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Author Archives: Starhawk
By Starhawk | Published: February 18, 2014
How do we bring the skills and tools of ecological design and permaculture into the communities that most need them? That’s the question we ask ourselves at Earth Activist Training—then we do two basic things. First, we support organizations within those communities that are already working on issues of social, environmental and food justice, sharing resources and building relationships. Then, we go out and fundraise like hell to offer scholarships to our residential trainings to people from those communities.
By Starhawk | Published: December 31, 2013
Cuba—in late November and early December I spent two weeks there to attend the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence and participate in the related tours...Some of the highlights: hearing from the Cubans how they survived the ‘Special Period” after the Soviet Union fell by growing food in and around their cities and shifting to organic agriculture.
By Starhawk | Published: December 20, 2013
So tonight I embrace the cold. Call it in—cold is what we need, to cool the overheated earth, to bring back the rains. I offer up the fire, to the snowy plover, to all the endangered species, to everything and everyone whose simple birthrights are stolen. Let this be the Solstice magic. Tides turn. Miracles happen. Out of darkness, light is born.
By Starhawk | Published: November 23, 2013
In the afternoon, we walk down through the village to the permaculture demonstration farm Murad has established...I tell the group what I see in at the farm—the diversity of trees and food plants, designed so that if one crop doesn’t do well others will fill in. The many levels of planting, from the upper-story trees to the smaller bushes, the low annuals and perennials, the ground covers—a classic forest garden.
By Starhawk | Published: May 9, 2013
The Fifth Sacred Thing team has created a new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lROCSDQg9WM or http://fifthsacredthing.com/. (There's a close-captioned version there!)
By Starhawk | Published: April 20, 2013
The olives are flowering on my land in California right now, just as they are in the olive groves of Palestine. In a few weeks I’ll be heading there to coteach a permaculture course at the Marda Permaculture Farm on the West Bank, together with Klaudia van Gool from England and Murad Al-Khufash, who runs the demonstration farm and who is bringing the tools and insights of permaculture to Palestine...we need to raise five thousand dollars to support the costs of the course and to make it available for Palestinians who suffer many economic privations under the Occupation. Donate online here: http://www.thefarm.org/etc.
By Starhawk | Published: February 23, 2013
I’ve been wanting to write about our Earth Activist Training but made the mistake of actually taking a few days off, afterwards— But here's pictures! It was an amazing training—our most diverse yet, because we had a little money left over from a grant, so I decided to offer diversity scholarships to people of color who are working on environmental and food justice.
By Starhawk | Published: February 13, 2013
During Obama’s State of the Union message, I was scheduled to give a talk at Northern Arizona University on “Women Taking Action: Using the Insights of the Feminist Movement.” As part of it, I decided to write the State of the Union as if Obama were suddenly possessed by the spirit of the nurturing, caring, […]
By Starhawk | Published: December 20, 2012
So let this Solstice be a time when we all put our intention toward the change, and draw forth the strength, the courage and the determination to bring that new world into being.
By Starhawk | Published: December 18, 2012
I feel so much safer now, don’t you? Now that so many states are allowing teachers to bring guns to school! High time! Why just yesterday I took little Emmie to kindergarten for her very first day. She looked so adorable with her pink-enameled Baby Browning packed into her Hello Kitty holster. I felt so proud! I slung my Remington over my shoulder—it’s only a semi-automatic but I didn’t want to be overdressed...