Made in the Shade: Tropical Trees and Plants That Ain’t Starving for the Lime’s Light

Made in the Shade

I’m getting excited. I can’t help it. The deal is in the works, and my wife and I are but a few steps—however indefinitely long they take—to purchasing our own piece of land. We’ve decided that the tropics is the right climate for us. We couldn’t resist the year-round temperatures suitable for growing. We couldn’t resist the fantastic tropical fruits—the pineapple, mango, cashew apple, lime, coconut, jackfruit…there are so many!—and […]

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 1 of 3

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As I land back in the rural town of Mastatal, Costa Rica after my yearly rainy season sojourn to the states, I can’t help but step back and marvel at the sheer growth of biomass that has occurred on our farm. Even with the drought-inducing effects of El Niño at play, the ample rain and sun in this humid tropic pre-montane region combined with our strategic planning for soil and […]

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Citrus Grown in the Snow in Nebraska Using a Geothermal Greenhouse

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“We can grow the best citrus in the world, right here on the high plains,” says Russ Finch, the former mailman who is the creative superstar genius responsible for building the Greenhouse in the Snow. And he can do it spending only $1 a day in energy costs. Canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs, and bunches of grapes are held in a citrus grove with trees on the Nebraska […]

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How to Turn a Piece of Land Into a Thriving Project?

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Three years ago this month a client asked me to help him transform his land into an eco-tourism project and self-sufficient home. The land is located in fascinating Turkey, overlooking the Marmara Sea. In this article, I share the highlights of the process and outcomes of two months of intensive work applying Permaculture design in a beautiful but challenging spot. I summarise the birth and first steps of Alişler Yurdu, […]

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Permaculture Perambulations

Permaculture Perambulations

In April 2012 Lauren and I decided to leave our “normal” lives in London to explore permaculture. Weary of the “bullshit economies” (to borrow US author J.H. Kunstler’s phrase) of a post-industrial, credit and debt system we wanted to extract ourselves in a bid to clear our minds and delve deeper into practical self sufficiency. We also wanted to learn about new cultures and landscapes. We chose the Americas and […]

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Poisonous Mushroom as the Medicine of the Future

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“The difference between medicine and poison is dose” Paul Stamets on the Omphalotus Illudens or much commonly known as the Jack ‘o Lantern mushroom. Stamets talked about the infamous poisonous mushroom and talks about its medicinal properties. The mushroom, according to Stamets, provides compounds that can be used to arrest tumor growth by preventing DNA replication and protein binding which makes tumors grow. Though the mushroom has a wide array […]

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Voluntary Frugality

Voluntary Frugality

This time, I’ve moved beyond dipping in here and there and really started to read David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, a book that goes in depth into realms of permaculture that I’ve not fully explored in my time involved with the movement. And, while I’m not yet through the book, I’ve recently been struck by a bit of terminology he’s used to describe one of his own […]

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Summer PDC with Richard Perkins at PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland

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This summer sees our second Permaculture Design Course taking place at the PRI Master Plan site, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, in beautiful Aberdeenshire, north- eastern Scotland. The residential course runs from 17th June until 1st July. Our inaugural PDC in 2015 was a truly international event. Course participants joined us from USA, Denmark, Canada and Zimbabwe as well as across the UK. Spending two weeks together beginning their Permaculture journey, […]

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Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mold can be found on almost any surface on the planet. There are an estimated one million or more species of these single organisms; about one hundred of which can be found in or on the human body.

Many of these fungi are extremely beneficial to the environment and to human health; while others are dangerous, even deadly. In any case, these organisms serve one core purpose: decomposition.

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Integrated Pest Management-The Smart Solution

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Among the biggest challenges the present world is going through, producing enough food for its vast population is a vital one. The explosion of population forces the modern agriculture to produce the minimum amount of food required to feed the living human population without leaving too many scopes for the agronomists to think much about the environment and people’s health. You must protect your crops from the damages caused by […]

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Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

In-depth: New initiatives in sustainable agriculture and food production foster moves away from dependency on Egypt’s current economic order towards creating social change from the grassroots.

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Farm-to-Table Diary

Farm-to-Table Diary

It’s nearly the end of the season for tender new growth grape leaves. We’re air-pickling them so we can use them in the Farm to Table course coming up this March! The Farm-to-Table Course will cover the five stages of food production from harvesting, processing, storing, packaging, and consumption. This course has a particular focus on the link between farmers, farm communities, ancient food-production practices, and the food we eat. At the heart of this course is the preference for the freshest ingredients supplied directly from Zaytuna Farm.

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