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FOOD is, arguably, foundational to any cause you care about. Without healthy food/agriculture, in a couple of decades, we’ll be such a sickly species that we will not have the strength and stamina to take care of our children, animals and the earth.
Let’s make sure that the 2012 FARM BILL—a federal bill that resets agricultural policies every 5 years—invests in healthy food instead of handouts to corporate MEGA-FARMS.
The ever-impressive EWG (Environmental Working Group) has joined with Mario Batali, Michael Pollan and more than 70 of the nation’s food and health leaders to urge Congress to redirect a portion of crop insurance subsidies into vital investments in nutrition, healthy food and conservation programs. Add your voice and SIGN HERE.
EWG is also already preparing for when the farm bill comes up in the House of Representatives. Add your name to their letter to House members HERE.
Can’t remember where I originally found these, but the tree house is in a forest village theme park/tourist trap in Canada. The second photo is how I’d decorate it :)
Just came across these cool little tables made by Holmes Wilson (found on Style Files.) Even cooler are their concrete panels. I can totally envision these lining a foyer, or a spectacular bathroom, or a recessed in a library, lit up like a fossilized archeological treasure. The trick is in the stain and what kind of patina and texture they create. The larger leaf imprints are particularly stunning.
My dream house – a hobbitesque straw bale home with smooth rounded walls, domed ceilings and no right angles – will also have a staircase like this. From here.
New blog infatuation – the delicious and decadent Chintz of Darkness. If Edgar Allen Poe and Marie Antoinette collaborated on a blog, this would be it.
Charmed and delighted by the antiquated world of sisters Porter and Hollister Hovey who were just written up in the NYTimes. I’ve been glued to their blog, a fabulous collection of their vintage artifacts and discoveries, ever since finding it on Native Kee a few months ago.
In the NYT piece, Valerie Steele (director of the Museum of FIT) perfectly describes this ‘new vintage’ trend: “It’s way more than anti-modernism, this sort of deep spelunking into the past… It’s not aspirational and it’s not nostalgic. It’s a fantasy world that is almost entirely a visual collage. It’s a stitched-together, bricolage world, an alternative world.” (Spelunking and bricolage – good words.)
Very True Blood…..with which I have such a love/hate relationship!
(Photo found on here on the The Architecturalist.)
It was built for £3000 (!) with an estimated 1250 man hours of labor. Here is what Simon says about the house: “This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology. These sort of low cost, natural buildings have a place not only in their own sustainability, but also in their potential to provide affordable housing which allows people access to land and the opportunity to lead more simple, sustainable lives.”
For an explicit look at how the house was built (with lots of pics) and a short interview with Simon Dale (who’s philosophy about the world and the future or civilization is right-ON) go here. It’s really worth taking a look!
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