Climate Change, Food and Houston’s Future

In February 2015, I presented an invited lecture on the relation of climate change to food production, and its likely affect on Houston’s future.  This is obviously a dicey topic and not easily presented in in 90 minutes.  It was enough to talk about some important issues and questions.

Climate Change, Food, and Houston’s Future

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Community Gardens for Southeast Texas

Last spring, Urban Harvest’s Erin Ericksen and I gave a workshop on the role of community gardens in building a sustainable society here. The Pdf is attached.

Randall & Eriksen Community Gardens

Designing a Non-Profit that Works (Strategic Planning)

Most people wouldn’t dream of building a house or bridge or retirement fund without a design–a carefully constructed written plan using well-thought out principles. But it is shocking that many non-profit organizations (and many for-profits too) do this. As well, when non-profits get around to a strategic plan, they often take their cues from consultants and advice books whose main experience is for-profit efforts. The article attached sets out some of the ideas I developed over many years about planning in non-profit organizations.

20121215 Strategic Planning

Using Permacultural Frames to Design Foodshed Improvement Programs

In March, 2014 I gave a brief talk at the Society for Applied Anthropology meetings in Albuquerque summarizing the anthropological and permacultural thinking I used over 21 years as part of a group effort to build an urban food movement in Houston Texas. The brief talk was part of a panel of anthropologists who contributed to the 2013 book Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia–Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages. The Pdf of the presentation below is a huge simplification of my book article. That in turn is a simplification of my part that was in turn a lot of effort by many people. In June, Urban Harvest’s Erin Eriksen and I presented Building Sustainable Cities through Community Gardening to the American Institute of Architects Houston Gulf Coast Green Symposium. I am available for advice (in person or via Skype) in building non-Houston area Urban Community Food Programs. BobInTheGarden At urbanharvest.org

2014 sfaa talk.

Urban Permaculture

John Kohler has put together a lot of interesting videos about US food gardening at Growing Your Greens. Last fall he did a video of the urban garden Nancy and I work in and use to teach permaculture as part of the Permaculture Guild of Houston. See Small Space Permaculture Garden on 1/4 Acre at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFDuM2P1E-Q. The classes are part of the Sustainable Living Module taught through Urban Harvest http://urbanharvest.org/permaculture and http://urbanharvest/classes.

Fruit Tree Sale Video

Patrick Gibbs has put together a detailed, fairly comprehensive interesting video on Urban Harvest’s recent Annual Fruit Tree Sales. These are among the largest one day fruit tree sales anywhere and the latest one surpassed even the previous 13 years’ sales. If you want to change the way people garden, given them good access to adapted fruit trees. See http://vimeo.com/81355871

Blueberry Varieties for Southeast Texas

The pdf below is a table which summarizes the various characteristics of the many Southern Highbush and Southern Rabbiteye blueberry varieties that can grow in Southeast Texas. See Fruit Trees and Winter Weather on this website to find out what chill you have where you live.

Blueberry varieties for Southeast Texas

A Possible 8-bed Vegetable Garden Rotation Scheme

The pdf chart below is one method for figuring out how to change the location of vegetables by season. It helps diversify the plant locations over the years while making use of the year round climate in Southeast Texas and all the space. The chart is just a demo that you will want to adjust for your own tastes and land.

A Vegetable Bed Rotation

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