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Just updating

I wish I had more time right now to update this site. I am working on SEED in my spare time, but my Master's Program is seriously getting in the way of extranious writing. I seriously have been researching and writing a ton- but none of it has been really related to argicultural sustainability and growth in Serria Leone.

Someone else (I cannot remember who) complained about how SEED falls in line with US's semester system schedule. It really hurts my ability to work in the way…


Added by Crystal Bellar on April 12, 2010 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

ACT4 - Immediate and Future goals: Helping another agent out :)

Agent MichelleAngelaKim & Panamericana are working on a petition project, and I have jumped on board ! She is advocating against the Water Bottle Industry, and their current pricing of water, and advocating for them to use money and resources to find, and create water generation in countries around the world.

Very neat, go sign the petition ! They are starting something pretty… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 26, 2010 at 7:00pm — 10 Comments

Water Shortage Experince

As I mentioned in the Food Riots post previously, I lived in Louisiana during hurricane Katrina.

Growing up in a place where super storms with massive winds, tornados with a high possibility of power outages, miscellaneous contanimation risks, and general frustration, fear, and panic got me a bit of education on this stuff.

I was born learning about what to do if the power is out, what to do if there is not fresh water. Even though I lived in a community pretty far inland- the… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 25, 2010 at 4:55am — 8 Comments

LEARN3- Windbelt-- windpower not from a windmill

Star light, Star Bright....

natual power- light my lights ;)

So, actually completely randomly while goggling for information, I clicked a link and boom- not solar information... but a company:


"The Private Sector Liaison Officer (PSLO) Network is a group of 100

business… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 20, 2010 at 3:38am — 2 Comments

EVOKE Politics : Points, Business, and General understanding

First off, I apologize if this doesn't make as much sense as it should- I'm a bit sick, on some whoozy medications and its 4:30 in the morning.

Now, that I'm past the preface, I want to briefly discuss points, leaderboard and this game in a pretty simple matter.

#1) The game ends with an EVOKATION. That takes work, effort and time. Point hoggers, hundreds of picture rankers, people doing other scamming I'll rank yours if you rank mine stuff cannot win the game even if they are… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 19, 2010 at 10:00am — 18 Comments

EVOKATION: SEED -- the outline revealed!

Subtitle: A Four Season Discovery in Sustainable Living

So, wow. The last three weeks on Evoke have been quite a ride! So, My

project, - Our Project - is bigger than a single contest, a dream of

the improbable reality, is set up for some planning action.

This can be extraordinary. So, here we are and this is what needs to be done. This is the point it has come to: and those who are already

involved and those who want to become involved: please post,…


Added by Crystal Bellar on March 19, 2010 at 4:50am — 31 Comments

IMAGINE2-Vegitarian Thai Yellow Curry

I light the candle in the middle of the table, a deep red, like perfectly ripe black cherries, thick with the aroma of essential oils. The kitchen smells exotic, the spices lingering in the air filling me up as three curious pots simmer on the stove. The pots look a little hodgepodge, made of recycled metals, but perfectly fine for cooking.

Leaning against the door is my wife- watching me with a smile.

"You're cooking spicy again, I should have never let you plant all those spices"… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 13, 2010 at 6:35am — 2 Comments

ACT2 Community gardening...starting a project

So yesterday was the beginning of my ACT2. As I've stated eariler, I work at housing for previously homeless. Its now the time to start gardening for the season and the weather has been wonderful around 50 F. So yesterday I went to Work and asked the Case Manager of the site if we could have a garden. So today I rallied interest with the tenents and got my supervisors approval to plan and grow vegetables on site for the ladies. As I mentioned in previous posts my work relies on donations to… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 13, 2010 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Motivation Story

I couldn't get the layout to post- so I'm posting it here.

My sleeping bag is warm, comfortable, and familiar. The cot groans as I put my feet onto the nylon tent floor, the familiar rustle of the wind is comforting.

I stretch, change drink a bit of water out of my metal canteen and unzip the door.

Even after months, it surprises me how the moonlight lights the grass. How the stars shine so clear, how the milky way is present. Being in urban cities, too long, so long.… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 11, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Chicago Food Security and nutrition

First off, simply I do not have the greatest food security. With little

income, I supplement me and special someone's diet with food stamps and

the local food pantry. The end of the month can be a little rough, but

overall with assistance the two of us do alright.

But, foodstamps have their problems. As a student, with an internship I

am required to work 20 hours over the 18 at the internship and 12

credit hours not including homework and general school… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 11, 2010 at 4:15pm — 9 Comments

Food Riots: After Katrina

The topic seemed appropriate so I wanted to share a personal story out of my life- and out of the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the Southern US...

Its weird, now- its been over four years and the obvious destruction of Hurriciane Katrina has faded from the streets, signs of new development and life has moved on.

Yet- the levees in New Orleans are not complete (and won't be till 2011- one more hurricane season to go) And the poverty and memories still… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 11, 2010 at 1:43am — 6 Comments

NEWSKILL: The creation of a non-profit

Someone asked me for a few tips, and I figured it followed right down this challenge.

Creating the basis for a start-up is easy-


It follows the tips of social innovation.

Basically- one is looking at

1) The Focus Problem

2) Where is help Needed

3) Target Population - Who?

4) Action Plan

5) Funding Sources (the last one is a big one. Seriously)

A problem is generally pretty definable. Like "People need… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 10, 2010 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments

Planning: Evocation Stratigies, Discussion, Outline ... What I'm up to, What Help I'm looking for

Subtitle: A Four Season Discovery in Sustainable Living

This is a continuation of my last blog post here: http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/next-step-tenative-evocation If you hadn't read it; this won't make as much sense.

So, wow. The last 24 hours has brought me tons of support, well wishing and hope. Very wonderful place here. So, this is a little more outlined, a little more formal… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 10, 2010 at 3:35am — 7 Comments

NEXT STEP - tenative evocation possibility?

Inspired by The Garden Earth Project's http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/regardening-eden-establishing :)


So- I keep thinking I am a social worker BUT oooooooh PLANTS ! My brain does 'ooh' and 'wow' alot. Its a matter of personality.

Anyway, What does social work have to do with sustenance gardening? What does it have to do with sustainable agriculture? What does it have… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 9, 2010 at 1:53am — 28 Comments

Sustainable Agriculture- What is it? An indepth look.

Okay, so all this talk about green and sustainability... leads to wait- what is sustainable agriculture again? So, this will provide answers and sources I found to those answers :) Happy Reading !


What is Sustainable agriculture?

From http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/concept.htm

"Sustainable agriculture integrates three main goals--environmental… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 9, 2010 at 12:47am — 3 Comments

Sustainable agriculture some basic information

From http://www.ocf.berkeley.edu/~tselby/index.htm#anchor100932

This article is a bit long. But it goes into a lot of the political constraints that were seen in the mid to late 1990's.

Rather interesting about pesticide subsidies in 3rd world and it making sustainable ariculture look less proitable.

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 8, 2010 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

Food shortage and Famine -- Nutrient, high calorie foods and other conciderations

When in a food shortage- it is not important just to get food- but also what kind of food.

For example 2 cups of lettuce only have 20 calories! The average daily intake for a woman is 1,500 calories. So, to even make 1/15 of a woman's daily intake she'd have to eat 10 cups of lettuce. Not a good thing to grow or ship to a country in need.

Well, when planting, surface area- its not just about how much land you have to plant, its also about how many calories and nutrients come… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 7, 2010 at 10:19pm — 21 Comments

Rooftop Gardens: Creating your own

Admittedly, I've been thinking about rooftop gardens for awhile- I'm on the 3rd story of a building with a fire escape onto the roof of the second-story only part of the same building. Its pretty neat- and I've walked around it, looked at it, and thought multiple times "wow, I should really plant some stuff here!"

I found out that my city (chicago) has a rooftop planning guide. WOW! …


Added by Crystal Bellar on March 7, 2010 at 3:09am — 7 Comments

Carbon Footprint - Our actions affect developing nations

We're focusing on Social Innovation, and a food crisis right? Well- part of that is the carbon emissions and global warming of course. Our daily life patterns can effect how much food people in developing countries can produce.

The idea is that people have a carbon footprint- or how much carbon they produce into the atmosphere based on their lifestyle choices: driving a car, taking public transportation, getting locally grown foods, that kind of stuff.

You can find out your… Continue

Added by Crystal Bellar on March 7, 2010 at 12:01am — 1 Comment

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