How Dirt Makes You Happy

How Dirt Makes You Happy

Did you know that there’s a natural antidepressant in soil? It’s true. Mycobacterium vaccae is the substance under study and has indeed been found to mirror the effect on neurons that drugs like Prozac provide.

7 Things You Should Know About Permaculture

7 Things You Should Know About Permaculture

What is permaculture? For those of you who’ve only heard of the term in passing, and even for you seasoned “permies” who struggle to explain this exciting idea to others, here’s the gist in 7 points:

Conversations With Our Mother

Conversations With Our Mother

This short film by Amanda Cantrell Roche was created for Blue Moves Modern Dance Company’s earth-themed multimedia experience, “Blue Terra”, If the earth could speak, what would she say? What would you say to the earth?

A Different Type of Education

A visit to Our School at Blair Grocery, which hopes to empower the youth of New Orleans through food and sustainability In the syrupy charm of New Orleans’s Garden District or the debauchery of the French Quarter, you might think the city has recovered from the trauma of Katrina, Streetcars are running, music is playing, and tourists have stumbled back with beads on. But in the poorest part of the city, which also happens to be the lowest part, it’s a different story. Nearly six years on, only 20 percent of pre-hurricane residents have returned to the Lower Ninth Ward. Citywide, the same percentage of residents had returned only four months after the storm. Christian Adams, 18, told me he has no idea what happened to most of his friends and former neighbors.