Author Archives: Matt Trokan

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Hunger Free America- By: Jayde Gaines

I recently traveled to Houston, Texas for a Hunger Free America national conference. Hunger Free America is a not for profit organization building a bold, grass-roots, non-partisan membership movement in all 50 states.  Their goal is to enact the policies and programs necessary to end domestic hunger, and ensure that all Americans have access to nutritious food.  

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Free Film Series: From Industrial to Organic Agriculture.

The EGG Group (Ecovillage Green Group) is offering a 3-part film series.  The films will be shown at 7:00 PM on February 16, March 16, and April 20 (all Thursday evenings) at the Imago Earth Center.

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Strength in Community- By Jamie Gaines

Category : Enright Eco Village

In the past year, this column has covered many topics from resiliency and authenticity, to accountability and group sufficiency.  A common thread among these articles is a sense of the future that we as a community aspire to.  On February 4th and 5th the ERUEV Board had their annual retreat to begin to formalize, and the vision of our community into focus.

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Living In Nature- By Bill Cahalan

On a recent grey day I was walking past the old red oaks in Matt and Elaine’s yard, and saw how many acorns are still on the ground in January.  I reflected on the fact that even in the fall, when I pick up acorns (to plant in my tree nursery, or just to admire) I often find a hole in them from worms that have hatched inside, eaten their fill, and exited.

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Strength In Community

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Strength in CommUnity-Jamie Gaines

Eight years ago, I found myself finishing a college degree for a career that I realized was not inline with my values. The long hours would keep me from my family, there was little room for creativity, and I didn’t see the work creating positive change in the world. Don’t get me wrong, there was certainly a reason to continue to pursue that career. I was on the path for a significant raise over the next six years which would nearly double my income, who could resist that!?

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February 24 is National CSA Day!

Join the movement of thousands of local food enthusiasts by signing up for an Urban Earth Farms CSA share.  Come celebrate Community Supported Agriculture with us as we ring in our 9th growing season at the 2017 Urban Earth Farms CSA DAY.  Receive a gift from our farm by signing up on CSA Day!

  • Friday, February 24 @ Common Roots
  • 3642 W 8th street, Cincinnati 45205
  • Sign Up & Information Sessions from 6 – 8 pm.
  • Community Potluck at 6 pm.

See our webpage for more info about the CSA or to Sign Up Online.  


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Living In Nature

I’m walking north on Enright in the late afternoon.   I see two big red oak trees shimmering in the breeze a few hundred yards ahead, soaking up the sunlight from the west.  I have watched their lush green all summer and now the leaves are bronze.  The aliveness of the shimmering trees seems to reach out to me.  I pause and vividly imagine their breathing in concert with mine, and with the breathing of countless animals, plants and people.  I can also sense the trees absorbing the sun’s energy, and their roots drawing up water and nutrients.

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Holiday on the Hill Dec 2nd and 3rd

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The Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage is hosting the 3rd annual Holiday on the Hill Dec 2nd and 3rd at the Common Roots Cafe Friday Dec 2nd (6-9p.m.) and Saturday Dec 3rd (10 a.m.-2 p.m).   Looking for holiday gifts.  We will feature everything from hand-dyed silk scarves to felted ornaments along with baked goods! Proceeds benefit the ERUEV’s Farm Project’s CSA and Farmer’s Market


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Permaculture Design Courses

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Category : Enright Eco Village

There are two Permaculture Design Courses coming up, run by Cincinnati Permaculture Institute. They are Certificate programs that teach whole system design based on nature. If you have a project, program, or homestead with systems you are looking to improve, for a more nature based life, this is a great way to frame that process, all at once!

The Fall PDC starts Oct 21st, link to course info.

The Yearlong PDC starts November 12th, link to course info.

Both are largely the same subject matter, they just take a different form to accommodate for lifestyle needs.

For more info email: info@cincinnatipermacultureinstitute.org