Phenomenal Goat Staring Food Forest

I was amazed when a grandmaster of Hollywood trivia attending a Libertarian supper club recently claimed not to have heard the term “permaculture” before.

It seems quite the trendy thing these days in political and cultural circles, but then I’m looking for it everywhere. Maybe folks will notice the release of the film “Food, Inc.” in a few days.

Release Date: 12 June 2009
Genre: Documentary
Cast: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser
Director: Robert Kenner
Writer: Robert Kenner
Studio: Magnolia Pictures

An unflattering look inside America’s corporate controlled food industry.

But if permaculture keeps its obscure status after that, maybe it will become notorious with the release of the film The Men Who Stare At Goats, starring George Clooney.

“. . .an American comedic film by director Grant Heslov due for release in late 2009 or early 2010 based on the book of the same title by author Jon Ronson.”

Also, according to Wikipedia:

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2004 non-fiction book by Jon Ronson about the U.S. Army’s exploration of New Age concepts and the potential military applications of the paranormal. The title refers to attempts to kill goats by staring at them.”

So what the heck do crazy Army experiments have to do with growing lettuce in your backyard? That’s for me to know and you to find out at the end of this post.

But first, growing salad plants in July successfully is the subject of Patti Moreno, The Garden Girl’s latest YouTube interview with the Square Foot Gardener, Mel Bartholomew as guest.

OK, I’ll get back to the Goat Starers. Jim Channon got involved with the California human potential movement back in 1978 and wrote a “First Earth Battalion” manual for the military using his new insights during the demoralized post-Vietnam period. The poetry and spirit of his original writings may have lost something in the translation into a series of formal bureaucratic U.S. Army projects.

You can see his side of the story at

Despite what you may think of his military experience and paranormal interests, I recommend viewing his video about growing a food forest with off grid survival in mind.
Food Forest layers with Jim Channon

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