Friday, June 17, 2022

12-14 August 2022, Yellow Springs OHIO, GRAIN School, Offered by Agrairia!!!!!!!

Save The Date

Locally grown grains are the missing component in many local food systems. How do we find the deep-rooted, drought-tolerant, disease-resistant grains that work best for our region? Find out by attending this unique event. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

When You Serve Others, Your Hands Become the Hands of God. Hridaya Yoga

When you serve others, your hands become the hands of God.
Maybe the task seems very large and you feel very small, but in the Present Moment, no such distinctions exist. There is only you, here and now, and an invitation from the flow of life.
In serving others, you step out of the ordinary way of approaching the world. Focusing constantly on your own interests is a sure recipe for suffering; working instead for the benefit of others, you are available for joy and fulfillment that do not depend on just getting what you want.
This joy of service lingers and warms the soul long after the task itself has been completed.
Hridaya Yoga, France

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

(Espanol/Englishl) A Purely Cuban Invention: the Varaentierra. A Cuban Invention Against Cyclones/Un Invento Netamente Cubano: el Varaentierra. Un invento Cubano Contra los Ciclones



Eddi de la Pera

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Desde tiempos inmemoriales los ciclones tropicales han hecho de Cuba, junto a otras islas del Caribe, los Estados Unidos y México, los principales blancos de sus trayectorias. Ya los pobladores taínos de Cuba los denominaban como “espíritus del mal” y los mayas, con el mismo sentido, dieron nombre a ese maléfico dios, llamándole “Huranken”, el dios de las tormentas, devenido hoy en Huracán, Hurricane o Ouragan, en las tres lenguas modernas principales que se hablan en nuestra área.

La necesidad de protegerse y sobrevivir a esos terribles vientos junto a las lluvias torrenciales, convirtieron a las cuevas en el primer refugio natural de los aborígenes. Las cuevas permitían la vida normal por un tiempo más o menos prolongado e incluso permitían cocinar y hacer otras labores, pero en los lugares donde no habían cuevas cercanas o que tuvieran las condiciones necesarias, la inventiva poco a poco floreció.

Y de ahí surgió un invento netamente cubano: el Varaentierra.

En tiempos antiguos se le llamó Bahío o Bohío, o también Rancho de Vara en Tierra. Sin embargo, el uso popular fue reduciendo la frase a simplemente “Varentierra”.

Se trata de una especie de habitación más reducida, provisional e improvisada, que si bien en antaño era utilizada por los campesinos para preservarse de la intemperie o habitar transitoriamente, luego se convirtió en una construcción permanente que servía a los guajiros cubanos para protegerse de las tormentas tropicales o huracanes.

En tiempos normales funcionaban también para guardar vituallas, materiales, aperos de labranza y hasta sus cosechas.

Foto: Juan Carlos Dorado (Blog Los Pasos Encontrados)
Foto: Juan Carlos Dorado (Blog Los Pasos Encontrados)

 

El Varaentierra posee un techo de dos aguas, de yagua o guano, con la techumbre o cobija en forma de un ángulo diedro, como si fuese el techo o caballete de una casa sobre la tierra, a modo de naipe doblado por el medio y puesto bocabajo.

No tiene horcones ni paredes, sino sólo dos aguas o aleros que descansan en el suelo, sin más respiradero que la puerta de enfrente. Típicamente se construía en un terreno algo más elevado, para evitar la entrada de agua de lluvia a su interior. Usualmente se prefería para ubicarlo el fondo del bohío o un lugar cercano a donde viviera la familia, y se profundizaba su piso hasta un metro por debajo de la superficie. El techo bajo le permite escapar a los efectos del viento.

 

Un Varaentierra puede describirse prácticamente como un hueco en la tierra con un techo de dos aguas encima, o lo que pudiera decirse como “una casa sin paredes”. Sin embargo, dentro del rústico espacio se encontraban todos los medios necesarios para la convivencia y sobrevivir al paso de un evento meteorológico extremo.

Con un área de unos 12 metros cuadrados, y escasos metro y medio de altura, del piso al caballete, en el recinto se puede albergar a toda la familia y además a varios vecinos que pudieran llegar, según el tamaño que tuviese.

vara en tierra

 

Tengo una anécdota personal: si no hubiera sido por un Varaentierra yo no estuviera escribiendo estás letras ni se me hubiera visto nunca en televisión.

Cuando pasó el terrible huracán de 1926 en La Habana, en Jibacoa del Norte, hoy provincia de Mayabeque, mi abuelo materno, campesino español que labraba su finca allí, llevó a mi abuela y sus cinco hijos, entre ellos a mi madre que tenía sólo dos años, a guarecerse del huracán en el Varaentierra que había construido previsoramente tiempo atrás, cercano a la vivienda, como era la costumbre de la época.

Sin aviso previo y con el huracán soplando en plena intensidad, salieron del bohío para el refugio en cadena, agarrados de las manos. En el maremágnum que sobrevino, la que sería mi madre se soltó de la cadena  y se perdió. Mi abuelo, a duras penas, entre el fortísimo viento y la pared de lluvia que caía, con visibilidad casi nula, la encontró y llevó al refugio donde ya estaban los demás. Así salvaron sus vidas, pues el bohío en que vivía la familia quedó totalmente destruido.

El Varaentierra, es parte consustancial de la cultura arquitectónica de nuestros campos, pero casi se fue perdiendo junto a nuestros abuelos y bisabuelos. Varios años sin huracanes de importancia y la dinámica de la vida, tendían a acabar con su existencia. Pero una nueva etapa de actividad ciclónica iniciada en 1995 y la continuación de nueve huracanes de gran intensidad que azotaron a Cuba en pocos años, los han hecho renacer como una necesidad, un aporte de los campesinos cubanos a la protección de la vida ante el azote de los huracanes.


Nueva versión del Varaentierra, para protección en caso de huracanes. Foto: José Rubiera

Nueva versión del Varaentierra, para protección en caso de huracanes. Foto: José Rubiera

                                          

                               (English)

A Purely Cuban Invention: the Varaentierra. A Cuban Invention Against Cyclones

Since time immemorial, tropical cyclones have made Cuba, along with other Caribbean islands, the United States and Mexico, the main targets of their trajectories. Already the Taino settlers of Cuba called them "evil spirits" and the Mayans, with the same meaning, gave that evil god a name, calling him "Huranken", the god of storms, which today has become Huracán, Hurricane or Ouragan, in the three main modern languages ​​spoken in our area.

The need to protect themselves and survive those terrible winds together with the torrential rains, turned the caves into the first natural refuge of the aborigines. The caves allowed normal life for a more or less prolonged time and even allowed cooking and doing other tasks, but in places where there were no caves nearby or that had the necessary conditions, inventiveness gradually flourished.

And from there came a purely Cuban invention: the Varaentierra.

In ancient times it was called Bahío or Bohío, or also Rancho de Vara en Tierra. However, the popular use was reducing the phrase to simply "Varentierra".

It is a kind of smaller, provisional and improvised room, which although in the past was used by the peasants to protect themselves from the elements or live temporarily, later it became a permanent construction that served the Cuban peasants to protect themselves from the tropical storms or hurricanes.

In normal times they also functioned to store provisions, materials, farming tools and even their crops.

Foto: Juan Carlos Dorado (Blog Los Pasos Encontrados)Photo: Juan Carlos Dorado (Blog The Steps Found)

 

The Varaentierra has a gabled roof, made of yagua or guano, with the roof or blanket in the form of a dihedral angle, as if it were the roof or ridge of a house on earth, like a playing card folded in the middle and placed upside down

It has no posts or walls, but only two gables or eaves that rest on the ground, with no other vent than the front door. Typically it was built on a somewhat higher ground, to prevent rainwater from entering its interior. Usually, the bottom of the bohío or a place close to where the family lived was preferred, and its floor was deepened up to one meter below the surface. The low ceiling allows you to escape the effects of the wind.

 

A Varaentiterra can practically be described as a hole in the ground with a gabled roof on top, or what could be said as “a house without walls”. However, within the rustic space were all the necessary means for living together and surviving the passage of an extreme weather event.

With an area of ​​about 12 square meters, and a height of just one and a half meters, from the floor to the trestle, the enclosure can house the whole family and also several neighbors who may arrive, depending on its size.

vara en tierra

 

I have a personal anecdote: if it hadn't been for a Varaentierra I wouldn't be writing these lyrics nor would I have ever been seen on television.

When the terrible hurricane of 1926 passed in Havana, in Jibacoa del Norte, today the province of Mayabeque, my maternal grandfather, a Spanish peasant who worked his farm there, took my grandmother and her five children, including my mother who was only two years, to shelter from the hurricane in the Varaentierra that he had foresight built some time ago, close to the house, as was the custom of the time.

Without prior notice and with the hurricane blowing at full intensity, they left the bohio for the shelter in a chain, holding hands. In the tidal wave that ensued, the one who would be my mother broke free from the chain and was lost. My grandfather, with great difficulty, between the very strong wind and the wall of rain that was falling, with almost zero visibility, found her and took her to the shelter where the others were already. In this way they saved their lives, since the hut in which the family lived was totally destroyed.

The Varaentierra, is a consubstantial part of the architectural culture of our fields, but it was almost lost along with our grandparents and great-grandparents. Several years without major hurricanes and the dynamics of life tended to end their existence. But a new stage of cyclonic activity that began in 1995 and the continuation of nine hurricanes of great intensity that hit Cuba in a few years have made them reborn as a necessity, a contribution by Cuban farmers to the protection of life from the scourge of hurricanes.

Nueva versión del Varaentierra, para protección en caso de huracanes. Foto: José Rubiera

New version of the Varaentierra, for protection in case of hurricanes. Photo: Jose Rubiera


Esperando la Ola por el Malecón Habanero./Waiting for the Ocean Spray Along the Malecon!!!

Andres Hernandez Fotos de La Habana

17h

 

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Esperando la Ola desde mí móvil por el Malecón habanero. Feliz martes.

Saludos JENIAR...🦁🐂🇨🇺 — with Nelson Plasencia Lopez and Tania Hernandez Rodriguez.

Saturday, May 28, 2022

September 9th & 10th 2022, Yellow Springs, OHIO, Agrairia, Black Farming Conference: Roots, Food & Storytelling (FREE!) by OHIO BIPOC FARMING NETWORK

OHIO BIPOC Farming Network

Brings You the

2022 Black Farmers Conference

<blackfarmersconferenceoh@gmail.com>

Please contact Organizers at this email for more information. 


Register at: https://community.agrariacenter.org/e/black-farming-conference-roots-food-storytelling/ (Copy and paste if not highlighted.)

Agrairia Center for Regenerative Practice https://www.communitysolution.org/

Brought to You by Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice, Central State University, Antioch College, and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center.  






Ohio Black Farming Conference: Roots, Food and Storytelling

September 9th & 10th 2022

Free to attend!

The 2022 Ohio Black Farming Conference is brought to you by Agraria Center for Regenerative Practice, Central State University, Antioch College, and the National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center.  

This year's Conference Theme: Roots, Food, and Storytelling will build upon the legacy of our ancestral roots of food from the African diaspora and the power of storytelling through food, family, and American culture.


Confirmed Speaker:

Michael Twitty: Michael W. Twitty is an African-American Jewish writer, culinary historian, and educator. He is the author of The Cooking Gene, published by HarperCollins/Amistad, which won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Book of the Year as well as the category for writing. (This description is taken directly from Wikipedia.) (We will also have Michael's The Cooking Gene book for sale on Friday, September 9th at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center event.) Michael is speaking on Saturday, September 10th)

Announcements:

Other Events


Our Food. Our Farms. Our Bill.

Note: This event is for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)


Join Donnetta Boykin, founder of Endigo's Herbals and Organics, and Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) in a conversation about the 2023 Farm Bill! The Farm Bill touches every part of our lives-- from the food we grow to the food we eat, and everything in between.


The voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color must be centered as we continue to advocate for equity in the 2023 Farm Bill. BIPOC farmers, the original and global majority of land stewards, carry the knowledge and experience to cultivate a sustainable, climate-resilient agricultural landscape in Ohio.  We have the power to demand change to enhance the balance and vitality of our lands and communities.


Register at: https://forms.gle/7BXhEDGZkbKM45zP9


The conversation will be June 1 from 6-730 p.m. via Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact Heather at heather@oeffa.org.More speakers TBA

Stay tuned for more information on speakers, breakout sessions, and farm tours!



                                                                Agrairia Staff in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 




Central State University Photo


National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio.



Antioch College Photo 2021. 









Thursday, May 26, 2022

American Horticultural Therapy Association Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, September 9-10, 2022

2022 AHTA Conference Keynote Speaker - Abra Lee

Abra Lee is a speaker, writer, and author of the forthcoming book “Conquer The Soil: 

Black America and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers.” She has spent a whole lotta' time in the dirt as a municipal arborist and airport landscape manager. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times and Veranda Magazine. Lee is a graduate of Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows, a global network of public horticulture professionals.

September 9-10, 2022 

American Horticultural Therapy Association Conference,

Kansas City, Missouri

We have an excellent line up for speakers this year. Register today or even better…

submit your proposal to present.  Deadline has been extended until April 15th for

proposals. 

https://ahta.memberclicks.net/2022-ahta-annual-conference

#horticulturaltherapy #therapeutichorticulture #findyourpeople #renaissanceinbloom #conference #kansascitymissouri

 

 

About the AHTA 2022 Annual Conference

Renaissance in Bloom: Reimagining and Revitalizing Horticultural Therapy

Join us in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2022 AHTA Annual Conference. Pre-tours will take place

September 8, followed by the Annual Conference September 9–10. At this time, we are planning for an

in-person event. After the events of the past two years when we had to cancel or hold the conference

virtually, we are excited to have the opportunity to re-connect, re-vitalize, and re-imagine the work of

horticultural therapy.

The conference will be held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Room Block information is available below. 


2022 AHTA Conference Keynote Speaker - Abra Lee

Abra Lee is a speaker, writer, and author of the forthcoming book “Conquer The Soil: Black America

and the Untold Stories of Our Country’s Gardeners, Farmers, and Growers.” She has spent a whole

lotta time in the dirt as a municipal arborist and airport landscape manager. Her work has been

featured in publications including The New York Times and Veranda Magazine. Lee is a graduate of

Auburn University College of Agriculture and an alumna of the Longwood Gardens Society of Fellows,

a global network of public horticulture professionals.


2022 AHTA Conference Plenary Speaker - Rob Reiman

 

A devoted environmentalist who serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Giving Grove. Rob retired

from Deloitte Consulting after having nearly 30 years of consulting services that revolved around the

transformation of legacy-based technology and operations to world-class capabilities. His consulting

experience spanned the analysis, design, and implementation of enterprise-wide technology solutions

and the associated organizational improvements. After having provided consulting services to many of

the largest multi-national companies in the world, Rob is now engaging in environmental policy, programs,

and projects that support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world. 

Conference Details:

September 9–10, 2022

Optional Pre-Tours on September 8

Check Out the Full Schedule Now!


 

Marriott Country Club Plaza 

4445 Main Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64111 

1-816-531-3000

$149 I Book Before August 16, 2022

12-14 August 2022, Yellow Springs OHIO, GRAIN School, Offered by Agrairia!!!!!!!

Save The Date Locally grown grains are the missing component in many local food systems. How do we find the deep-rooted, drought-tolerant, d...