In 2007, the maverick Petrolia resident Ken Young, a climate scientist, took a bold step by investing a significant portion of his personal savings to establish the Petol. He produced coins made of pure silver, aiming to enhance self-sufficiency in the Mattole valley. 

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Activism The countercultural ethos of the 1960s and 1970s played a pivotal role in catalyzing activism within the back-to-the-land movement in Northern California. Rooted in a questioning of mainstream societal…

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