Last week, my 13Moon CoLab collaborator Delia Carroll and I had the chance to talk with Jill Cloutier, sourthern California permaculturist and community organizer on the Sustainable World Radio show she has been hosting for some years. Our conversation ranged from "permaculture from the inside out" to personal repair, to city repair, to urban and suburban permaculture strategies. Check it … [Read more...] about Sustainable World Radio podcast with Rachel Kaplan and Delia Carroll
An act of war brought me to permaculture. On September 11, 2001, I had been a mother for little more than three weeks. I was immersed in the care and feeding of my tiny, vulnerable, perfect baby girl. There was milk dripping from my breasts and I was tender in all ways. As I sat and watched the towers fall, holding my baby in my arms, I knew that the world was going to change, and probably get … [Read more...] about Permaculture — Peace with Creation
New article on Urban Homesteading front-lining Mother Earth News this month. Written by Rachel, with some photos by K. Ruby. Check it out at: http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/guide-to-urban-homesteading-zm0z14amzrob.aspx … [Read more...] about Mother Earth News
last year, I was exposed to a series of group facilitation and participatory democracy strategies that go forth into the world under the name of "The Art of Hosting." Some were familiar to me - some not. I am sharing here an article that comes from the work of Chris Corrigan, one of the movers and shakers in the Hosting community, about a process known as the "Two Loops". It gives us an … [Read more...] about Exploring How Living Systems Change
I don’t go to a lot of demonstrations these days. I’ve got plenty of good excuses – too busy, too much work, too many family demands. And the most nagging – they don’t work. But I am up at night worrying about fracking, cause 3:00 a.m. seems to be my time to worry about water. Fracking seems to me to be so psychotic, so off the charts flat out DUMB and suicidal I just want it to stop. So when a … [Read more...] about Frack Off
This week, gardener divine Wendy Krupnick and I penned a letter (to anyone who would listen) about the scarcity of water in our county. The Press Democrat picked it up, and hopefully a few others will as well. County Supervisors are responding as well. To: Sonoma County Supervisors and Water Agency Re: Drought leadership needed The driest year in California’s recorded history is about to come … [Read more...] about Where’s the Water?
Interview with Carolyn Evans-Dean, an urban homesteader and prepper in upstate New York. Her new radio spot features urban farm artists like Ruby and myself, doing what we can to respond to the moment with grit and grace. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2013/07/24/the-media-prepper-show … [Read more...] about Rachel on Media Prepper Radio
Interview with Rachel Kaplan and Dr. Prepper, an old-time back to basics author and prepping practitioner hailing from the hinterlands of Texas. We had a good talk about urban homesteading, heirloom skills and other practices of preparedness. Even though we live far from one another on the political spectrum, we found our common ground in these daily practices that support our lives. I appreciated … [Read more...] about Me and Dr. Prepper