James Mahan

Food Sovereignty

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With many economic, agricultural, and water systems in crisis, it makes sense to develop self-sufficiency. Throughout human history, individuals and communities provided basic needs for themselves. Over the last 100 years, the basic necessities have been consigned to centralized institutions. The majority of the world’s population are now dependent on monolithic systems for their water, food, heat, and medicine. When these systems fail, the masses will be unable to meet […]

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Rewilding Permaculture: Tending zones 4 and 5

Wild fringes of my land in Maine

Much has been written on domestic permaculture(zones 1-3) and by now we all know the basics on growing domestic plants in accordance with natural systems. But, how do you encourage the wild edges of your land to produce more food and useful resources? In this article, I will discuss how to create a wild food forest in the often ignored zones 4 and 5. Zone 4 is used to denote […]

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Mushroom Cultivation

Mushroom cultivation is an intricate, but rewarding art. The fungal networks called mycelium need specific conditions to produce healthy mushrooms. If the conditions are off, the mycelium will be too busy fighting microbes to produce healthy fruiting mushrooms. For the beginner, I recommend a mushroom growing kit. These kits come with a pasteurized substrate, grain spawn, and a suitable container for cultivation. These kits provide novice growers the opportunity to […]

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Medicinal Mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms have a restorative effect on humans and the land. Mushrooms have a profound ability to boost the immune system, fight cancers, and improve functioning of important organs. They also help to rehabilitate damaged and polluted environments. If used in a farm or permaculture system, the mushrooms can improve the health of the owner and the land. These five species of mushrooms help balance and heal the human body […]

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