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Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Wayne Adams and Catherine King, two artists living in Tofino, Canada, couldn’t afford to buy a house of their own. Instead, they took their assets offshore — literally — and created a floating paradise off the coast of Vancouver Island called Freedom Cove. For over 20 years, they’ve been living off-grid on this brightly-colored collection of buildings and rafts.More…

Your Community Could Win Up to £25,000 For Regenerative Projects

Your Community Could Win Up to £25,000 For Regenerative Projects

Is your community working on a project that supports “environmental and social regeneration”? The Lush natural cosmetics company is accepting applicants for its 2017 Lush Spring Prize, which will award up to £200,000 to eco-communities and permaculture projects around the world. According to its website, “For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – thatMore…

Play The Food Forest Card Game and Help Plant 1,000s of Trees

Play The Food Forest Card Game and Help Plant 1,000s of Trees

Last year, permaculture educator Karl Treen released the Food Forest card deck, following a successful fundraising campaign on Kickstarter. Have you played it yet? We have, and it’s available for purchase at the FIC’s online bookstore for $25. The game is a great learning experience for kids and adults alike, allowing players to visualize how plants and animals relateMore…

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

As more farmers and gardeners take an interest in permaculture, seed savers’ networks are becoming a vital way to preserve heirloom varieties and protect our planet’s biodiversity. Although not as visible as the farmers’ markets that line our neighborhood sidewalks on Sundays, they’re an integral part of the farm-to-table movement. Seed savers and seed librariesMore…

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

The Boat-to-Fork Movement Promotes Local and Sustainable Seafood

Many of us are familiar with the farm-to-table movement: we might shop at our neighborhood farmers market, or even subscribe to a CSA (Community-Supported Agriculture) model as a way to support local farms. But what about other products, like seafood? Can we find ways to eat fish locally and sustainably? A network called Local CatchMore…

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

For years, projects like Fallen Fruit and the Urban Farm Collective have been making it easier for people to access the excess produce and gardening space in their neighborhoods. A new project called Shared Earth brings the concept to a wider market, using the latest peer-to-peer technology to connect gardeners with unused lawns and gardensMore…

Are Worms and Crickets the Future of Sustainable Eating?

Are Worms and Crickets the Future of Sustainable Eating?

Cultures around the world have been including insects as part of their diets for millennia. But in the U.S. – where raising livestock accounts for a staggering percentage of greenhouse gas emissions – eating insects as a source of protein has been slow to catch on. Could that finally be changing? Cricket Flour Several companiesMore…

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

KCET Visits the LA Eco-Village for A Look At Sustainable Urban Living

When you hear about life in Los Angeles, you probably think about traffic, smog, and sprawling suburbs. But LA has a thriving network of intentional communities, many of which exist just under the radar of activity in neighborhoods like Silverlake, Mar Vista, and Koreatown. I spent several years living in the city and got toMore…

A Permaculture Card Game Is Raising Funds on Kickstarter

A Permaculture Card Game Is Raising Funds on Kickstarter

Food Forest, a card game designed to teach kids about permaculture, is raising funds on Kickstarter. As of this writing, it’s two-thirds of the way toward its $10,000 goal and has around 10 days left to go. The game is developed and designed by Karl Treen, who came up with the idea while teaching gardeningMore…

Free Online Permaculture Class Starts May 2!

Free Online Permaculture Class Starts May 2!

Interested in learning more about permaculture but don’t have any hands-on experience? Have friends or family who want to know what it is you do on your eco-village or urban farm? Oregon State University is offering a free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) called Intro to Permaculture, running from May 2 through May 27. It’sMore…

Permaculture Resources at Your Fingertips

Permaculture Resources at Your Fingertips

Self described as a big crowd of permaculture goofballs, Permies.com is chock full of forums, links to resources, videos, and helpful information about smart ecosystem design! Check out Permies.com for a trove of permaculture resources at your fingertips.

Family Grows 3 Tons of Food on 1/10th Acre

Family Grows 3 Tons of Food on 1/10th Acre

Family Grows 3 Tons of Food! The Dervaes family turned a “regular city home” into a thriving garden ecosystem that provides more than enough food for their family, and plenty to supply a local food stand. “Surrounded by urban sprawl and just a short distance from a freeway, the Urban Homestead project is a familyMore…

Improve Your Soil – Bury Yard Waste

Improve Your Soil – Bury Yard Waste

What can you do to repair or improve your soil? Hugelkultur is a technique that works by burying logs, sticks, and yard waste, which then decomposes into fertile, aerated, moist soil. You can then plant directly on the Hugelkultur pile, waiting 6-12 months first if preferred to encourage more breakdown of the yard waste first,More…

UN Report says Organic Farming is Key

UN Report says Organic Farming is Key

UN Report says Organic Farming is Key In a new report, with the dramatic title, ‘Wake up Before it’s too Late’, “the United Nations is once against sounding the alarm about the urgent need to return to (and develop) a more sustainable, natural and organic system.” Image courtesy of Wikipedia.org Recommendations of the report includeMore…

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Sale! The Natural Kitchen, Your Guide to the Sustainable Food Revolution

Community Bookstore Special The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by June, Community Bookstore Manager The Natural Kitchen Bring Balance and Reverence Back to the Table by Deborah Eden Tull 281 pages, softcover, ISBN: 9781934170120, 2010 “How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world gets used.” ―W. Berry.More…

Edible Landscaping Seminar

Seed Savers Exchange board member, award winning photographer, author and landscape designer Rosalind Creasy will deliver a free webinar on ‘Edible Landscaping’!! You don’t want to miss this, find more information and register here: http://eepurl.com/B-MBT   Watch online for free, and check out their archive of empowering education here: http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Webinars/    

Seattle to Create the First Free Food Forest

Forget meadows. Seattle’s food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking. Read more here: http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/21/its-not-fairytale-seattle-build-nations-first-food-forest   

Permaculture

Permaculture: the science and art of thriving with nature. For more info check out our friends’ magazine and free resources: http://www.permaculture.co.uk/    

Seed Saving Tips

Growing Tomatoes

13 Do’s & Do Not’s of Growing Tomatoes: http://gardeningjones.com/blog/2013/05/05/dos-donts-of-growing-tomatoes/

Grow Food, Not Lawns on Facebook

Excellent resource for ingenius gardening tips and quirky and inspiring philosophy about living closer to the dirt. https://www.facebook.com/GrowFoodNotLawns

The Ecology & Design of Home Scale Food Forests

Edible Forest Gardens.com is dedicated to offering inspiring and practical information on the vision, ecology, design, and stewardship of perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants in small-scale settings. Visit http://www.edibleforestgardens.com/

At Manzanita Village Gaia’s Food Forest

“Hoop House” Glides Open & Closed

Vern Harris likes setting up hoop houses over his vegetable beds, but he doesn’t like the hassle of working under them. Most designs require lifting the plastic sides to get at the produce. So, Harris came up with hoops that glide on rails, making access as easy as pulling on two ropes. “Anybody who is evenMore…

Modern Farmer on Facebook

Get your Farm On with these helpful tips!  https://www.facebook.com/ModernFarmerMedia

Shade Tolerant Plants

Read some more here: http://organicgardening.about.com/od/vegetablesherbs/a/shadeveggies.htm

Gaia’s Garden on Sale

Community Bookshelf Special, 15% discount Gaia’s Garden, 2nd Edition “…the best permaculture book ever written…” Buy it here: http://www.ic.org/store/sustainability-books/gaias-garden/

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network