Turning Legs into Roots: A New Village Press Intern Re-learns Walking

April 22nd, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Pepper Luboff @ 3:32 pm

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I’ve just moved back to the Bay Area with the intention of settling down after years of ecstatic mobility. In recent years, I’ve learned the immense importance of rootedness, stable relationships, and community. But having flitted about for nearly nine years, I haven’t exactly been keeping up my community-building skills. I’ve been meaning to knock on my neighbors’ doors for the last month. I’ve been meaning to explore the local farmers’ market that’s a half a block away. I’ve been meaning to look for funky little art galleries and playhouses in my neighborhood, a community garden I can join, and a local Unitarian church. And while Google and Yelp helped me with my initial research, they were not able to propel me out the door. Unable to plow through this mental block alone, I’ve thought to myself, “I wish there were someone to hold my hand and lead the way.” (more…)

CAN Reviews Arts for Change

April 16th, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Lynne Elizabeth @ 1:08 pm

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Anusha Venkataraman has written a thoughtful and enlightening review of Beverly Naidus’s new book Arts for Change. From the apt overview—

“Part memoir, part historical narrative, part resource guide, Naidus’ book summons in an accessible and easy-to-read format her experiences, challenges and advice from years of working in the field.”

to insight about how twentieth-century social movements influenced teaching— (more…)

Preparing Prisoners for Jobs in Sustainable Agriculture

April 8th, 2009

Email This Blog Post Email This Blog Post Filed under: New Village Commons— Ilya Bernstein @ 2:27 pm

Since its inception in 2002, the Insight Garden Program (IGP) has provided prisoners in residence at California’s San Quentin State Prison with an unusual route to rehabilitation: organic gardening.

The hands-on program walks prisoners through every stage of maintaining their 1,200 square-foot organic flower garden, teaching them how to plan, budget, irrigate, and work with the soil, as well as identify and propagate the plants they wish to grow. In doing so, IGP is helping prepare inmates for meaningful jobs in landscaping and agriculture upon their release. Proponents of the program believe that this will help reduce the number of people caught in the cycle of incarceration, which sees over 70% of inmates back behind bars within three years of their release. (more…)


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