the irresistible fleet of bicycles

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where to go for good thinking on climate change! — guernica mag & techno-utopianism

Bill Mckibben

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“It’s the greatest fight in human history, one whose outcome will reverberate for geologic time, and it has to happen right now.”

That’s Bill McKibben, who will be in New York City this weekend to present at the Techno-Utopianism & the Fate of the Earth conference, quoted in an interview he gave to Guernica Magazine in 2012. Continue reading

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get hands-on training as a farmer in beautiful vermont!


Rolling admission is now open on UVM’s Farmer Training Program! This is a 6-month, hands-on program (May 4 – October 30, 2015) for aspiring farmers and food systems advocates that provides an experiential, skill-based education in sustainable farming. Students in this program get a unique and comprehensive education by running the 10-acre Catamount Educational Farm from seed to market, learning from expert farmers and educators in the classroom and by working alongside successful, inspiring farmers in the Burlington area. Participants leave with a Certificate in Sustainable Farming from UVM, a deeper understanding of agricultural management and small-scale farming, the entrepreneurial skills to start their own operation and a network of incredible people to support them along the way.

The UVM Farmer Training Program is now accepting applications until November 14 for early admission to the 2015 cohort! (After that admission will be rolling until spots and the waitlist are filled.) Apply now to join an incredible group of students for six months of sustainable farming and food systems education. Continue reading

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documenting america’s environmental innovators


In May 2009 Dorothee Royal-Hedinger and Mark Boyer hit the roadto film people working on the cutting edge of sustainability. They traveled until September 2011 and now their website,, is full of videos, photos, and blog posts about farmers, restauranteurs, academics, and filmmakers who are working on solving some of the threats to our planet.

The projects and perspectives of the subjects of these short videos vary widely, but they share a common clarity of vision about the challenges facing our community and our planet right now. Every corner of the country is represented and each video is accompanied by a short write-up from the OrganicNation team.

We hope these stories and interviews inspire you get involved and innovating!

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official state soils!

A state soil is a soil that has special significance to a particular state, and each state in the United States has one! According to the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), these “Official State Soils” share the same level of distinction as official state flowers and birds. The NRSC has handy fact sheets to download for each state (ex. Honeoye in New York, San Joaquin in California, Chesuncook in Maine, Tama in Iowa). We think this is a great place to start the much needed conversation about soil conservation.

Find your official state soil at the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service website: 
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montana: public lands rally saturday!

public land rally

Defend your public lands! Do not stand idly by while politicians try to auction off public lands to the highest bidder. Bus, food and door prizes are free…you can’t afford not to come!

Here are bus pick up times and locations:
Great Falls: Scheels Parking Lot (pick up at 9:15 am) – 1200 10th Ave South, Great Falls, MT
Missoula: CVS Parking Lot (Pick up at 9:30 am) – 1914 Brooks Street, Missoula, MT
Billings: Cabela’s Parking Lot (pick up at 7:00 am) – 4550 King Ave East, Billings, MT
Bozeman: K-Mart South Parking Lot (Pick up at 9:30 am) – 1126 North 7th Ave, Bozeman, MT
Butte: Butte Plaza Mall (Pick up at 10:00 am) – 3100 Harrison Ave, Butte, MT

To reserve your spot and for more information or questions, please email or call 406.370.4325.

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write-a-house: a fantastic model to mimic out of detroit

Ever heard of an in-residence program where you actually get to keep the residence??! That would be the case in this innovative new model coming out of Detroit.

Write A House accepted applications from working, “low-income” writers earlier this spring, which included writing samples and a letter of intent. Whoever wins (to be announced this month) will call Detroit home for at least the next two years. Writers will lease the homes from the nonprofit, a small amount to cover taxes and insurance. If they stay for 24 months, they’ll be awarded the deed — and Detroit will count another resident to its comeback. To read more about this awesome endeavor, CLICK HERE—>

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tasty little tractors: return of the american guinea hog!

Meet Daniel MacPhee and Corinne Wesh; farmers of seeds, trees, fruit, produce and now American guinea hogs at Blackbird Rise Farm in Palermo, Maine. They recently purchased four American guinea hog piglets to use as little tractors on their farm. These rare heirloom pigs, prized for their fatty meat (which is quite red), are rooting around to clean out the tough, tangled roots of an overgrown u-pick raspberry patch while fertilizing along the way. The reason for the American guinea hog over other hog breeds is because they are excellent foragers, requiring less inputs due to their inherited resourcefulness. Check out the article in the Portland Press Herald or visit Blackbird Rise for more details on their livestock operations!



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