Pine Mountain Ranch — Where the Buffalo Roam (334)

“A rancher could really be called a grass farmer,” contends rancher Alan Rousseau. “But let’s go further. Let’s go to the soil.” The soils in his Oregon high-mountain ranch are rich in minerals, producing grasses with higher protein to nourish his pastured animals, producing … [Read more...]

For Humans, Bugs and Beauty — An Urban Food Forest Demonstration (333)

“This place is famous. People loving coming by here because at any time of year you can get something to eat.” Architect Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair project, gives a tour of the corner sidewalk outside his Portland office building, where a food forest is … [Read more...]

Connecting with Ourselves, Each Other, and Earth — Personal Tools for These Times, part 2 (332)

“If we’re going to really be present in this predicament, we’re going to have to befriend all of our emotions. So we teach some tools for how to do that. Being present with your body. How does the body fit in with all of this? Then, we teach some tools for how do we really … [Read more...]

Connecting with Ourselves, Each Other, and Earth — Personal Tools for These Times, part 1 (331)

“Every single metric [of abrupt climate change] has been accelerating since I took on writing the book [The Impossible Conversation] in 2014,” says Dean Spillane-Walker. “But … the calling of our times, is: who will be together in the face of these predicaments?” Dean and … [Read more...]

Share-It Square: Creating Neighborhood Gathering Spaces (330)

Every year for the past two decades, the neighbors near Sherrett Street in southeast Portland repaint their colorful street intersection. Resident Mighk Simpson gives us a tour on painting day. On the sidewalk corners are spacious cob benches (with roofs), a children’s … [Read more...]

Living Abundantly in the Sharing Economy: A Voice of Experience (329)

“I ask the groups that hire me to pay me what feels good and right and fair to them, an amount they can afford, and that they can give joyfully… I basically trust them. And it works out really well.” Freelance group facilitator Tree Bressen has made her livelihood in the … [Read more...]

A Minstrel for the Earth (328)

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Dana Lyons’ lyrics can be darn funny and downright moving. He sings passionately from his love of the Earth. This show opens with Dana’s rich deep voice singing his signature “Cows with Guns.” Listen closely to the hilarious lyrics! He talks … [Read more...]

Milking “Buttercup” the Cow (327)

“The faster you go in the beginning, the more milk you get. Beginning milkers have a rough time because of this.” Alexandra King, co-owner of Inspiration Farm shows how she milks the family cow, Buttercup. A stall holds the Jersey cow in place while being milked. Alexandra … [Read more...]

Dying Consciously in a Loving Community (322)

After a terminal diagnosis, activist Steve Hamm said he wanted to die consciously with his friends around him. Judy Alexander and about twenty friends committed to being his care team. In training meetings with professional end-of-life caregiver Kippi Waters, they learned … [Read more...]

Love, Intelligence and Sex — Musings on the Natural World, part 2 (326)

I asked Derrick Jensen whether he believed in God. “I believe in something,” he replied. “There is some animating force or something. Life is so complex and so extraordinary, and even our individual bodies are so extraordinary and complex.” He plies us with examples of … [Read more...]