Sustainable Community Articles

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....

Chemical Cookware: A Chemical used in Nonstick Cookware Continues to Prove its Toxicity

More evidence is mounting in the ongoing debate over perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). In a study conducted at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, there appears to be a correlation between PFOA and low birth weight in newborns. In...

The Brand Name Bandwagon

Industry experts predicted that, by 2005, half of the fresh meat products in the supermarket would carry a brand name. No more anonymous, shrink-wrapped beef, lamb, and pork. The reason for the branding is simple: merely adding a name to a package...

Parents and AAP Clash

Green Our Vaccines Rally Held in Washington, DC Within Days of Creation of New Immunization Alliance to Enforce Existing CDC Vaccine Schedule Celebrities and autism activists Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey led over 8,500 parents in a Green...

Also labeled: Informed Choice, Issue #19

Conscious Parenting in Real Life

There are three legs to my existence as stay-at-home mother of three young children—places I go for nearly everything I need. Being a mother with ideals weaving through and around emphasis on sustainability, community and learning, it is easy to t...

What If... Spring Brought Us New Perspectives

Spring is upon us once again! It’s officially the time for the air to get warmer and sweeter, the flowers to return, the birds to come home, and for us all to check up on how we’re doing in regard to our New Year’s resolutions. Okay, okay, so...

Mother Love

Mother love needs to be cultivated for the good of mankind and for the wellbeing of our sacred planet. The potential for this all-embracing maternal consciousness lies within all of us, male and female. Very often, it is when we hold our first...