We are living in truly incredible times. “A new town planned for outside Melbourne, Australia could provide the first look at the future of suburban living. As Renew Economy reports, the “Tesla Town” will be the first in the world to feature solar roofs, energy efficient appliances, and Tesla Powerwalls built into every household.
Designed and developed by the Australian property group Glenvill, the town has been dubbed YarraBend for the nearby Yarra River. When the project is complete, it will have 2500 townhouses, apartments, and single-family homes. The people who populate the town are predicted to use 43 percent less water and generate 80 percent less trash than they would living elsewhere, and because solar energy will be so abundant, residents should have enough to charge up their vehicles for no extra cost.”
And you thought pumice was just for straggly feet… Think again! “One of the problems with modernist architecture is that in many places in the world, it has supplanted traditional methods of building that over generations, have been specifically adapted to local climates, materials and knowledge. Much of this monoculture of modern architecture depends on carbon-intensive, industrial materials, creating forms that are often divorced from the unique cultures and building solutions that have developed in place, over many years. Think concrete boxes and gridded subdivisions, devouring land as far as the eye can see.”
One of the most incredible things happened to me the other night. After living in Costa Rica for just over one month, I finally met Stephen Brooks, and his incredible wife Sarah. They are dear friends of my Puerta A La Vida familia.
Stephen is the mastermind behind Punta Mona, Envision Festival, and La Ecovilla in Costa Rica. To me, he’s the God of Permaculture. We met at his home/community La Ecovilla where Tom Lescher (Kaypacha) lives as well. The land is oozing with Prana, and I got to see firsthand a community of very happy people working towards a greater good. Sustainability and thriving off the land.
He gave me some seed gifts; wing bean, lima bean and a rare species of cucumber seeds. So grateful. Will report back on progress, but I can say these are special and loved seeds…
Don’t bug out just because it’s buggy season… and definitely do not purchase over the counter bug spray that features a host of chemicals and potential health hazards. D.I.Y. bug spray is not only cost-effective, it’s a healthy and non-toxic option. In addition to that, it’s more sustainable and Mother Earth loves that!
In a dark glass spray bottle, mix the following ingredients:
15 drops Organic Lavender Essential Oil
15 drops Organic Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
10 drops Organic Citronella Essential Oil
4 tablespoons Organic Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Organic Lemon Juice
1 cup filtered water
Shake, shake some more and shake contents again! You’re now ready to spray. Happy Summer!
*Using dark glass prevents essential oils from oxidation.
Hurricane Sandy left not only an alarming amount of people with out homes, New York City’s parks, community gardens, playgrounds and beaches were severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy as well. If you are interested in volunteering with NYC Parks to aid in clean-up and recovery, check out below’s list of parks, playgrounds and beaches below that are in need of assistance this Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday. Please visit NYC Parks Department @NYC.gov/parks to sign up in your borough and be sure to check back for updates on other parks in need of volunteers!
Today is World Food Day in The Etas Unis! And while Lady Greenthumbs believes everyday should be met with a movement towards healthier, more affordable and sustainable food practices, the goal of this movement is to ‘strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. Join this push for a stronger, more united food movement by signing up to organize or attend Food Day events in your community‘
I am deeply committed to sustaining and nurturing Gaia and I embrace all of the goodness that comes from this relationship. Earlier today, someone called me The Voice and Heart of Nature and I take this title/sentiment seriously. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to educate or inspire a greater connection between you and Mother Earth.
A few months ago I did an interview with Demo Dirt and I touched on a few simple ways to create great change on the planet. Check it out and let me know what you think! XO
Stephen Ritz is my new hero. Hats off and deep gratitude to the courageous grass-roots pioneers making a real difference in this city and beyond!!! His TEDxManhattan lecture highlights the fact that solutions are here in front of us. We do not need to travel far to make things right at home.
I’m deeply moved by his passion, gusto and compassion. Plus, he refers to the BX as “the borough that gave us baggy pants and funky fresh beats is becoming home to the organic ones”. This guy knows what’s up!!!
Ever since I began the Lady Greenthumbs Garden Project, the urban landscape no longer looks crowded. Rooftops, vertical gardens, edible living walls and street-level gardens present a huge opportunity for our crowded city to get self-sufficient. I see NYC as a tremendous growing opportunity as we shift our resources and engage unused spaces!
Terreform proposes a plan that would bring the city to a self-sufficient state, while using Times Square as an energetic production hub.