MySmart Farm continues to cultivate its relationship with IBM

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What Happens In Vegas…

wonderful. empowering. insightful. call to action for better understanding of how to overcome true challenges & tragedies and rising again to flourish with incredible implications for us all. thanks!

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The city’s tourism slogan is “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas”. Are you like me and wonder what does happen? Stop back in two weeks, and I will tell you what really did happen in Vegas. Right now I am full of hopeful anticipation. I will be traveling to Las Vegas next week to speak at two venues.

On Wednesday, September 10th at 7PM, a brand new theater located within part of the newly renovated and exciting Downtown Project has invited me to present. I will be at The Window attempting to inspire with lessons of overcoming adversity. We all face challenges. Everyone needs to remember they are strong enough to face these difficulties. We all have it within us to become stronger after the storm has passed.

On Thursday, September 11th, I have been invited to speak at the world-renowned Lou Ruvo Center for Brain…

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Seed Libraries: Challenges and Opportunities

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???????????????????????????????Those of you who have been following my work know that I have written the book Seed Libraries and Other Means of Keeping Seeds in the Hands of the People. We’ll call it Seed Libraries for short and you can expect it in the bookstores in early February. You can order it from New Society Publishers or buy a signed copy from me through my website when the time gets closer. In the past few years seed libraries have been popping up everywhere, evolving to fit their communities. It was this evolving that drove me crazy as I contacted all the places I mentioned in the book to make sure I had the most up-to-date information. As I polished the last details before sending the manuscript to the publisher, I got wind of a situation a new seed library in Pennsylvania was experiencing. The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PA…

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Reminder: I Am Not Alone

such an important and empowering message

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please welcome first-time contributor Amanda Sapp, a 36-year-old single mom residing in Alma, GA. Amanda has suffered with severe depression for many years and was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder. She is struggling to accept the life changing diagnosis and to adjust to new meds and a new normal.

About this photo: “I took this photo while on vacation in Pine Mountain with the one person who believed in me and loved me when I wasn’t well enough to believe in and love myself. It reminds me that no matter how much my illness makes me isolate that I am not alone. It reminds me that with the right support, I am strong enough to keep fighting.”


We need to raise $5k in August to get up and running as a non-profit! Please help!

**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions.

*Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & 

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Smiling With Your Eyes

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Smiling With Your Eyes via @DanielleHark @BrokenLightCo cc @flawlessgrats @peaceloveceo @dhmovement @disvisibility

Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Please welcome first-time contributor Sarah, a woman who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in her twenties. Now aged 34 she continually battles the condition but is proud to have a family of her own and to be succesful in her career.

About the photo: “This is a photo of my little boy. My children’s smiles are my motivation to stay well.”


Only a few more weeks left on the Broken Light Collective crowdfunding campaign!

**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions.

*Facebook & Twitter @BrokenLighCo & @DanielleHark. Follow for e-mail notifications.

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Media Partner #12: Nina G, Oakland, CA

Disability Visibility Project

It’s ok to laugh at our 12th media partner Nina G….she’s a comedian!

Photo of a woman with long brown hair holding a microphone with pinball machines in the background. Nina G, comedian

Nina G is America’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one). She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.

An image of a projector screen showing an image of a woman holding a microphone doing stand-up with the text: "Laughing at Disability Awareness with Nina G

When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she is playing colleges and presenting as a keynote speaker to children with disabilities and training professionals.

Check out her newest project, Once Upon an Accommodation: A Book About Learning Disabilities! Nina writes from her own experience as a person with a Learning Disability and how to navigate the world of disability related accommodations in school.

Facebook Fan Page:

Twitter: @ninagcomedian (occassional adult content)

Youtube: NinaGcomic

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The Heart of Reno's Roots

It sounds strange and super scientific, but really, aquaponics is relatively simple. The first thing you have to do is break the word down. It’s the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics.

aquaculture + hydroponics = aquaponics

Aquaculture is essentially raising fish and hydoponics is essentially growing plants without soil. Aquaponics is both of these things brought together. Both aquaculture and hydroponics have their own negatives, but combing the two in aquaponics eliminates their negatives.

Aquaponics Cycle from Grow Your Own Nevada Aquaponics Cycle from Grow Your Own Nevada

Aquaponics is a continuous cycle, and its main components are a fish tank and a grow bed filled with some kind of gravel and plants growing in it. There are many different ways to construct this system, but you just need to have a way for the water to circulate through the grow bed into the fish tank and then back into the grow bed. No matter what way you…

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