Sunday, May 29, 2005

an article on never-till agriculture

hi folks,

a few days ago I found an article on never-till farming that I thought was interesting... that is, until a scientist friend gave me some very compelling reasons to believe that the article might actually be a sort of FrankenCombo of valid scientific data and wishful thinking on the part of the pesticide industry.

Mea culpa. Sorry. I have removed the link to the article, but here are some keywords if you wish to learn more about this on your own: organic, industry, soil health, plow, weed control, protein, glomalin, mychorrizal fungi.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005

an article on nutrient trading
from the world resources institute
keywords: pollution, chesapeake, agriculture, nitrogen, water quality, runoff, cap and trade

Monday, May 23, 2005

happy monday

happy monday everyone.

here is the first clip that caught my eye this morning
Israel, Arabs agree to save Dead Sea

I learned some new things about mycoremediation this weekend and will be researching this some because I am very curious about it. In brief: Oyster mushrooms (a species which does well in this area) have been shown to be a pretty vigorous toxic sludge sucker-upper. A Mr. Stamets has done some compelling research on this, or so I hear.

if you have not gotten a postcard invitation to the reception in Floyd on June 11, it's because I have pretty much run out of them. but I hope you all will feel welcome, especially those of you who might like to join in some music on the porch of the creamery.

I think there are no more postcards at Bollos but I am not sure. There should be some at Mish Mish or Easy chair bookstore and also at Homebody. Anyway I am hoping that this will be a nice social event, and a good relaxing time.

Friday, May 20, 2005

from Kate Thompson

It's always a treat to hear from my friend Kate in Japan. Here are some excerpts from a recently email from Kate.

.....Everywhere we went people were amazed and enthusiastic at how far he has moved on from the image of the Grizedale Sculpture Park most people know. And his talk at the local Ishigami no Oka Museum was a great success. Adam is interested in bringing British artists over for several live/temporary art projects in Japan. To get a taste of projects Adam has worked on so far go to:

...has moved up to Junior High School. But they both still find time off from more grown up school schedules and playing to be very tough critics for play sculpture proposals I am working on. 17th - 28th June I will be having a two woman exhibition in Sendai Mediateque with the painter Song Sook Nam, Professor of Art and Culture of Design Department of Gwangju University in South Korea. The opening reception will be on 18th June - I will send an invitation to that nearer the time, so do please put that date in your diary if you will be in Sendai.

...Then in July I have been invited to Syria to make work for a new sculpture park there. I will make a play sculpture inspired by 2 dimensional Celtic key patterns that I have known since my childhood in Scotland, and similar to designs found in almost every culture. People will be able to go inside the sculpture, interlinked elements carved from one block of stone. Highlighting different perspectives of the immediate landscape and context to contemplate common links in relationships between different cultures, and the balance of tension and harmony.Katagiri and I met the organisers of the Syrian project while we were working in Lebanon in 2002. That was a fascinating experience - to see my article on that go to:

Meanwhile Katagiri and I are both busy working on new sculpture for exhibitions and commissions, and organising the “Kohkaido Art Show” - installation works by 9 artists and several Morioka based architects 12th - 20th August in an interesting old community hall building in Morioka which we all campaigned to save from demolition. All the participants have come up with very interesting and atypical proposals to suit the space and context, so it should be an exciting experiment. More on that later.

In the meantime there is a very interesting exhibition on at the Iwate Museum of Art showing Horst Antes work in the context of his collection of Hopi Indian Kachina dolls, to see the review I wrote on that as published in the Japan Times (Tokyo yesterday and north Japan today) please go to

For images of work by Kate Thomson & Hironori Katagiri please visit Ukishima Sculpture Studio home page:

Click on the "English" or "Japanese" icon, then on the Private Works, Public Projects, Recent Exhibitions, International Sculpture Symposia, or Ukishima Diary pages.

Friday, May 06, 2005

good morning. may 6 2005.

hello folks,

I have started printing more cards. there will be some new ones circulating soon.
also there will be some postcard invites around town soon for the reception on June 11.

Is everyone well? I hope so.

if you are having a fidgety Friday today, check out the Hunger Site. It allows you to donate cups of rice to hungry children (and puppy chow to animal shelters, and rainforest protection etc.) just by clicking your mouse. One warning, though: it spawns giant pop-up ads, but they are all squeaky clean stuff like "bouquets for mom". so far so good, anyway.

also for around $60 on this site you can buy goats for a Rwandan family.

here is a story about a big museum in a little town. I only read a little bit of this article so far.

Also I have been reading more about the carbon sequestration thing in the "Catalyst", magazine of the Union of concerned scientists.

Oh! Something just made me really happy. I just remembered that school is almost finished.

God bless

Keywords: kyoto protocol, cap and trade, emissions, federal climate stewardship act, regulation, permit, right to emit, right to pollute, abatement. natural language programming, hemisphere, concern, catastrophe, carbon sequestration, greening, greeting, deprogramming, development, content, commercialism, education, self-teaching. stop shopping.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

May 5, 2005

Hi folks,
here are some of those bamboo links I mentioned yesterday:
Environmental Bamboo Foundation
Can do bamboo

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

May 4, 2005

hi folks,

it's a lovely day here today. please go out and get some sunshine if you possibly can.

If you are like me and you think that bamboo is one of the most beautiful plants in the world, you may be interested to know that I have turned up some search results that claim that it is an excellent plant for bioremediation. I am looking into this more, but one site claimed that bamboo can sequester carbon 35% better than trees. if that's true, well, that's pretty nifty because bamboo is just the loveliest thing, I think. There is nothing like it for making an otherwise horribly ugly postmodern landscape really rustic & my opinion, anyway...

here is another link from the green museum website. beyond green: toward a more sustainable art

just page after page of interesting links on that site, if you ask me.

bye, have a good day.


Tuesday, May 03, 2005

some interesting links

a giant turkey

today I was driving home and a giant turkey was standing there in the middle of the road with his girlfriend. not the wild variety, which are fun to see, and pretty, but the domestic kind. the girl was almost like a normal bird, but the boy turkey, well, forget it. he must have been three times her size, all pieced together-looking but the haughtiest thing you can imagine. I laughed at that turkey so hard I almost cried.

the girlfriend was just kind of hanging out, almost trying to look inconspicuous, but the boy turkey holy cow. did he ever try to give me the what for. "just what do you think you are doing trying to cross my road!!! get a load of this, MOFO!!!" & he shakes his tail fan at me, then he shakes his wattle at me, then he struts to the left, and struts to the right, and glares at me & starts shaking body parts at me again.

now, if by any chance my neighbors are reading this, the ones that own this turkey, I hope you won't take this the wrong way, but your turkey is just FUNNY.

Monday, May 02, 2005

news for May 2

Hi folks,
first, a few links...
Moca DC
Also I will be having a reception at the Jacksonville Center from 3 to 7 pm on Saturday June 11. Please save the date, hope to see you there. As the Earth day stuff kind of got washed out in the heavy rains, hope to see a lot of you there for a fun get-together. pass it on. there will be free booksmarks. Hopefully there will be some music on the porch. more details soon.
The Andy Goldsworthy show in DC will be up until May 15, so there is still alittle time to see it...
thats all for now...more soon.