3 Picks: Guerrilla Gardeners, Heritage Chickens, Jet Stream
Volailles de Bresse (note blue legs). Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.
1) Some Serious Guerrilla Gardeners in the UK: Holly Williams presents a delightful tale that could come from no other place than Britain. “The really notable thing about the Incredible Edible founders is that they don’t just worry: they act. Their “just do it” spirit is remarkable – if only Nike did wellies instead of trainers… They’re also deliciously naughty: as Brown is fond of telling us, repeatedly, they don’t ask permission before they plant, because that slows it up, miring a small, simple action in forms and bureaucracy. And, when it comes down to it, nobody really objects to a few cabbages. As long as it doesn’t cost them anything, and still looks nice, the council is “good at not looking”, she claims. The police chief even begged them not to ask him for permission to plant at the station, because then he’d have to go through his superiors and it might never get the green-light – another indictment of the hands-tied culture of permission so prevalent in many organisations today. Brown has a handy catchphrase for all this: “Ask for forgiveness, not permission.”
2) ILRI Discusses Chickens: “Before he got into chickens, Bradshaw had raised pork and cattle on Greenfire Farms, his plot of land 12 miles west of Tallahassee, FL. Now Bradshaw has stopped farming cattle and pork entirely, fully dedicating his operations to the heritage breed chicken business. . . . ‘The 19 breeds he raises, which range from the American Bresse to the Tolbent Polish, are sold throughout the U.S. and Canada and often come with waiting lists.” (includes two videos) AND, for a chicken BONUS, see this photo of luxury henhouses in Guizhou, China.
3) Weather Extremes Tied to Jet Stream: Seth Borenstein tells us that the jet stream has been unusually erratic the past few years, causing unusual events like floods and heat. … “I’ve been doing meteorology for 30 years and the jet stream the last three years has done stuff I’ve never seen,” said Jeff Masters.
This news post was written and compiled by K. McDonald.