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Four Reasons Why Permaculture Businesses Fail to Produce Right Livelihoods

The last post, I spent some time dispelling the 3 main myths around permaculture consulting. (You can read it here). This time, we’ll delve into 4 reasons why a business in the regenerative field might fail to produce the right livelihood for its operator: Failure Reason 1: Not Understanding Value Many businesses within the regenerative niche (consultants using permaculture, regenerative designers, landscapers, and ecological farmers) don’t understand their value. I […]

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Lasagna Gardening: Build Soil and Get Rid of Weeds

Healthy topsoil, or humus, is necessary for growing healthy plants. However, topsoil takes dozens of years to naturally accumulate through the slow decomposition of leaves and other organic material. For people who don´t have the budget to buy those overpriced bags of garden soil sold at hardware stores, lasagna gardening is a quick and efficient way to quickly build the healthy soil you need for your garden. You can build […]

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Raising Shiitake Mushrooms: An Inexpensive Delicacy

The Chinese have been using shiitake mushrooms as a nutritional and medicinal food for over 6,000 years. One of the most well-known of the edible mushroom, shiitakes have recently been discovered by the health food movement around the world and are considered to be one of the most widely available superfoods on the market. Instead of paying a premium price for shiitakes at your local health food store, however, shiitakes […]

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Astonishing Arugula

The appetizing annual Arugula (Eruca sativa) is also commonly known as rocket salad or sometimes called colewort, garden rocket, gharghir, roquette, rucola, rucoli, and rugula. While often viewed as a lettuce, this sharp-tasting leafy green is actually is a member of the Brassicaceae family of plants (aka mustard plants) which includes some other well-known veggies such as kale and cauliflower. Arugula is known for its signature spicy, peppery flavor, but […]

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The Importance of Microclimates to Landscape Design

The climate you live in largely determines what you can grow and when you can grow it. Most of us have heard of the United States Department of Agriculture climate zones. Those numbers that come on the packets of every seed packet serve to remind us that we´ll be hard pressed to grow peaches in Michigan or lemons in Maine. By learning how to take advantage of the natural elements […]

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Charcoal: The New Health Hype

When you think of charcoal, you might think of a barbecue or the stigma of air pollution associated with industrial fuel. Both of these assumptions are fair. Charcoal does come with a history of air pollution and long-term health problems for people who come in close contact with the substance too often. What most people don’t know is that there are many types of charcoal and not all are bad. […]

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Terra Preta in the Amazon

Most people believe that the Amazon Rainforest is nothing but a virgin paradise of untouched wilderness. Recent studies have shown, however, that much of the Amazon might very well have been a landscape designed by the patient persistence of indigenous cultures who interacted with the land and the local ecosystems. What if the Amazon Rainforest wasn’t really an intact wilderness area, but rather the result of careful human planning over […]

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Loose-Leaf Lettuce

Just as its name implies, Loose-leaf or simply Leaf lettuce doesn’t produce a head like Crispheads. Instead, it grows leaves loosely arranged on a stalk, in a rosette cluster. Loose-leaf (Lactuca sativa L.) can come in varying colors, including a gamut of greens and range of reddish purples, as well as differing leaf shapes. The flavors of the many varieties are typically mild and slightly sweet. Just as the Crispheads, […]

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Urban Homesteading: How to Get Started

Every year we hear about the damage that humanity is doing to the planet. Global warming and pollution are constant topics of debate and featured in the news. The world is heating up and landfills are overflowing, and because of this more and more people are starting to take notice of the impact they have on the environment and are trying to do their part by reducing their dependence on […]

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Can a Healthy Diet Help Our Earth?

The United States Department of Agriculture provides “leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on public policy, the best available science, and effective management” (usda.gov). Every 5 years the USDA amends their suggested guidelines on healthy eating. For the first time in history, advisors of the department proposed updating the report with sustainability in mind. This would entail the administration to consider a food’s […]

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Rainwater Catchment Systems

Of the many problems that our civilization faces, one of the most worrying problems is water scarcity. Without a safe and abundant supply of fresh, potable water, our species is vulnerable to many crises. Our current industrial society depends almost exclusively on groundwater sources for our water needs, while many of those sources of water are slowly being depleted, contaminated, and require more energy to access. The rain that falls […]

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Chicken Tractors for Sustainable Poultry

Chickens have long been some of the most widely raised “farm” animals. While chickens have been valued for providing an easily obtainable source of protein, when put out to “pasture”, chickens can also help to improve the land and landscape. Your grandmother may very well have complained to you about chickens eating her garden greens or the recently germinated corn and beans. However, with the right design, you can easily […]

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