Carbondale Spring

One Step Closer to Food Autonomy

Beck-HomesteadWe are pleased to announce that one of the world’s leading permaculture design experts and educators, Wayne Weiseman, has endorsed the Carbondale Spring and agreed to lead our Food Autonomy initiative.

This is a big step for the Carbondale Spring, and for the future of Carbondale. There is so much wisdom here, just waiting to be unleashed to build a city that isn’t just crossing its fingers waiting for the University to turn around, that isn’t just waiting for some industry to take an interest. We can build a self-reliant city.

We can make Carbondale a model for a compassionate, ecologically restorative form of development. But we need your help.

Wayne Weiseman has lived in Carbondale since 1995, and spends much of his time traveling the world teaching courses in permaculture and helping communities to grow sustainable food systems. His own yard in Carbondale has an orchard, a water catchment system, and numerous other ecologically friendly features. You can keep up with Wayne’s blog here, and purchase his first book, Integrated Forest Gardening, here. Wayne’s second book is forthcoming.

The Care Deficit

A brand new article that perfectly expresses why we need to redirect the outrageous Carbondale police budget into care workers.

[O]ur communities aren’t offering us the support system that they once did. A lack of community care, crucial to providing a sense of unity and belonging, has spurred poverty, loneliness, social isolation, gun violence and rising suicide rates. Compared with people in other developed nations, Americans are dying at a younger age and quicker rate. Studies indicate that “despair deaths,” or deaths related to alcohol, drug and suicide, are a root cause. Our lack of community is killing us. Yet in a nation with less and less care, issues such as isolation are a mere drop in the bucket, quickly lost in the sea of social shortcomings vying for our attention.

Read the whole article by Eve Blossom here.

Read about our plan to respond to the challenges we face by turning Carbondale into an innovator in compassion here.

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Required Listening for Carbondaliens

Its Sunday. If you’re hanging around the house or driving around or whatever, please take a listen to this interview from Thursday’s Greenhouse Rebellion about the Carbondale Spring.

*This interview was edited to exclude about 10 minutes of music at the beginning. Sorry for folks who were previously confused by that.