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Book: Becoming Native To This Place by Wes Jackson

Wes Jackson lays the foundation for a new farming economy grounded in nature’s principles and nurtured in small towns and rural communities. more info>>

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Life Study: How nature nurtures students at an inner-city high school

by Marilyn Berlin Snell

At 16—too young to be so mean—Ashley frequently let her claws fly in class. Scowls appeared at random, over slights no one could recall delivering. Her general disposition often kept the desks around hers vacant while the rest filled with students.

It was January of her junior year at Balboa High School in San Francisco, and the principal had just taken Ashley out of the communication-arts program that would have united her and two disruptive friends in the same classroom until graduation. Only 13 percent of Balboa’s junior class that year scored at or above the national average on the standardized reading and math tests—results that the San Francisco Unified School District called “nothing less than a crisis.” Continue reading

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Keepers of the Seeds:

How Native farmers and gardeners are working to preserve their agricultural heritage.

by Winona LaDuke

For 14 years, Caroline Chartrand, a Metis woman who recently traveled from Winnipeg, Canada, to the 8th annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference, has been looking for the heritage seeds of her people. It is believed that in the 1800s, the Metis grew some 120 distinct seed varieties in the Red River area of Canada. Of those, Caroline says, “We ended up finding about 20 so far.”

In Canada, three-quarters of all the crop varieties that existed before the 20th century are extinct. And, of the remaining quarter, only 10 percent are available commercially from Canadian seed companies (the remainder are held by gardeners and families). Over 64 percent of the commercially held seeds are offered by only one company; if those varieties are dropped, the seeds may be lost. Continue reading

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Film: A Farm for the Future

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. BBC Natural World Film. Film can be viewed HERE.

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A New Shade of Green:

Interview with Pierre Rabhi by Joseph Rowe, on the website “Illuminate Me” – “The priority of the agro-ecological approach is for people to be able to feed themselves, through respect and effective use of their own local resources. Production must … Continue reading

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World 2.0 – Japan

“Japan should look to satoyama and satoumi for inspiration”. A new article on World 2.0 is posted HERE.

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Akinori Kimura’s Miracle Apples

This is a true story about a Japanese farmer from the far north of Honshu, the mainland island, and how he spent 10 years learning from nature how to grow apples without pesticides. Apples that taste wonderful and keep a … Continue reading

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Whole Thinking Journal

Check out the website for the Center for Whole Communities for in-depth books and essays that deeply address how to create whole communities. The journal is filled with interesting articles and can be downloaded as a pdf. more>>

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Video: Los Derechos de la Pachamama (The Rights of Mother Earth)

A video by the Quechua Peoples about their worldview and the sacredness of all of life. more>>

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Genesis Farm: Dreams and Visions of the Future

by Miriam MacGillis, O.P.

How many times over these past thirty years has this poem by Kentucky farmer, philosopher and poet, Wendell Berry, sustained and encouraged us to remain faithful to the lands and waters of this bioregion especially these unique lands of Genesis Farm? I am reminded of how many of you have been part of our circle of friends from the very beginning! What an immense blessing you have been over this time.

Whether we live in cities, suburban subdivisions, towns or rural country sides, these last thirty years have seen profound changes at every level of our personal, family, neighborhood and national lives. Change has taken us on a roller coaster ride, thrusting some of us into upper mobility with expectations of even better times for our children. It has also taken some of us into declines of unexpected constraints, bitter disappointments, loss and anxiety. Thirty years in evolutionary time is a blink of an eyelash, but in our ordinary day-to-day lives, thirty years is a major chapter in our life stories. It certainly has been in mine. Continue reading

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