the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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sail powered rum

Tres Hombres is an initiative that thrives on combined passions; sailing, traditional ships, shipbuilding, crew training, a Screen shot 2014-08-26 at 9.19.08 PMhealthy environment, good harmony and of course rum! Tres Hombres stands for enjoying life. Like a message in a bottle, the ship contains a dream about reviving traditional sailed cargo shipping, a dream that has already partly been fulfilled.

In the sixteenth century, when excise taxes were standardized, the illegal transport and trade of rum, known as rum running came to life. During the American prohibition in the twenties this trade form reached its climax. Tres Hombres follows this line of business, but contrary to what was the case with traditional rum running, this is a legal trade. However, the title rumrunner perfectly illustrates the buccaneer’s style and bravery of this entrepreneurship.

Tres Hombres ships rum from the Caribbean without fuel or an engine in the tradition of the old rumrunners, creating the world’s only Fairtransport rum. This is done by the ship: rumrunner ‘Tres Hombres’. It’s the first and only authentic rum runner to exist in this millennium! Since 2010, this ship transports specially produced editions of rum, making Fairtransport rum available only in Europe! The limited edition rum is loaded into the ship’s belly by hand. Depending on the weather, the rum spends up to two months in the hold of this engineless cargo ship. Man and ship fight the elements the way it used to be done in the old days, delivering their cargo safe, sound and dry at the homeport. All this is done by an environmentally friendly journey over the Atlantic Ocean.

This sustainable initiative is creating a name for itself within the international rum scene, with its premium rum, specially bottled and shipped, emission-free, from the Caribbean.

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be a hobbit, save the earth

a worthy kickstarter project by Steve Bivens. cover

In Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living I look at the problems facing mankind and our planet today, through the lens of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and the War of the Ring. Both Middle Earth, and our Earth face destruction at the hands of dark forces, Sauron and his One Ring on one hand, and the forces of corporate greed and materialism on the other. In both cases, civilization faces overwhelming odds.

    We have lost our ‘Shire-ness.’ Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth is about bringing it back to the world, from the bottom up: one hobbit and one Shire at a time.

I believe there are positive lessons we can learn from the courage and resourcefulness of the hobbits, elves, wizards and men of Middle Earth who faced nasty orcses, dragons and trolls, by comparing their situations and responses to the issues that face us modern hobbits today (we have our share of orcses, dragons, and trolls too).

      While our modern challenges seem complicated to the extreme, I believe the solution is actually quite simple. In essence it is merely a change of ‘mind,’ a shift in the way we view the world. I said the solution is simple; it is not, however, EASY. Changing one mind is an easy task (maybe) but changing enough minds to affect the course of the planet, is another matter altogether.

more information on the project page

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high tech sailors learn how to sprout!

The Ocean Going Farmer
y Nick Halmos


In the fall of 2011, my fellow 11th Hour Racing teammate, Hugh Piggin and I departed from France aboard a Class 40 as competitors in the Transat Jaques Vabre. Over the course of 26 days at sea, we laid a 6000 mile track across the  Atlantic that exited the English Channel, wound south through the Azores, across the Atlantic to Puerto Rico, and a final 1000 mile sprint to Costa Rica. One of the things that set 11th Hour Racing’s entry apart is that our boat, the mighty Cutlass, carried the world’s first carbon fiber oceanic hydroponic system. This first iteration of the Cityblooms Aquatic Project was an effort to grow edible and nutritious produce in the harsh and unforgiving environment that is a shorthanded race boat.

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seeking a greenhorns rep for the heirloom expo!

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Are you: 
1. a young / aspiring farmer?
2. A greenhorns FAN, literate on how to welcome new farmers into the network?
3. Able to sell merch, flirt with strangers, amuse yourself all day talking about farming? 
We are looking for some Greenhorns-savvy representatives to attend, table, chit-chat, and sell merch at the Heirloom Expo in September .
Please write to us and let us know if you want to take this on:! You’ll walk away with our sincere gratitude and a bag full of greenhorns swag. 

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organic marketing materials

from the Soil Association!

Marketing support and toolkits
Let us help support your activities with marketing materials including; posters, postcards, booklets and logos as well as a range of web banners.

If you would like printed marketing materials, or have any questions please email

Why choose organic?

Buy organic. Know what's in your foodThe Why choose organic? resources include:

  • ‘Why choose organic?’ poster
  • ‘Buy organic. Know what’s in your food’ A3 poster and postcard
  • ‘Choose organic. More buzzy bees’ A3 poster and postcard
  • ‘Organic farming. More space to roam’ A3 poster and postcard
  • Organic September logo

Download the Why choose organic? marketing resources [zip, 19.8 mb]

more information here


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