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And ANOTHER great post on why NOT to rake those leaves, and just let our garden bee in the Fall. This one from the Xerces Society.

Support our pollinators and songbirds!

Put the rake and pruners down and nobody gets hurt! Your "messy" fall garden is teeming with life.

By Justin Wheeler from Xerces Society (home of bee love) You really need to check the link for the photos :-)

It should be welcome news for weary…


Added by Beth Carruthers on October 22, 2016 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Reasons NOT to clean up the garden this fall

by Jessica Walliser: Twenty-some years ago, fresh out of college with a horticulture degree in-hand, I started teaching adult education classes at a local botanic garden. For many years, I taught a class called Preparing Your Garden for the Winter. I would show slides (remember those?) of how well-kept gardens should look in January. In the images, every plant was cut to the nub, except for the ornamental grasses and butterfly bushes, and the whole garden was snug under a thick layer of…


Added by Beth Carruthers on October 16, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café

Sip Lattés and Fix Busted Stuff at the Repair Café

By Katherine Sharpe

It says something about where we’ve come as a society that the simple act of fixing something that’s broken is considered a revolutionary act. Yet here we are. It’s cheaper and easier to buy a new toaster, lamp, printer, or chair than it is to mend the one you have when it breaks — never mind that you may already be jonesing for an…


Added by Beth Carruthers on March 6, 2013 at 6:06pm — 9 Comments

Transition Free Press in the UK

The home page for the Transition Free Press - all over the UK :-)

Transition Free Press

Added by Beth Carruthers on February 9, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

where to buy MONSANTO -FREE SEED

Monsanto owns 40% of all seed companies - yes, even heirloom seed companies. Here is a list of Monsanto-free seed companies :

Added by Beth Carruthers on February 4, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

"Sacred Agriculture" the 2012 conference of the North American Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association

"In 2012, as never before, the earth as a living being is calling out to us for recognition, for healing, for sacred and sustainable ways of tending her soil, plants, animals, and landscapes..."

Join us on November 14-18, 2012, at the beautiful Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI, for an extraordinary event — the 2012 North American Biodynamic Conference. This biennial conference is the foremost event for biodynamic education, networking, and community…


Added by Beth Carruthers on November 10, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

An Ecology of Mind - film screening

Nora Bateson will present her film "An Ecology of Mind"
Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012
Room SB 301, Emily Carr University, Vancouver
5:30 - 7:00 pm

An Ecology of Mind - Trailer

Added by Beth Carruthers on October 23, 2012 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

No Tankers No Pipeline Tour - Council of Canadians

TOUR: No Pipelines. No Tankers.

To raise awareness and build community solidarity and support in the fights to stop pipeline expansions in BC, the Council of Canadians is organizing a six-city tour this month to say: “No Pipelines, No Tankers.” The tour will help educate about the devastating environmental impacts of these massive pipeline projects, which will move tar sands crude to BC’s coastline where it will be loaded into supertankers and shipped through precarious waters to new…


Added by Beth Carruthers on October 23, 2012 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Enabling Sustainability Policy and Planning at the Local Level: The Example of Food Policy

This briefing note introduces some ways of bringing sustainability priorities into action, notably through food policies. Download pdf here:
Enabling Sustainability Policy and Planning at the Local Level: The Example of Food Policy

Added by Beth Carruthers on October 10, 2012 at 3:35pm — No Comments

The Free Economy Community (blog)

Liking this. Thought others might too.

Just for the Love of It - The Free Economy Community

Added by Beth Carruthers on July 31, 2012 at 1:04pm — No Comments

New currency hits the streets of Nelson

A new currency hit the streets of Nelson Wednesday, one with more bang for its buck than the sinking Euro.

Columbia Community Dollars, a community initiative two years in the making, represents a growing trend of communities finding their own solutions to ailing economies. 

"Creating community currencies is perfectly legal," said Michael Sheely, coordinator for the community dollars said in a written email release.

"Probably because it seems too good to be true is why…


Added by Beth Carruthers on July 21, 2012 at 1:58pm — No Comments

from Slow Food vancouver and Trerra Madre: Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy from October 25-29, 2012

The relationship between food and the weather is one of the topics to be reflected upon at the next Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy from October 25-29,2012. Think globally and act locally. Join Slow Food members from around the world at this biennial event. Open to non-members as well.

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre, in Turin, Italy from October 25-29,2012

Added by Beth Carruthers on July 17, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Vandana Shiva talks with Bill Moyers

Nice and informative teaser for the longer upcoming conversation between Bill Moyers and Vandana Shiva on the food system.

Vandana Shiva talks with Bill Moyers about the food system [VIDEO]

Added by Beth Carruthers on July 12, 2012 at 11:53pm — No Comments


Only a couple of days left to register for my short workshops at Langara College:

July 9th - Intro to Bioremedial Ecoart practice. An intensive half-day intro to Bioremedial practices. Learn about pragmatic arts-based practices of rehabbing damaged sites, wetlands, and waterways.

July 11th - Wild in the City. Gain in-depth knowledge of local flora and fauna through this daylong journaling workshop in Stanley Park. Based on early Naturalist observation and journaling. With a…


Added by Beth Carruthers on July 4, 2012 at 1:45pm — No Comments

A summary of social science evidence about urban greening and reduced crime in communities

Crime & Fear

There are two conflicting outlooks towards city trees and vegetation. On one hand, a natural landscape is believed to promote healing and renewal. On the other hand, the presence of vegetation is implicated as a screen for criminal activity. This article addresses the second perspective and summarizes the research findings on the relationship between urban vegetation and crimes, aggressive behavior, and safety. The science findings are not conclusive and even may…


Added by Beth Carruthers on May 31, 2012 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Nice Interactive Site and Project

Welcome to the Nature Language Project

We love nature, fear it, play in it – but we’re losing it, and we’re losing the language to speak of it. This website is a place where you can join in a community by reading stories, sharing a story, and commenting on stories about meaningful interactions with nature. It’s also a place where you can contribute to research. If you choose, your story will be used by a research group at the University of Washington interested in the ways people…


Added by Beth Carruthers on May 28, 2012 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Why Killing Your Lawn Is a Good Idea—And How to Do It

Nifty little article of self-help advice from Grist Magazine

Why do we love our lawns when they don’t love us back? We pay a gardener or mow every week. We weed, edge, and blow. We aerate and add chemicals that pollute our waterways. And still, our lawns need more—often a lot more.

What’s more, a tremendous amount potable water is used to irrigate our landscapes. And because grass and the soil under it are often severely compacted, many lawns act like a paved surface that water…


Added by Beth Carruthers on May 6, 2012 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Food fears feed global scramble for land (AlertNet)

This story is part of AlertNet’s special report Solutions For A Hungry World

By Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - It was designed to increase production and exports of vegetable oil, a commodity in short supply after World War Two, and foster growth in post-war Britain and Tanganyika.

Instead, Britain's scheme to carve out million-acre plantations for growing groundnuts in what is now Tanzania ended in disaster - scuppered by the thick bush that rendered machines to clear…


Added by Beth Carruthers on May 4, 2012 at 4:25pm — No Comments

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