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A young farmer’s meditation: Time on the farm

In this excerpt from the Greenhorns anthology of writing by young farmers, a fledgling vegetable grower contemplates the value of repetition.

Business & Technology

Wendell Berry: This old farmer is still full of piss and vinegar

Speaking to a room full of Washington's high society, the poet, novelist, and agrarian didn’t pull any punches. Our world is coming apart, he said, and we’re all implicated.

Green Living Tips

The 10 weirdest eco-questions on the planet

Are condoms recyclable? Do hot air balloons hurt the environment? What is the half-life of glitter? Seriously folks, where do you come up with this stuff?

Energy Policy

ALEC is plotting to take down state renewable energy targets

The conservative political organization may soon start crafting laws designed to kill or weaken state targets for renewable electricity, heating, and fuels.

Cities

Jungle gym urbanism: Help this guy turn a vacant house into a bouncy-ball pit

What’s to be done with that neglected, burnt-out shell of a house that’s creating an eyesore in the neighborhood? Josh Ente of New Orleans apparently takes his inspiration from Chuck E. Cheese’s.

Sustainable Food

Let’s put an end to ‘dietary tribalism’

Vegan, paleo, raw, locavore -- who can say what's best? One writer says concerned eaters should put down their weapons and work to change the food system together.

Urban Agriculture

Tanya Fields: Breaking locks and planting seeds in the South Bronx

Empty lots plus a passion for nutrition: How a food-stamp-reliant mother of four got into the food-justice movement.

Climate Change

James Lovelock urges world to pay attention to James Lovelock

James Lovelock, famous for the Gaia hypothesis, has in recent years been warning that climate change will send us back to the Stone Age. Now he says he was being overly alarmist. Can we all agree to ignore him now?

Green Living Tips

10 gross green bathroom questions you never knew you had

Is it OK to pee in the shower? Why is recycled toilet paper so scratchy? Do composting toilets smell bad? These, and other urgent questions, answered by Ask Umbra.