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Land for Sale – $20 Per Acre – To Good to be True?

Land for Sale – $20 Per Acre – To Good to be True?

Life on mars may not be science fiction any longer, gone are the days of aliens and UFO’s. Today people are investigating the possibility of human life on Mars. The question everyone is asking is, will Mars be able to sustain a human population? President Obama seems to think it may be a possibility with his new law that encourages space exploration and capitalism. Private companies are more interested in […]

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Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

Insulated Straw Bale Chicken House

While backyard chicken keeping has not always seemed plausible in urban areas, the right coop design can make the process convenient for landowners and beneficial to the environment. Luckily, permaculture expert Penny Pyett has resolved noise, space, and temperature concerns with her insulated strawbale coop. Penny’s design is supported by four cement pillars that provide enough elevation for a wheelbarrow to be rolled underneath for manure collection. Chicken waste, mixed […]

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A 2016 Calendar Celebrating Natural Cycles

A 2016 Calendar Celebrating Natural Cycles

Clocks are round; why aren’t calendars? In a nutshell, I think Permaculture—with its ethics of earth care, people care, and fair shares—is about connecting with nature, including our own human nature. But in the civilized world, we often have to overcome artificial barriers to do this, including acquired ideas that prevent us from seeing the world in a natural way. One example is the way we perceive time. For as […]

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Organic Farming gets a Break

Organic Farming gets a Break

Are you an organic farmer trying to avoid paying promotion and marketing fees? Until recently you were straight out of luck; with only certified exclusive organic farmers being exempt from those fees. However, a new rule was just developed in which all organic farmers, are exempt from these frustrating fees. Some of you may be asking what exactly are program and marketing fees? Well, they go towards paying organizations including […]

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Mini Swales in an Urban Backyard

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The term “swale” is often used by Permaculture people when designing large earth work constructions but it’s very rarely spoken of in an urban setting. Swales are most often discussed among permaculture people when designing large earthwork constructions – not something you would find in most people’s backyards. However, these techniques can be used just as effectively in an urban setting to keep your garden plants alive throughout the hot […]

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How to Make New Resolutions Using Permaculture Methods

How to Make New Resolutions Using Permaculture Methods

2016 has begun as the years before it once began: There is a whole lot of opportunity on the horizon. Suddenly, as the Christmas season sweeps by we are left with a New Year’s resolution, theoretically a decision to make and live with for at least the coming year, often with the hopes of true and lasting change. Classically, that leads people to singular pursuits like flossing everyday, losing weight, […]

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The Line Between Thriving and Invading: Plants that Prosper

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It’s important to be aware of these plants because of the negative effects they can have on the environment, economy, or even human health or well-being. However, it is also important, especially in permaculture, not to conflate the idea of invasive plants with introduced plants or plants that thrive. Our efforts should always be backed by rigorous research and should not be hindered by emotional reactions, prejudices, or the inability to think about new solutions to problems.

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Establish ‘GE-Free’ Zones, Organic Farmers Say

Establish ‘GE-Free’ Zones, Organic Farmers Say

The Organic Farmers who are pushing for the establishment of ‘GE-free zones’ across the US got a boost from Jackson County, Oregon. The ‘GE-Free Zones’ seeks to establish areas in which the growth and farming of genetically engineered plants will be restricted. This makes the Jackson County to be the eighth county in the US establishing such an ordinance. Already pressure is already building up calling for other counties in […]

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Despite UK Flooding, a Yorkshire Town Remains Dry

Despite UK Flooding, a Yorkshire Town Remains Dry

Despite widespread flooding in The North of Britain last week, Pickering, Yorkshires main flooding region, beat the weather and stayed dry. Notwithstanding, the town had been refused financial aid for a defense mechanism, so it tackled it with wringing success. The town prevented the frequent inundation by using what many will call an “old-fashioned” method. On their own, the citizens worked with nature to control the floods. The towns triumph […]

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Why is Sustainability Important?

Why is Sustainability Important?

“Sustainability” is much more than a recent buzzword. While the use of the word has certainly increased in frequency, the concept itself is hardly new, and it is one which drives us here at What is Sustainability? An ecosystem, a lifestyle, or a community that is sustainable is one which supports itself and its surroundings—one which As Tim Murphy writes in Permaculture Design and Sequence, the philosophy behind permaculture is […]

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Avocanoes at Zaytuna Farm

Avocanoes at Zaytuna Farm

Near Geoff and Nadia Lawton’s house at Zaytuna Farm, there are a number of Avocanoes… What on earth is an Avocanoe? Geoff and I came up with the concept of Avocanoes a little while ago. At the time, we were looking for a secure position to plant a number of expensive avocado trees. This location had a few requirements. 1. It had to be close to people for regular care. 2. Close to water supply. 3. And it must be close to material for budding and grafting of avocados by the plant nursery staff.

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Legumes in the Kitchen: They Are Not Just for Nitrogen-Fixing

Legumes in the Kitchen: They Are Not Just for Nitrogen-Fixing

When it comes to legumes, I come from a fortunate background. Born and raised in the southern Louisiana, where cuisine is something entirely different than the rest of the United States, food has long been a product of love and cherish. It deserves devotion. It is given time. Louisianans know the value of doing it slow. Consequently, I grew up intrinsically aware of the worth, nutritionally and palatably, of a […]

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