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Join Me – Who’s Your Mama Podcast!

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Obviously, this blog has been silent for a little while…I’ve been enjoying being a mama to my wild-thing son, made a BIG move with wild-thing and hubs (and the pets!) back to Maine for an awesome job working for the Farmers’ Almanac, and to be closer to family…and in the last handful of months have FINALLY felt like I’m finding my groove – in parenthood, but also in life!

And I wanted to make a big announcement here, for all my Green(ish) Life followers – please follow me with my newest creative venture: My podcast – Who’s Your Mama – just released it’s third episode on iTunes (with many more episodes waiting in the wings, to be released on a biweekly schedule, on Mondays)!

Who’s Your Mama is an interview format show where I “gather pearls of wisdom from ladies who are conquering the challenge of maintaining a creative identity while raising a family.” Besides being a labor of love, the podcast is 100% inspired by how I have been struggling since my son was born with maintaining my creative/autonomous identity and through connecting with others, have realized that I’m NOT the only mama feeling this, that I’m actually NOT a selfish asshole. So, I’m hoping that these pearls of wisdom will be a light in the dark for other mamas feeling the same way – you ARE still an awesome individual – rock on, mamas!

I also wanted to announce here as a “call for entries” of sorts – if you know (or, if you ARE) a mama who is making time for what makes her soul sing, I would be honored to have you on the show: yourmamapodcast [at] gmail [dot] com

Links –
The website: http://whosyourmamapodcast.com/
iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/…/whos-your-mama-podc…/id1073137912 (Please subscribe and leave a glowing review – I’m sure the trolls are a’comin’!)

And please also like/follow me on fb and twitter so that I look cool:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whosyourmamapodcast/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/wympodcast

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I Still <3 NY

It’s been a tough week for NY. Luckily, the worst most of our Brooklyn and Manhattan friends experienced were power outages, and our Staten Island and Jersey Shore family live on high ground. Facebook was a great way for me to double-check on everyone and to keep updated on what wasn’t being reported by the news. But for every horrifying photo of entire Queens neighborhoods being wiped out by fire or subway stations flooded to the ceiling, there were photos like this, of neighbors helping neighbors:

from The Guardian

It’s that “we’re in this together” spirit that I particularly miss about living in the metro area. While a normal day in the City sees locals speed-walking and elbowing past each other, when disaster (or major inconvenience) strikes, suddenly everyone’s family. I lived in Brooklyn from 2000-2010, so obviously the event that remains most prevalent in my memory is 9-11. I was a sophomore in college and had literally just flown back from my grandfather’s funeral in Florida, so watching the towers fall from a rooftop in Brooklyn was almost more than I could handle. I still can’t look at photos/video from that day without feeling ill. I do remember some scattered instances of looting, but for the most part there was a sense of brotherhood. I don’t think I heard a discouraging word for at least a week.

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GRE(v)EN(ts): (Com)Post-Halloween November 10th with TILT

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(Com)Post-Halloween is based on an annual event my Permaculture teacher, Claudia Joseph, hosts at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn. This will be my first time hosting it through TILT and in this community, but based on what I’ve heard so far, the buzz is abuzz and I should expect a good turnout. I mean, kids get to smash pumpkins into pulp and parents get rid of the rotting Jack-o-lanterns from their front porches – everybody wins!

 

Green 101: Intro to Sustainability Week 3 – Tragedy of the Commons

This past week was all about “Tragedy of the Commons,” which is  defined by Wikipedia as: “A dilemma arising from the situation in which multiple individuals, acting independently and rationally consulting their own self-interest, will ultimately deplete a shared limited resource, even when it is clear that it is not in anyone’s long-term interest for this to happen. This dilemma was described in an influential article titled “The Tragedy of the Commons”, written by ecologist Garrett Hardin and first published in the journal Science in 1968.”

The example used by Hardin was a public-use field that was improperly managed and had become overgrazed by cattle. In his view, it is human nature to get as much as we can out of a common resource, with no regard to the long-term effects or the effects on the community/world as a whole. This inevitably causes an irreversible degradation of that shared resource. Many authorities chose to interpret this theory as suggesting that the only solution would be to privatize the resource, which has proven to be effective in the case of fisheries world-wide. Hardin has since clarified that “A ‘managed commons’ describes either socialism or the privatism of free enterprise. Either one may work; either one may fail.”

Not everyone is so doom-and-gloom. In this article, Nobel Peace Prize winner Elinor Ostrom talks about how humans can (and do) self-organize and solve problems. Communication and a well-defined, common goal is key, but her research has concluded that it’s usually the people using that resource who are best able to come up with a solution, without any outside authority intervening. Her examples seem to focus mostly on the local level, but there are definitely ways cooperation can be translated to national and international problems as well! As Ostrom says, “there are no panaceas,” meaning, the same solution can’t be used every time – each issue has to be examined and worked out in a custom way. Sure, it’s extra work, but there’s nothing more beautiful than true community in action!

Naturally the community-based focus of this week got me all fired up! And despite what I said last week, I did wander back into the forums again…

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Communal Spirit: Learn Homesteading Skills

Homesteading Fair 2012

September 8 & 9
Saturday 8AM-5PM   Sunday 8AM-4PM
Maple Ridge Center, East Rd., Lowville, NY

$10/person or $15/weekend pass
(children 17 and under free when accompanying a paying adult)

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County in conjunction with Mother Earth News are responding to the increasing numbers of people inquiring about raising backyard poultry, beef, and other livestock, food preservation, energy alternatives for homes and farms, and back-to-the-land management skills with a new educational event.

Workshops * DIY Projects * Demonstrations
Gardening: Vegetable–Herb
Canning & Preserving * Beekeeping
Maple Syrup Production * Woodlot Forestry
Small-scale Farming * Raising Poultry-Livestock
And much more!
Vendors * Farmer’s Marketplace * Food

For a schedule of workshops, click here.
For directions to the Maple Ridge Center, click here.
Check out the Homesteading Fair Facebook page here.

Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Lewis County
For more information: Call (315) 376-5270

Eat Your Zipcode: Good Eggs

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Originally published at GOOD Magazine:

What would happen if some of the Bay Area’s top tech minds collaborated with some of its top foodies to produce an e-commerce site for local food? The result: Good Eggs, a new online platform that’s been dubbed an “Etsy for local food” and provides the tech infrastructure necessary to help farmers and artisans spend less time filling out spreadsheets and dealing with distributors and more time making their product, building a customer base, and closing deals. The goal is to help small-scale food production scale up by creating a new tech-oriented business model.

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Communal Spirit: A Story of Change by Annie Leonard

 

Originally published at ecouterre:

BEING THE CHANGE

Ever since Annie Leonard learned the true story behind our “stuff”—from bottled water to personal-care products— the sustainability advocate has been on a mission to figure out how shopping better can ease the pressure off our beleaguered planet. But bad shoppers aren’t the source of the problem, she says in The Story of Change, her latest animated short with Free Range Studios, it’s bad policies and bad business practices. In other words, buying green and fair-trade products may be a great place to start, but it’s a terrible place to stop.

“If we actually want to change the world, we can’t talk only about consumers voting with our dollars,” Leonard says in the video. “Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work.”Not that it isn’t important to minimize one’s social and environmental footprints, of course. “Living our values in small ways shows ourselves and others we care,” she says.

If we really want to change the world, however, telling consumers to vote with their dollars isn’t enough. “Real change happens when citizens come together to demand rules that work,” Leonard quips. “After all, would we even know who Gandhi was if he just sewed his own clothes and then sat back waiting for the British to leave India?”

Looking back at Gandhi, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the U.S. civil rights movement, and the environmental victories of the ’70s, Leonard found three things that happened when people get together to push for change.

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