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The Joy of Missing Out

The Joy of Missing Out

Finding Balance in a Wired World

There's no doubt that technology has overrun our lives. Over the past few decades, the world has embraced "progress" and we're living with the resultant clicking, beeping, anxiety-inducing frenzy. But a creative backlash is gathering steam, helping …

related subjects: Sustainable Living
The Art of Natural Building - Revised and Updated

The Art of Natural Building - Revised and Updated

Design, Construction, Resources

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. While there are many books available on specific methods such as strawbale …

related subjects: Natural Building
Mycelial Mayhem

Mycelial Mayhem

Growing Mushrooms for Fun, Profit and Companion Planting

Most supermarket mushrooms are bland and boring; products of an industrial process which typically relies on expensive equipment and harmful pesticides. Many people would like to add more flavorful and diverse fungi to their diets, but lack the …

related subjects: Food and Gardening
Seed Libraries

Seed Libraries

And Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People

Historically, seed companies were generally small, often family-run businesses. Because they were regionally-based, they could focus on varieties well-suited to the local environment. A Pacific Northwest company, for example, would specialize in …

related subjects: Food and Gardening
Resilient Agriculture

Resilient Agriculture

Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate

Climate change presents an unprecedented challenge to the productivity and profitability of agriculture in North America. More variable weather, drought and flooding create the most obvious damage, but hot summer nights, warmer winters, longer …

related subjects: Food and Gardening
The Color of Food

The Color of Food

Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming

Imagine the typical American farmer. Many people visualize sun-roughened skin, faded overalls, and calloused hands – hands that are usually white. While there's no doubt the growing trend of organic farming and homesteading is changing how the …

related subjects: Food and Gardening