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Farm to Ballet Summer 2017: #Fridaysonthefarm

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***The Arts in the Community Series: A Rural Model to Emulate***

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           We don’t often see the words “farm” and “ballet” together in the same sentences. One of my favorite new projects in Vermont is called “Farm to Ballet” and shows us just how important and creative new ways of bringing dance to communities can be. Enjoy this story of this year’s programs at Shelburne Farms from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Farm to Ballet in the Summer of 2017!

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Barefoot College | Solar Program in Under-served Communities

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***Transforming Communities: Barefoot College Solar Goes International***

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            Barefoot College is one of my international Beacons of Hope. For over forty years it has been working with poor villages in India to improve their situation through education, especially the education of women. Their solar project has gone international and is bringing light to communities in many countries. Explore what Barefoot College is doing to make a difference.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Barefoot College!

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Photo essay: Rural women light up villages in Liberia | UN Women – Headquarters

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***Transforming Communities: Women and Solar Energy***

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            Barefoot College in India has been transforming communities through educating illiterate women to become solar engineers for many years. It’s work spans almost five decades. In partnership with the United Nations, Barefoot College is bringing their expertise to the women of Liberia. Explore this inspiring photo essay on their work.

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Source: Photo essay: Rural women light up villages in Liberia | UN Women – Headquarters

 

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Barefoot College!

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Rural Knowledge Meets Tech Innovation: What Ultra-Poor Entrepreneurs Can Teach the World | NextBillion

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***Rural Development Series: Barefoot College, a Beacon of Hope***

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            Barefoot College. founded in India over 40 years ago, has emerged as an international force in rural development. Through partnerships with the government of India, the United Nations and others, it is spurring education and training for poor, often illiterate, women in bringing solar power to their villages. Today’s post comes from the University of Michigan, which is featuring Barefoot College in its May publications. This is the best overall introduction to this amazing organizations, which is also one of the Beacons of Hope in my first resource guide in the Living Through Creativity series.

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Source: Rural Knowledge Meets Tech Innovation: What Ultra-Poor Entrepreneurs Can Teach the World | NextBillion

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Barefoot College!

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Honduran women light the way by United Nations Development Programme

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***Community Development Series: Barefoot College & Women Advancing***

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          I am a great admirer of Barefoot College and the work it is doing to educate women in its home country of India and around the world in becoming solar engineers for their communities. Today’s post tells the story of illiterate women in Honduras being trained through Barefoot College to install solar panels in their remote villages. It is a partnership of Barefoot College, the government of India, and the UN Development Programme.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Barefoot College!

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The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America – The Revolution Where You Live

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***Transforming Communities Series: Local Innovations Are Key***

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               YES! Magazine is one of the true treasures among publications in the United States. They cover inspiring stories of innovation and development in local communities–all of them available through open access. They are supported by contributions and subscriptions. Today’s post introduces an important new book by one of the publication’s co-founders, Sarah van Gelder, who traveled more than 12,000 miles across the country to look at what was happening in small communities.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of YES! Magazine and Sarah’s New Book!

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Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

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***Community Development Series: Berea, Kentucky and Local Entrepreneurs***

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          Berea, Kentucky is a hub for entrepreneurship and local development in that region of Appalachia. I am mapping the region, identifying and digging deeply into possible “Beacons of Hope” for my resource guide. This story from the Lexington Herald Leader introduces one part of the exciting work going on in the area. They truly exemplify a “grow your own” philosophy.

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Source: Berea Farmers Market serves as small business incubator to grow local-food restaurants | Lexington Herald Leader

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Local Entrepreneurship in Berea!

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Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing

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***The Beacons of Hope Series: A Town Leading the Way***

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          When it comes right down to it, the best answers are the local ones. When communities come together to shape the kind of world they want to live in, good things happen. This compelling story about the Spanish town of Marinaleda should offer hope to all of us. It also demonstrates the ability of strong local leadership and an effective farming cooperative to help a community shape its own destiny. Thanks to Films for Action for the story.

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Source: Welcome to Marinaleda: The Spanish Anti-Capitalist Town With Equal Wage Full Employment and $19 Housing

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates People Working Together to Shape a Community!

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Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

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***Innovation in Rural America Series: Understanding the Context***

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          If we are to understand the challenges and possibilities of rural America, we need to know more about the context of life there in the 21st century. Today’s post is a real eye-opener; using only half a dozen charts, we can see much about rural America that is hidden in stories about individuals and communities. Pay close attention to the chart on Entrepreneurship–I guarantee you will be surprised. Thanks again to The Conversation for this important article.

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Source: Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Rural America!

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Rural America matters to all Americans

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***Innovations in Rural America Series: Why It Matters***

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          What happens in our rural communities affects everyone. The small town I grew up in was rural at the time; next door to us was a small farm that included milk cows. I have lived in cities since the age of 14 and now am once again in a small New England farming community. This essay from Conversation, a nonprofit academic-run publication that makes research more available to the general public, is one that needs to be shared far and wide.

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Source: Rural America matters to all Americans

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Contributions of Rural America!

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