Friday, September 6, 2013

Five Friday Favorites: Generation Collaboration

Photograph © Dr. Neil Clifton

It’s the end of a short week and wow, was it chilly in western Mass this morning! 

In honor of the weekend, I thought I’d share a little of what I stumbled on in my Internet wanderings this week. Whether it’s coincidence or a larger force at work, there’s been a lot of online reflection about the power of collaboration between generations. Here are five of my favorite links, all of them dedicated to the comingling of young and old (and even the here and gone!) around shared passions and skills. Here’s to the (re)discovery of wisdom and possessions from the past. Happy Friday! — Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor

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“Quit partying on Friday night and go find a farmer.” Joel Salatin's enthusiasm in utterly contagious. See whether you walk away from this video unconvinced by his assertion that partnerships between young people who want to farm and older, established farmers are not just logical, but vital.

You've heard of therapy dogs, but what about rabbits? This column is from last year but the therapeutic nature of human-animal interaction is timeless. George and Gwen Larue combine their love of rabbits and helping young women to transform the lives of teenage girls in Lynchburg, Virginia. 

“This is the only chance that Mom, Grammie and I will get to craft together.” Diane Gilleland, the creative force behind CraftyPod, is working with her mother to revitalize and repurpose fabrics from a well-loved and very worn quilt hand-stitched by her great-great grandmother.

For the last several months, Modern Farmer has been posting excerpts from the journal of William George Pope, who kept a detailed record of life on his dairy farm in 1941. In a great twist on generational collaboration that makes these posts especially moving, William’s great-grandson Lucas Adams has been illustrating the diary for Modern Farmer. The results are delightful. Find them here.
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Inside Storey readers, what are you loving online this week? Share your favorites with us in the comments!

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