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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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Storing Water in the Landscape: A Swales and Ponds Primer

Rain is one of the leading causes of soil erosion. The problem isn’t with rain itself, but rather with bad land management practices and farming practices that aren’t designed to take advantage of rainfall in a holistic manner. The best place to store water is in the landscape itself, and through the process of design, water can be effectively stored in the landscape for increased fertility, longer growing season, and […]

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How to Build a Solar Dehydrator to Preserve Food

If you are a gardener, you understand the abundance that comes during harvest season can be overwhelming. Instead of frantically searching for friends who will take away your fresh tomatoes or spending hours over a hot stove on a humid summer day making hundreds of canned tomato sauce, a solar dehydrator might be an option for you. One of the easiest ways to preserve food is through dehydrating. Instead of […]

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How to Make a Compost Water Heater

Everyone loves hot water in the home, but the ecological cost of long, hot showers powered by fossil-fueled water heaters adds some guilt to those long hours in the bathroom. What if you could have a huge supply of hot water heated by the compost pile in your garden. Instead of greenhouses gasses, the byproduct of your hot water would be more fertile soil. The Ecological Cost of Heating Water […]

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Four DIY Projects to do at Home

There are many things you can do around the house to be more self-reliant. This is a list of just a few of them, that will help achieve that homesteading lifestyle. Grow Your Own Garden Growing and caring for your own garden at home is a simple and fun hobby, delicious too! There’s nothing better than a freshly grown vegetable. There are a few different methods of gardening available, such […]

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Ferro-cement Water Tanks an Affordable DIY Solution

When there is no water there is very little else. That is why water is, with good reason, the backbone of land-based Permaculture design. As designers, we observe and create opportunities to catch and store water. There are many options available to us: in the soil, in biomass and in ponds, dams, and tanks. There is lots of great tried and tested solutions out there that you could explore. Here […]

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Urban Garden Tour – How We Grow Food For Our Family of 6 in Our Backyard

Feeding a family of six is no easy feat, nor is it without high expense. What’s more, starting an urban garden with absolutely no knowledge of gardening, landscape, irrigation systems, rainwater collection systems, or composting in order to offset the high grocery bill that comes with a family of six is equally as difficult. Despite the difficulty, hard work, and perhaps “trial and error” that comes with starting an urban […]

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How Weed Barriers can Improve the Quality of Your Garden

While permaculturists strive to live sustainably and limit their impact on the environment, it can be a challenge to manage garden pests without the use of harmful chemical sprays. Weeds dig their roots into your soil and steal nutrients, water, and sunlight from other plants – while expanding its own system to disperse offspring throughout your garden. Using a weed barrier can help you fend off these frustrating intruders without […]

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Beautiful and Nutritious Lupinus

Have you heard of this little beauty?  Most likely you have but just didn’t know it. Lupinus, also called Lupine, Lupin, Lupini beans, bluebonnets, and several other names, is both an agriculture crop and a smaller scale garden plant and ornamental. There are many species of Lupinus, but all hail from the legume family (Fabaceae, Leguminosae or Papilionaceae), and like all legumes can fix nitrogen, which benefits the soil and […]

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One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts – An Evolution From Industrial To Regenerative Farming

When White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, made the transition from an industrialized agricultural facility to a regenerative farm, the benefits were felt throughout the town. In his new film, director Peter Byck introduces viewers to Will Harris, the owner of White Oak Pastures, whose journey could inspire a revolution across the global agricultural industry. “I used to consider what I did to be a simple business,” Harris said in […]

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Homestead Sausage

I recently was interrogated by a reader about sausage and mushrooms we grow on our homestead. I thought they were right, and I needed to write about one of our biggest sources of fast food SAUSAGE. So, thank you Twiddlebug. When I say sausage, I don’t generally just mean pork. I just mean anything you want to grind and mix up. I generally use some sort of meat, but you […]

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Maximizing Yield with Vertical Spaces

According to the United Nations, the amount of arable land per person has decreased from about one acre per person in 1970 to approximately half an acre in 2000; that number is expected to be roughly one-third an acre by 2050. The U.N. also estimates that the world’s population will reach 9.7 billion by 2050. Given that, we need to explore our options with regards to food production, especially in […]

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