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When trying to navigate and create a life for themselves in the economic reality of our time, an increasing number of youth are expressing feelings of hopelessness, depression and isolation. In the above video, renowned physician Gabor Maté introduces the …

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I have never had a good relationship with the word ‘economy’. To me, the word made me think of finance …

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By Crystal Stevens, author of Grow Create Inspire The soil is being destroyed at unprecedented rates by overconsumption, big business, …

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To most farmers it would take a pretty good reason to leave the fields in the midst of harvest time; …

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

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Seeds are the essence of life, and Rowen is the co-founder of Sierra Seed Cooperative in Nevada City, CA. She broadens our view of seeds from a source of food to a vehicle for the transmission of culture itself. Thank you for your work, Rowen!

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As soon as Geoff Lawton realized he was having “dreams of self-sufficiency and living in a harmonious way with natural systems,” he started getting involved with permaculture. This was way before permaculture was the buzz word that it is today. Through his work, the movement has spread to like-minded individuals the world over.

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Growing up in southern England and Wales, we always lived close to the woods, streams, and hills of the nearby countryside. The towns were built to be dense and tight, so it was relatively easy to walk out of the buildings and away from traffic into a land of kingfishers, beech trees, and marsh marigolds. It was “smart growth” before anyone had invented the term.

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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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I was 16 years old in 1970 and I went through my adolescence with those early alternative dreams of being self sufficient and living a natural life. Even before that as a child I had a love for natural systems like fishing, hiking, and harvesting and gathering from the wilderness. I was forever and always fascinated in natural ways of farming and growing things and some how it just seems right to me. It was a natural evolution that once I discovered that there was actually a design science named Permaculture that I got engaged and passionately involved. I took my Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison in 1983 and it made perfect sense to me. So Permaculture Design is what inspired me. The way it can be used on a small family farm really appealed and made sense. And for me, I wanted to return that enthusiasm to as many people as possible by creating education and demonstration sites that are diverse as examples like Zaytuna Farm and the Permaculture Research Institute, Australia. My main theme here was to set up multiple demonstration sites and Permaculture design is the way of achieving that.

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“I’m aware that I can’t change the world, and I can’t feed the world, but I can impact a certain amount of people around me, and basically that’s what I’m trying to do.”

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A farm in upstate New York is dedicated to addressing the painful history of farmwork to Black people in the US, while also growing fresh vegetables and community surrounding it. The Laura Flanders Show visited Soul Fire Farm this winter.

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