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The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork
Photo: Travis Rummel
The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork
Malcolm Johnson

It didn’t take long for Ben Wilkinson to figure out that there was freedom to be had in working for himself—and that freedom was the first requirement if he wanted to go surfing whenever the waves got huge. “I left home when I was 16,” he remembers, “which was old enough in my eyes. But…

4 min de lecture
Bringing Back the Light with the Central Westcoast Forest Society
Photo: Jeremy Koreski
Bringing Back the Light with the Central Westcoast Forest Society
Patagonia

For British Columbia’s timber barons, the forests of Vancouver Island were too rich to resist: giant spruce, fir and red cedar trees that fetched top dollar on the open market. On the island’s remote and rain-soaked Pacific coast, mechanized logging kicked into high gear in the 1950s and continued through the decades that followed. “Before…

3 min de lecture
Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters
Photo: Garrett Grove
Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters
Malcolm Johnson

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes up you can’t help but pause. It reminds…

4 min de lecture
Workwear Video Series: Farmer and Agronomist Heather Darby
Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy
Workwear Video Series: Farmer and Agronomist Heather Darby
Patagonia

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the University of Vermont and the backbone of a 200-year-old, certified…

1 min de lecture
Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.
Mike Wood is the co-founder of Su Salmon Co. and the volunteer president of the Susitna River Coalition. Photo: Travis Rummel
Net to Table: Su Salmon Co.
Ryan Peterson

Mike Wood’s last name is a wholly appropriate coincidence of birth. He’s got a fetish for the stuff. When building his off-the-grid log home masterpiece on the banks of Alaska’s Susitna River, he’d range out into the surrounding boreal forest, select each perfect tree, hug it at the chest in solemn ceremony and then gleefully…

3 min de lecture
Helping Hands in the High Desert
Helping Hands in the High Desert
Helping Hands in the High Desert
Patagonia

Doing the Dirty Work with the Oregon Natural Desert Association

4 min de lecture
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Sawdust Is My Glitter: The Story of Blind Craftsman John Furniss
Jeff McElroy

Editor’s note: This post discusses anxiety and suicide. In a humble workshop in Washougal, Washington, a blind craftsman holds a locally harvested log that he has made into a blank with his miter saw. He turns it in his hands to feel its shape and weight. He measures and marks, measures and marks. A flick…

7 min de lecture
Don’t Till On Me
Don’t Till On Me
Don’t Till On Me
Andrew O’Reilly

A soil junkie explains no-till practices for regenerative agriculture.

7 min de lecture
Liberation on the Land
Liberation on the Land
Liberation on the Land
Jeff McElroy

A Conversation with Leah Penniman, Author of Farming While Black.

6 min de lecture
What the Trees Know: Solving the Mystery of Colorado’s Record Avalanche Season
What the Trees Know: Solving the Mystery of Colorado’s Record Avalanche Season
What the Trees Know: Solving the Mystery of Colorado’s Record Avalanche Season
Laura Yale

In 2019, after a record Colorado avalanche season bulldozed millions of trees, a team of avalanche experts rallied to collect as much information as possible from these 300-year-old keepers of time.

7 min de lecture
Butler Farms
Butler Farms
Butler Farms

On a family farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky, a heritage crop has returned.

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3:19
So, You Want to Be a Regenerative Hemp Farmer?
So, You Want to Be a Regenerative Hemp Farmer?
So, You Want to Be a Regenerative Hemp Farmer?
Doug Fine

A bona fide American hemp farmer/entrepreneur shares his stash.

11 min de lecture
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Sew-cial Distancing
Patagonia

Making face masks in the time of COVID-19: when “breathable face fabric” takes on a whole new meaning.

5 min de lecture
Working Through It
Working Through It
Working Through It
Jeff McElroy

Some farmers, anglers and chefs are providing food for their communities during the time of COVID-19.

11 min de lecture
Bound for Dory
Bound for Dory
Bound for Dory
Jeff McElroy

A colorful tradition of building and running Grand Canyon dory boats is passed to the next generation.

9 min de lecture
All the Hemp That Fits
All the Hemp That Fits
All the Hemp That Fits
Jeff McElroy

Patagonia has 73 styles using hemp this season. Cultivation of hemp replenishes vital soil nutrients, prevents erosion and requires no synthetic fertilizer.

4 min de lecture
If I Had a Hammer
If I Had a Hammer
If I Had a Hammer
Jeff McElroy

Who made the first hammer, the thing that’s used to make other things? For blacksmiths, it starts with the forge—and it’s hammers all the way down.

4 min de lecture
Bison Hide
Bison Hide
Bison Hide
Jeff McElroy

Two Patagonia styles this season use bison hide. Grazing bison help restore prairie ecosystems, whereas grazing cattle can damage native grasses.

4 min de lecture
Transplanting Traditions
Transplanting Traditions
Transplanting Traditions
Jonnah Perkins

On a small farm outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, a farmer takes a regenerative approach to keeping his community fed.

8 min de lecture
El Rito Santero
El Rito Santero
El Rito Santero
Jeff McElroy

Nicholas Herrera brings new life to old things on his ancestral homestead in El Rito, New Mexico.

5 min de lecture
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado
Jeff McElroy

In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, two farmers are growing industrial hemp to improve their topsoil—and their bottom line—as they face worsening drought.

6 min de lecture
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado
Bring Hemp Home: Colorado

In Colorado’s San Luis Valley, worsening drought is causing farmers to face the prospect of losing their livelihoods. Two farmers are placing their bets on a drought-tolerant crop—industrial hemp.

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12:24
The High Life
The High Life
The High Life
Jeff McElroy

Rock-climber blade techs keep the wind turbines turning, with gusto.

2 min de lecture
¡Échale ganas!
¡Échale ganas!
¡Échale ganas!
Nathan Harkleroad

Only 4 percent of US farm owners are Hispanic. Mexican immigrant and organic farmer Javier Zamora is working to change the narrative.

5 min de lecture
Hasta La Raíz
Hasta La Raíz
Hasta La Raíz

How can Hispanic farmworkers become farm owners? For Mexican immigrant Javier Zamora, the sunup to sundown work ethic was already there—he just needed some support from his community.

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11:48
Sowing Trust
Sowing Trust
Sowing Trust
Jonnah Perkins

How can an organic farmer with no successor make sure the farm will end up in good hands? Paul Bickford started his search in an unexpected place.

6 min de lecture
Biking Bread
Biking Bread
Biking Bread
Jeff McElroy

In San Luis Obispo, California, a team of bakers is building community by “pedaling” their wares.

5 min de lecture
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