Sunday, January 29, 2012

Occupy San Diego Garden Report 01.29.12

Today I set poles for the beans, planted strawberries, weeded, watered, and added redworm compost to the main compost pile. We have cilantro, arugula, butter leaf lettuce, radishes, green beans, tomatoes, kale, broccoli, pumpkin, oregano, carrots, onions, dill, fennel, and leeks growing in our Occupy patch! 

Let's have a garden party on #F11 in coordination with the Occupy Summit.  As you can see in the video, there is room to grow.

Remember San Diego 99%--This is your garden.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Occupy San Diego Permaculture Begins

Permaculture is a foundation point for the building of a sustainable occupation.  If we look deeper into the global uprising spreading across the globe--we see a fundamental shift toward better ways of living regardless of religion, race, and language.  Though this shift is scene mainly as a political upheaval, with protests, and tear gas, brutality and corruption--the underlying shift is much more sublime and resonant on a silent frequency.

Permaculture is part of this underlying shift.  It is a method to find better ways of living in harmony.  In the Andes mountains the indigenous cultures call this Sumak Kawsay--roughly translated into "The Good Life."  And in the countries of Ecuador and Bolivia the people have re-written their state constitutions to reflect the mindset of these ancient traditions.  Instead of corporate person-hood, they have given Nature constitutional rights, so as to protect and nourish her.  Imagine that!

We have a beautiful opportunity to share in this global awakening.  The world is watching.  So is Mother Nature.  Let's make our gardens the foundation point for Sumak Kawsay in San Diego, and be the voice for the good life!


'Good living incorporates a human, ethical and holistic dimension to the relationships of human beings, not only to their own history but with their natural surroundings."-Pablo Davalos

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

“Orto Errante”-Wandering Garden of Italy's Occupation

This is a quick video of "Orto Errante" or, Wandering Garden from the Italian Occupation.  I hope this gives all Occupiers hope. We are part of a global awakening!  Thank you for this garden Italy!

To all the world:  Occupy San Diego grows with you!  We plan to feed the 99% sustainable local foods.  We also grow as a symbol of hope, prosperity and peace.  Let us know where and what your gardens look like! Stay connected.

Go here for more details on Orto Errante.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

OSD Gardens-Pumpkin Compost and Planting

Occupy San Diego Garden is surviving thanks to the volunteer work being done on all levels.  Support is coming in the form of coffee grinds, oyster shells and pumpkins for composting, buckets for saving food committee left-overs, and occupy labor parties planting and designing future beds.  As you can see in the video, we have room to grow!

OSD Garden Committee has put a call out to San Diego's  99% asking for a county-wide planting on all levels.  This means you.  Start planting seeds indoors now for future expansion.  Once sprouted, if you don't have room, or you do not have a green thumb, the garden committee will accept them and transplant them for you.

This is your garden.  Together we will feed the 99%.  If you'd like to get on the osd-garden e-mail group, leave a comment here and we'll contact you.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

First Days of Occupy Gardens at City College

Here is a quick video documenting  the beginning of Occupy Gardens here in San Diego.  

Updates/Requests/Information:  This week we planted broccoli, cilantro, mixed greens, and a tomato plant brought up from the Civic center.  Our compost pile is filled with Halloween pumpkins, hay and turned over dirt, leaves and brush.  We are networking with local farms to organize for a thanksgiving day meal.  If you can contribute please leave a comment on this post.  As always, please plant seeds indoors wherever you are and bring future transplants to the Civic Center.  We will find them homes.  
Thanks to Sarah and Robert for helping out this past Tuesday and Mellisa for Occupying the gardens on Thursday.  Also to Josh at for providing support and pumpkins for pie-making.

Garden Group e-mail:  If you'd like to get e-mails about gardening schedules and coordination please join the [osd-gardens] group and participate in the free flow of ideas that help keep the garden growing!


Gardening is civil and social,
but it wants the vigor and freedom
of the forest and the outlaw.  

~Henry David Thoreau

Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupy San Diego Gardening Committee

It's been a journey since day 1 of Occupy San Diego, but OSD Gardens survived and is thriving despite police raids, marches, and all other kinds of disturbances. We planted these seeds on Oct 7th, the first night of our urban camping protest. The seeds sprouted a week later on the night of the first police raid, and we had to move them to my front yard for a few days until I could find a new home for them. Luckily, the gardeners at City College, some of whom are Occupiers, donated a space in their newly expanded gardens for OSD to grow edible plants!

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to OSD's gardening effort. The response has beed positive and widespread. I encourage you all to plants seeds at home and bring the transplants to the garden. Soon we will have a meal using the veggies we've grown!

This week's Garden Work Schedule:

Tuesday 9am-12noon-meet at the Civic Center 8:30am
Thursday 9am-12noon-meet at the Civic Center 8:30am
Saturday-12 noon-teach-in by Elle of Suzie's Gardens-focus on mobile gardening systems.

Check back here often, leave a comment when you can.

OccupySD Gardens
Feeding the 99%