Readers Contribute – THANKS!

“I love checking your site and realized that I needed to make a donation after discovering how much I missed you while you were gone this last week.”
– KB

In April: GM steady support of $10 & KB sent $50to PTF’s ‘Grow the Future’ Fund– thank you!

Your contributions are greatly appreciated as they help us grow. For instance, we are working on revamping the journal (better than ever!), new tabling stuff and much, much more!

It’s good to back, hope you enjoyed reading those 10 posts yesterday – thank you also for the welcome back comments.

The Mailbag – Rebels With A Cause!

You’d think by now we’d tire of reading such comments and letters… on the contrary!

… Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with all of us through the web. Just to know that someone else is doing right now what I have been dreaming of for years, have helped me keep the flame inside of me alive. It has also helped me feel that I belong to something bigger, that I am not isolated and that I am not a crazy rebel (well, why not) Thank you again…. love to you and your family.
~ M M ~

and here’s another….

you are my heroes!
i just wanted to thank you for what you’re doing. it’s exactly whati’ve dreamed of. the idea of wholism has always been problematic toexplain. when i tell people i want to be a farmer/mother/teacher/knitter/basket-weaver/painter/soap-maker/cook/musician/beekeeperwhen i grow up, they respond with cynicism. but in truth, these idealsare all so integrally related in my mind that i feel like it’s really just one job. not even that really, but just one life or lifestyle.i have decided this year to begin taking whatever steps i can towardsmy goal. though i am currently renting a small apartment, your websitehas encouraged me to use my patio space for container gardening,composting, and maybe even a hand-powered washing machine. i hope thatby my actions, i can be yet another example in the urban sprawlrevolution.thank you for your encouragement,A

and another….

About a year ago I wrote to thank you and your family for being such an inspiration and I thought I would give you an update on the changes you’ve inspired since then. I have a long way to travel down this path, but I try to remind myself the goal is “progress not perfection!” That said, in the past 12 months we have:Reduced our total electric load by 20%Replaced over 70% of incandescent bulbs with fluorescents. Learned how to compost (I LOVE it!). You all taught me: “start with the soil”Constructed (using found & recycled materials) two 2′ X 10′ garden plots (amended with my own compost)Learned how to save & store seedsSold our second car.Restored a found bicycle (this makes two) and use those for short trips.Reduced our garbage can trash from two barrels weekly, to one-half barrel weekly. (Everything else is recycled)Planted and am learning how to grow: basil, parsley, radishes, salad greens, fava beans, sweet peas, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and broccoli. All organic seeds.Made my own version of ollas using leftover clay pots & hot-glued the rims together (I know, hot glue… electricity, but I wanted to use up what I had) and cut corks for the holes.Put up a clothesline and use it for the majority of our laundry.That’s all I can think of for now. I’ve never, ever gardened before, so it’s a steep learning curve for me. Plus we have seven cats so that’s always a gardening challenge! But I’m having fun, and am trying to change myself from being a consumer to a caretaker of the Earth.Next steps for the coming year:Learning how to can.Learning when to plant what.Installing rain barrels… a probably lots more I’m not expecting to learn!Loads of love & admiration from the desert,MM

[Great job M! Wishing you all the best in your journey]


Getting dirty may lift your mood

Bacteria found in the soil activated a group of neurons that produce the brain chemical serotoninTreatment of mice with a ‘friendly’ bacteria, normally found in the soil, altered their behavior in a way similar to that produced by antidepressant drugs, reports research published in the latest issue of Neuroscience.
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[Cheap therapy!]


  1. David says:

    I tried the link to get more 411 on the serotonin & getting dirty article but it just goes back to website( a subject dear to my heart as well). I’ve found that the act of gardening not only helps my depression but going gloveless in the soil rises my mood positively to the point I need to change & get more involved w/ back to the land life. Will do a search of this Neuroscience mag for the further 411. I raise my glass to ya. Merci beacoup again.

  2. Kathy says:

    That certainly explains why gardening feels so incredibly good and calming, even when you’re doing a lot of physical work in the process. And it’s so rewarding to know that something you planted and tended is growing and thriving.

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