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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 www.landinstitute.org 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.


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Save the Planet

Tired of watching people spend so much time thinking up big solutions to big problems that it has a paralyzing effect on taking action? If you’re like author Courtney White, the answer is yes. That’s why in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, he takes readers on a journey to show how low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions […] Read More..

Beyond the War on Invasive Species – Review in Permaculture Design Magazine

This review was originally published in Permaculture Design, Issue #97, “Life on the Edge,” Fall 2015; www.PermacultureDesignMagazine.com Look in the Mirror Review by Peter Bane For its extensive scholarship, clear voice, and impassioned, hopeful message, this book is a joy to read—a slim but beautifully written teaching text which uses permaculture and ecosystem science as a lens for viewing the […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..
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