Sustainability Archive

Friday Video for August 5, 2011: “Who’s Afraid of Nuclear Power?”

Continuing recent discussions about nuclear power and the role these plants play in community life, here’s a documentary from 2006 that takes a look at the drastically different perspectives regarding nuclear power in Australia and Scandinavia.  The film traces each country’s history with nuclear power and nuclear bombs, highlighting how the decisions of the past
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Three Great Events This Saturday!: Juneteenth celebration, an urban homesteading workshop, and a poultry swap.

There’s a lot of great stuff happening tomorrow in Little Rock!   And the great thing is that all the separate events are spaced throughout the day so if you wanted to you can make it to all three!  That’s going to be our goal, so we hope to see you there!   And they’re
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Know Your Chicken, You Got to Know Your Chicken: Pickin Chicken App for Iphone

Ever heard that song by Cibo Matto called “Know Your Chicken?” Well anyway, there is an Iphone app, sponsored by Mother Earth News, to help you discover which chicken breeds best meet your needs. I love reading about the various ways people are returning to food sufficiency and sustainability while also embracing the tools of
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The Milk of Less Wastefulness

I’ve been posting a lot about local foods and food production these days because I believe supporting local and regional foods is key to a sustainable economy and culture. As a folklorist I am interested in the culture of small-scale growing and how local economies can benefit all members of a community and  how local food
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Visiting with Gardeners Part 1: Sisters Jennifer and Sage

I’ve been spending some time lately visiting with gardeners, asking about not only what they grow but how and why they grow. This is part of a larger research project with Utah folklorist Nelda Ault. We will be presenting our research at the annual meeting of the American Folklore Society in October. A few weeks
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Garden Practice: Food, Flowers, Research, People.

It’s gardening season here in Arkansas, and both my daily life and research seem to be circling things in bloom. The tomatoes are ripe; the pole beans are taller than me, and the peppers are plentiful. I love coming home from running errands to find squash, zucchini, snow and purple hull peas on my front
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Great article about women farmers and Farmlink.org, sort of like facebook for farmers.

Organic Gardening magazine has a regular facebook feed, and last week they posted this article from Rodale.com about women farmers. The article claims the growing trend of women in agriculture is a movement that could save the future of farming and tackle food insecurity issues throughout the world:
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What’s In the Works ~ The McElroy House: Center for Regional Oral History and Folklife Research

After much thought and time spent wondering where to go from here, I have decided to begin the process of creating a small oral history and folklife research center in my hometown. I have included my plans and ideas for the Center listed at the bottom of this post. I welcome any feedback!
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My Wonderful Mother: Whose Memory Do You Carry?

I am curious, whose memory do you carry in your life? Whose life and attributes do you think about when you contemplate the folklorist, activist, cultural worker type person you want to be? Let me explain why I am so curious about this. Due to the illness and recent loss of my dear and wonderful
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