Open Sauce/Source for the Food Revolution

“He who receives ideas from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine receives light without darkening me.” – Thomas Jefferson

We can’t get around it, so we’ll say it upfront. Food is essential to life. What’s more, ensuring open access to the resources, knowledge, and land we need to feed ourselves is political. In opposition to corporate control and intellectual property, we need systems and processes which emphasize sharing and collaboration for food systems work.

A movement of practitioners is emerging who are applying Open Source philosophy to food systems work. Our goal in this article is to recognize the power of this fledgling movement and to highlight some of the people and organizations who are using Open Source for food.

For food systems work, Open Source means open ideas, knowledge, plans, documents, tools, code, data, and so on, all open for use and improvement by others. Instead of privatizing and patenting intellectual property, we’re sharing designs and building off each other’s innovations. Read more at…

Grange Future Tour

Dec 3-4 Little Lake Grange
Dec 6-7 – Farm Hack at Little Lake Grange
Dec 13-14 – Sebastopol Grange 306 — collaborating with The Farmers Guild Entrepreneurial Event & Party
Dec 20 – Live Oak Grange, Santa Cruz
Jan 14 – Shaping SF
Jan 20 – Eco Farm

Grange Future is a new project and traveling exhibit about the Grange movement in America. The Grange, also known as the Patrons of Husbandry is a fraternal order for farmers with halls across the country, and across California. From Fort Bragg to San Juan Capistrano we’ll celebrate the history and contemporary expression of ‘ the grange idea.’ Included in the exhibit are oral histories, painted history panels, radical agricultural pamphlets and reading room, and artifacts from seed banks, buyers clubs, radical art collectives and other cultural workers who find a home in the grange. To learn more, please visit their new website