Organic Gardening, Awareness, and Activism

Organic Gardening, Awareness, and Activism

Gardening is a hobby for me.

I believe it is very important to be aware of what is happening around the world. This is something that requires some effort. Most mass media newscasts seem not to provide much in-depth (or any) information about a wide range of world affairs. I have listed a few sites here that might make your search for information easier.

My search for media and information sites has led me to some interesting sites that provide information about activism and organizations that work for a better more just world. I hope you have fun here and find something to increase your awareness. And, I hope your increased awareness leads to more fun.

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Evolving page of links to music calenders, venues, and artists in southern New England and New York, focusing on acoustic and eclectic styles.

topics of interest

Gardening resources
Recreation and Personal Growth

Alternative Media: Links to information that is not easily available through commercial news media

Media sites with streaming audio content
Other media sites with information and commentary that is not easily available through mainstream news sources

Awareness will ultimately lead to action, here are links to some organizations and tools

Activism: links to effectiveness and organizations that can help you affect positive change, including a new section on protecting rivers and water quality

I do not believe that indiscriminately spraying toxic chemicals on food crops is a wise and ethical practice. Since GATT and other trade agreements overruled many of the protections that our food supply enjoyed, I have noticed that an alarming amount of supermarket produce tastes or smells strongly of pesticides and or fungicides. I suggest writing your legislators and demanding that provisions be added to GATT to protect consumers from pesticide residues on food. Demand that funding must be increased for the "Pesticide Data Program" to determine safe levels of pesticide residues permittable on foods.

I also feel that the mass marketing of herbicides and pesticides to homeowners should be regulated strictly. Use of these dangerous chemicals can have serious short and long term negative consequences. Too much is unknown. Supposedly inert ingredients like carriers and wetting agents may do as much damage as the more carefully regulated active ingredients. Herbicides and pesticides simply should not be marketed for profit to uninformed consumers. Too many homeowners think that if a little is effective, a lot is more effective. This is not the case.

There is no reason to kill the dandelions in our lawns and poison our environment in the process. If we can learn to enjoy the beauty of bio-diversity, our children's health will benefit.

My Favorite Garden crops include:

Gardening resources

Tomato Pepper and Other Agronomy Pages

The On-line Tomato Vine
This collection of tomato pages is without equal. An authoritative WWW source for info on Tomatoes.
Tomato Mailing List Information
If you need still more info on tomatoes
Firegirl's Chile page
Includes a seed exchange.
ChileHeads page
Chile Lovers unite.
Chile Varieties database
Graeme Caselton's database is astonishing
Vegetable information
Texas A&M site; if you have problems with or want information about specific vegetables this is a good place to start.
A Multi-state Extension Materials Database: Requires no password, user fee, or registration
NewCrop Purdue
The Web site of the Indiana Center for New Crops & Plant Products, at Purdue University. NewCROP provides windows to new and specialty crop profiles
Links to every state agricultural institution, also Federal and International links
National Agricultural Library
links to lots of academic information including AGNIC.
The Plant Pathology Internet Guide Book
A subject oriented internet resource guide for plant pathology, applied entomology, and all related fields.
WWW search engine specifically geared to help users find agricultural products and services on the internet.
Agriculture Online
Lots of info on farming
Garlic Seed Foundation
Links to resources for East Coast garlic Growers

Botany and Plant Information

The Plants Photo Gallery
United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service provides photographic images of native plants.
Plants for a Future- A Resource and Information Centre for Edible and other useful plants
Plants for a Future seeks to gather together and disseminate information on the many useful properties of plants, particularly those plants which are less common in todays society. One major project has been the construction of a database of useful plants which contains over 7000 species, which is now available online.
Connecticut College Arboretum
Local for me, great info source and lots of good links too.
Southwest-School-of-Botanical-Medicine Plant Images by Genus
A thorough listing of medicinal plant images
American Herbalist Guild Member Pages
Links to Herbal Sites of Interest

Organic Gardening Sites

Northeast Organic Farming Association
The Northeast Organic Farming Association is an affiliation of seven state chapters: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Don't Panic Eat Organic
This is an especially good organic growing page.
Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America
Cornell University Web site provides photographs and descriptions of major biological control (or biocontrol) agents of major insect, disease and weed pests in North America.
Sustainable agriculture Papers
A Collection of writings on sustainable agriculture
Arizona Biological Control Inc.
Organic1's page
Organic1 is the organizer behind Undernet #gardening, his page that has lots of links to organic growing information.

Seed sources: I've had excellent results with all these

Johnny's Selected Seeds
The best all around selection I know of for seeds and supplies for gardeners. Their peppers are the best for the north. Valencia tomato is a winner too.
Cook's Garden
Some interesting salad greens and heirloom vegetables can be found here.
Seeds of Change
Unusual heirloom seeds from culturally diverse sources. They have changed since they were bought out a large corporation known for candy.
Renee's Garden Seeds
Choice varieties for home gardeners
White Flower Farm
Flowering Plants and Bulbs
Peaceful Valley
One of the best sources I've seen for organic growing supplies.
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Very good tomato selection, lots of good heirlooms peaked my interest here.
Stokes Seeds
Big selection, great prices.
Thompson and Morgan
Excellent flower seed selection,
Parks Seed
Big selection, and lots of info on the web site too.
Tomato Grower's Supply
This is the best Source I have seen for tomato seeds
Logee's Greenhouses, Ltd.
141 North Street, Danielson, CT, 06239, 860-774-8038, everything you can grow indoors (plus great herbs) in 2" pots
Fedco Seeds
An excellent co-operative source for non-treated hybrid and heirloom seeds. Great prices too and quantity discounts. Order deadline March 15.
Richter's Herbs
This is the best source I have seen for herb seeds and plants
Nourse Farms
A source for high quality, virus-indexed, small fruit plants: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, currants and gooseberries, as well as asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish.
Filaree Farm
My favorite garlic website. This is the place to find unusual garlic with lots of information too.
Territorial Seeds
Great selection of seeds for short cool growing seasons including some real nice garlic varieties.
Nichol's Garden Nursery
Herbs, rare seeds and plants including garlic.
Gourmet Garlic Gardens
Another garlic source.


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Recreation and Personal Growth

American Canoe Association
Canoe Poling is one of my hobbies. The ACA Sanctions races and other events
2005 ACA Canoe Poling Schedule
Here is a schedule of Canoe Poling races and events for 2006. This list is more comprehensive and updated more often than the ACA Page. Look for more poling info here soon.
Northeast Paddler's Message Board
An information and communication resource for paddlers in the Northeast Region.
Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan
Headquartered in Boston, MA. A Connecticut school is located in Westerly R.I: classes in Push Hands, Chi Kung, and Tai Chi.
Southern New England Indigenous Music Links
NEW CONTENT: evolving original page of links to music calenders, venues, and artists in southern New England and New York.


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Alternative news media and information that is not easily available through commercial media

Political Disclaimer: It is very easy to identify the problems in our society. Enacting positive change, however requires AWARENESS, WORK, and VIGILANCE. Many Americans believe that we live in a nation which automatically guarantees freedom and democracy. I fear that this has never been the case, we must work hard to maintain and revive democracy, justice, and truth in the media.  This starts with AWARENESS.  Government and news media dominated by money may work to enhance our material wealth. Too many Americans equate materialism with freedom and justice. These sites below may help to raise our awareness; they cannot necessarily provide us with solutions to the problems they identify.  That is the challenge that is before every citizen.  Start by talking with your friends and neighbors, don't be afraid. Believe that your voice can make a difference. Write to your legislators, BE HEARD! and ACT!

Media sites with audio content

World Radio Network
Shortwave Radio broadcasting through Real Audio. You will find international news broadcasts from Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and many others here.
Freespeech Radio News
A daily news program.
Radio Netherlands
Radio Netherlands provides information in a very listener friendly format.
Radio France International
Radio France International provides informative and thorough coverage of world affairs
Deutsche Welle
Deutsche Welle, the German broadcast service is available in English on real audio
Radio Canada International
Radio Canada International
The BBC is always thorough.
OutfarPress Shortwave
Highly recommended: one half hour per week, clips from international short wave news broadcasts
Radio For Peace International
RFPI based in Costa Rica has some very interesting programming about Central and South America. The audio quality is poor.
Voice of Russia
For another perspective
Democracy Now
Another nightly newscast
Radio Nation
From the Nation Magazine
From FAIR, media watchdogs
Your Call
Laura Flanders show on KALW
INVESTIGATIVE News Radio Weekdays from KPFA
Glen Hauser's World of Radio
Glen monitors and summarizes diverse world radio sources
ENN Radio
Environmental News Network
Jim Hightower
Commentary from a lone voice from Texas
National Radio Project
Attempting to build a sustainable model of independent news programming. Utilizing voices and perspectives rarely heard in media, Making Contact focuses on the human realities of politics, the connections between local and global events, and creative possibilities for people to engage in hopeful democratic change.
Mike's Radio World
A thorough listing of Shortwave Radio stations including many that broadcast on the internet
MIT List of Radio on the Internet
This list of radio stations on the internet is very complete


Other DIVERSE media sites

The Nation
Thorough journalism which addresses topics ignored or covered up by other media.
Z magazine
News and stimulating commentary. Links to Noam Chomsky Archive are especially valuable.
Left Business Observer
Stimulating information and commentary about our economy, and how it functions.
Fairness and Accuracy in Media, thank you FAIR for speaking truth to power. FAIR also has a great audio segment called Counter Spin.
Mother Jones Magazine
Thought provoking information and commentary on social justice.
Utne Reader
Sometimes interesting, you be the judge.
Columbia Journalism Review
CJR critiques the media, and reports what the others wont.
Boston Globe's Latest World News
This is one of the better commercial news pages on the web.
Corporate Watch
We are committed to exposing corporate greed by documenting the social, political, economic and environmental impacts of these transnational giants. We also aim to do something about it!
Michael Moore's Page
Comedy or Commentary? Michael Moore is good at what he does, exposing the soft underbelly of corporate greed. Producer of "Roger & Me," "TV Nation," The Awful Truth," and "Downsize This" / The Center for Responsive Politics
Politicians may not be "For Sale" in the USA, but there seem to be many who are "For Rent." The Center for Responsive Politics is a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy. You can learn here who got how much from who. The Center’s work is aimed at creating a more educated voter, an involved citizenry, and a more responsive government.
Essential Information
Founded in 1982 by Ralph Nader, Essential Information is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that is involved in a variety of projects to encourage citizens to become active and engaged in their communities. They provide provocative information to the public on important topics neglected by the mass media and policy makers.
Truthout scans various media sources
Economic Democracy
Towards a democratic economic system and media
Project Censored
Compiles an annual list of 25 news stories that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media.
CounterPunch is the bi-weekly muckraking newsletter edited by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Twice a month they bring readers the stories that the corporate press never prints.
Stimulating and value-driven information we need to create change and good policies.
Consortium News
Committed to honestly informing the American people about important events, no matter what the political and economic pressures.
In These Times
Dedicated to informing and analyzing popular movements for social, environmental and economic justice
Information Clearinghouse
A source of unreported (or under reported) news from around the globe.
An Arab and Islamic world perspective
Arab News
From Saudi Arabia
From Egypt
From Israel
Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches
From Iraq
Angry Arab New Service
A source on politics, war, the Middle East, Arabic poetry, and art.
Colorado Campaign for Middle East Peace
Stated goal: Working to end the U.S.-led sanctions and bombings against Iraq, and ending U.S. support for Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian territories and its oppression of the Palestinian people, in accordance with international law.
Grist Magazine
Grist tackles environmental topics with irreverence, intelligence, and a fresh perspective with the goal to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage creative thinking about environmental problems and solutions.
ENN: Environmental News Network
Environmental News Network has been working to educate the world about environmental issues facing our Earth

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Links to Organizations and Tools to Affect Positive Change

United for Peace
Best place to find anti-war related events in your area
War Resistor's League
"There is no way to peace — peace is the way." A.J. Muste
American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
A Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace, and humanitarian service
Veterans for Common Sense
VfCS seeks to inject the element of Common Sense into debates over war and national security. In an age when the majority of public servants have never served in uniform, the perspective of war veterans must play a key role in the public debate over national security issues in order to preserve the liberty veterans have fought and died preserving.
Not in Our Name
NiON believes that as people living in the United States it is our responsibility to resist the injustices done by our government, in our names
Peace Pledge
Publicly register your opposition to war on Iraq and join a coordinated national campaign to prevent a war with Iraq. Join the Iraq Pledge of Resistance, a nationally coordinated campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience.
International A.N.S.W.E.R.
Act Now to Stop War & End Racism
Public Citizen
Founded by Ralph Nader in 1971, Public Citizen is the consumer's eyes and ears in Washington. They fight for safer drugs and medical devices, cleaner and safer energy sources, a cleaner environment, fair trade, and a more open and democratic government.
Pesticide Action Network
For 16 years, the Pesticide Action Network has campaigned to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound alternatives.
U.S. Congressional Legislative Information on the Internet
Physicians for Social Responsibility
A community of conscience committed to eliminating weapons of mass destruction, preserving a sustainable environment, addressing public health reform and reducing violence and its causes.
Amnesty International
Amnesty International
Union of Concerned Scientists
Working for a cleaner environment and a safer world.
Worldwatch Institute
Worldwatch is dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society, one in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment or the prospects of future generations.
Human Rights Watch
We stand with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice. Helsinki Watch is a part of this organization.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union is the nation's foremost advocate of individual rights -- litigating, legislating, and educating the public on a broad array of issues affecting individual freedom in the United States.
Common Cause
Common Cause is a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government. Common Cause represents the unified voice of the people against corruption in government and big money special interests.
"Greenpeace continues to believe that determined individuals can alter the actions and purposes of even the most powerful by "bearing witness", that is, by drawing attention to an abuse of the environment through their unwavering presence at the scene, whatever the risk.
Citizens for Tax Justice
Citizens for Tax Justice, founded in 1979, is a 501 (c)(4) public interest research and advocacy organization focusing on federal, state and local tax policies and their impact upon our nation. CTJ's mission is to give ordinary people a greater voice in the development of tax laws. Against the armies of special interest lobbyists for corporations and the wealthy
United for a Fair Economy
UFE's work is grounded in the belief that the USA would be a far more democratic, prosperous, and caring community if we narrowed the vast gap between the very wealthy and everyone else. They envision an economy where the distinction between “labor” and “capital” is blurred — where everyone contributes to society with their labor and everyone benefits from society’s financial growth. They envision a society in which values, not profits alone, guide economic decisions.
We the People
We the People page, Jerry Brown's organization is working to educate people to take back power from the corporate plutocracy. He is hard hitting and factual. We the People exposes the weaknesses in both liberal and conservative political thought.

Protecting and Restoring our Rivers and Water Quality

American Rivers
A nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers nationwide.
Clean Water Network
The Clean Water Network is an alliance of over 1,100 organizations that recognize the need for strong clean water safeguards in order to protect public health and the environment.
Center for Watershed Protection
The Center for Watershed Protection provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers.
Stormwater Manager's Resource Center
Created and maintained by the Center for Watershed Protection, the SMRC has everything you need to know about stormwater pollution.
The Nature Conservancy
TNC works to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Conservation Law Foundation
CLF's advocates use law, economics, and science to design and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region.
Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land helps conserve land for recreation and spiritual nourishment and to improve the health and quality of life of American communities.
River Network
River Network's Mission is to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.
H2ouse Water Saver Home
Technology to reduce water use
International Rivers Network
"IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and watersheds. We work to halt destructive river development projects, and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs for water, energy and flood management.
Snowball Earth
Another Twist on Global Climate Change.... Perhaps the issue du jour may not be all its hyped up to be.
The Daily Motivator
Last but not least. This isnt about coffee or psyllium seed, its about keeping on track with a few short words of wisdom updated daily.


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Christopher P. Malik 
Revised -- 5/13/05