Turning Firewood into Mushrooms

Firewood into Mushrooms Feat

A few year ago, I was sucked into edible mushrooms. We went to a mushroom class given by Bill Russell. He was talking about edible mushrooms and how to identify them. He has a fantastic book called Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic. After the class he took us on a walk to identify some mushrooms. He also brought a few helpers with him to work with the […]

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Another Yule Log

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My wife Emma is a bit of a holiday junkie, her already notably high energy level rising even higher as the calendar ticks nearer to year’s end. We have certain rules, like No Christmas movies before December, to try to curb the enthusiasm until (what I have insisted is) an appropriate time. While she has obliged my assessment, it has only meant that her engine is fully revved by the […]

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Greenhouses and Abundance

Greenhouses and Abundance feat

There’s no doubt that Ezra Pound’s slogan, “Make it New”, sparked the fire that charged modernist to break from the conventions of the Victorian Age. The movement cemented in practicality and function is responsible for some of our most notable achievements, like the industrialization of our urban cities to the Internet. However, it’s extension into our agricultural practices and exploitation of our natural resources is where we should have drawn […]

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Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

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Urban agriculture (UA) in public spaces may have been the unloved child that mainstream western society abandoned in the 17th century in favour of ornamental gardening, but fortunately it hasn’t been abandoned by everyone. Many people in the community, in defiance of irrational design fads imposed from above by local authorities, have continued to grow food close to where they live. More than just growing food, UA is powerful transformative. […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 2: Practical Ideas for How We Use Terminology

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In the first part of this article I explored a few of the key terms associated with permaculture and how becoming conscious of their meaning and implication can help us empower permaculture as a tool, even more than it may be already.  In this part I look at some practical ways we can apply these terminological changes, and some examples of organisations or projects who are putting them into action. […]

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Ways We Harvest Food on a Small Homestead

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There are so many avenues of food cultivation on the Earth. Our Earth is constantly creating food for us, but as time goes on, our natural instincts have been deprogrammed. The powers that be have pushed the idea that we have to go to supermarkets or restaurants to eat. Not only is that a ridiculous idea but it’s absolutely insulting! You can find all sorts of food, mostly greens, available […]

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Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Sadly, tragedy struck Toby and his family in 2015. In the fall of that year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, he was nevertheless told that his cancer had spread from his pancreas to his liver. While Toby had recently begun his second round of chemo in October, he developed septic shock just last month. Septic shock occurs when an immune system weakened by cancer allows for […]

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Green Roofs: The Urban Gardens Of The Future

Monaco building roofs with green gardens on

Cities all over the world are turning green as people plant gardens on the roofs of towering buildings. These green roofs provide plenty of benefits to the people who grow them and to their neighbours, so it’s easy to see why their popularity is surging. They’re also fairly easy to construct. Anyone who is willing to put in a little bit of effort can start one of their own. What […]

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Spread the Word and Share your Harvest: A Backyard Farm to Table Tasting!

Spread the Word and Share your Harvest feat

Living in the suburbs and taking on a permaculture project can be an isolating task. What keeps us motivated is the knowledge that we are a part of a wider movement. People across the world are dedicated to permaculture principles and spreading knowledge and information. We recognize that not everybody is going to take a few weeks to take a full Permaculture Design Course and start his or her own […]

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The Great Hay Stack

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Come the end of the annual monsoon, all eyes turn to the rice paddies, watching for the ripening of the grain. Spirits have been dampened by some unseasonal rains, bringing anguish about the state of the crop. This year, after a heavy monsoon that lingered a little past it’s welcome, the harvest finally came a little later, too.

The fields in front of our home are a mix of both cultivated rice paddies and fallow fields of wild grasses.

Each year, we undertake the big job of harvesting as much as we can of the organic matter that the fields have to offer.

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Dealing with Amish Neighbors through Sharing and Bartering

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I find myself to be lucky enough to have many Amish neighbors. I feel lucky because they generally make the best neighbors for homesteaders. The Amish are quiet and like to be left alone: they don’t really mind what you do on your land. You can have a symbiotic relationship with the Amish that suits both of you. First off you need to respect the way they live and understand […]

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The Seed Campaign

The Seed Campaign feat

Over the years that they have maintained this collection It has become increasingly clear to Kay and Bob of the huge importance of what they have been protecting. The passing of time has granted them the knowledge to understand that the future of agriculture and health (both locally and within the wider world) lies in the development of systems of farming and food production that creates biological systems that retain […]

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