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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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What Permaculture Isn’t—and Is

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 in Articles, Blog | Comments Off on What Permaculture Isn’t—and Is

Guest Article by Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden Permaculture is notoriously hard to define. A recent survey shows that people simultaneously believe it is a design approach, a philosophy, a movement, and a set of practices. This broad and contradiction-laden brush doesn’t just make permaculture hard to describe. It can be off-putting, too. Let’s say you first encounter permaculture as a potent method of food production and are just starting to grasp that it is more than that, when someone tells you that it also includes goddess spirituality, and anti-GMO activism, and...

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Leave the Leaves

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 in Articles, Blog, recipes, soil | Comments Off on Leave the Leaves

Guest Blog Post by Diane Kennedy The world can be saved with leaves. Yep. No kidding. We are in a season named after leaves: Fall.  When deciduous trees drop their leaves they are shutting down their systems for the winter.  In warm climates native plants don’t do this, rather they shed leaves over a period of time, never turning off their ability to create food through photosynthesis. Evergreens also do this, providing shelter and food for animals no matter the weather.  In cooler climates many trees go into semi-dormancy, kind of a half sleep. Liquidamber trees provide gorgeous Fall...

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Greywater: A Simple and Effective Resource for Water Starved San Diego

Posted on Nov 12, 2012 in Articles, Blog | Comments Off on Greywater: A Simple and Effective Resource for Water Starved San Diego

Guest Blog Post by Brook Sarson of H20me Greywater is water that comes from showers, sinks, and laundry before it combines with toilet water. Kitchen sink water is blackwater in California. Many people are nervous about using greywater for fear of contamination and the ick-factor. Greywater use is not only common but legal and encouraged by public utilities all over Arizona, New Mexico, Australia, and many other parts of the world. There are over a million users in California alone, and no instance of anyone getting sick from greywater use. A UCLA report, titled “Graywater: A Potential...

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What to do with the Fall Harvest?

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 in Articles, Blog, recipes | Comments Off on What to do with the Fall Harvest?

Guest Article by Hilary Kearney If you are like us, your kitchen counters are overflowing with winter squash right now! They make pretty great table toppers for fall feasts but don’t forget how delicious they can be as part of the feast. We rustled up some of our favorite squash recipes that will get you thinking about what to do with your harvest! Roasted Butternut Squash With Goat Cheese A classic way to prepare winter squash is by stuffing them. These butternut squash work great but you can use any squash you want and you can always get creative with the stuffing ingredients. In this...

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