[permaculture] request for info about Pacific NW plants

Joan Stevens mamabotanica at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 19 13:41:42 EDT 2008

Hey all, I'm doing some research on plants and am out of my bioregion and away from my library.  Can anyone there suggest plants that would fit the following criteria and would grow in a warmer coastal Pacific Northwest climate?
1) Women's reproductive health medicines (promote fertility, regulate hormones, etc)
2) Medicines that promote mental health (herbs for depression, sacred plants, etc) 
3) Plants generally adaptogenic in medicinal action

Any information would be greatly appreciated!  I am going to research the plants i come up and then create some guilds that they could be a part of.  I'd be happy to share what I create with anyone who is interested.

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   1. USDA shells out millions for CCD but little or nothing for
      significant research (Lawrence F. London, Jr.)
   2. BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuba reforms turn to state land
      (Lawrence F. London, Jr.)
   3. Financial Permaculture: Greening a Rural American Community
      October 24-28, 2008 Hohenwald, Tennessee
      (Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network)


Message: 1
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 16:11:37 -0400
From: "Lawrence F. London, Jr." 
Subject: [permaculture] USDA shells out millions for CCD but little or
 nothing for significant research
To: permaculture 

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Subject: [SANET-MG] USDA shells out millions for CCD but little or nothing for significant research
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:01:44 -0400
From: jcummins 

It is rather shocking to see that nothing was spent USDA on synergism
between sub lethal pesticide doses and parasites. Even though the
literature is full of examples of such synergism.  There was
practically nothing spent on sub lethal impacts of pesticides on bee
behaviour and nothing  on Bt in pollen and bee behaviour. It seems as
though the significant research is left to France, Germany and Italy?

How $4 Million For Bee Research Is Spent
A Who's Who of Colony Collapse Disorder Scientists
July 18, 2008 at 9:57AM by Kim Flottum
Buzz up!
On July 17, Ag Secretary Shafer announced that the University of
Georgia had been awarded a $4.1 million grant to study CCD.

This is a four year CAP (Coordinated Agriculture Project) grant,
funded through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and
Extension Service (CSREES), which aims to improve the health of
managed bee populations in agricultural systems. The research,
according to Shafer, will address genomics, breeding, pathology,
immunology and applied ecology to explain the causes behind dwindling
bee populations. Researchers will work closely with the extension
community and other stakeholders to develop and implement mitigation
strategies for CCD and other significant problems.


Message: 2
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 20:17:03 -0400
From: "Lawrence F. London, Jr." 
Subject: [permaculture] BBC NEWS | Americas | Cuba reforms turn to
 state land
To: permaculture 

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Why didn't Castro & Co. do this decades ago?? - LL

Page last updated at 17:07 GMT, Friday, 18 July 2008 18:07 UK
Cuba reforms turn to state land
Workers unload bananas in Havana
Large areas of Cuba's farm land lie fallow and food imports are high

Cuba is to put more state-controlled farm land into private hands, in a move to increase the island's lagging food 

Private farmers who do well will be able to increase their holdings by up to 99 acres (40 hectares) for a 10-year period 
that can be renewed.

Until now, private farmers have only been able to run small areas of land.

The BBC's Michael Voss, in Havana, says this is one of President Raul Castro's most significant reforms to date.

National security

President Castro, who took over from his ailing brother Fidel in February, considers reducing costly food imports as a 
matter of national security.

For various reasons there is a considerable percentage of state land sitting vacant, so it must be handed over to 
individuals or groups as owners or users...
Cuban decree

Since the 1959 revolution, some Cubans have been allowed to run small family farms. But most agriculture has been placed 
in the hands of large, state-owned enterprises.

Our correspondent says these have proved highly inefficient - half the land is unused and today Cuba imports more than 
half its needs. Rising world food prices will cost the country an extra $1bn this year.

The presidential decree was published in the country's Communist Party newspaper, Granma.

In it, co-operatives are also allowed to add an unspecified amount of additional land for 25 years, with the possibility 
of renewing the lease.

Grants cannot be transferred or sold to third parties.

"The maximum to be handed over to individuals who do not hold land is 13.42 hectares (33 acres), and for those who hold 
lands, as owners or designated workers, the amount can rise as high as 40.26 hectares (99 acres)," the decree said.

"For various reasons there is a considerable percentage of state land sitting vacant, so it must be handed over to 
individuals or groups as owners or users, in an effort to increase production of food and reduce imports," it added.

The decree also said that farmers would have to pay taxes on their production, but it did not say how much.

The reform has been promised for some time by President Castro.

Since taking over the presidency, Raul Castro has signed the UN human rights accords and lifted restrictions on Cubans 
owning mobile phones and computers.

He has also announced that workers can earn productivity bonuses, doing away with the egalitarian concept that everyone 
must earn the same, our correspondent says.

Castro makes rare TV appearance
Raul Castro raises state pension
Cubans snapping up mobile phones
Cuban leaders plan more reforms
Cuban and US flags Brotherly change
The challenges ahead for Cuba's new Castro
open Cubans discuss priorities
Raul set for pragmatic course
Glory days are long gone
End of an era
The great survivor
A life in pictures
Raul Castro: Fidel's successor
Cuba: Key facts and figures
Timeline: US-Cuba relations

watch Cult of Castro
watch Cuban embargo
What is Fidel Castro's legacy?

Cuban reforms create goodwill
25 Apr 08 |  Americas

Cuba reforms turn to state land
Argentina drops disputed farm tax


Message: 3
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 22:42:41 -0700
From: Wesley Roe and Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Subject: [permaculture] Financial Permaculture: Greening a Rural
 American Community October 24-28, 2008 Hohenwald, Tennessee
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