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


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)


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)


"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)


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)


"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)


"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)


"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...]

Grow Your Food in a Nook and Cranny Garden, part 1 (289)


"Chickens are naturally forest birds." A tour of Gord and Ann Baird's edible landscape starts at the off-grid chicken house and yard, containing fruit trees that provide a protective canopy against flying predators. Roof rainwater becomes drinking water for the chickens, … [Read more...]

Building Community from Your Front Porch (288)


"Hi, neighbor!" After work Michelle Colussi's husband sits on the front steps, attracting visitors young and old. This bit of neighborliness encourages relationships which come in handy -- like bailing out one another's houses when the nearby creek flooded. Co-founder of … [Read more...]

Farmer George — Growing Animals Like Grandpa Did, part 2 (287)


"We were stunned…We have this little store. People started coming. The kids were autistic. They had Crohn's disease. He had prostate cancer, she had breast cancer. They sat at the tables and told us their problems — allergies, chemical resistant problems. They said, 'We came … [Read more...]