Sustainable Community Articles

We Just Need to Build More

On a journey to her adopted son’s homeland, Jamie Grumet hopes to carry the spotlight to Ethiopia’s beleaguered orphans.Your hands are shaking. Did you eat anything today?” my friend asked, as I sat inside the gates of the Awassa...

Also labeled: Author Jamie Grumet, Issue #36

The Cover Shot Heard ’Round the World

An Interview with Conscious Parenting Revolutionary Jamie GrumetRock singer Alanis Morissette nailed it when she wrote during the media frenzy surrounding the Time magazine cover featuring Jamie Grumet nursing her 3-year-old son:...

Don't Should On Us

In class last week I had my Penn State students read a horrifying article on tree death in America, and then polled them on their gut response. The four choices I offered were:

My Body Rocks: A Playwright, Mother and Activist Discovers Her Power

I needed a nap. It was spring 2004, and my body felt a deep-in-the-bones exhaustion. My boys were 3 and 4 years old, I had been rising at 5 a.m. with my older son for more than four years, and I had just spent a year interviewing more than 100...

Also labeled: Author Karen Brody, Issue #35

Beyond Sustainability: The Regenerative Promise of Biodynamics

Standing under the news-making conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the night sky this past February, I realize, once again, the frogs are early. So were the tiny, native blossoms covering the hillside under my feet. These traditional heralds of...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #34

Common Ground: Reintegrating Kids Into Our Communities

Surely my baby was as good as a dog. I’d read that nursing home residents benefitted enormously from contact with therapy dogs. During and after dog visits, these elders were more alert and in better moods. So I figured, why not bring my b...

Conscious Global Change From the Inside Out

The unsustainable condition of the human and the humanly impaired natural world constitutes a global emergency, and it calls for global-level cooperation to avert a global-level breakdown. Global-level cooperation is a new requirement in the...

Cultivating a Reverence for Life: Parenting for a Sustainable World

It wasn’t until I became a parent that I truly understood the deep connection between early childhood experiences and how they affect our relationship to the earth and all living things. In my work with children, I found that many kids seem to have a...

Can You be a Radical Homemaker With an Unsupportive Partner?

What happens when one member of a couple wants to live a new kind of life— but the other doesn’t?“But you have Bob.” I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that refrain about my husband since I first began promoting the ideals of radical...

Do-It-Yourself Cash: Dollars With Good Sense

Local currencies value time, build community, and keep business moving even when credit dries up.Total dependence on one currency is like total dependence on one crop, or, for that matter, a single energy source: There’s always the risk that...

7 Reasons for a New Nature Movement

Martin Luther King Jr. taught us, by word and example, that any movement—any culture— will fail if it cannot paint a picture of a world that people will want to go to. As others have said, his speech was not called “I Have a Nightmare.” For decades...

Also labeled: Author Richard Louv, Issue #32

The Passion to Farm: One Woman’s Story of Why She Works the Land

I garden because I cannot thrive without the blessings of working in —and with— nature.I married into agriculture. Still processing his neardeath experience in Vietnam, my husband Dewane could only say, “I need to farm organically.” I was...

Also labeled: Author Anne Morgan, Issue #32

10 Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden

Spiraling food prices and concerns over where food comes from have consumers looking for alternatives to what’s in their supermarket produce bins. Community gardens help people band together to gain control of their own food. Here are some s...

Also labeled: Author Rebecca Hart, Issue #32

Fence Rows and Gut Health: A Macro Look at Microflora

The similarities between diverse ecologies never cease to amaze me. One area of life may seem to be totally unrelated to the next, but upon reflection, we notice that an extremely simple truth connects the two. Observing and understanding the...

Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature

Personal transformation is critical to mitigating our global crises. Educators and psychologists, artists and activists, elders and leaders have all asserted that at the core of our global, societal and environmental crises is a need to change our...

Creating Learning Communities: Freeing Education to Create a Sustainable Cooperative Society

“If our earth is to survive, we need to take responsibility for what we do.Taking control of our education is the first step.” —Heidi PriesnetzThomas starts the day just like any other child who sets the pace for his own learn...

Also labeled: Author Anna Jahns, Issue #31

Grow Your Best Fall Garden: Expert Advice for What, When and How to Plant in the Fall Gardening Season

Right now, before you forget, put a rubber band around your wrist to remind you of one gardening task that cannot be postponed: Planting seeds for your fall garden. As summer draws to a close, gardens everywhere can morph into a tapestry of...

Cultivating Social Consciousness

What does it mean to be part of a greater whole? How does our worldview, or model of reality, impact what we understand about who we are and how we relate to others? And how can we become more aware of all the ways we are part of an interrelated,...

Building a Backyard Food Factory

Our backyard food factory.” That’s how our family refers to our small backyard vegetable garden. From just 500 square feet (a 20- by 25-foot patch), we enjoy a wealth of fresh vegetables for up to eight months of the year. Working in the garden is...

Also labeled: Author Greg Seaman, Issue #29

Greening Our Children’s Lunches

When I was in grade school, we had pretty basic lunches. A piece of fruit, some sliced veggies and a sandwich, wrapped in waxed paper. I was so excited when plastic came into play, since my sandwich would no longer fall apart or be stale by noon....