Julie Johnston

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Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:There seems to be a problem with the donation button though

That happened to me, too. But when I scrolled back up, I saw that I hadn't filled in one of the blanks correctly.
1 month ago

margot brulotte wrote:

Julie are you anywhere near Dan Jason of Salt Spring Island seeds ?

Hi Margot, I am! I'm on Pender, the island right next to Salt Spring. My brother trained with Dan several years ago, and I know Dan through Pender friends and because we're both members of our school district's School Garden Learning Circle.

Whereabouts are you? How do you know Dan?
1 month ago

Mike Haasl wrote:In case anyone's noticed that I haven't spent quite as much time on the forums this summer, it's because I'm building a community garden in my city.

Mike, I'm wondering if you are keeping notes (and maybe ask others to do the same) along with photos. Once you're up and running you'll be able to write a small book about the process you followed so that people everywhere have a starting place for creating a community garden. Then sales of the booklet can help fund your garden's upkeep.

Just a thought!
1 month ago
"God hates you! And he hates your dog, too!" (Ouch. Overheard during a heated drunken argument in the back alley behind our motel room.)
2 months ago

duane hennon wrote:

just to be on the safe side

I'll stick with bacon and eggs  

Even there, you're not safe: "What’s Wrong with Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Bacon?"

3 months ago
Hi Bryan (and other "homeys"),

Two resources for you.

1. For 10 years, I was the local school's resource teacher for the 1-2 dozen children doing home-based learning in my small community. Most of the parents and I believed that Life is the best curriculum and Nature is the best teacher. Here's our old blog: https://spring-leaves-family-learning.blogspot.com

2. My other hat is Sustainability Education Coach and Consultant with GreenHeart Education. Here's my page on homeschooling: https://www.greenhearted.org/greening-homeschooling.html

Enjoy! And know that, because of the climate / oceans / biodiversity emergency, the most important curriculum for young people right now is learning how to grow their own food, build their own soil, collect their own rainwater, and generate their own energy (sounds like permaculture!) -- all things they can be learning along with their parents and/or teachers. Everything else in a more academic curriculum now needs to be in service to the Earth, the Future, and the Children ... of All Species ... and that includes reading, writing, and numeracy.
3 months ago

G Freden wrote:

When someone in the family dies--even when expected--it's such a shock and so much needs to be organized;  better to have the burial side of things ready now while everyone is still alive.  Even if this means getting caskets and shrouds measured and ready.  

Galadriel (is that what the "G" stands for?), thank you for sharing not just (at your blog) the moving story of your son's short life, beautiful death and green burial, but also (here) the wisdom that came from your exquisitely sad yet heartwarming experience. I somehow feel more fully human today. Deep condolences ... and appreciation.
5 months ago
I'd like to highlight what C. West suggested:

"If you know who her lawyers are, contact them with the pictures and info. Even if you can't see her, there's no reason she can't see what you have [done] for her."

I sense that while this whole affair is sad and unfair, your deepest regret will be not getting the photos of your cousin's grave to his mother. Play detective (start by asking everyone in your family) and go bulldog, not giving up until you find her lawyer. If you think she's in or near a small town, you could perhaps get the photos and story printed in the local newspaper (lost aunt, son's grave, etc. etc.).

Also, as someone else mentioned, if you know the POA's name, there's info to be found online.

If you have the energy (and perhaps if others in your family agree and are willing to pitch in), all the other advice is helpful, too. It sounds nefarious, as though the POA wants to make sure your aunt has no opportunity to tell anyone in your family her final wishes, which could change the will.

10 months ago

Tamara Koz wrote:

I feel such a sense of urgency in educating people on these matters. Trying to help people become more conscientious consumers, etc.

Wondering what resources people have to share on this topic. Specifically videos, websites, organizations, possibly even grants and funding?


WI Farm Fresh Atlas

Tamara, I love the atlas idea. Very cool. I, too, feel the urgency of teaching young people the skills, knowledge and habits of mind and heart that they're going to need in the face of climate chaos and biodiversity loss (along with all the social problems they're facing). Two quick resources for you:

1. GreenHeart Education: https://www.greenhearted.org (This is my life's work and passion.)

2. Food Tank, and particularly this article today about changing curriculum to help students learn to grow food in a changing climate: https://foodtank.com/news/2019/04/drought-in-the-southwest-forces-food-education-to-adapt/

All the best making things happen in the place that you love and care about,
1 year ago
I consider learning food growing skills (along with soil building, water collecting, and energy generating) to be THE MOST IMPORTANT CURRICULUM today.

The vast majority of North Americans are still in denial about how urgently we have to act on the climate change emergency. Atmospheric CO2 levels are still increasing -- and at an accelerating (and frightening) rate, and therefore so is the global average temperature. Sure, we're using more and more renewable energy, but fossil fuel use and burning is rising at the same time.

We can't grow food overnight (okay, maybe a few sprouts ), nor can we learn to grow food overnight. We have to teach our young ones how to grow their own food, ideally within community. Kaci Rae's book, if we promote it and get it into schools and school systems, could be one of the most important books ever for our children's health, well-being ... and survival.

1 year ago