Hello to you all from Amsterdam,
The situation has been changing quite drastically here since I updated just 24 hours ago.
The WHO has called Europe the centre of a pandemic and I’m right here in it. I arrived last week as part of my World Solutions Tour and each day the situation has changed. Just last night I hosted a lovely event here in the Netherlands and when I arrived in Berlin last week this virus seemed barely an issue here. Today, I am writing to let you know that all of my events scheduled up until April 8th are postponed to a later date or canceled. This includes The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. It is not unlikely that Slovenia, Germany and Austria in April will be postponed or canceled as well (UPDATE March 17th: all events up to April 22nd are now postponed or canceled). Many of these events were canceled due to government restrictions and others I am personally choosing now to postpone or cancel. As of now my plans for UK and France in April and May are still intact but time will tell. I am not furthering my plans for India, Asia, Australia and New Zealand for at least a couple weeks as I monitor the situation.
I am sad that I may not get to meet so many of you wonderful humans who support me dearly and for the hundreds of hours of work that will not come to fruition. But I’m embracing the situation.
Your 2020 Free Seed Project Pack Guide
Congratulations on receiving your garden starter kit from the Free Seed Project! You are on your way to a beautiful, organic garden that will provide food for you and your community, while providing benefit to pollinators and beneficial critters and insects in your neighborhood.
100% of Rob’s speaking honorariums for 2020 are being donated to indigenous and women led grassroots environmental organizations. He is grateful to be able to support these powerful human beings who are contributing to a better world for all.
Here are some of the amazing organizations, with more to come. We encourage you to learn about these organizations and support the ones that you feel called to.
Yesterday I was out biking with my friends Juli and Harley and I took them to one of my favorite mulberry trees to enjoy nature’s bounty. We were greeted by an environment littered with garbage.
I have been coming here for over a year and always looked at the trash and thought about picking it up. It seemed like a daunting task though. With friends, I got the idea that maybe it could be done.
I have been immersed in food for nearly a decade since I realized that the food I was consuming was consuming the planet I loved. Since that awakening I have been taking steps eat in a manner that is better for the earth, my community and myself.
This book will center around my yearlong journey to answer the burning question I’ve had since the beginning…
Is it possible in today’s modern society to step away from Big Ag and produce 100% of my own food?
Through this journey I will explore and share the problems with the broken food system. I believe we must know where our food is coming from and what its doing to people, planet and other species.
But this isn’t a book that will leave you hanging in the problems. This is a book of solutions. A book about what YOU can do!
It’s hard to say this publicly, but I have a problem. The problem is my relationship to my computer and online devices. It’s not so much the devices though, it’s the connection they create to the online world. I’ve had this problem for a while now. I’m thinking perhaps about seven years. I’m 32 years old and I look back to the last time I can remember having a consistent healthy relationship with my devices. I know in college from 2005-2009 it was pretty healthy. Social media wasn’t remotely the same back then as it is today so it was a lot easier. When I traveled the world in 2010 I remember logging in to write my blog, send emails, do research, and spend time on social media, but I’d log off for days at a time and head into the jungle. Then there’s the grey area between 2011-2013. I had a better relationship with my computer then I’m pretty sure, so I’m guessing the problem really got bad in 2013. That was when my first eco-adventure began and when I really started blogging, using social media for a bigger purpose, and getting involved in the media.
At this time, we have reached our limit of 5,000 free seed packs to give out for spring 2020. We will not be sending out any more seed packs in 2020, but we may in the spring of 2021. If you are interested in receiving seeds next year you may sign up to be added to our waiting list. Those on the waiting list will be the first to know if/when we are ready to send out our next round of seeds.
We encourage you to Like the Live Like Ally Facebook page and follow us Instagram @Live_Like_Ally to follow the stories of new gardeners, get tips on how to grow food, and see notifications first when we have opportunities for free seeds and fruit trees!
We’re so excited that you are going to grow food and share it with your community! We focus our efforts on helping people who would not otherwise be able to grow their own food and helping people to grow food for their first time. If you qualify to receive a free seed pack, please complete the form below and hit the ‘Submit Order’ button. In order to qualify you must match the following criteria:
-Not be able to otherwise afford or access seeds.
-Grow this food for others without access to healthy home-grown food. This could be as an individual or with an organization.
-Be a first time gardener.
-Commit to sharing some of your food with others.
In the meantime…
Join the Free Seed Project Facebook group to stay up to date and meet other gardeners. We’ve created this Facebook group as a resource to everyone who is taking part in the Free Seed Project. Here you can:
-Ask questions and get answers from experienced gardeners.
-Talk to other people starting gardens with Free Seed Project seeds and find out what’s working and not working from them.
-Post photos of you with your seed pack when you receive it, and updates of your garden as you create it and the food starts to grow.
Read our Free Seed Project Gardening Guide. Here at the Free Seed Project, we don’t want to just give out free seeds. We want to support you to be a successful gardener for yourself and your community. This guide is geared largely towards beginner and first-time gardeners because well, experienced gardeners don’t need our help as much! Our goal with this guide is to get you started successfully and get you past the parts you may be nervous about. We want to empower you and activate you into growing your own food and sharing it with your community.
Help the Free Seed Project and Get Involved
Send us photos! We’d love to share your story and inspire more people to grow their own food. Please post photos in the Free Seed Project Facebook group and send us photos. You can send photos of you with the seed pack when it arrives in the space you are going to garden, a before and after photo of the garden, and any other photos you’d like! You can send them to [email protected] Use #FreeSeedProject when you are posting online.
Share food with your community. Let’s create a culture of sharing our own home-grown food with each other. One of the most powerful ways to stand up against the big food corporations is to create a strong community of people who can produce their own food!
Save some seed. If you let one or two of each plant go to seed, then you can turn one seed we supplied you, into thousands! One kale plant can yield hundreds of seeds. We don’t provide enough seed for you to start a giant garden in the first year, but if you save seed you can increase the size of your garden each year, without spending any extra money or resources. Soon you could even take on the Free Seed Project role, and give out free seeds to everyone in your community!
What’s in your condom? That’s a question Meika Hollender wants you to ask yourself. Most condoms contain harmful ingredients including Nitrosamine, a carcinogen. The condom companies don’t want you to know this, so they don’t put it on the labels and make the ingredients hard to find.
Welcome to The Eugene Backyard Farmer, an urban farming store that makes farming easier and more accessible in cities. Millions of people are waking up to where our food is coming from and many across the nation are starting to grow their own.