Monthly Archives: October 2009

Back To the Future: Pasture, Local Wheat and Water Power

Hungry Ghost Bread-Cheryl Maffei & Jonathan Stevens
Cheryl Maffei & Jonathan Stevens of Hungry Ghost Bread

Massachusetts has a deep agricultural history stretching back before the days of chemical-based industrial agribusiness. How are farmers using older methods to make the transition to more sustainable agriculture?  Sea Change Co-Host Francesca Rheannon goes to the Colrain Dairy to talk with Larry Shearer about his low-impact, pasture-based method of organic dairying.  She then talks with Cheryl Maffei of The Hungry Ghost Bakery’s Little Red Hen local wheat-growing project . Finally, she interviews historian Dan Bennett about the use of water to power grist and sawmills in the smaller communities of the Connecticut River Valley.

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The Next Generation in Green Jobs and Energy Efficiency (ReBroadcast)

Energy efficiency and retrofits are in the news.  This week, the Obama Administration released it Recovery through Retrofits report. National Resources Defense Council Building Energy Policy Manager Lane Burt applauded the report’s findings that “retrofitting homes and developing a residential energy efficiency industry can save money, slash carbon emissions, and create jobs right now.” Here in the Pioneer Valley where we produce Sea Change Radio, the Western Mass Green Consortium is sponsoring Project Retrofit to promote deep energy retrofits.  And Sea Change Co-Host Bill Baue was busy these past few weeks editing a report due out soon from Ceres on how investors can support energy efficiency in their real estate portfolios.

AdinMaynardThis week, we dig into the Sea Change archives for a show featuring an interview Baue conducted with Adin Maynard, Director of Operations at Cozy Home Performance, about the company’s participation in the Weatherization Assistance Program for low-income homeowners and its move into deep energy retrofits for mid- and upper-income homeowners.

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What’s The Economy Really For?

Wanda UrbanskaWe ask the question “What’s the Economy For, Anyway?” by airing a clip from John de Graaf’s new movie of that title and talking to Wanda Urbanska about LESS IS MORE: Embracing Simplicity for a Healthy Planet, a Caring Economy and Lasting Happiness. She co-edited the book with Cecile Andrews. Continue reading

Joanna Macy Explains The Great Turning

JM_ContactSheet3.tifSea Change Radio Co-Hosts Bill Baue and Francesca Rheannon speak with eco-philosopher Joanna Macy about The Great Turning, a concept  she helped coin and define. Macy calls The Great Turning “the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.”  This is the second in a series of shows on The Great Turning —  check out the first show in the series — a conversation with David Korten.

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