queer ecojustice project summer reading group
Are you dreaming, planting, and tending visions of a queer ecological future? Are you looking to connect with kindred spirits in your region and across the country to share resources to support these visions of collective liberation? Join Queer Ecojustice Project for our first ONLINE reading community! Most gatherings will be local in your region (we […]
supporting black and brown farmers: NC's earthseed land cooperative is doing beautiful transformative work in their community, and they need our help
Support Earthseed Land Cooperative: a group of young black and brown agrarians who are on a mission to create community resilience through cooperative ownership of land and resources.
[vimeo 124611294 w=640 h=352] Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future. we the uncivilized: A Life Story resonates deeply with […]
reinventing the commons, montague, ny, jan 20
Reinventing the Commons: Social Ecosystems for Local Stewardship & Planetary Survival A Friday evening public talk and Saturday one-day workshop With David Bollier and Dave Jacke Montague Common Hall (“Grange”), 34 Main St., Montague, MA 01351 Friday, January 20, 2017, 7-9 PM, $10 @ door or in advance. Saturday, Jan 21, 2017, 8:30-5, $85-125, includes Friday evening […]
seven ways to be a better leader in systems change
Oh man, we just love this: Seven Lessons for Leaders in Systems Change. Great for educators, activists, community leaders, farmers, and-- generally-- everyone who gives a damn. Here's a taste, but please click-through to read the full piece at at the Center for Ecoliteracy. Lesson #1: To promote systems change, foster community and cultivate networks. […]
seven super do-able steps towards maintaining your creative life as a parent
Artists and farmers alike, we know it ain't easy to maintain your art when you've got buns in and out of the oven. In fact, I'd say that between the sleepless nights of those early years to the struggle of raising kids on what are not famously-lucrative salaries, raising the next generation of beautiful, free-spirited, […]
apply for amazing farm incubator program in NC
The Roots & Fruits Farm Business Incubator in Black Mountan, NC provides the tools and resources aspiring agricultural entrepreneurs need to develop and manage viable farm enterprises in Appalachia. The Incubator reduces the traditional barriers to success for new farm businesses by providing access to land, shared equipment, infrastructure, low-interest capital, business mentoring, and training […]
let the optimism flow
ultra-extra-awesomely-superb podcast series: earth matters
Have you been listening to Earth Matters?? This fabulous podcast series gives voice to indigenous activists, environmentalists, and people around the globe working for social justice. We cannot recommend it highly enough. Hailing from Australia's community radio station 3CR AM, Radical Radio, you can stream episodes online or download straight form iTunes. The link above will bring […]
sweet summer gig/farming opportunity at intentional quaker community in east chatham, ny
This just in from Quaker Intentional Village-Canaan: "Two families in our community are looking to jointly hire a person to work 30-40 hours a week during the summer, starting as early as June 1. Duties include childcare for two small children, driving and errands for an elderly couple, and light household chores. Payment includes free […]
Ojai CITRUS HAPPENINGS next weekend!
Hey Greenhorns...What is the Future of Citrus? Have you been wondering? We're sponsoring two great events this weekend in Ojai related to this question. Saturday 23rd April 2pm Community Rights Workshop at Oak Grove School with Javan Briggs Sunday 24th April 2pm Citrus Grafting working at Poco Farm with John Valenzuela RSVP HERE. Specifically, we're asking: All these commodity […]
photosynq: open source platform for collaborative problem solving
"PhotosynQ is an open source software and sensor platform where communities can identify, research, and implement new methods to solve their local problems. Our initial focus is on agriculture, where we’re bringing together researchers, extension, crop consultants, and farmers to develop precision ag solutions in markets largely ignored by ‘big ag’ (small farms, niche crops, […]
listen to one of the most wonderful PSAs of all time
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cQpcqMQ2ZA] "We can get America back if we get ourselves back. You don't need drugs; you don't need gurus; you only need to believe in yourself. Remember it only takes a small circle of friends to get back to a life based on reality rather than escape." We'd like to add that you don't […]
a combination of funk and angry grampa
Bay area, get ready for your ear drums to get rocked! Arann Harris and The Farm Band are described as one part dumpster fire, touch of summer camp, heap of Alt Gospel, served on a bed of bacon grease and git-down. His music is high-energy and highly entertaining. A mix of old time blues, mountain […]
hoedown hootenanny - an urban barndance benefit for PLACE, nov.14, OAKLAND, CA
14 DATE: Saturday, November 14, 2015 TIME: 7:00pm – 11:00pm COST: $10-20 FACEBOOK EVENT LAST Second Saturday HoeDown Hootenanny of the season! Featuring an eclectic mix of Gypsy, Jazz, Balkan, Blues, Americana, Acoustic, and Dark Carnival sounds for a wild evening of barn dancing! -7PM: Doors Open -7:30PM: Thee Hobo Gobbelins, "a wickedly catchy mixture of ancient pirate curses, […]
a fast food alternative
The Local Food Takeaway Project needs your help to make their ethically sourced and nutritious fast food alternative a reality. The Project is Crowdfunding to raise the necessary funds to re-purpose an old catering vehicle into a space for educational workshops and pop-up restaurants. Forget supersizing your fries, put that money toward adding local food to […]
grow it! social media for plants
Check out this new free app to help connect communities to their local landscapes! With real-time plant identification, this could be a wonderful tool to promote plant, flower and tree biodiversity. Available for android and iphone, click here to download this free app!
earthalujia! sundays nov-dec, joes at the public in NYC
Revernd Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir "are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities all over the world defending community, life and imagination."
work song concert & workshop at mettabee farm
Calling all farm crews and musical historians! Mettabee Farm & Arts in Hillsdale, NY is hosting a two day worksong concert and workshop with Edith & Bennett. To see the event description in full click here Concert Saturday October 17th, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm $10-$20 suggested donation Bring a tent and gather 'round the campfire to sing songs and […]
we're featured in this beautiful magazine
But we don't think that we're the only reason that you should pre-order it. The cover (like a good cover should) speaks for itself: ffreelancing co-ops, abandoning the perpetual growth model, and a fascinating look at the potential of abandoned villages in Southern Europe and the diverse communities they might encompass. STIR Magazine is a "quarterly […]
Here is an awesome video series on food in California. Topics include: the health of farming families , UC Santa Cruz's farm program, school lunches for food justice, the pollinator project at Full Belly Farm, wage justice in the restaurant industry, monitoring ocean acidification with oysters, the history of Chinese food, and wild edibles as meaningful […]
art peeps in farm country
WASSAIC, N.Y. — When Bowie Zunino is interviewing candidates for residencies at the Wassaic Project, she spends a lot of time trying to talk them out of coming. “I tell them, it’s rough,” she said. “Your studio will be in a barn. If there’s tons of water outside, chances are there’s going to be a […]
fermentation festival, oct. 17, great barrington, ma
The Berkshire Fermentation Festival on October 17th from 10-4pm at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds will offer a large assortment of cultural (har har) activities. With vendors sampling and selling their products, workshops, DIY demos, lectures, music, and book signings, and more, there should be something informative and delicious to occupy every member of your clan. The event will take place October 17 […]
how to thrive in the next economy
Drawing on a lifetime of travel in search of real-world alternatives that work, John Thackara describe how communities the world over are creating a replacement, leave-things-better economy from the ground up. Each chapter is about creative ways to tackle timeless needs that matter: restoring the land, sharing water, making homes, growing food, designing clothes, journeying, […]
next weekend in providence, ri: land and water conference
Activists working on issues related to land and water and academics from the humanities and social sciences will gather to discuss tensions between environmental stress, ecological realities, and human institutions. Find out more here: http://landandwaterconference.com/
food for heart
"The technology we need most badly is the technology of community: the knowledge about how to cooperate to get things done.” -Bill McKibbens
apply to the community seed resource program!
The Community Seed Resource Program (CSRP) provides tools and guidance to community groups interested in creating seed-focused events, exchanges, libraries and gardens. It is a collaboration between Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange to support community seed initiatives and empower community organizing around sustainable seed. The CSRP offers three resources to empower community organizing around […]
mainers with televisions, tune in tonight
"Reviving Freedom Mill" premiers tonight (Thursday) on MPBN. 10:15 pm Settle in tonight for the premier of this wonderful film about the transformation of The Mill at Freedom Falls, and the ripple effect it has on the greater community. Watch the trailer HERE or visit MPBN.net for more information.
the berkshire food guild
The Berkshire Food Guild is a community of local food crafters with a mission to support and celebrate the regional foodshed. We partner with area farms to host seasonal feasts and workshops that explore food in the context of the field, the kitchen, and the table.