Earthship Biotecture is an attempt to answer a radical question: can you build a house that not only needs substantially less infrastructure than the average home, but needs almost no infrastructure at all?
In this podcast episode, Chuck interviews Corie Brown, Zester Media co-founder and a writer on the food system, about the depopulation of rural Kansas, as mechanized agriculture reduces the need for farm labor, and the social toll that it is taking in isolated, shrinking towns.
The idea of a community garden isn’t a new one. Now, when modern life seems to be more stressful and uncertain than ever, community gardens could prove to be the salve that heals our hurting communities.
We have chosen a rural life—who pays for our infrastructure? The short answer is: we don't have much of it, but we take care of our own needs. Strong towns require strong citizens: people who learn to take control of their lives and do for themselves things that are doable.
Gas stations and dollar stores have taken the place of the corner store in most neighborhoods. Can this ship be turned around?
Small, scalable businesses are leading urban revitalizations across the country.
Our unceasing desire for cheap and efficient production has squeezed out family farmers across the nation.
The elements that have made craft breweries successful in American small towns could also spell good news for other industries.
How did beer turn the consolidation ship around and what can we learn from craft brewing's success?
Coffee shops are often the perfect spark to ignite downtown rebirth. Here's why.
What if our towns saw urban farming as an opportunity for economic growth and employment?
A new collaboration in Laramie, WY uses blank downtown walls as a canvas for growing food, creating conversation and activating overlooked spaces.
Food isn't just nutritious and tasty; it can also be the backbone of a healthy economy and a strong town.
A recording of our recent webcast with farmer Molly Rockamann is now available. Check it out!
Along a quiet stretch of the Allegheny River in Western New York, a small farm run by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany strives to change how the surrounding community feeds itself.
In this podcast, Rachel Quednau interviews Alfonso Morales, a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, about public markets and what makes them succeed or fail.
5 reasons foodies should care about building strong towns.
Six small-scale farmers discuss the challenges and successes of their modern-day farm efforts.
Edible gardens can double as green infrastructure, taking the pressure off the man-made systems we rely on to make our cities function.
In their efforts to encourage local food production, this municipal government has actually quashed any hopes of a flourishing food system.