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We Might Be In Kansas After All

And if you are at the beginning of October, then you might be interested in attending the…
30th Anniversary of The Land Institute- Prairie Festival October 6-8, 2006 Not every non-profit organization that started with a $10,000 budget in 1976 is still going. This one started with a couple of dropped-out professor-teachers who came “back to the land.” They became The Land Institute with the help of two neighbors-those families are still represented on our board-and “The Land” has been growing ever since. So, please help us celebrate our 30th year. Our sights are on a $1.7 million budget and growing, and on increasing our 25 employees to carry on this big job. We’ll celebrate an innovative agenda, well on its way, of making possible a new agriculture by developing the perennial crop plants that will be grown in mixtures to provide food and numerous environmental improvements over current farm options. The benefits will run to the farmers and the landscape and everyone who eats. Please mark October 6-8 on your calendar. Program and presenter bios are on our Web site-see the Calendar section for “Prairie Festival” at On the prairie, we’ll gather artists, scholars, critics, farmers, poets, historians, environmentalists, photographers, professors, writers, businessmen, musicians, scientists-and you-to contemplate, share, learn and discuss. Friday evening features a barn dance. Saturday presentations, music, exhibits, photography and food. Saturday evening in downtown Salina at Masonic Center-catered dinner and video-like show of conservation and formation of new national parks in Chile and Argentina. Sunday back at the barn for more thinking, visiting and discussions–adjourning at noon. Presenters: Ray Anderson, founder and chairman of Interface, Inc., an environmentally conscious floor-covering company. Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council. Wendell Berry, farmer, essayist, conservationist, novelist, teacher, poet. Laura Jackson, Professor of Biology, University of Northern Iowa, teaching ecology, conservation biology and environmental studies. Wes Jackson, founder and president of The Land Institute. David Orr, author of Ecological Literacy, directs Oberlin College’s Environmental Studies. Jim Richardson, photographer, well-known for his work for National Geographic Magazine. Doug Tompkins, businessman, athlete, designer, environmental activist, conservationist. Jakob von Uexkull, founder of The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, from Sweden, and past member of the European Parliament. Ann Zimmerman, Salina native, sings folksongs with her piano and guitar.

Bullshit. *Charisma, Icon, Intelligence, Empty Sandwich

How does the word “bullshit” connect to Charisma, Intelligence and the notion of The Empty Sandwich?To find out the answer to this question we meandered through David Fleming’s Lean Logic. A dictionary unlike any other, Lean Logic encourages readers to actively and intellectually engage with its entries. These entries are often cross-referenced so that you […] Read More

The Miracle of Farming: Toward a Bio-Abundant Future

Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer’s Le Ferme du Bec Hellouin is a celebrated model of innovative, ecological agriculture in Europe, connected to national and international organizations addressing food security, heralded by celebrity chefs as well as the Slow Food movement, and featured in the inspiring César and COLCOA award-winning documentary film, Demain (Tomorrow).In this excerpt from their […] Read More

Three Principles to Survive the Future

What guiding principles will you need to not just survive the future, but imagine a better one? Surviving the Future is a story drawn from the fertile ground of the late David Fleming’s extraordinary Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future and How to Survive It. That hardback consists of four hundred and four interlinked dictionary entries, […] Read More

Sow Seeds: Stop Walking Around Doing Nothing

“In the last one hundred years, 94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”That’s one of the key takeaways in award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray’s book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food. In her book, Ray […] Read More

True or false? Figs contain dead wasps

They are trees of life and trees of knowledge. They are wish-fulfillers … rainforest royalty … more precious than gold. They are the fig trees, and they have affected humanity in profound but little-known ways. Gods, Wasps and Stranglers tells their amazing story.Fig trees fed our pre-human ancestors, influenced diverse cultures and played key roles […] Read More
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