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If you’re looking for a template for creating a sustainable food system, Hawley Hamlet in Lincoln, Nebraska, is a great place to start. Six years ago, a group of neighbors started talking about creating a community homestead ― a group of like-minded people choosing to live in proximity to each other to share resources and work together in gardens.

At that time, the only garden on the block was a 10-by-15-foot patch of tomatoes. Now, the garden is 6/10 of an acre and the project of creating community food security is shared by 20 families. We first covered this project in our April/May 2014 issue (Homestead Hamlets: Neighborhood Gardens that Create Community food Security). Here’s a video our Editor in Chief, Cheryl Long, shot in July 2015 featuring the article’s author Tim Rinne as he reports on the project’s remarkable progress, plus some plans for the future.

If you have a similar project in the works, please let us know via email. And look for our Homestead Hamlets article spotlighting seven great communities in our October/November 2015 issue.

K.C. Compton is senior editor at MOTHER EARTH NEWS magazine, and formerly was Editor in Chief of our sister publications, The Herb Companion and GRIT. A huge fan of the food chain, from molecules to meals on the table, K.C. is passionate about the idea that most of what we need to be healthy can be found in the garden.



A healthy environment: We can’t live without it. While the mainstream media appears to focus on either the mindless pollution tactics of Big Business or the everyday steps the consumer can take, the vital middleman is often forgotten: the skilled trades who build, install and repair. If you’re a skilled trade craftsman, here are examples of four skilled trades and the ways each can implement ecology-friendly services into their business.

Keep in mind, while the initial changes may appear cost-prohibitive, your investment will pay off in the long run because you’ll be able to use your “green living” services in your advertising campaigns. Today’s consumers are environmentally savvy, and will appreciate the company that takes the extra steps to make our world a little bit cleaner.


An electrical company well trained in the latest energy saving practices will always be in high demand. If you specialize in new construction, be in on the beginning consultations with the builder so the construction can include plans for heat pumps, solar panels and other electricity saving devices. If you specialize in remodeling consider offering energy audits as well as Energy Star rated appliances, programmable thermostats and LED lighting to complete your conservation services.


Often out of mind until the toilet plugs up, plumbers rule the waterworks in both new and old buildings.  Find a green plumber if you’re considering solar water, a tankless hot water heater or a water recirculation pump. Much like the electrician, a savvy plumber will offer a water saving audit as part of his services.

High efficiency showerheads, faucets and toilets are also part of the plumber’s domain. You can also specialize in landscape watering systems that minimize water waste and installation of off-the-grid products such as macerating toilets.

Construction Companies

If you’re the owner of a construction company, become savvy in green building. Recycled materials such as foundation blocks, wood fiber beams and insulation can be implemented into the shell of a building — many consumers are open to using materials from deconstruction of old homes.

Green construction companies can opt for used equipment instead of new, and look for low-emission equipment when buying new. Construction sites have a lot of waste — make sure your employees have the training and specified bins to separate recyclable scrap such as metal and paper to reduce your overall waste and impact on the environment.

Automotive Repair Shops

Car repair is traditionally filled with environmental waste, and the green auto shop owner can become the most sought after business in town. Antifreeze and oil can be recycled — you can invest in a bioremediation sink to break down grease instead of using high volatile organic compounds (VOC) such as solvents. Switch to biodegradable cleaners for the shop area, office and the mechanics’ personal use.

By capturing grease in pans instead of using absorbents it can be recycled instead of discarded — keeping the floor and parking lot free of oil and grease will prevent the pollutants from reaching the ground water when it rains.

Aside from the internal operative steps, becoming certified in the maintenance of green vehicles will allow an automotive repair shop bragging rights for green advertising, which will pay for the costs of implementing any special equipment needed to become environmentally friendly.

All Skilled Trade Companies

Whatever skilled trade business you own, there are basic steps which can help you cut energy waste. Mush paperwork can be transferred to computer — vital paperwork such as receipts should be recycled both when purchased and when shredded.

Switch to LED lighting in the offices — set up recycling bins and encourage employees to use them.

Consider used furniture instead of buying new, and switch your cleaning supplies to biodegradable cleaners throughout your business.

Photo Credit:  Life of Pix

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We've all heard it before - it's important to recycle whenever possible.  You care about this big blue planet we call home so you carefully and dutifully sort your papers and plastics, your glass and your metals.  You faithfully lug that recycling bin out to the curb each week (for those that have curbside recycling) and you pat yourself on the back that you've just done your part for a cleaner, healthier environment.  And make no mistake, you HAVE!  But remember the three R's are REDUCING, Reusing, and only then Recycling.  Reducing comes first, and that means you bring less into your home to start with - I call it PREcycling.  Let's take a look at a few examples.

Reality Check For Excessive Product Packaging

Your new recipe calls for a bell pepper so you're doing your grocery shopping for ingredients.  And then you see it...  a 2-pack of the most beautiful peppers you've ever seen in your life - One red and one yellow, perfectly matched in size & screaming vibrant colors.  Oh man how the sight of it entices you...  But what's THIS??  You notice that those beautiful peppers are sitting on a styrofoam plate and entombed in several layers of plastic.

Time for a reality check - step back & think for a moment. Do you really need two peppers anyway?  That bin of bulk bell peppers is right next to this bright 2-pack display - make the choice to pick up that single bell pepper being sold without any wrapping at all and you can really pat yourself on the back for your environmental savvy!  You can usually find whatever produce you desire sold in bulk bins, from peppers to beans, apples to pears.  Chose to shop from those bulk bins and leave that excessive packaging behind.  See how easy that was?

It's Easy To Learn To Make It Yourself

Or how about this?  Many years ago I was doing all I could to recycle yet I was dismayed to discover that my favorite yogurt was sold in the type of plastic that was not accepted by my city's recycling program.  Oh man how it tugged at my heart to be so diligent with my recycling efforts yet be forced to simply throw those yogurt tubs into the trash each week.  But what's a girl to do?  I love to enjoy my daily yogurt at breakfast.   Then I got to wondering if I couldn't make my own Homemade Yogurt in those same convenient single-serve sizes by making it in 1/2-pint glass canning jars.  As it turns out, YES! (and it's easier than you think)  Now I'm still enjoying healthy yogurt for breakfast but those glass jars holding my yogurt are washed and reused again & again.  There you go - Precycling!

Think Outside The Box When PreCycling

So next time you're in the grocery store considering a purchase, think about PREcycling.  Do you really need a plastic (or paper) bag to hold that tiny purchase or can you just as easily carry it out yourself?  Can you chose the bulk bins for your produce instead of all the shrink-wrapped perfection you're seeing lining the shelves?  Would it be just as easy to make that item yourself instead of buying it premade with all the associated bold-advertising packaging?  Choose PREcycling first, it's easy and you can be confident that you've just made our world just a little bit cleaner.

Tammy Taylor is owner of the Taylor-Made Homestead blog.  Tammy lives and works on a Northeast Texas ranch and writes about home cooking, gardening, food preservation, MIY, DIY and living as gently as possible on this big blue planet we call home.  You can visit her blog here or follow her on Facebook here.

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We know you want to do your best to help the environment but the news about climate change can sometimes feel so overwhelming that it’s easier to make a vague promise to yourself about doing better, later just to get on with your day.

Luckily, doing your part to help the environment doesn’t have to be a big deal. Some of our most eco-unfriendly activities are just bad habits that we can change by replacing them with healthier options. Breaking bad habits is easiest when you concentrate on just one issue at a time, so chose one from the list below to get started on your new, greener lifestyle:

Stop Wasting Water

If you’re one of those people who love a long, hot shower, you’re wasting gallons of water every day (not to mention the energy it takes to heat that water to spa-like comfort levels). Remind yourself to use less by setting an alarm on your phone to let you know when your five to eight minutes in the shower are up. Pair this training with a new, low-flow showerhead, and you won’t have to feel guilty about getting clean.

Stop Wasting Electricity

Electricity is such a major part of our modern lives that we barely even think about it, and that means we end up wasting a lot of it. To train yourself to turn off the lights when you leave the room, try putting some bright yellow electric tape on all your light switches.

Seeing that bit of color in the corner of your eye will draw your attention to the switch and be a reminder to turn it off. Once your new habit is established (give it about two months), you can remove the tape. Switch to low-wattage LED bulbs for bonus points.

Stop Eating Fast Food

Though convenient in a pinch, eating at fast food restaurants takes a big toll on the environment. When you spend money there, you’re creating a market for factory-farming systems that use unethical and unsustainable animal husbandry practices.

Even if you don’t eat meat, the carbon footprint of shipping all that processed food across the country is huge. Vow to do better by turning into the grocery store parking lot instead of the drive-thru whenever you get a craving. To give yourself incentive, make a reward jar that you add $5 to every time you pass on fast food. When the jar is full, treat yourself to a dinner out somewhere really nice.

Stop Drinking Bottled Water

It takes 2,000 times as much energy to produce a bottle of water than it does for the same amount of tap water, and the impact of all those plastic bottles is enormous. You can break your bottled water habit by buying just one great, reusable bottle and carrying it with you to refill when you’re thirsty. Get a filter if you don’t like the taste of your water, but rest assured that tap water is safe and is the more eco-friendly choice.

Stop Driving Everywhere

Your car’s emissions are a major contributor to global warming, so cutting back on driving can have a big impact on everything from reducing air pollution to using less fossil fuel. During the week, leave the car at home and use public transportation for your commute to work instead.

If that’s not possible, try declaring car-free weekends. Get your errands done on the way home from work during the week, and vow to walk or use your bike on Saturdays when you have the extra time to get places. Your body will thank you, too!

Helping the environment is all about taking small but important steps to live a greener lifestyle. If you focus on breaking just one bad habit at a time, you’re much more likely to achieve success than if you try to change everything at once. The important thing is to get started, so give one of these options a try.

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 Hunting In The Catskill Mountains

“I’m going hunting in the mountains.” It just sounds right, doesn’t it? For years people from the Hudson Valley left their homes, packed a bag and a gun, and headed for the hills of northern Ulster County to hunt. The mountains offered an opportunity for hunters to pursue their game unencumbered over thousands of wooded acres. Each hollow or clove felt as his own to discover, explore, and pursue deer wherever they might go; after all the Hudson Valley had few deer back then. Say what!

It’s difficult to imagine that areas like Westchester and Dutchess Counties had few deer at one time. A good portion of the valley had been cleared for agriculture (and homes) until the 1970s, after which many of the farms had been abandoned. Older photos from the 19th Century show the Rondout and Wallkill Valleys from Mohonk Mountain House as a landscape mostly resembling portions of Iowa. The only trees that existed were near homesteads or following a stream. The land had been cleared to provide growing space for a contiguous tiny canopy used to feed domestic animals. Grass provided growing space for sheep and cows leaving few leftovers for undomesticated life-forms; namely wildlife.

So, there were few deer if any in the Hudson Valley until the second half of the 20th century. If you wanted to see a wild animal, then you’d have to go where there were fewer farms and more trees. The mountainous portion of northern Ulster County fit the bill for such pursuits. Although there were still farms up in the hills, there was already less than there once was. Farm abandonment reached the mountains earlier than areas down in the valley did due to its scraggly and remote nature. Many farms were abandoned in the late 19th century after the Civil War. The Great Depression began another wave of farm abandonment too. Even before farming began, the tanning industry in the mid-19th Century left its mark in the woods, leaving behind fewer hemlock trees and narrow bark roads for leather-making. Sawmills which used to operate in almost every valley, continued to operate into the 20th century, but many too had already closed. They left behind old landings, some skid roads, and a much different forest.

There Are Deer Here Somewhere

A Widowed Landscape Regrown

So what does this widowed forest have to do with deer hunting; everything. It was this different forest that these industries left behind that aided hunters in their pursuit of deer. Let’s start with the tanning industry. Catskill Naturalist – John Burroughs – writes about tromping around in the mountains of Ulster County near Slide Mountain – the Catskill Mountains’ highest peak – in the late 19th century. He admits to picking blackberries that had grown in after the tanners had felled hemlock trees many years ago. The hemlock had been removed in many portions of these mountains, but what grew back in is what most interested deer and later, deer hunters.

I too have also tromped around quite a bit in the mountains of Ulster County. One oak tree that fell across the trail showed its age after it had been sawn. It dated back to the Civil War. It must have grown there sometime after the farmer quit; perhaps he traded in his farm clothes for a Union Jacket. Up the trail on this same hill-side were more remnants from his farm – an apple tree, more stone walls, and a mill dating back to the 1700s.

All too often we point to the destructive nature these industries had on the Catskills forests. However, the forest these industries left behind was a much younger one, and in many cases, a more diverse one too. Oak, black cherry, hickory, and blueberry require disturbance and sunlight to grow and succeed. The tanning industry may have removed the hemlock, but it allowed a place for more oak and cherry. Sawmills may have cut down some trees, but younger growth provided more browse for deer and grouse to seek cover in. Farming may have cleared the entire forest in places, but it was short-lived. In its place grew a young forest full of seedlings, herbs, and shrubs; many of which produce fruit.

The younger forest provided ideal conditions for deer. There was so much food in the forest from this mere accident. What was one’s man’s loss was another’s treasure; or a salad bar in this case for deer. From the early 20th Century to the 1970s, hunting camps were being built throughout the mountains. These camps – perhaps unknowingly – followed the business failures of the 19th Century (and early 20th Century) in tanning, farming and sawmilling. In other words, shots fired up on the mountain at deer were reverberations made possible from another time; a blast from the past if you will. The numbers of deer existed because of the stumps these men left behind (and what grew in afterwards).

Mountain Hunting Is Challenging 

A Quiet Wilderness

Today, the reverberations have mostly been silenced. Most of those hunting camps have since been sold for residences. Fewer hunters come up to the mountains to pursue deer. Instead of going to the mountains to hunt, the sons and daughters of these same hunters remain in the valley, where there are more deer. The tables have turned. The forests of northern Ulster County are still forested; they’re just much older than they were 50 years ago. Mature forests may be great for hermit thrush and scarlet tanagers, but produce little food for species that make a living near the ground. It’s not to say only a young forest can fill the bill, but that diversity in ages does better.

Today, the high peaks of the Catskills have some of the least amount of deer per square mile than anywhere in the state. The few deer that do live there manage to browse away most of the palatable vegetation growing on the forest floor up to a height of five feet. Their browse-impact does seem to taper off as one approaches about 2500 feet in elevation probably due to winter mortality in such areas. In other words, it seems that the deer – under poor habitat conditions – are now leaving their marks more than the abandoned industries of the 19th century. There just isn’t enough disturbance and sunlight to grow vegetation and satisfy the deer herd’s appetite.

Hudson Valley Regrowth & Decline

On the other hand, the Hudson Valley has been experiencing farm abandonment since the latter portion of the 20th century. Overall, its forests are much younger and contain a patchwork of openings, fields, lawns, houses, landscaping, and shrub-lands that offer food and cover for deer and other wildlife that depend upon vertically-challenged plant-life. From a deer’s perspective, this growth mimics natural and synthetic disturbances in the woods that have occurred in the past. In fact, there seems to be an overabundance of deer in some areas where impacts from Lyme’s Disease, car collisions, agricultural damage, and landscaping damage are severe.

Overall it’s mostly about sunlight. Sure, hunting does have an impact on deer density. However, I believe that it’s about habitat that counts the most. Both the valley and the mountains may have different deer densities and hunters in hot pursuit. However, they share one thing in common: they both are being browsed heavily despite these differences. The lack of quality habitat will leave more starving deer venturing down from the mountain or nearby neighbor’s woodlot to browse your garden or flowers year after year.

In 2015, many of the forests of the Hudson Valley are well beyond farm abandonment and are maturing just as the mountain’s forests did a half-century or more ago. The deer herd of the Hudson Valley will also continue to decline while deer will become smaller (in weight) as food becomes scarce. Less deer will be able to keep up with less that grows reaching a plateau where only plants resistant to browse succeed; think thorny plants. In other words, it’s up to humans to keep one step ahead of the deer herd at all times by providing adequate habitat conditions alongside deer hunting.

Mountain Hunting Offers Solitude 

Still Going to the Mountains

Don’t get me wrong. I still like to go hunting in the mountains and “take the gun for a walk.” The mountains do offer the hunter something unique – remoteness. Although these mature forests have filtered out most of the sun’s energy and thinned its deer herd, mature bucks still persist. They might be few and far between, but the mythical mountain buck is still something to keep one up at night. Maybe instead of building a camp, perhaps just bring a good pack-in and something to build a fire with and think about all the people – animals and plant-life included – that have influenced our forests in the past.

For more information on the controversial issue of deer management, join the conversation in Margaretville, Delaware County on October 31st @ The Growing Deer Debate. Buy tickets online at CFA’s websiteCat Skill Forest.

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Winds roared above, storms lashed the land, and fires of extraordinary scope and ferocity flared through the summer of 2015. In this turbulent, historic context, climate scientist James Hansen stepped forward to report on the big picture. He said our future is closer and more intense than we have so far imagined. Climate change is real, is underway, is intensifying.

Our current state is hazardous and our impending reality is escalating intensity.

We must reckon with reality, or be overwhelmed. To maintain adequate production of food, fiber and fuel through the 21st century, we must make changes that will enhance the adaptive capacity of agriculture. This is not an academic debate. This is a stark reality that no amount of billionaire-funded denial and corporate disinformation can make go away. In the context of deliberate corporate intransigence and governmental gridlock, this is a responsibility we the people must take on.

Knowing this full well, when I saw Laura Lengnick’s new book mentioned in a posting to the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SANET) Listserv, I was impelled immediately to contact her and to exchange books. Lengnick’s visionary volume – Resilient Agriculture: Cultivating Food Systems for a Changing Climate – is a direct response to the climate realities of today. Her survey of actualities and possibilities offers a deep and wide-ranging assessment of what is needed to respond intelligently.

I’ve come to regard climate change in much the same way Lengnick expresses it in her book: The facts are plain and convincing. We're at the point of no return. There’s no time to dither. We must respond now. In this matter agriculture and our food system are critical matters, and they must be at the foundation of our responses. That basic realization has also motivated me. It’s why I wrote Awakening Community Intelligence: CSA Farms as 21st Century Cornerstones, the book I offered to Lengnick as my part of the exchange.

The cornerstone metaphor is also given respectful treatment among the ideas expressed in Resilient Agriculture. A long-time farmer, educator, and policy maker on local, state and national levels, Lengnick acknowledges our food system as the essential cornerstone of necessary overall responses to what is so radically unfolding in our world.

Resilience is the capacity of a system to adapt and thereby to buffer the impact of climate change on a system. In the context of climate change, resilient agriculture is about equipping farms to absorb and recover from a multiplicity of climatological, economic and social stresses and shocks to their food production and their livelihoods.

The dominant and domineering industrial food system of our passing era lacks resilience. Industrial agriculture significantly intensifies the man made causes of climate change. And it’s a system critically dependent on oil supplies not only for transport and power but also for the herbicides, pesticides and fungicides that fuel the profits of industrial agriculture, and at the same time seriously compromise human, animal and environmental health. This is the antithesis of resilience.

A resilient food system is one that, rather contributing to the problem, instead actively helps to mitigate global climate change while at the same time producing abundant nutrient rich food, restoring healthy ecosystems, and rebuilding communities.

The ten chapters of Lengnick’s book give a comprehensive picture of how we may cultivate a resilient food system. She sets out the key characteristics in chapter nine (New Times, New Tools). Following the wisdom of nature, resilient food systems embody diversity, modularity, abundance, broad community linkages, and feedback loops for adjustment and correction. Resilient agriculture systems produce their own energy from solar, wind, biomass and other non-polluting sources and recycle wastes skillfully to complete the nutrient cycle. This approach may be less labor and land efficient, she concedes, but it’s vastly more energy and water efficient.

Of special interest to me, since it’s a topic I’ve written about extensively, many of the 25 farmers profiled in Lengnick’s book are involved with Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). They see the CSA model as lending itself naturally to the principles of resilience. Through interplay and mutual cooperation, the farms and the communities establish a higher degree of resilience. That’s the way I see it as well.

Lengnick cites many more systems and possibilities than just CSA, yet she also writes that resilience inherently embraces the inescapable fact that agricultural, ecological and social systems do not operate independently. They exist as part of the continuum of nature and culture, and remain in a perpetual state of dynamic interplay, interdependence and metamorphosis.

Gathering together in her book the voices of experienced farmers and informed researchers, Lengnick advocates convincingly for resilience in our agricultural systems. She offers a substantial array of case histories, illustrating practical pathways that together form a map of opportunities to guide us as we move in a direction we must now go: toward resilient agriculture.

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"Wide-Angle Vision is the doorway to Invisibility” - Grandfather

Two weeks ago I arrived at the Tracker School primitive camp while a Standard Class was being held. Students must first take the Standard Class before they are able to take any of the other classes the school offers. It was Thursday and when I walked into the center of camp, Tom Brown Jr. was giving his lectures on Awareness. Coincidentally, the second part of his lecture was all about Wide-Angle Vision (WAV). By the way, Tom claims, as Grandfather also claimed, there is no such thing as a coincidence. After posting my first blog entry, I felt hesitant to submit the next entry already written, as something felt unfinished to me. That feeling had to do with wanting to share more aspects of how WAV is so powerful.

After introducing how to get into Wide Angle Vision, Tom began to talk about how being there, takes you toward a Spiritual state of consciousness. Brain wave studies have shown that an adult who spends from 3 to 5 minutes in WAV, moves from being in predominantly a Beta brain wave state to one of Alpha, the next deepest brain wave state. The right side of the brain is stimulated by WAV. In other words, you move from analytical thinking to more experiential and feeling states of mind.

Tom then talked about other benefits of using WAV. It dramatically enhances your awareness, as you pick up on so much more of the environment. If you had the chance to practice WAV, you noticed that every now and then, you focus in on a particular part of the scenery and then you back into WAV. This is a natural phenomena when using WAV, Grandfather advocated varying your vision, moving back and forth between WAV and Tunnel vision. Notice what things draw your attention, there may be a reason you notice them. You also notice that you pick up on the smallest details and any movement in your view stands out. Another use of WAV is at night, where using WAV actually helps you see better in the dark. Walking in the dark while using WAV allows you to see shapes and shadows more clearly. It also heightens your sensory awareness, so you can sometimes “feel” things like trees and bushes before you bump into them.

Part of what Grandfather means in saying Wide-Angle Vision is the doorway to invisibility, has to do with how animals are sensitive to being looked at directly, in tunnel vision. If you have a pet, wait until they are laying down or otherwise focused, then tunnel you vision at them. Most likely, they will become aware of your attention and look up at you. This is even more true for animals that live in nature. If you come into contact with an animal in the wild and remain in WAV, they will not pick up on your presence if you keep still. Keep them in sight on the edge of your vision and you will be able to slowly walk or stalk toward them. As in most things, experience, or as Tom calls it, “dirt time”, spending time working on a skill, is what brings results.


Slowing Down Even More, and Pause 

An Exercise to Try: A good way to enter Earth Time, is to slow down your walking pace. A fox walking step can take between four and ten seconds. A stalking step can be around ninety seconds per step. A “normal” walking pace is a step each half a second. Try walking about 50 yards into a natural area, then turn around and walk back in super slow time while in Wide Angle Vision. As you walk out, be aware of your walking pace, slow it down some, then some more. As a musician, I like to connect with a song in a 6/8 rhythm in my head, bringing the rhythm into my movement. Take in everything around you as you move, looking near and far, up and down. Allow all your senses to come into play, touch leaves and bark, feel the breeze on your skin, hear the leaves rattle and the bird songs. It is from this state of awareness, where communication with your environment begins to build.

As you find a balance and rhythm moving super slow, Pause now and then. When your attention is caught by something, stop, take a deep breath and slowly let it out. Open yourself to the moment. Grandfather lived his life through the sacred question: What dis mean? What happened here, what is this teaching me or, from the Caretaker’s point of view, How can I heal this? The Sacred Question is another doorway to connecting to the what Grandfather called, the Spirit that Moves in and Through all Things. This “Spirit” is what we share with all around us. It is an unused “muscle” by many, but is there for anyone who embraces that connection.


As you move, pay attention to the smallest details, open your senses totally, enjoy the moment. I took the pictures for this entry as I did a slow walk around my yard. The smell of the Milkweed flower is one of my favorite summertime smells.

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