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GIS in Permaculture

GIS in Permaculture feat

When planning your permaculture oasis, there are few planning tools as powerful as GIS. What is GIS you ask? GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, is a fancy way to say playing with maps on your computer. For us, it is taking imagery and map information to better understand a piece of land. There are numerous computer software out there, but GoogleEarth is a great place (and free) to start. Once […]

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Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach

Planning For The “Longpath,” According To Ari Wallach

With our attention spans getting shorter and our global, civilization-scale problems growing larger, it’s time we started thinking about the future. In a TED Talk from October 2016, strategic consultant Ari Wallach offered three ways people can develop long-term plans – thinking ten or 20 years out, instead of just six months or only a few weeks. “Short-termism, for many reasons, has pervaded every nook and cranny of our reality,” […]

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Coastal Erosion Mayhem

Coastal Erosion Mayhem feat

Coastal erosion is the removal of coastal material such as cliffs and marshes by sea waves or human activities causing seawater to encroach into the land. This is a huge problem because approximately 23% of the world population lives within 100 km distance of the coast. All these inhabitants are exposed to the risk of flooding and losing their property. 1800 km of the 4500 km of the English coast […]

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The Koanga Institute: Farming for the Future

The Koanga Institute Farming for the Future feature

While most may think of permaculture, and they immediately imagine sustainable agriculture, renewable energy sources and other similar aspects, how many actually think generations ahead into the future, and how permaculturalists today can affect them for the better? This is exactly what Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are doing in New Zealand, at the Koanga Institute, the largest and most comprehensive seed repository in the southern hemisphere and a permaculture […]

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Inimitably Asparagus

Asparagus Feat

There are so many things that make Asparagus one distinctively unique vegetable. From the way it tastes to the way it grows, nothing is typical for this peculiar perennial. Once grouped together in the same Liliaceae (lily) family as onions and garlics, asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is now separated out into the Asparagaceae family. While asparagus may have just been relatively recently reclassified, it’s nothing new in the world of vegetables […]

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How Weed Barriers can Improve the Quality of Your Garden

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While permaculturists strive to live sustainably and limit their impact on the environment, it can be a challenge to manage garden pests without the use of harmful chemical sprays. Weeds dig their roots into your soil and steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from other plants – while expanding its own system to disperse offspring throughout your garden. Using a weed barrier can help you fend off these frustrating intruders without […]

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When Space is Abundant: Using Acreage to Generate Income For Your Homestead

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Your homestead is capable of being so much more than a source of sustenance and self reliance. It can also be a source of income! Wide open spaces are perfect for flexing your income potential as a homesteader. These four ways to utilize acreage to your maximum benefit are a great way to get started. Renting Out Pasture Land- This is an easy passive source of income that requires minimal […]

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Water-Farming Part 2: Practical Ways to Harvest Your Sky-Fruits

Water Farming Feat

In Part 1 of this article (1), I went over the importance of incorporating water and water flow into any design you make, as well as sharing some ideas about how, if we want to encourage using water in a way which is beneficial for ourselves and our environment, we need to also reconsider how we relate to this element  (for more ideas about this see 2). The easiest and […]

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Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Pollution-Eating Robots Could Help Protect the Planet

Researchers at the University of Bristol may have engineered a new way to clean up our planet’s waterways – with a swimming machine called “Row-bot,” which digests pollution and turns it into electricity for fuel. “Sometimes, tankers flush their oil tanks into the sea, so oil is released into the sea that way,” said roboticist Jonathan Rossiter, host of a TED Talk that discussed the potential these robots may have. […]

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New Developments on my Homestead

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Recently, I have been gone a while getting things ready for spring planting. I have a few new projects and some new goals for this summer. I’d like to share what I have been up to with you and share my successes and pitfalls. First, I cut a few big trees down to give me some more sun. Working with a small plot of land has forced me to do […]

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The Incredible Edible Eggplant

The Incredible Edible Eggplant feat

Solanum melongena is referred to by many different names depending on location. Some may refer to it as aubergine, brinjal, or, as I call it, the eggplant. This member of the nightshade family is related to potatoes, tomatoes, and tobacco, and comes in dozens of varieties, with colors ranging in hues of white, green, and purple. Eggplant History The eggplant has its origins rooted in south and eastern Asia, with […]

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Voices Of Change Podcast: The AntiFragile Property Series – Part 1

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I had a chance to chat once again with Diego Footer from Creative Destruction, formally known as Permaculture Voices, on his podcast series featuring “honest, hard conversations about farming, business, and life with those trying to make a living doing something that they love and dealing with life in the process.” This time, we spoke at length about ideas from the recent Land as Insurance blog series: “There’s a lot […]

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