Ownership of Land

Walking towards the disputed olive
orchard.

We are in Teqoa, Palestine, southeast of Bethlehem. I thought we were just getting out to change vehicles. I wasn’t expecting anything to happen. The military wasn’t expecting anything either.

It turns out that Teqoa farmers have been denied access to their olive trees for between ten and seven years. No doubt the situation came to a crisis with well known and technically unsolved murder of Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran next to the settlement. An unsolved murder, is however, a distant and mostly irrelevant excuse to steal land from some farmers and today, the olive orchardists are going to re-claim their land and their trees. We are here to accompany them into the forbidden zone. The presence of foreigners makes the farmers feel more secure against illegal violence from the military and settlers.

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Slow Siege of Bethlehem

The following post comes from a guest contributor in Israel, observing gardening and farming in times and places of conflict.  Please feel free to post comments – this is a provocative and intriguing piece, and we welcome dialogue.
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The soldiers shuffle from side to side, trying to block our path. But there are too many of us. We walk through them like some sort of surreal slow motion charge.

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Changing Targets

Our friend and agrarian journeyman James Douglas now finds himself in Israel, from where he sends this article and accompanying photos.  Imagine, a garden where a shooting range once was.  Is there any more powerful example of cultivating peace?

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A Cupcakey Afternoon

Photos and Text: Daryl Dano

Voices of little girls echoed in the living room, sounding more like competition to beat each other’s scores over a Play Station game than preparing to bake cupcakes. But when a mum came into the room and told them they were about to start, they immediately dropped the gadget and zoomed into the kitchen like Flash would race to the end of the universe.

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Letter Home from an Agrarian Journeyman in Australia

Dear Friends,

After spending a few months in Brisbane, Australia, getting to know some people in the food movement here, I’d like to share my experience and analysis with interested people in Canada. I have been WWOOFing to a number of farms and come across different parts of the distribution system of the city. Mostly I am interested in organic food, and co-operative, local food distribution systems that circumvent the national retailers.

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Why I Like Food

Greetings!

My name is John Hallett and I live in Boulder, Colorado, though I am originally from the great combo-state of Minnesconsin (born in St. Paul, MN; raised in Appleton, WI). I will be contributing to the PeaceMeal Project because I thoroughly appreciate geographically-distant collaboration and I’m convinced that I will spend my life engaging with food and peace across scales, so it seemed fitting.

Why I like food…

I eat food. Everyday, without fail, I consume calories that at some point or another were produced by the sun and the earth and the agriculture that has developed over the millennia. Continue reading