Jennifer Wadsworth

One Last Push to Fund “Poo to Peaches” Composting Toilets

“Your Potty is a Wonderland” With only three more days to fund the Kickstarter “Poo to Peaches – a Composting Toilet Book”, we need your help! We are still about $3,800 shy of our goal. We hope this video, a spoof on John Mayers’ “Your Body is a Wonderland”, will inspire you to drop a little nutrient on us and help us with this last big push to realize our […]

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“Poo to Peaches” – a Composting Toilet Kickstarter

To learn more about the Poo to Peaches project and become a backer, visit the Kickstarter page Every day, the average person flushes 10 gallons of clean drinking water down the toilet. This constitutes a waste of two precious resources: scarce water supplies and human manure, which could instead be composted to form a fertile soil amendment. While composting toilets (CTs) of various styles are commercially available and legal for […]

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April 9th: The Day that Water Won! (USA)

Water harvesting earthworks at the WMG Learning Lab capture water after a rain For one day, we have the opportunity to vote for sustainable water practices. We have the opportunity to vote for living systems — the very systems that permaculture is based on. Your vote can help fund the slowing, sinking and spreading of sustainable water practices that have far-reaching benefits for communities around the world.

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A Response to: “Right Livelihood – How Can We All $upport One Another?”

Surplus citrus bounty gleaned by volunteers In “Right Livelihood – How Can We All $upport One Another?”, author Carolyn Payne-Gemmell brought up some limitations of a traditional “veggie swap” that excluded the ability to purchase products with currency. And while I understand that one of the main ideas behind swaps is to build community, like Carolyn, I actually believe that swaps can severely limit community-building and right livelihood, even if […]

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Laundry to Landscape Urban Greywater Installation: Greening the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix, Arizona)

This past November (2013), Watershed Management Group’s Green Living Co-op installed a "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system at my house. Enthusiastic co-op member ready to dig in! The Green Living Co-op runs on a barn-raising principle — basically you earn ‘hours’ by participating in other members’ projects.  After you’ve earned a set amount of hours, you qualify to host a workshop at your house.

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One Desert City Turns Stormwater into an Abundant Oasis using Green Infrastructure Practices

At 7:30 Sunday morning, April 21, 2013, people began to gather on a barren lot in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. The temperature was already climbing into the 80s and the lot’s bare dirt reflected both heat and light, making lingering uncomfortable. By 8:00 AM, more than 30 neighborhood volunteers, Youth Hostel guests, Green Living Co-op members, PDC and university students were on-site, eager to start the day’s activities. They were here […]

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Working With What You’ve Got: How Losing My Vision Gave Me Perspective

House front — before House front — after We all encounter rough spots in our lives. Fortunately, we get to choose how we handle them. For me, permaculture provided the perfect lens for placing hard times into a healing, long term context. So often today, we are taught to think of things in the short term: a week, a month, a season. Within this timeframe, rough spots can seem monumental […]

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It’s the Equinox! Do you Know Where your Sun is?

March 20th is the vernal equinox here in the northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere. During the equinox, the sun crosses the plane of the equator, making night and day approximately equal in length. Why is the equinox important for permaculture? One of the first questions my PDC instructor posed to us was, “where does the sun rise?" Well everyone knows the answer to that; the […]

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