Nature & Environment

Explore how sustainability creates a connection between our communities and the natural world that sustains us.

The Sludging of Rural Communities

By Lidia Epp

Agricultural use of sludge is not only detrimental to human health, but it also damages the social fabric of rural communities all across the country. Federal and state regulations are ill prepared to address medical, social and environmental consequences of this disastrous practice.

Introducing the Farming With Carnivores Network

By Geri Vistein

This blog post introduces you to the new educational website It is a collaborative effort of leading farmers, experts on guardian animals and fencing, and biologists whose work focuses on carnivores. Its purpose is to help create a farming of the future by sharing knowledge and experience with each other.

Create a Wildlife Condominium in Your Own Backyard

By Blythe Pelham

Building your own wildlife habitat in the style of a brush pile can be fun and easy. It can also help with several problems at once—where to dispose of clippings and branches, how to provide shelter for wildlife, and how to lower our carbon footprint are all solved in this one simple addition to your garden.

The Realities of Hunting

By Maggie Bonham

An ethical hunter makes a point to explain what hunting is to those who have never done it.


Housing for Nesting Birds

By Bruce McElmurray

We provide bird houses for nesting birds and they provide us with insect control.

A Tree-Hugger Reflection on Sludge

By Lidia Epp

Farmers opting for biosolids applications on their farmland believe that this is a safe and natural way to fertilize the soil. Oftentimes they see local anti-biosolids activists as the adversaries, not realizing that the truth is quite the opposite. There is a mounting body of scientific and medical evidence that the practice of biosolids land application is detrimental to human health and constitutes an environmental factor contributing to many chronic conditions. Farmers, their families and neighbors are often first to suffer the consequences.

A Successful, Sustainable Forest

By The Wood-Mizer Team

By managing his family's forestland with natural and environmentally friendly practices, Jim Birkemeier has created a sustainable forest model that is being taught and implemented all over the world.

Inspiring Eco-Consciousness in Kids Without a Load of Eco-Guilt

By Andrew and Michelle Shall, The Redeemed Workshop

How do you talk to young children about caring for the environment without loading them with guilt? Here are five environmental education suggestions that create natural opportunities for kids to learn about what they can do to be immersed in nature and help our planet.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.