the irresistible fleet of bicycles


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new video in the works on the organic movement

“California Green Fire” is built on “A Fierce Green Fire” — filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s big-picture exploration of environmental activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Now we want to bring it home, to the cutting edge where movements got started and pushed the farthest. The film will tell three environmental epics: 1) saving the redwoods; 2) the rise of organic agriculture; and 3) air pollution and clean renewable energy, from L.A. smog to climate solutions. This sample suggests what could be, for the organic story. It’s only a beginning. Find out more at our website: californiagreenfire.com


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the best time to plant a tree is now

So get some good advice from the experts! This is one of the best youtube planting tutorials that I’ve ever seen.

Tooley’s Trees is a retail and wholesale nursery in the beautiful Truchas, NM, on the highroad between Santa Fe and Taos, at 7,960’. They are also tree whisperers. If you don’t live in New Mexico, you maybe have never heard of them, but– as you can probably tell from the video– they are worth knowing about. Using native soil in fabric bags and root maker pots, Toooley’s Trees grows a large variety of shrubs, trees, and fruits. Being in the high desert of the Southwest, they focus on growing varieties that are drought-resistant, can tolerate high pHs, and can thrive at high elevation. They use holistic management and organic practices, which they say, “is time consuming and labor intensive, but results in healthier plants, soils, water quality and beneficial insect populations.”


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from away, a comical and respectful rendering of maine

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“From Away” is currently in pre-production but has already sparked the interest of distribution giants Netflix and Hulu. Each episode of “From Away” is a hilarious and thoughtful  intimate portrait of different do-it-yourself Mainers at work and at play, told with an unprecedented blend of humor and deep respect. Professions you may think you know — a lobster fisherman, an organic farmer, a brewer — are disrobed of stereotype and revealed in a much more personal light. The show’s host, Teagan *me* has had a successful media career, hosting a national TV show on NBC, creating and starring in several big brand ads, and working behind the scenes in a myriad of productions. And yes, in case you were wondering, I was prom king (bet that still stings, doesn’t it, Nick D.?)

But my dream for a long time coming has been to put Maine in the spotlight and finally put New Hampshire and Alaska for that matter in their respective places!!! . I’m launching a Kickstarter campaign TODAY, hoping that fans of Maine and great video content everywhere will jump at the opportunity to be a part of this community-funded project about Maine’s communities. Whereas the series has up until now been a purely self-funded passion project. Contributions of any size can and WILL make a difference

Please click on the link below to go to the Kickstarter website to get a better understanding of the true scope and vision of the show.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1660820662/from-away-0


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people powered us dept. of arts and culture

The U.S. doesn’t have a Department of Arts and Culture. Or rather, it didn’t until now. In the summer of 2014, thousands came together to bring the new people-powered department to life in communities across the country. Be a part of this growing movement to cultivate empathy, equity, and social change through creative action: http://www.usdac.us/enlist #USDAC


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documentary: the seeds of vandana shiva

Vandana Shiva is a modern day revolutionary, and for forty years has been fighting a heroic battle on behalf of humanity and the ecologically besieged natural systems that support us. But she is opposed by powerful multinational corporations invested in continuing their toxic though lucrative agricultural practices. By profiling one of the greatest activists of modern times, the film looks at the epic struggle over who controls the world’s food systems, and asks the question, who will prevail?


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need more acres: great farm name, sweet video

Need More Acres farm owners Nathan and Michelle discuss the necessity of diversified vegetable farms and increasing food access. This is a beautiful and heart-felt little video about a family passionate about the work that they do: providing a multi-farm CSA to 35 families; organizing a community market to make more food available in their region; and engaging in the slow, sometimes tedious, but ultimately critical work of reforming our food system from the roots up.

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