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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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Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 in Blog, How To, Videos | Comments Off on Perennial Polyculture Guidelines for Creating a Food Forest

In this video, Eric Toensmeier, explains how to set up your own perennial polyculture of edible and multi-functional plants.  This is the basis for a highly functional and productive food forest.  Do you have some favorite perennial plants that work in San Diego? In addition to the many fruit trees that we can grow here in San Diego, some of mine are tree collards, artichoke, sweet potato, and African blue...

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Homemade Chevre

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 in Blog, cheese making, How To, recipes | Comments Off on Homemade Chevre

Guest Blog by Matt Steiger Last February we joined a goat milk co-op. That statement stands on it’s own, as there was no real reason for it other than a friend asked us if we wanted to. Prior to joining, we didn’t even drink milk. And we weren’t crazy raw-food fanatics either. Someone just asked, and we said yes. Now we get 1-3 gallons of goat milk every week. Everyone wants to know if it’s funky. It’s absolutely not. It’s fresh, creamy, and odorless. In fact I would rate it as way more palatable than any store bought cow’s milk I’ve had. That said, I still prefer soy milk on...

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Permaculture Keyline Water Systems

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 in Blog, How To, Videos | Comments Off on Permaculture Keyline Water Systems

Join Tom Ward, permaculture elder in Southern Oregon, on a guided tour of Wolf Gulch Farm. Tom explains how they have designed the water into the landscape using keyline design principles pioneered by the late P.A. Yeoman’s back in the 1950’s. San Diego is prime terrain for keyline systems. Just think how not only farming, but where San Diegan residents get their water would be ecologically revolutionized with this approach. With systems like this throughout our watersheds, we could drought proof the City.  Check out the video, take a class, and then let’s retrofit San...

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Rainwater Harvesting with a Recycled IBC Tote

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 in Articles, Blog, DIY, How To | Comments Off on Rainwater Harvesting with a Recycled IBC Tote

This past weekend, The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute, converged in Lemon Grove to install a used 275 gallon IBC tote as a rainwater harvesting tank. We started the day with a short talk on active rainwater harvesting systems, components, sizing a tank, and everything else needed to catch and and store clean rainwater for a sunny day. The tank was located on the north side of the garage after determining that irrigation was needed for a small backyard plant nursery. We calculated that the half of the garage roof that drained in our direction was about 150 square feet. The potential...

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