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Dr. Heather Darby harvests corn by hand at Borderview Research Farm. Alburgh, Vermont. Photo: Colin McCarthy

Farmer and Agronomist: Heather Darby

By Patagonia   |   Feb 8, 2018 February 8, 2018

As the seventh generation of her family to farm the same land, working from sunup to sundown comes naturally to Heather Darby. The fourth profile in our Workwear series takes a look at the perpetual motion required to be both a research agronomist at the… Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Oct 17, 2017 October 17, 2017

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes… Read More

Photo: Juan Luis De Heeckeren

The Cleanest Line

By Chris Malloy   |   Jun 27, 2016 June 27, 2016

We are now third and fourth generation surfers. We have the confidence to leave the stereotypes behind. We have become a tribe that has the ability to be the scroungiest dirtbags one day and then return to the urban environment as activists for change the next. Two time periods epitomize… Read More

Photo: Mark McInnis

Wilder Waters

By Patagonia   |   Jul 13, 2017 July 13, 2017

Patagonia is an unusual workplace in many ways, and the fact that employees are encouraged to incorporate environmental activism into their daily work is just one of the characteristics that sets our company apart. The realities of running a business are important, but we’re always aware that our business has… Read More

Photo: Patagonia Books

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands

By Dale Hope   |   Jun 20, 2017 June 20, 2017

The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands is the most colorful and complete book published on the most enduring souvenir ever invented: the Hawaiian shirt. The following excerpt is from chapter two, “Tailor Shops to Factory Pioneers.” In the late 1920s, most visitors to Waikiki beachside… Read More

Photo: Colin McCarthy

Experimenting with Naturally Dyed Clothing

By Joyanna Laughlin   |   Jun 8, 2017 June 8, 2017

Forty-five years ago, the old school North American outdoor uniform was basically colored in khaki, denim blue and olive green. Not only were the colors monotonous, but the dyes used were mostly petroleum based. Imagine no Craft Pink as vivid as the beavertail cactus flower. No Galah Green as bright… Read More

Photo: Donnie Hedden

Harvesting Liberty: A short film about growing hemp in the USA

By Dan Malloy & Jill Dumain   |   May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016

TAKE ACTION! Ask Congress to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, allowing American farmers to freely grow this commercially and environmentally important crop. Sign the petition at Change.org Industrial hemp is a crop that has the potential to lower the environmental impacts of textile production, empower small-scale farmers… Read More

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