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A Midwifery and Sustainable Building Conference!

Posted on September, 21 2015
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Dear friends, Happy Spring Solstice! (Spring in the South, Autumn in the North :)  This weekend we participated in an international conference about midwifery and natural building organized by the Awaike Midwifery School in Córdoba, Argentina. The event took place in a beautiful space of the Aurora Waldorf School in Villa General Belgrano, sharing some insights about natural birth, and bio-arquitecture.  Adriana Marcus gave a beautiful and emotive talk about the situation of natural births today, and her work that also involves reconnecting with the Earth and the sacred feminine.  Adriana Marcus (second to the left) and other midwifes of the Association And Gernot Minke, an experienced Natural Arquitect from Germany who is supporting the building of the ...

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The 6th annual Wisdom and Seed-Exchange Fair, Villa Ciudad Parque!

Posted on September, 13 2015

Friends, Back on the road in Cordoba, we participated in the 6th annual Wisdom and Seed-Exchange Fair in Villa Ciudad Parque! Común Tierra spent the whole day at the fair, sharing lots of organic seeds and connecting with farmers and cultural projects from the region of Calamuchita, Cordoba.   Lots of people brought seeds they save from their home gardens and farms, plus there were activities for kids, organic marketplace, and live music! A beautiful day to share in the neighborhood!  At the end of the afternoon, we made a planting ceremony with all of the kids.   Long live our native seeds and food sovereignty! See you soon! Hugs, Común Tierra   ...

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The Community Purchase Cooperative of Cordoba!

Posted on June, 11 2015

Hello friends! Común Tierra has been busy with lots of activities in the region of Cordoba, Argentina, including cinema nights, seed fairs, visiting projects... and one event that we were really impressed with, the Community Purchase Cooperative of Cordoba! La Compra as it's called by participants is a biannual event that brings together hundreds of people and dozens of organic / agroecological producers and conscious consumers from around Argentina. The idea is that producers and consumers work together by trading goods directly to guarantee that these small producers have a secure income, while making healthy and sustainable products more accessible in the market. The event is organized by a coordinating team. Two women, ...

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Común Terra on the road in El Bolsón, Argentina!

Posted on April, 07 2015

Greetings from El Bolson, Argentina! It was inevitable that our route through Argentinian Patagonia would take us to El Bolson. It's a town famous for having been populated by individuals and families seeking alternative lifestyles for more than 30 years, making the region a place that gathers many activists in sustainability. During our time in the area we visited two of the most emblematic projects in the region: CIESA and CIDEP.   CIDEP CIDEP is the Center for Permaculture Research, Development and Education. The center, founded in 2005, is about to celerate 10 years of existence. Happy Birthday, CIDEP! CIDEP was designed by integrating the permaculture principles in an area of 15 hectares that were loaned to the center for 10 years. Today the center offers many ...

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Bioconstruyendo in Patagonia

Posted on March, 15 2015

At the beginning of March, one of Argentina's biggest Natural Building events took place: Bioconstruyendo!  For a week, the event brought diverse teachers from various parts of South America to make a "marathon" of teaching and learning in natural building techniques. The gathering featured many workshops on bioconstrucción, including some about permaculture, and also personal and group work. Multiple workshops happened silmultaneously, so participants chose where they wanted to be when.   The 2015 gathering took place from March 1-6, in El Bolsón, Patagonia Argentina. There were more than 100 students and over 10 teachers present. The event's host was Ecoaldea Río Azul, a project of neighbors who are working together to create ...

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Común Tierra finally arrives in Tierra del Fuego!

Posted on March, 05 2015

For five years, we traveled south. From California to Mexico... then Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica… the crossing to South America, arriving in Colombia… then following the Andes mountains and Pacific Coast still further south through Ecuador, Perú, Bolivia, Argentina, y Chile… Always moving South... Patagonia... Tierra del Fuego... these almost felt like mythical destinations. Would we really make it that far? There's a reason Tierra del Fuego is known as the end of the world: it's the most South land mass not only of the Americas but on our Planet Earth (except for Antarctica). That's why it was so satisfying to arrive in the south of the south, the 'End of the ...

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Sustainable Adventures in Mendoza!

Posted on December, 16 2013

When we arrived to Argentina in September, we already had our route set for the Third Argentinian Permaculture Gathering, which gave us an impulse to arrive to Mendoza by the beginning of October. What we didn’t know yet was all the other projects and activities we would find in the region! The region of Mendoza is very oriented around wine production, and it’s an oasis in the middle of a desert made possible by a complex irrigation system that brings water from the Andes mountains in the West. Mendoza is generally recognized as a politically conservative area, which brings yet another level of importance to all the local projects that are building ...

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The Third Argentinian Permaculture Gathering – Oct 11-17 2013

Posted on November, 03 2013

In life, there are things you want to do but can't, because they are far away,  or there is a scheduling conflict, or you don't have the money. Traveling, we can't arrange to be in all the places we want because of the logistics, travel speed and all that. But sometimes there's a synchronicity that's like a gift on the way ... we heard the call for the Third Argentinian Permaculture Gathering, and lucky for us it was right on our route! And it was great that we got in (just in time!) to share a week with projects and permaculturalists from all over Argentina, who came together for the third time ...

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Permaculture for kids with Special Needs

Posted on October, 24 2013

Hello family! This week we are hanging out with our friends at the Gran Jardín, a family run Permaculture project founded more than 12 years ago that promotes education for young people with special needs. Gran Jardín is an educational family farm where students from the Esperanza (Hope) Institute make regular visits as part of their education. The students, who have a range of conditions that change their mental and physical development, come to the farm to take care of animals (rabbits, goats, geese and a horse), plant organic gardens, separate trash, and experience other eco-techniques such as natural building, solar ovens and composting. One student feeding rabbits on the farm This week the educational ...

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We've arrived in Argentina!!

Posted on September, 08 2013

Goodbye Bolivia, Hello Argentina!! The 11th country of this Común Tierra odyssey exploring the sustainable communities of Latin America! When we look at the map, it's exciting to see how far we are to the south! We crossed the border into Bolivia at Yacuiba. Arriving in this city was tricky, we had to pass through extremely narrow streets that you would not believe that Minhoca would pass (we were so tense that we didn't even think about taking a photo!). But as Minhoca is an amazing acrobat (and our driver Ryan even more) we made it through! Here is a picture we did take, about 200 feet before the literal border (now with wider streets ...

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