Carter’s Compost: Traverse City’s Bike Powered, Neighborhood Composters (USA)

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4th-grader Carter Schmidt is the proud CEO of Carter’s Compost, a bike-powered initiative that aims to build a more resilient community by recycling an entire neighborhood’s organic waste. The 9-year-old visionary is not only helping his folks’ urban farm but he is also encouraging members to grow their own food by redistributing the final product… Read more »

Leaving on a High (Lesotho, Africa)

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Peach blossoming in Lesotho The white-edged black clouds embrace the craggy green tops of the Maluti Mountains with patches of blue sky in between them. The late afternoon setting sun gives a golden glow to this mountain panorama. This is the setting for my farewell to Lesotho. My two year placement with Phelisanong as part… Read more »

The Missing Part of the Internet – Collaborative Decision-Making Made Easy with Loomio

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The world needs a better way to make decisions together “The new era of digital democracy is one source of hope. New formats for web-based participation, like Loomio, and enablers of grassroots engagement… are flourishing.” — The Huffington Post Democracy isn’t just about politics — it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be…. Read more »

Permaculture Around Latin America – El Salvador

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I’d like to invite you to join me as I feature short videos on permaculture locations, farms, and projects in all the countries that comprise Latin America. To kick start this series, I’m featuring a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, or IPES, which has been operating since 2000. In the video, director… Read more »

Permaculture Fun in San Diego!

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Introducing PRI Tipuana Farm A few years back Joey Delia had a vision of a Permaculture demonstration site that was highly accessible. Far enough to have a chunk of land but close enough for people from the city to see a real demonstration of Permaculture in action. There began the creation of what is now… Read more »

Global Resource Alliance: What We Did in 2013 (Tanzania)

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An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA) Permaculture Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like… Read more »

A “Special Period” in the Mid-Hudson Valley Feeds the New York Local Food Renaissance (USA)

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Local squash, like the ones pictured here, are frozen and consumed through the winter by Farm to Table Co-Packers. The families in my bioregion, the mid-Hudson Valley of New York (90 miles north of New York city), have been coping well with increasing food prices and sourcing food supplies as we face peak oil. This… Read more »

A Response to: “Right Livelihood – How Can We All $upport One Another?”

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Surplus citrus bounty gleaned by volunteers In “Right Livelihood – How Can We All $upport One Another?”, author Carolyn Payne-Gemmell brought up some limitations of a traditional “veggie swap” that excluded the ability to purchase products with currency. And while I understand that one of the main ideas behind swaps is to build community, like… Read more »

Women’s Collective in Mexico Works to Save Bee Species

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A group of indigenous women are challenging ancient social norms in order to preserve an endangered species: the stingless bee known as Melipona Beecheii. Traditionally the prerogative of men in Mayan culture, beekeeping is providing this collective with a source of income and a reason to keep the species from going extinct.

The Benefits of Permaculture Education and Sack Gardens in Kenya, East Africa

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You may have previously read about the work of FoodWaterShelter in Tanzania, East Africa, where they use permaculture solutions to provide the food, water and energy needs of the vulnerable women and children at the Kesho Leo children’s village. And you may have heard about the successful English and Kiswahili PDCs that they have hosted… Read more »

Community Gardens with Geoff Lawton (video)

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Trailer only – watch full video here! Geoff visits a number of different Permaculture gardens that are springing up and notices a common thread — a lot of people are growing food that should never be grown in that climate and zone and are doing it successfully. How do they do it? Geoff even visits… Read more »