Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Sometimes it is just good to sleep at the beach. If someone were to come to me and say "Tony, I want to see the best most accomplished, yet not sullied by main stream influenced local rappers from Jacksonville." I would hand them this jpg. That reminds me. Have you seen the fist bump app? BTWWTF! I digress.

So, Blakhart will fill your need for edge and true grit duval hip hop. P. Locke (AKA Carlton Scrapes) has crates of his own vinyl from Asamov, ABs, Smile Rays, Perceptionists, etc. All of his rap tracks are single worthy. GREAT SHOW TO HIT. Call your town car driver and make a scene jax beach or something. Black Kids Sunbears Richard Love is Saturday by the way against Diplo downtown at TSI. Jeez with the shows.

And Summer Time in the City 2009 is FULL of Surprises including great new sponsor.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

JaxPolitics Tonight at 5:30

on Urban Jacksonville Weekly

from an email this morning:

Sounds like pretty good topics to me. Something that might gel right in with the Council's Trail Ridge vote would be the status of the Mayor's clout for the remainder of his term. He appears to have lost a lot of credibility with the Council and the City's voters, something that could actually hurt Jacksonville over the next two years. Of course, there's the defeat of the San Marco rezoning case that was so controversial as well...

Something else that I wrote about this morning briefly might be a brief discussion about the drilling debate that took place in the FL House last week. It is currently stuck in the Senate, but we had a pretty bizarre comment from one of our local officials in regards to fossil fuels.

I'm pretty open to anything you guys want to discuss...


Abel Harding

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

We're not Cleveland!

Not really work safe. But who has a job these days anyways.

I'm sure this will spawn copy cats from you cry babies but it was too rich to pass up. ENJOY!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blogging up is hard to do-hoo.

So the hiatus is still hi. Finishing the list of artists for the overfull (again) artist market. WOOT! There are many many things happening in this city. You can watch a very interesting one right now.

Monday, April 20, 2009

One last thing

You know the drill, Click play on the Jam
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Then right click open in new window here.

Pics from a public flickr by Ric's Window

Blogging is hard.

image from globatron contributer Ken Vallario. Amazing. Always interesting commentary from Jacksonville and around the world over there.

Anyway writing this blog can be hard. Not as hard as reading it, you might crack back. The hiatus is sort of back on. Well, I've got a lot of people trying to get into an art market that stays full. And so blogging might be back seating for a minute. I've still got the twitters going (too much coffee I guess). Follow me don't swallow me or both are eh, but hey, its what I do. I'm no Joe Bones.

Friday, April 17, 2009

FREE BEER & Biggie Tea

Tonight spinning out back of the burrito. Happy hour until close. From 7 to 8 there will be some free dos xx. Just saying.

HELP. We need somebody. Updated with actual pics!

If you can't stop and help Dan, stop and drop off a check! Every bit helps and this is a great project to support!

Hey neighbors, I could REALLY use 4-6 people to help out at the Bridge Garden between 9:30 and 1:00 at 8th and Pearl. Any help or any time period you could volunteer would be great. It's going to be fairly easy work, just building the frame and setting posts. 8th and Pearl. I don't know if you knew it or not, but I'm coordinating the
community garden at the Bridge. We are looking for donations. It's in
conjunction with the War on Poverty, and a nutritional curriculum there. We
have a budget of 4K, and have collected only 2K so far. Any attempt to
spread the word would be greatly appreciated.

What a great community project. Please support it in any way you can! I am sure your help will be most appreciated! Go Springfield!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Great Moments in Pedestrian History


Support all your local markets!

There are some email groups that really inform. You should join the email list from the legendary market that makes it happen at the beach:

Greetings beach-loving locavores!

I hope everyone made it safely through that crazy storm! Wow! And what a reward we have for enduring that... with gorgeous spring weather! Well I have plenty of good info to share with you, so let's get to it!

My friend Kathy brought me another article this week which is definitely Local Food Newsletter worthy. I'll try to keep it concise...
Basically, most of the organic brands that we have come to love and trust for their ethics and commitment to sustainability, which is often boasted on their packaging, are actually now owned by large mega-corporations that likely don't share the same values. What this frequently means is that ethics and quality often take a backseat to maximization of profits. This affects us, the consumers, because we are misguided into believing we are spending our money on small companies who are working hard at representing our values... but those companies have "likely long since perished in the wake of corporate strategies". This doesn't mean the products aren't organic. It just means those pretty little stories they write may no longer be accurate. Yet another reason to shop at the Green Market!

Here's some examples:
* Burt's Bees is owned by Clorox
* Tom's of Maine is owned by Colgate-Palmolive
* Horizon Organic Milk is owned by Dean Foods (largest dairy company in US)
* Stoneyfield's majority holding is Danone, who also owns Brown Cow (Danone had to recall large quanities of yogurt in 2007 because of unsafe levels of dioxins!
* Odwalla is owned by Coca-Cola, and of course, it's no longer fresh-squeezed because it has to travel cross country.
* Naked Juice is owned by Pepsi
* R.W. Knudsen and Santa Cruz Organic- owned by Smuckers
* Kashi Cereals- owned by Kellogg's
* Back to Nature- Kraft Foods (which is also a subsidiary of Altria, who owns Philip Morris, one of the world's largest producers of cigarettes.
* Cascadian Farm- owned by General Mills
* Green and Black's chocolate- owned by Schwepps
* Dagoba chocolate- owned by Hershey Foods

Anyway, you get the point. Organic, whole foods are always better for you than processed foods, even if they are labeled organic. Read the ingredients when buying packaged foods, and see what is actually organic. Your best bet is to start drifting away from packaged foods, and buy real food from real farmers. The end of this article states "depending on where you live, finding a local farmer may seem unrealistic". Finally, here in Jacksonville beaches, we are the lucky ones with an incredible abundance of fresh, local food!! Come support your farmers!

Green Market This Week!
New Vendors!
That's right! We've added some fabulous new vendors to our waiting list, who will be able to take advantage of the open spaces in the next couple of weeks.
This week Lucky Salsa will debut their fresh, all natural, preservative-free salsa! This new local salsa company was started by Atlantic Beach locals and they are thrilled to be joining us!
Eden's Leaf, a family business from right here in Jacksonville, will be bringing their USDA certified organic skincare products this weekend! They offer many different kinds of soaps for the whole family, using no artificial dyes, coloring, perfumes or additives (unlike commercial soaps that are made with toxic chemicals!). Eden's Leaf may also have handmade organic cotton baby slings!
Another new vendor this week is Caron Parker, who will be selling homemade, non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning supplies! These include laundry detergent, glass cleaner, dishwasher detergent, toilet cleaner, wood polish, scouring cream, and all-purpose cleaner! Awesome!!

In addition to our new vendors, all of our favorite farmers will be there... keep your eyes peeled for early spring surprises!
Nature's Way all-natural pest control will be there this weekend, as well as Annie Clydes, Fifi's Granola, and all the regulars!

(Sorry for lack of photos-- my internet is moving too slow!)

Awesome Happenings!

Compost 101-- This weekend!
The class is filling up, so don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to learn how to easily turn your "trash" into fertile soil!
DATE: Sunday, April 19th, 3:30 PM
LOCATION: Community Garden, Jarboe Park
COST: $8
PAYMENT: in advance; at Green Market or by mail (see contact info on webpage). Cash or Check.
Checks made to: SEE/BLFN

Composting and soil quality are the most important aspects of long-term sustainability for the organic gardener. This how-to class will make it easy for you to recycle nutrients at home, replenishing the soil rather than sending "garbage" to the landfill.

Beaches Local Food Network's Edible Adventure in Costa Rica!!
Learn first-hand from the Bri-Bri indigenous people about how they have sustained themselves, in harmony with their surrounding environment, for hundreds of years!
Hike with a local Afro-Caribbean who can spot sloth and monkeys from across the jungle!
Raft the Rio Pacuare, one of the top rivers in the world!
Sleep at the base of an active volcano, and then soak in its natural hot springs!
Eat truly fresh tropical foods, straight from the farm!
Learn about hydroelectricity and cheesemaking at an off-the-grid family farm in the cloud forest, at 10,000 feet!
Be inspired by the rainforest! Come home with solutions on how we can make our world a better place, starting right here in our community!
**September 4-13, 2009**
**$1325 for 8-day trip or $1600 for 10-day**
**Includes everything but airfare! Full time bilingual naturalist guide, private transportation, lodging, meals, activities and more!**
Check out the customized itinerary here!
If you're interested in this trip and would like to know more, come to our informational meeting and presentation this Monday, April 20th, 6:30 PM at Shelby's Coffee Shoppe.

So I have some good news or bad news. Which first? Bad, of course! (does anyone ever really say good first?)

BAD = The St. John's River Water Management District voted 5-4 to approve the Seminole County permit to withdraw 5.5 million gallons of water per day from the St. John's River!!! To make matters worse, this water is going to be used to supplement the "reclaimed water supply"... in other words... to water lawns, golf courses, etc! GRRRRRR!!! On the upside, there were about 400 people at the meeting-- so many they wouldn't even fit! About 100 people spoke out against the water withdrawals in this 7 hour meeting, and only two people for it. Amazing. Right now, we need to wait and see if the Riverkeeper and City of Jacksonville will appeal this decision. For the sake of Florida's water, we must keep the faith and keep fighting this!

GOOD = The City of Jacksonville has officially passed the Sustainable Building Ordinance! (sorry, I don't have a lot of details on this, but I know it's a good thing!)

So, my apologies-- I don't have time to be creative or witty this week, as I'm preparing for a local food presentation at Bolles Elementary for 80 students... yay! We've had so many outreach programs this month, and many more to come. More locavores every day!
Hope to see you all on this gorgeous Saturday!


Gretchen Ferrell

Beaches Green Market
Every Saturday, 2-5 PM
Jarboe Park, Neptune Beach

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hey New Blog!

Found this looking for new video. Its from Funny Fixx!

I know!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Calling Streetcar community local. Call Dave and get the

I was forwarded two documents from David below that ask for Streetcar dollars. Is anyone in Jacksonville tracking this? I got it on my streetsblog list. Seems like streetcars will make a come back. Somewhere. Hope we get some.

One is patterned closely off of Rick’s Fast Starts paper and creates a grant program for streetcar projects, the other replaces § 5309(e) with a streetcar-friendly program. I’d greatly appreciate your feedback on the legislation, as well as your help circulating them to the streetcar community-at-large.

In particular, there are a few definitional questions—brackets that need to be filled out and checked. Also, I’d like your perspective on whether the operational language—see the Federal Streetcar Revitalization Act at section 3—works to ensure the construction of streetcar projects.

Let’s touch base in the near future about opportunities to highlight these issues after the recess.



David Skillman
Legislative Assistant & Counsel

Congressman Blumenauer

(202) 225-4811

Email me for the docs or better yet, join streetblogs.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Take a half day and save your river.

From the Riverhugger blog

This initial permit from Seminole County represents the beginning of an Alternative Water Supply (AWS) program that could eventually result in the withdrawal of over 260 million gallons of water a day (MGD) from the St. Johns and Ocklawaha.

This is not just about the future of the St. Johns and Ocklawaha. This is a fight to protect all of our water resources in Florida - our aquifer, rivers, and springs.

Here is how you can help:

1) Attend the SJRWMD Governing Board meeting in Palatka on Monday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m. where they will decide the fate of the Seminole County water withdrawal permit.

SJRWMD Headquarters
4049 Reid Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Thursday, April 09, 2009

A Poem for the Ages

Thank you and a hug to whomever wrote this found here.

Necklaces, bracelets, baubles and rings,

People carrying bags full of things,

Tomatoes, peppers, teas and honey,

Plenty of ways to spend your money,

Drummers and singers and improv groups,

A lady dancing with Hula-Hoops,

Kettle corn, candy and chicken pie,

A cute little onesie in tie-dye,

Labs, Dalmatians, spaniels, Scotties,

Real restrooms (no Porta Potties),

Paintings and sculptures, teas and cheese,

Lots of shade and a river breeze,

Orchids, eggs, pecans and candles,

Pickles, pots and flip-flop sandals,

Bird feeders, beads, a huge silk rose,

Bows for your hair, rings for your toes,

Scores of artists, each under a tent,

A fine Saturday, very well spent.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

People are watching us Jacksonville! Act Busy!

Just a few of the outlets covering the Riverside Arts Market Phenomenon. If you would have told me Saturday night that momentum would be building for RAM I would have nosed my pbr. Way to go DUVAL!