Nature & Environment

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

National Communities Conference Held at Twin Oaks

By Rehana Franklin

What do homesteaders, college students, radical anarchists, nut-butter manufacturers, interfaith scholars and farmers have in common? Community!


Beneficial Uses for Drones

By Bruce McElmurray

Drones can be used to survey areas to develop more accurate maps. They can be equipped with heat sensors and used in search and rescue at far less cost than putting people out there searching for those lost. This post counts the beneficial uses of drones, or airborne robots.


Growing Gardens, Growing Community

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen, Be the Change Project

How what started as a humble seedling giveaway is spurring the creation of a neighborhood food system.


'I Am Coyote' Profiles North America's Native Carnivore

By Geri Vistein

This blog post is an introduction to the author'snewly published book, "I Am Coyote." What is essential to know when living and farming with carnivores? I would suggest that THE most important aspect to understand is WHO THEY ARE. Get to know how they live, how they think, their complex social lives and much more.


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Agroecology Rebuilds Rural Livelihoods of Women in Post-Earthquake Nepal

By Christopher Sacco, Groundswell International

Many rural Nepalese faced persistent food insecurity even before the recent earthquakes. Now, because of the destruction of livelihood assets, the situation is substantially worse. With support from Groundswell International, family farmers in post-earthquake Nepal are learning and using ecological agriculture principles to restore their farms, become more resilient, and create a more equitable landscape for women.


This Land is Your Land: Inspiration from Yellowstone National Park

By Shawn Hosford

Thoughts that were inspired by my trip to Yellowstone National Park.


Fall In the Rockies Invigorates the Senses

By Bruce McElmurray

There is one time of the year in the mountains that is special and above all other seasons in my opinion. Fall time in the mountains is invigorating and refreshing. It is the season the invigorates all five senses. For a little Rocky Mountain fall-time inspiration, read on.


Official Register of Reality Makes Apparent Why CSA Farms are Needed

By Steven McFadden

Climate change underlies the refugee crisis, and more change and more refugees are forecast. CSA farms and other local agrarian initiatives are critical to our food security going forward.