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Not Thriving, but Surviving Challenging Times

Just a reminder that this blog has moved to; http://www.cammather.com There is a new post up today at http://www.cammather.com/current-events/not-thriving-but-surviving-challenging-times If you want to continue to receive notifications of new posts, please be sure to subscribe at http://www.cammather.com. This is the 3rd and final notification that you will receive about this move.

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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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Planet On Fire

By Cam Mather (Note from Michelle: Cam actually wrote this post in late May but I forgot to post it until now. Interestingly enough, the summer has carried on as it began with record high temperatures and the worst drought that we’ve experienced in our 14 years here at Sunflower Farm.) I’ve noticed a strange …

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My Recurring Nightmare

By Cam Mather Do you have a recurring nightmare? One of those nightmares that often reflects something that you dread in real life? Like the one where you’re late for an exam and you get there just as it’s over and you fail the year … or the one where you have to speak in …

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I Do NOT Represent the Wind Industry

By Cam Mather A couple of Sundays ago I spoke to the “Transition Cornwall” group. There was a good turn out and it’s a great group with lots of great activities. They are very much committed to increasing resilience in their community. Resilience to peak oil, climate change and economic collapse. Oh sure, it’s a …

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“On the Road” vs. “The Road”

By Cam Mather There is a book by Jack Kerouac called “On The Road.” It’s considered to be a classic. It’s the defining book about the ‘beat generation’ who broke all the rules and set the new bohemian standard for existential coolness. I use many of these terms not really knowing if I’ve got them …

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Documentaries vs. Hands-On Workshops

By Cam Mather Recently I was invited to become involved with a documentary that is being made for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for my American readers.) I turned them down.  It must seem weird for me to turn down a chance for shameless self-promotion but my dealings with the producer left a bad taste …

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There’s a Freight Train Sliding Off My Roof!

By Cam Mather Last night a 747 landed on my roof. Or at least that’s how it sounded. But first, some background. As we were preparing to move in to our century-old farmhouse (it was built in 1888), we were passing around some photos at a social gathering. Someone at the gathering took one look …

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Blueberry Man and the No Fly Zone

By Cam Mather My friend Steven Moore asked me to speak to several of his sustainability classes at Queen’s University last week. He asked for my “Thriving During Challenging Times” talk. When we were discussing what I should cover in my talk, he told me that his students were already aware of the converging challenges …

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Our Books and DVDs Make Great Gifts!

By Michelle Mather The readers of this blog have found us through many different ways; google searches, podcasts, news stories, etc. Many of our blog readers aren’t aware that we have published 7 books and produced 5 DVDs, so today I thought I’d describe our books and DVDs and suggest that if you are looking …

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