Permaculture





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1/20/2012
Permaculture is a holistic, integrative design for a sustainable future: registrations now open for D Acres' 2012 Permaculture Design Course!
6/12/2013
Permaculture methods and greenhouse innovations as told by a WWOOFer at Raven Crest Botanicals, an organic herb farm in upstate New York.
4/14/2011
Maddy Harland introduces the three ethics behind permaculture design and explains why permaculture is more than a gardening technique — it’s a practical tool for a better, more creative life!
8/2/2012
The NH Permaculture Gathering is just a couple weeks away!
7/1/2013
Author Rick Austin shares gardening advice from his book, “Secret Garden of Survival – How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest.”
8/26/2013
We have a saying around our house: When the pest control truck is at the neighbor’s house, all the spiders come over to our place because they know it is safe. Biodiversity is a top priority in my Northern California rural/suburban garden, and I work hard to have many plants, animals, insects, and, yes, arachnids represented.
6/4/2014
Find all of the mulch you need for free in your own back yard.
2/26/2014
Showing where we were before our permaculture garden began.
2/10/2014
Do you want a permaculture garden? An ongoing blog about our journey using permaculture design ideas, to develop the organic matter in soil and produce a higher yield.
4/25/2013
Animal products provide vitamin B12 in your diet, which is necessary for a healthy nervous system. Learn what and how much you would have to eat to meet your daily B12 need and other considerations for adding animals to a sustainable diet.
7/29/2013
FamilyFarmed.org Good Food Festival & Conference partner Vicki Nowicki shares her experience living, learning, and teaching on her suburban permaculture homestead.
9/7/2012
International Homesteading Month is off to a running start! Here are two stories of events that are truly promoting education to foster more self-reliant communities.
7/9/2013
Survivalist Gardener Rick Austin offers natural and long-lasting tips for repelling pests and insects in gardens hidden in the forest.
12/10/2013
You don't have to stick to corn and soybeans to nourish your flock. Chickens enjoy a variety of foods, including mulberries, worms and Japanese beetles.
10/24/2013
I, alone, am no one. I do not grow food. I do not water the garden. I do not photosynthesize. I do not put the life force in the soil. I do not make the seed. A natural force other than I is responsible for all this. That same natural force uses this body I like to consider my own to garden.
9/5/2013
One woman’s fascinating journey from a high-rise apartment overlooking Hong Kong Harbor to sharing the earthly pleasure of growing food.
6/10/2014
Heather Menzies studies her family's commoning roots in the Scottish Highlands in "Reclaiming the Commons for the Common Good."
6/27/2014
"Integrated Forest Gardening" is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and it covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with extensive color photography and design illustrations.
5/30/2014
Permaculture is at the heart of the solution of many environmental crises. Permaculture is alive with the possibilities of positive change.
6/20/2014
Permaculture is about a self sustaining system that provides the food, nutrients and water in one yard. It is easy to adopt many of these approaches in your own yard and garden in the Midwest.
3/31/2014
Building a layered bed to develop organic material in the soil, hold moisture and decrease the amount of work.
4/16/2014
Nestled above an overgrown ridge-top meadow in the Appalachian Mountains, farmer Susana Lein proudly runs Salamander Springs Farm, a permaculture farm, homestead and “food forest,” where living, healthy soil is considered the most important resource.
3/9/2014
Our first project: building a small keyhole mound.
8/11/2014
In 'Organic Mushroom Farming and Mycoremediation,' author Tradd Cotter offers readers an in-depth exploration of best organic mushroom cultivation practices, shares the results of his groundbreaking research, and offers creative ways to apply cultivation skills—whether the goal is to help a community clean up industrial pollution or simply to settle down at the end of the day with a cold Reishi-infused homebrew ale.
1/9/2013
The 20th-Annual Organic Growers School takes place March 8 through March 10 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) in Asheville, N.C. The event, which is open to the public, provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops, homesteading and rural living classes, as well as a seed exchange, silent auction and trade show.
12/22/2011
A rundown of activities you can do in the winter to improve your homestead.
6/6/2011
Maddy Harland introduces forest gardening – beautiful, low maintenance and productive gardens that provide for many of our needs – food, fuel, medicines and fibers.
1/30/2012
The best low cost (semi-reliable) options for getting animals and plants onto your homestead!
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
1/4/2012
The ACTUAL benefits of weeds in your garden. Use and value diversity! Find the benefit!
10/5/2014
Permaculture has become the new buzzword in certain circles. What is it? Do we need it?
4/26/2011
Maddy Harland writes about principles that underpin our understanding and practical application of permaculture. She relates them to designing a green home and garden but also explains how permaculture can help us to create more sustainable lifestyle
5/10/2011
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
12/22/2011
Humanure management for maximum nutrient secuestration and minimum resource loss.
2/8/2012
Gathering leaves from the woods to mulch the garden and stump dirt to turn into potting soil not only provides free biomass for the garden, it also introduces beneficial microorganisms.
3/10/2014
Reynaldo Ochoa, the subject of a new short film, grows with a goal of teaching and practicing permaculture unique to an individual's region, emphasizing sustainable farming as opposed to “slash and burn” agriculture.
4/14/2014
Ziggy Liloia examines two poignant books, Paradise Lot and Gaia’s Garden that turn the idea of needing lots of space to grow ample food on its head.
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
9/27/2012
Managing compost now allows for more productive use the following season.
4/17/2012
Using 16-foot livestock panels in many ways on your homestead.
7/5/2012
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
1/14/2012
The good, the bad and the ugly of a nice mild winter and its effects on the homestead in 2012.
12/8/2011
As winter descends a three-season hoop house is weeded, compost spread, and a straw mulch applied. Next spring will be here soon.
9/25/2011
Read about methods to utilize animal- and human- power for trimming the lawn and keeping back weeds, all free of fossil fuels.
11/25/2011
Fall sheet mulching of perennial plantings assists in fertility and weed suppression.
1/5/2012
Wood is our source of heat for the winter, as are sweaters and hats!
10/5/2011
Homegrown vegetables are a lesson for kids in where food comes from.
10/27/2011
D Acres offers alternative economics. We are the 99&: join us.
11/10/2011
Leaves are a valuable source of mulch and fertility within the permaculture garden.
10/13/2011
The process of curing potatoes for winter storage.
5/13/2013
A permaculture-based, 2,000-acre farm in Northern California integrates grassfed livestock with orchard farming.
5/30/2013
Tired of pests? Here are five tips for knocking ‘em back without resorting to pesticides and toxic chemicals.
3/12/2014
How fast climate change will require you and your descendants to move north in order to keep farming and gardening a serious question you should be asking yourself.
3/8/2011
The owners of Finca Exotica on Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula utilize their lush garden for everything--including a natural antidepressent.
2/16/2012
Building a vibrant local community through local economics and rural culture.
12/11/2012
Book reviews by permaculture educator Cindy Conner. Learn about Sustainable Market Farming, The Art of Fermentation, The Permaculture Handbook, and The Small-Scale Poultry Flock.
5/23/2012
Transitioning seedlings from indoor starts to outdoor plants
2/29/2012
Homestead skills of yogurt-making and bread-baking increase your independence from grocery store aisles and international food conglomerates.
3/29/2012
Participate in a clothing swap and make an economic statement
6/7/2012
Harvesting abundance in the early spring.
8/21/2012
Set up a washing station in your garden. Rinse your veggies there, saving the water for the garden and keeping your kitchen clean.
1/3/2013
Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc.
10/17/2011
Actor Carel Struycken is famous for his role as Lurch in Addams Family, as well as many other roles. He is also a big proponent of permaculture. Nyerges talks with Struycken at his Pasadena home about permaculture and sustainable farming.
9/19/2011
Using cold frames for fall salad greens can extend your season of fresh eating.
9/15/2012
Preserving an abundant basil harvest for the coming winter.
9/21/2011
This is an excerpt from Christopher Nyerges' "Self-Sufficient Home" book (published by Stackpole) where he talks about some of his early gardening experiences and when he learned that the health of the soil is the most important aspect of gardening.
4/25/2012
Monitoring energy use has led to increased motivation for conservation
8/16/2012
Use of a mobile chicken tractors allows us to keep the birds on fresh ground and stay on top of the weeds.
9/4/2012
Solar drying experiences in 2012, including tomato varieties Principe Borghese and Long Tom.
1/25/2011
Finca Luna Nueva in Costa Rica’s verdant San Carlos agricultural region is a dynamic, living example of permaculture and biodynamic farming, where every being is part of a system that nurtures the body and the soul.
3/17/2012
Starting flats of seedlings begins this year's growing season.
2/1/2013
Since her first house move, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Cathie Ackroyd, has become so very conscious of the impact we humans have had and are having on our planet’s environment and hoped to find a place to settle that would allow us to gain an element of self-sufficiency in a relatively car-free community.
6/21/2012
The accumulation and storage of hay is an essential summer task.
4/4/2012
A brief announcement of the new Permaculture chicken ebook series that starts with chicken egg incubation.
9/27/2010
Photos from tectonic shift. Ruminations on MEN and MOTHER EARTH NEWS and masculine and feminine, and feminine planet.
10/12/2011
Maddy Harland explains how to make light work of establishing the ground layer in a forest garden, create a wildlife habitat and control pests all at the same time.
7/10/2012
Learn about using the Piteba to press your own homegrown oil.
1/19/2011
Finca Exotica is ideal for travelers who want to immerse themselves in the Osa Peninsula's bounty and learn about permaculture and sustainable building.
4/16/2012
Pruning perennials is essential for plant health and vigorous production.
11/28/2012
Looking ahead to spring, we're using these long days to plan a rootstock order of perennial trees, shrubs, and herbs.
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
5/10/2012
There are various means for developing an edible landscape.
8/30/2012
Community food events are an outstanding way to share the abundance of our harvest and strengthen local community ties.
2/9/2013
A winter thaw inspires starting the first seeds of the season - indoors, of course: kale, chard, and spinach to start.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months


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