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Living Off the Grid in Paradise



Warrick Mitchell lives deep in one of the world’s most remote locations: Fiordland, New Zealand. His home in the country’s oldest national park is nestled in a vast wildness accessible only by boat or airplane, a four day’s walk from the nearest road. Life in isolation can be hard, but surrounded by breathtaking, pristine natural beauty, plentiful wildlife and a small but tight-knit community that is always willing to lend a hand, Mitchell would have it no other way.

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Island Earth GMO Documentary

Right now the islands of Hawaii are in a food fight of global consequence. Although Hawaii has a rich history as a self-sufficient agricultural society, Hawaiians now import 90% of their food. Hawaii is also ground zero for the world’s biotech companies, which capitalize on the tropical climate and lax environmental laws to test experimental GMO crops year-round.

Island Earth is a feature documentary depicting the struggles and triumphs of people fighting to take back their natural resources from corporations, while exploring what it will really take to “feed the world” through thought-provoking interviews with the world’s top biologists and farmers. By exposing the myth that industrial agriculture is the only way of producing food for our growing population, Island Earth shows how to take control of our food supply through local farming and native wisdoms…

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Green Bridge Farm: Going Green from the Ground Up

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Michael Maddox has been reading Mother Earth News since he was in high school, and has always wanted the lifestyle described in its pages. Now in his 60s, he’s reached a point where not only can he bring that dream to fruition, but he can also share it with others.

His strong desire to “think globally, act locally” is why he decided to subdivide part of the farm that’s been in his family since 1798. He received approval for his subdivision from the county zoning commission in 2008, and soon began selling 1.2- to 1.6-acre plots on 25 wooded acres in Effingham County, Georgia. Unlike many subdivisions where McMansions are the prevailing aesthetic, Green Bridge Farm sets maximum square footage and heights, and requires that 90 percent of each site remains wooded. The subdivision has an organic farm at its center.

www.motherearthnews.com/…

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Organic Farmers Make More Money than Conventional Farmers

There are many great reasons to buy organic food, such as reducing one’s exposure to pesticides, mitigating environmental pollution, improving soil quality, aiding pollination, and eating more nutrient-rich produce. It turns out there’s yet another reason to buy organic — it is a bigger money-maker for farmers, meaning your purchase directly helps farmers to make a better living.

www.treehugger.com/…

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Back From NYC, Off to Oregon Tomorrow

What a jet setter! Home two days and then on an airplane again. To the Mother Earth News Fair in Albany, Oregon (about an hour south of Portland). On Saturday, June 6, at 11:30 AM, I’m doing a presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move; and on Sunday, June 7, at 10 AM, “50 Years of Natural Building.” Both at the Renewable Energy Stage.

These Mother Earth News Fairs are great events. Good vibes. Lots of things I’m interested in. Chickens, sheep, gardening, farming, building, homesteading, cooking, renewable energy, to mention a few. They’re like super-size county fairs.

Info: http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/schedule-oregon.aspx#sat2ren

I’m getting in two days early, and taking my skateboard. Renting a car and probably heading out to the coast and driving south. I’ll be looking for hills to skate and hunting for barns to photograph. Quite a different kind of trip than NYC.

As usual I have a ton of photos and notes from my NYC trip and will try to get some of it out before too long.

I have a big note next to my keyboard, “No appearances rest of 2015.” I’m going to take a break from publicity/marketing when I get back and get a bunch of things done at home, including homestead chores, crafts projects, more fishing — and getting going on layout of Small Homes, our next book.

Music del día: Phil Spector, 1961–1966. What a genius! (at that time of his life). Da Doo Ron Ron, Be My Baby, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah…

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Contractor Bid Deadline Today: West Oakland Urban Farm And Park Project

Kind of late notice, but we just got a request in for contractor bids for this West Oakland Urban Farm And Park Project. They need to be filed by tomorrow morning (Thursday, May 7).

Hi, Lloyd,

I work at City Slicker Farms, an Oakland non-profit working on food self-sufficiency. We’re now accepting contractor bids for the new West Oakland Farm and Park Project that will be built this year. It’s late notice, I know, but I’d love it if you and your readers got involved with the project!

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This Crop of Women Farmers Is Stepping Up to Sustain the Land

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Last year, all five of the first-year apprentices at Soil Born Farms’ headquarters near Sacramento, California were women. Another young woman, Elle Huftill-Balzer, was the boss of them all, the farm manager. “It [was] a total girl-power year around here,” says Janet Whalen Zeller, co-founder and co-director of Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture and Education Project, which oversees two farms totaling 56 acres. In fact, during the past few years the majority of apprenticeship applicants at the farm have been women.

Check out the article at www.civileats.com/…

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The Table Top Farm Stand

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Hi, Lloyd!

As you requested, here is a small photo of my newest farm stand in downtown Pt. Reyes and also the farm stand up at my main plot at 37 Cypress in Pt. Reyes. My friend Justin Goldwater and I built both of the stands and Justin designed and oversaw construction on them. He is really a big fan of yours and actually before we started the design process for this last farm stand in downtown, I sent him your book Builders of the Pacific Coast for inspiration! So there is some of that in the design.
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