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Had the last meeting of the year last night, and (I think) the first meeting of the second year of meetings… meaning, if I remember rightly, that the first meeting ever was in December 2007, back when we had no name for these monthly gatherings.

About 8 people showed up, which is not bad for a December evening. The food was great: a delicious curry and rice, some mashed (local) potatoes with parsley & smoked salmon, deviled backyard (illegal!) eggs, and yummy shortbread and other treats for dessert.

Conversation was, as always, fairly free-wheeling. But we did do a go-round and give everyone a chance to talk about what they’re up to, what’s going on in the garden, and all that good stuff. I handed out copies of the first draft of the seed-saving plan and we talked about that. I’m pretty certain that this is a project that will really spark people’s imaginations and lead to good conversations about the importance of local seed-saving, the fragility of the global food supply, backyard gardening in hard times, and all sorts of other topics near and dear to the heart of the Kale Force.

For anyone interested in getting more involved, the seed-saving project — which badly needs a jazzy name — has a blog. There’s not a huge amount of information there now, but this is the place on the web where we will be creating and following this local project, answering questions, sharing information and results, and all that.

See you in the new year!

Here is a great idea for a cheap and easy compost bin, courtesy of the blog Homegrown Evolution: use some slightly modified worn-out old tires stacked on top of each other. I can see that you might want to cut some holes through the tired for better aeration, but the modularity of the design and the easy availability of scads of tires make this a pretty cool idea.

Take a look. We could make gazillions of these and give ’em away!

Via the all-knowing Sharon Astyk comes this pretty scary fact:

The second-largest merchant-vendor for credit card use is now McDonalds. This suggests that many consumers are in serious distress if they need to get their $4 Big Mac and fries with a credit card.

All the signs indicate that this credit crunch is very bad and getting worse quickly. People are finding it harder and harder to afford food on top of the other debts they are carrying. 2009 looks set to be pretty grim. It makes me think even more about backyard farming, cooperative efforts, bulk food, and food storage. We need more community resilience!