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additional cultural pursuits
of sustainability

organic food, family farms, nutritious food, wild food
renewable energy
"back to basics"
primitive outdoors living / wilderness survival skills
Native Americans
public school with local curriculum
homebirth and baby care
websites & you tube videos
art & music
quote on "going local"
scales of sustainability

1. selected organic gardening & family farms webpages:

Family farms, grass-finished beef, pasture-raised chickens, etc.
The Meatrix website

A brief overview and dicussion on the history on industrial agriculture since the 1950s, making shorter rice and wheat that produced more seed, using fossil fuel based fertilizer, increase of human population, etc.
You Tube: "Richard Manning on the Green Revolution"

Organic Gardening Guru

Buy food from farms which are close to your home; find the farms at Local Harvest:

Bertrand Farm, Niles, Michigan
An educational farm. People can join for 1 year or many years. "Members are involved in all stages of production, from ordering seed to harvesting and preserving."

z-hub's Three Oaks Farmer's Market & Family Farms webpage

2. selected nutritious food webpages:

Grind / Mill Your Own Whole Grains
You Tube: "Tips to Saving Grocery Money and Being Healthy: Milling Fresh Grain - Why Bother?"

Apple Valley Natural Foods store - sells whole grains (1 or 2 pound bags each of wheat, oats, millet, barley, rye, buckwheat, flax, corn, rice, etc.)
9067 St. Joseph Ave. (Old US 31), Berrien Spring, Michigan

Lehmans store - sells a variety of grain grinders/mills; and sells 25 pound containers of whole wheat, oats, and corn.
Kedron, Ohio

Pleasant Hill Grain store - sells grain grinders/mills; and sells lentils, beans, and whole grains (45 pound containers each of wheat, oats, millet, barley, rye, buckwheat, flax, corn, rice, spelt, kamut, etc.)
Hampton, Nebraska

3. selected wild food webpages:

Wild Edible Food Foraging website of links, listed books, etc.

Edible Plants - Food grown locally in the Wild
such as the dandelion, such as Green Deane describes on You Tube: "EatTheWeeds: Episode 62: Dandelions"

Edible Plants - Food grown locally in the Wild
such as acorns, such as Green Deane describes on You Tube: "EatTheWeeds: Episode 50: Acorns"

Book: Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants In Wild (and Not So Wild) Places, by Steve Brill, 1994.

4. selected renewable energy webpages:

REgroup Michigan
REgroup of Southwest Michigan for local renewable energy links and hosts annual renewable energy expos.

Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association

5. selected stores that sell "back to basics" products:

Lehmans of Kidron, Ohio
Sells grain grinders/mills, cast iron cookware, handmade soap, homesteading books, composting containers, hand plows, oil lamps, water hand-pumps, wood-burning stoves, old-fashioned toys, Amish products, and lots more.

Pleasant Grain Hill of Hampton, Nebraska
Sells various cookware, grain grinders/mills, whole grains in bulk, and more.

Nova Natural Toys of Willison, Vermont
Sells simple, natural, back-to-basic toys, crafts, games, music, and books for children; for example: modeling beeswax, colorful silk fabrics for play, pentatonic-scale song book, kit for making wool yarn, looms, wooden toys, harvest time board game, Waldorf school related items, and more.

6. selected primitive outdoors skills & wilderness survival webpages:

Tom Brown Jr's Tracker School: Tracking, Nature, Wilderness Survival
Bloomsbury, New Jersey

Briar Patch Outdoors, at Durand, Michigan

Midwest Native Skills Institute, at Cleveland, Ohio

Wilderness Awareness School, at Duvall, Washington

Book: Primitive Skills and Crafts: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking, Survival, and More (pottery, basket weaving, etc.), by Richard and Linda Jamison, 1994.

Video that shows a quick overview and glimpse of various primitive and pioneer hade-made crafts and skills such as making a fire, tanning hide, flint knapping, and more.
You Tube: "Echoes In Primitive Skills"

Surf the web to find out more about flint knapping, making cordage, making fire with a bow hand-drill, setting a Figure 4 Deadfall trap, brain-tanning deer skin, using an atlatl weapon, building shelters from wild materials, what you can do with cattails, etc.

7. selected native american webpages:

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians (southwest Michigan)

Native American Tribe of Michigan

Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) Indians

8. selected homesteading webpages:

z-hub's Southwest Michigan Homesteading webpage

Sunflower Ecovillage in Bangor, Michigan

a guide to homesteading

Book: Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to: growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more, by Abigail R. Gehring, 2009.

9. selected homeschooling webpages:

z-hub's webpages on Homeschooling

Nature Study during Homeschool - Charlotte Mason Style

Earth Work Homeschool Program
Williamsburg, Massachusetts

A Southwest Michigan Homeschool

A Homestead Homeschool of Columbia River Gorge, Washington.

Book: The Well Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling, by Rachel Gathercole, 2007.

10. selected public school with environmental curriculum:

Pine Jog Elementary School
West Palm Beach, Florida
New school facility with green architecture
Schoolyard has 135 acres of native local wilderness
Curriculum relates to the local natural outdoors.
Students go outside to directly touch and study nature
Pine Jog Elementary School is adjacent to Pine Jog Environmental Education Center in West Palm Beach, Florida

11. selected homebirth and baby care webpages:

Michigan Midwives
Lists midwives avaliable for assisting with homebirths, etc.

Le Leche League International
Breastfeeding Support

The Cloth Diaper Foundation
Reuseable Cloth Diapers

Mothering Magazine

12. selected websites:

Several animals and plants that are in Virginia, are also in Michigan. Here's a Virginia-based website that has a webpage for each animal and plant that it lists. There's a long list. Also, it tells you the plant and animal species that each animal depends on to survive. It's a great food web website; it shows the connections between plants and animals. Also, it mentions how each plant and animal relates to people, such as how people use animals and plants as a resource.

CWES Nature Navigator website of central Wisconsin. It displays phenology: what is happening in nature each week throughout the year. Central Wisconsin is about 2 weeks behind southern Michigan during the winter and spring months, so look two weeks ahead.

"The Story of Stuff" website plays a video that elaborates what is typically hidden from consumers' view throughout the "Materials Economy": extraction to production to distribution to consumption to disposal. For instance, the video explains that corporations, industry, and factories are rapidly wasting earth's finite resources and are causing severe pollution. Video suggests that each step in the "Materials Economy" should act more wisely by not using poisonous materials in products, by making all products 100% recyclable, etc.

Family farms, grass-finished beef, pasture-raised chickens, etc.
The Meatrix website plays videos that illustrate that industrial agriculture is harming livestock, causing pollution, and making food less nutritious. The Meatrix promotes that small scale farms treat livestock better, is better for the environment, and creates more nutritious food.

A Blog on southwest Michigan nature (Three Oaks Region).

A Blog on southwest Michigan nature (in Cass County).

13. selected You-Tube videos:

You-Tube "endofempire79" channel. 16 videos by several authors covering a variety of environmental issues; for instance, sustainability, ecology, farming, land-based cultures, fossil fuels, peak oil, natural gas, globalization, civilization, world hunger, overpopulation, etc.

You-Tube "Greed."
Discusses two different cultures: a greedy, disrepectful, unsustainable culture and a sharing, respectful, sustainable culture.

You-Tube videos about how nature affects people, children, and education. Plus, how technology affects people, society, and education.

You-Tube "George Carlin - Owners of America" from Life is Worth Losing, 2005
Native Americans lived freely and sustainably and kept America beautiful and pristine. Then, civilization stole America from the Native Americans and established corporations to destroy America with shopping malls.
Furthermore, civilization's rampant corporate powers control America’s current public school system.  Corporations don’t want smart kids.  That’s why they keep kids stupid.  They only want people who are mindlessly obedient to excessively watch TV, shop, eat, drive, and work at dreary pigeonholed jobs, which are managed by the bureaucracies of globalized corporations.

14. selected Michigan art and music:

Pocket Pumpkin Press's environmental art

Earthwork Music - "The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond."

15. selected quote on "going local":

"Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs." in Going Local, by Michael H. Shuman, 2000.

16. selected books:

Pocket Pumpkin Press's educational books and materials

17. more selected books:

Endgame, by Derrick Jensen, 2006.
A two-volume book about "civilization." What civilization has been doing to societies and nature ever since Western Civilization began 6,000 years ago. Gives many examples of what civilization is doing to society and nature today. Muses about ways to perhaps end the ways of destructive civilization to live with freedom, sustainability, health, and in functional local communities again.
Definition of "civilization" based on etymology and history.

The Anthropik Network's Library
A list of books by many authors. Books cover sustainability, ecology, food, agriculture, nature awareness, wilderness, industrialization, globalization, mass extinction, wilderness, watersheds, technology, climate change, health, primitive living, bioregionalism, natural resources, and more.

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.
The book is an autobiography of the 2 years that Thoreau lived self-reliantly in nature in the area of Walden Pond, MA. He built his own house, grew his own vegetables, fished the wild fish of Walden Pond, etc.  While in the wilderness, he gained many deep thoughts and wisdoms. He wrote about his enjoyment of the health, freedom, and practical things that he experienced while living in the wilderness. He wrote about the splendor of nature, its wildlife, seasons, beauty, etc. Also, he provides critical thoughts on American education, colleges, economics, industry, factories, high-technology, and various social problems of modern advanced civilization. Although it's a 150-year-old book, Thoreau's thoughts are still very relevant to today's society. Walden can be read on the web at thoreau.eserver.org/walden00.html

Quotes from Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.

Reader’s Digest ABC’s of Nature: A Family Answer Book, 1988.
Great Lakes In My World textbook, by Alliance For The Great Lakes, 2005.
Landscapes For Learning: Creating Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth, by Sharon Stine, 1997.
The Poetics of Gardens, by Charles W. Moore, William J. Mitchell, and William Turnbull Jr, 1988.
The Language of Landscape, by Anne Whiston Spirn, 1998.
Landscaping For Wildlife [in the Midwest], by Carrol L. Henderson, 1987.
The Wild Woods Guide: From Minnesota to Maine, the Nature and Lore of the Great North Woods, by Doug Bennet and Tim Tiner, 2003.
Trees, a DK Eyewitness Book, 1992.
National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to New England [and Midwest], 1998. National Audubon Society’s Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians, 1979.
Reader’s Digest Book of North American Birds, 1990.
Climate Change, a DK Eyewitness Book, 2008.
The History of Knowledge, by Charles Van Doren, 1991.
Lie of the Land, by Paul Carter, 1996.
Endgame, by Derrick Jensen, 2006.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, 2007.
The Well-Adjusted Child: The Social Benefits of Homeschooling, by Rachel Gathercole, 2007.
A Book of the Year, by Anthony Aveni, 2003.
The Region of Three Oaks, by Edward K. Warren Foundation, 1939.
Primitive Skills and Crafts: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking, Survival, and More
, by Richard and Linda Jamison, 2007.
The First Americans, by Anthony Aveni, 2005.
Ojibwe Indians, by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2003.
Strength of the Earth: The Classic Guide to Ojibwe Uses of Native Plants, by Frances Densmore, 2005.
Identifying and Harvesting Edible and Medicinal Plants in Wild (and Not So Wild) Places, by Steve Brill, 1994.
Super Breakfast Cereals, by Katharina Gustavs, 2000.
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills: Buying and Working Land, Generating Your Own Energy, Raising Livestock, Enjoying Your Harvest, Household Skills, Crafts, and More, by Abigail R. Gehring, 2008.
Homesteading: A Backyard Guide to: Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More, by Abigail R. Gehring, 2009.
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, 1854.
Fancy Nancy: Explorer Extraordinaire!, by Jane O’Connor, 2009.
My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George, 1959.
Next Spring an Oriole, by Gloria Whelan, 1987. (Novel about a Potawatomi girl and a pioneer girl in Michigan about 1850, book 1)
Night of the Full Moon, by Gloria Whelan, 1993. (Novel about a Potawatomi girl and a pioneer girl in Michigan about 1850, book 2)
Shadow of the Wolf, by Gloria Whelan, 1997. (Novel about a Potawatomi girl and a pioneer girl in Michigan about 1850, book 3)
Critters (Birds and Mammals) of Michigan Pocket Guide, a Wildlife Forever book, 2000.
Reptiles & Amphibians of Michigan Field Guide, by Stan Tekiela, 2004.
How Seeds Travel, by Cynthia Overbeck, 1982.
Flowers, a DK Eyewitness Book, 1992.

18. Scales of Sustainability

Today, in modern civilization, each action a person does is extremely sustainable or extremely unsustainable or at a degree in between.  The first item listed is 100% totally sustainable.  Per scale, the higher the number, the more unsustainable it is.  Per scale, the highest number is the most unsustainable.   Some items can be lower or higher on the scale depending on how they are particularly done.  Furthermore, per scale, there are many more possible items than are listed; not every item is listed. Scales of food, clothes, tools, businesses, transportation, communication, entertainment, politics, art and music, exercise and sports, housing, communities, communities per human population, and land development.

More Links:

Quotes about Nature

Jokes, Humor, Puns
Laughter is often healthy, environmental, and sustainable.

Everything Connects to Everything
Social elements and natural elements link together in a web.

100% Totally Sustainable
Describes what it takes to be 100% Totally Sustainable.

Southwest Michigan's Sustainable Pursuits
Various examples of how people of Southwest Michigan are currently taking action to sustain nature and society.

Natural Elements (habitats, wildlife, water, land, air)
Discusses how natural elements are related to each other and to social elements (health, economy, school, freedom, art, values, etc.). Also, many photos of local natural elements of Southwest Michigan.

Imagine a School
A sustainable school. A school in which children learn about their connections to social elements and natural elements; and children learn how to be a benefit to society and nature and to enrich and sustain society and nature.
40 ways a school can be a benefit to children, society, and nature.

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