Fall 2020 Almanac

Hello friends and a big welcome to all the new subscribers!

From farmers’ markets to local finance schemes, from plant-based education to rewilding projects, localization initiatives are on the front line of protecting soil health, biodiversity, economic resilience and community wellbeing. They are the ‘lifeboats’ that will lead us through times of crisis and into the more beautiful futures our hearts know are possible, despite the obstacles posed by a system geared to supporting the big and the global.

Learn about how to build a resilient future from a teacher who teaches urban design at Harvard Graduate School of Design and about a town in Japan that has been working on being zero-waste since 2003.

Do you know about the WPA which was created back in 1935? There are aspects of it that could inspire some of the challenges we face today.

Special Film Festival Event, September 3-8th!
I’m planning on watching the 20 short films being featured that highlight people impacted by a changing climate and those with the passion and determination to understand and solve it through science and activism.

Another film not to miss is premiering on September 22nd on Netflix.
My friends Josh and Rebecca Tickell, who are also the Gamechanger Duo in this issue, made the film. They are an inspiring force in the environmental film world. I’m so grateful for the work they do and for the stories they tell.

Keep your calendar open because there is more to add to it.
On October 8th, the mighty Winona LaDuke is in conversation with Leah Penniman and then on October 25th, Kali Akuno and George Monbiot are having a conversation.
Find out more about them here!!

I love finding out when someone has come up with a solution to a problem that has bothered me for years: bird fatalities due to wind turbines.
Read here about what could make a difference.

Plastic pollution is such a huge blight on the planet, and it fills me with hope when I read about a sustainable brand making a difference and the tribe it took to address where the plastic problem starts and coming up with a solution. Don’t miss the fantastic article that is posted in it.

I’ve recommended several books for adults and kids, and you’ll find them scattered amongst the blog posts. I’m obsessed with all the books, including the ones for the kids. And if a book doesn’t manage to put you to sleep at night, there is always this beautiful option from the wilds of Canada.

Explore the latest entries in one of my favorite parts of the Almanac, the Cabinet of Green Curiosities which features vermipods (currently in my compost pile), tektite and book loving ants.

The artist-designer this month splits his time between England and Mexico. He designs and makes creations using natural and sustainable materials found in Mexico.

I love to cook and especially when I can use produce from own my garden. The recipes in this issue include courgettes (zucchini), sage and mushrooms. They are all easy to make and delicious.

Are you interested in beauty products that don’t have plastic in them?
Boy, do I have an app for you!

Do you love spending time in the great outdoors and would like to learn more about all the wonderful flora and fauna you are seeing? I have several apps for you. And if you are wondering how you can freeze your extra onions and garlic, I have info for that too!

And, I have left something very special for last. It’s just a start, but I’ve planted my first medicinal herb garden where I am growing my own medicine specific to what I need.
Read about it here.

Stop by my store and see the latest products I have added, many are vintage, some I’ve made and others are new and ALL are practical, great looking and useful.

May you and yours stay safe, healthy and well in all ways.

All the best always,

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  • Fall 2020 Almanac, Sustainable Design

    Zero Waste Town

    A few years ago in this almanac, I featured Kamakatsu, the zero-waste town located in Japan.

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, Recipe

    Porcini Mushroom Risotto

    This plant-forward risotto, made with hearty flavored porcini mushrooms, is easy to make and delicious.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac, Nature News

    Break Free From Plastic

    #thebreakfreefromplastic Movement is a global movement envisioning a future free from plastic pollution.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac, Nature News

    Can’t Sleep? Check the Night Sky

    Live stream the Northern Lights from the comfort of your couch.

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, Recipe

    Sage Fried Eggs

    This is her synonymous breakfast dish to make at home; sage-fried eggs with lemony, bright greens.

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, Recipe

    Garden Recipe

    Taking inspiration from the local landscape as well as the amazing growers, farmers and fisherman that supply many of his ingredients.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac, Sustainable Design

    How to Build a Resilient Future

    Julia Watson researches enduring innovations that could help us counter the challenges of climate change.

  • Bird News, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Paint It Black

    A solution is available to reduce avian fatalities due to wind turbines.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac


    Also known as Works Progress Administration, the WPA was active from 1939-1943. It was a work program for the unemployed, which was created in 1935 under U.S. Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

  • Eco Garden, Fall 2020 Almanac, Nature News

    Growing My Own Medicine

    This past spring, I started planting my first medicinal herb garden, with herbs that I would actually use, either as teas, food, in the bath or as smudge sticks.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac, Gamechanger

    In Conversation – Part 2

    Land as a Commons: Building the New Economy

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac, Gamechanger

    In Conversation – Part 1

    Winona LaDuke and Leah Penniman Moderated by Nwamaka Agbo

  • Eco Cinema, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    The Tucson Chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby presents the Climate Solutions Film Festival, a 50th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day.

  • Eco Tip, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Eco Tips

    Tips from PW

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, Gamechanger

    Josh and Rebecca Tickell

    Husband and wife team, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, are the darlings of the environmental movement via the award-winning documentaries and feature films they have written and directed with their production company…

  • Eco Cinema, Fall 2020 Almanac

    KISS THE GROUND: The solution is under our feet

    Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies.

  • Artist, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Fernando Laposse

    Fernando Laposse is a London based Mexican designer/artist, who specializes in transforming humble natural materials into refined pieces.

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities


    The overwhelming consensus of Earth and planetary scientists is that tektites consist of terrestrial debris that was ejected during the formation of an impact crater.

  • Fall 2020 Almanac, The Cabinet Of Green Curiosities


    VermiPods are specially encapsulated earthworm cocoons.

  • Eco News, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Inspiring Brand: Solo New York

    We all know that one of the easiest ways to help the environment is by using eco-friendly bags, the kind that is reusable and washable and if only more people would pivot to eco-friendly bags, we could then cut down the number of plastic bags being manufactured and distributed all over the world.

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    What Have Plants Ever Done for Us? Western Civilization in Fifty Plants By Stephen A. Harris

    Plants are an indispensable part of our everyday lives. From the coffee bean that gets roasted for our morning brew to the grasses that feed the animals we eat to the rubber tree that provides the raw materials used in the tires of our cars, we depend on plants for nearly every aspect of our lives.

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Local Is Our Future: Steps to an Economics of Happiness by Helena Norberg-Hodge

    From disappearing livelihoods to financial instability, from climate chaos to an epidemic of depression, we face crises on a number of seemingly unrelated fronts.

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures By Merlin Sheldrake

    Most fungi live out of sight, yet make up a massively diverse kingdom of organisms that supports and sustains nearly all living systems.

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Upstream: Selected Essays By Mary Oliver

    Upstream follows Oliver as she contemplates the pleasure of artistic labor, her boundless curiosity for the flora and fauna that surround her, and the responsibility she has inherited…

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    A Walk in the Forest: (ages 3-6) By Maria Dek

    A stunning invitation to discover the woods as a place for both imaginative play and contemplation.

  • Book, Fall 2020 Almanac

    Compost: A Family Guide to Making Soil from Scraps By Ben Raskin

    Teach your kids that composting is fun…