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farmers get student discount to schumacher lectures on creative economy!

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On November 15th the Schumacher Center will be hosting lectures by Matt Stinchcomb, founder of Etsy, and Caroline Woolard, founder of OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop. The theme is Creative Enterprise in a New Economy.

Farmers and cottage industry entrepreneurs get the student discount ($25 rather than $35)!

We hope to see you there!

Go HERE to learn more!


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

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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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technology & human consciousness: upcoming conference

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On October 25th and 26th the City University of New York will host a teach-in and public forum on Techno-Utopianism & The Fate of Earth. The purpose of the conference will be to give attendees a fuller understanding of how technological advancement has impacted the environment, as well as its impact on human cognition and social relationships. By broadening our understanding of the ever-developing threats to our earth, the conference will also open up the prospect of developing a new consciousness about political organizing and economic restructuring that can work against the increasing domination of technology in our time.

The speakers will include international activist and thinker Vandana Shiva, author and environmentalist Bill McKibbon, consumer advocate and politician Ralph Nader, and Greenhorns founder Severine von Tscharner Fleming. The numerous talks will be supplemented by lively discussion, film screenings, and workshops.

Jerry Mander, another speaker at the conference, has said in an interview from 2001 that “just as other creatures co-evolve with their environment, we are co-evolving with our technologies. In nature, creatures evolve by adjusting and reacting to other creatures. It used to be that way with human beings as well. But now we are co-evolving mainly with machines. Our compromise with them is that we start to become like them — we have to become a little like them in order to use them.” Continue reading


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report from the field

Greenhorn Erin Bullock says The Good Life Farm is “the coolest farm I’ve seen in a while.” And reports, “these kids are doing permaculture and agroforestry on a farm scale, they are smart cornell types, with cover crop tattoos for their wedding rings. They are building a huge new cidery for their apples, and a certified kitchen.  They run the farm off horse power, and grow baby ginger & turmeric in hoop houses, peaches, turkeys, asparagus, and now they are experimenting with grazing their angus in the woods.” 


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