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Kiss The Ground: A Tu B'Shevat Film Discussion January 10 at 4:00 pm

Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film narrated by and featuring Woody Harrelson that reveals a viable solution to our climate crisis.

Watch the trailer here.

Watch the movie in advance available on NetflixVimeo, and other streaming services via the Kiss the Ground website., then sign-up for the discussion, hosted by CABI's own Jill Giegerich and Addie Waxman, on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm.

REGISTER HERE for the Zoom discussion link.

CABI’s own Jill Giegerich and Addie Waxman will host the Zoom discussion on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 4pm

Jill Giegerich is an artist, a certified permaculture designer, and a member of the CABI Climate Justice Task Force. She is a Professor Emerita of UC Riverside and a founding member of Transition Joshua Tree and the TJT Permaculture Team; both grassroots initiatives to support the community transition to green, regenerative infrastructure. 

Addie Waxman PhD is an Agronomy Manager for the Western US and Western Canada for McCain Foods, the world’s largest potato manufacturer.  She currently works with growers to support regenerative growing practices to improve soil health. Previously, Dr. Waxman was the Global Director of Research and Development for 1,4GROUP, a chemical company that promoted the use of biological and organic chemicals.

Please watch the movie in advance of the Zoom discussion. Go to Kiss The Ground website where you can watch the trailer and choose various options for watching the full movie.


November: What's Cooking from the Garden?

Our most recent CABI Climate Justice Task Force updates have focused on Fall planting guides and composting, helping to prepare the soil for continued resilience gardening. But how about this season's harvest and its nutritious cuisine possibilities? Pictured here are two examples from Rachel Piscette and Jill Giegerich. You can follow us and view many more CABI members' gardens, harvests, and meals (and/or post pictures of your own) on Facebook and Instagram at #cabigardener.

We continue to work and learn about permaculture, soil regeneration, and related issues around food security as part of our activities. A CABI Climate Justice page on CABI's website is on our to-do list...stay tuned!


November: Bal Tashchit in the Garden

Consistent with our Jewish values of Bal Tashchit (The Torah prohibits wasteful destruction) and Sh’mirat Ha-Teva (Protecting Nature—Preserving and protecting our world keeps it safe, healthy and more beautiful; each person can make a difference!), the CABI Climate Justice Task Force continues its efforts to pursue “resilience gardening” to address food insecurity and share ways that we all can reduce/reuse/recycle materials and resources.   

Tending the compost pile is a manifestation of that instinct to take the broken, forgotten, and used-up to transmute the “mundane” into something holy again.  

From the microbes to the plants to the people who pick and prepare our food, there are many partners in creation, helping us to create a "new earth”... following is an example of this cyclical and sacred process:

“Lasagna” Method for Building Garden Soil
In early October, Pettra, Lawrence and Jill of the CABI Climate Justice Task Force prepared two garden beds at the CABI garden to demonstrate an organic and no-till method for improving soil. It’s called “Lasagna” because it involves multiple layers of organic material. 

The Steps: 
Each layer should be thoroughly soaked with water before moving on to the next step.

  1. First we cut down all the weeds in the bed and laid them down flat on the soil. Rather than toss these away, they become nutrients. Be sure to cut them at the soil level rather than pull up the roots. Pulling the roots disturbs the soil health. Leaving the roots in place also means that they will break down in the soil and add nutrients.
  2. Next we laid sheets of packing paper all over the beds and then covered them with sheets of cardboard. This smothers the weeds. Be sure to remove all tape from the boxes and don’t use any that have glossy color images or print. You can use newspaper instead of packing paper. 
  3. Next comes the green (nitrogen) layer. We used tomato plant cuttings and grass clippings from our yards. Be sure not to use anything that has been sprayed with a weed killer. We also sprinkled in aged chicken manure (don’t use fresh manurethe layers will get too hot) and some homemade compost.
  4. Then comes the brown (carbon) layer. We used a thick layer of leaves. A basic rule is to make the brown layer 3Xs as thick as the green layer. Leaves are great to use because leaf mold is rich in the kind of bacteria and fungi that builds healthy soil. 
  5. You can repeat these layers multiple times depending on how much material and room you have. We repeated the layers twice and then covered it all over with a layer of straw to help keep in the moisture.
  6. We then covered the two beds with tarps. We will remove those tarps in about 2 weeks so that winter rains and snow can help moisten the beds. 

These beds will sit over the winter and compost in place. In the spring, we will have incredibly fertile soil ready for planting. 
Thank you so much to everyone who donated materials!


October: The planting season is not over yet!  

Check out these resources to keep your garden in action:

Fall Planting Guide from Boise's North End Nursery

Boise's Northend Nursery is our go-to source for local information on all things gardening!

Ron Finley Teaches Gardening 

Ron Finley aka Gangsta Gardener teaches master classes in urban gardening. This pdf provides an overview of climates, microclimates, seasonality, soils, and plant selection.  Invaluable!

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