4 results for author: Sam Bailey


Love the Vine You’re With: Sustainable Wine in the Pacific Northwest

When you hear the word sustainability, do you think of wine? Until last year, I simply enjoyed my wine, rarely wondering at the impact of my enjoyment on the environment. I never assumed the wine industry would consider it too. It turns out there are producers making sustainable wine in the Pacific Northwest who work hard to make their product kinder to the planet. I realized that sustainability is all-encompassing, relevant to every aspect of our activity in the world. Excluding human endeavor from its scope - even wine making - is just not good business for the planet. This new line of thinking about sustainable wine began with a team ...

Washed Ashore: Art from Plastic to Save the Sea

Earlier this year in Bandon, Oregon I discovered Washed Ashore. They make art from plastic to educate the public about how much of it ends up in the sea. I saw their brightly colored life-sized plastic sculpture known locally as Henry the Fish. Henry is made of pieces of plastic that have washed up on the beach. I find this idea of making art from plastic very creative, but it also saddens me. The reality it makes clear is one of oceans filled with human garbage. Their studio in Bandon was closed for the day, but I caught a glimpse of numerous large plastic sculptures through their front window. This organization is about more than just art. Art ...

To Bee or Not to Bee: Sustainability is Sweet in Portland

Bees are a necessary and vital part of our existence. We depend upon their pollination for a large percentage of the foods we eat. This relationship with bees has sustained our lives for as long as humans have existed. But what if we were severed from this relationship? Could we survive the loss of benefit? We may just as well ask the question: can we survive without food? Let's re-frame the question in light of this basic insight. Without fruits, vegetables, or grains, what options would be left to us? As important as this question is, to simply wallow in it would be unproductive. We would waste time and resources needed to ensure such a scenario ...

Aina: That Which Feeds Us

Everything that lives on the earth is nourished and sustained by food. Without it, all this beautiful world in which we have come to be passes away. Because of their closeness with the natural world, native Hawaiian people have understood intuitively that this must be a reciprocal relationship. Otherwise we will no longer be able to live: for we will have destroyed the source of our own sustenance. "Aloha 'aina simply means to love and respect the land, make it yours and claim stewardship for it. Malama 'aina means to care for and nurture the land so it can give back all we need to sustain life for ourselves and our future generations, and An ...