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					                                                                                                           food system. That includes providing
                                               The                                                         access to and protection of foodlands;
                                                                                                           supporting local, small scale growers and
                                               Media Beat                                                  producers; and educating, communicat-
                                                                                                           ing and celebrating with local food com-
                                               Editor Wendy Priesnitz
                                               shares her favorite
                                               sources of green
                                               information and


                                               ments. Called Homegrown and directed
                                               by Robert McFalls, the film is an inti-
                                               mate human portrait of what it’s like to
                                               live like “Little House on the Prairie” in
                                               the 21st Century. Last summer and fall, it
                                               screened to sold-out audiences at film
                                               festivals in the U.S., Canada and the
                                               U.K. Details and a trailer are at                           Creative Reuse
A    s our awareness grows about the en-
     vironmental and health issues of im-
                                                                                                           A    rtists and craftspeople have always
                                                                                                                been recyclers by nature but, for
                                                                                                           many, it has not only become a thrifty
ported, factory farmed food, increasing        Farmers Rock                                                choice but a moral imperative. In the new
numbers of people are growing vegeta-
ble gardens in their backyards. However,
not everyone has dedicated themselves
                                               F   armFolk/CityFolk
                                                   has just launched
                                               a web project that’s not
                                                                                                           book 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse by
                                                                                                           Garth Johnston (Quarry, 2009), they
                                                                                                           share their projects as a way of both
to the task in the way the Dervaes family      quite a rock video, but it                                  showcasing their work and inspiring the
has. The family of four runs a small or-       does show that sustainable farmers and                      rest of us to remake, restyle, recycle and
ganic farm in the heart of urban Pasa-         city growers rock! FarmFolk/CityFolk                        renew. The work in this photography
dena, California. While living off the         Heroes is a six-minute video/slide show                     book ranges from clever and humble per-
grid, they harvest over six thousand           homage to twenty-seven sustainable                          sonal accessories to unique and impor-
pounds of produce on less than a quarter       farmers and city growers with photogra-                     tant large-scale works of art. It includes
of an 
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Description: We are proud that our own "Crafting for a Greener World" columnist Robyn Coburn is one of the featured artists. Her contribution to this fascinating book is the shopping basket crocheted with "plarn" made from recycled plastic grocery bags, which she described how to make in her column in Natural Life's July/ August 2009 issue."Adult-friendly kids' music" is how Magic Mama (also known as Kjersten Hallin) describes her first album Rodeo deGaia (Magic Mama Music, 2007). And although we have no little ones around, we've certainly been dancing around the office to this catchy combo of world beat and hip hop music. The music is lively and the lyrics are empowering and environmentally educational without sacrificing fun. An added bonus is the well-designed but funky CD packaging made of recycled fiberboard.Although college admission has, in recent years, become fairly simple for homeschoolers - partly because they tend to thrive there, it's still an issue of concern for some self-educated learners. So College Without High School - A teenager's guide to skipping high school and going to college by Blake Boles (New Society Publishers, 2009) is a useful addition to the genre, which includes Grace Llewellyn's Teenage Liberation Handbook and Cafi Cohen's And What About College.
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