Blog

sustainability

Read More

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
Read More

wright-locke farm's speaker series july 19th 2017 - molly anderson

As part of their 2017 speaker series, Wright-Locke Farm are hosting their second monthly speaker, Molly Anderson, on July 19th. Molly is a professor of food studies at Middlebury College, a member of the Network Design Team of Food Solutions in New England and is co-author of  A New England Food Vision 2060: Healthy Food […]

Posted: July 18 2017
Read More

growing true blue indigo dye in a closed loop system

As part of their True Blue project, Fibershed, have recently released a report on the processes and practices involved in the making of blue indigo dye.  They explain the idea of a closed-loop ideal indigo dye production system which "moves from soil to dye to textiles and back to soil." The basis for the report […]

Posted: July 12 2017
Read More

watch: island earth

[vimeo 186219395 w=640 h=360] To feed all the humans on the planet, we are going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we have grown since the beginning of civilization. Shocked when he found out that chemical companies were using Hawaii as the testing ground for their GMO crops, […]

Posted: July 11 2017
Read More

be a delegate at slow food nations

Registration is now open for delegates who would like to represent their regions at the Slow Food Nations summit in Denver July 14-16, 2017.

Posted: February 21 2017
Read More

"ditching NAFTA" may hurt american farmers, but which ones?

This NPR report suggests that leaving NAFT could hurt American farmers, but we wonder if it could actually help small-scale agriculture.

Posted: February 17 2017
Read More

tomorrow on greenhorns radio! jeff conan on the devasting effects of palm oil production

Tomorrow January 25th on the Heritage Radio Network, Greenhorns radio talks to Jeff Conan, Senior Forest Campains Manager at Friends of the Earth, a global activist network that campaigns for international environmental and climate justice. Much of Conan's work focusses on the toxic legacy of palm oil production in Gautemala. Maybe you already knew that the […]

Posted: January 23 2017
Read More

dogfish: a shark for breakfast?

NPR's The Salt on why dogfish, a shark that is plentiful off the coast of New England, is primarily exported to Europe for consumption while Americans import 90% of the fish they consume.

Posted: January 8 2017
Read More

radio interview with draft-horse vegetable farmer

A brief but thought-provoking interview with David Fisher and Anna Maclay of Natural Roots Farm in Conway, MA.

Posted: January 3 2017
Read More

"land restoration economy"

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3EoxRiy01I] This falls under the category: Things I Didn't Know About but Feel Like I Should Have Known About But Are All-the-same Absolutely Fascinating

Posted: December 20 2016
Read More

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JDfr6KGV-k] What creates a high-engagement high-productivity work system? "Create an alignment of strengths that make the weaknesses irrelevant." This short video with Professor Cooperridder,  Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, has some powerful insights to offer. We wonder how this kind of thinking could be applied […]

Posted: December 7 2016
Read More

easy steps you can take to reduce your electromagnetic pollution exposure

Every little bit helps! These fifteen steps from Katie Singer are also good initiatives towards reducing energy usage, reconnecting with the physical world, and saving your sanity. I like number 5 the best: 5. Think of your mobile phone as a message-taker. Program it to let you know every two hours whether or not you’ve got a […]

Posted: December 6 2016
Read More

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 […]

Posted: November 19 2016
Read More

beautiful new hopeful documentary on solutions to the current eco-crisis

[vimeo 171389901 w=640 h=360] Ryan Wirick, a documentary filmmaker is looking for help supporting and funding his new feature-length documentary, The Need To GROW, a "solution-packed journey into the lives of those working to fix our broken food system in the US. It focuses on SOLUTIONS (activism, permaculture, farmer's markets and many many more), to localize […]

Posted: November 18 2016
Read More

peace of earth's amazing cold storage scheme

We have a stubborn and delicious dream that farming can evolve to exist without a constant input of fossil fuels, and Peace of Earth Farm in Albany, VT is dreaming it too! Farmer Rebecca Beidler, has put out a call for support on a super innovative research project to combine the technologies of root cellars and ice houses to […]

Posted: March 6 2016
Read More

yeah baby! cover cropping makes the NYT front page

I can almost hear organic farmers across the country rolling their eyes, cover cropping: this is news? And, I know, I know, you've been doing this for years-- but, yes, actually there's some real good news here: New York Times writer Stephanie Strom's report, "Cover Cropping: A Farming Revolution with Deep Roots in the Past," indicates that the […]

Posted: February 7 2016
Read More

strong canadians! over grow the system

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/92406649] Over Grow The System has been dedicated to raising awareness around our food system, sustainability, and how to live a life that is more in tune with nature. We recognize that many aspects of our current systems in place around the globe are causing much of the environmental destruction and social issues that […]

Posted: September 5 2014
Read More

important article

Realities of Shifting to a Sustainable Economy by John Fullerton “The true nature of the international system under which we were living was not realized until it failed.”  —Karl Polanyi A transition to a sustainable economy requires not only population stabilization, breakthroughs in resource productivity and checks on material consumption, but also constraints on aggregate […]

Posted: May 14 2014