Living

Make-doers

FarmHack celebrates 'resourceful farming with found materials'

Farming attracts tinkerers, makers, and make-doers -- and now some have begun open-sourcing their inventions on a new blog.

BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE MY CAR

Rent a stranger’s car (or rent out yours) with RelayRides

Think ZipCar minus the communal cars, and you've got RelayRides. You can rent out your vehicle for an hour or find a ride nearby if you're carless.

A way with birds

Ask Umbra Book Club: What should we do about cats killing birds?

Umbra sparks discussion of her Book Club pick "Freedom" with video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about how to get people to care about the environment.

The GINK Chronicles

How the childfree can be parents too

Deciding to be childfree doesn't have to mean forgoing the joys of parenting. Co-parenting has a lot to offer for the childfree, parents, and kids.

Crowd control

Ask Umbra’s Book Club: Why don’t people talk about population?

Overpopulation is a big theme in Umbra's latest Book Club selection, Freedom. We've got exclusive Grist video of author Jonathan Franzen talking about the issue. Why isn't everyone else talking about it? Do you worry about 220,000 new people being added to the planet every day? Tell us what you think, whether you've read the book or not.

Story of Stocking Stuffers

Live chat with the Story of Stuff’s Annie Leonard

'Tis the season of giving, which is why Umbra is looking forward to chatting with Annie Leonard, the mastermind behind the Story of Stuff project.

Who resuscitated the electric car?

Watch the trailer for 'Revenge of the Electric Car' [VIDEO]

Watch the movie trailer for "Revenge of the Electric Car," the sequel to 2006's "Who Killed the Electric Car?" from filmmaker Chris Paine.

Get back in the kitchen, you!

Men in aprons, food-police backlash, and 8 more trends

The Food Channel editors say that thanks to our crappy economy, the kind of edibles we at Grist get excited about are finally going more mainstream. Basically, bye-bye food porn and stunt restaurants -- hello do-it-yourself, make-it-don't-buy-it values.

A PEA GROWS IN BROOKLYN

NYC kids bring urban gardening skills to the roof

Forget swapping chips and pudding: Elementary school kids in New York City can start growing their own lunches in an innovative rooftop greenhouse.