Bringing the Wealth Home – intelligent Design at InishOge Farm (301)

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"We had a different notion of real wealth…we converted [our paper money] wealth into this land and home," says Steve Unger. Mary Coll adds that they're storing wealth in their knowledge, and by building a low-tech handmade house with no need for outside "experts" for … [Read more...]

Finding Emotional Resilience in These Times (300)

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How do you grapple with bigger, deeper issues like catastrophic climate change? Author Carolyn Baker and video producer Ivey Cone join Janaia in a wide-ranging conversation about keeping our hearts open while witnessing the crumbling of industrial civilization. We discuss … [Read more...]

I’ll Farm Your Lawn (298)

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"I'm not a millionaire but I feel like one," declares Gabriel Pliska. This Vancouver, B.C. urban farmer gives a tour of a residential front yard garden, including planted boxes in the boulevard strip beside the curb. Several homeowners provide him yard space and water for … [Read more...]

Visit McCaskill Street — Forging Community through Resource Sharing (297)

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It all started with neighbors meeting to save money and share information around energy, water, food and more. It has grown into shared projects, shared tools and deepened friendships. Residents joined brushes to paint a wall mural with unique neighborhood themes, … [Read more...]

What Goes Around Comes Around at the Bicycle ReCyclery (295)

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Behind us, people of all ages are fixing and assembling bikes. It's shop day at the Jefferson County (Washington) ReCyclery. Founder Chauncey Tudhope-Locklear and Board President Kees Kolff explain how opportunities exploded when the Recylery became a non-profit … [Read more...]

The Animals are Allies at Inspiration Farm (294)

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"My worms are my hardest working critters…along with all my other critters." Brian Kerkvliet shows the mobile chicken house area where chickens scratch, eat bugs and plant seeds, spread the compost pile, and fertilize the soil. As they clear one region, they're moved to … [Read more...]

Growing Veterans — From Battlefields to Organic Farm Fields (293)

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Chris Brown founded Growing Veterans to help returning veterans like himself break their isolation, gain job skills and support each another in their transition back into society. Their 3-acre farm produces organic vegetables for their partner Growing Washington's CSA … [Read more...]

Local Currency — Money for Us, Not the Bankers (292)

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"Back in the 1930s on the Olympic peninsula, people were paying their taxes in alternative money…The banks shut them down. This is an example of the monopoly the banks have, and the level of control they have over peoples' economic lives… People need to know [local currency] … [Read more...]

Living Each Moment in the Face of Abrupt Climate Change (291)

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"It's pretty clear by now the methane gun has been fired in the Arctic ocean, so we're headed for very abrupt warming. What does that  mean in terms of how we live? I think it means we live with urgency. We live with love. We live passionately." More people are paying … [Read more...]

Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, part 2 (290)

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"We're here to help form things. We have a food forest mimicking what the natural forest does." Ann and Gord Baird's edible gardens make use of less-than-ideal growing spaces on their rocky knoll. Nook and cranny gardens optimize micro-climates — water catchment for … [Read more...]