Ten-Day Village Building Convergence Rocks Sebastopol

Participants in the ambitious ten-day First Annual Sebastopol Village Building Convergence (VBC) painted murals on streets in this small Northern California town and filled the Grange Hall, the Permaculture Skills Center, and other sites from September 12 to 21. On the final day, a colorful, active parade marched from the weekly farmers’ market in the […]

Village Building Convergence Coming to Small Town Sebastopol

Village Building Convergence (VBC) activists and their supporters from Cittaslow Sebastopol, Transition, the Grange, Permaculture Skills Center, and other groups recently packed the City Council meeting of small town Sebastopol in semi-rural Sonoma County, Northern California. Testimony in support of VBC came from enthusiastic advocates from 3-years-old to 70-years-old. After an hour-long discussion at its […]

Black Oak Down

A loud, crashing sound startles my young farm-hand Emily Danler awake in the dark of the night. She camps out in order to start picking berries at sun-up. My dog, inside, barks. After a physically-demanding day farming, I sleep through it all. Looking down the boysenberry field to the bottom of Kokopelli Farm the next […]

A Second Chance—25 Years Later

A “Second Chance,” after 25 years of absence and silence, was recently offered Shepherd by Assumpta. Her email arrived from Europe to his farm. We met in Barcelona in 1988 and have had no contact during the last quarter of a century. I answered her email within 15 minutes of its sending, without thinking, but with a deep feeling of connection.

The Paul Hobbs Wine Empire Strikes Back

The Watertrough Children’s Alliance (WCA) — mainly mothers with stu­dents at schools near where yet another apple orchard is being converted into a chemical vineyard — filed a law­suit on the afternoon of November 25 against the Paul Hobbs Winery. The next day Hobbs struck back with a press release, promising he “will aggressively fight.” […]