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Recent Activities in Serra Grande and region!

Posted on December, 14 2017
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It’s been a while since our last update, so we wanted to share some of our recent activities locally. Let’s start with one of our favorite and most common offerings from our 6 years on the road, a Común Tierra film-screening!  It was great to share a few stories and videos from Común Tierra’s 6 years on the road, and since we only had time to watch 5 videos, we’ll be repeating again soon with more.   Presenting CASA, GEN and Transition Towns A couple weeks after our film-screening, we helped to produce an event to present some of the results of the ECCO gathering in October 2017, and to present the Global Ecovillage Network, ...

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International Day of Peace! And new video: Make your own toothpaste!

Posted on September, 25 2017

Dances of Universal Peace on the Spring Equinox   Did you know that September 21 is International Peace Day? Falling on the spring equinox in the southern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the north, it's a great day to set aside for community actions to celebrate and build peace, and reflect on the natural cycle of seasons every year.  The international Dances of Universal Peace community has decided to embrace the opportunity to arrange DUP sessions throughout the Americas, and we decided to participate by hosting a session here in Serra Grande, Bahia!  It was a beautiful time, thanks to all who were present!    New Video: How to make your own Natural Toothpaste And below we ...

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Floresta Viva: Promoting a Regenerative Forest Economy in Serra Grande, Bahia

Posted on August, 02 2017

Over the past 6 months we’ve been settling into our new territory of Serra Grande, Bahia, making friends, building community, and getting to know the area as we work on our book and edit other materials from Común Tierra. As we explore the area, we want to share some of our experiences with you, so over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing a series of profiles of some of the ecological projects and communities in the area.   Floresta Viva To tell the story of Floresta Viva (Living Forest), we have to start with a little bit of (modern) history and geography of the region. Serra Grande is just about halfway between ...

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New video shows Lessons Learned from 30 Years in Community

Posted on May, 08 2017

Greetings!  We're excited to share with you the latest Común Tierra video: Lessons Learned from 30 Years in Community, documenting the experience of Ecovila São José in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil (ecovila.org.br). The video was a collaboration with CASABE, a project of CASA Latina to document knowledge within the ecovillage movement of Latin America.  Update: English and Spanish subtitles are now available!  More soon, Ryan + Leti   ...

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Time Bank in Florianopolis: First communal gathering

Posted on October, 14 2016

Friends, Have you heard about time banks? There's a new one sprouting up in Florianopolis! Sound strange? It's actually a simple and radical alternative economic strategy for building community and decreasing dependency on money. Basically a Time Bank is a platform for the trading of services (and in some cases products, although the primary product is Time and therefore the Time Bank is more service oriented). A key tenet of the Time Bank is that everyone's time is valued equally, so one hour of a doctor's visit is the same as one hour of massage, which is the same as an hour of help in your garden or kitchen. Another key tenet ...

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Urban Agriculture in Florianópolis

Posted on March, 21 2016

Happy Equinox everyone! We're writing from Florianopolis, where we've been getting to know some of the local activists, organic markets, seed savers and other projects in the area. This past Sunday we visited one of the local Community Gardens, called the Pacuca Garden. The island of Florianopolis has an awesome Group for Community Gardens in different areas around the island, which is growing quickly, organizers told us. You can see a work-in-progress map of some of these initiaves here: http://novash.com.br/agricultura-urbana-em-florianopolis/ Here are a couple of photos from our visit (see more in gallery above): This flyer has the names of different gardens with the community work day schedule for the public to get involved: Happy ...

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On the Road in Rio Grande do Sul, south of Brazil!

Posted on February, 21 2016

After a couple weeks full of activities in the Porto Alegre area, Común Tierra headed off to explore a bit of Rio Grande do Sul, and some of the sustainable communities in the region. There are a lot of projects in this region, and because of our pregnancy, we had to be selective and decided to visit 3 projects:   Nova Santa Rita: Landless Peasant’s Movement Settlement Our first stop was to visit our friends Olair and Gorete and their family farm in Nova Santa Rita. After spending many years as organizers with the MST (Movimento Sem Terra or Landless Peasant’s Movement), Olair and Gorete decided it was time to live off of the land themselves, ...

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Común Tierra getting out in Porto Alegre!

Posted on January, 27 2016

Dear friends, Since our arrival in Brasil, Común Tierra has been busy with lots of activities in the capital city of Rio Grande do Sul: Porto Alegre, which is the city Leticia grew up in. We hosted multiple events in the Agroecological and Organic Market, with Minhoca and several exhibits, then workshops and activities at the Vila Flores cultural center, and also giving a talk at the World Social Forum!   AGRO-ECOLOGICAL MARKET We've had a friendship with the Menino Deus organic market for several years, trading seeds, sharing talks and activities with the farmers, in what is of the oldest organic markets of Brasil. Now for the first time, we arrived with Minhoca and ...

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We’re celebrating: Común Tierra arrived in Brasil!

Posted on December, 04 2015

After 5 and a half years traveling through Mexico, Central America and South America, after touching down at the continent's most southern point and then turning back north, we have arrived in the 14th country of our project: Brasil! We found this tiny Brazilian flag abandoned on a rural highway in Patagonia, Argentina.... now we can finally put it to use!  Since the beginning of this journey, we said we were going from Mexico to Brasil, even though we thought it would take a maximum of 2 years to get there. You make the road by walking, they say, but Brasil was the closest things we had to a final destination. And after ...

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Común Tierra in Porto Alegre, August 2015!

Posted on September, 08 2015

Dear friends! After busy months of travel, participating in CLAP 2015, organizing the CASA 2015 Gathering in Colombia, and then participating as delegates and co-facilitating activities during the GEN+20 Conference in Scotland, we landed back in Porto Alegre… and facilitated several Común Tierra activities in the area! We’ve been actively supporting the Organic Market of Menino Deus, which has been growing a lot each year. The market exists over 10 years now, and is an important place of meeting between organic producers and consumers. The market works with many families who have gained access to land with the MST (Landless peasants movement), with whom we have been collaborating with since the beginning of Común Tierra. This ...

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