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

Posted on January 9, 2017 by

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 relate… Read More


Digital Security For Your Intentional Community

Posted on December 19, 2016 by

For some high-profile communities, visibility is a good thing. The Dancing Rabbit ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, depends on workshops and other business endeavors to support itself. Many communities maintain a social media presence as a way to attract new members and promote co-operative living on a global scale. But some communities have good reason for wanting to… Read More


The Class Cultures Toolkit Can Help You Host More Inclusive Meetings and Events

Posted on December 1, 2016 by

Talking about class can be difficult – especially in intentional communities that include people from a variety of backgrounds. It can be a challenge to balance the needs of members from different classes: residents with stable jobs and incomes; property owners; activists who choose to live frugally; those with families to support. Some concerns –… Read More


Buy, Eat, and Live Local With Help From BALLE’s New Toolkits

Posted on November 7, 2016 by

Whether it’s eating local, supporting worker-owned businesses, or taking money out of Wall Street banks, the “localist” movement is on the rise. While the dominance of mega-corporations like Wal-Mart and Amazon may seem complete, small businesses make up half of the U.S. GDP and create over three times as many jobs. The Business Alliance for Local Living… Read More


This Peer-to-Peer Credit Exchange Could Be Great For Intentional Communities

Posted on October 10, 2016 by

For a while, peer-to-peer lending platforms were going to be the next big thing. Instead of borrowing from big banks, we could borrow from each other, on platforms like Lending Club and Prosper. But pretty soon big banks starting getting involved, and the loans weren’t really so “peer-to-peer” after all. Investors started using them as a way… Read More


These Tools Can Help Your Community Make Better Decisions

Posted on October 6, 2016 by
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One of the biggest hurdles an intentional community can face is figuring out how to make decisions. There are dozens of decision-making strategies to choose from, from consensus to sociocracy. But in today’s busy world, simply gathering around the table together as a community can be a challenge. At my community, meeting attendance takes a dive during the… Read More


A Free Documentary Series Shows You How To Live In A Tiny House Legally

Posted on September 8, 2016 by

For many tiny house enthusiasts, building the house itself isn’t the hard part. There are lots of resources out there for designing and constructing a tiny house, as well as companies that will build the whole thing for you. More and more people are coming to see tiny homes as a viable living option. These… Read More


Going Biking This Summer? Try Out This Network For A Shower and A Place to Stay

Posted on July 4, 2016 by

Since 1993, the Warm Showers network has been connecting touring bicyclists with hosts willing to offer them a couch, shower, camping space, or other form of hospitality. Originally started as a listserv, it was developed into a full website in 2005, and currently has 86,000 active members and 36,000 active hosts around the world. The… Read More


Try One of These Unique Alternatives to Airbnb

Posted on June 20, 2016 by
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Airbnb and other “sharing economy” sites have been getting some bad press lately, with many cities arguing that the platforms are driving up rent, contributing to housing scarcity, and turning residential neighborhoods into tourist districts. Some cities, like Berlin, have begun to regulate room- and home-sharing, while San Francisco and New York are struggling to… Read More


European Projects Explore Cohousing for LGBT Elders

Posted on May 2, 2016 by

Over the past year, a U.K. group called Tonic Housing has been exploring ways to offer safe, affordable housing to older members of the LGBT community. Supported by several charitable foundations, Tonic hopes to build a housing complex called Tonic Centre in or near London: “There is currently no LGBT-specific housing for older people in the… Read More


Millennials Are Embracing Cohousing – Of A Different Kind

Posted on April 14, 2016 by

It may have been only a matter of time before the millennial generation turned its attention to cohousing. As car and home ownership among young people has declined, and as the nuclear family is no longer the go-to living arrangement, it makes sense that college grads would look for ways share resources and living spaces… Read More


A Permaculture Card Game Is Raising Funds on Kickstarter

Posted on March 28, 2016 by

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 gardening… Read More


How a New Generation is Finding Education Abroad- Without A Tuition

Posted on December 10, 2015 by

A generation in search of answers There’s long been a bug in the minds of the new generation- something doesn’t add up about the modern life path. We’ve heard it all before; spend some time in school, get a career helping some corporation produce and market some product or service, buy a house, start a… Read More


A Resilient Society

Posted on May 5, 2015 by

A Resilient Society Resilience is the ability to absorb shocks and continue to function. In this short video series the Post Carbon Institute explores the questions around how our world has gotten to where it is, and what a world can look like functioning within it’s limits. The Law of Diminishing Returns The Great Burning… Read More


Kindista helps you share with people nearby

Posted on March 16, 2015 by
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Kindista helps you share with people nearby Looking for a plot to garden in, or someone to landscape your yard? Wishing for a dog walker, or offering mural painting skills? Desiring a giant bookshelf, and have a file cabinet that you’d like someone to take? Kindista.org is an online network that helps you share offers,… Read More


40+ Years of Communities magazine Back Issue Yard Sale!

Posted on February 28, 2015 by

40+ Years of Communities magazine  Back Issues Yard Sale Christopher Kindig, Business Manager Communities magazine has chronicled the challenges and celebrations of community living since 1972. This stacks up to 165 issues where “C-mag” has brought you lessons learned, methods for solving problems as groups, and inspiration that thriving through cooperation is possible! While staff… Read More


Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance

Posted on February 13, 2015 by

Wouldn’t it be great if you could share your skills and what you have in abundance, and receive help from those who have what you are lacking? This is how a new network called Mass Mosaic helps people connect to share in abundance. “Your skills, things, interests, experiences, passions, and dreams make you unique. Each… Read More


Free Permaculture eBooks

Posted on July 25, 2013 by

Permaculture is all about one part of a system trying to help another, so this is our attempt to help replicate that, by sharing permaculture knowledge as freely and as widely as we can. In this section you’ll find a selection of completely free eBook downloads on permaculture and wider environmental topics, including the fantastic… Read More


Free Webinars on Permaculture

Posted on July 23, 2013 by

Today at 1pm EST catch a free live webinar on Edible Landscaping! If you can’t make it to the farm, learn with us online. Check out the 2013 Webinar series here: http://www.seedsavers.org/Education/Webinars/


Edible Landscaping Seminar

Posted on July 15, 2013 by

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/    


Permaculture

Posted on June 17, 2013 by

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

Posted on May 16, 2013 by

Growing Tomatoes

Posted on May 5, 2013 by

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


Modern Farmer on Facebook

Posted on April 10, 2013 by

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


Intentional Community

Posted on January 22, 2013 by

What is an Intentional Community? Intentional Community is the radical notion that how we live ought to be based on our values. Strange that this is “radical” but the truth is, many people struggle to integrate their values into their daily lives, and intentional community provides a rare forum to be able to live, well…… Read More