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The village that took on the frackers

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2018/02/18 - 1:00am
Documenting fracking protests in Kirby Misperton, photographer Gary Calton found a surprising mix of people uniting to protect Britain’s countryside

It’s early February and the mood at the anti-fracking camp in the embattled village of Kirby Misperton, North Yorkshire, is one of cautious optimism. The camp, a collection of makeshift wooden buildings in a muddy field outside town, has been running since December 2016, but it’s only in the last five months that demonstrations against the fracking company Third Energy have flared up, leading to an extraordinary police presence around the village, more than 80 arrests and – just a couple of weeks ago – an apparent victory for the protesters.

I’m in the company of Observer photographer Gary Calton, who has been documenting events here for six months. Calton, who lives eight miles away, has pictures of protesters boarding lorries, lying down at the gates to the site and facing off against battalions of police. He has also captured more intimate moments, the protesters running through drills, chatting, sleeping and – a key activity on the freezing day I visit – simply keeping warm as they wait for the next chapter in the fracking saga to unfold.

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Spring Fling Potluck-Feb 25-our first event!

Home Grown New Mexico - Thu, 2018/02/15 - 11:10am
Our 2nd event: 2018 Santa Fe Seed Exchange Friday, March 14
4 pm – 6 pm
at Frenchy’s Barn (2001 Agua Fria) Located where Osage Avenue intersects Agua Fria

If you are looking for free seeds for your vegetable or flower garden, come to the Santa Fe Seed Exchange-No need to sign up, just show up!
Location: Frenchy’s Barn-(2001 Agua Fria) Located where Osage Avenue intersects Agua Fria

Cost: FREE!
For more info contact: homegrownnewmexico1@gmail.com

Home Grown New Mexico and the City Parks host this event for all home gardeners, community gardens and school gardens.

Agua Fria Nursery and Seeds of Change have donated seeds as well as many local gardeners so there are plenty of seeds available. Come even if you do not have any to share. Bring flower, herb, vegetable seeds if you do. This is a great way to start the growing season and get the juices flowing!

The Santa Fe Master Gardeners will be at the event with a table for gardening questions and will have handouts.

The SeedBroadcast organization will have a table there to answer questions about saving seeds. See their website for stories across America.


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