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The Ocean Health Index, narrated by Harrison Ford

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Go Gather – Nettle Soup

Go Gather is a series of short films, aimed at inspiring people to source
food sustainably from nature.

Nettles are often view as just a prickly weed, but in fact they are a great
source of protein, and hold high amounts of vitamins, iron, calcium,
potassium and zinc. They help to detoxify the body and keep your hair and
skin healthy.

To make a nutritious nettle soup – Pick, Cook, Pour, Blend, Enjoy!

To view another in our Go Gather series, check out Go Gather Mussels –

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GO Chickens

Want to help children in an innovative way? Buy a chicken! For $10 you can purchase a chicken to supplement the diet of the kids in Haiti. The children in GO Project’s partner-led villages need protein supplementation in their diets, so we set up poultry farms, businesses, in Haiti that hire and train local farmers who need work. We then turn to you to “buy to give.” With a $10 tax deductible donation, we send a purchase order for a chicken, which goes to feed the children and in turn helps provide local jobs. Give a chicken today, and buy to give, at!

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Joel Salatin — Folks This Ain’t Normal!

Joel Salatin delivering the keynote address at the 2nd annual Ancestral Health Symposium (AHS12).

Joel is a third generation beyond organic farmer and author whose family owns and operates Polyface Farm in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The farm produces salad bar beef, pigaerator pork, pastured poultry, forage-based rabbits and direct markets everything to 4,000 families, 40 restaurants, and 10 retail outlets.

A prolific author, Salatin’s seven books to date include both how-to and big picture themes. The farm
features prominently in Michael Pollan’s NYT bestseller Omnivore’s Dilemma and the award-winning
documentary, Food Inc.

Folks, This Ain’t Normal Based on his book by the same title, this whimsical performance is filled with history, satire, and prophecy. While most Americans seem to think our techno-glitzy disconnected celebrity-worshipping culture will be the first to sail off into a Star Trek future unencumbered by ecological umbilicals, Salatin bets that the future will instead incorporate more tried and true realities from the past.

Ours is the first culture with no chores for children, cheap energy, heavy mechanization, computers, supermarkets, TV dinners and unpronounceable food. Although he doesn’t believe that we will return to horses and buggies, wash boards, and hoop skirts, Salatin believes we will go back in order to go forward, using technology to re-establish historical normalcy.

That normalcy will include edible landscapes, domestic larders, pastured livestock, solar driven carbon cycling for fertility, and a visceral relationship with life’s fundamentals: food, energy, water, air, soil, fabric, shelter. We may as well get started enthusiastically than be dragged reluctantly into this more normal existence. Rather than being an abstract, cerebral, academic look at ecology, food systems, and soil development, this talk is based firmly on a lifetime spent communing with ecology, economics, and emotion in their full reality, as a farmer.

Both sobering and inspiring, this performance empowers people to tackle the seemingly impossibly large tasks that confront our generation. Historical contexts create jump-off points for the future–a future as bright as our imagination and as sure as the past.

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In Studio: Recipes for Systemic Change — A book about Strategic Design

If you’re interested in the book featured in this short video please visit

The book explores a particular Strategic Design method that we call the HDL Studio Model. It’s a unique way of bringing together the right people, a carefully framed problem, a supportive place, and an open-ended process to craft holistic vision and sketch the pathway towards strategic improvement.

The book is offered as a free download.

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