Category: Community Projects

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

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 runs counter to the popular image circulating online showing families and the food they consume […]

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

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 Carolyn, I actually believe that swaps can severely limit community-building and right livelihood, even if […]

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Women’s Collective in Mexico Works to Save Bee Species

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.

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

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 with almost 90 graduates. Well now read a story from one of the world’s first […]

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Community Gardens with Geoff Lawton (video)

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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 the University of Massachusetts and spots an unusual Permaculture garden that won The White House Challenge. Even the Chancellor wants a Permaculture […]

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Permaculture Open Day at Caroola Farm (May 4, 2014 – NSW, Australia)

Caroola Farm (map) is hosting an open day celebrating permaculture, sustainability and local food / community resilience on Sunday 4 May, 2014 (International Permaculture Day). The vision for the day is to provide a selection of permaculture talks on subjects such as garden design, water management, passive heating / solar, healthy animal husbandry and more…. In addition there will be farm tours, information tents, local produce for sale, food tastings […]

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Youre Inn at The Farm (Tennessee, USA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJSHznS1sVQ Hi Y’all, Albert Bates here. For most of my life I have been working on ideas that could make the world a little better — more fair, more free, more ecologically and economically sustainable, and more fun. In 1972, straight out of law school, I joined The Farm, an experimental utopian hippy community in Summertown, Tennessee. I know, say what you will about hippies, but the fact of the […]

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Evolving Signs

I first got into permaculture in my late teens — being introduced to it by a friend who was also learning about it and working on an edible garden. It wasn’t a simple, house backyard garden, though, but part of a multi-cultural intentional community that was just starting out. While not an eco-community per se, this group was hard at work to commit to a more sustainable lifestyle, and gardening […]

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Why We Are a CSA Farm (Victoria, Australia)

by Peter Carlyon, Transition Farm As we are now supplying 80 families every week with produce from our farm, and trying to spread the word to more young people about growing food, it seems like a good time to write about what our CSA farm is all about – and what it is not. There are many variations on the models of CSA and numerous explanations of what CSA means… […]

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The Power of Local Unity: Small US Town Enacts Free Food Trade (Sedgewick, Maine, USA)

via NewsBeaconIreland Sedgwick, Maine, the first town in the US to legalize any kind of food transaction as free and legal in order to keep the right to produce raw milk, organic produce, free-range eggs, and more, is revolutionizing the way America keeps its food rights – including saying no to GMOs. In other words, it is the first town to declare food sovereignty while opposing both state and federal laws. The […]

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A North Island, New Zealand, Permaculture Tour

Earth dome accommodation We spent 6 weeks in New Zealand recently and during that time tried to visit as many Permaculture projects as we could find and fit in. Our base was Hamilton because my dad lives there. A day trip to Raglan introduced us to Solscape — eco friendly accommodation, retreat, and education in a stunning location. Afterwards was a quick visit to the local rubbish dump to see […]

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Help Neil Young and the ACFN Draw a Line in the (Tar) Sand(s)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5wueetIZn0 The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations and other communities live at the front lines of the largest industrial project on earth. Much of ACFN’s traditional territories are home to tar sands rich deposits eyed by industry for exploitation. Tar sands extraction methods cause large scale and irreversible harm to our health, land, water, wildlife, and the global climate system that supports all life. Canadian and Albertan environmental protection laws have […]

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