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Communication: An Invisible Structure Toward Sustainability

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Communication: An Invisible Structure Toward Sustainability

Guest Post By Amelia Roache Adventurer Communication When I made a request of a friend to tell a few people about a workshop I would be holding based in the exploration of Permaculture Design, Nonviolent Communication and Dynamic Facilitation, a potential host asked, “How does Permaculture Design relate to communication”? Since my first Permaculture Design certification course I’ve been especially interested in cultivating an awareness of the importance of listening and communication skills toward learning the permaculture approach to design and continued success in the process. Every...

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Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

Posted on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog, Gardening, permaculture, soil, Videos | Comments Off on Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

The inner cities of America are often neglected, abandoned, forgotten about, and in need of repair.  People living in these places find themselves in a “food desert,” where access to fresh, local, organic, and tasty food is just not available.  The food selection is limited to cheap fast food and the nearest grocery store is often a liquor store or other convenience type shop. This is the scenario that Ron Finley found himself in while living in South Central LA, but rather than dwelling on the problems he began to create the solution.  In seeing all of the abandoned lots and...

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Solving Climate Change Through Livestock Grazing?

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 in Blog, Videos | Comments Off on Solving Climate Change Through Livestock Grazing?

How many people are familiar with issues of grazing and overgrazing of landscapes?  Here in the Southwestern United States we are all too familiar that uncontrolled livestock grazing degrades land.  We see it as evidence in landslides, lack of vegetation, and deepening gullies.  We see the cows, the sheep, the goats all looking for something to eat and the bare soil all around.  Some of us might even know of places where it is very evident as there may be something like a fence that keeps livestock on one side only.  The livestock side is bare while the other side of the fence without...

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A Journey Into Permaculture: Part I

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 in Articles, Blog, How To, permaculture | Comments Off on A Journey Into Permaculture: Part I

If you are like me, you are passionate about Permaculture. You scour the internet, buy books, and get involved in any way that you can. My goal with this post is to shed some light on my journey into the amazing world of Permaculture. First, some background on how I was introduced to this wonderful and wise movement and the people that surround it. I graduated college in 2011 from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration. Shortly thereafter, I got a job with a fast-growing software firm right here in San Diego. I worked in the Inside Sales department executing 60...

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Extreme Weather Events

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 in Articles, Blog | Comments Off on Extreme Weather Events

Guest Blog by Christopher Marciello  In the interest of full disclosure, I am not someone formally trained in science. What I have to offer here is opinion based on reading scientific, peer reviewed research and credible, verified news reports based upon scientific, peer reviewed research of extreme weather patterns and its relationship to global climate change. Every point I attempt to make will be supported by online references below. Hurricane Sandy, has once again brought to the nation’s attention the highly important topic of climate change. First off, from the information that I...

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Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 in Blog, Gardening | Comments Off on Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

Guest Blog By Christopher Marciello Its’ starting to get closer to that time of the year when it’s time to plant seeds for summer. When you do really do consider using heirloom seeds. Heirloom seeds are somewhat fashionable as of late, so I’d like to begin by briefly mentioning the types of seeds available from most suppliers. I feel that this will be useful as a point of reference later. Heirloom seeds are, in general terms, cultivars commonly grown during earlier periods for various characteristics, but which are not used in large scale agriculture. Hybrid seeds are produced through...

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