the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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much afoot, ahoof and aweft

at Fibershed. Always a good reminder.


Fibershed is a non-profit organization that provides experiential education that both generates awareness, and teaches the necessary skills within our community to build and sustain a thriving bioregional textile culture that functions hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture..

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crop planning genius

Tech-Savvy Maine farmer Clayton Carter of Fail Better Farm created this sweet crop-planning software and has offered it up for free!  If you’ve always wanted to be more organized but couldn’t find the time, this is your lucky day.  Here’s the dealwheelhoe-stubby:

You’ve found a sweet piece of land, ordered a pile of seeds, rigged up a greenhouse and you’re itching to get started planting … but when should you seed your peppers so that they’re ready on time and how many will you need to fill up 2 beds … no scratch that you don’t care how many beds; you want to know how many to plant so you can sell that cute new chef the 100 pounds they had ordered for the second week in September.  What to do?!

Enter Crop Planning Software

Started in 2007 as a Northeast SARE “Farmer Grant” by a young, organic farmer in Maine, this free and open source program aims to help small farmers plan and manage the hundreds of plantings they will be making every season.  It allows you to create a “database” of crops and varieties and then to create plantings of those crops, saving lots of tedious and error prone cutting and pasting or repetitive entries.
  * Enter a desired planting, transplant or harvest date and the program can calculate forward (or backward) to the others for you.
  * Enter just one of “beds to plant”, “plants to transplant”, “flats to start” or “yield desired” and the program will fill in the rest for you.
  * Have a lot of successions to enter?  Create one of them, then just duplicate it and shift it by a week or two.  
  * Not sure if you’ve got enough space for your plan?  The program can generate a chart of how many beds you’ll need each week, how much greenhouse space you’ll need each week and more.

Once your plan is done, you can print PDF planting lists for the greenhouse or field that will only show what needs to be done that week (and, of course, what you didn’t get to last week).  Seeded something in trays in the greenhouse?  Check it off as “planted” and it will drop of the GH list and show up on the “transplant to the field” list when it’s time to set it out.

And after this season, you can create next year’s plan based on this year’s and even have it generate a list of how much seed you’ll need to order for each variety.

It’s a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux, and if you like it, they accept donations.  In addition to the main project page , there’s also a fledgling Facebook page and the really adventurous can find the source code over on Github .  It has received support from Northeast SARE MOFGA  and Fedco Seeds

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organic, made in the usa workwear

We like this idea. Let’s show them some support!

Totem Industries on Kickstarter
Totem Industries is a small company out of Boulder, CO, with the goal of getting good people into cool and durable clothes at a reasonable cost.  We have been manufacturing clothing domestically since our inception in 2004.

We started as a backcountry ski company, making hemp ski pants, hemp ski backpacks, and recycled softshell jackets.

We are now focused on making clothing for everyday life, which is why we are so excited to introduce our new line of organic workwear. Continue reading

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healing arts CSA shares


massage – acupuncture herbs – allied modalities // accessibility & opportunity for families, farmers & community


We believe that the healing arts we practice can be of great benefit to many people, but so-called complementary therapies are often only available at prices that for many people are still out of reach. We create various formats where we can increase patients’ accessibility to our modalities while being sustainable for ourselves.

We offer our CSA share to our communities for the usual reasons of interdependence and sustainable local economies and ecosystems–and especially on behalf of our farmers, because the hard physical labor required for farming has a significant impact on the body, and what we do can assist farmers in working free from pain, injury and ailments.

read more about Healing Arts CSA shares + different packages offered.  Continue reading

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for women who weld, and fabricate

a new model for transportation in a metropolis !

boston-based Metro Pedal Power offers delivery in urban areas with their emissions-free pedal-trucks work in all weather, carrying up to 500 lbs. PLUS they custom-make snazzy/sassy bikes/trikes to fit your needs. this THIS awesome recycling creation.

they also provide local parcel service, route delivery and on-demand trucking services for businesses such as wholesale manufacturers and distributors, printing and reprographics services, restaurants and caterers, local farms, retail stores and more.

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hot for chia!

Nutiva: soaring demand for organic coconut oil, chia seed restricts supplies
by Sustainable Food News
April 5, 2012

Nutiva, the world’s leading brand of organic hemp, coconut oil, and chia seed, said Thursday demand for coconut oil and a global shortage of chia seed is making it difficult keeping the products stocked for customers.

The Oxnard, Calif.-based company, founded in 1999, sells its products through 15,000 retailers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

Nutiva said North American demand for coconut oil has jumped threefold in just the last 60 days. While there is no shortage of organic coconuts, Nutiva explained there is a “bottleneck” in receiving shipments of organic coconut oil supplies.

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homemade tractors on NPR

some fresh press for the Open Source Ecology Project, always inspirational.

Building A Village Starts With Building The Tractor
by Jon Kalish for NPR

Do-it-yourselfers have made everything from bamboo bicycles to 3-D printers, but nothing as ambitious as what’s happening on a farm in northwest Missouri where tractors and other industrial machines are being made from scratch.

Marcin Jakubowski earned a Ph.D. in physics, and his doctoral thesis deals with velocity turbulence and zonal flow detection, whatever that is. But when Jakubowski graduated in 2004, he wanted nothing to do with physics or academia.

“I was so disillusioned and disenchanted with that whole world, I wanted to leave it as soon as possible,” says the 39-year-old Jakubowski. “So the first thing I did after graduation is settle on some land and started getting dirty.”

Read and/or listen to the full story HERE


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