is a volunteer-run community gardening project in Davao City, Philippines open to people of all ages which aims to practice and promote organic model of producing food and medicine. It also aims to educate and inspire others while building an intentional community based on caring and empathy that will uphold the principle of sharing not only food and resources but also skills, knowledge, and other important things in life.
As part of BHSG study program, we feel lucky to have the chance to see these documentary movies along with some of our neighbors and new friends. We believe that important works like these should never be ignored and left out in the dark basement unconsidered. Documentary projects such as the titles we humbly recommend here are the fruit of persistence and sincerity, and the priceless love for freedom, understanding and creativity. Here is the first one, Saturday, June 9 - 7:30-8:30pm...
THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS
This film describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. (from the website - http://www.theeconomicsofhappiness.)
The second film, June 10 - 8-9pm, is
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
(How Cuba Survived Peak Oil)
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a
tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80
percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and
struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people
during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a
highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic
methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into
the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The
Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term
for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its
all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that
has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an
example of options and hope.
And the last one...Saturday - June 16 – 7PM
THE GERSON MIRACLE
More than 75 years ago, a therapy that has proven to cure cancer and most other chronic and degenerative diseases. Through his own painful struggle with migraines, Dr. Max Gerson conceived a treatment based entirely on nutrition and the body's own ability to heal itself. He cured his migraines and summarily concentrated on other methods that prove to naturally boost the immune system this is the real miracle. Your doctor may not advise you how you can heal your body from degenerative diseases naturally... but this film can. (http://gerson.org/gerpress/)
Please watch out for more beautiful movies coming soon! Thank you very much!
For the past few months, things have been tricky but basically fine and still uplifting. It’s because no matter how we worry about the situation of the project such as volunteer participation, community understanding and support, soil fertility, time, money, etc., we still feel that the positive side of life is more alive in many places and community. This is not over romanticization but a true perception based on the real connections with wonderful people and their projects that are overwhelmingly pulsating in many parts of the world! We receive inspiring letters every now and then; we read beautiful stories of hope and courage from different organizations, and even thought of doing simple task together to help each other in our visions and aspirations. So for this opportunity, we would like to give thanks to these people that are strongly dedicating their skills and time to make this world a better place to live. Please visit their website if you have time. The Sharing Gardens (by Llyn and Chris) http://thesharinggardens.blogspot.com EARTHCARE EDUCATION (Robin Clayfield) http://dynamicgroups.com.au Free Farm Stand http://freefarmstand.org Navdanya (Vandana Shiva) http://www.navdanya.org PUNPUN (Center for Self-Reliance) http://www.punpunthailand.org
High Mowing Seeds http://www.highmowingseeds.com
Urban Organic Gardener (Mike Lieberman) http://www.urbanorganicgardener.com The Generous Garden http://generousgarden.org
Hearty Roots Farm http://www.heartyroots.com
So these are the people that inspire us in simple but deep ways through their projects and campaigns and they never fail to cheer up our spirits no matter how far are we to each other. In this journey, that all of us should consciously take part in, there are thousands of things that could constantly remind us that life becomes more meaningful and beautiful when we do something to help others and ourselves while improving things together. For now, we would like to leave you with a quote from one of the letters of our supporter/friend. Thanks! "Even if we sometimes feel that the little bit we are each doing on the planet doesn't make that much difference, it really does. Our minds are all connected. Keep planting seeds and watering, weeding and caring for them. They will blossom and bear fruit some day."