Sustainable Community Articles

They Say It Takes a Village

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the lifestyle of people long before our time, when families lived in villages—the time of hunter-gatherers, when everyone had a task to do that the community relied upon for survival. When meals were prepared by a...

Also labeled: Issue #39, Author Lisa Bauman

Why Are We Losing Our Bees?

Scientists have investigated a number of factors to help explain colony collapse disorder (CCD) and have offered a variety of explanations. The primary theory seems to be that CCD is caused by a variety of imbalances in the environment, secondary...

10 Ways You Can Help Bees

From the makers of the film Queen of the Sun1. Plant bee-friendly flowers and flowering herbs. Bees are losing habitat all around the world due to intensive monoculture-based farming practices;...

Also labeled: Issue #39, Nutrition

The Human Break: An Experiment in Enjoying Life Again

Hey. You. Yes, you. Put down your iPad, iPhone, GPS, MP3, Blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and any other device that ironically extracts the “I” from you. Huh? Snack on that for a few moments. Don’t worry. You won’t. It’s outside of your routine to...

Same Planet, Different Worlds

How Cultural Creatives are transcending alienation and isolation in an industrial world and bringing forward the practical wisdom of conscious living.In this interview with social scientist Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., Pathways associate editor Lisa...

Mature Masculinity: What it Means to be a "Better" Man

There is something profoundly and subtly different about a man who strives for maturity in all aspects of his life. This kind of man has been called many things throughout history. At the ManKind Project, we call him the New Warrior. Many aspects...

Veggie Five-O: How to Avoid Jail Time While Planting Vegetables in Your Front Yard

In 2011, a woman in Oak Park, Michigan, was being threatened with financial penalties and jail time for simply growing vegetables in her family’s front yard. The situation eventually resolved—the city dropped the charges—but for a while, Julie Bass...

Our Consciousness Journey

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell’s epiphany of oneness inspired him to explore the frontier of inner space: human consciousness. Forty years later, Mitchell’s research institute and Pathways readers are still blazing trails.Moon dust floated...

Weeds in Your Garden? Bite Back!

I always say: A gardener’s best revenge is to eat the weeds. I’ve been doing it for 30 years, and can testify that my health and the health of my garden has never been better. Here are a few hints for gardeners who’d rather eat their weeds than hate...

Top 10 Heirloom Seed Catalogs

With so many great seed catalogs to choose from, selecting a handful of favorites isn’t easy. We picked the catalogs below because of the leadership they provide for creating a sustainable food system, their inspiring stories of their beginnings, a...

Also labeled: Issue #37

Holism: The Healing Power of Community

Shortly after moving to the country, I decided to raise my own chickens. I began with just three chicks; an experiment that turned out pretty well. I discovered that two were roosters, the other a hen. I had to move my hen to a neighbor’s home b...

Also labeled: Issue #37

Elevate Your Harvest: How to Build Raised Garden Beds and Get the Most from Your Garden

I am a big fan of using raised beds for gardening. My family has built and used them in the past, and each time we do I feel like we get better and better at it. I like using raised beds for a number of reasons, but the two that top that list are...

Also labeled: Author Lisa DeNardo, Issue #36

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...