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Jules Dervaes and the Path to Freedom Project [SixRedHeads.com]

One day about 6 years ago, I was sitting at my computer in the family room, feeling more than a little down that we seemed trapped in Suburbia, unable to realize our dreams of a country lifestyle, or of being more self-sufficient in how we provided for our family. Books sat on the shelf of how to garden, how to raise small animals, how to live off the land…but our lives seemed to show no sign of changing anytime soon to allow for more than a few container plants here and there. I needed a vision, an example, to push my mind out of the box I had it in; the box that said sustainable living could only happen only in wide, open spaces. Somehow, link by followed link, I ended up at pathtofreedom.com and a hero was found, a deliberate-liver if there ever was one!
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[Thanks Tia for sharing PTF with your readers]
Day in the Work Life: Urban farmer [American Public Radio]

Who says you can’t have a farm in the middle of the city? Jules Dervaes of Pasadena, Calif. started one in his own backyard.
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Get Growing Organically [Kansas City.com]

In an ongoing look at blogs of folks who are working to be good stewards of the land or are striving for sustainability, here are two good ones:•Path to Freedom, at www.pathtofreedom.com, is an astonishing chronicle of how an inner-city family in Pasadena, Calif., is turning their one-fifth acre of land into a viable urban homestead. This family goes far beyond what many others are able or willing to do. They hope to inspire others to take at least one step toward becoming a better steward of the land.
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BOOKMARKS

Is carbon offsetting the solution? (Or part of the problem?) [Observer]

We burn fossil fuel in the developed world – and plant much-needed trees in Africa to ‘off set’ our emissions. It sounds like a win-win situation. But is it?
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Cyber warming: PCs produce same CO2 emissions as airlines [Independent]

Ministers will this week embark on a campaign to curb “cyber-warming” from computers and information technology equipment that now does as much damage to the climate as aircraft emissions.
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Drought Ahead [TreeHugger]

Per the latest NOAA drought map, regional drought is still severe in parts of the US, as elsewhere in the world. (We’ve posted earlier versions of this map several times before. However, linking back makes no sense, as drought is a now-and-looking-forward issue.) Instead, here’s what to expect as the dry months proceed.
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Suddenly, the bees are simply vanishing [LA Times]

Scientists are at a loss to pinpoint the cause. The die-off in 35 states has crippled beekeepers and threatened many crops.
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LA residents told to cut showers as drought deepens [Reuters]

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles residents were urged on Wednesday to take shorter showers, reduce lawn sprinklers and stop throwing trash in toilets in a bid to cut water usage by 10 percent in the driest year on record. With downtown Los Angeles seeing a record low of 4 inchesof rain since July 2006 — less than a quarter of normal — and with a hot, dry summer ahead, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the city needed “to change course and conserve water to steer clear of this perfect storm.”It is the driest year since rainfall records began 130 years ago.
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