Live Webinar Event

Here at the Center for Ecolonomic Excellence and Development (CEED) and Nourish the Planet (NTP) we are excited to be doing daytime “Huddles” for our staff, interns, alumni and guests every FIRST and THIRD Wednesday of every month. Our next huddle will be held on Wednesday, 20 May 2015, at 01:00 PM Mountain Time,  live from our NTP/CEED Headquarters in Colorado. This time we will be joined by Shannon M Welsh.

Shannon is a Sustainable Textile and Apparel Artisan and Designer who supports soil to skin processes. She is also the Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Fibershed, an affiliate of Fibershed, which seeks to build collaborative relationships between artisans and farmers to create a bio-regional textile culture and marketplace and develops regenerative textile systems that are based on carbon farming, regional manufacturing, and public education. She seeks to deepen the sustainable textile conversation by directly connecting the wearer to the biological context of their wardrobe. This transparency empowers wearers, farmers and artisans to enhance ecological balance, interdependent community economies and organic agriculture through soil to skin processes. Shannon M Welsh holds a BFA in Apparel Design as well as a BA in Mathematics and History.

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Introduction to CEED/NTP

Chances are if you’ve found Nourish the Planet, it’s because you’re asking some big questions.  Questions like:  How do we feed 8 billion people by 2030?  How can we heal a broken economic system?  How can we live sustainably on a planet with fewer and fewer resources?  What can I do about it?


We think there’s a fundamental and elegant answer to these questions – sustainable agriculture.  Or more simply put, food.  At Nourish the Planet, we are pioneering low-tech, replicable, sustainable methods for all types of food production.  Our team is constantly developing new and exciting innovations in the realm of sustainable agriculture. Our two campuses have greenhouses, converted warehouses, pastures, farm fields, urban lots, and other infrastructure that are used to test these new innovations and to improve methods. Our focus is in aquaponics, aquaculture, vermiculture and sustainable ranching; but our larger vision is to produce food in a way that is environmentally nurturing and economically sound.

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Living Essentials CSA

Nourish the Planet is starting a new CSA in the Northern Colorado area. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and provides local consumers with a direct connection to the farm that produces their food. Read more…

HOPE for the Hopeless

If we are going to enable ecopreneurs to Teach the World to Feed Itself, we have to provide opportunities to teach. One dollar out of every four that is generated by NTP’s Programs will go to our HOPE (Helping Other People Ecolonomically) for the Hopeless program where we help local community groups and distant hungry people groups to learn how to feed themselves. Read more…

BEST of the Best Program

Nourish the Planet is launching a business accelerator that will change the face of education and ecopreneurship. We call it The Best of the BEST (Best Ecolonomic Student Training) Entrepreneurial Program (BOTB). These fellows will embark on an intensive one year program with the goal of having a cash flowing, low-tech green business upon completion. Read more…

FREE Webinar Hangout “Huddle” Replays

Watch the Most recent NTP/CEED Bimonthly Huddle Replays here.

Even if you cannot be with our live audience, you should register because then you can watch the replay later. Please follow this link to register and join our FREE huddle webinar, what promises to be a fun packed informative hour for free. You can be in our live audience at the CEED headquarters, or view it live over the web. You will be able to ask questions and interact live with the presenters using the chat box provided.

Taber Ward

Taber Ward, founder and Executive Director of Mountain Flower Dairy, talks about Mountain Flower’s daily operations, employee supervision, herd-health, food safety protocol, volunteer and intern program, milk shares and education programs.

Elizabeth Folgen

Elizabeth Folgen, of Red Rhino Designs, shared with us the difficulties of conservation in Southern Africa and how her company helps to raise money to support the work of Lapalala Wilderness School.

Cheryl Coates

Cheryl Coates, of Tiny Diamond Homes, joined us to talk about the growing tiny home movement.



Climatic Changes – Current Global Trends & Our Future

  The current trends of global warming can be quite dispiriting. We have witnessed some of the wildest and most extreme weather and climatic events in the year 2013. The records have shown that in 2004, 252 million people were affected by climatic disasters, 96% of them were from the developing countries. The weather pattern changes that we are observing today are only due to a degree or two rise in global temperature. If the trend continues, we will be facing more devastating consequences in the future. As the global temperature rises, we will be facing more serious consequences. Scientists predict that as the green house gases continue to increase, the polar ice caps will melt causing sea levels to rise. As a consequence, countries close to the coastal area and low lands will go under water. There are more serious and deadly consequences that environmental scientists are warning everyone about. We will discuss the 10 most fatal consequences of global warming below. Consequences of the global warming   1. Forest fires are more common in the USA today Forest fires or wild fires are becoming more common today and causing more damages in the residences and surrounding areas. Today, forest fires are becoming more common because the ice melts quicker in the winter due to global warming. Droughts and lack of moisture in the far Western American States, such as California, is also a reason for wild fires. 2. Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in growth Arctic plants are experiencing a boom in their growth. This is due to rapid melting of arctic ice during spring. This... read more

Ecology VS. Environmental Science How It Relates To Our Economy

Environmental policies of a nation are without a doubt related to its economy. There are costs associated with energy resources and the effect of the resources on the environment, as well as costs and benefits associated with depletion of the environment that relates to air pollution, water pollution, solid waste management, toxic waste, fossil fuels, global warming, and so on. Environmental economics The field of economics that deals with the environment is referred to environmental economics. This is a sub field of economics, which emphasizes on economy and describes economy as a subsystem of ecosystem. Environmental economics also focuses on preservation of our natural capitals, such as land air, water, mining, fossils, and all other natural resources. Ecological economics Ecological economics is another field of economics which is defined as both interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary academic fields of study, aiming to focus on the co-evolution and interdependence of natural ecosystems and human economies over a given period of time and place. The difference between environmental economics and ecological economics is that environmental economics makes mainstream economic study of the environment. Economy is treated as a “subsystem” of the ecosystem, emphasizing on prevention of natural capitals. Ecology VS. Economics From definition of the two fields of economics, we can clearly see that both the fields of economics consider eco-system as the main system that controls economy of a given space and time. Many people thought about doing something good about the environment but it seemed to interfere with economy and how they build their wealth. Both ecology and economy was viewed as two separate and independent fields and most people thought... read more

Blog Highlights from 1/21/2014 – 2/3/2014

Take a look at this week’s blog highlights form CEED : During 2012, 24.7 million acres (10 million hectares) of forestland achieved Rainforest Alliance certification to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards, which help to protect forest ecosystems and conserve natural resources.
The total area of certified forestland reached 182.9 million acres (74.6 million hectares) — an area larger than the size of Texas — benefitting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in forest communities across 78 countries worldwide.
The Rainforest Alliance maintained its longstanding position as the leading FSC-certifier, having certified 43 percent of FSC-certified land worldwide.

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New FDA And Federal Government Regulations Of Livestock

New FDA requirements for livestock antibiotics There have been several significant changes announced by the Food and Drugs Administration regarding the use of antibiotics in livestock. According to the new regulations of the U. S FDA, and Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD), a veterinary will need to supervise the use of antibiotic drugs on livestock. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has been supportive of sensible drug use by veterinarians, and has been working with the U. S FDA to shape regulations to standardize the medical use among animals to develop processes and principles that promote proper use of antimicrobial among animal farmers. The announcement made by FDA on December 11 2013was somewhat a result of a lawsuit in 2012 by the Defense Council, which put pressure on FDA. Pressure from other public health organizations as well as AVMA made it easier for FDA to make its decision. Requirement for livestock identification by Federal Government The federal government has recently launched a “livestock identification” program. According to experts, this would not be an extra burden for the cattle farmers. The Federal and State laws require that dairy cows and cattle over the age of 18 be registered when they are being transported across the state lines. Some acceptable forms of identifications such as a ear tag has to be displayed on the livestock while transporting them. Each animal is given an identification number attached with the ear tags. In some cases farmers also use tattoos or old fashioned branding on animals, which is also acceptable. The new regulations of the animal identification will help the government to track animals in... read more

Government Records Of 2013 Most Extreme Weather & Climatic Events

The year 2013 was really full of weather deviations from the usual, when we saw some of the record high temperatures and low temperatures, droughts, floods, and so on. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weighed in on this phenomenon on Wednesday with a list that shows 2013’s Significant Climate Anomalies and Events. 2013’s Significant Climate Anomalies And Events. The report has also put certain weather occurrences into historical perspective, suggesting that the rise in global temperatures is giving rise to such extreme weather events. For example, NOAA has ranked 2013 as the fourth warmest year on record since 1980. Here are some of the most significant weather events of 2013 as appears on the NOAA report 1.Drought conditions get worse in the far West America California faced its driest drought last year while Oregon has reported its fourth driest year on record. Despite the improvements in the central and south east regions of the United States, the conditions in the American West continue to get worse. California being one of the largest agricultural states in America, the consequence of drought can be devastating, and there seems to be no relief soon from drought in the near future according to National Drought Mitigation Center located at the University of Nebraska. 2. Tropical cyclone Haiyan hit land with record strength Haiyan, hitting the Philippines in 2013 has been one of the strongest one in history with 190 miles per hour winds and have been reported to have killed 5,700 people in the Philippines. United Nations have estimated that 11 million people have been affected by the tropical cyclone. 3.... read more

Livestock Health – Causes Care & Cures Of Common Cattle Diseases

If you are raising cattle in your farm, it is very important to know the types of diseases your cattle can suffer from to best manage and treat these diseases. Most of the diseases of cattle or any farm animal can be prevented through proper management and care. Tick Damage If your farm animals are suffering from ticks, they can cause severe damage to your cattle if left untreated for a long time, especially around ears and udder. The wounds made by ticks can be worsened by flies or bacterial infections. It is important to identify the tick attack early. Some ticks are more dangerous than others and cause greater damage, such as the ticks that cause heart water, red water and gall sickness in cattle. Prevention and tick control Use tick control products that are easy to use on your cattle. You may find pour-on, spray-on, or plunge-dip products found at your local farm supply stores. If you have the proper facilities, use the plunge dip methods. Pour-on could be expensive but the easiest method to use. To prevent tick attacks, keep the heavily effected animals separate as soon as identified. Check for ticks once a week in the wet seasons and once every two weeks in the dry seasons. Use vaccination to protect your cattle against tick borne disease. Anthrax Anthrax is a fatal disease caused by bacteria in cattle. It is also highly infections and causes fatality in farm animals across every continents of the world. Animals usually show signs of illness within two to seven days after swallowing the spores of bacteria, which produce extremely... read more

Turn Your Trash Into Art – Ideas To Create Art From Recycled Materials

Benefits of recycling Recycling makes use of materials that would otherwise be thrown in the landfill by processing and collecting trash or waste materials. Recycling can benefit the environment and community by minimizing the amount of garbage thrown out. It also helps to conserve resources by minimizing mining, cutting down trees, saving energy, water and fertilizers associated with farming and also help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. Recycling also saves the energy needed in mining, and reduces the green house gases. Therefore, recycling your household waste can be an essential element for sustainability. Turning waste into art Many people have the artistic ability to turn junk into art. Some of the artists can really boast about how environmentally conscious they are and how they can make junk beautiful. It is not only for children’s art and craft, but anyone of any age can practice using materials that they would usually throw away and turn them into art. Some of the artists can make incredible master pieces from recycled materials. Recycled art ideas We all know the old saying “one man’s junk another man’s treasure.” We could create art form just about anything we want if we have the eye for it. There can be great pleasure found in creating art from the things you would normally throw away. Some of the materials that may be used for creating art are old Christmas wrapping papers that could be recycled, old metal tin, buttons, old metal straps and so on. If your kitchen could use some extra touch, you can remodel your kitchen or bathroom with old... read more

How Enthusiasm Can Truly Helps Us Reach Our Goals

Enthusiasm is a strong word that has a lot of energy and excitement associated with it. If you have set your goals to achieve anything, from reaching your financial goals, to the lifestyle you want, or improve any area of your life, it always involves a great deal of enthusiasm. How important is enthusiasm in reaching goals in your life? On the list of things that you need to succeed in your life, enthusiasm can be placed among the top ingredients in the list. it often becomes one of the deciding factors when it comes to realizing one’s goals. For example, if you are to join a party with a group of people, you are more likely to be part of a group who are enthusiastic about the party, rather than those who do not feel the same excitement. Everyone likes to be around people who are enthusiastic about their future and goals. People, who are enthusiastic about their goals and future, tend to be upbeat and bright. They also help others to get out of the gloomy state of mind by offering optimistic solutions or providing hope for others. How lack of enthusiasm and motivation effect us? Enthusiasm and motivation are promises of the future. They set your goals and determine how effectively you will accomplish your goals and how much effort you will put into attaining your goals. It often becomes one of the powerful driving forces that help you achieve your objectives. If you have the desire to achieve something but lack the motivation, it could become very frustrating situation. Motivation comes in different forms for... read more

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