Life After Heaven

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I spent three and half years at Zaytuna Farm, the home of the Permaculture Research Institute. I started out as a volunteer, and I finished up as a Farm Manager. Zaytuna Farm is where I milked my first cow. It’s where I planted my first ice cream bean tree, slaughtered my first animal, and harvested my first crop of wheat. I taught my first Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course there, and it’s where I found my better half who back then was an intern and is now my wife.

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Using a Drone in Permaculture Design

Using a Drone in Permaculture Design feat

Until recently, going to google maps, to get a birds eye view of a location was the default option for many Permaculture Practitioners and Consultants, but the main limitation was it could not be relied upon to provide 100% up to date imagery.

And then came the boom of personal drones.

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Caught Sleeping!!!

Caught Sleeping feat

We humans sleep, animals sleep too, but do plants sleep? For the first time, researchers have caught trees in the act of ‘sleeping’ with their branches drooping down by as much as 10 centimeters during the night. Researchers hypothesize that, this change in stance during night, could be an indicator of ‘the resting’ state in trees.

Ever since the origin of life on earth, most living creatures have aligned their lifestyle, behaviour around the 24 hour day-night rhythm.

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Permaculture Soils Course

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The Permaculture Soils Course redefines ‘sustainable agriculture’ as ‘our ability to build soil fertility as we improve production and reduce cost and labor’. Very few systems are able to achieve this goal in an affordable and achievable way.

You will leave the farm with the tools to be more productive in your backyard, in a greenhouse, on the farm, or in the city.

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‘Silent Spring’ Triggered an Environmental Movement

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The book ‘Silent Spring’ triggered an environmental movement and as such we have known the toxic effects of chemical agriculture, basically from the very beginning. We have suffered both massive environmental damage, disease and pest resistance, and human health issues.

Silent Spring is a 1962 environmental science book by Rachel Carson. The book documented the detrimental effects on the environment—particularly on birds—of the indiscriminate use of pesticides.

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Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting

Cut Your Chickens Feed Bill by Fermenting feat

Fermentation is nothing new to most of us. We’ve either used it with our surpluses for natural food preservation, or we’ve taken advantage of the probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, that fermenting something creates. As health-promoting element of our diet, its importance is not up for debate; as a part of industrialized lifestyle, its absence has now been recognized as a serious flaw in the system.

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Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Water Organizing Modules (WOMs)

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After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge.

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Obtain a Yield

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We are starting to reap the rewards from the focus to improve production. The many composting systems that are in place are building the fertility of the soil and the water harvesting/infiltration design has improved the capacity of the property. We have also adapted some of the gardens to produce a larger harvest of produce at a time.

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Inhabit – Part II

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Reflection: a water story

A pilgrimage film exploring the relationship between love, water, and culture.

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World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin

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If you are into Joel Salatin and especially if you are into history, you will not want to miss this interview. Nicholas Burtner sits down with Joel as he graciously pours out history of some of the origins of the ideas on pasture poultry, electric fencing, irrigation for farms, and more that him and his dad helped pioneer. A really informative and fun interview await.

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How to Filter Your Own Drinking Water

How to Filter Your Own Drinking Water feat

My wife Emma and I have been looking for property in Central America for over a year now. During the search, we have been volunteering on different spots, learning from those who have already been there and done that, as well as experimenting with ideas we have for our own future farm. One of the things that is always on our minds is water. Of course, aiming to be as […]

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A Permacultural Solution

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Toby Hemenway presents a powerful speech at the Permaculture Voices Two (PV2) event captivating the audience and offering Permaculture as the sustainable path to our current unsustainable agricultural system. I just wanted to let you know that this talk starts out negative and it gets worse… but being Permaculture I promise you that by the end we will return to a good place and will end with solutions. – Toby […]

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