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Should I move to my family farm?

My partner and I are very seriously thinking about moving to my family farm once our lease is up here in the big city next May. In short, we want to homestead/farm. We are not preppers. We enjoy animals, nature and working hard with our hands. We have savings. Yes, I know how hard farming is. I'm experienced. My partner is a carpenter. We are growing weary of life in the city, find ourselves to be somewhat reclusive and disenchanted with our daily routines. We would also like to be closer to our families. [more inside]
posted by chimeling on Dec 14, 2016 - 45 answers

Six months to improve your quality of life - what would you do?

My latest temporary job is coming to an end this week and I have six months of living expenses saved up. Rather than jumping into another temp office job, I'm looking to use the time in a more productive way to further longer-term life goals, such as moving to a new environment in another part of the country and improving my quality of life and improve my (especially mental) health. How can I maximise the time and resources I have to get out of my rut and into a life that's more worth leading? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 26, 2016 - 15 answers

Recommendations for literature on behavioral change

I'd like to get your recommendations for literature, research, etc.- academic and otherwise- on behavioral change. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on May 9, 2016 - 7 answers

Course/Materials: Chem/Biochem meets Sustainability?

Is anyone aware of an upper-division undergraduate or masters level course - or materials for such a course - with the following criteria. The course should describe, holistically, both scientifically rigorous descriptions of chemistry as well as sociological/anthropological implications of this science that illustrate the intersections of chemistry/biochemistry with sustainability. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 5 answers

An urban planning tour of SF, Portland, and Seattle

I'm a young, aspiring urban planner, and over the next month my friend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland and then to Seattle. What should I see in these cities that will be interesting from a planner's/social justice/sustainability perspective? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Ideas for building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home?

I have this pipe dream of settling down somewhere extremely rural and building a self-sufficient, environmentally friendly home. I've got a lot of ideas floating around in my head, but I'm always looking for new ones. How would you go about setting up such a dwelling? (Or how did you do it, if you've done it yourself?) I'm ideally looking for ground-up plans, but all ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on May 9, 2015 - 19 answers

My kingdom for an intern!

I need a grant writing intern for my non-profit. Possibly several. Do you know what universities have good green technology or permaculture degree tracks that would be a good place to start looking? (many snowflakes inside) [more inside]
posted by ananci on Jun 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Grow food in a giant cave?

I'm working on a story where some people live in a cave and have to grow their own food inside. I would like some idea of what could realistically be grown in this situation (more details below). [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 on Jun 3, 2014 - 20 answers

How do I live a life of peace, beauty and serenity, sustainably?

I've been having quite a reflective period in my life of late, with some changes coming up, and one of the things I've come to realise is that I'm not happy with my current work-heavy lifestyle. I want to optimise my life for happiness, peace, community rather than work and money. How do I do that, sustainably? I am open to all sorts of options. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Mar 11, 2014 - 14 answers

QuotationFilter: love unlike taxes and either like sustainability?

I'm searching for a quotation that was paraphrased to me as
Talking about sustainability should not be like doing taxes, it must be like writing a love letter.
The person (architect, with interest in sustainable design) who paraphrased this to me is certain this is not the actual quotation and citation, and believes it came to her attention within the past seven years.
posted by Prince_of_Cups on Apr 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Food/Cooking/Sustainability crash course

I may have an opportunity to teach a ten week class to ninth graders about food, cooking, and sustainability. These are topics that interest me and that I pursue in my spare time, but I'm realizing I don't know as much as I thought I did-- what books, resources, concepts do I need to study in order to get a real grasp on this so I can teach it well? [more inside]
posted by bonheur on Jan 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Good Sustainability Movie or DVD Titles

Looking for topical DVDS (short films, docos, movies) exploring Sustainability as a theme. [more inside]
posted by Under the Sea on Dec 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Sustainability in Detroit?

Going to Detroit. I need recommendations on the cool places to see regeneration, sustainable initiatives, parks, art, urban agriculture, etc. (the innovative stuff that makes Detroit awesome!) [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Sep 20, 2012 - 12 answers

How to reinvent oneself professionaly?

Twice a pioneer, with career disrupted by immigration and maternity, needs badly to reinvent herself. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by Deep Brazil on May 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Finding a sustainable community in Hawaii?

I'm interested in joining/starting some kind of sustainable, intentional community in Hawaii. I've done some basic googling and found some WWOOF places, but I was hoping Metafilter could give more personal feedback. I'm in Honolulu right now and have funds to put roots down elsewhere in the islands. Can anyone recommend a good sustainability course, farm, or personal contacts?
posted by eurypteris on Apr 14, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me ground my fantasy in reality with regards to off the grid living...

How do I live off-the-grid... [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Feb 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the (weight loss) plateau...

Has anyone broke through a weight loss plateau and managed to maintain their progress? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2011 - 13 answers

What are some good sources of ideas for corporate/officeplace sustainability initiative?

Where can I find good ideas that a high-tech corporate office can adopt as part of a sustainability initiative [more inside]
posted by Mad_Carew on May 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Corporate social responsibility

Companies/corporations that use strongly human- and earth-friendly business practices and ethics? [more inside]
posted by so_gracefully on Apr 28, 2011 - 16 answers

Constructive Help

ARCHITECTURE/URBAN DESIGN: Looking for innovative, green construction materials (think porous pavement, green walls). Catch--I need to get my hands on a few samples in two weeks. [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jan 25, 2011 - 11 answers

designed to last

What can I buy that is not Designed for the Dump? Is there a "Buy This Not That" resource for this type of thing? Also, I'm poor, but I'm willing to invest if it really will last. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Nov 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Please advise on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN.

Please give me some advice on how to organize an Alleycat style bike event fundraiser for my nonprofit workplace, and how to make it AMAZINGLY FUN. [more inside]
posted by ialwayscryatendings on Oct 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Alternative Energy

Useful resources for teaching high-school students about alternative energy? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 17, 2010 - 6 answers

From little things, big things grow...

Is there an eco florist in your town? I'd like to hear from you! I have been inspired by this florist in Melbourne I recently discovered. I've had a wander around the internets but I'm aware that many small or very local businesses around the world may not have webpages or publicity. [more inside]
posted by honey-barbara on Mar 16, 2010 - 1 answer

Looking to crunch numbers on industrial vs sustainable agriculture

What are the best resources/where might I be able to find statistics around agriculture/food supply? I'm interested specifically in being able to do comparisons between inputs and costs between industrial and local/sustainable agriculture. [more inside]
posted by lhl on Feb 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Journals relating to GIS, Sustainability and Renewable Energy

What journals should I make a habit of reading regularly to stay current in my field and research interests? I am mostly interested in GIS, Renewable Energy and Sustainability. [more inside]
posted by occidental on Feb 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I save the planet with computers and stuff? and get paid!?

I want to help guide the development of "new" environmentalism... Where should I (educated/trained as an Ecologist) start on a career change into media (online/web development)? better explained... [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Dec 9, 2009 - 4 answers

Independent Organic Products?

List of organic brands (Food/Cosmetics/Cleaning products) that are not subsidiaries of major corporations? Examples: Nature's Gate, EarthBalance. Have already used this and this.
posted by pleasantries on Jul 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Coffee Certified By Both Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance?

Coffee filter (!): Is there any type of coffee available for purchase that's certified Fair Trade and also certified by the Rainforest Alliance?
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Round peg square hole

wrongjobfilter: It's a bad fit and I'm a mess, leave or stick it out, and if so, for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2009 - 17 answers

How can I combine my interests into a coherent academic plan?

Seeking a field that blends radical left-wing politics and sustainability with technology without diluting any of them. [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Oct 16, 2008 - 14 answers

Are Safeway organics really organic?

Safeway: regular brands and house brands out the wazoo. It says organic, but is it? [more inside]
posted by biwa-shu on Oct 11, 2008 - 11 answers

Sustainability consulting and design - how to start?

Interested in the field of sustainability consulting and design - questions and concerns inside [more inside]
posted by rmm on Sep 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Can you recommend a great online-article on consumerism?

Can you suggest interesting--but not too long--articles on consumerism, for the College Writing class I teach? [more inside]
posted by whatgorilla on Sep 16, 2008 - 11 answers

Could we feed the current world population using purely organic farming methods?

Could we feed the current world population using purely organic farming methods? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Aug 8, 2008 - 18 answers

Seeking Ag Blogs

What are the good sustainable agriculture blogs? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Aug 3, 2008 - 5 answers

How to start a "free university" dedicated to sustainability and localization.

I'm looking for information about starting a "free university" around the subject of creating a more sustainable and vibrant local economy. [more inside]
posted by diogenes on Jun 12, 2008 - 5 answers

I'm not Superwoman. Help me get real!

I tend to get very excited about lots of different projects and overcommit myself. I can be happily insanely busy for a while, but then I get overwhelmed, freak out and flake out. I don't want to do this anymore. How can I find balance and learn to work sustainably?
posted by streetdreams on May 25, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for all the B. F. Skinner wannabe's.

What are the most exciting developments that are actually functioning in ecology, sustainability and alternative technologies? The more specific the better! [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Mar 22, 2008 - 5 answers

How can I carry my arugula without a plastic bag?

Farmer's market and co-op conundrum: what can I use to carry my veggies instead of plastic bags? [more inside]
posted by melissam on Feb 23, 2008 - 13 answers

Looking for a book on leadership during times of great change

I'm looking for a fairly recent book about leadership during times of major change written by a female author. [more inside]
posted by salvia on Feb 15, 2008 - 4 answers

Self sustaining cities

What potential or existing strategies are there for developing large urban economies without relying on international investment, transnational corporations, etc.? [more inside]
posted by poweredbybeard on Jan 30, 2008 - 12 answers

Looking for resources regarding sustainability.

Zero waste is the topic. Turned up zero hits in my AskMeFi search. [more inside]
posted by valentinepig on Dec 17, 2007 - 8 answers

I'm searching for an obscure organic hippy magazine from the 70's

I'm looking for a magazine from the early 70's that was geared towards natural hippy lifestyles, homesteading, composting, crafts, self-sustainability and organic gardening. Does this ring a bell with anyone and can you help me find some back copies?
posted by watercarrier on Dec 10, 2007 - 24 answers

What is the most environmentally-friendly alcoholic beverage?

What are the relative environmental impacts of procuring a *single serving* of wine, liquor, or beer? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Dec 3, 2007 - 16 answers

What to do with stale coffee beans?

I have a couple of half-full bags of stale coffee beans that no longer make good coffee. Aside from throwing them in the trash, what can I do with old beans? [more inside]
posted by lindsey.nicole on Dec 1, 2007 - 28 answers

Introductions to technological development

Is anybody familiar with one or more good textbooks (or introductory volumes) on technology development and/or deployment? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Jul 26, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me save the world

I am a grad student in a computer engineering program who has recently become interested in sustainability. Please help me figure out how best to use my talents to have a positive impact on society. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jul 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Does bamboo burn?

Does bamboo burn in fireplaces and wood stoves? I'm wondering if I can use it to heat a house, since it's far more renewable than trees.
posted by Galen on Jun 5, 2007 - 15 answers

Seeking sustainability

As a "peak aware" twenty something with parents within range of retirement, I've been persuading my family over the last five years to plan for a future with dramatically reduced energy supply. I want us to start a long-term transition to green -- and more importantly, I want us to live in a community that's green or at least capable of making a similar transition. (We currently live in hot pink Miami.) I don't just mean I want to feel good about recycling, but I don't quite mean an intentional community like Earthaven, which would be a step too far for my family. How can I find a community that has the elements necessary for localized, self-sufficient living? Search advice and specific endorsements are both welcome. [more inside]
posted by greggish on Jun 4, 2007 - 19 answers

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