U.S. Government Oil Forecasts “Wildly Optimistic” – Shale Revolution a Short-Term Bubble

We would do well to pause, and ponder both the data and implications presented in the Post Carbon Institute’s latest report, released a few days before Halloween, Drilling Deeper: A Reality Check On U.S. Government Forecasts for a Lasting Tight Oil & Shale Gas Boom. The PCI’s new report exposes current oil industry & Energy Department…

Grassroots Group Petaluma Tomorrow Asks Voters to Take a Deeper Look at Mike Harris

Local grassroots, public interest group, Petaluma Tomorrow, has published a detailed look into Petaluma City Councilman Mike Harris’s campaign to unseat David Glass as Mayor of Petaluma. The piece concludes by quoting the Press Democrat’s editorial on the campaign: “[Harris] has done little to distinguish himself as a leader on the council…” and “[Harris] fails…

Petaluma Councilmember Mike “Incremental Gains” Harris Has His Spinal Tap Moment

Petaluma Pete (a.k.a. John Maher of Maher Marketing), among everyone’s favorite ambassadors of our little big town, scored big-time this week after interviewing the 2014 mayoral candidates – City Councilmember Mike Harris and current Mayor David Glass – and posting the resulting video on YouTube. Pete came up with a clever means to get relatively…

Forty Years On, Wendell Berry’s “Culture of Agriculture” May Be More Important Than Ever

Forty years ago this month, Kentucky writer and farmer Wendell Berry traveled to Washington to address the “Agriculture for a Small Planet” symposium in Spokane. Invited to the West Coast to give voice to a “Labor Intensive Micro-Systems Viewpoint” – a phrase he promptly took issue with – Berry’s presentation eventually became the foundation of…

3rd Annual Petaluma Bounty Brews & Bites Benefit at the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary, Tuesday July 15

Get your fine self down to the Lagunitas Beer Sanctuary Tuesday July 15 at 5:30 for Petaluma Bounty‘s 3rd Annual Brews and Bites, a benefit supporting Bounty and its innovative food access, education and nutrition programs. $20 for a salad, dinner catered by Rooster Run Events Center, dessert and a non-alcoholic drink. Your favorite Lagunitas beers…

Petaluma Grange Plays Host to a Farmers’ Bill of Rights Meeting with California State Grange Pres. Bob McFarland, June 23 at Lydia’s

Bay Area folks are invited to join us in Petaluma on June 23 for a discussion of a Farmers’ Bill of Rights. The growing California State Granges have, since 2012, been conducting meetings at Granges across the state to determine how best to support farmers, food producers and the rest of us in creating the…