Monthly Archives: July 2010

New Book on Small-Space Edible Gardens

  Coming Soon. . .
I was updating the page and decided to follow the Heavy Petal (a.k.a. Andrea Bellamy) website link to see what’s new.

Turns out there is something of interest to anyone interested in off-grid or self-reliant living, her new book! “World, please meet Sugar Snaps and Strawberries.”

Timber Press is publishing Andrea Bellamy’s book about small-scale edible gardens, Sugar Snaps and Strawberries. The subtitle is Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden.

Jackie Connelly did the photography for the book and wrote about it on her blog, “Sugar Snaps and Strawberries has arrived!.”

If you want to read something before the release date, perhaps you’d enjoy the popular book, The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! or one that’s not so well known, Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community.

The photographer has videos at her YouTube channel, jackieconnellyphoto. Here’s one about sustainable food art.

Prepare for Peak Money

BBC online reports that UK government agencies are facing deep reductions, “Departments told to draw up plans for 40% spending cuts,” although 40% is the “illustrative” worst case scenario. We’ll see.

In the U.S., a recent TIME issue had the cover headline, “The Broken States of America.”

“At least 28 states have ordered across-the-board budget cuts, with many of them adding deeper cuts in targeted agencies. And massive shortfalls in public pension plans loom as well.”

The Dow has been under 10,000 all week. The “Recovery” is apparently being met with investor skepticism.

But one honest green shoot of good news is that there are some like Marcin Jakubowski, Ph.D. of Open Source Ecology who are hard at work engineering post-scarcity “Economy In A Box” tools.

Here’s some of that “In the Box” thinking by Marcin Jakubowski, who spoke at the Noise Bridge Conference on June 15, 2010 presented by Bay Area Community Exchange. Notice Marcin’s use of the phrase “Resilient Community,” which we like very much here at

Marcin Jakubowski – part 1 from East Bay Pictures on Vimeo.