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On The Road Again….

Circumstances in my life have led me to a need to get away from stresses in my life, relax and decompress, see the country, meet people, make new friends and learn and grow within my own life. I left Las Vegas over a month ago and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. I have met a multitude of interesting people, seen many new places, gained new interests and made plans for many travels in the future. I’ve been through Boulder, Colorado; Tallahassee, Ocala, Tampa and Seminole, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia and Anderson, South Carolina so far, greatly enjoying the diversity or people, architecture, sights and things to do. I’m staying in the Southeast for the next few months and heading North when the weather turns beautiful up there.

Other than traveling through the states my plans include attending festivals where I can meet people and learn new ideas. I plan to attend PorcFest, Porcupine Freedom Festival in June in New Hampshire. If you are thinking about coming, please register with this code which helps benefit a child who lost it’s mother last year via trust fund: PF2011ETHAN

If you read my blog and would like to meet me, show me around your neck of the woods or just help fund my travels, please feel free to contact me or paypal me via email at nicoledoula (at) gmail (dot) com. I look forward to meeting all of you wonderful people out there.

Much Love!!

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Agorism

I recently had a chance to chat, in person, with one of the bloggers from http://www.LibertyOnTour.com, Ethan Lee Vita. Ethan is currently hitch-hiking across the US in search of agorist businesses, community-led problem solving and otherwise non-government funded counter economic activity. He started out in New Hampshire which is home of the Free State Project and of Free Keene. Ethan is currently traveling through Texas, toward Florida and up the East coast back toward New Hampshire.

Let me explain a bit about Agorism. Agorism is a political philosophy that holds as its ultimate goal bringing about a society in which all “relations between people are voluntary exchanges – a truly free market.” The term comes from the Greek word agora, referring to an open place for assembly and market in ancient Greek city-states.

Agorists hold that the evils attributed to capitalism are not caused by laissez-faire but by government working together with private industry. By preferring the term “free market,” Agorists feel they are not bound by the implications of the current use of the term “capitalism”.

Generally, self-identified “Agorists” oppose voting for political candidates and oppose political reform. Instead, Agorists stress the importance of alternative strategies rather than politics to achieve a free society. Agorists claim that we can achieve a free society more easily and sooner by employing such alternative methods. Alternative strategies consist of a mixture of education, direct action — and especially entrepreneurship and counter-economics.

Agorists especially focus on counter-economics, in which they seek to build and establish business structures without complying with regulations, government licenses, or paying taxes.

There are many examples of counter economics you may already be familiar with. Food Not Bombs groups will collect donations of food that is still good but about to be thrown out from grocery stores. They then take this food and cook it into free vegetarian meals to distribute to the homeless and needy, usually in public parks. A well-known source of counter economy is simple yard sales, Craigslist transactions and Ebay/Etsy stores. People all over the world are selling things and making money without government permission through these channels. The Last Biscuit is an agorist home-cooked meal delivery service, which up until recently was delivering hot, wholesome, home-cooked food straight to its customers, 24/7. Lastly, all over the country groups of health conscious people form food buying groups to procure healthy items that many stores do not carry, such as grass-fed beef or raw milk. Many food buying clubs are run by a member who makes a small profit for their time and efforts. Ethan has already covered a small portion of the raw milk story as seen here.

Please check out all the links above and contact Ethan about agorist and counter economic activity in your area.

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Road trip!

I just returned from a month long road trip from Nevada to Wisconsin and back. I went for a wedding and for my sons’ annual family reunion camping. I won’t bore you with too many details, but I will say that Boulder and Denver were awesomely entertaining and well worth checking out. The Coors brewery tour was interesting and informative. The Cave of the Mounds in Blue Mounds, WI is amazingly beautiful. Nebraska is a lot more fun to drive through if you stop and check out the cities instead of a whole day of boring flat driving.
Also, I saved a ton in gas money by picking up what I like to call Professional Hitchhikers, people who post on rideshare under the community section on Craigslist. And I met some very interesting people who used Couchsurfing.org to travel cheaply and, of course, I joined and couchsurfed a bit myself. I took about 400 photos, but most of them were of the kids. Here is some of our trip:

Downtown Denver has some odd stuff to look at.  Downtown Denver

Golden, COGolden, Co

Washington County, WIWashington County, WI

Washington County, WIWashington County, WI

Lake Monona, Madison, WILake Monona, Madison, WI

Lake Monona, Madison, WILake Monona, Madison, WI

Iowa sunsetIowa sunset

In the Rocky MountainsIn the Rocky Mountains

Colorado River rest stopColorado River rest stop

UtahUtah

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Hug a local Doula to celebrate.

Then enter to win one of the many giveaways on this wonderful blog:
Bellies and Babies

In honor of International Doula Month I will be seeing an advance screening of Babies on Thursday. Can’t wait!

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You decide.

End The War on Fat in Slate Magazine.

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$15 for $50 worth!! The power of bulk buying.

$15 for $50 worth!! The power of bulk buying.

Bountiful Baskets website

Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op is a group buy using the power of bulk purchasing to get great prices on produce and other goods from wholesalers. This group operates in the southwest states and was recently expanded to include Las Vegas. Produce is delivered twice monthly and the reception was so great, you can expect new locations next time around and the option for an organic basket for $10 more. What a fantastic new food option for us all in southern Nevada!

I attended the very first Bountiful Baskets Event this morning and it was amazing. There were many volunteers, dozens of boxes of fresh, colorful produce and within minutes it was all sorted out into hundreds of beautiful and for only $15, extremely bountiful baskets. There were freebies for the volunteers and lots of friendly faces, even at 8 am on Saturday morning.

This is how it works:
You place your order on the Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op website and select your location.
You pay and print out your reciept.
The next Saturday morning the goods are delivered 6 am, volunteers arrive by 7 am and sort the produce into individual baskets before 8 am when the people who ordered arrive to pick up thier baskets.
Simple and a great way to get out chat and meet people in this little-big town of ours.

There were about 50 people at any given time chatting while waiting for fantastic fresh produce.

There were about 50 people at any given time chatting while waiting for fantastic fresh produce.

This was so popular there will definitely be an organic option in the future.

This was so popular there will definitely be an organic option in the future.

Check your local resources and chances are there are co-ops and group buying clubs near you waiting to save you a penny or two.

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Local Gardening Resources

I’ve put together some local gardening classes, programs, help and more available to Las Vegas and nearby residents. Please comment with any other Mojave Desert gardening resources I may have missed. Enjoy the links, connect with local resources and let your garden grow….

Local Gardening Education Resources:

http://www.springspreserve.org Phone 702-258-3205

http://www.jmgkids.us/
Juinior Master Gardener Program
Local contact: johnsonk@unce.unr.edu
8050 South Maryland Parkway, Ste. 100 Las Vegas, NV 89123
Local Resources: JMG certification for ages 7-12, volunteer education all ages, outdoor classroom, lab, large test gardens.

http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/mastergardener/southern/:
University of Nevada Master Gardener Program
Ann Edmunds (702) 257-5501
Master Gardener Hotline 702-257-5555

http://clucktour.blogspot.com/2010/01/about-tour.html
http://www.sweettomatotestgarden.com/
CLUCK and tomato test garden hotlines: 702-490-5217 702-658-7585

LV Permaculture Meetup
LV Edible Organic Meetup

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Let_It_Grow_LV/

Every Saturday morning, 9-10 a.m. The Great Southwest Gardening Show. Don Davis, Horticulturist, solves your gardening problems on KDWN radio, 720 AM. This is a call in radio show packed with useful information for we local gardeners.


Las Vegas Farms:

http://www.gilcreaseorchard.org/

Erbal’s Herbs: 681 Seventh St Boulder City, NV
Emily Beamguard (702)293-7369

http://dodoy.webs.com” target Dodoy’s Quail Farm in Henderson

The Farm: Sharon Linsenbardt 702 982-8000
7222 W. Grand Teton Drive Las Vegas , NV
Open Saturday 8am until eggs are sold out.


Nearby Las Vegas Farms and CSA:

https://madeinpahrump.com/Home_Page_YQRG.html

http://meadowvalleycsa.blogspot.com
Bryce and Lyndy Omer 702-864-2291

http://quailhollowfarmcsa.com/index.html
Overton, NV (702) 397-2021

Cotton BottomCSA: Lynda Hanks (702) 397-2119
525 W. Cottonwood Ave. Overton, NV

http://svfarmlv.com/

CSA and community garden plot: http://www.stahelifamilyfarm.com
Sherrie Reeder (435)229-5239
2020 So. Franklin Drive Washington, UT

http://www.organicpistachios.com/

http://www.chinaranch.com/

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