Back to the Land, Again

February 17, 2013
(was 04.27.2012)

The Back to the Land spirit of the 60s lives on today, in the proliferation of farmer's markets, and the increased interest in sustainability and growing our own food.  From the fight to end food waste in America to the art of living small, we'll find out what the Back to the Land spirit looks like today. Also, redemption and blisters on the Pacific Crest Trail.

  1. Melissa Coleman on a Childhood Spent Back to the Land

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    Melissa Coleman spent the formative years of her chilldhood roaming the lands of her family's farn in rural Maine.  Melissa, her sister Heidi, and their parents, Eliot and Sue Coleman, lived off the grid, and became media darlings when the Wall Street Journal ran an article about her father.  Coleman writes about that time in her memoir "This Life is in Your Hands."

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  2. Jeremy Seifert on Food Waste in America

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    Jeremy Seifert fed his family on pickings from the local dumpsters in Los Angeles California.  The adventure awakened him to the immense waste of food going on in America every day. The result is his documentary "Dive!" which tackles food waste in our throw-away culture.

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  3. William Powers on the Art of Living Small

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    William Powers had returned home from abroad, in shock at the excess of American culture. Then he found a woman he calls Dr. Jackie Benton, living sustainabily in a 12 x 12 house in rural North Carolina.  He tells her story in the book "Twelve by Twelve."

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  4. Cheryl Strayed on Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

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    Devastated at the unexpected death of her morther, Cheryl Strayed embarked on a three-month solo trip along the rugged Pacific Crest Trail.  She writes about that transformative time in her memoir "Wild."

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