An online magazine from Whole Foods Market, Dark Rye brings together pioneers of unconventional ideas to explore the edges of the creative life. Here on the Dark Rye Tumblr, we’ll compile a mixtape of their secrets—a daily how-to and counter-convention dose of sass and entrepreneurialism for your own neighborhood.

We’ll offer perspective on our monthly themes as well as the pioneer’s blueprint: fresh insight and an idea-starter that makes every day feel like a sleeves-rolled-up Saturday morning in spring. Hang out here to stay revived between Dark Rye feasts.

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The Fine Art Of Good Scrap: Going Off The Consumer Grid at Austin Creative Reuse in DARK RYE’s Art Issue

“We’ve lost something: Remember making a spaceship out of a cardboard box? We don’t fold or cut or use our hands much anymore. But if you do it once—get an idea, find some good materials and give it a shot—you’re hooked. You get to create something, and opt out of the commercial system.”

That’s Rebecca Stuch, who opened Austin Creative Reuse out of her garage after being inspired by North Carolina’s Scrap Exchange. So it’s true, like she says: The DIY creativity of hackers and pack rats is contagious.

Kids are natural upcyclers. Stuch began by building dollhouses out of shoeboxes, making tiny curtains and picture frames, with Popsicle sticks for tiny beds. As a grown-up, she’d stuff old flour and sugar containers with rubber bands and corks and used batteries. “Every so often, I’d go through and use them, one way or another,” she says.

That’s the joy: the thrill of the dig, of finding something that fits into the puzzle of an abstract idea and makes it real. A light fixture made of paint cans. A four-foot length of dryer duct for a robot arm. A junked-out propane tank for a fire pit. Every time someone comes into Austin Creative Reuse, they’re not shopping. They’re jamming. They come in with empty arms and an idea that may seem a little out there, and Rebecca and her wily pack of curators and makers roll up their sleeves…

—read more at Dark Rye

The Lexicon Of Sustainability: Unconventional Agriculture by PBS Food

Today, half the world’s food production—what we eat—depends on chemical fertilizers and herbicides. These are the foundation of Conventional Agriculture, but they pollute our soils, drinking water, waterways, and oceans. Unconventional farmers focus on building soil fertility by working with nature, not against it.

The best ones are the ones with the uncertain twists.

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Pretty plate. Eat the rainbow.


Springtime Pasta Primavera

Take-out. No really. Take it out. Who eats indoors during a season like this?

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Love old things.

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Strawberry and salmon, a match made in heaven. 

Crispy Salmon with Strawberry Basil Salsa on Heather Christo

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Pop that in the fridge. It’s hot out.

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You know it as well as I do. They’re cooler than us. They don’t even try.


& Tango

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