The passing of Holistic Veterinary Medicine Pioneer — Juliette de Bairacli Levy

Mendocino County Farmer

June 25, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

I want to let you know of the passing of a saint and pioneer in the natural health and healing field, Juliette de Bairacli Levy, the longtime friend of animal lovers, both domestic and organic/biodynamic farmers, and of course animals themselves.

The announcement came to me via Acres USA, a US agricultural publication. Its founder Charlie Walters, also recently passed on to the next world.

Most of my personal dogs, and both my loyal farm dogs, Juliette and Rachel (the latter named in honor of Rachel Carson the pioneer environmentalist) were raised using Juliette’s methods.

Ukiah Farmer’s Market Saturday 6/27/09

Renegade Certified Organic Farmer Lee Rossavick


June 25, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

Friends of the Farmers’ Market,

Greetings.  Have a favorite farmers’ market?  If so, you may be keen to know that there are suddenly two different on-line contests to vote for your favorite.  One is at  That one has prizes for markets of different sizes, which is a nice feature.  Another is here. It was nice to see that the Ukiah Saturday market has already collected a few vote (not counting mine).  You can go straight to the page for Ukiah Saturday here.

Sad news … the Grilli’s Boysenberries and Ollaliberries are about done… and the raspberries are sputtering along.  So they will not be at market this week and probably not next.  Until the blackberries come rolling in. (You may be able to find a few of their berries at the Westside Renaissance Market).  If you are a fan of Busalacchi cherries, this week will be your last change to get them.

John Johns asked me to relay that it is Gopher Purge season. Come by the Johns Family Farm booth at the Ukiah Farmers Market and get your Gopher. Purge before they are gone. Gal. pots $5.00, seeds, 20 count $3.00.

Saturday’s market will have a few special events starting with the return of market favorite Don Willis on accordion.  The Ukiah Unified School District will be back with more important information about nutrition and health.

Masonite Monster Mall: Zoning? Zoning? We don’t need no stinkin’ zoning!

From Ukiah Daily Journal

DDR initiative approved for ballot

June 25, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

[…]McCowen said the public should take time to educate themselves on the impacts of the project in lieu of a California Environmental Quality Act study as would normally be required.

“All of the other things that would normally be identified during the planning process for any project of this magnitude, they certainly should be discussed and debated by the public,” he said. “If the initiative does pass there will be no opportunity to institute any mitigations to deal with these problems, so that’s what you get with this process.”

Go to full article here
Thanks to Steve Scalmanini
From analysis of Ballot Initiative

*    What development standards would apply to the project?

Only what DDR has written into the Specific Plan, which substitutes for all County Zoning regulations [Initiative, Section 3].  In other words, DDR has written its own rules. Not surprisingly, these conflict with the existing limits and aesthetic standards that are common in Mendocino County. For example, DDR gives itself the right to erect a 100-foot tall lighted sign next to the freeway, four times taller and eight times larger in area than allowed by County zoning [B-124].   Signs on the stores themselves can be up to 500 square feet, three times larger than allowed by County zoning. [B-120].   There is no provision whatsoever for design review by the County of the buildings or other features.

Art Center Ukiah – Writers Read This Thursday Evening 6/25 7pm


June 24, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

On Thursday, June 25, Writers Read will feature Ukiah poet Bill Churchill. Bill teaches modern languages at Santa Rosa and Mendocino Colleges. He has also been a California Poet in the Public School since 1998. His publications include: Song of Seasons, Controlled Burn, Sleeping with Ghosts and The Veil.

In 2008 he was featured at the Summer Dream Poetry Festival in Vancouver, B.C. A mariner since 1971, he has sailed in the Eastern Mediterranean, Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific Northwest.

The reading begins at 7PM at the Ukiah Art Center Annex, 203 S. State Street, Ukiah. (The Annex is next to the Corner Gallery at the intersection of Church and State in downtown Ukiah.) An open mic session will follow the featured reading. Refreshments available. Donation requested. For more info: (707) 463-6989, (707) 462-4557 or

Upcoming Writers Read:
(Monthly last Thursday readings at Art Center Ukiah Annex, 7 PM)

Thursday, July 30: All open mic.

Thursday, August 27: Featured reader Claire Blotter, followed by open mic.

Thursday, September 24: Featured reader Armando Garcia-Davila, followed by open mic.

For information on these and other Northern California events, check, and

The Post-Oil Novel

From Seattle Peak Oil Awareness

June 24, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

The post-oil novel: a celebration!
by Frank Kaminski

Novels that deal with the collapse of our oil-based civilization undoubtedly belong under the heading of speculative fiction—and some even qualify as outright science fiction. But even so, there’s an inescapable irony to their being categorized as such. This is because, by and large, speculative fiction is an optimistic genre. It celebrates technological progress and often tacitly assumes a near-endless supply of both energy and human ingenuity.

Peak oil, in contrast, casts a ruthlessly critical eye on technological progress, human ingenuity, and alternative energy sources. Indeed, it considers the entire technological age to be nothing more than a charade, enabled by the reckless over-consumption of nonrenewable energy resources.

Given how alien the assumptions of peak oil are to some of the most cherished ideals of speculative fiction, it is perhaps unsurprising that only four novels published thus far (at least, by major mass market publishers) have endeavored to tackle the subject head on. Similarly unsurprising is the fact that, out of this small handful of books, only one was written by an author previously known for writing speculative fiction—the German writer Andreas Eschbach, whose post-oil thriller Ausgebrannt (2007) wound up hitting the German bestseller list.

The other three books—the late John Seymour’s Retrieved from the Future (1996), Alex Scarrow’s Last Light (2007), and James Howard Kunstler’s World Made by Hand (2008)—are all the work of first-time speculative fiction writers inadvertently turning the genre on its head.

Go to full essay

See also his essay of three more post-oil novels
Thanks to Energy Bulletin

Take Action! Ukiah and Mendocino County – Funding Available for Renewable Energy

From Jim Apperson
Redwood Valley

June 24, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

A unique situation
Ukiah Daily Journal
Letter to the Editor

I would like to use this forum to alert the citizens of Mendocino County to a unique situation that will benefit us greatly, and have a positive impact on our children and their children.

In addition, I would like to also alert our elected officials, the Board of Supervisors, City Mayors and other county officials to this same issue and to ask for their help in securing it.

I am speaking of our current opportunity to create a county-wide Energy & Water Conservation Program. Due to a couple of pieces of recent legislation and the specific contents of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Act of 2009, our county (along with others) has been given all the puzzle pieces necessary to establish an energy efficiency program, which will lower our utility costs as well as conserve water. We can also curtail global warming and reduce our carbon output by burning less coal and fossil fuels which generate our electricity.

Our new President and his advisors have decided to stand behind the concept that it is less expensive to make our existing homes and commercial buildings more energy efficient than to explore and develop new energy sources. By using the guidelines of SB-811 and portions of the stimulus package, a loan program can be established that would allow home and business owners to have energy efficient items installed on their homes and commercial buildings.

An excellent model is the program that was started two months ago by our Sonoma County neighbors.

Action Taken! Universal Health Care, Ukiah Demonstration, Courthouse 6/25/09


Mendocino County

>>>>Photos from the demonstration

June 21, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

To demonstrate how much universal health care means to Mendocino County, let’s meet on Thursday at 12 Noon in front of the courthouse in Ukiah. Bring video cameras. Make some beautiful signs. The videos can show our way too-conservative Congressional Representative, MIKE THOMPSON, that his constituents CARE ABOUT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE, preferably the single-payer kind.

MIKE THOMSON recently said outside a business meeting in Fort Bragg to the 20+ constituents requesting his signing onto HR 676 that “there is not enough public support for Single Payer Health Care. If there were 2,000 of you here, that would be public support.”

In a recent Letter to the Editor (UDJ 6/18/2009), a constituant addressed the following to MIKE THOMPSON: “You said that while Single Payer is popular in your district, it does not have wide spread support throughout the country. This statement is factually in error; poll after poll shows a large majority of the Americal people in support of Single Payer. Here is a list of reputable independent polls on Single Payer with the percenage of people in support: Feb. 2009 New York Times/CBS News Poll – 59 percent; Feb. 2009, Grove Insight Opinion Research – 59 percent;

What’s On My Food? New Tool…

From Pesticide Action Network

June 23, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

…on our food, even after washing;
…in our bodies, for years;
…& in our environment, traveling many miles on wind, water and dust.

What’s On My Food? is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable.

How does this tool work? We link pesticide food residue data with the toxicology for each chemical, making this information easily searchable for the first time.

Use the tool, share it with others: we built it to help move the public conversation about pesticides into an arena where you don’t have to be an expert to participate.

At Pesticide Action Network (PAN), we believe that pesticides are a public health problem requiring public engagement to solve. We want you to have the information you need to take action on pesticides. What’s On My Food? builds on PAN’s 27-year tradition of making pesticide science accessible.

Go to What’s On My Food?

See also Organic To Be

…and Fatal Harvest – Industrial Agriculture Series

…and More evidence links pesticides to Parkinsons

…and Organic Consumers Association – Action Center

Santa Cruz Group Gears Up for Life After Cheap Oil

From The Santa Cruz News

June 23, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California

…Voudreau, a member of Transition Santa Cruz’s steering committee, said that drastic change is coming whether we want it or not, that there is no point in discussing whether or not we should be driving, and soon, in fact, the luxury to make such choices will not even exist.

“We’re here,” she said, “to talk about peak oil.”

But Transition Santa Cruz and its several hundred members firmly believe that, although dramatic change may be in the works, we can prepare for it if we reorganize the way we live. The organization was born last summer as just one localized faction of the worldwide Transition movement, which first began in 2007 in Totnes, England. It was there that one Rob Hopkins recognized that the modern world will not be able to continue on its current trajectory when fast, easy access to oil peaks and begins to dwindle—or when global warming and economic meltdown, the other two drivers of the Transition movement, become inescapable realities.

But in an ideal Transition town, society would be ready for such changes. With limited gas-powered transport or oil-based products, a Transition community’s people would live within cycling distance of one another in a township built upon complete self-sufficiency, with extremely localized infrastructure for agriculture, clothes making, metalworking and other basics of life that humanity largely abandoned to the factories in the late 1800s, when oil power turned life into a sort of leisurely vacation from reality…