Category: Food & Food Support Systems

Roselle

Hibiscus sabdariffa or roselle fruits

Striking, unusual, edible, and useful.  Those four words do well to describe Hibiscus sabdariffa – L., aka Roselle.  That small bit of information should be enough for anyone to consider planting this beauty in their garden, but to learn more, read on!   Roselle, can also go by the names hibiscus, Florida cranberry, flor de Jamaica, Jamaica sorrel, sour-sour, Queensland jelly plant, jelly okra, and many more.  Roselle is a […]

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Okra:

Oklahoma Okra Garden

Lady’s fingers, ochro, kopi arab, bhindi, okro, and gumbo; all pseudonyms for that quirky edible seedpod, officially known as Abelmoschus esculentus, that many of us simply call okra. Okra is nestled comfortably in the Malvaceae (mallow) family of plants, which also houses hollyhock, cotton, and hibiscus. While there is some question if okra is a fruit or vegetable, it does contain seeds all wrapped up in a nice little package […]

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A Happy Garden

Lentils sprouted

When growing a garden, we rarely plant just one vegetable or fruit. We like to have many of favorites growing from early spring to late fall, yielding an enchanting bounty for both the palate and the eyes to enjoy. When we plan our gardens we visualize beautiful robust plants full of nourishing edibles. To get these types of plants we must fully care for our gardens. Caring for our gardens […]

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Are Bugs More Nutritious Than Meat?

notorious bug eating of asia

A new research study shows that eating edible insects could provide as much or even more iron and other micro-nutrients as consuming beef. A large percentage of the world’s population consumes meat. Unfortunately, meat production is taxing the planet, with its demand for substantially large amount of water and energy, in addition to contributing to environmental pollution. The look-out for an effective alternative is on and many sustainability researchers are […]

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Reducing Your Footprint When You Haven’t Built a Permaculture Site from the Ground Up

Reducing Your Footprint Feat

In the ideal world of most budding permaculture enthusiasts, which I still consider myself, we would have pieces of land sizeable enough to begin the adventure of a lifetime. We would be designing our own energy-efficient homes with passive solar heating in the winter and deciduous vines clambering around to keep the sun off in the summer. We would have the space for luscious gardens and food forests to grow […]

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Installing an Urban Food Forest – Updated

Installing an Urban Food Forest feat

Last year, the city of Pottstown, Pa., saw new growth and opportunity in the world of permaculture, as several local and broader groups came together to transform a dead, empty lot into a food forest. Biochar Bob from The Biochar Company and Soil Reef Biochar took viewers around the space, introducing them to participants and the project. The empty lot, situated perfectly in an urban space, near a busy street, […]

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How and Why to Rotate Your Annual Crops

Veggies

Sure enough the bulk of us permies are working to establish perennial sources of food, cultivating food forests for high yields with low inputs. Nevertheless, annual food crops are often what our kitchen gardens are chiefly comprised of. It’s no big shock, really, as that has been what most of us have grown up eating, enjoy the flavor of, and thus want to grow. No doubt, we should be cultivating […]

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Getting Consistency in Cheesemaking

Assortment of organic gourmet cheeses

The seasonal differences in the milk flora sometimes create unwanted results in the end product. There are things you can implement other than changing the name of the cheese by dancing around the cheesemaking steps. A good artisanal cheesemaker should always be on top of the recipe but also react to the sudden unforeseen changes and adjust along the way. It is like continues improvement and risk mitigation process for […]

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Successional Planting Spreadsheet Tool

seeds to sow

After reading an article in the latest Pip (Australian Permaculture magazine) a couple of weeks ago on pages 38-42, about how to plan planting of food so that there is an on-going harvest instead of periodic gluts and then scarcity, I got inspired. Evita and I are both poor at keeping a notebook/diary of what is planted, where, and when. And we’ve had the feast and famine cycle happen a […]

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Natural Cheesemaking

Alpine hut that produces  homemade cheeses.

We spend money on sachets of cultures for different types of cheeses and moulds for aroma and washing, rennet and other ingredients. Sometimes it feels like I am spending unnecessary amounts of money on these things. But maybe there is a way to go natural on these ingredients and replace them with alternatives. The key point in natural cheesemaking is to work with local flora of the environment you are […]

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Learning More on How to Think about Soil

Seedling & Soil

I don’t know why it is, but I’ve taken to waking up at about five every morning. I kiss my wife Emma on the head, creep downstairs from the loft of our apartment and spend the next hour or more watching Geoff Lawton videos from the PDC course. She knows I’m doing it. It’s nothing weird. But, for the most part, we don’t talk all that much about it. This […]

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