Category Archives: Green Jobs

Dreams Change

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens.”  Thomas Jefferson knew the important role farmers and producers play in our great Nation.  With the security of America’s energy sources slowly dwindling we must focus on ensuring the sustainability of our great Nation.” ~www.rcdnet.org

Created by God

I haven’t been posting much lately. The reasons are many … but the main reason… is that I discovered time had run out on my dream of owning a farm. I’ve always been a very active guy with a lot of energy. But I’m 56 now and I have to be realistic. While growing fresh fruit and vegetables replenishes my body-mind, I have to ask myself, how much more manual labor do I want to do as I age?

Urban Farming is more of a realistic goal for me now. There are so many ways to do it. There are even grants for it. The rewards can be as small as insuring the health of you and your family, to building a small cottage industry. Perhaps that’s another reason urban farming is so attractive … the reality that wherever there’s a problem, if you think a few steps past “the problem” and look for a solution, you can get paid!

Manufacturing comes out of agriculture. All the “value added” products that farmers and ranchers produce created the foundation for the industrial revolution. People needed shoes and cowhides supplied the leather. Urban dwellers needed fresh lemonade so bottles were made and artist were hired to create the labels. Trucks were bought to fill the store shelves. Carpenters built the stores, and so on …

My only worry is that as we enter this newest period of “change”, huge, greedy corporations like Monsanto will be able to close the doors before the open. Obesity is the second greatest cause of cancer in the world today. The potatoes in your big chain grocery stores today have so much sugar in them, that you cannot even cook the same potato-based recipe that you could just 13 years ago!

Monsanto created Roundup. [<-Please read the Slate.com Roundup article] You know, the herbicide that kills weeds and grass? Yeah. Well, they found a way to insert RoundUp into the plant growing in the field, making it resistant to insects and other pests. The only small problem is that WE’RE EATING IT. [SEE: Millions Against Monsanto ]

Think Genetically Modified Food is no problem? Tasteless tomatoes and other gas-ripened food that sit on selves like wax time bombs waiting for trusting, uninformed mouths to gobble them down … is that what you really want? Monsanto created  Agent Orange! You know … the “herbicide” used in Vietnam that eventually killed thousands of former G.I.s who walked through the stuff? They didn’t even eat or drink that product and cancer ran rapid through their ranks. HOW in the world are we feeling so secure about eating yet another of their products simply because “they” put it on the local store self?

Grow your own food. You’ll be healthier, wiser, more spiritually alert, and … you’ll find ways … to “get paid.”

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Buy and Sell Organic Produce … FREE?

What do you do when time, the economy, and practicality way-lays your “Organic Farming Dream?” Improvise, and plan. I didn’t know it earlier, but there’s a saying that goes:

“If you don’t plan, then plan to fail.”

I always thought that if I got the next degree, license, or certificate, then all would be fine. But I’ve lived most of my life in the up-and-down economy of California. So, like Buddhism, I working on a “Middle Path.”

11 or 25 acres out in the hot, mosquito infested country may not be feasible for me at this time in my life, but a cheap little foreclosed home financed by the Veteran’s Administration is. Hell, growing a garden in the back and flowers in the front may well be just as rewarding. Now, to the newest idea I’ve come across:

My Organic Acres appears to be one answer to Monsanto and Agri-Business’ move to own all farming and feed us crap that makes us fat and unhealthy. (For instance, the Russet potatoes being sold in Safeway, Lucky’s or Kroger’s TODAY are so genetically loaded with sugar that you can’t even make the same lower calorie recipes you could make 13 years ago. You have to buy the smaller ones.) No wonder Diabetes and Cancer rates are off the charts.)

My Organic Acres promises to deliver you with fresh, organic produce that YOU CHOOSE. Plus, you can get more from other farmers and either sell at the Farmer’s Market of your choice or their, online Farmer’s Market. You can even donate the produce to the poor as a tax write off.

New York’s Garden Girl

ggpattiforweb_400-1Patricia Moreno is a nice Puerto Rican girl who grew up in Spanish Harlem. “The Garden Girl”  was educated at Nightingale-Bamford School for girls. So how did this Manhattan bred New Yorker end up being with her own backyard farm … a television show (about it), a magazine and a Farmer’s Almanac sponsorship??

“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“)

Patti has ideas. (And game.) Visit her website to view both. With her techniques, you don’t need a lot of land. This is a wonderful time to add quality to your life by raising some or all of your own food. Some might even say, if you don’t start at least THINKING about it … then you’re not paying attention …

UC Santa Cruz Small Farm Course

Grow A Farmer

Cultivating The Next Generation

“There’s a revolution underway–from inner city farmer’s markets to community to community supported agriculture (CAS), to school cafeterias grow a farmerthat serve locally grown locally grown food, people across the country AND THE WORLD are rejecting industrial food and farming in favor of local, organic, community-scale systems. Now the most critical challenge is ironically, the lack of with the training and knowledge to produce and market fresh, delicious organic food while caring for the land AND THE COMMUNITY they work and sell to.” (from the Grow A Farmer website)

Look at the signs of the time … With President Obama signed onto the Green Economy, the entire grid of the United States is going to have to be re-built.  The day of 18-wheelers transporting crops from one cost to another also has a “time-date” stamp marked on it. The only constant in the universe is change, and the way we grow food is no different.

AgicultureCareers.com states that the Department of Labor Employmment and Training Administration for direct farm workers are:

Today’s agriculture offers over 200 rewarding and challenging careers. 32% of these openings will be in science, engineering, and related specialties like Marketing, merchandising and sales. Many of the position are located in urban areas. See: AgricultureCareers.com

Opportunities are abundant for minority candidates. According to the 1990 census:

  • African Americans accounted for only 3.1% of employed foresters
  • and 6.9% of employed forestry technicians
  • Industry sources would like to increase those numbers by three to four times in the near future.

The University of Santa Cruz has an internationally respected, SIX-MONTH small, organic farming program. Click here to read more.

YouTube Grow A Farmer and check it out for yourself.

Green Collar Jobs

daveradio1Green-Collar Jobs Provide Pathways Out of Poverty

Most Green-Collar jobs require more than a high school education, but less than a four-year degree. Hence, they are well within the reach of lower-skilled and low-income workers.

As long as a person has access to effective training programs and appropriate supports … it’s really not that big of a deal to get “job-ready” training in a reasonably short period of time.

Felon? Recovering Addict or Homeless?
Here in the California Bay Area, there are even “Green” programs designed just for you. (SEE Van Jones’ book, “The Green Collar Economy.”)

Green-Collar Jobs are GOOD jobs. Like blue-collar jobs that often allow a person to earn a higher wage, quicker than recent grads with bachelors and sometime masters degrees, Green jobs pay “family wages” and provide opportunities for advancement along a career tract of career tract of increasing skills and wages.

It’s time to begin moving away from the model that to live well, one HAS to have a college degree and live in the middle of a crowded city.

With the high cost of tuition and other fees continually rising, college for many has already reached a point of diminishing returns.

The bottom line is that we’re going to have to start doing things differently. As the old saying goes, “The only constant is change.”

Click on the link to view your FREE copy of “The Green Jobs Guidebook.

Great News! $500 million for Green Jobs!

Green Hardhat(Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 5:53pm on Facebook.com )
President Obama just signed the FINAL version of the economic recovery bill. And guess what?  $500 million for green jobs training is included in the package!

This is a huge victory. And together, we’ve been fighting for it for more than a year.  Thank you for all you’ve done to get $500 million for green job training into the recovery bill!

Read more: Green For All Blog

This is a Great Time

CornelWestblackboard In “Race Matters”, theologian Cornel West wrote:

“The greatest problem facing the black community today is nihilism. Nihilism is … the live experience of coping with a life of horrifying meaninglessness, hopelessness, and (most important) lovelessness.”

Until the early 1970’s black Americans had the lowest suicide rate in the United States, but now, black people lead the nation in the rate of increased suicide.

“… There is a change…” In fact, MAJOR changed occurred. African Americans now have some of the highest suicide rates in the nation.

The changes that have influenced culture and class over the last 25 years did not occur by accident.  The resulting black on black terror, the disruption of the black business community, mass addiction, and the general distruption of black social life was very effectively designed.

The proper reaction? Self-pity is just another clog in the wheels of addiction and disempowerment. Anger? Pure foolishness. Far better to remember the quote:

“Every problem is an opportunity in work clothes.”
– Henry J. Kaiser

This blog will look at not the problems … but the MANY opportunities that are currently staring us in our collective faces. Greenfreed believes that opportunities are currently boundless. Not just for blacks, but for all of us.

  • Instead of blaming the illegals, let’s look at what they’re teaching us.
  • Instead of blaming whites or Jews or Asians … greenfred encourages a higher, more spiritual step … link, network and befriend as many people as you can. Isolation leads to poverty.
  • Instead of crying about the loss of industry in a given area, lets look at the fact that the infrastructure is still there! The gas, water, and plumbing is still there. Working with unimaginative City Councils to open up existing green space for urban farming is just one of the MANY opportunities that can bring new revenue to communities and empower people.

…. Besides … “it’s ALL spiritual…”
Have fun, be happy, create love, and if you look two steps beyond any problem, you can get paid.

Peace