Permaculture Gives Hope in Today’s Challenging World

Change of Scene

As it was in Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Tale of Two Cities, we can say that we’re now living in the best of times and in the worst of times. While there are many advantages that living in the modern world affords many of us, such as life saving medicines, we are also facing unprecedented challenges in our world such as worldwide deforestation, the pollution of our air, land, […]

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What Can Carrots Do For You?

Organic Carrots. Carrot Growing Closeup

“What’s up Doc?” This famous catch phrase from the beloved Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny, brings to mind an incorrigible rabbit and the carrots he likes to munch. When thinking of bunnies and carrots, those things often bring to mind gardening. And while bunnies are cute, they are rarely helpful when it comes to creating a successful garden, unless they can help fertilize it. To learn more about how rabbits […]

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Voices Of Change PODCAST: A Conversation With Diego Footer

Voices Of Change PODCAST: A Conversation With Diego Footer

Recently I had a chance to chat with Diego Footer from Creative Destruction, formally known as Permaculture Voices, on a 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.” We spoke in depth about how permaculture can be an incredible design tool and how it has transformed my own […]

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Manuka Honey’s Healing Power: Exclusive Property or One of Many?

Manuka Honey Cluster

Manuka honey is well-known for its health benefits (see for example 1).Though famous as a product from New Zealand, the results of recent studies (2) show that the Australian variety is just as potent as its New Zealand cousin. But how does this affect the global honey market? And is it even appropriate, from a permaculture perspective, to place such importance on ‘manuka’ as oppose to other honeys? What is […]

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Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking

Businessman stand with green tree instead his head

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein.” How we think colours everything we do, that is indisputable. Our biases definitely affect our objectivity and clarity as well as our judgement, factors critical to effective solutions thinking. Permaculture is a discipline which embodies systems thinking, the ability to think holistically, to clearly see what […]

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Do You Know Celery?

Celery plants growing on a garden

Celery is a commonly known vegetable, yet often seems to be misunderstood.  From the idea that it is a negative calorie food, to that it provides no nutritional benefits, celery’s place in the diet seems to have been exaggerated or underestimated.  Finding where celery stands can help determine if celery is the vegetable for you.     What does celery have to offer? Celery, Apium L., is from the Apiaceae (carrot) […]

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Water Harvesting

Water Harvesting Feat

Precious water is here today and gone tomorrow. As a homesteader I see a fault in my homestead. I need a large source of dependable water for a backup. I have my deep well that can go dry or will start pumping up clay after 300-400 gallons of water in one use. That is fine for daily use, but I don’t feel secure with it. We don’t use our well […]

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Maximizing Yield with Vertical Spaces

Organic hydroponic vegetables Vertical garden

According to the United Nations, the amount of arable land per person has decreased from about one acre per person in 1970 to approximately half an acre in 2000; that number is expected to be roughly one-third an acre by 2050. The U.N. also estimates that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Given that, we need to explore our options with regards to food production, especially in […]

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The Low-Down on Double-Dig Gardens

The Low-Down on Double-Dig Gardens

I hear and read many people who are completely against double-digging, and to state this upfront, for those most part, I’m in complete agreement with their assessment. I am a believer in no-dig gardens. Even more so, I think being patient with our soil situations—planting what will grow and piling organic matter atop the soil to replenish the nutrient cycle—works. I’ve seen it work in dry situations, in clay situations, […]

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Hugel Swales May be a Bad Idea

Hugel Swales May be a Bad Idea feat

Ok, so this conversation has been addressed in the correct way and was explained by Jack Spirko at http://permaculturenews.org/2015/11/06/dont-try-building-hugel-swales-this-is-a-very-and-i-mean-very-bad-idea/. This very bad idea, Hugel-swales on contour, should not be done!!!!! We can however accomplish the morph on small scale as explained by Jack Spirko, but not in the true “this is how to build a swale” and “this is how to build a Hugel.” Again, do not do what I […]

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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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Permaculture Kitchen Garden

Herb garten

Who doesn’t love cooking with fresh herbs? I love cooking with fresh ingredients. Using fresh cut culinary herbs and edible flowers is a really special thing. All growers know that from the time the plant is harvested you start losing flavor and nutrients. It’s important to get fresh-cut herbs if you want the most amazing flavor for you and your family. Permaculture is such a heartwarming way to grow. You […]

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