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Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One Straw Revolutionary - May 2016

Posted by David Pike on January 18, 2020 at 5:18pm 0 Comments



An Interview with Larry Korn, Author of One-Straw Revolutionary

May 4th 2016

By: David Pike



Since The One-Straw Revolution was published in 1978 it has been translated into more than 25 languages and sold over one million copies worldwide. In “One-Straw” as the book has been dubbed, Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka presented an entirely new approach to agriculture which he called “natural farming.” After 25 years of research and trials he demonstrated he could achieve yields…

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Ten Weeks In

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 22, 2017 at 4:07pm 0 Comments

Succession came to pass on July 1st, ten weeks ago. A-1 Builders, Inc. is now A-1 Builders, A Design/Build, Worker-Owned Cooperative!  My former employees are now my bosses! For the time being I’m helping the new team deal with marketing on a part time basis; my hours worked per week since July 1st has been on the order of working 1/4 hour a week!  Can’t really call this ‘part time’; I think I’ll call it ‘microscopic time’.

Perhaps in other…

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Slow Sand Fresh Water Filter

Posted by David Culver on November 22, 2016 at 6:54pm 1 Comment

I live in an all-electric home and when the power grid is out we have nothing. No water, no sewer, lights, cooking or anything else. I will have a generator to run sparingly to keep the freezer and the refrigerator going. Our home is a passive solar home with great insulation.

If the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake happens, the grid could be out for a year. During that time, with the well pump not working, we will need a source of clean fresh water.

A slow sand filter, made…

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Second Aid: Lessons Learned From Past Adventures

Posted by Rick Dubrow on November 3, 2016 at 11:51am 0 Comments

All too often I’ll run into another hiker and the following conversation ensues:

“How many nights are you staying out?”

“None… I hope. We’re on a day hike.”

“Then why are you carrying so large a pack?

Allow me to unpack my answer… an answer that addresses situations well beyond wilderness travel. An answer that extends into my settled, civilized life as well.  Why, at home, are Cindi and I prepared for a major natural or…

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Company Day Hike To Mt. Pilchuck Led To Team-Affirming Helicopter Rescue

Posted by Rick Dubrow on September 12, 2016 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Sunday, September 4th, 2016.  Hikers from our company: Rick Dubrow, Cindi Landreth, Cathie Bertola, Shawn Serdahl, Justus Peterson.

typical-ankle-buster-trail Injuries usually happen upon descent.  So it was on Sunday, 9/4/16 at the 4,420 foot level of Mt. Pilchuck.  Five of us, all co-workers at A-1 Builders and Adaptations Design Studio, on a company dayhike, heard someone screaming in pain from above; close by.  In moments we reached Patricia, a fit 59 year old Peruvian child…

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We aim to unleash the collective genius of our community to find the answers to this momentous question:

For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we...

Dramatically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
Significantly increase resilience (in response to peak oil);
Greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?

Transition Initiatives make no claim to have all the answers, but by building on the wisdom of the past and accessing the pool of ingenuity, skills and determination in our communities, the solutions can readily emerge. Now is the time for us to take stock and to start re-creating our future in ways that are not based on cheap, plentiful and polluting oil but on localized food, sustainable energy sources, resilient local economies and an enlivened sense of community well-being.

 

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Whatcom Racial Justice Forum at Online Zoom Meeting

July 1, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm
Bellingham Quakers Host Online Forum on Racial Justice (Rescheduled)In light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody and the massive protests and demonstrations sweeping the country and our local communities, Bellingham Quakers are hosting a communitywide forum to talk about how to nurture racial justice here. The forum will be online from 7-9 p.m. on July 1st.The Whatcom Racial Justice Panel on Zoom invites a creative, collaborative discussion about policing reform,…See More
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Whatcom Racial Justice Forum at Online Zoom Meeting

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Bellingham Quakers Host Online Forum on Racial Justice (Rescheduled)In light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody and the massive protests and demonstrations sweeping the country and our local communities, Bellingham Quakers are hosting a communitywide forum to talk about how to nurture racial justice here. The forum will be online from 7-9 p.m. on July 1st.The Whatcom Racial Justice Panel on Zoom invites a creative, collaborative discussion about policing reform,…See More
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Intermediate Herbal Medicine Program at Bellingham WA

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The Political Economy of Deep Decarbonization: Tradable Energy Quotas for Energy Descent Futures: Paper excerpt

The TEQs system involves rationing fossil fuel energy use for a nation on the basis of either a contracting carbon emission budget or scarce fuel availability, or both simultaneously, distributing budgets equitably amongst energy-users.

Out With Predatory Capitalism, In With a “Life Economy”

This is what I call the Death Economy, that defines success as the maximization of short-term profits for corporations and short-term accumulation of material things for individuals, regardless of the environmental and social costs.

Three Ecosocialists Reflect on the November Election

Personally, I’ve never bought the leftist “principled” rejection of “lesser evilism.” Why would we want the greater evil?

Courting Trouble: Climate Change in a 6 to 3 Supreme Court

The nation has nearly ceased to function as it was envisioned by the authors of the Constitution. The flaw is not in the system’s design but increasingly in the character of those chosen to lead it.

On the efficiency of my scythe

Small farm does equal more labour per unit area and per unit product (which is why most rich countries import a large proportion of their horticultural produce … and why modern diets involve too much refined carbs and oils, and not enough fruit and veg). The challenge is to show that this (along with less energy, less carbon, less water, less soil loss, more product and more fun per unit area) is precisely what makes small farming the wave of the future.

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