Monday, August 11, 2008

The Who Farm

Today I was making multiple trips into the city from Brooklyn, trying to avoid potential downpours. Failing miserably. I rode through the Flat Iron district around 23rd and Broadway, which has become this bizarre maze of orange cones and Green painted bike lanes all flowing in a rather illogical order. Then I discovered the D.O.T. secret plan for making our streets more "ecco-friendly," paving them with birdseed.

show here to the left of the green lanes. Not sure why there are sporatic zones of what looks like birdseed. But the birds aren't eating it. It does seem to limit thespace for motor vehicles so it looks like both the 34th/Broadway and the 23rd intersections are big enough to provide lots of room for big wide bike lanes and vehicular traffic.

Then I headed over to the Green Market in Union Square and saw this bizarre site:

No its not a bunch of freaks heading to burning man, oh, wait they are, but its also: Daniel Bowman Simon's the

That stands for the White House Organic Farm Project. The idea is that the 17 acres of land currently occupied by the president belongs to the people and therefore should have an organic farm on it growing wholesome natural food...and be a model for the world. The goal would be to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to local residents fo the DC area.

9/1/08 will be the date of an online petition to demand the farm be built.

from their website:
TheWhoFarm Project is a non-partisan, petition-based initiative
to respectfully request that our 44th President plant an organic farm
on the grounds of the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The farm will be tended by school children and Americans with disabilities,
to feed the President, healthy school lunch programs, and food pantries.
The farm will serve as a model for education, health, and sustainability
for the United States of America
& the world at large.

There will be a fund raiser for the WHOFarm, tomorrow in Central Park.

More info:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Roof Garden and Gallery @ The Arsenal, Central Park
830 5th Avenue, New York, NY (@ 64th Street)

We just purchased the Topsy Turvy bus from Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry's...using credit cards, which will come due soon. We also need gas money, etc. We are planting a small organic farm on the roof.

On Tuesday, come support our version of Community Supported a share in TheWhoFarm...the bounty of course is an organic farm at our shared house, The White House.
(Suggested donation: as much as you can possibly afford! $100+ preferred...but nobody turned away for lack of $100 bills :)

Come for excellent tasty local food and drink, as well as gorgeous views of Central Park, the zoo, and the rest of it...we are working on fine entertainment as well...bring friends.

From now through Friday Aug 15, we are in NYC prepping and promoting TheWhoFarm at events, gardens, and greenmarkets...before heading West towards California (via Cleveland, Chicago, Denver, and Burning Man) for Slow Food Nation Labor Day weekend. We'll also hit Austin City Limits at the end of Sept, but the rest of the itinerary is still in planning if you have any suggestions...let us know...


or send a check to:
The White House Organic Farm Project
328 Flatbush Avenue, #118, Brooklyn, NY 11238


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was also way cool to see not one but TWO swift folders in front of the double bus. Well, one xootr swift and one swift folder...


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