Monthly Archives: August 2009

Urban farming changes the landscape

Urban farming advocate Will Allen introduces the concept in this YouTube clip:

Life, Art and Chickens, Afloat in the Harbour — an excerpt from the NY Times story;


The social dimension is very much a part of the Waterpod "mix". P: Michael Nagle for The NY Times

“Over two live-in visits a month apart, this reporter became one of the crew, pitching in on the dome cover-raising and daily tasks like feeding the chickens — four hens produce breakfast, lunch and dinner — and tending the vegetable gardens that line the boat’s rails. Continue reading


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Why everyone’s so upset about Site 41

Here is a message from Michael Schmidt:

Dear Friends

I urge you to read this piece of information, so that you understand why I have taken and will take more drastic actions in the near future. Go to the website try to understand how crucial immediate actions are.

All the best to all of you

Regards Michael Schmidt

What’s the big deal about the water?

In 2006, University of Heidelberg Professor William Shotyk, a world-renowned scientist whose research sets an international benchmark for measuring the effects of human activities on water, tested the water at Dumpsite 41. Continue reading

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Visiting Canadian finds raw milk is “just another roadside attraction” in Vermont

Here’s a charming little “what I did on my vacation” essay from Toronto Dowsers head honcho Marilyn Gang:

Imagine finding signs like this along the road in Ontario.

Imagine finding signs like this along the road in Ontario.

I recently returned from a lovely 3 weeks in NY and Vermont, attended the Dowsers convention, and a brief event in Vermont boggled my little brain and I would like to share this with you:

At the checkout line in a Manchester, Vermont supermarket (Shaw’s), the bag boy — about 15 was rosy cheeked, and friendly and I could tell he was excited about something. When I asked him what it was, this sweet young
man said “We are moving our cows to the Addison County Fair (Vermont’s largest agricultural fair, celebrating their 60th year as a family oriented community tradition.) tomorrow.”

When I told him I was from Toronto, he said he’s also excited at [ in 2010] attending the big — Jersey or Guernsey event in Ontario.

Even though I had lived in Vermont I was not too clear on the milk rules in Vermont. I asked him if it was possible to get real milk in the area and he responded: “Sure. Just go up the road to Dorset. You’ll see a barn on the side of the road with a sign.”
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Michael Moore’s October surprise preview — “Capitalism: a Love Story”

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“It’s a crime story. But it’s also a war story about class warfare. And a vampire movie, with the upper one per cent feeding off the rest of us. And, of course, it’s also a love story. Only it’s about an abusive relationship.

“It’s not about an individual, like Roger Smith, or a corporation, or even an issue, like health care. This is the big enchilada. This is about the thing that dominates all our lives — the economy. I made this movie as if it was going to be the last movie I was allowed to make.

“It’s a comedy.” — Michael Moore

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What if all concerned people did what Michael Schmidt is doing at dump site 41? Which is really “illegal” — the dump itself, or citizens’ actions to stop it?

Some interesting perspectives have come up in the comments section of the post about Michael Schmidt’s arrest for blocking the gate at the site last week. Here are some excerpts:

Michael Schmidt is handcuffed by police for blockading dump site 41.

Michael Schmidt is handcuffed and removed by police after blockading dump site 41.

Linda B says: “there are many paths to take to protest the dump, prayers, letters, firekeeping, preparing and bringing food and those who knowingly put themselves at risk for arrest. All contributions are so very vital. Thank you Michael for yours.”

Lesley Spence says: “Here is a man who knows first hand what it is like to be harassed for doing what is right – just to give you all some background on what this man and his family were subjected to (in case you are not familiar), read what I wrote to all the newspapers about it at the time (none of the papers published it, to my knowledge)
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American raw milk activist declares “Michael Schmidt Month” and invites guest writers to contribute stories

Long-time raw-milk advocate and writer on food and health Kimberly Hartke has declared a “Michael Schmidt Month” on her blog Hartke is Online.

American nurse, paralegal and guest blogger, Cheryl Hadden, is sleepless over the Michael Schmidt case. Photo Alyssa L. Miller.

American nurse, paralegal and guest blogger, Cheryl Hadden, is "sleepless over the Michael Schmidt case". Photo Alyssa L. Miller.

She invites guest writers to contribute stories exploring raw milk related themes and talking about how Michael Schmidt’s work and example have affected them personally. Be sure to drop by Kimberly’s blog from time to time this month to see what she’s been posting. I believe this week she’s expecting to post something by Mark McAfee of Organic Pastures Dairy in California.

Media interest in the Michael Schmidt case has been building as we lead up to the court date at the end of this month at which time the judge will announce the date when his verdict on the case will be rendered. Are they trying to drag this case out or what? This November will be the third anniversary of the raid on Glencolton Farms in 2006 that started the whole process.

Now here’s an excerpt from one of the posts in Kimberly’s Michael Schmidt Month, by Cheryl Hadden, titled “Sleepless over Michael Schmidt”: Continue reading

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Tornado damage pictures from Michael Schmidt’s farms in Durham Ontario

Finally power and internet access have been restored to the point where it was possible for raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt to transmit these photos from the scene of tornado destruction around Glencolton Farms in Durham Ontario:

Once a beautiful barn... now after the tornado, its just a shambles of its former self

Once a beautiful barn... now after the tornado, it's just a shambles.

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