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Hey all:

After mucho technical difficulties, I’ve managed at last to get the full interview up. I hope you enjoy the topics. Adam’s a great guy to talk to, and I hope we can do it again in the future. So here, without further ado (or technical issues), is the video.

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Mention the word summit nowadays and most people will probably envision a meeting involving suits, cigars, old men (and a few women), lots of talk, copious amounts of hard alcohol, and piles of taxpayer money. And all for naught.

But there’s a different definition for summit, one that evokes images of impossibly high peaks rising black and vertical above the snowbound shoulders of mountains. This is the image I want you to see when I tell you that I went to the ECOSummit this weekend. It was a meeting, and it did have men and women present, but the similarities between this summit and the aforementioned cease there.

Because this meeting was about climbing mountains. Many of the speakers (and many of the audience, too) had experience facing the mountain. They had made attempts at the lofty goal, impossibly high. They had bruised themselves on it’s unyielding stones. They had become disoriented in the thin air and the heavy fog that swept in with no warning. They had been caught in sudden, sodden rainstorms, driven by icy winds that winnowed the cold into their bones and forced them back down to the shoulders of the mountain, their own shoulders slumped under the weight of defeat. And yet, once they had recovered, back up the mountain they trudged again. Ever hopeful; ever passionate; ever willing.

Others were on their first ascent, their packs and their smiles bright, their eyes wide open and expectant. They are beginning from the trailhead at the base of the hills, up the gentle path into the broad shoulders of the mountains. Through the glades of deep green grasses and yellow flowers. They move with vigor and the expectation of success. With clear eyes they regard the peak, high but possible. They also carry new gear and new knowledge. Perhaps the ascent will be easier for them. If so, it will be in part because they follow the path forged by their iron-willed predecessors.

A few who were there had reached the peak. You could see it in their eyes and in their bearing: the gleam of a knowledge that can’t be shared; the relaxed confidence of accomplishment. They know the way now. With their eyes closed they can recount each step, stumble, recovery, and, finally, the joy of looking down on the vast rolling shoulders that reached to the curve of the earth. They stood on the summit of the impossibly high peak and peered across impossible distances. They could and did kiss the sun. And now they watch, advise, and encourage others to do the same.

This event, this summit created the conditions for exposition, discussion, collaboration, and the opportunity to draw strength and sustenance from others who shared the same vision. As such, it was a success. And I’m glad I was part of it.

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Apparently, so many people are interested in buying locally-grown produce that even the big guys like Pepsico, Foster Farms, and ConAgra have taken notice. They’re releasing marketing campaigns that tout their “local” credentials. You can read the whole NYT article here.

What do you think?

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Okay, so The Moose is Up again! Unbelievably! I actually feel like I know what I’m doing with Final Cut, which is certainly a sign of the end of the world.

In this episode we get out and mingle with other people at a free faire and a bike kitchen. I also update you on the garden and the state of the compost. Oh, and I get to make some insalata caprese! Which is great, because then I also get to eat it.

Let us know what you think of the latest installment. And if you have any ideas for content, leave it in the comments.

Cheers!

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Have you built anything cool recently? Do you have any advice for fellow sustainability seekers? Perhaps you have step-by-step instructions for building a worm bin that you’d like to share.

Or maybe you’d like to see us do a step-by-step worm bin construction on the show. Let us know and we’ll try to work it into future episodes.

And if you have any advice for this blog (links, content, ideas, etc.) shoot us a comment and we’ll be happy to consider it.

Thanks!

S&J

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This has been a long process. Mostly because of me. I’m notoriously busy and important (or at least my ego tells me I am).

The whole project (long before we called it a project) started almost a year ago, when my mom decided to take some Public Access classes. Initially I was in no way involved; she was doing this for her own edification. I was like, “Yeah, great for you, mom. I’m glad to see you’re broadening your horizons.” Blah, blah, blah.

Then she took her first class. And she was excited.

Really, really excited.

“Yeah, great for you, mom,” I tried to say, but I didn’t even get to the blah, blah, blah. I knew from the look she was giving me that I was getting involved. Whether I wanted to or not. Whether I had time or not. And I really had no time. Seriously. No time. That’s why it took six freaking months to create the first episode.

But I made time. Because I had to. Because it was important to my mom. And, inevitably, because it became important to me. Now I can see the potential it has to help shape the discourse around sustainability and conscious living. So the next goal is to make it important to the community. But first we have to build a community.

That’s where you come in. Hopefully, we’re creating something that speaks to you. Hopefully, we’re building a place, a destination where you will find things to both help and inspire you to live more sustainably.

Hopefully, you will help us, too.

That’s why I created a blog as opposed to a website. My mom and I want to create a community; we want to share and learn and grow with you. I hope you’ll join us and be an active contributor.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon. We’ll have lots more for you to see.

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