Grid Alive brings sustainability and musical guests to the stage

Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the return of Grid Alive. We had a great evening with our guests and hope you enjoyed the discussion.

From this month’s cover story, we had Bob Fishman from the Resources for Human Development and Denenne Brockington from Equal Dollars. The pair talked about their work with Equal Dollars and how the alternative currency is an “equalizer” among community members, eliminating the competition associated with U.S. currency. We also had Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall from Hidden City reflect on last month’s preservation issue. They talked about revitalizing Philadelphia’s urban fabric, as well as the work of Hidden City Daily and the importance of robust, local journalism.

Other guests included the Philadelphia Seed Exchange, which hosted a seed share, and Sean Hoots who treated the audience to a special acoustic performance.   

For those who missed the event don’t worry, we’ll have a podcast of the evening up shortly where you’ll be able to hear the full interviews with our guests.

Guest Column: Farm Tour

In February, I joined the band Hoots and Hellmouth at the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture’s (PASA) annual conference. More than once, I was asked if I was the group’s new bass player, or maybe their roadie. In fact, I’m the band’s farmer. It’s not a common title, but, when you work with a band that supports local, sustainable agriculture, things can get a bit unconventional.
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Feature: Will Play For (Local) Food

Philly raconteurs Hoots and Hellmouth promote local farms on tour
by Andrew Thompson

Amid the hustle of touring—going from town to town and not being able to stop for more than a few hours to play a show, fill your stomach at a Cracker Barrel and jet off to the next venue—it can be hard to find a small food co-op, especially when the town you’re playing in doesn’t have one, says Sean Hoots, guitarist/lead vocalist for Philly-based roots rock band Hoots and Hellmouth.
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