News from the Canadian Oil Sand Project

Burlington, Vermont July 29th – Riot police shot unarmed pipeline protesters with sting ball pellets at near point blank range and sprayed  them with pepper spray because they were blocking a conferee bus from leaving the hotel to go to lunch.

Burlington FreePress – Peaceful protest takes a violent turn in Burlington 

The police stand by their use of force – BFP – Police: We had info protesters planned to escalate showdown…  though the source of the information about planned disruptions was  “secondhand”..

On Friday July 27th, one of Enbridge inc. pipeline systems leaked around 1,200 barrels in a Wisconsin field – The WSJ – Wisconsin Spill Complicates Enbridge Plans. and CBC News – Enbridge oil spill worries B.C. pipeline critics

Also on July 27th from iPolitics – Canadian Oil Sands’ profits fall, outlook cut

Other Canadian News on 27th of July – Standard and Poor’s downgraded its outlook of seven Canadian Banks from stable to negative – The Globe and Mail – S&P cuts outlook on 7 Canadian banks


The Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference

Vermont Rice

When: Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012
Time: 9AM – 4 PM
Where: Akaogi Farm, 27 Earthbridge Rd., Westminster West, VT
Cost: $50/person, $60/couple, $40/student
Conference Topics/Highlights:This conference will focus on rice cuisine, culture, and history in the morning and general rice agriculture topics in the afternoon.


    * Naomi Duguid (Author, Seductions of Rice)

    * Anna McClung (Research Leader, USDA ARS, Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center)

    * Glenn Roberts (Founder and Seedsman, Anson Mills)

    * A Farmers’ Exchange (short presentations by farmers experimenting with rice in the northeastern United States).

Lunch will highlight the importance of rice as a staple food for many cultures and will include short presentations by local chefs about the rice dishes they have prepared.

This conference will be held at Akaogi Farm rain or shine. Presentations will occur inside a tent and tents will be set up for the chefs and registration. Please be mindful of the weather and dress accordingly.

Interested in participating in the Farmers’ Exchange?

Farmers’ Exchange Form

The Farmers’ Exchange is a chance for farmers who are growing rice to give a short (5-10min) presentation about their experiences and discuss issues or questions with researchers, other farmers, and audience members. If you are a farmer in the northeastern United States who has been experimenting with growing rice, please contribute to the effort by filling out the information sheet. Please fill out the form even if you were unable to grow rice to maturation at your farm. Information about an attempt at growing rice that was not successful is as important as a success story. This data will be collected, consolidated, and presented during the Farmers’ Exchange at the Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference.

 The Third Annual Northeast USA Rice Conference is a collaboration between the McCouch RiceLab at Cornell University and Akaogi Farm. It is funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

To register & for more information:

Registration fee includes lunch and copy of the 2011 conference proceedings. Register early, space is limited. To register please provide your name, e-mail address, and a check made out to Mia Murphy, 351 Longley Road, Groton, MA 01450. Contact Mia at <makaogi(at)>.

Even more information:

Slow Food Vermont’s Wine & Food Tasting Event – Live Music

Terra Madre 2012Support Slow Food VT ’s trip to Italy for Terra Madre 2012!

Every two years, Slow Food communities from around the world come together to share their innovative solutions and time-honored traditions for feeding the planet in a good, clean, and fair way.

Delegates from over 130 countries are selected by Slow Food associations to represent the important work being done in various regions of the world. Support the VT delegation’s trip to Terra Madre 2012!

Join Slow Food VT at Lincoln Peak Winery in New Haven on Friday, August 10 at 6:30 for an exceptional evening  of wine, food and music. Tasting events will featuring: Three Tomatoes, Touterelle, Cafe Provence, Vergennes Laundry, Fiddlehead Cuisine, A little Peruvian, Middlebury Ramuntos, Eagle’s Flight Farm, and Lincoln Peak Winery!

Live music and raffle!

Tickets on Sale Now online and at select locations in Middlebury and Burlington.

Learn More about Terra Madre 2012

Drought of 2012 – Sustainable Resilient Agriculture = Permaculture

From HuffPost: U.S. Drought 2012: Current Drought Covers Widest Area Since 1956, According To New Data


WALTONVILLE, Ill. — The nation’s widest drought in decades is spreading, with more than half of the continental United States now in some stage of drought and most of the rest enduring abnormally dry conditions.

Only in the 1930s and the 1950s has a drought covered more land, according to federal figures released Monday.

full article from the Huffington Post – Link

Dynamic Rainwater Catchment – Contour, Patterns and Keyline

In this slide presentation Mark Krawczyk speaks about using the power of The Age of Fossil Fuel to create an ecological infrastructure that will provide the resources we need to become sustainable. By observing the patterns of the landscape we can implement earthworks like keyline, swales and ponds  to create ecologically harmonious landscapes that sustain people crops and habitat.

Mark Krawczyk is a permaculture designer, traditional woodworker, natural builder and community organizer in Burlington, VT. He owns and operates Keyline Vermont – a permaculture design/consulting business, RivenWoodCrafts – a traditional woodcraft company, is a member of Seven Generations Natural Builders and is a founding member of the community group Burlington Permaculture.