back to the land

Promise of Paradise Episode 43: Captain Rainbow

Oct 2, 2019

 

 

 Captain Rainbow has lived in Anderson Valley for more than forty years. He was part of the earliest wave of hippies to move here in the Late 60s. These days he is best known as the master of ceremonies of the Anderson Valley variety show, an annual celebration of local community. He lives near Boonville in a house he built out of lumber from his land.

Promise of Paradise Episode 26: Dorothy Cong

May 14, 2019

Dorothy Cong was born in Ft. Bragg in 1946. She grew up on the Sandkulla ranch near Elk. Her family were among the first white settlers on the Mendocino coast and In many ways her childhood represented the life that back to the land hippies were seeking. They lived off the land raising their own food and building their own houses, but unlike the newcomers of the 1960s and 70s Dorothy’s family lived this way out of necessity.

Episode 22: Stuart Greenberg

Apr 11, 2019

Stuart Greenbergs' parents were communists who were politically active in the 1930s. They moved often during his childhood and passed on their values of gender equality and communal living. He participated in the birth of the organic farming movement in Illinois before moving to California as a single dad when his children were 2 and four years old. They settled in Laytonville where he raised them off the grid. 

Promise of Paradise Episode 19: Donna Montag

Mar 21, 2019

Donna Montag grew up in a wealthy catholic family in upstate New York.  After college she worked as a portfolios analyst on wall street, but was dissappointed with the dishonesty she experienced in that job. Searching for honesty and community she hitchhiked west to a commune in Oregon and never looked back. She arrived in Elk when she was twenty-six, met her husband and begam living off the land. When she gave birth to her daughter the idea of natural childbirth was gaining popularity, and some doctors were advocating for a natural approach to birth in hospitals.

Promise of Paradise Episode 16: Renee Vinyard

Mar 4, 2019
Renee Vinyard

Midwifery was an important aspect of the back to the land movement. Expectant mothers wanted to deliver babies in their own homes, into the hands of people they trusted. Renee Vinyard was one of those trusted midwives, taking calls on a CB radio, traveling to handmade homes, catching babies as they came into a changing world.

Today we’ll hear her stories about planting trees, harvesting bullfrogs, and what to do when you’re delivering a baby and the entire fire department shows up.