Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Butterflies, Climate Change and a Rally to Save the Domes at UC Davis

Butterflies and Climate Change.
Butterfly Man, Dr. Arthur 'Art' Shapiro, professor of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis, discusses his work observing butterflies and monitoring their population across the central section of California over the past 35 years. Art also talks about his global travels and research translating changes and observations within butterfly populations to global climate change. To learn more about Art's work, visit his website: butterfly.ucdavis.edu. Photo courtesy of UC Davis.

Rally to Save the Domes.
Jeremy and Anna Ruth report from the rally to save the Domes, which occurred at UC Davis on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011. Domes residents and community supporters presented letters of support to the UC Davis administration to save their community. Jeremy chats with Emily Galindo, Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and director of Student Housing at UC Davis. We also hear from Fred Wood, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UC Davis, on the state of the Domes future and negotiations with the Solar Community Housing Association. To learn more about the Domes community, and how you can help, visit www.bagginsend.org. Photo courtesy of Jeremy Raff.

Announcements.
- Join us for UC Davis Farm-to-College Night on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 from 4:30-7:30pm at the UC Davis ARC Pavilion. Fun activities, live music and contra dancing with Driving With Fergus, games, prizes, and of course, a sustainable menu featuring local and organic ingredients. Learn more at dining.ucdavis.edu.

Music.
Tonight's show featured music from...
- Putamyo World Music - Brazilian Lounge and African Lounge
- Evangeline (playing live at the UC Davis Tri CoOps - Pierce on Thursday, June 9th at 8pm)
- Bon Iver

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Student Run Food CoOp and the Trellis Fund

Flatland Food Collective at UC Davis - Student Run Food CoOp. Sparked by an interest in more sustainable food options on the UC Davis campus, UC Davis students Kase Wheatley and Anna Ruth Crittenden joined teams with the national Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive to launch a cooperatively- and student-run cafe on campus! Jeremy Raff chats with Anna Ruth and Kase about their work with CoFed and students at UC Davis to begin the discussion around food, cooperatives and how to marry the two into a retail operation on campus: the Flatland Food Collective. Image courtesy of the Flatland Food Collective at UC Davis.

The Trellis Fund. Named after grape trellises because it provides a support framework for local initiatives to grow and become fruitful, The Trellis Fund was developed by UC Davis graduate students and brothers Peter and Tommy Shapland. Neda Yousefian chats with Peter, Tommy and Juliet Braslow, a UC Davis graduate student studying Horticulture and Agronomy and International Agriculture Development program, about the development of the Trellis Fund and some of the projects that have fruited from the funds networking structure and grant program. The Trellis Fund aims to link horticultural graduate students in the U.S. to agricultural NGOs/universities/government agencies in developing countries. Image courtesy of the Trellis Fund at UC Davis.

Announcements.
Rally to Save the Domes - UC Davis Domes residents are organizing a rally in support of their housing community! The rally will be held in the Memorial Union on Wednesday, May 25th 2011 from 2 to 5 p.m. To lean more about the UC Davis Domes community, visit http://www.bagginsend.org/. Image courtesy of the Baggins End Community at UC Davis.

Music.
Tonight's show features music from...
- Tow by The Devil Makes Three
- Mister Freedom by Mother Earth, Tree People
- De Noile, Na Cama by Doris Monteiro
- Hands in Pockets by Joanna Newsom

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Kathleen Merrigan: Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food

A talk by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen Merrigan, about the significance of eating locally produced food, knowing your farmer and playing an active role in your regional food system.

The event was hosted by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) of UC Davis and Students for Sustainable Agriculture.

The piece begins with a short introduction by Tom Tomich, director of the ASI, and a presentation of the Eric Bradford and Charlie Rominger Agricultural Sustainability Leadership Award to Kelly Garbach.

Learn more about the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food program.

Listen to Merrigan's talk in the audio player below. Download the audio file here.



Audio recorded on Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at the UC Davis campus.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Living Off the Grid wih Kara Sweeney and Peace Corps in Mexico

Living Off the Grid
Kara "Hrubs" Sweeney is a first year undergraduate in Biological and Environmental Engineering. She lived in an intentional community in northern Idaho 30 miles from the Canadian border completely off the grid. After apprenticing with Becky Kemery, author of Yurts: Living in the Round, Kara became inspired to build her own yurt out of pallets, which would otherwise not go to any use. Her next big project is a mobile house! Image courtesy Kara Sweeney.

Peace Corps: Mexico
Daniel Evans, a UC Davis alumni and the Peace Corps country director for Mexico, came on to the show and talked with Neda and Jeremy about the work that Peace Corps volunteers do around the world. Daniel served as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic and then came to UC Davis to study in the International Agricultural Development and Ecology programs. He went on to work in international development for 30 years. Speaking about opportunities in the Peace Corps, Daniel was especially excited about the Master's International program where students can attend graduate school and serve in the Peace Corps simultaneously. In response to some of the criticism of the Peace Corps with regard to volunteers being part of American foreign policy Evans said that the Peace Corps is independent of the State Department and each volunteer shares their own experiences with their host community and so is a representative of America but not in any formal way. To learn more about the Peace Corps or the Master's International program visit the websites: www.peacecorps.gov or www.peacecorps.gov/gradschool. Image courtesy Peace Corps.

Music!
Today's show featured music from Afro-Cuban All Stars, Compay Segundo, and the compilation 24 Anos De Musica Y Cultura! 1976-2000!

Announcements!

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series 2011: Kim Stanley Robinson

Kim Stanley Robinson.

Award-winning science fiction writer and local Davis community member, Kim Stanley Robinson, came to UC Davis for the 2011 Whole Earth Festival speaker series.

Robinson is well known for his Mars trilogy, as well as Three Californias trilogy, The Martians, Antarctica, and The Years of Rice and Salt.

The underlying theme in most of Robinson's writing is ecological sustainability.

Robinson spoke at the 2011 Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series at UC Davis. Listen to his discussion in the audio player below. Download the talk here.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series 2011: Derrick Jensen on Civilization and Resistance

Derrick Jensen.

"We are the members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means -- all of these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity."

So began his first book, Listening to the Land. Why do we act as we do? What are sane and effective responses to outrageously destructive behavior? What will it take for us to stop the horrors that characterize our way of being? His work and life revolve around these questions.

Jensen spoke at the 2011 Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series at UC Davis. Listen to his discussion in the audio player below. Download the talk here.

Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series 2011: Penny Livingston - Stark on Permculture

Penny Livingston-Stark.

Penny Livingston-Stark is internationally recognized as a prominent permaculture teacher, designer and speaker.

Penny has been teaching internationally and working professionally in the land management, regenerative design and permaculture development field for 25 years and has extensive experience in all phases of ecologically sound design and construction as well as the use of natural non-toxic building materials. She specializes in site planning and the design of resource-rich landscapes integrating, rainwater collection, edible and medicinal planting, spring development, pond and water systems, habitat development and watershed restoration for homes, co-housing communities, businesses and diverse yield perennial farms. Image and biography courtesy www.regenerativedesign.org.

Livingston-Stark spoke at the 2011 Whole Earth Festival Speaker Series at UC Davis. Listen to her discussion in the audio player below.




Download the talk here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Davis Art About, Farm-to-School, Pomegranate Salon and Musings with a Davis Community Member

2nd Friday Davis Art About, Farm-to-School and Pomegranate Salon.
Jeremy chats with several Davis community members about this upcoming 2nd Friday Davis Art About on Friday, May 13th from 5-9pm.

Rich, owner of Pomegranate Salon in Davis CA. This Friday, Pomegranate will be hosting several artists, including musicians, and also Berryessa Gap, a local winery. All proceeds from the wine sales at Pomegranate on Friday will support the Davis Farm-to-School program.

Talia Hack-Davies from Davis Farm-to-School came on to talk about the efforts that the Farm-to-School program has made in the community including recycling, school gardens, farm tours and healthy school lunches in Davis public schools. Talia also talked about the upcoming Tour-de-Cluck happening in Davis this weekend.

Jeremy also chats with several artists whose work will be featured at Pomegranate Salon on May 13th, including Chris Bell, Alexander Bonack and Morgan Hibbert-King.

Finally, Melanie Glover from the Downtown Davis Business Association, who coordinates the monthly 2nd Friday Art About events in Davis, chats with Jeremy about this Fridays events. To get a map of the events and locations for the Art About, check out the Downtown Davis Business Association website.

Farming, Humanure and Steinbeck - Musings with a Davis Community Member.
Community member, Bobby Johnson, chats with Neda, Anna Ruth and Jeremy about everything from urban agriculture to humanure. Bobby speaks about his undergraduate education in soil science, his love for tomatoes, the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture, a non-profit that he helped to start, and his favorite crop, asparagus, and the phenomenon that occurs with your urine after consuming asparagus.

Bobby also chats about his work on the UC Davis Student Farm, human poop and how to utilize humane waste for recycling nutrients into our agriculture system. Bobby references the Humanure Handbook by Joseph C. Jenkins. Bobby's favorite books also include To a God Unknown and Cup of Gold, both by John Steinbeck.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Village Harvest and State-Wide Student Convergence

Village Harvest. Fruit trees scatter the streets, front yards and backyards of the Davis community, often times with their delicious fruit going to waste. Learn more about the local gleaning group, Village Harvest, in this week's show. Neda Yousefian sits down with Jagroop Guraya and Greg Gibbs. To learn more about Village Harvest, visit their website.

State-Wide Student Convergence. Over 300 students from across the state converged this past weekend at the UC Davis campus for the 10th annual California Student Sustainability Coalition Convergence. Dani and Anna Ruth report from the convergence, bringing you clips for keynote speakers, panelists, students and workshop leaders. To learn more about the CSSC, visit their website. Photo courtesy of Jay Erker.

Music!
Today's show featured music from, The Pleb, Laura Gibson, Driving with Fergus and Issa Bagayogo .

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