Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rock It Green! Episode 2

Linda Booker's experience playing in brooks and streams as a child instilled a love and respect for nature that now drives the mission of her company By the Brook Productions, LLC: To show stories and spotlight issues that enlighten and entertain as well as inspire solutions and possibilities for a healthier planet. Linda produced and directed the feature documentary film BRINGING IT HOME (Jury Award 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Environmental Festival, Best Environmental Film 2014 Sedona International Film Festival) that has reached audiences worldwide through film festivals, educational and community organization screenings and now available online. By the Brook Production's recent work in North Carolina includes videos for Clean Jordan Lake and the City of Durham on the topics of litter, storm water and watershed/lake pollution. Linda is on Green Festival's Advisory Board and a featured speaker at many of their events. She completed the Certificate in Documentary Film Arts from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Origins of a Dream

It started in High School... I went to Astronomy club where I sat quietly and listened to the stories in the planetarium (we had a legit planetarium in the school). One that stuck out to me on a personal level was the Red Giant star and the symbolism of it. A particular story is that of Antares; the star which ensures Growth, Evolution, and Change. My passion, since I was about 13, is the economy and the sustainable development of humanity. At a young age I became a voracious reader of philosophy and history, I started writing poetry at 11, and I was virtually raised in a museum. My father and grandparents are artists. My grandfather was friends with E. E. Cummings; he even wrote a poem about my grandfather that is published in his book "95 poems."  My grandmother was friends with Eleanor Roosevelt; they would meet for 'tea and theater." Eleanor bought three of her paintings and are hanging in one of her estates to this day. It is a lion series about love and family. Art to me is a part of my being, it is what makes each human unique, and I extend my perception of art to my business as well. This business to me is a masterpiece in the works, and will be an infinite creation, one that speaks to the very nature of our humanity. Where else to find our nature than in stories written in the stars? That has been the go-to for ages, and to this day the stars continue to connect us with ourselves in a profound way. This is just a seed... And like so, we plant seeds every day, we watch them grow, evolve, change... But we also ensure sustainability... We want our stories to carry on, live forever. Stars however do not live forever.. And if a star were to die, it can fizzle out or supernova. Red Giants are expected to supernova, but they can also fizzle out if they haven't gained enough mass. A supernova is responsible for the birth of new stars due to the power of the event, and they are also the largest event in the universe we can experience under the night sky. The Red Giant Union will not fizzle out, because humanity is always about the "masses" and that is what we do, we unite the masses for causes that are bigger than all of us, ones that ensure growth, evolution, and change, and the events of which will inspire new stars to rise.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Rock It Green! First Episode Premiere!

"Many of us don’t realize how modern medicine is closely joined with traditional healing practices in remote communities..."

Poster designed by: Austin Kasso


Thursday, September 15, 2016

When we align...

The Red Giant Union is what happens when we unite for the cause of urban farming (on a passionate, career focused, entrepreneurial journey) to build teams and raise money for local food projects. As a team, we are diverse and offer many insights, proposals, and innovations to pioneer our way on the front lines of the new agricultural revolution - that is what makes Team RGU entirely unique. We are not just promoters, we are producers too. We are the community - we represent humanity when each of us plays a small role in contributing to the qualities and standards of living on this earth.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Value Added

When we talk about adding value to society, we are not talking about adding jobs (that is a result of adding value). "The means employed determine the nature of the ends," Aldous Huxley. We are analyzing and building the mechanisms that push society forward, keep people growing, improving in health, learning, and above all, keep people united to leverage the value each one of us has to add.

Personally, I've strayed away from politics - it is a mess.
Secondly, politics is not related to our need for food. Farmers should appeal to everyone. Any argument related to issues that farmers are facing within the economy or between the corporations that "run the show" necessitates a different approach to solve the problem (especially if small government is your ideal). The invisible hand of the free market is nothing more than our choices and reactions to the ethics of production. Is that not a governing force, intrinsically? We hear more about how taxes need to pay for food/health support services than we do about why we need those services. It is a collective problem we must face. The movement is sparking, the fuse is almost lit; we are witnessing the inevitable. Urban farms and other co-operative startups are becoming "a thing," slowly. How can we make it go faster? Where does the momentum originate from? I believe it is the empowerment of individuals. We create initiatives for ourselves, set higher standards, and share what we believe will solve our problems. We are not afraid of big opportunities - nothing is bigger than life itself.

The value added to society the value we receive for how much we feel we are worth.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Students grow green thumbs, life skills

September 8th, 2016 was exciting for both the RGU and Oakland High School. I believe it is also a proud day for the community. Last year, our team created our first fundraising campaign and successfully raised over $1000 from community members. We purchased a Tower Garden which was demonstrated at a local restaurant for several months before schools re-opened. The vertical aeroponic (soil-less) growing system was then donated to Oakland High School. One of our team members reached out to her connections at Wlfi 18 News to pitch the story. Their reporter, Jamie Long, showed up to the scene. This ended up being a bigger story than we all thought: Full story here: (watch video)