Monthly Archives: August 2015

Dinosaur economics and the brown tech world

By Steven Saint Thomas A lot of us have been hoping the world would wake up to the realities of climate change in time to do something about it. But,…

Living in an ecosystem: Eating what nature brings

OPENERS: 1. What’s your must-have favorite food that cannot be grown or produced in your region? 2. What would you have for dinner tonight if you relied completely on your…

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…

The aboriginal cave

After working another day in the vines, we drove out with our supervisor, Rod Smith, to Baiame Cave. Rod is your quintessential Aussie bloke, speaking in a thick Outback accent,…

Bushfire!

A helicopter heading north flew over the house on a lovely afternoon in late December. Within minutes, the phone rang. A neighbor was calling to ask if Maureen or her…

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…