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Barbara Palmer

BARBARA PALMER

R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER

Commemorative stamp honoring R. Buckminister Fuller

© 2004 USPS used with permission all rights reserved

BY BARBARA PALMER

THE FARM COMES TO THE FARM EVERY Friday afternoon from noon to 2 p.m., with just-picked organic fruits, vegetables and herbs for sale at a booth behind Tresidder Union. Stacked high with whatever is in season -- last week, it was green beans, squash, broccoli, artichokes, new potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, corn, basil, fennel and strawberries -- the booth is part of a pilot project to establish a full farmer's market on campus, said ERIC MONTELL, associate director of Stanford Dining. The Salinas-based nonprofit Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), which operates the booth, also supplies organic produce to Stanford Dining's residential and retail dining kitchens. ALBA's business model, which is based on cutting costs by distributing produce directly to users from the farmers who grow it, makes it possible for the university to offer some organically grown food, which typically costs about 30 percent more than non-organically grown produce, Montell said. ALBA also sells subscriptions to "share boxes" of fresh produce, available for pickup every week at Tresidder through the growing season. For more information, contact Dina Izzo by calling (831) 758-5958 or by e-mail at dina@albafarmers.org. More information about ALBA Organics programs and produce can be found at http://www.albafarmers.org.

ARCHITECT-PHILOSOPHER-FUTURIST-VERB R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER, best known as the creator of the geodesic dome, put his stamp on modern thought and design -- and now the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is putting Fuller on a stamp. USPS will launch a new 37-cent commemorative stamp honoring Fuller at a public ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. July 12 at Cubberley Auditorium. ANITA BIZZOTTO, USPS senior vice president, and university librarian MICHAEL KELLER will speak at the ceremony. In 1999, the university libraries acquired the Fuller Archive, which contains more than 1,300 linear feet of papers and manuscripts, 2,000 hours of video and audio recordings, and thousands of models and other artifacts, including the "Dymaxion Chronofile," a multi-volume/boxed journal of Fuller's life, from 1917 to his death in 1983. Among those expected to attend the ceremony are Fuller's daughter, ALLEGRA FULLER SNYDER, and astronaut EDWIN "BUZZ" ALDRIN (Fuller coined the phrase "Spaceship Earth").

THE ASIAN STAFF FORUM WILL HOST AN informal gathering and brown bag lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Asian American Activities Center at the Old Union Clubhouse. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact LINDA TAOKA at taoka@stanford.edu.

STANFORD STAFFERS WILL HOST AN ICE cream social from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, July 9, in the Old Union Courtyard.

Write to Barbara Palmer at barbara.palmer@stanford.edu or mail code 2245.