Earth Repair – Homegrown Healing of Toxic Lands, part 2 (285)

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In her book Earth Repair, Leila Darwish provides a grassroots guide to healing toxic and damaged landscapes emphasizing local solutions. "You want to work first with plants, microbes and mushroom indigenous to a site if you can. Those will be the most resilient healers." She … [Read more...]

Earth Repair – Homegrown Healing of Toxic Lands, part 1 (284)

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"Nature has been healing itself for a very long time, [but] there are ways for us as human beings to ally with the different organisms and try to facilitate their work." Leila Darwish, author of Earth Repair, provides a grassroots guide to healing toxic and damaged … [Read more...]

Seattle Community Farm — Growing Veggies for the Neighborhood (283)

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"The veggies all go to people who have a hard time affording fresh vegetables. Last week we harvested 400 pounds of vegetables [for the Rainier Valley Food bank]…. It will last them about two hours. That's the demand." Farm coordinator Scott Behmer gives us a tour of a … [Read more...]

Join the “Eat-All Greens” Garden Revolution (282)

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"I spent five minutes spreading the compost on the driveway, two minutes sprinkling the seed, and maybe five minutes to harvest the whole patch. And I had maybe twenty pounds of nutritious leafy greens." From this spur-of-the-moment idea, plant breeder Carol Deppe spent … [Read more...]

The Sharing Economy – By the People, For the People (281)

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"If you want to change something, don't attack the existing reality. Instead, build a new model that makes the old one irrelevant." Quoting Buckminster Fuller, David Van Seters believes the sharing economy will help make the current dysfunctional economy obsolete. Sharing is … [Read more...]

Emergency! This Family is Prepared, part 2 (280)

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"YOYO: You're On Your Own. We can't count on first responders. Their focus is on critical resources." Ann Pacey and Tim Beale show their "second-story kit" in case of earthquakes. Noting that a key injury is broken glass, they have boots, gloves, flashlight and hard hat … [Read more...]

Emergency! This Family is Prepared, part 1 (279)

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"We base our emergency kit around our camping gear," says Tim Beale, showing us a carefully packed wheeled tote. His partner Ann Pacey lists essential areas to address, starting with financial records and ending with communications - including a plan to get back in touch … [Read more...]

Beyond Cabbage — The Fermentistas Show Us How (278)

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Let's cultivate fermented food not only because it's healthy, but for the wonderfully rich diversity of flavors! That's what Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey encourage. These food entrepreneurs show us how easy it is to make sauerkraut: slice and salt cabbage, … [Read more...]

Unlearn, Rewild — Earth Skills for Body and Mind (277)

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"We learn through being broken, we learn through imperfection. That's how evolution happens." Miles Olson, the author of Unlearn, Rewild  also discusses being a compassionate hunter, and how facing death can bring us fully alive. "The question is, how do you give back? It's … [Read more...]

Unlearn, Rewild — Inspiration for the Future Primitive (276)

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"My journey has been as a squatter living close to the land, building cabins, living with friends, learning how to live really intimately with the land by hunting, foraging, scrounging … dancing between the two worlds of human society and wild nature." The author of Unlearn, … [Read more...]