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all watched over by machines of loving grace (tv series)

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is a BBC television documentary series by filmmaker Adam Curtis.[1] In the series, Curtis argues that computers have failed to liberate humanity, and instead have "distorted and simplified our view of the world around us."[2] The title is taken from a 1967 poem of the same name by Richard Brautigan.[3] The first episode was originally broadcast at 9 pm on […]

Posted: January 21 2021
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whitewashed hope: regenerative agriculture & permaculture offer narrow solutions to the climate crisis

A message from 10+ Indigenous leaders and organizations We are honored to support this Indigenous-led collaborative post, which invites proponents of western ecological agriculture to go deeper—to not ‘take’ certain land practices from Indigenous cultures without their context, but to encompass deeper Indigenous worldviews... inspiring a consciousness shift that will support us to go from a […]

Posted: January 20 2021
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the quapaw nation’s casino farms its own food

The Quapaw Nation’s Casino Farms Its Own Food A stone’s throw from the blackjack tables, bison are grazing, beehives are buzzing, crops are growing—and nature is winning. https://civileats.com/2020/12/10/the-quapaw-nations-casino-farms-its-own-food/

Posted: January 19 2021
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recap: plant-out camp out @ mozaic farm in chicacum, wa

On the weekend of October 23rd-25th, Greenhorns (in collaboration with Mozaic Farm in Chimacum, WA and HipCamp) hosted a socially-distant, workshop-based training for nut and fruit tree planting and soil building called Plant-Out Camp Out. Inspired in part by the Global Earth Repair conference held in nearby Port Townsend in 2019, this was an experimental […]

Posted: January 14 2021
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on the commons to which we belong: for the wild podcast interview with severine

LISTEN TO PODCAST HERE From For The Wild: "Around the world, churches own millions of acres of land. Globally, the Catholic Church owns an estimated 200 million acres of land, making it one of the largest non-government landowners in the world. This reminds us of the glaring inequalities when it comes to land ownership, especially […]

Posted: December 31 2020
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oxford real farming conference 2021: online and global event

OXFORD REAL FARMING CONFERENCE REGISTRATION LINKJanuary 7th-13th, 2021 The Oxford Real Farming Conference, a seven day online event, brings together "farmers, growers, activists, policy-makers, researchers and all those who support agroecology, including organic and regenerative agriculture and indigenous systems." With 500 speakers and 150 hours of content, this conference is a highly informative space where […]

Posted: December 28 2020
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1 billion rising 2021: rising gardens campaign

LINK TO THE RISING GARDENS CAMPAIGN "The Covid-19 pandemic has rapidly blown open the destructive veins of neo-liberalism, capitalism, racism, fascism and patriarchy, revealing violent and broken systems that have been forced upon us for far too long. With each day, we see that the majority of people who are dying are those who have […]

Posted: December 24 2020
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southern california, now all covered in housing blocks... a lesson for all regions! early los angeles agriculture as a model for hawaii

ARTICLE LINK: IS EARLY LOS ANGELES A MODEL FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE IN HAWAII? "Is Early Los Angeles A Model For Food And Agriculture In Hawaii? Believe it or not, yes. In the first half of the 20th century, smart planners put land in the hands of farmers and transformed LA County into an agricultural […]

Posted: December 24 2020
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land value talk from radicalxchange

From RadicalxChange: "Land has been central to economic inequality for centuries. Today, we sometimes see homeownership as a path to the middle class, but it is important to see how this particular asset still drives inequality. This panel discusses the past and present of ideas like Henry George's land value tax, hoping to draw lessons […]

Posted: December 24 2020
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bioneers conference 2020: virtual conference for environmental and social justice ( incl. special discount code for greenhorns)

EVENT REGISTRATION LINK: BIONEERS CONFERENCE 2020 (VIRTUAL) Online event, for the two weekends of Dec 5-6th and 12-13th Use the greenhorns discount code jlcu3c for 20% off your tickets! From the Bioneers team: "The year 2020 has been marked by a convergence of crises. The latent realities of climate change, racial injustice, exploitation and inequality […]

Posted: November 20 2020
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northwest food co-op is redesigning local food distribution

FULL ARTICLE LINK: NORTHWEST CO-OP BUILDS FOR A LOCAL FOOD FUTURE BEYOND BIG AG The Local Inland Northwest Cooperative (LINC), a worker and farmer owned food hub, is reimagining the food system of the community of Spokane, WA. LINC is both an online and physical marketplace "where restaurants, schools, grocery stores, hospitals and individual shoppers […]

Posted: November 19 2020
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a growing culture: indigenize! broadcast recording

RECORDED EVENT LINK HERE This past Indigenous Peoples' Day, A Growing Culture held a full day of virtual events of speakers and conversations to celebrate and learn from Indigenous voices who are leading and organizing toward a food sovereign future. A Growing Culture is "an online agroecology knowledge base for global farmers, advancing a culture […]

Posted: October 26 2020
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post carbon institute interview with severine, greenhorns director: healing the land for our collective good

Vicki Robin, activist and best-selling author on sustainable living, interviews Greenhorns director, Severine con Tscharner Fleming, on the Post Carbon Institute's continuing podcast series, What Could Possibly Go Right?. In this series, Vicki talks with "provocative thought leaders about emerging possibilities and ways humanity might step onto a better, post-pandemic path." In Severine's interview, she […]

Posted: October 15 2020
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how much money is going into agricultural supports? peering into big Ag's relief packages

Marion Nestle of Food Politics poses the question: how much money is going into agricultural supports? Beyond huge subsidies already provided by the Farm Bill, Nestle writes: "The USDA has given producers more than $10 billion in Coronavirus assistance. This includes nearly $1 billion to Iowa farmers. Lesser amounts went to producers in Nebraska, California, […]

Posted: October 8 2020
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robin wall kimmerer: what does the earth ask of us? - a keynote address

****Video/Audio only available until October 20th, so watch soon!***** "We are showered every day with the gifts of the Earth and yet we are tied to institutions which relentlessly ask, what more can we take? Drawing upon both scientific and Indigenous knowledges, this talk explores the covenant of reciprocity." As part of UMass's A Planet […]

Posted: October 7 2020
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ferment for food justice: online workshop fundraising for BIPOC-led food justice organizations

EVENT LINK: FERMENT FOR FOOD JUSTICE (OCT 10-11, 17-18, workshops streaming via Zoom and Instagram Live from 10am-8pm EST) Zoom link TBA; check out their Instagram, @communitycultures, for full schedules and the upcoming Zoom link in their bio. Organizer Jess Canose writes: "We've got some amazing topics, interviews, and demos with sessions ranging from topics […]

Posted: October 7 2020
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seed: the untold story - a documentary following the history and perilous future of food crop biodiversity

Over the last century, "94% of our seed diversity has disappeared". In this documentary, follow passionate seedkeepers and activists to unbury the history and future of seeds. From the directors, Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel: "The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway juggernaut of industrial agriculture […]

Posted: October 2 2020
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study warns unprecedented wave of land privatization

DRIVING DISPOSSESSIONTHE GLOBAL PUSH TO“UNLOCK THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF LAND” [pdf] From the Oakland Institute: Driving Dispossession: The Global Push to “Unlock the Economic Potential of Land,” sounds the alarm on the unprecedented wave of privatization of natural resources that is underway around the world. Through six case studies—Ukraine, Zambia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, […]

Posted: July 22 2020
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NYT op-ed, "America, This Is Your Chance"

"Our only hope for our collective liberation is a politics of deep solidarity rooted in love." READ THIS ARTICLE! From Michelle Alexander (civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar and the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness) comes this goosebump raising-ly powerful op-ed, published June 8, 2020 in the […]

Posted: June 11 2020
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rebirthing 'the commons' for racial justice

Taking Action to Support Black-led Organizations on the Land How do we engage the energy of this moment? Steeped in historical, legal and social disenfranchisement, the ongoing violence against black lives calls for long term, place-based and collaborative work. What would it look like to be in solidarity with all life? What would it look […]

Posted: June 5 2020
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rhubarb and resilience: women share inspiration

Lisa Kivirist, Senior Fellow and Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, authored a beautiful piece published in the Monroe Times: Rhubarb and Resilience - Women Share Inspiration And a note from Lisa: Here in my southern Wisconsin farm-hood, with my local women farmer summer potluck scene on COVID hiatus (and unfortunately […]

Posted: May 31 2020
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Native food sovereignty in the face of coronavirus

A "Seeds and Sheep" project in Utah is one of many innovative programs seeking to help Native communities become more food sovereign and self-reliant. A beautiful article from writer Erik Ortiz, As the coronavirus pandemic strains supplies, Native Americans fight food insecurity. Read to discover the initiatives in food and seed sovereignty in Native communities […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Applications Open Today

From FUTURE HARVEST, the Chesapeake Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture: Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the coronavirus pandemic, making it the largest single payment in history to our nation’s farmers. Today through August 28, 2020, farmers […]

Posted: May 26 2020
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weekend reading: Coronavirus, meat, and food systems

From Marion Nestle's remarkable blog Food Politics, three articles not to miss out on this weekend: "Three exceptionally thoughtful and interesting pieces by people who have been writing about food and food systems for a long time".... Jane Ziegelman in the New York Times: America’s Obsession With Cheap Meat Eric Schlosser in The Atlantic:  America’s Slaughterhouses Aren’t […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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what to make of this?

From Vice: Man Who Has Never Had an Actual Job Encourages Laid-Off Workers to Pick Fruit Some have criticized Prince Charles' suggestion that people out of work due to coronavirus sign up for underpaid physical labor. "Charles name dropped Pick for Britain, the government's newly launched campaign to find seasonal help for farms and farmers […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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Blow Up the Restaurant Industry and Start Over

A system that relies on exploitation isn’t one that should survive the pandemic. There’s a better way to feed people and care for workers. Check out this rad article about reimagining the restaurant industry. Full of potent anecdotes woven together by author Marian Bull and published May 21 in The New Republic: founded in 1914 […]

Posted: May 23 2020
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the agrihood

Have you heard about agrihoods? The concept has been gaining popularity over the last few years and the term is short for "agricultural neighbourhoods". Agricultural neighbourhoods is an unusual concept. Agricultural tends to conjure images of rural living, open spaces and sprawling farmland. Neighbourhoods on the other hand bring to mind images of suburbia or […]

Posted: August 7 2018
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solar farm in oregon tackling fossil fuel dependence and colony loss

SolarCulture (a PineGate Renewables project), is an initiative developed to enhance environmental stewardship, promote sustainable agriculture, and collaborate with the community to support research with a goal of encouraging smarter solar through science. They have just recently opened a solar apiary in Jackson County, Oregon. The project is two pronged, it aims to tackle both […]

Posted: July 26 2018
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repurposed: agricultural waste in construction materials

As the interest in environmental sustainability continues to grow, many are curious as to how to reuse or re-imagine materials and substances that may be considered agricultural or construction waste. This interest may be partly fueled by pending shortages and rising input prices. For example, insulation companies have developed alternative insulation materials from agricultural waste […]

Posted: June 13 2018
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flintsburg, the perils of privatization of water services

Dangerously high levels of lead in Pittsburgh's drinking water It has recently emerged that a lack of corrosion control in the water system in Pittsburgh has caused dangerously high levels of lead in the city's drinking water. According to Dr. Marc Edwards, levels recorded in Pittsburgh are even higher than the levels recorded in Flint […]

Posted: May 31 2018
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maine governor blames land trusts for states rising property taxes

This message is sent on behalf of Tim Glidden, President at Maine Coast Heritage Trust.  Dear Maine Land Trusts, Last night, Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address. As we expected, right out of the gate he blamed land trusts for Maine's rising property taxes. He relied upon many statistics to make […]

Posted: March 8 2018
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a digital map leads to reparations for black and indigenous farmers

Check out this awesome article written by very good friend of the Greenhorns, Jean Willoughby for Yes! Magazine. Jean writes about the recent changes within the farming movement. Her article focuses on the increase in the number of voluntary transfers of land and resources to people of color as a means of reparations for past […]

Posted: February 24 2018
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intergenerational succession?

'If there's no water, what's the point?' Female farmers in Arizona – a photo essay Debbie Weingarten and Audra Mulkern, December 19th 2017, The Guardian  Despite the fact that women have always farmed, they have been left out of our agricultural narrative. An incomplete story has real consequences: women have been left off land titles and […]

Posted: December 20 2017
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how does change happen on the land?

The Edmund Hillary Fellowship just published this great article about Severine!  There is a question we need to ask when talking about food production. The question is, “Who is telling what story, and on whose behalf?” Is it a story that goes with dinner? Or does it perhaps focus on the “We feed the world” […]

Posted: November 23 2017
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kiss the ground: book and documentary about the hidden power of soil.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhUd1X_Ni58?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] Discover the hidden power soil has to reverse climate change, and how a regenerative farming diet not only delivers us better health and wellness, but also rebuilds our most precious resource—the very ground that feeds us. Josh Tickell, one of America’s most celebrated documentary filmmakers and director of Fuel, has dedicated most of his […]

Posted: November 21 2017
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why rural farming matters to the city

The following article was submitted to the Greenhorns by Freya Yost. Freya is Director of Operations at Cloudburst Foundation, an Italian-based non-profit working closely with the Commonwealth to address climate change and meet the UN SDGs. Her background is in information science, specializing in areas of government information and policy, open source technologies, and digital rights […]

Posted: November 21 2017
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chasing coral - run to see this!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6fHA9R2cKI?ecver=1&w=640&h=360] A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling adventure to document the disappearance of the world's coral reefs, this documentary is the result of 3 years work and hundreds of hours of underwater footage. Corals are a fundamental part of the planetary and oceanic ecosystem (supporting 25% of marine […]

Posted: November 15 2017
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two rivers tells the tale of indigenous tribes defending america's most important rivers from industry

1,500 miles apart, two rivers flow. One alongside rolling hills and blue skies of the North Dakota high plains, the other tumbles past volcanoes, down narrow gorges, and through rugged mountain terrain. Beyond the distance and difference that separates these rivers is a similar story that begins over 500 hundred years ago, with their shared […]

Posted: November 12 2017
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have you heard about regroup farm?

ReGroup.Farm is the tale and reality of a group of Boomers, Gen X-er's and Millennials found themselves on a farm in the Midwest. They recognized that something very interesting was happening in society at large, that in spite of all the division and decay of rural towns, that these phenomena can be reversed. In fact this […]

Posted: November 11 2017
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can we really restore degraded landscapes?

[vimeo 231744267 w=640 h=360] New and exciting things are happening at the Permaculture Skills Center. The Eco-Landscape Mastery Course is already underway! It couldn't be a more opportune time to continue our work educating our communities and ourselves!  It's a degraded world out there. So many acres/hectares of landscapes have been destroyed and it's having negative consequences […]

Posted: November 9 2017
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