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...]

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

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"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)

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"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)

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"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...]

Farmer George — Growing Animals Like Grandpa Did, part 1 (286)

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"Our animals live in the pasture - birds, pigs and cows. Everybody gets to roam free in fresh air and sunlight…not only are they getting the food at its best, but they're also leaving behind the waste products that rejuvenate that grass and keep the system going." Farmer … [Read more...]

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...]