Sustainability Week

  We talk with UMD Professor Randy Hanson about UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), a fifteen-acre "land lab" that utilizes sustainable farming practices.  SAP was formed in 2009 to "institute education, research, and regional engagement around community food and agriculture systems in the western Lake Superior bioregion." 

Elsewhere Farm/Clare Hintz

Clare Hintz manages Elsewhere Farm in Herbster, WI. Though the farm isn't certified organic, Hintz manages her farm organically and proclaims, with her ready laugh, that her land is certifiable.

Hartley Nature Center

Growing up on a South Dakota farm, Doug Shoemaker used to think how great it would be to drive around all day in a vehicle that ran on sunshine.


When you think "sustainable," it's not too much of a jump to local foods.

But the Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth is thinking "sustainable" in a lot of ways.  From their LEED-certified building in the Hillside neighborhood (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the new LEED-designed building coming to West Duluth next year, the Co-op is thinking sustainable communities with the addition of some low-cost options for folks who are on federal food assistance programs and becoming a WIC vendor (a food assistance program for Women, Infants and Children).

Lucas Wirl/Flickr

Since 1979, Nukewatch in Luck Wisconsin has been pursuing an agenda of environmental and peace action and "no nukes."

Co-director John LaForge joins is to talk about what the group has been up to and how some issues - like environmental remediation by companies eager to begin a commercial project - keep coming up again and again.

Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild

In 1974, a group of Northland folks interested in weaving, knitting, spinning, wool dyeing and the like formed the Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild.

Perhaps it was just an offshoot of the back-to-the-land movement of the '70s, but over 40 years later, they're still going strong.