Urban Gardening

“Patricia Moreno, the Garden Girl, was born in raised in New York City. She grew up in Spanish Harlem on Manhattan and was educated at Nightingale-Bamford School for girls. Her path to Urban Sustainable Living began in the mid 1990’s, after gaining seventy pounds during her pregnancy, and needing a way to be physically active and eat healthier. This began her path to finding and learning ways to make gardening fun and also fit into the city.” (From, “The Farmer’s Almanac“)

This is a wonderful time to add quality to your life by raising some or all of your own food. The price of eggs has leaped too. Patti has ideas. With her techniques, you don’t need a lot of land. Visit her site at: Patti..

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Healing Woman Assists Your Change

Adinah has game. From Financial Banker to holistic body cleansing, Adinah has something to help you in changing your life.

For those who share the idea that the values of urban America are driving us crazy, the idea of moving from the known to the unknown … um … may bring up a few feelings. But Adinah is a great resource for anyone who wants to start a new business … regardless if it’s in the city or the suburbs or out in the country.

She also has a deep wealth of natural healing to guide you through the internal changes you’re making.

Adinah is a Certified Natural Health Professional (CNHP) and offers intuitive Counsel Guidance, Body Type Analysis and Metabolic Nutritional Guidelines for food planning.

Concerning her administrative credentials, Adinah served as an Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration; Senior Vice-President with Lintz Glover White, a Los Angeles based, equity and fixed-income brokerage firm; and held positions as Vice-President with the Public Finance Divisions of WR Lazard, Smith Mitchell, Pryor McClendon Counts & Co. She was financial advisor with Government Finance Associates. Prior to entering the investment banking field, she was an accountant with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and representative of the Internal Revenue Service.

… da sistah got game.

Remember, if you’ve done something for 10, 15, 20 years or more … more than likely, you’re DONE with it. Time to move on to your real dreams. Your first dreams. Keep in touch space travelers.

Alternative Building: Papercrete

Okay, so you’ve got your eye on a piece of property that has a 3 bdrm/1.5 bath house on it, 17 acres of land, a barn, an all season creek (fresh water is going to be increasingly more important), and is divided between 5 acres of cleared pasture/farmland and the rest in timber that you can mill or sell.

We’ve already learned that one of the best small farm practices is to start off using no more than one-to-three acres for crops and flowers. So what else can you do with all that land?

When you have land, you have SooOOooo many options. Every structure you add to your land increases its value. Building Green and “Alternative” allows you to creative wonderful, mortgage-free buildings at pennies to what traditional buildings cost. The building can be wood burning Sauna cordwood building or a Strawbale “Adobe” home that keeps you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while decreasing your dependence on both energy and energy companies.

The latest … and the building style that has recently caught my eye is Papercrete …. a substance that creates lightweight “concrete-ish” mix or “adobe-ish” blocks to build with.

Like cordwood homes, you don’t have to be a builder to build a house. There are books and videos at your local public library. You can begin your search by clicking on the links and by googling some keywords like: alternative building, papercrete, cordwood building, strawbale houses, and building with cob.