Economy, Environment, Everyone

Sustainable Sonoma Campaign Herding cats to make Sonoma truly sustainable. Story Don Frances Photos Steven Krause Caitlin Cornwall and her colleagues at Sonoma Ecology Center had worked for decades on trying to achieve environmental sustainability in Sonoma Valley. But then, about four years ago, they came to a realization: It…

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Anarchy and the Stone Edge Micro-grid

Mac McQuown battles assumptions, false premises, and obsolete rules to create the future of home energy. Story David Bolling Photos Steven Krause John “Mac” McQuown doesn’t much look like an anarchist, whatever an anarchist is supposed to look like. Photos from the turn of the 20th century—when anarchism was a…

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Friday Morning at the Farmers Market

Local produce helps make Sonoma sustainable. Story Jonah Raskin Photos Steven Krause You could, if you wanted to be absurdly simplistic, divide Sonoma Valley residents into two factions. One group would be die-hard devotees of the Friday morning Sonoma Valley Certified Farmers Market, next to Arnold Field, with its singular…

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Sustainable and Biodynamic Glentucky Family Farm

Chapter three for the Benzigers is a model of agricultural diversity. Story Jonah Raskin Mike Benziger’s heroes don’t wear capes, use X-ray vision or fly across movie screens at breakneck speed, though some of them are memorialized in movies and books. For starters, there’s Rudolph Steiner, the legendary father of…

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Under the Needle(s)

Freeing a whole bunch of chi with acupuncture. Story Jennifer Frances Photos Steven Krause I like Western medicine fine. I occasionally do check-ups with random doctors: the requisite weighing, measuring, blood pressuring, and deep inhales for cold stethoscopes. Western medicine has helped keep family and friends alive. I am grateful…

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