The push to consume has replaced other values, to our peril. But many of us are shaking the scales from our eyes and beginning to change for the better.
The Food: Not Lawns Movement is a perfect storm in addressing how we can cut back on destructive practices while increasing healthy and productive ones.
Over the past month perhaps you’ve seen my Kickstarter campaign to fund the poster art show called 31 Days of Urban Agriculture. During the time I’ve been on the fundraising mission I’ve continued to do the art for the show and, behind the scenes, to continue researching the issue and writing the essays that will […]
Allegheny Mountain Institute Fellows and other greenhorn teachers bring farming into areas to grow food and community.
I’ve written before about the merits of swapping clothes and accessories you no longer want for “new-to-you” items instead. The three top benefits are: Saving money — one of the the keys to prosperity is spending less/saving more. Eco-friendly — reusing stuff helps avoid adding to the landfill. Fun! — getting together with others for […]
Since I’ve gotten back to regular blogging, I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve opened a store on Etsy, the online marketplace for handicrafts and vintage. I’ve also pointed you to products on Etsy that are in line with the conservation values I espouse. But now I’m going to wring out a full-throated paean to […]
We live in a world dependent on electricity and we forget that being dependent on something — however wonderful that thing is — makes you vulnerable. Even getting a back-up generator isn’t a painless solution for household resilience. A medium-size generator can cost $50 or more per day in fuel to run. And just hope […]
Ever since we first got together my husband and I have talked about how to respond to one of our key shared interests — peak oil. For us this means, first of all, a conservation-minded approach to life — using less energy, wasting less, and relying on reusable materials such as hankies and eco-cups, carrying […]
My friend Cate Fitt, an artist and fellow blogger, shared a video on Facebook (man, I love Facebook) that really blew my mind. It’s from that inspiration that I wrote this piece. Thanks Cate! Ink it, don’t think it I’ve had a long time love of old school printing presses. I love the quality and […]
The old days are gone and there’s more than a few analysts who don’t see the high life ever returning. They say that the peak of cheap oil production in 2006 means economic growth is over. Instead, we can expect a continual contraction of the economy that will ultimately affect us all. Whether its fate, […]