Juan Pablo Martinez

Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 3: Preparing to do Something

Click for larger view To be sure, buying a nice piece of land requires a lot of effort and a few happy accidents. Things have to happen ‘just right’ in order for you to acquire a highly valuable property with little cash and a lot of complications, but, who said it was going to be easy? As with everything in this life, when you overcome great complications, you feel like […]

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Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter 2: From Nothin’ to Buyin’

If you read my last article (Inspiration and First Moves), you might know already that when I got motivated to do something with permaculture my financial situation wasn’t the best. To be precise, it was rather precarious. Nevertheless, as a dreamer that tries to see not the evidence that would discourage others, I kept on going, being sure that when the right piece of land appeared, the way to buy […]

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Tales from La Angostura, Guatemala, A Project in the Making – Chapter I: Inspiration and First Moves

When I was Young I was born in 1973 in a middle class family. My first memories were of our living in Nicaragua, where my father went to earn his masters degree in business administration in INCAE. We lived there for two years and then we came back to a home my grandmother gave us in the suburbs of Guatemala City. Our house had a mere 700 sq. ft. and […]

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Solar Power: Is it Convenient for You?

Trying to live more sustainably and save a buck or two…. Sustainability and economics Almost every time, more sustainable systems are far more expensive than our regular way of doing things. This may be the most difficult obstacle to overcome when converting. However, this observation only takes money and cash flow into consideration. There are other points of view that need to be included in a truly objective discussion of […]

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Permaculture, a Step by Step Change, Part III – Solar Water Heating: Change and Save

Welcome back to my Step by Step permaculture process. We have been studying the uses of passive solar space heating around the house; now it’s time for solar water heating. Solar water heating can be as simple as filling a transparent PET bottle with water and leaving it in sunlight, nevertheless, efficiency and high output both come as a result of precise engineering and attention to detail. Before making a […]

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Permaculture, a Step by Step Change, Part II – Further Steps: Solar Heating, Easy and Cheap

The most important step Maybe the most important step in the permaculture change is mindset. The day you get motivated to follow into a life of change towards freedom from the grid, the system and advertising; that day you will have taken the first and most important step in the permaculture change process. When your mind settles into the permaculture mode, you will begin to see things differently. You will […]

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Method for Beautiful Gardens with Little Work

Now I will share with you my Beautiful Gardens with Little Work method, so you can enjoy a nice garden — and one that does not require your throwing a lot of chemicals, fertilizers and a ton of money at it in order for it to thrive. Beautiful gardens are often created by designers and use exotic plants that need special soil and a lot of chemicals and fertilizers to […]

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“And Why Are You Doing This ‘Permaculture’ Thing?”

Over the weekend, my wife and I were discussing my last article (Permaculture, a Step by Step Change), and someone asked: And why are you doing this Permaculture thing? The answer somehow is quite difficult to address, but one has to have his thoughts and motivations clear in order to respond in a way that may inspire others to follow the path.

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Permaculture, a Step by Step Change

To me, the simple idea of changing from an energy guzzling, water polluting, fertilizer junkie to a full ecological ‘Permie’ was just bogus. So far, it has proven impossible to make the full change in the last three years. I want to share with you some of my thoughts, ideas and frustrations; maybe you’ll find them familiar. What I have found is that my most important asset is my will. […]

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