Sydney Woodward

Sydney Woodward

n the mid-1980s, our family set out to do the seemingly impossible: To create a new revolution in sustainable urban living.  Finding ourselves owning a run-down circa 1917 craftsman-style house in the metropolis of Pasadena (the 7th largest city in Los Angeles County) and just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles with the intersection of 134 and 210 freeways 30 yards from our home, we shelved our dreams of idyllic country living and “five acres and independence” and decided to do what we could, with what we had — RIGHT NOW.  No one thought it was possible.  Residents in our low income, mixed race neighborhood thought we were the “crazy white folks.”   

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“Traditional Food Systems: The Changing Landscape of Native American Food Sources” is a video produced by First Nations Development Institute and funded by AARP Foundation. It features insights from elders and others involved in food-systems work at three pueblos in New Mexico: Cochiti, Nambé and Santo Domingo. In particular, it asks elders to describe what the food systems were like in the pueblos back when they were younger. (This video was shot and edited by students and faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts [IAIA] in Santa Fe, New Mexico.)

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“Feeding Ourselves: Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities” explores the complex historical and contemporary challenges to Native American healthy food access, childhood obesity, and health disparities.

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When we think about adapting humanity to the challenges of climate change, it’s tempting to reach for technological solutions. We talk about seeding our oceans and clouds with compounds designed to trigger rain or increasing carbon uptake. We talk about building grand structures to protect our coastlines from rising sea levels and storm surges.

However, as we discuss in Nature Climate Change, our focus on these high-tech, heavily engineered solutions is blinding us to a much easier, cheaper, simpler and better solution to adaptation: look after our planet’s ecosystems, and they will look after us.

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Hand forged kitchen knives made by Over Grow The Systems founder Sydney Woodward. Forged at White Crow Farm in Winlaw ...

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Support the urban agricultural revolution by helping us build a incubator farm facility, nursery and seed farm. We have developed a system that will revolutionize the way we grow food in cities. I have been an organic farmer in California for almost 20 years building eco-systems in which gardens and farms have grown.

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At 74, and coming the end of his scientific and broadcasting career, David Suzuki mused on the notion: “If I had one last lecture to give, what would I say?” The result is a very special talk full of humour, warmth, insight and passion.

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Screen Printed Over Grow The System patch by artist Bubzee . Printed on re claimed fabrics.

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Wendell Berry, the 81-year-old award-winning poet, fiction writer and essayist, has continued throughout his life to care for the Kentucky farm that generations of his family have tended. Seeking to pass on their farming legacy to a new generation, Berry and his family have formed an alliance with Saint Catharine College, a small Catholic liberal arts scohol run by the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Correspondent Judy Valente talks with Mary Berry, Wendell Berry’s daughter, and with nuns, students, and faculty members at the college about the lessons and values that spring from having a spiritual kinship with the land.

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My life has changed a lot since becoming a lady farmer and farm owner, in several ways.
Its more than a profession, its committing to a lifestyle.  With farming you get up before the sun and go to sleep after it sets, you work in the cold and the heat, you wear a lot of hats – you are spending months and months growing food and then you have to turn around and sell it too; you work straight through the season (what are weekends?), maybe missing some social events but knowing that once winter comes you get around three months off to be social and travel and plan the following season – we just took a month long trip to Indonesia.

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At 80 years old, Lloyd Kahn is an icon of alternative housing. In the seventies he was a poster child of the geodesic dome (he published Domebook One and Two and he and his dome home were featured in Life magazine).

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