Community Articles

10 Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden

Spiraling food prices and concerns over where food comes from have consumers looking for alternatives to what’s in their supermarket produce bins. Community gardens help people band together to gain control of their own food. Here are some s...

Also labeled: Author Rebecca Hart, Issue #32

Common Ground: Reintegrating Kids Into Our Communities

Surely my baby was as good as a dog. I’d read that nursing home residents benefitted enormously from contact with therapy dogs. During and after dog visits, these elders were more alert and in better moods. So I figured, why not bring my b...

Do-It-Yourself Cash: Dollars With Good Sense

Local currencies value time, build community, and keep business moving even when credit dries up.Total dependence on one currency is like total dependence on one crop, or, for that matter, a single energy source: There’s always the risk that...

My Body Rocks: A Playwright, Mother and Activist Discovers Her Power

I needed a nap. It was spring 2004, and my body felt a deep-in-the-bones exhaustion. My boys were 3 and 4 years old, I had been rising at 5 a.m. with my older son for more than four years, and I had just spent a year interviewing more than 100...

Also labeled: Author Karen Brody, Issue #35

The Passion to Farm: One Woman’s Story of Why She Works the Land

I garden because I cannot thrive without the blessings of working in —and with— nature.I married into agriculture. Still processing his neardeath experience in Vietnam, my husband Dewane could only say, “I need to farm organically.” I was...

Also labeled: Author Anne Morgan, Issue #32

Uprisings for the Earth: Reconnecting Culture with Nature

Personal transformation is critical to mitigating our global crises. Educators and psychologists, artists and activists, elders and leaders have all asserted that at the core of our global, societal and environmental crises is a need to change our...

We Just Need to Build More

On a journey to her adopted son’s homeland, Jamie Grumet hopes to carry the spotlight to Ethiopia’s beleaguered orphans.Your hands are shaking. Did you eat anything today?” my friend asked, as I sat inside the gates of the Awassa...

Also labeled: Author Jamie Grumet, Issue #36