Over Grow The System

Why Backyard Chickens & Compost Belong Together

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Seed Saving For Biodiversity & Food Sovereignty – Saving Seeds with Kristyn Leach

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We are Nature – A poem by Garden of Existence

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WHY TO EAT MORE “SUPER FOODS” GROWN IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD!

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Stowel Lake Farm is a run by group of people dedicated to the health and vitality of the land, ourselves and the greater community through the practices of organic farming, and by hosting spiritual and wellness related community events and retreats.

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Rising Appalachia was invited to White Crow farm during their summer 2015 tour across Canada to engage in a candlelit front porch community dialogue and song with Over Grow The System during their permaculture weekend workshop series.  The theme of the discussion was art and activism (amongst other topics) and what sort of crossroads, junctions, and opportunities we find ourselves facing when we want to speak to deep collective social and environmental themes with our art forms.  Individually, Chloe Leah and Biko discuss their own backgrounds and inspirations as well as the larger work of the band and their ideas on how to develop more sustainable strategies within the music industry and touring band model of the modern troubadour.

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“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others happiness, not by each others misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way”

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Permaculture is at the heart of any sustainable endeavor. Knowing how permaculture has the potential to guide us toward sustainable future is a vital component in creating a paradigm shift. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The term originally stood for permanent agriculture but in the last few decades, the word permaculture has evolved into Permanent Culture.

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

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Humans have almost entirely destroyed Earth’s formerly diverse and life-supporting ecosystems in exchange for cheap food, comfortable housing, and entertainment. As human populations continue to rise, so does the scale of ecological devastation. Overpopulation, then, is often cited as the primary cause of environmental degradation on the planet. To achieve sustainability, we must solve the population problem.

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A growing number of people are choosing to shun the conventional option of a foundation, mortgage and spare room in favour of a house the size of the average suburban garage. So what exactly is a tiny house, why is it so appealing, and what is it like to actually live in one?

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Wanda Stewart is an urban farmer and homesteader, educator, mother of twins and comrade to many in the movement to educate and inspire others to grow their own food and communities. She is committed especially to working with other African Americans to reframe our shared history, trauma, and greatness through the act of legacy gardening.

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To create a gathering centered around local foods is to engage with the stories of a place…who is raising and butchering and smoking their own meats…who is coming into bloom and ripeness at that very moment and who isn’t…why is there tons of rhubarb and no peas…who is making what kinds of cheese and who’s got the blackberry wine?

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It was the first time she had borne witness to death. Contrary to the other parent’s warning, I did not think to avoid the issue. Sheltering our children from the realities of nature is a barren attempt at understanding divine methodology.

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