catapult magazine

catapult magazine
Call That Profit

vol. 12, num. 11 :: 2013.05.24 — 2013.06.06

Terms like “investment” and “profit” conjure notions of coins or bills or figures preceded by dollar signs, and yet humans cannot live on hard cash alone. The Mad Farmer (a.k.a. Wendell Berry) writes, “Say that the leaves are harvested when they have rotted into the mold. Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.” What are the benefits of the non-monetary ways we share profits, raise capital and make exchange for goods and services?



Beyond survival

An interview with Christopher Keefe, owner of Minga Imports, a fair trade wholesale distribution business.


Imaginations in recovery

Diagnosing the symptoms of a society sick with profitic imagination.


Lost and found

A mad farmer reflects on bringing life back to Maple Tree Meadows through bartering, laboring and other acts of faith.

Patience and profit

Learning to see value in the waste of our lives.


In case you missed it the first time

Ten new ways I hope to vote with my money this year

A graduate student on a budget considers how to make her dollars reflect her passions.

The Mulberry Manifesto

A paradigm shift toward a slow life chock full of pleasure and wild fruit.

Weaving the web

The business of re-weaving a good city

Milton Friesen considers what city-building would look like if we stopped defaulting to more and arranged what we have in new combinations.


A simple fix for farming

According to Mark Bittman and a recent study, it’s possible to feed the world without loads of chemical inputs.  Is corporate profit the only thing standing in the way?


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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