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Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable’

The Recipe for Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness

Wrapped Kale at the market

Changing our diet is one of the most difficult but arguably the single most important thing to do to achieve good health. But often times people don’t even realize that their diet is harmful. For those who consume a Western diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates, the stakes are particularly high. Side effects include…

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Subsistence First: Strategies for the Long Haul

Illustration of grassy hills and farmland

Peasants, indigenous agriculturalists, and old-time American farming families farmed first and foremost to feed their own families and those in need in their communities—only secondarily, if at all, for a market. They may have practiced shifting agriculture or were settled permanently in villages; they may have been members of free, “primitive” or “tribal” societies, or…

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Becoming Resilient in an Ever-Changing World

sheep looking out on farm

One of the most important skills to have in life is to be able to adapt to the changes that come your way. Being resilient sets you up to succeed with any challenges that may arise, but it’s not always an easy task. However, if you follow a few simple guidelines you can better prepare…

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Farming for the Long Haul: It Takes a Village

air shot of farming village

It’s almost impossible to be a successful community without a group of caretakers behind the scenes, making sure everyone’s needs are met. For hundreds of years, women made up these “caring communities,” supporting families, making food, and bettering community life. Though the makeup of these caring communities has changed over the years, the support provided…

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The Evolution of Earth, Humans, and Our Natural Resources

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We have long been taught that evolution is a process that occurs gradually over millions of years, that change happens slowly without much attention. We’ve come to learn that in reality, evolution happens in fits and starts — very slowly for long periods, then in sudden spurts of rapid change. It may be triggered by…

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Worm Real Estate: Vermicast Structures

vermicast bin

When you were little, you may have created homes for worms using twigs and leaves. It might surprise you then to learn that farmers all over the world are still doing that but on a much bigger scale. Farmers rely on earthworms to create vermicomposting systems and where the worms live and grow are the…

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DIY: Make a Self-Watering Planter

plants growing in planter

Whether you live in a four-season climate or a small apartment in the city, fresh food at your fingertips is easier than you think! Just follow the directions for this self-watering growing container and you’ll have an abundance of produce in no time. The following is an excerpt from Fresh Food From Small Spaces: The…

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How to Cheat In an Argument: A Beginner’s Guide


Manners. We were all taught them from a young age, and yet, they are oft forgotten when we find ourselves in the heat of an argument about a topic we are passionate about. Before we know it, we are mere shells of ourselves, using cutthroat tactics to win our case. Unfortunately, our momentary loss of…

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October Garden Planning: 10 Tips for Success

vegetable harvest

Here in the Northeast, October signifies the true start of fall. The days are shorter, the nights and mornings are colder, the leaves are a-changin’, and the first frost is inevitably upon us. But that doesn’t mean our gardening work is done quite yet. There’s still plenty of time to wrap up the season, prepare…

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5 Principles of Soil Health


Soil is all around us. We walk on it every day. We dig and play and plant in it. We harvest from it and nourish ourselves thanks to it. And yet, many of us aren’t aware just how critical a resource it is for our future. It’s the basis for healthy food production, is a…

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Community Food Forests in Action

food forest

Alright. We’ve covered the basics of what a community food forest is, how to plan one, and which approach is best. Now it’s time to see some in action! Keep reading to learn more about some of the pioneers of the food forest movement. The following excerpt is from The Community Food Forest Handbook by Catherine Bukowski…

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Don’t Wear a Straw Hat: A Q&A with Mike Madison


In the following Q&A, Mike Madison, author of Fruitful Labor, reflects on over three decades of organic farming, talks about what it means to be sustainable, and offers advice and optimism for young farmers. Looking for even more insight?  Check out our other posts on Fruitful Labor: Profit or Loss from Farming A Farm is…

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What is a Community Food Forest?

two people gardening

The recent rise of community food forests and similar projects have come at an imperative time. More than 80 percent of the US population now resides in urban areas. This number is projected to rise in the next few decades. Not only can food forests provide a local source of food they can also serve…

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VIDEO TED2018: A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow

Kate Raworth speaking

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? “Like a doughnut,” says Oxford economist Kate Raworth. In a stellar, eye-opening TED2018 talk, Kate explains how we can move countries out of the hole — where people are falling short on life’s essentials — and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet’s ecological limits. (Afterward,…

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This Emperor has no clothes: 21st-Century Medical Practice

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High blood pressure, headaches, depression…. why?! Some doctors might say, “Because you’re not taking enough drugs.” But Dr. Sarah Myhill disputes this approach, saying, “Masking the symptoms does not explain them.” In her book, Sustainable Medicine, Dr. Myhill lifts the veil on modern Western medical practices, arguing that more “detective work” must be done to really understand…

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12 Books for Essential Earth Day Reading


As we celebrate Earth Day, you might be feeling inspired to do some reading about our great planet. We complied 12 books to get you going from farmland to global warming to economics. The best way to initiate change is to learn as much about the issues as possible and start conversations about what’s going…

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Overshoot, Collapse, and Creating a Better Future


The concern for Earth’s sustainability has been a topic of conversation for several years now, though it seemed like an impossibility that we would truly reach the point of collapse. The environment can only take so much gas emission, over farming, and plastic. What can you do to minimize your human footprint and take care…

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Depressed about Climate Change? Here’s How to Take Action

polar bear on ice in water

The facts about climate change are settled. Mostly. In fact, the news seems to get worse, and more urgent, every day. Yet, the more the facts stack up, the less resolve many people seem to have about getting behind solutions that will stem, or turn, the tide. What gives? Economist and psychologist Per Espen Stoknes…

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5 Tips to Turn Your Icebox into a Low-Carbon Super-Fridge

I don’t need to tell you why climate change is very, very bad. You’ve heard the litany dozens of times (melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more unpredictable and stronger storms, water shortages). But what can you do? First, it’s important that our government adopt a saner climate change policy. Fortunately, early indications are that…

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The Next Stimulus: Bigger Tax Breaks for Solar Hot Water

While photovoltaic technology—though promising—is still lacking in the efficiency department and prohibitively expensive for the average homeowner, solar hot water systems use the sun’s heat more directly, and therefore more efficiently. Consequently, fewer panels are needed to create an equivalent amount of energy. You’re using the same amount of energy for about a quarter of…

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Green Milestone: US Leads World in Wind Production (Sort of)

The US has just passed a significant milestone: according to the Global Wind energy Council (h/t EcoGeek), last year the US overtook Germany to become, for the first time, the leader in wind power capacity. Of course, the US isn’t the only country increasing its wind power. Worldwide, according to Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of…

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5 Ways to Save Water While on the Can

Here I sit, broken-hearted, because we’re using up too much of our supply of clean water unnecessarily. One of the worst offenders is the way in which most of us flush away our bodily waste. We take for granted the convenience of pulling a little lever and having gallons of clear, crisp, drinkable water transport…

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Unf*ckers United: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Nau Clothing

Richard Seireeni’s The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today’s Most Visible Brands showcases green businesses that are taking sustainability into the corporate world without compromising their ideals or turning into well-meaning money pits—sustainable enterprises looking at more than just the bottom line. More information on the “gort cloud,” including the etymology of the name,…

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Breakthrough in Wind Turbine Technology a Leap Forward for Clean Energy

Nuclear power is not only problematic—it’s ridiculously expensive. Clean coal is anything but. Don’t get me started on oil. As alternative energy technology improves, and “dirty” energy continues to prove that it’s a dinosaur (no pun intended), it’s becoming clearer to all but the most stubborn, hard-headed extreme right-wing Republicans that the solution to our…

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Slow Money a Breath of Fresh Air You Won't Want to Exhale

Let’s face it: you don’t want to put your money in the stock market. Not now—maybe not ever again. It’s a house of cards of Ponzi schemes and unsustainable bubbles. Instead, try investing in something you really believe in. Something local. Something ethical. Something natural and sustainable. Recently, Common Ground‘s Eric Larson reviewed Woody Tasch‘s…

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