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Community, Land, Self: We’re Part of the Same Elephant

Posted on April 16, 2019 by

Escaping to an ecotopian or intact natural world proves neither possible nor effective as a way to avoid the realities of human and planetary suffering. Instead, a communitarian receives lessons in interconnectedness that he will never forget.


Review: Farming While Black

Posted on February 26, 2019 by

This book is written for young Black, Brown, and Latinx people with dreams of farming, but it is also a gift to all of us who care about farming, equality, and justice.


4 Building Blocks of Community

Posted on February 25, 2019 by

Start a Village “If you don’t like the way things are, Start a Village!” This was the essential message that Stephen Brooks delivered at his enthusiastic TEDx talk at Black Rock City. What does a guy at Burning Man know about community? Stephen shares inspiration through his travels, studies of permaculture, and teaching, how he… Read More


Black Land Matters: An Interview with Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm

Posted on February 24, 2019 by

Headquartered on a community farm, a nonprofit, people-of-color-led organization works to dismantle racism in the food system by increasing farmland stewardship by people of color, promoting equity in food access, and training the next generation of activist farmers.


Top 10 New Books in the FIC Bookstore!

Posted on February 8, 2019 by

You won’t want to miss out on these stellar topics new to the bookshelf   The Spirit of Dialogue: Lessons from Faith Traditions in Transforming Conflict by Aaron T. Wolf We tend to approach conflict from the perspective of competing interests. A farmer’s interest lies in preserving water for crops, while an environmentalist’s interest is… Read More


Planet Community – Episode 3 – Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage

Posted on December 31, 2018 by

We have to transform our cities! Over 50% of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and it’s only increasing. Models for sustainable, equitable, urban community must be developed. In this episode of Planet Community we look at Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage in Cincinnati, OH.  How do we move past the consumerism and concrete… Read More


Regenerative Victory Gardens

Posted on October 15, 2018 by

Stacking Benefits of Gardens When you plant a garden, you are doing more than practicing a resilient skill, and cultivating mouth watering beefsteak tomatoes. You are reducing food miles by creating sustenance locally, without the need for costly and dirty energy inputs. You can skip the application of dangerous pesticides and fertilizers, and instead of… Read More


Are Seasteading Communities the Next Wave of Sustainable Living?

Posted on February 13, 2017 by

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.… Read More


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

Posted on January 26, 2017 by

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 – that… Read More


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


How Seed Saver Networks Are Protecting The Planet’s Biodiversity

Posted on October 20, 2016 by

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 libraries… Read More


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

Posted on October 17, 2016 by

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 Catch… Read More


Shared Earth Connects Gardeners With Unused Land In Their Neighborhood

Posted on October 3, 2016 by

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 gardens… Read More


Are Worms and Crickets the Future of Sustainable Eating?

Posted on September 19, 2016 by

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 companies… Read More


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

Posted on August 22, 2016 by

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 to… 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


Free Online Permaculture Class Starts May 2!

Posted on March 25, 2016 by

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’s… Read More


Permaculture Resources at Your Fingertips

Posted on April 27, 2015 by

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

Posted on April 4, 2015 by
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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 family… Read More


Improve Your Soil – Bury Yard Waste

Posted on April 1, 2015 by

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,… Read More


UN Report says Organic Farming is Key

Posted on March 3, 2015 by

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 include… Read More


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

Posted on June 28, 2014 by

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.… Read More


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/    


Seattle to Create the First Free Food Forest

Posted on June 18, 2013 by

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

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/


Grow Food, Not Lawns on Facebook

Posted on April 20, 2013 by

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

Posted on April 19, 2013 by

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/



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