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Gather to Create an Ecology Center and Build Top Soil
by Rise - Space TranSFormers
Friday Aug 24th, 2012 12:52 PM
We gather as free people on the land and under the stars to share with each other. All are invited to participate–to share skills, teach workshops, play music, make art, heal, build, cook, and be together. On Friday, September 14th, we will gather starting around 3 p.m. at
the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center.
The Recycling Center is also a native plant nursery, community garden,
and composting facility called Kezar Gardens. This space, like Haye’s Valley Farm and the Free Farm, is being evicted, and so we will transform it into an ecology center.
The Human Be In: An Experience in Transforming Space and Creating Community

This year, 2012, from Friday, September 14th to Sunday, September 16th,
we will gather in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

We gather as free people on the land and under the stars to share with each other. All are invited to participate–to share skills, teach workshops, play music, make art, heal, build, cook, and be together. While what we learn from one another will last and transform the world as we know, there are some more permanent transformations at hand.

On Friday, September 14th, we will gather starting around 3 p.m. at
the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center.
The Recycling Center is also a native plant nursery, community garden,
and composting facility called Kezar Gardens. This space, like Haye’s Valley Farm and the Free Farm, is being evicted, and so we will transform it into an ecology center.

We envision a space for a tool lending library, seed libraries, a
library of books on ecology and permaculture, and an informational
resource for gardeners and the environmentally interested.

We see this space filled with sustainable tools and demonstrations of
ecologically regenerative technologies such as solar ovens.
Rainwater catchment systems, passive solar heating, cob ovens, bicycle
generators, and vertical gardens are the tools of the new world we will like to see.

On Saturday and Sunday, we will move on to sheet mulch a depleted piece of land: a process by which we create top soil through layering organic materials.
We will need cardboard, plant debris, compost, soil, woodchips and other mulches, in that order. By layering these materials on the ground, a healthy top soil will
come forth, and we appreciate any help with gathering these. Into this topsoil, we will be able to plant fruit and nut trees, medicinal herbs, perennial vegetables, berry bushes, and other useful plants.

Creating polycltures of such species mimics a natural forest and yet
provides food, medicine, dyes, building materials, and firewood for
people. Another Edible Forest Garden is in the works in Seattle’s public park
right now called the Beacon Hill Food Forest. We invite the neighborhood, all permaculturists and ecological designers to come to a design charette of this space.

The land is free as we all want to be. Those who proclaim to own and govern it have attained such rights quite questionably. Our elders say that the land has been stolen, not even from them, but from the earth itself.

When we gather freely upon the land to share with each other, we bring
into existence a mutually beneficial relationship with the earth. This relationship respects the land for all the bounty it gives to us, from the plants we eat to the air we breathe.

Rather than build condominiums, as is the case with Haye’s Valley
Farm, let us regenerate soil and grow nutrient rich foods.
Rather than build churches, as is the case with the Free Farm, let us
practice a sacred relationship through gardening, watering, and foraging.

Rather than evict a center of recycling, common gardening, and native plants,
let us begin a new hub for ecology and thus build the world we want to live in.

We invite you to this Human Be In to share in the abundance and
creation: 780 Frederick Street, Golden Gate Park, Friday, September
14th at 3 p.m.
-Space TranSFormers

Please e-mail participate [at] humanbein.org to schedule a workshop, skill share, or music
See our website for more information and schedules at http://www.HumanBeIn.org
Please e-mail together [at] humanbein.org to co-create the new ecology center.