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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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(Why Transition, Peak Oil, Climate Change, Economy, Peak Everything)

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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

June 24, 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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Intermediate Herbal Medicine Program at Bellingham WA

June 5, 2020 from 9am to 5:30pm
One Sunday per month March to November, 9:30-5:30March 15, April 19, May 17, June 14, July 25 -26*, August 23, Sept 20, Oct 18, November 15. * The July class will be held in the Methow Valley for the full weekend.https://www.wildrootbotanicals.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/yr2a-3-225x300.jpg 225w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />The Intermediate Herbal Immersion Program builds upon the…See More
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LIVE VIRTUAL VAUDEVILLE CELEBRATION at zoom

June 14, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm
NEW OLD TIME CHAUTAUQUA presents aLIVE VIRTUAL VAUDEVILLE CELEBRATIONSunday, June 14th at 6pm PDT / 9PM EDTRelive the glory days of vaudeville through an evening that combines circus, music, magic,vaudeville, and other arts. All proceeds help NOTC fulfill its mission to build communitythrough entertainment, education, and laughter.Ticket per screen: $20 - Brown Paper Tickets: …See More
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The Energy Bulletin Weekly 10 August 2020

Prices edged up to the highest since March last week on a larger-than-expected inventory draw, a slightly improved US jobs report, and hopes for a new stimulus package from Washington.

Growing 50 Acres of Hemp in North Carolina: Field Notes from the One Acre Exchange

Any farm project considering the integration of industrial hemp as a market crop should be prepared for a 5-10 year incubation period in determination of crop yield and profitability. On the fiber side, a few acres of the crop will be processed into hurd-free, long staple fiber following best practices learned and iterated over the previous four years.

Four Reasons Civilization Won’t Decline: It Will Collapse

The eventual outcome of this great implosion is up for grabs.  Will we overcome denial and despair; kick our addiction to petroleum; and pull together to break the grip of corporate power over our lives? 

Outside the Hive

The collective intelligence of humanity is that of the social ape, not the hive insect. Maybe the life history that most fits us to thrive is creating our livelihoods as competent, generalist individuals working within small collectivities – families, bands, settlements.

Thinking Outside the Ring

I grant that at this moment in our converging health, societal, and economic crises—including the equivalent of a 32.9 percent annual decline in GDP—words discouraging economic activity probably come as unwelcome (especially from the jewelry store owners and the malls that lease them space).

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