Big Something intern Ruby Kimberly put together this look back at Drop City—frequently cited as the first artist/hippy commune—in Trinidad, Colorado. Kimberly writes:

In passing through the region surrounding Trinidad, CO today, one encounters a vast expanse of arid and sparsely populated land where, for a brief moment in the 1960s and 70s, became […]

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Warm days like today provide us with that hastening toward Springtime feeling, though we know we’re not yet safely out of Winter’s cold embrace, our spirits our kindled with a sense of exploration and dreams of adventure.  Because we’ve not yet shed the cocoon of cold time lethargy enough to embark on a new adventure […]

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On Monday we featured a documentary in the works about Hanna Ranch and the family of the late environmentalist and rancher Kirk Hanna. This children’s book about the young Kirk Hanna by writer Nancy Wood and her then-husband Myron Wood was brought to our attention and we were fortunate enough to get permission […]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as […]

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The mobile slaughter unit we profiled in the Septembers edition of Western Skies will be on hand tomorrow at Venetucci Farm for a demonstration of how this kind of small-time processing can connect consumers with the food they eat. Very few people in the US ever get the opportunity to have a literal ranch-to-table experience and we highly recommend this for those who want to have a more complete understanding of how their meat can be processed in a humane and healthy way on the land where it was raised by a person who lives in our community.

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Yesterday, in the first installment of our journey down the Lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale, we found our way onto the river, wobbled around a bit and discovered the joys of this seldom-traveled, slow-water canoe trip. In the second part, here, we see a lots of weird things and piles of concrete, some handsome wildlife, and a lot more river-beaten trash. The we take an unplanned dip in the river and…

See the exciting conclusion of our two part series!

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Late last month, Craig Richardson and I, having heard only rumors of its passability by boat, decided to take a trip down the lower Arkansas River from Pueblo to Avondale. So we purchased a used Mohawk canoe from a gentleman on Craiglist for $220, borrowed some paddles and life jackets and, drove to Pueblo and …

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We’re really incredibly proud of this episode of Western Skies. It’s heavy on the information and an attention grabber all the way through. If you care about the food you eat and where it comes from, we guarantee you’ll learn something great. If you missed it, you can listen to the whole thing […]

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Zine Garden

On August 31, 2010 By

Full of diaries, cartoons, essays, articles and poems by herself and others about everything from gender bending chickens to a primer on garlic, Sandra Knauf’s wide-eyed struggles with the earth and its bounty (or not) over the past decade make her zine approachable and highly relatable. On top of that, there’s a lot of practical gardening and urban farming wisdom to be gleaned.

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Last summer, we took you on a tour of a Buckminster Fuller-style geo-dome greenhouse made on the cheap by John Sondericker in his back yard. We went back this summer to see how it went last summer and what modifications had to be made and how it changed his cost among many other things he learned.

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Though its future lies in the cross-hairs of the economy, Rock Ledge Ranch at the foot of the Garden of the Gods continues to preserve “living” treasures of our local and national history and culture. This video gives a glimpse of our important past at Rock Ledge Ranch.

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more than just a celebration of the animal husbandry and the skills of country living; the county fair is rides and funnel cakes and shows and … fun!

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Deep in the woods of New Hampshire, 20 inmates are engaged in a fierce chess tournament in a secluded prison. The prize may be just a paper certificate, but even then, winning means a lot.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Baaba Maal is one of the most well-known Senegalese singers today. For over three decades, his music has won him fans all over the world. Music reviewer Banning Eyre says his first album in seven years, The Traveller, is different and surprising.
 

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