Virtual Reality to Help Us Make Mistakes: Smart Failure and How it Relates to Permaculture

Virtual Reality to Help Us Make Mistakes feat

Many people have spoken or written about the importance of thinking that reflects the changing world around us; “Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe,” (1) as R. Buckminster Fuller put it. The universe is constantly changing, so it doesn’t make sense for us to learn “obvious” answers because every situation we find is uniquely different. Permaculture as […]

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How Traffic and Soil Compaction Affects Growth and Yields

How Traffic and Soil Compaction Affects Growth and Yields feat

As any farmer will tell you, the health of the soil is directly responsible for the health of a crop. More than just the essential nutrients and water, the roots of plants need air pockets and microorganisms in the soil as well. This allows the plants to be able to properly intake nutrients like nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) available in the soil to grow large and strong. […]

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Learn About Permaculture From Award-Winning Engineer & Ecologist, Rob Avis.

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WORKSHOPS OFFERED ACROSS SOUTHERN ONTARIO IN FEBRUARY 2017. ABOUT THIS ONE-DAY WORKSHOP: Maybe you’re looking to cut your energy use and invest in solar or wind power. Maybe you’re imagining what it would be like to keep backyard chickens, start composting your kitchen scraps or grow healthy food on your front lawn (or a year-round garden in your passive solar greenhouse). Maybe you’ve even got ambitions of reducing water consumption, […]

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Okra:

Oklahoma Okra Garden

Lady’s fingers, ochro, kopi arab, bhindi, okro, and gumbo; all pseudonyms for that quirky edible seedpod, officially known as Abelmoschus esculentus, that many of us simply call okra. Okra is nestled comfortably in the Malvaceae (mallow) family of plants, which also houses hollyhock, cotton, and hibiscus. While there is some question if okra is a fruit or vegetable, it does contain seeds all wrapped up in a nice little package […]

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Berry Island

berry fruit

My property has a right-of-way cutting off a small section of my land for my dear neighbor so she can get to her property. I see this section of land as a small island and found a great opportunity to do something a little different with it. This will be my second year working on ‘Berry Island’. It’s really cold right now about 20 degrees Fahrenheit, so I obviously won’t […]

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Giving Classes on the Homestead

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Hosting classes on the homestead can make extra income while helping people that are interested in what you have to teach them. I really enjoy talking with people about all the things I do and the things I would like to experiment with. I also love networking and sharing information. Having classes on my homestead gives me a chance to make these connections. It’s also difficult to find homesteading type […]

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Nutrient Density for Real

vitamins & nutrients: eat your veggies

One of the things that we are trying to accomplish with permaculture is to take over the Earth, actually feed ourselves and our animals with the resources available that we can leverage. We all know that 3 main calorie sources are proteins, fats and sugars that is commercial meat, margarine and refined sugar for city dwellers and paddock grazed lamb, full fat butter we made and honey from our beehives. […]

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Homesteading Can Get You Out of Debt

Compost Pile

Homesteading is a really good tool to dig yourself out of debt. That was one of my big first goals: to become a homesteader. I was disgusted in the way I was living; I was dependent on money for every single aspect of my life. I felt that from the time I woke up in the morning to when my head hit the pillow, the world revolved around money. Honestly, […]

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Building Pallet Furniture – A New Passion from an Old Flame

Vertical Garden Bench

I am not a carpenter, which is to be summed up by saying I have no official training and only have any knowledge of how to work with wood through a combination of 1. handing my father nails as he hammered our barn together when I was about twelve or thirteen and 2. offering to help Drew, now one of my best friends, as he continually tackled projects around Earth […]

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A Happy Garden

Lentils sprouted

When growing a garden, we rarely plant just one vegetable or fruit. We like to have many of favorites growing from early spring to late fall, yielding an enchanting bounty for both the palate and the eyes to enjoy. When we plan our gardens we visualize beautiful robust plants full of nourishing edibles. To get these types of plants we must fully care for our gardens. Caring for our gardens […]

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Tim Wickstrom: Forging Permaculture Hand Tools, Part 1

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My name is Tim Wickstrom and I’m a blacksmith in southern Alberta. My focus is forging permaculture and garden hand tools for others who love to work with their hands. I love to be out in my garden and young food forest working with hand tools. My partner Lorinda enthusiastically agrees to test my creations and if you were to visit our home during the growing season, you’d very likely find us working away in our yard. Last October, I founded Reforged Ironworks with the intent of sharing with others the tools I create and why I make them the way I do.

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Integrating Beekeeping with Permaculture

Integrating Beekeeping with Permaculture feat

Insects and wildlife are an important part of a permaculture design. Without them your design will not be complete, the forces will not be in balance like the Jedi without Darth Wader. Bees particularly have outputs we all can enjoy, even some vegans are bending the rules for honey and I am sure cavemen were enjoying the honey during palaeontologic times, you know what I mean bullet proof coffee lovers. […]

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