SAFE, the Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology is a group initiated by students at UC Berkeley who catalyze honest discussion of a truly sustainable food system.
Through panels, speakers, events and workshops they bring this discussion onto their campus with the intention of being inclusive, productive and impassioned on behalf of thier common goals of agricultural sustainability, ecological integrity, healthful human nutrition and vibrant rural economies.
"We feel strongly that this discourse is a critical element in the formation of policy goals, urban consumer literacy, and the shaping of food science. We also hope to embolden those interested in food/farming to make a career in these fertile fields."
They have also organized The Local a market stand featuring fresh local produce on UC Berkeley Campus once a week.
For the Garage festival 09 Free Soil have conducted a site specific research project investigating the environment of the Baltic Sea.
We created an alternative archive of political and historical events that have occurred in the Baltic Sea region, especially Stralsund and linked these with the sea’s responses. The impact of Industrialisation, population growth and political changes has resulted in climatic and environmental changes recorded in the sea. Nature retaliates by creating new forms, one of the most significant being the spread and growth of toxic Blue Green Algae or “phytoplankton”
Images: wooden sewerage pipe from Stralsund. &
Portrait of William Lindley the designer of the first sewerage system in Stralsund, algae on paper.