Category Archives: Articles

Food Future

By Steven Saint Thomas Where is your next meal coming from? If you’re like most middle-class Americans, you don’t give it much thought. You’ll pick up food at the nearby…

Permaculture takes an eco-village

By Steven Saint Thomas It all started with a couple of people walking by a big vacant lot and dreaming about an eco-village. The land was not for sale, but…

Urban suburban village bush

OPENERS: 1.  Did you grow up in a big city, suburb, small town or the countryside?  2. If you had your way, what size place would you like to spend…

Local food relocalizes Hepburn

By Steven Saint Thomas As in most small towns, people in Hepburn Springs know their neighbors and most everyone else in town. When a stranger walks into the Hepburn General…

Permaculture: Living in an Ecosystem

OPENERS: 1. When did you first hear the word “permaculture” and what was your initial impression? 2. What ecosystem is nearest to where you live? Permaculture: Living in an Ecosystem…

Human scale habitat

By Steven Saint Thomas Everyone in Australia’s Hunter Valley seems to make a living in one of two ways: they’re either running the family vineyard or ranch, or they’re employed…

On Social Permaculture

By Steven Saint Thomas When Paul Hudson helped coach homeless men to compete in a Sydney soccer tournament, he says he was practicing permaculture. After all, Bill Mollison and David…

Why Falling Gas Prices Will Kill Us

Steven Saint Thomas Although falling gas prices have some doing a happy dance at the pump, the truth is much more sobering. Lower pump prices are only a temporary opportunity…

What a Food Future Plan Is and Why Having One Matters

Steven Saint Thomas In the 1950s, there were 300 farms inside the city limits of Colorado Springs. Today, there is only one. In just a few decades, we’ve moved from…