While many of these resources have cross-cutting themes, we’ve attempted to group them for easier access. Please help us grow this list by sharing your favorite resources.
Permaculture & Gardening resources:
Looking for a tool to replace that fossil fuel guzzling roto-tiller or back-breaking garden fork? Check out the Vashon Broadfork. The folks at Meadow Creatures donated one to the Sustainability Project for it’s edible forest gardening project. Ask for a test drive when you visit us at the Emerson Brook Forest Center.
A video of some great websites and plant databases that will help you plan your permaculture garden or farm.
Midwest Permaculture’s Plant Guilds ebooklet
Food Forests & Plant Guilds in Permaculture Design
How to Build a Permaculture Fruit Tree Guild
Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance – Promoting an abundant and diverse supply of local seeds for the Rocky Mountains. They host monthly seed socials online.
How to Make a Worm Composting Bin, Quick, Simple and Inexpensive Gardening
A Canadian based group focused on urban gardening. Fact sheets available on vermicompost, dealing with soil contaminants, composting and more.
Local Food resources:
West Keene Food Coop is a buying coop with UNFI. They are seeking new members.
The Keene Community Kitchen Gleaning project helps provide seasonal, local produce to the community through partnerships with local farms.
New Hampshire Harvest of the Month is a farm-to-school campaign that promotes the use of local, seasonal foods.
Place-based Education & Nature resources:
Backpacker.com: Animal Tracks in Snow: How to Recognize Common Critters’ Prints
Shelburne Farms – Focused on learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. Place-based workshop opportunities with a focus on diversity and agriculture.
Naturally Curious blog by Mary Holland – A photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England.
Climate Change & Environmental Recovery resources:
Voices of Water for Climate – Educating globally to empower people to act locally, to renew natural small water cycles to aid climate recovery.
‘The Story of Stuff’ started it all, launching an honest conversation about our consumption-crazed culture. Since then, they’ve produced dozens more animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future.
Community & Social resources:
“Loneliness and the Illusion of Connection” with Thich Nhat Hanh
“Designing Spaces for Justice & Care” with Deanna Van Buren
“Deep Medicine for Bodies and a World Inflamed: Healing Requires the Right Diagnosis” with Rupa Marya
“How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep” a Ted Talk with Jim Donovan
“How Body Farms and Human Composting Can Help Communities” by Mallory McDuff 1/2/22
“Let’s Talk About Human Composting” a Ted Talk with Katrina Spade
The Serviceberry: An Economy of Abundance by Robin Wall Kimmerer
As Robin Wall Kimmerer harvests serviceberries alongside the birds, she considers the ethic of reciprocity that lies at the heart of the gift economy. How, she asks, can we learn from Indigenous wisdom and ecological systems to reimagine currencies of exchange?
Valley Green Journal – fostering grassroots connections, locally and globally, to help grow caring communities based on sustainable agriculture.
An article on the benefits of green burial and the green cemetery movement.
350.org was founded in 2008 by a group of university friends in the United States along with author Bill McKibben, who wrote one of the first books on global warming for the general public. The goal was to build a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Vital Communities works to engage citizens in community life and to foster the long-term balance of cultural, environmental and social well-being in the greater Connecticut River Valley region.
My Stroke of Insight: A stroke can shatter a life by Jill Bolte-Taylor. Jill used her stroke to advance science and to gain an enlightened understanding of the human mind. This 18 minute video is amazing.
This 10 minute video from 2006 addresses the situation of young people serving life sentences in prison.
A 2 minute American Friends Service Committee clip from 2008 portrays the dollar cost per day of the Iraq war and how this money could be better used.
As we collectively move toward living in harmony with nature, those of us who have been born into privileged lives must dedicate ourselves to eliminating racism on a deep and personal level. There are many avenues to begin working on this transformational undertaking. The Sustainability Project intends to support this transformation in our community and beyond.
Working Assumptions for White Activists on Eliminating Racism: Guidelines for Recruiting Other Whites as Allies
Black History Month posters created in collaboration with Green Energy Options. These can also be viewed at 37 Roxbury Street, Keene.
Soul Fire Farm is an Afro-Indigenous centered community farm committed to uprooting racism and seeding sovereignty in the food system. They host a monthly Q&A show and have published a book ‘Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land’.
Teaching Tolerance provides free resources to support their mission to help teachers and schools educate children and youth to be active participants in a diverse democracy.
The NH State Teachers Association’s Human and Civil Rights Committee shares information which engages and mobilizes activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.
The NY Times 1619 project aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. (You may need to create a free account to access this.)
A Class Divided, Jane Elliott’s blue-eyed, brown-eyed exercise she first conducted with her 3rd grade students on April 5th, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, shows how racism is learned.
Oprah Winfrey hands her audience over to Jane Elliot in 1992 for a similar exercise.
Code Switch is a multi-racial, multi-generational team of NPR journalists who cover race and identity.
Civil Eats offers thought provoking articles that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities. They have gathered a list of organizations working to advance Black food sovereignty.
Helen Dombalis, executive director of the National Farm to School Network, shares a statement on the link between food justice and racial justice.
Somini Sengupta, the international climate reporter for the New York Times, offers a compendium of information on the links between racism and environmental degradation in the United States.
these videos contain some adult language
Trevor Noah discusses ‘Slave Play’ with Jeremy O. Harris
Jeremy O. Harris on “Slave Play,” breaking Tony records and Black artists in America on Mavericks with Ari Melber
BLM B-town Anti-Racist Educational Reading & Viewing Lists for all those interested in furthering their Anti-Racist education.
In particular – look for Layla Saad’s ‘Me and White Supremacy Workbook’
A short video about ‘The Mother of Blues’, singer Ma Rainey.
‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ is available to watch on Netflix.
‘I Am Not Your Negro’ – a documentary about race in modern America based on James Baldwin’s unfinished novel, Remember This House.
Currently available to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime
Harvard Lecture #1: ‘The Wisdom Of Miles Davis’ with Herbie Hancock