Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

September 21st, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Cuba, Cuba Monthly Excursions, Havana Jazz Festival Tour, Mobile, Random No Responses
Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes…

Farm Camp – Jazz Fest, 1 hand washes the other: 4 Days In La Habana #productive

 

 

LAND – Change of Consciousness

March 31st, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Featured, Public History Programming, Random One Response
LAND – Change of Consciousness

Change of Consciousness – On the precipice of gentrification. FREE THE LAND.

Tonight I was speaking with a sisterfriend mentor and while updating her on the project, I finally digested the meaning of FREE THE LAND.

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Before tonight, in other conversations about the land development, urban farm project, two other people have responded with the phrase FREE THE LAND.

Over the last 30 days I have delved deep into the process. This is the deal.

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As per the historic record, for over fifty years during the 20th century, this was the familial home of a woman painter, printmaker. My mind can barely imagine the various scenes which transpired in this space to explain what has happened over the course of 20 years, that marks the time between 2016 and when the artisan matriarch left this dwelling to make her transition to join the ancestors. Just yesterday I saw a mid century photograph of the living room…

Yet amid the rubble are remnants of grandeur. Back to nature, this grand pile of debris has been colonized by opossum.  For our purposes, we will work from the presumption that wildlife habitats benefit the ecological balance of the urban ruin environment. 

Hindsight is 20/20

So was it false bravado that enticed me to accept this project? Location, history, value, eccentricity: All of the above?

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Daydreaming I imagine that the real estate advertisement that lured me to this project would read:

“Expand Your Horizons. Affordable tear down envisioned strictly as land acquisition, purposed for urban farm development initiative. Structural architectural characteristics include…”

Open Masonry Porch; Corinthian columns; high pitch front gable; single frame, triple 6 light double sash windows;

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Brick masonry fireplace;

Built in 1930 the brick work has withstood fire, rain, wind. For as long as neighbors can recall, this house has been in despair.

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Steadily collapsing, a mountain of debris threatening to spill across the property line. FREE THE LAND.

 

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Brick masonry pier supports;

With scaffold technology and careful demolition clean up removal, the brick masonry piers, perhaps the columns and a few other things could be salvaged.

The demolition process…many site visits.

Estimates: this project requires several. Hat, boots and other apparel considerations are required for site visits, because the location is raw. The bids are all over the board and are complimented by my angst ridden responses, including involuntary consideration sessions in the wee hours of the night. At this moment, the dental night guard is required. A restful night sleep would include a nifty dream sequence, where our project is adopted by an Architecture or Engineering professor as the perfect field study research project, tailor made for their favorite class or TA.

Fun, Fun, Fun. 

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Lattice wall insulation; 5 panel oak doors; crystal door knobs;

Extensive exposure to temperature extremes, wind and rain.

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15 light oak wood french door; glass and hinges intact; Blue skies;

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1930s 6 light lead glass window frame;

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After getting cited by COA code enforcement in February, this architectural beauty has commanded my love, attention, requiring that become intimately acquaintanced with a sundry of associated COA agencies and bureaus. Inspections, applications, waivers, permits, learning so much, navigating the City Hall Shuffle.

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Site surveys, neighbors, on the ground, in the community, there is so much illegal dumping. Arduous and complex, this is a massive clean up project. Afterward we plant out the grounds to restore ph balance, cleanse and encourage a healthy soil revolution. 

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73% rubble. Every rain episode increases the rate of collapse. Moments spent at the site have stirred a lot of emotions. Paramount is sadness.

The day that I met our border neighbor, after introducing myself and explaining our plans, I apologized for the condition of the eyesore. Documenting the survey with my camera, it was important for my spirit to acknowledge and recognize this dilemma. Eyesore implies a visual assault or imposition upon one’s sensibilities. In this case physical encroachment threatens the surrounding environment further in the wake of every rain event. Although we are not the cause of this debacle, it saddens me, that in the U.S., Black folk can live next door to a hill of construction debris. Unfortunately this is not the only instance of this type of environmental travesty happening on the urban landscape. 

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Message left in wet cement.

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Visioning in the Westside of Atlanta.

Sustainability, good health and solidarity. 

On the precipice of gentrification.

 

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Changing blight into light, one step at a time. 

FREE THE LAND.

Please share freely. 

 

Creative Visualization

March 23rd, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Mobile, Random No Responses

Vision

Visualize

Imagine

Manifest

Diligence

Faith

Thanks Sis!

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Cinnamon City Farm Project – Winter Update

January 13th, 2016 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Destinations, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses
Cinnamon City Farm Project  – Winter Update

Urban Waterways and Landscapes

Developing Food Networks in Atlanta

During the Season of Extreme Weather

December 2015 – January 2016 – Winter Update

It rained the majority of the fall. I mean RAINED. A lot in September, all of October and most of November. Short ebbs in the precipitation provided occasional relief. We made the best of the reprieves to host project site visits that welcomed many visitors. Most memorable were the two MFA graduate women film directors, traveling  from Northwestern University to conduct investigative documentary thesis research on the significance and legacy of land ownership for African Diaspora farmers in the 21 century. Then on the last weekend in November, stepping out on faith, we set out seeds in hopes that the ground would hold enough heat in December to germinate and sprout thriving collards, kale and winter lettuce seedlings. 

This is a chronicle of a few lifecycle moments of an intown farm land project, located in the Proctor Creek Watershed. 

December 2, 2015

Creekside observations – Unknown disturbances challenge the water quality in Proctor Creek.

Site Visit: Parcel #1 

December 2, 2015 Unknown creekside disturbance. Change is on the horizon. #Faith

December 2, 2015
Unknown creekside disturbance is visible in the water.
Change is on the horizon.
#Faith

After record rainfall, the creek bed was full. 

December 2, 2015 Creekside observation: unknown distrubance #mystery

December 2, 2015
Creekside observation: unknown disturbance is visible in the water.
#mystery

Video footage 

Change is afoot.

Citizen engagement. Chattahoochee Riverkeepers were notified and the next day water samples were taken from both Burbank and Arcadia and Boone Blvd at Quality Plaza overlooks. 

#Faith

December 26, 2015 

Year End Review

Winter Plans

Site visit: Parcel #2

December 26, 2015 Winter Crop Seeds germinated into seedlings. Collards, Kale, Lettuce

December 26, 2015
Winter Crop
Seeds germinated into seedlings.
Collards, Kale, Lettuce

Collard, Kale, Lettuce seedlings have sprouted and are thriving. Nguzo Saba. Give Thanks.

December 26, 2015 Prize Choy in bloom. Seeds on the horizon. Abundance in the future. #Lifecycle

December 26, 2015
Prize Choy in bloom.
Seeds on the horizon.
Abundance in the future.
#Lifecycle

The Prize Choy flower is in bloom. New seeds are on the horizon.

December 26, 2015 On the horizon. Winter plans. Abundance in the future. #Lifecycle

December 26, 2015
On the horizon.
Winter plans.
Abundance in the future.
#Lifecycle

 

Bountiful abundance. The future is bright.

 

Video footage

Site visit – Parcel #1

On a sunny Saturday – 3 weeks later

 

Nature’s Plan – SURPRISE!

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Insight is required to visualize useful practices, which inspire residents to design necessary improvements for local communities in the midst of change and gentrification.

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Surrender to the radical embrace of change. 

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Video footage.

#Unity

 

 

January 3, 2016

New Year Assessment

Heritage Oasis

Drive by site visit – Parcel #3

Holding space for development, growth, protection and righteous change.

Video footage

 

Growth on the horizon.

Site visit – Parcel # 1

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Video footage

 

Homegrown measures require clean up and changes in perspective.

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A great deal of work lies ahead.

 

January 7, 2016

New Year Forecast

Iwa pele.

Site visit – Parcel #1

Grassroots Storm Water Management Initiatives develop on the horizon. 

Video footage

Moving Forward

Soul Aesthetic 2016

September 10, 2015

September 10th, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, MIldred G. Skillman Fund, Public History Programming No Responses
The Measure: September 10, 2015 Accessing progress #visioning #theatlantaway

The Measure: September 10, 2015
Summoning guidance, protection longevity.
Recognizing abundance, opportunity, possibility.
#provenance.

The Measure: September 10, 2015 Summoning guidance, protection longevity. Recognizing abundance, opportunity, visioning. #provenance.

The Measure: September 10, 2015
Summoning guidance, protection longevity.
Recognizing abundance, opportunity, possibility.
#provenance.

July 23, 2015

July 23rd, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Destinations, Featured, Random No Responses
July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015 – This is where we stand.

Working with what we have, making it look nice. Flowers bring color, beauty, tranquila, it’s important, especially in hard pressed places. Take your pick, there are hundreds of underserved communities that can be found around America in Anytown USA.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

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The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Where we work is in Georgia, Atlanta, Westside Atlanta, representing Hunter Hills.

Impressive mid twentieth century architectural and cultural history. This very street was once the feature causeway in African American Atlanta, documented nationally in Ebony magazine. 

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Many moons ago.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Reconciliation between then and now.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Participation in the renaissance.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have. Stacked stone, Earthscapes.
#vision

Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. This is where we have worked this summer.

Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. #sandrabland #sayhername #blacklivesmatter 

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?  Oh boy, not so good. Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it's a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?
Oh boy, not so good.
Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?  Oh boy, not so good. Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it's a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?
Oh boy, not so good.
Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?  Oh boy, not so good. Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it's a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?
Oh boy, not so good.
Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?  Oh boy, not so good. Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it's a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Can the urban waters be an illustration of the general society?
Oh boy, not so good.
Been telling the kids, maintain your humanity, Hold on to your joy, it’s a powerful form of resistance. A glimpse of our waterway. Oh dear one, precious fresh water we beg of your forgiveness. Accept our offerings of reverence, love, gratitude, protection, praise. Finding peace despite the state of the nation. ‪#‎sandrabland‬ ‪#‎sayhername‬ ‪#‎blacklivesmatter‬ ‪#‎commitment‬ ‪#‎devotion‬

Change is the only constant.

The Measure: July 23, 2015 Building one step at a time. Working with what we have.  Making an impact with ornamental floral landscapes. Color, Beauty, Simple. #vision

The Measure: July 23, 2015
Building one step at a time. Working with what we have.
Making an impact with ornamental floral landscapes.
Color, Beauty, Simple.
#vision

July 19, 2015 – Early Summer Farm Report

July 19th, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Featured, Random No Responses
July 19, 2015 – Early Summer Farm Report

The City Farm Initiative is moving along.

Slowly, Surely, One Plat, One Binder at a Time: Choking Out Jim Crow and the Restoration of Hunter Hills Cultural Legacy. This is a visionary quest. Our job is to transform blight into light. This is our pledge.

The Measure: July 19, 2015 Visioning community beautification.

The Measure: July 19, 2015
Visioning community beautification.

Here is the latest update on the property rehabilitation process.

We have been on a beautification bend. My inspiration started with a lone tiger lily, then accelerated after I attended an excellent Farm Camp workshop, into a full out beautification effort. But first more about Farm Camp.

The Measure: July 19, 2015 Tiger Lily Muse Slowly, Surely, One Plat, One Binder at a Time: Choking Out Jim Crow and the Revival of Hunter Hills Cultural Legacy.

The Measure: July 19, 2015
Tiger Lily Muse
Slowly, Surely, One Plat, One Binder at a Time: Choking Out Jim Crow and the Restoration of Hunter Hills Cultural Legacy.

 

June 11- 15, 2015 I traveled to Milwaukee to attend a highly recommended Farm Camp workshop. This was an extremely productive trip. Spur of the moment, flew into Chicago Midway via bargain rate on Southwest Airlines. Took the Amtrak Hiawatha line to Milwaukee. Met the most amazing FOLK in Milwaukee, and learned tons about the aquaponic growing methods, the urban farm movement and playback theatre techniques. And of course, the peace de resistance was the chance to listen to Will Allen and observe the Growing Power operational model in action and its influence on the Milwaukee Wisconsin, food marketplace. 

The Measure: July 19, 2015 Growing Power, Milwaukee Wisconsin Since 1993

The Measure: July 19, 2015
Growing Power, Milwaukee Wisconsin
Since 1993

Since the beginning of Growing Power in 1993, Will Allen and family has successfully found a way to naturally growth fresh food and fish, that provides the local region access to fresh locally grown food for 12 months of the year. Think about that. Wisconsin is cold 8 to 9 months annually, in this small section of the United States, an inner city food desert was eliminated, through the growing power operational model. 

My participation in Farm Camp was exactly the inspiration that was need for us to begin the beautification process. The task was arduous, the ground was hard and the sun was hot. I heard that the term for our labor is called, breaking new ground. This is the process of working wild land and attempting to tame it, by creating order, with the use of ornamental horticulture to establish an appealing visual landscape where there was not one before.

The Measure: July 19, 2015 Visioning.

The Measure: July 19, 2015
Visioning.

 

Greatest thanks to the South Fulton Youth Landscaping Team, their willingness, attention and strength were the fuel that transformed our dream into a reality. We up cycled old tires, reused fallen tree limbs and old floorboards. Bought discounted plants on Saturday morning at a local big box hardware store and foraged in our favorite Goddess Garden to acquire the plantings. We stacked the stones found along the process an decorated the stone wall ledge with the new refurbished Earthscape Sculptures.  Working with what we had, over the course of four weeks we have transformed a formally blighted lot into a visually appealing landscape. 

July 19, 2015 Vibrance, Color, order. Starting where we can. One step at a time.  Visioning change. #Beautification #1490

July 19, 2015
Vibrance, Color, order. Starting where we can. One step at a time.
Visioning change.
#Beautification
#1490

The neighbors and community in our corner of Hunter Hills have been supportive and encouraging. It seems that we could not have been gifted a better place to develop, the City Farm Initiative. We are honored to work and serve in the spirit that originally developed the proud legacy our community.

July 14, 2015

July 14th, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Destinations, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses

July Season – Cancer Moon.

Today while putting the Blueberry guard fencing back together, I witnessed my graphic display of wildlife in action. You know survival of the fittest. Earlier this month I had an uncannily emotional encounter with a four foot long, life bearing king snake. This time the main players were hawk and squirrel.

The Measure: July 14, 2015  Just like that a commotion erupted high in the tree branches.  Swiftly, surely into the air a big fat red hawk, escaped into the sky with a swinging legged squirrel held securely in its beak; with urgency they took flight!  In the wake mournful whispers from the trees noticeably yet ever so briefly, hung heavily in the air.  As it is above, so too as it is below. Accordingly this is the season.  In history, today was the day they we learned destiny's fate.  Feast of St. Cinnamon June 26 - July 19, 2015. #21

The Measure: July 14, 2015
Abruptly a commotion erupted high in the tree branches.
Then swiftly, surely into the air a big fat red hawk, escaped into the sky with a swinging legged squirrel held securely in its beak; with urgency they took flight!
In the wake mournful whispers from the trees noticeably yet ever so briefly, hung heavily in the air.
As it is above, so too as it is below. Accordingly this is the season.
In history, today is the date that we learned destiny’s fate.
Feast of St. Cinnamon June 26 – July 19, 2015. #21

From the earth to the sky. The snake, the squirrel, the hawk. Signs, symbols, messages and offerings delivered from nature.

The Measure: July 14, 2015 Just like that swiftly surely a commotion high in the tree branches. Then into the air a big fat red hawk escaped into the sky with a swinging legged squirrel held securely in its beak. With a they take flight, followed by mournful whispers from the trees.  As it is above so too as it is below. Accordingly this is the season. In history, today was the day they we learned destiny's fate.  Feast of St. Cinnamon June 26 - July 19, 2015.

The Measure: July 14, 2015
Abruptly a commotion erupted high in the tree branches.
Then swiftly, surely into the air a big fat red hawk, escaped into the sky with a swinging legged squirrel held securely in its beak; with urgency they took flight!
In the wake mournful whispers from the trees noticeably yet ever so briefly, hung heavily in the air.
As it is above, so too as it is below. Accordingly this is the season.
In history, today is the date that we learned destiny’s fate.
Feast of St. Cinnamon June 26 – July 19, 2015. #21

Blueberries collected, arranged neatly in a pile. Slim pickings.

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The Measure: July 14, 2014
Today was only a pint. Sunday the harvest was 2 quarts.
Today the birds got me first.
This Chance Farm
#wildlifepreserve #homegrown

Standing in the aftermath. I stood in my place, looking off into yonder, recognizing a mirrored circumstance, that was all too familiar. Dumbstruck by the vastness of LIFE. 

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The Measure: July 14, 2015
Abruptly, a commotion erupted high in the tree branches.
Then swiftly, surely into the air a big fat red hawk, escaped into the sky with a swinging legged squirrel held securely in its beak; with urgency they took flight!
In the wake mournful whispers from the trees noticeably yet ever so briefly, hung heavily in the air.
As it is above, so too as it is below. Accordingly this is the season.
In history, today is the date that we learned destiny’s fate.
Feast of St. Cinnamon June 26 – July 19, 2015. #21

 Feast of St. Cinnamon, June 26 – July 19, 2015. #21

June 1, 2015 – LAND

June 1st, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Destinations, Field Study Research, Mobile, Public History Programming, Random No Responses

Ah yes, the public venue. Obrigada, Thank you.

LAND #development

People query me all of the time, “So what does an Architectural Historian do?” In face to face conversations, radio discussions, and on family occasions the discuss often leads toward an inquiry about the profitability, relevance, usefulness, of  a career dedicated to the history of architecture. I smile, noting that we all stand upon SheEarth, this is where we breath. The Architectural Historian invests in the land. Architectural History is for everyone. 

“…they had the bible and we had the land. Now we have the bible and they have the land.”

-Talib Kweli

It’s all about the LAND.
Investments in the community
Signify its relevance.
Recognition, insures cultural continuity, perpetuity;
Slammed up against the face of gentrification, remnants scattered everywhere –nothing new.
Fire Next Time, be ready, m
aintain #sovereignty 

The Measure: June 1, 2015 It's all about the LAND. Investment in your relevance, cultural perpetuity; in the face of gentrification. #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
It’s all about the LAND.
Investments in our community signify its relevance, recognition, cultural continuity, high aspirations of everlasting perpetuity;
Slammed in the face of gentrification.
Striving to maintain #sovereignty

Since 2009 we have been committed to city farming practices, aka Urban Farming. This spring we have raised the stakes by investing in “blighted” West Atlanta. Fertile ground awaits us as we gather our resources to engage the development process, in our corner of the woods, we aim to restore order by transforming blight into light, Visioning the future. 

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Fine piece of city land. Make a life, design a future. #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Fine piece of land.
Make a life, design a future.
Striving to maintain #sovereignty

 

The Measure: June 1, 2015 May was great! Just last week we had 3 visitors! Poison ivy on the scene. REMEDY -calendar turn after the frost, kills the ivy. Dismantle the structure to upcycle the wood.  Make a life, design a future.  Striving to maintain #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 May was great! Just last week we had 3 visitors!
OBSERVATION: Poison ivy. REMEDY -calendar turn after the frost, meantime beware.
BARTER: Received an offer to dismantle the structure to upcycle the wood.
Make a life, design a future.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 The workday grind. Moving through the community, here to there along the roadways, Visioning.  #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
The workday grind. Moving through the community, here to there along the roadways, Visioning.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Visioning the city farm. #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Visioning the city farm.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Wildflowers Visioning city farm. #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Wildflowers, baby poison ivy.
Visioning the future: city farm life along the banks of the local branch.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Urban waters, Proctor Creek. Visioning city farm life along the banks of the stream. #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Urban waters, Proctor Creek.
Visioning city farm life along the banks of the local stream branch.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Wild Violet Visioning city farm life along the local branch.  #sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Wild Violet
Visioning city farm life along banks of the local branch.
#sovereignty

The Measure: June 1, 2015 Visioning the future: city farm life along the banks of the local branch. #sovereignty.

The Measure: June 1, 2015
Visioning the future: city farm life along the banks of the local branch.
#sovereignty.

April 14, 2015

April 14th, 2015 by admin Categories: ATL City Farms Project, Atlanta, Destinations, Mobile, Public History Programming No Responses

The Measure: April 14, 2015  

Ideas & Conversations Log 

Vocabulary review: Upcycle, recrete

Objective: Beautification project

Task: Brownfield assessment>Soil testing

What? Violated earth. Brownfield is contaminated soil. 

Now: Before planting anything to eat, a brownfield situation has to be addressed.

Reminder: pre-demolition, find local landscape rescue group/listserve to harvest plants, shrubs etc.

Goal: Food pantry

Keepsake: Community revival plan

Analysis: Everyone appreciates looking at an aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Flavor: You feel me?

The Measure: April 13 - 14, 2015 Objective: Beautification project, i.e. REMOVE BLIGHT! Moving the needle from blue tarp to -->Blueberries<< #visualize

The Measure: April 14, 2015
Objective: Beautification project, i.e. REMOVE BLIGHT!
Moving the needle from blue tarp to –>Blueberries<<
#visualize

 

Observation: Tuesday is a good day to make contact

– the 10 o’clock hour telephone marathon – Muy bien.

Until we meet again: Be open for change.

Log arrangement: Random organic