Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Student Projects: Demystifying Raw Milk and Whole Earth Festival

This week's Local Dirt show features student projects as part of an Action Research Team for the UC Davis Education for Sustainable Living Program.

Demystifying Raw Milk. Guest co-host Gina Drioane, talks about the basics of raw milk with dairy farmer Mark McAffee from Fresno's Organic Pastures. Mark goes into detail about the history of milk production and why raw milk may be considered nutritionally superior and more sustainable compared to pasteurized milk. To learn more about Organic Pastures and raw milk, visit the Organic Pastures website. Photo courtesy Organic Pastures.

Capturing Whole Earth Festival Excitement. Guest co-host Scott Birkestrand, covers the Whole Earth Festival live during the events that happened the first weekend of May. Photo courtesy Whole Earth Festival.

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- Looking for a cool UC Davis class for Fall 2010? Check out CRD 20: Food Systems, which has received rave reviews from students. For more info, read here or listen to this Local Dirt segment (about 36 minutes in).

Music Playlist.
"I Met Him on a Sunday" Laura Nyro & LaBelle (Gonna Take a Miracle on Sony)
"Teeth in the Grass" Iron + Wine (Our Endless Numbered Days on Sub-Pop)
"Orphan Girl" Tim & Mollie O'Brien (Away Out on the Mountain on Sugar Hill)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Music, Art, Environmental Education and Composting at the UC Davis Memorial Union

Music. Art. Environmental Education. AshEL Eldridge from Communitree, Art in Action, Green for All and the Alliance for Climate Education join us on Local Dirt to talk about his work with environmental education, his educational background at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. AshEL will be performing live on Saturday May 22nd at Music on the Green, starting at 5:00pm in Davis Central Park. Interested in supporting this event? AshEL is looking for a DJ to spin while he performs his spoken word pieces. Contact AshEL (seasunz3 at gmail dot com) for more information. During Music on the Green, AshEL will be performing works from his latest album - Earth Amplified. AshEL Eldridge performs as Seasunzs.

Composting at the UC Davis Memorial Union. Antonina Shapovalova and Serene Musallam from the UC Davis Honors Challenge joined Will Klein from the Campus Center for the Environment to update us on the compost pilot program that is currently happening at the UC Davis Memorial Union. The DHC students' initial study showed that over 70% of waste at the Memorial Union was compostable. Their work with ASUCD Project Compost, the ASUCD Senate and Campus Center for the Environment as well as Memorial Union staff and administrators within the UC Davis office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability has pushed the project forward. Photo courtesy Deeba Yavrom.

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Music Playlist.
"Pagan, Pay Gone" by Midnite (Ras Mek Peace on Wild Child)
"Born Secular" by Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins (Rabbit Fur Coat on Team Love)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Science Behind Compost and Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

The Science Behind Compost. Dr Kate Scow, renowned soil microbial ecologist and faculty member in the Dept. of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis, and Alexa Sommers-Miller from ASUCD Project Compost discuss the science behind composting, the process of letting nature turn food and plant waste into useful, nutrient-rich matter. Composting is an alternative to sending food waste and organic matter to the landfill where it produces methane, a noxious greenhouse gas, as it decomposes. Kate and Alexa discuss compost methods, the creatures who make compost happen, and ways that composting might help save the world! They also talk about some problems that compost alone can't solve, like how what to do about the dangerous materials our society produces.

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Oil Spill Swells to 4M Gallons by the Associated Press in the New York Times

- Music on the Green: Free concert and educational event, Saturday May 22nd, 5pm @ Central Park in Davis.

Music Playlist.
"House by the Sea" Iron + Wine (The Sheperd's Dog on Sub Pop)
"Pray For Rain" Tim Grimm (Farm Songs on Vault)
"Poet In My Window" Nanci Griffith (Poet In My Window on Philo/Rounder)
"A Bird Without a Feather" R.L. Burnside (A Bothered Mind on Fat Possum)

Monday, May 3, 2010

Arizona Immigration Law from a Student's View and Struggles of African American Farmers

Arizona Immigration Law: A Student's View. Fellow Aggie, Fabiola Molina, from Texas A&M University, discusses her involvement in the march against the recent Arizona immigration law, signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. Fabiola, a Texas A&M student senator, attended the march on Saturday in Austin, Texas and discusses her thoughts on the law and how it affects her as a student and her community. Image courtesy Monica Almeida from the New York Times.

The Struggles of Rural African Americans. Jerry Pennick, Director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund, explains specific injustices affecting rural African Americans. He discusses land loss, lack of access to credit and markets, and discriminatory lending practices -- including by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These long-standing problems, he says, persist today. The Federation promotes economic justice, a necessary prerequisite for sustainable agriculture. To learn more about Black land loss, check out the "Torn From the Land" series here and here. For more on the Pigford case, read this news article. Originally aired on 3/1/2010. Image courtesy Russell Lee, USDA.

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News Articles.
Arizona Enacts Stringent Law on Immigration from The New York Times by Randal C. Archibold

- It's International Compost Awareness Week! Check out
Project Compost in the Quad and the Dining Rooms this week as well as tours of Segundo Dining Room and take a sneak peak of the organic waste diversion program happening on Tuesday May 4th/Thursday May 6th from 2-4pm.
Project Compost Meetings are at 6:00pm on Mondays, check it out!
- Real Food Week is happening this week! Check out our last post for the awesome activities

Music Playlist.
"Goin' Down South" by R.L. Burnside feat. Lyrics Born (A Bothered Mind on Fat Possum)
"I Ain't Got You" by Rosie Flores and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts (Girl of the Country on Bloodshot)
"Night Train to Memphis" performed by Bobby Hebb (From Where I Stand on Warner Brothers)
"Great Atomic Power" by Charlie Louvin (Charlie Louvin on Tompkins Square)