I might say that it is an example of what this blog could become--but they're doing that, so I guess we'll be doing something different.
  • San Diego Suburban Newspapers (google)
  • Echo Media suburban newspapers

from Dan
Garden related:2008-01-31
  • Debbie, who blogs at Sand Dragon Green was at our tech meeting yesterday.
  • Sunroot Gardens -- bike-based, urban, community-supported agriculture. Thanks to Mike in Portland.

The poetry bench in Balboa Park. Candy Vanderhoff told the story of getting this built at the City Repair meeting last Tuesday, and of the effects of meeting there each month to read poetry. Inspiring. Readings are first Sunday of the month at noon. Anyone want to add the location to the permaculture sites map?


San Diego Civic Solutions


San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership

Move San Diego --Michael Brennan writes: Their organization has gone to great lengths to come up with viable and comprehensive alternatives to the region's current transit plans. It is quite interesting and is worth checking out and signing up for their email list.

And on native plants, water conservation gardening, rare fruits, thanks to Philip Dunn:

One of the more relevant links is their gardening with
natives section:

You should also check out the CA Rare Fruit Growers
group if you are looking for edible natives. 2008 is
their "Year of the Avocado."

And here's one with lots of local resources:
Advocacy / Education / ?
Local to me
To study when I have more time
Some San Diego bloggers with links to many other local blogs

Feeds - offsite

Sunday, December 23, 2007

sdtjdph map

Width: 630x500   Edit this map. (You'll need a google account, and probably Firefox or Internet Explorer.)

Friday, December 21, 2007

Customize the feed

By subscribing to a site's feed, your reader is updated or you are notified by email when there are new posts. By email, you'll be notified once a day; readers update more often.

If you don't want our whole feed, it is easy to subscribe to part of it. Maybe you want to read posts by only two of the contributors, or maybe you want to read just the posts that mention Tijuana. Here's how to filter the feed so you can do that:

[note: if this how-to is ever out of date, do a search for rss filter or feed filter and you should find something that helps.]


Enabling email subscriptions to filtered feeds is more involved. So perhaps only contributors will be interested in the following instructions in order to make it easier for their fans to subscribe by email to their posts.

If you don't want to enable email subscriptions, you can skip the following list. If you still want to create a link to the filtered feed, skip to #11, and modify the example there to point to your filtered feed.

To create a feed with your own title, description, and stable address using feedburner:

  1. Take the URL of the filtered feed you made at refilter or feed rinse. For Administrator, using refilter, this looks like this: ""
  2. Paste it into the form at, and click 'Next >>'.
  3. For the feed title, perhaps put "Your Name at SD/TJ Design, Plant, Harvest". For the feed address, perhaps "sdtjdphyourname" or "YourNameAtSDTJPH".
  4. You'll need to enter info for a new account, and then click 'Activate Feed >>'.
  5. The address for your new feed is displayed. To enable email subscriptions, you'll need to continue. Click 'Next >>'.
  6. You may want to check the "Clickthroughs" and "I want more! . . ." options. Click 'Next >>'. You should now see several tabs: Analyze, Optimize, Publicize, Monetize, Troubleshootize.
  7. Click the 'Optimize' tab, then, in about the middle of the list of links on the left, click 'Title/Description Burner'.
  8. For the 'New Title', put something like "Your Name at SD/TJ Design, Plant, Harvest". For 'New Description' put something like "Your Name's posts at SD/TJ Design, Plant, Harvest". If you don't do this, the title and description of your new feed will be the same as those of the original feed. Click 'Activate'.
  9. To enable email subscriptions, click the 'Publicize' tab. And about four links down on the left, click 'Email Subscriptions'. Then click 'Activate'. You're almost done.
  10. To link to this feed from your profile, make sure you are signed into Blogger. Click on your profile--if you are a contributor to sdtjdph, this will be on the right hand side of the blog--then click 'edit your profile'.
  11. In the 'About Me' text box, you can put the following: <a href="">Subscribe to my posts on SDTJDPH by email or reader</a>
  12. But instead of 'sdtjdphAdministrator', you'll want to put the address you gave your feed. If you forget what this is, go back to feedburner and click 'Edit Feed Details' just below the title of your feed (the biggest letters on the page), and look in the box to the right of "Feed Address".
  13. Click 'Save Profile'. When you view your profile, there should now be a link to a web page of your feed. There, you should see links to subscribe by email or by reader. See my profile for an example.
Once you have your own feed URL, you can do all sorts of things:
  • display the most recent three titles of your posts on a web page,
  • have your posts appear on your Facebook profile,
  • and on and on--
If you have new ideas to add to the list, let me know. If you'd like help with the two ideas I've listed, let me know too.


Who do you want to hear from?

If you would like to contribute, or if you would like an organization or individual to be invited to contribute, comment here or email Administrator.

See also our Contributor Guidelines.

These individuals and organizations have been invited to post here:

(Many have only been invited by email by someone they don't know. If you'd like to hear from them, encourage them to post here!)

April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008

December 2007

As more are invited, the list will be updated.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Map Channels

Locations mentioned in the blog may be posted below. Data from maps on our maps page may also be included. You may prefer a full page view. Pause the slideshow and expand the sidebar on the right to select which map channels to display. Double-click to zoom.

Width: 630x500 Full page view Maps page >>

To have your data made available as a channel in this map, email Administrator.

This map is made using Rob, a programmer there, has been very helpful!

What kind of blog would you subscribe to?

As an individual or organization, what are the attributes of a blog you would want to subscribe to? Please comment here--

What kind of blog would you contribute to?

As an individual or organization, what are the attributes of a blog you would want to contribute to? Please comment here--

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Events points here. See also our Events page >> and Calendars page >>
Check the accuracy of all event info posted here with another source, if possible. Width: 630x800; View: Agenda. To have all of your organization's events displayed in this calendar, create a publicly-shared calendar and email Administrator the link.

To add a particular event, create a publicly-shared event in a google calendar and invite Administrator (sdtjdph at to the event. Your event should appear immediately.

See also our Events page >> and Calendars page >>

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


San Diego is getting a little closer to needing to aggregate all the local "food policy" information - - like Vancouver, other cities.

As a demo (and this could be used for real!) I set up this blog and invited


to all be contributors. Do you know of any others who might want to post events or news here? Email me at cleath at j9k dot org or comment on this post.

Once you sign up, it may be as easy as sending an email to post to the blog--so there should be no (technical or time) excuse for not posting here.

Once you are signed up you can create and share a profile which will display in a "Contributors" box on this page.

It is also easy to display this blog's feed on your site (ask me how--feedburner has a feature that enables this), and it is easy for people to subscribe to the feed so they can be notified when new events or news are posted.

Streetsblog and Planetizen's Interchange are two examples of collaborative blogs.

I hope "food policy" doesn't sound too crusty--we can change it.

At one point I had "San Diego (& Tijuana?)" in the title. . . If you know of Tijuana groups, we can broaden the focus.

Eventually, though, we'll want to enable a narrower focus and have neighborhood- and street-level announcements.

See for an example of that.

It looks like Local Power San Diego has been making efforts to set something like that up.