Jasmine A Koster

As a writer, I spread the seeds of permaculture throughout the online world. Permaculture is a rebranded agricultural philosophy and group of practices which has its roots in indigenous land management/agroforestry. It emphasizes: working with nature, caring for people, planet and sharing surplus, restoring lost habitat, empowering the community through management of their own resources, and maximizing possible resources within available space. Those operating or transitioning to permaculture systems in rural or urban areas, without much time to galvanize support on the web, can contact me for assistance.

Topics I report on include:

Indigenous origins of permaculture and acknowledging indigenous ownership of knowledge, modern food forests, making permaculture movements intersectional and accessible, urban gardening, soil building, aquaponics, permaculture, stewardship of the land, importance of diverse and symbiotic ecosystems, tribal land management, cultural revitalization and re-skilling communities, events and movements therein.

Cuba Uses Localized Permaculture as One Solution to Peak Oil

Permaculture offers alternatives to fossil fuels by tackling problems on a hyper local level whilst remaining mindful of their place within the global picture. We find success when this is done in a manner that is sensitive to biodiversity and cultural diversity, whilst favoring a revival of traditional techniques and encouraging innovation. Working smarter, not harder, and seeing nature as an ally are key pillars of the permacultural philosophy. It […]

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Nature Produces Renewable Energy — Let’s Capture it!

Transitioning away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy is a hot topic right now. Well, natural processes harvest renewable energy all the time, and release it in excess to be recycled! When the focus is on stacking functions and transforming waste into resources, this becomes apparent–a concept we are intimate with as permaculturists. Let’s cover some sources of renewable energy that haven’t been given as much media coverage as […]

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Care for People and Care for Planet–Exploring Social Permaculture

Care for people and care for planet, two ethics of permaculture, go hand in hand. It is for this reason that environmental restoration and feeding people are so readily achieved through permaculture. To successfully complete this beautiful task, we must understand a few things about how to make a change in a manner that is truly liberating for humanity.

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Ancient Origins of Agroforestry, Polycultures, and Permaculture as we Know it

The design philosophy of Permaculture as we know it today was founded by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, but the methods used are by no means novel or even innovative practices. Ironically, permaculture’s methods are cutting edge in comparison to the dull spade of today’s large scale monoculture–but, the roots extend far beyond what either blade can reach.

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Permaculture as a Method for Ecological Healing:

Maui Case Study with Native Plants and Stream Restoration. Photography by Jasmine A Koster It may not seem readily apparent when viewing scenic photos, or strolling along the beach shoreline if you’ve been there, but something like 90% of Hawaii’s species are invasive. In other words, a species had no chance of getting to these isolated islands–and adapting to its new environment to become a new species over time–unless it […]

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3 Benefits of Maintaining an Urban Native Plant Food and Medicine Forest

Photography by Paul Galant. The eggplant colored berries grow side by side on an elongated stem, up to perhaps a dozen in a row. You know they’re ripe not only when they’re plump, but when they begin to resemble blueberry flowers in shape–more so than round berries. The berry gains this appearance because the fruit is surrounded by a protective, fleshy sepal, which looks like a flower. If you gently […]

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Permaculture and Kombucha: The Ethics of Scoby

Kombucha, the fizzy probiotic tea applauded for its taste and health benefits, also follows the permaculture ethic of sharing the surplus. You may know kombucha is made by feeding sugar to a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), or mother as she’s fondly called. In return, the scoby infuses probiotics, flavor, and carbonation into the tea. As scoby cultures readily replenish themselves, the abundance can be passed on to […]

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Cultivating Drought-Resistant Heirloom Varieties for Your Permaculture Garden

Copyright Ingrid Pullen Photography I live in Washington State, USA, and you may already know that we’re experiencing a state-wide drought. This is shocking: everyone jokes about how it’s always raining, so you’re lucky if you get a tan, but it hasn’t rained as much lately. Supposedly we were going to have the same amount of rain but the snowpack would be depleted, which in turn affects the rivers and […]

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Food is Free

“The idea literally went around the world and back again in less than a year and I knew we were onto something. The growth wasn’t something we could rush, just like an organic garden, it has taken patience, vision and persistence and we seem to have hit some kind of tipping point which is very exciting.”–John VanDeusen Edwards, founder of Food is Free Interview with Food is Free Project Founder […]

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They Don’t Call it Rancho Relaxzo for Nothin’

Photography by Nick Vassallo. Follow the winding highway up onto the shoulder of Maui; facing west on Haleakala’s rolling hills, gazing into the sunset and the sea, tucked into the district of Kula like a ripple in a comforter. Sooner than you think, you’ll arrive at Rancho Relaxzo–a 30 year young permaculture farm, our blissful destination.

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This Zero-Cost, Waste-Eliminating Practice Can Produce Abundant Crops from Healthy, Restored Soils for Generations to Come

Photography by Jasmine A Koster What is zero-cost, waste-eliminating and can restore soils to fertility to produce abundant crops for generations to come? Biochar. Gloria Flora gave a presentation on biochar at the Fourth Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. She discussed biochar as a method for producing energy and amending soil from waste products that end up in the landfill. “This is the Permaculture idea of capturing everything…with the pig, […]

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