The Story of Stuff event

4 09 2008

A couple times a year I teach an 8-week class about clearing clutter out of your life. Earlier this year someone sent me a link to the incredible 20-minute video, The Story of Stuff, which is now mandatory viewing for my students, clients and for anyone else who cares to listen to me. Just as its website explains, the video is a “fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.”

Annie Leonard, the creator (and movie star!) of The Story of Stuff, will be a guest of the American Jewish World Service and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps next Wednesday, September 10, 6:30-9:00pm, at The Women’s Building (3453 18th Street). You can join them for what promises to be a lively evening of a viewing of the video, great discussion, and Q & A. RSVP here, or contact with questions.


What do you think about this video? Comments, please!


Victory Gardens: Farmers in the City, Take 2

6 08 2008

It feels to me like the theme of growing vegetables is all around me these days. Besides re-visiting the farmers market, and meeting a cool woman whose blog, The Inadvertant Gardener, is all about catching the gardening bug, I’ve been hearing about some great programs aimed at feeding people, and educating people about feeding themselves. My own backyard is about 80% covered with concrete; I lamented this when I first moved in, but now am eternally grateful for not having to pull any more weeds than I already do. Nonetheless, even I am about to jump on the bandwagon and start a few of my own crops (besides the massive, overgrown rosemary bush, that is!).

I’m grateful to live in a city where a lot of people understand and support some of the important bigger picture things that go into making life really good. Right outside of City Hall right now, there is a beautiful, full, lush veggie garden that was planted about a month ago in a joint venture by Victory Gardens 2008+ and Slow Food Nation, a gathering to celebrate sustainability and “good, clean, fair food” that will take place here in SF over Labor Day Weekend. I visited with my friend Christy on Saturday, such a beautiful day! Here are some pictures.

What would YOU like to grow in your real or imagined garden? What DO you grow?