2008 Mouse & Trowel Finalists – Not begging for your vote. Nope. Definitely not doing that.
The War for Seeds – The French seed bank Kokopelli was recently fined and taken to court by the French government and corporate seed merchant Baumaux for selling rare seed varieties that aren’t on the official EU-approved list. The following is an excerpt from a press release that explains what this means:
“The European Union, has a system that restricts the sale of seeds that are not registered on their approved list. Any heirloom seeds that are sold must be formally registered with European Union governments and sold only by vendors who can afford to pay the registration fees.
By forbidding Kokopelli from selling unregistered seeds, it is likely that 99% of heritage seeds will no longer be commercially available in Europe and, according to the organizationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s calculations, over 2500 varieties are at risk of disappearing.”
An online petition supporting Kokopelli is available here. – Thanks Gwynne.
Verbotomy – Are you suffering from the debilitating effects of discomposture or recychosis? You’re not alone. Help is on the way and operators are standing by to take your call.
If you’re still waiting to see actual flowers in bloom these cheerful, flowery crafts should do the trick.
- Crochet a flower necklace according to Crochet Me’s brilliant project instructions. Even the chain is crocheted!
- Follow along with Artsy-Crafty Babe’s tutorial for making floral button pins. I may just get through that massive box of random buttons after-all.
- via Craft blog.
Mouse and Trowel Awards 2008 – Vote for your favourite garden blogs.
Earth Hour – Turn your lights off for an hour starting at 8pm tomorrow night. March 29, 2008.
Buying Organic – This buying guide chart from Good Magazine illustrates the who’s who of the burgeoning organic food market. Not the small independents you might have suspected. via Heather Ink
Organic Miracle Needed – An article from Forbe’s magazine about Miracle Gro’s attempt at “owning” the organic gardening market. Thanks Renee.
Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity – This book from the co-editor of Punk Planet explores the ways corporate culture has co-opted the D.I.Y style and language of the grassroots and how in turn artists, D.I.Yers etc have inadvertently or intentionally forwarded a corporate agenda through their own work.
This turn-of-the-century seed catalogue, John A. Bruce & Co.’s Illustrated and Descriptive Catalogue of Seeds, 1884, was perfect reading this morning as I prepared to make my final seed choices and orders for the 2008 growing season. The gorgeous illustrated book (do not miss the cover on page 6), reproduced in full and made available online as a part of the Ontario Time Machine project is fascinating to explore including vegetable varieties many of us still enjoy today (they sold my favourite dwarf pea ‘Tom Thumb’!). Reading through the book sent me off on some wild but fruitless chases for interesting varieties like ‘Alpha’ a blue wrinkled pea, and ‘Black Portugal Musk Rock’* (page 13) a fascinating, bumpy-skinned cantaloupe.
As you turn through the pages be sure to click on descriptive photos, text definitions and audio files that provide further insight and historical context.
I’ve got to include an additional shout-out here to my spouse Davin who designed the Ontario Time Machine website.
*Cantaloupes or musk melons were called “rock melons” around the turn-of-the-century due to their hard, rock-like rinds.