Amazon Women Working Together

Our mission of doing things right at Eco Ola extends beyond our partner farms and into the local community. In addition to sharing sustainable agriculture techniques with independent local farmers, we’ve also started our own, small-scale, microfinance endeavor. As a mother of two and co-running Eco Ola, I appreciate and understand the challenges of motherhood and putting food on the table. Mery, the wife of Rider, our Farm Manager, brought […]

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Restoring the Terrestrial Body to Good Health: Thoughts from Spetses, Greece

by Rhamis Kent I’m a few months overdue in writing this piece, but better later than never. During the August 2011 PDC I taught in Spetses, Greece alongside Nicolas Netien, Maria Baltazzi and Stamatina Palmou, some interesting insights and reflections came to mind. The beauty of Spetses has that effect on people – I’m not alone in that regard, I would think. Any opportunities provided to gain ever more useful […]

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Growing BIG Vegetables Using Compost Tea

I’ve personally seen produce growing quite large in far northern latitude places like Alaska and Norway, where the summer sun goes around and around and around, giving plants a gentle but steady application of solar goodness. But, the vegetables in this video go even further…. This Alaskan gentleman has been breaking size records with his additions of aerated compost teas. His methods result in tasty, healthy, high-brix vegetables that repel […]

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Lettuce Tree – Using Vertical Space for Balconies and Small Spaces

I am trying to get the most out of my balcony space. Obviously, the vertical direction is the way to go… by Martin Korndoerfer Inspired by other bloggers, I wanted to try my luck with the much acclaimed lettuce tree. Reported challenges have been to keep the soil in the upper part from drying out. Alright, off I go to the hardware store. This time, spending 3.50 Euro for the […]

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Intensive 6-Day Permaculture Seminar & Workshop with Rhamis Kent (Staggered over two long weekends, January 2013, El Sobrante, SF Bay Area, California)

What: Intensive 6-Day Permaculture Seminar & Workshop When: January 12 – January 14 & January 19 – 21, 2013 Where: Soulflower Farm (El Sobrante, California – SF Bay Area) Who: Rhamis Kent (PRI PDC Teacher) Price: $750 USD ($600 USD if booked before November 20th, 2012) Deposit: $125 USD to secure course booking; the balance payment ($625 USD) is due by December 20th, 2012. Over 6 days you will acquire […]

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Food Forests, Part 5: Water – Friend and Foe

I always thought that rain was a nurturing and gentle aspect of nature. You know how it is, you get a bit of rain and it helps all of the plants to grow, provides water for us and the animals and generally stops the place from drying out. That was my thinking back in an urban environment. In that area, the drainage infrastructure had been developed and maintained over the […]

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The All-Native Ethnobotanical Rainwater-Harvesting Food Forest

Planting at OAEC as part of food forest workshop One of the basic ideas of permaculture is that its principles remain the same though they are reflected uniquely in every site. Recently I’ve done plantings at two different food forestry courses that demonstrate this quite nicely.

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Watch ‘Genetic Roulette’ Documentary Online Today

Last night I watched ‘Genetic Roulette’ online (trailer above). You can watch it for a paltry US$2.99 — or, better yet, add a little more as a donation, and you’ll help to get this important information much further, by subsidising its translation into many other languages, so people worldwide can learn of the dangers inherent in genetically engineering our food. I won’t spoil your viewing experience by telling you too […]

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Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class – Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

by Dr Samuel Alexander, co-director of the Simplicity Institute and a lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne. One of many ‘Hoovervilles’ during the Great Depression 1. Introduction How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I essentially mean a very low but biophysically sufficient material standard of living, a form of […]

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Grow Gigantic Vegetables By Harnessing the Soil Food Web

This is a very cool video on fungal dominated humus and enormous vegetables. Besides a humungous pumpkin, you’ll also get to see microorganisms at work, at 400x magnification.

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Full Planet, Empty Plates – The New Geopolitics of Food Scarcity

Editor’s Note: It’s a pity this article is devoid of real holistic solutions, but I put it up as the data is important to know and appreciate. by Lester R. Brown, Earth Policy Institute “The U.S. Great Drought of 2012 has raised corn prices to the highest level in history. The world price of food, which has already doubled over the last decade, is slated to climb higher, ushering in […]

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Designing Edible Food Forests Course – Occidental, California

Food forest designed by Doug Gosling of OAEC, featuring loquat, pineapple guava, tree collards, passionfruit, and more. Note coquito palm in background. What: Designing Edible Food Forests Course Where: Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental CA When: Nov 2 – 4, 2012 Who: Eric Toensmeier and Brock Dolman Cost: $495, or $445 if registered three weeks in advance (includes meals and lodging). The deposit amount for this course is $100. […]

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