Rebecca McCarty

“Earthing” and Permaculture: Potent Health Benefits for the “Dirt Farmer”

“Earthing” and Permaculture: Potent Health Benefits for the “Dirt Farmer” feat

In permaculture, we focus a great deal of our attention on the restoration and the health of the soil. We would likely agree that as permaculturists, we must protect and build healthy soil in order to create productive and self-sustaining landscapes, and have a healthy planet. Soil is Life Healthy soil is composed not only of a myriad of living organisms, but it also provides some of the most basic […]

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Sharing the Surplus Through Nice Ride Minnesota: A Bike Sharing Community Program

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In permaculture, we frequently talk about “sharing the surplus” with others, otherwise known as the concept of “fair share.” Typically, we think about applying this concept to actions such as sharing extra zucchini that we grew in our garden with a local community food bank, sharing our lawn mower when not in use with a next door neighbor, or giving away our extra seeds that we collected from our gardens […]

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How Can We Connect with Nature in Our Cities?

How Can We Connect with Nature in Our Cities feat

In the concrete jungle of the city, it can be very easy to go through life and never really connect with nature. Since many researchers now believe that our connection to nature is very important for our overall well being, a disconnection from nature has very real consequences for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Separated from nature, we are more stressed, heal more slowly, and we feel much more […]

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Why Our Urban Areas Need Permaculture: The Problem is the Solution!

Urban Permaculture Feat

According to the United Nations, it has been estimated that approximately 66% of the world’s global population will be living in cities by the year 2050. The implications of that statistic for humanity and for our environment are great. Since cities are typically very resource-intensive, requiring vast amounts of energy, water, food, and other natural resources, they place a very large burden on our planet to run them. However, it […]

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Permaculture Gives Hope in Today’s Challenging World

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As it was in Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Tale of Two Cities, we can say that we’re now living in the best of times and in the worst of times. While there are many advantages that living in the modern world affords many of us, such as life saving medicines, we are also facing unprecedented challenges in our world such as worldwide deforestation, the pollution of our air, land, […]

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