Jim Webb

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I go for simple: -

1) Assemble lots of different sorts of leaves & herbs in bowl, whatever I've got.
2) Grate plenty of tasty cheddar cheese (English for preference) over the leaves.
3) Splash lemon juice over that.
4) Mix well.
5) Eat. Lightly toasted slice of nice organic bread goes well with it.

Sometimes I add half an avocado, cut out in little pieces with a teaspoon, to the mix. Takes more mixing, tastes good.
4 weeks ago

Jim Webb wrote:The next part is due out on Thursday, May 2nd, so there is still time to sign up for this

 PS: - When I signed up, I was asked what organisation I belonged to so I wrote "The Source" and this was accepted!
4 weeks ago
I doubt if this is the right place to post this but it is about Mexico and I don't know of a better place, so please could those who do such things move it to where it should be.

Please watch this webinar series: - Science, regulation & human health: Justifications for Mexico’s GM corn restrictions

The write-up states  in part "This webinar was part one of a three-part series. The Mexican government has restricted the use of genetically modified (GM) white corn for human consumption and glyphosate as part of its broader program for food self-sufficiency and agroecology. Last August, the U.S. government launched a trade dispute, falsely asserting that these rules violate provisions in the U.S-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Canada joined as a third party, even though it does not export corn to Mexico."

The next part is due out on Thursday, May 2nd, so there is still time to sign up for this and to tell your friends. There is much more I could say on this topic but, again, I doubt if this is the right place to say it so I won't!
4 weeks ago

Melissa Ferrin wrote:Best of luck on your adventure Jim. Feel free to keep in touch.

Thanks again, Melissa, I'd love to do just that. I'm sure that there is a lot that we can learn from you and maybe one of these days, we'll meet you in person!
1 month ago
I've just come across this thread, thanks to a friend sending us a link, and there's some very relevant information here for us. We're going to be selling our property, along with virtually all our possessions, and heading off towards Mexico with a 10 foot travel trailer behind our van. Up till now, both of us have always "had" to do things, starting with going to school, then university, getting jobs etc etc and we had plants and livestock that needed caring for after we gave up working for anyone else. Once we've sold up, we'll be free and light for the first time in our lives and about the last thing we'll want to do is to try to transplant any aspects of our previous lives into our new one, we've finished with all of that. What we'll be after is cultural immersion. So, this post resonates very strongly with both of us: -

Melissa Ferrin wrote:Hi I live and work in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca and I've found it's a much better approach in villages to work with the current/original residents. Most of them do really value nature and while some of their current practices may not be in line with what you are dreaming about--most actually now recognize that in many ways, their bisabuelos lived better lives and are excited to learn how to get back to their roots and be self-sustaining.

This is not to say that outsiders can not come in too--though it is extremely difficult for outsiders to legally buy rural land in much of Oaxaca because it's communal, and it can also be difficult for outsiders to accept the usos y costumbres community assembly style of governance.

Thanks, Melissa!! Communal land and a community assembly style of governance both sound great to us and we'd love to work with the original residents instead of trying to parachute our culture in on top of them. It seems to us that the individual ownership of land is a modern evil and a way for those who have far too much (Black Rock, I'm talking about you) to get even more at the expense of the common people. Communal governance should be the way of the future, replacing the total control of the self-imposed de-facto corporate governance that most of the so-called West is currently saddled with.

We intend to be semi-nomadic to start with, visiting friends around Mexico and checking out places we've been told about, finding out what the climate is like in both summer and winter and whether a higher level suits us better. We're looking forward to all the local markets and having the time to get to know the area, without being bound up in our own affairs. We thought we might eventually gravitate to Oaxaca and we really like the idea of living in a particular area for a year before settling down. It's going to be quite an adventure!
1 month ago

MiaSherwood Landau wrote:Fresh bread Fridays! Make enough to last a week or eat some freeze some. Or put some in dehydrator to make croutons. All good!

Looks scrumptious!! I do like the idea of those little buns. Are they baked in muffin tins? What are the others & do you have any recipes to share? Must be a bread making forum here somewhere!

The only food or drink we have on a particular day is a pot of delicious home made masala chai on Saturdays first thing in the morning and this time of year we drink it while sitting in our rocking chairs in front of the wood stove, with several small dogs on our laps. Chai Saturday? No, doesn't have that ring............
6 months ago
Can the Infographic be downloaded somehow, as that'd make it easy to get it where it'll do the most good?
7 months ago
I grew up on an old-fashioned dairy farm in England, with three generations under one roof. The older folks, two brothers and a sister, would tell me about growing up in a cottage on the Oxford Canal, where their Dad was a lengthsman, meaning that he was responsible for looking after a length of canal. They used to maintain the towpath, cut the hedges on either side of the canal, mow the grass and do any other jobs as needed. The hedges were thick, usually had ditches on the other side and were full of rabbits. Sometimes a more adventurous rabbit would burrow through the bank into the canal and start a leak, which would run away into the ditch. They’d notice the drop in the water level and have to find and stop the leak, so they’d get the shovels out of the tool shed and cut a fresh forked hazel twig out of the hedge. They’d use the hazel twig to find the leak and the shovels to dig down and stop it. To them, the twig was just as much a tool as the shovels.

On the farm, we sometimes wanted to find a field drain or maybe a water pipe and to save us a lot of time and hard work, we’d dowse for it. It never occurred to us to be ”sceptical” about dowsing or wonder what ”Science” thought of it, it worked and that was good enough.

Later on, when I had an engineering degree and become a Chartered Engineer, I used to test people’s ability to dowse. By then, I’d come across a design for a little silver and brass gadget which looked nothing like a conventional dowsing rod. I’d ask them to help me with an experiment, not mentioning that they were the subject, ask them to hold this little gadget just so, start over there and walk towards me, while I watched carefully to observe any reaction. Only afterwards would I tell them that they had been using a dowsing rod and were themselves potential dowsers! Out of the many people I tested; my colleagues and others, I only ever found one who got no response at all. He already knew what I was up to and had rigid ideas about “Science”, which could have got in the way?

What I learned from this was that when Science can’t explain something, it’s more than likely the science that’s lacking. Maybe it just hasn’t caught up or no-one has done the work yet. Or perhaps Science thinks it already knows the answer and it’s the world that’s wrong, so no-one ever will investigate that subject for fear of ridicule. I’ve heard it said that Belief is the enemy of Knowledge and certainly those who believe the most seem to learn the least. Best to approach each new experience with a Beginner’s Mind: you know nothing. That way, you will learn as much as possible and won’t risk missing something important. Always question what you know: if you know something but have no evidence for it, sorry, it’s Belief and not Knowledge. On the other hand, if you believe something and you have evidence for it, then it’s actually Knowledge and not Belief. Never has this distinction been more important than over the last three years…………….
1 year ago
How did your garden grow last year? Have you needed to change anything? I have a low lying, dampish spot which I wish to build up by a couple of feet to then use for conventional beds and I am considering starting in a similar way. Like a hugelkulture bed without the hugel. I have a shortage of really nice soil and plenty of poorer soil so would incorporate lots of organic stuff as I go, a bit like a lasagne bed. Time to do it is now!
1 year ago
Many thanks to Uncle Mud & Paul & Christine & everyone else concerned for putting on this webinar. Most informative! I might need to build a test bed of some sort before I build the proper thing in the greenhouse.
1 year ago