December 2, 2005

Wind Energy

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Community Supported Agriculture

What is Community Supported Agriculture and How Does It Work?"

CSA reflects an innovative and resourceful strategy to connect local farmers with local consumers; develop a regional food supply and strong local economy; maintain a sense of community; encourage land stewardship; and honor the knowledge and experience of growers and producers working with small to medium farms. CSA is a unique model of local agriculture whose roots reach back 30 years to Japan where a group of women concerned about the increase in food imports and the corresponding decrease in the farming population initiated a direct growing and purchasing relationship between their group and local farms. This concept traveled to Europe and was adapted to the U.S. and given the name "Community Supported Agriculture".

Web Link - Local Harvest
Web Link - Community Supported Agriculture
Web Link - Small Farm Today

Slow Food

Founded by Carlo Petrini in Italy in 1986, Slow Food is an international association that promotes food and wine culture, but also defends food and agricultural biodiversity worldwide. (see our History Section)

It opposes the standardization of taste, defends the need for consumer information, protects cultural identities tied to food and gastronomic traditions, safeguards foods and cultivation and processing techniques inherited from tradition and defend domestic and wild animal and vegetable species. (see our Mission Section)

Web Link - Slow Food International
Web Link - Slow Food USA


Wind Energy Project

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Redbud Wind I - Enid, OK
The Redbud Wind project is my personal adventure into the arena of wind energy. The project is currently in a stage of preliminary investigation to determine if there is adequate wind power at a family farm site in north central Oklahoma to justify pursuing investment in a commercial grade wind turbine.

This effort began in May of 2005 with attendance at the Wind Power 2005 international conference in Denver. It has been pursued since that time through a zoning variance application, communications with the FAA about airport proximity, a letter of approval to proceed from the U.S. Air Force at Vance Air Force Base and finally the purchase and erection of a 100' tall wind anemometer tower.

Redbud Wind - I
Project Archive

This wind turbine icon provides a link to track progress at the Redbud Wind I site at Enid, OK. The intent is to provide an ongoing look inside the procedures of wind energy analysis at this site. The icon will appear in future newsletters.
Web links about wind power

Web Link - Wind Power Basics
Web Link - How a Wind Turbine Works
Web Link - Cape Wind Could Become the First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm
Web Link - Land- vs. Sea-based Wind Farms
Web Link - Sources of Energy in the United States


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Photo of the week

Near Clayton, NM - March 2005

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Hungry Planet

"Today we are witnessing the greatest change in global diets since the invention of agriculture. Globalization, mass tourism, and giant agribusiness have filled American supermarket shelves with extraordinary new foods‹and McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Kraft Cheese Singles are being exported to every corner of the planet."

"In Hungry Planet, the creative team behind the best-selling Material World books, Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio present a photographic study of families from around the world, revealing what people eat during the course of one week. Each family's profile includes a detailed description of their weekly food purchases; photographs of the family at home, at market, and in their community; and a portrait of the entire family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. To assemble this remarkable comparison, Menzel and D'Aluisio traveled to twenty-four countries and visited thirty families from Bhutan and Bosnia to Mexico and Mongolia. Accompanied by an insightful foreword by Marion Nestle, and provocative essays from Alfred W. Crosby, Francine R. Kaufman, Corby Kummer, Charles C. Mann, Michael Pollan, and Carl Safina, the result of this journey is a 30-course documentary feast: captivating, infuriating, and altogether fascinating."

Hungry Planet
by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio
Web Link - Hungry Planet - the book

Hungry Planet recommended by Peter Ralston
Web Link - Peter Ralston - photographer

George Beggs 12/2005 - Feedback is welcome

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