Monthly Archives: January 2010

“Our Seeds” shown on New York TV

Mon, 25/01/2010 – Jude Fanton

Frank O’Neill, Independent Consultant and pro bono adviser to Seed Savers, New York, has expertly converted our film “Our Seeds” to a digital NTSC version for showing on TV in the USA. Here he reports on seven screenings for societies and on television in New York.
There have been several screenings of the digital version of ‘Our Seeds':
Humanist Society of Metropolitan New York – Beth Lamont showed your “Our Seeds” film last Tuesday evening (December 8) at a meeting of the Humanist Society here. See http://www.corliss-lamont.org/hsmny/ Beth plans to show it again at next month’s meeting on January 12, 2010.
Manhattan Neighborhood Network http://www.mnn.org/ I just finished watching the first showing of the NTSC DV tape version of your PAL DVD. Both the sound and picture quality held up perfectly because the entire system is digital, not to mention that the original footage was acquired in high definition.
the Columbia University Earth Institute in the last two months
Also Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/
Saturday, December 12 – 1400 to 1500 (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM) on MNN3 (Channel 57 on the Time Warner Cable of NYC cable television network)
Sunday, December 13 – 0630 to 0730 and also 1830 to 1930 on MNN2 (Channel 56 on the Time Warner Cable of NYC cable television network)
I’m sure that it will be shown many times in the future; the above schedule is all that I’m aware of at the moment.
See Frank’s thoughts on HDV (also covers AVCHD and XDCAM EX) http://www.humanvalues.net/hdv/

 

School Gardens Powerpoint now available free for parents and teachers

Fri, 15/01/2010 – Jude Fanton

You can now see and show a 34 slide Powerpoint on why and how to create food gardens in schools in our resources section.
www.seedsavers.net/resources/school-gardens-powerpoint
Thank you to Fiona Campbell for professional help with Powerpoint layout and Bryan West at Fortress Learning in Queensland and John Brisbin of Boab Interactive for uploading it to the net. We’d also like to thank the teachers and students of Byron Bay Public School for their participation in the original project upon which the Powerpoint is based.

 

Sink and Wall your Garden in Arid Zones

Wed, 13/01/2010 – Jude Fanton

A successful strategy to reduce evaporation, to protect plants from both drying hot and cold winds and to conserve water is the sunken walled garden. Here we see a grandiose garden in a massive fort complex and a modest urban vegetable garden, in the arid zone of western Rajasthan, India, both sunken below the nearby ground level and both with high walls.

IMAGES: Two views of the ancient Chukalao Bargh Garden with fruit trees, bananas and flowers, Mehengarch Fort, Jodhpur

IMAGE: Sunken vegetable garden of Jaswant Bhagwan Hotel in the desert town of Bikaner, north west Rajasthan