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Back and hungry for revolution!

Yes I know, I must’ve given you all quite a scare disappearing like that. Well I’m back now as a better, more noble me since I nowadays attend the very distinguished Lund University where I spend my time watching movies like this and wishing my professor would spontaneously combust after presenting his 60th slide on his powerpoint presentation that mainly consist of his half assed theories and google searched pictures.

That movie is amazing though, you must all watch it and that’s an order! It brings you back to the romanticizing days of Che in the jungle. This is just like Che in the jungle only much, much, much, much better. It’s called The Coconut Revolution and tells the tale of resistance and the first ever succesful eco-revolution. Very impressing indeed. And the most impressing thing is not how the inhabitants of the island Bougainville overthrow a powerful british mine company and kick them out using nothing but good old sabotage and then fight the Papa New Guinea army with homemade weapons and later win independence, no this is not the most impressing thing. And it’s not the fact that they live on a blocked island and manage to be completely self sufficient in fuel, medicine and all other things using only what the island has, what the mine company and various soldiers left behind and lot’s of creativity and will. This is very impressive, but it’s still not the most impressive thing about this movie.

What threw me the most was the pure and truly genuine feeling of responsibility these islanders had for their environment and coming generations. The guerilla leader worked for the mine company at first but when he saw what it did to the jungle, how it kept ruining it making the mine bigger, polluting the riversystem and moving the people from their homes into shantytowns where they saw none of the million dollar profits the company made of their land, he decided to take matters in his and his peoples hands. It started with sabotage and then continued with an armed conflict and ended up in a whole new society built by the islanders themselves without anything coming in from the outside. They have huge gardens, their own alternative medicine practice (that to me looked similiar to homoepathy) and even their own hydro power system that gives electricity 24hours a day. They are using the most unique gift of the human race; their creativity. And they fuel their own joy of living by putting this creativity into practice and making up life as it goes along. By their own rules and by their own belief, and all the while they are happy that they were blockaded by Papa New Guinea or they would still be kept in the chains of capitalism.

So why can’t we smart and amazing westerners feel the same thing about our environment? True we don’t have that much visible environmental problems that really visualize the extent of the pickle we have put ourselves in (and when I say we I mean our parents, bastards!) but still, we are fully aware and we keep cutting down forest, polluting streams and oceans and think nuclear is the answer. Why don’t we realize, like the Bougainvillers, that we must live in union with nature because we depend on it and our children depend on it? It is so simple and yet we wont lift a muthafuckin finger to do a god damned thing about anything. Well I say ENOUGH!


Fade out professor-style with a googled image of a forest garden in Bougainville.

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Forest garden inventorial, tutorial try out….or something

Hello Everyone and welcome to yet another day of persistent and fantabulous bloggin!
For all you permaculture freaks out there (Rachid, this one’s for you. Nananana nana nanananaaaa….while soft piano plays alluring tones), today I was at a sort of recon meeting with a bunch of weirdos with nothing better to do (like myself) at a site on the outskirt of one of Malmös many horrendous housing project very close to the highway. And you know close to the highway means, what now? That’s right, alotments! (Whooo! Whooo!) Anyway the city of Malmö is planning some sort of recreational park there, with a barbecue area, a water thing that will run all along the city (I picture a very long waterslide or flumride) gardens with plants from different parts of the world, and a forest garden! The last thing is why I was there, mainly because Rachid couldn’t go since he had school so someone had to represent the Mesbah’s.

(I still have no idea what a forest garden is, apart from the fact that it is an edible forest which may be all you need to know, although that could be misleading as it sounds like a gingerbread house kind of deal.) The little grove where we will make the forest garden in had been planted by one of the elderly permaculture dudes about thirty years ago so he had a whole bunch of information about the place that he gladely shared while I drifted in and out thinking about my blog and what would I say about this on the blog and would this picture be good on the blog and so forth. You see how seriously I take this blogging career!

So this forest garden project that we all are oh so very interested in is actually quite exciting because the actual, physical creation of it will not start for at least a year which means we have a ton of time to get to know the site, to design it thouroughly and invite people who live in the neighbourhood to take part and give there point of view. This part excites me alot since alot of permaculture and ecological edible landscape projects usually take place in the countryside, making them very inaccessible to city folk. And housing projects like this one house so many different people with so many different experiences and points of view so if we can get the “locals” in the mix I think it could get really exciting! Problem is that these sort of activities are usually run by already very well informed people who might have a hard time letting go of their projects, and these projects need a certain level of education about permaculture which is a problem in its own when wanting to involve the locals, since it’s such a hard thing to grasp and learn in a short time. So how this will work out is also very exciting!

What we did on our first studygroup visit to the grove that is the become a forest garden was to look at what was growing there. There were all sorts of things that had been planted there 30 years ago to “imitate” nature explained the former park technician. We found a whole bunch of hazel, a whole bunch of alpine currant (Måbär), there was some elderberry bushes (fläderbuskar) som hip bushes (nypon) and sloe (slånbär) and black currant. Moreover there was mallow leaves (malva), which are edible, wild cherry (fågelbär) and hawthorn (hagtorn, inte att förvirras med havtorn som är nåt helt annat). There were also alot of trees that we probably will get rid of like beech trees since they shade everything underneath them, although you can appearantly eat its nuts and they say it is delicious. There were also maple trees and birch which both give good syrup. So the edibility rate of the place was already quite high.

Home of the forest gardenHazel and alpine currantThe projects, a part of the grove and alotments!

What’s the next step in making a forest garden? Someone is making a map, that’s all I know for sure. If you want to know more, stay tuned for more happy forest garden days! (Next time is in a month, if anyone lives in Malmö and is interested, everybody’s welcome!) I will soon go to my own garden and do more sheet mulching which is a must at our plot, and plant garlic! The autumn is a very exciting time to be in the garden. More about that another day. Good night to you all!

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