gather and grow

Homegrown, hand-spun living in the city

Last week, Gather and Grow journeyed to London to attend the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence. The conference, in downtown London, was a two-day extravaganza of presentations, workshops, films, book launches, and butt-kicking keynote speeches. After the conference, the Convergence gathered in the huge Gilwell Park outside of London for five more days of workshops, …

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From the sea to the mountains to the lake. I’ve made it to our family cottage by a small lake in Central Finland, and will be spending the next few weeks here. This is our family’s sanctuary, the place where we gather every summer, very close to the farm where my father was born and …

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We’ve made our way from the sea to the mountains. The Dolomite mountains of Northern Italy, to be precise. We’re in South Tirol, Italy’s northernmost province — a meeting point between the Alpine Germanic and the Mediterranean cultures, which is what gives the region its unique character. It’s fully bilingual, with Italian being more commonly …

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Spending time in a village like Laporiya was an opportunity for me to pause, to notice, to get closer. People’s faces — inquisitive, radiant, shy. The thick wool on the sheeps’ bodies, to become quality woolen blankets one day. The madly joyous whistling of the birds. The warmth of the body of a cow whose …

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It is late July in Laporiya village in Rajasthan — an arid region in India’s most arid state. When I arrived in this village of about 2,000 people, 85 km southwest of Jaipur, the monsoon rains had not yet come. Yet, you’d never guess it approaching the village: green grass, lush healthy trees, flourishing vegetable gardens …

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