Guilherme

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Passioned by life and people, Guilherme early realized we can’t claim to learn within/following the current and dominants paradigms. Being an educator he tries to make himself an ambulant experiment rassembling new dynamic transdisciplinary teaching methods and knowledge sources in order to emancipate with people in autonomous, sustainable, resilient networks. Besides, he’s a biologist specially concerned by men footprint, food souveraignty, identifying wild edible weeds, agroecology, building concrete and accessible alternatives towards transition - learning/sharing with people. Meanwhile he will be sharing his thoughts and experiences refarming the cities ;) Hard task to briefly write a description, so feel welcomed to contact at guilhermeb[at]riseup[dot]net ;))

Scraps-grown fruits n’ vegetables

I’ve recently came across again a habit i neglected for a while. Given its role as a good alternative to composting, besides relatively quick reap, growing food scraps can be fairly inexpensive, ludic and also prevents landfill saturation. There are lots of ordinary edibles we frequently buy that would easily grow on a sunny window sill, mostly, in water, pebbles or soil, as stated here. In order to accomplish that, you might want to know that starting food scraps out in water is often a helpful way to jumpstart a plant, until it establish itself and may be able to be transferred to some other substrate.

Here you go, nearly 1-2 days after i’ve cut this leek section, i would spot it growing again. :)

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And voilà:

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You would not need more than this that you see on the pic. Juste make sure you keep roots in contact with the water, and nature will do the rest. Five days later i already had a small sprout popping out; you can also see at the background a sprout of avocado (i’ve cut a section so you could see it from a better angle) i had previously caught in a Rio forest . As i stated, there are severall ones you could play along with, as ginger, green onions, lemon grass, potatoes, garlic, and so on.

You must want to notice that in order to grow organic, non-GMO vegetables at home, you will need to start with organic produces.

Good luck reducing your grocery bill ;)

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Worth a glance:

Earth911;

Black Thumb Gardener;

Ecotonix.

(At last) on bjdw – 3

Observing how culture evolves distinctly accordingly to the complex and numerous factors that make it singular is huge, especially when it comes to agriculture, and food. Besides, it is critical as well to observe the surroundings as a whole set of interconnected and dependent ‘unities’ (diverse ones). It’s a sensible task and a pretty changing as well to observe communities’ whole to keep it.  Some simple and pretty informative manuals can help us with fairly basic comprehensive guidelines to accomplish that. Although, more than being obsessed by the idea of assembling techniques and be a specialist of any kind, i could tell that dashilar taught me that farming along is mostly a matter of mutual respect and understanding. It was pretty fun an pleasant to do that at Dashilar.

Thanks everyone for the experience and Hernani for the invitation :) See you!

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(At last) on bjdw – 2

This would be the ‘special post’ on #bjdw day 12, as Hernani stated previously.

We could then notice a relatively good amount of neighbor urban farming at Dashilar (a Hutong at Beijing center area), at least when compared to western big cities reality, apart from some changing scenario.

The main strategy to spot urban farming on our surroundings was an attentive and patient observation while we wandered around Dashilar (still we had not much of a time), coupled to our avid wish to find something hehe. After monitoring these elements we started approaching our provisional neighbors :) That’s the tricky-hilarious funny step, since our brave translating-volunteers hadn’t an outstanding english level and i’m not a genius neither ;p

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Inquiring around – It was definitely the highlight of the trip!!! Experience this reluctanct kindness of local people, overcoming cultural dissimilitudes in order to simply exchange ideas was fantastic. Taking part on this ‘investigation’ seemed pretty crazy, even disturbing to the no more than 6 neighbors we’ve visited, probably due to the late interventions on the neighbordhood and economic ‘progress’ impacts on the area – the Hutong is becoming tourist-crowded, and my western face couldn’t help me much. The main questions-directives were: – Why gardening?; – Is this a familly issue?; – Where do you get your seeds from?; – Do you share harvest products with your neighbors?; Do you know any other urban farmers?

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The overall answers were ‘i simply buy my seeds, and i grow ‘em for fun or just to make my place beautiful or more attractive glancing at.’ Inadvertently or not, vegetables grow under the highly-polluted Beijing’s atmosphere, and we can indeed spot some gardening technics, as using crushed eggshells to prevent uninvited guests (such as cutworms and slugs) and due to its high calcium carbonate content (important for plants tissues and adjusting soil’s Ph).

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This would be the general gardening pattern accordingly to my time/space limited-based perspective on our Beijing stay, and any further statements about that would require supplementary research.

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Cucurbitaceae, peppers, radishes, eggplants, tomatoes… and some nice suspended gardens…

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I even got some local variety seeds.

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Still processing this achievements : )

(At last) on bjdw – 1

Far out of schedule, although still worthy (i guess ;p) to share my few vivid impressions on Beijing Design Week. Even though it’s been roughly four months since i began focusing on some other projects, i can tell that my stay in China still plays a key role at my late outlook.

Let’s keep it on the basic level hehe so that briefly we’ll be able to share a few on that matter on no longer than 2 or 3 posts. :)

The main idea of the workshops was conceiving collectively a set of objects, goals, ideas, and farming along with local natives and whoever would be interested on sharing and learning about experimental urban farming. More than appearing with a pre-established set of directives, we hopefully gave a meaning to our actions whilst the work flowed, and we adapted ourselves to this ‘one-of-a-kind’ group we had in this collaborative atmosphere.

#day 1 Dashilar

Arrival in Beijing followed by wood sheets hunt! Getting the workshop started looking for second hand materials to build the furniture and structures that were part of the activities (you guys can see them on Hernani’s posts). Turns out garbain is though pretty tough when you can’t hide you’re not a local ;p Thanks to MeiMei (crouching behind Emilson) we’ve made a great deal though.

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The hardest screws we’ll ever have got. Luckily Emilson found out that their castillano is up to date!hehe

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More next :)

– iaac labour sunny days

Looking foward to seeing the whole structure allover together!

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After conceiving the wooden structure that will support the roof garden with the archictectural help :P of Nestor and Xavi, we passed to the action.

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We already have it in a more advanced state – things are evolving quite well… next step: chosing the species that will be growing in the raised garden beds :)

Pão dos Essênios

‘Com va això?’

New expressions, ‘same thoughts’ (would we classifie it like that since it’s a matter of language ?¿?¿)!

Considering this major food struggle we’ve been living, sovereignety, autonomy and empowerment are crucial… saying no to some things, but mostly saying ‘yes’ as a creative and positive way of developing others :) Reappropriate some skills, knowledge and techniques, and leaving the place to ‘new’ (ancient knowlodge) ones.

Essens (sprouted grain) bread is a nice way of illustrating that point of view. Wheat grains and sunlight is all we need :)

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Germinate your grains

trituramor

crush them,

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until you’ll get a modulable pasta.

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Then just let the sunshine works and enjoy :)

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Referência para meus amigos lusofonos :)
http://panelasdecapim.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/pao-dos-essenios.html#.U-AuuqMYCW9

 

Incredibles Edibles

Sharing a brief explanation about this concept that emerged at Todmorden, England.

An example of collective effort and cooperation in order to support a local, adapted and resilient production of food. Low input and autonomous network attaining food sovereignty by growing food at open, public spots, enabling citizens to meet their needs. Harvest freely, spread the concept and give yourself over to help :)

‘Go on, take some. It’s free’ :)) Mangez local!

Mauvaises Herbes

When food sovereignty is a major task, we should think about holistic, practical and accessible solutions as …

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… jogging?!?! Juste take a look more carefully… as with many other stuff, it’s always a matter of perspective. At the bottom of the foreground we see weed, weed and still weed. Looks like an ugly abandoned garden. At first we think about just cutting it off without hesitating, so that other decorative species could take its place. This rugby field is 5mn from my place, where i can also find this beautiful buckhorn plantain ready to be harvested :))

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With appropriated instructions and a good manual, cooking weeds becomes pleasant and addictive :p

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No more than 15mn later and voilà!

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We see coquelicot (Papaver rhoeas), plantain lanceolé (Plantago lanceolata) – the most common traditionally used wild medicinal plant since the Antiquity -, trèfle des près (Trifolium pratense), passerage des champs (Lepidium campestre), achillé millefeuille (Achillea millefolium), petite camomile (Matricaria recutica), and the seventh one i wans’t able to determine. Otherwise i wasn’t that sure about my diagnoses concerning Achillea and Matricaria neither. For the first i had an eternal doubt with another specimen of the Apiaceae (some are really toxic) and the second one wasn’t really in a gooood state – so i didn’t cook them ;/

It’s hugely important to keep some instructions in mind when harvesting weeds! Assuring the diagnose is one of the most important ones, but neglecting the environment and pillage of the spot are as well crucial mistakes.

See more here (for french speakers) http://www.lavisdesplantes.fr/erreurs-eviter-cueillette/

Finally, a really diverse and nutritive meal with Fabaceae, Brassicaceae, Papaveraceae, Asteraceae, Plantaginaceae and Solanaceae (tomatos) :))

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Mentioning briefly, we could list some benefits provided by this specimens such as headache and toothache prevention, anti-inflammatory properties, purgative and digestive action, gingivitis prevention, sedative and analgesic properties, and so on…


Why the renewed interest in Edible Weeds? Beacause they are:

1. Abundant – they grow everywhere;
2. Free – just find and pick them (taking care about the spot conditions and plant’s state);
3. Easy – they grow without any effort from you;
4. Nutritious – many are more nutritious than specimens you grow on your own veggie patch :);
5. Taste great!;
6. Many of these species have been eaten or used for their medicial properties for thousands of years. In many countries some are still considered delicacies today!

Read more:

http://www.localharvest.org.au/learn/introduction-to-edible-weeds/
http://www.incredible-edible.info/?p=2512#more-2512 (GREAT one)
http://www.mauvaisesherbes.org/f1-les-plantes-sauvages-comestibles (good catalogue, in french)
http://www.edibleweeds.com.au/edible-weeds/facts/

 

Olá Salut Hola Hallo Ciao Hi Nǐ hǎo

Cheers :)

It’s been a while now since i knew about Refarm, thanks to Surian! :) It happened last winter at Rio de Janeiro countryside. Since then, open solutions and resilient processes has been my major concerns.

By sharing my impressions and personal efforts to develop urban farming at this blog, i intent to, in fact, be part of this huge open and collaborative community/network, building together our utopias :)

In this process i’ll share my perspectives and findings, mostly concerning edible wild plants, seed sovereignty, agroecological soil management and obviously some results within Refarm :)

Pleased to share with and read you all! Keep in touch!