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Communication: An Invisible Structure Toward Sustainability

Posted by 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 […]

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Gangster Gardening: Gardening is My Graffiti

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

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.

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Solving Climate Change Through Livestock Grazing?

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

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. But what if our assumptions are wrong and cattle hold the key to fighting climate change?

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A Journey Into Permaculture: Part I

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

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.

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Extreme Weather Events

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

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.

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Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

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

Preserving Our Heritage: Choose Heirloom Seeds

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.

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Building With Bamboo

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog, Sustainable Building | Comments Off on Building With Bamboo

Building With Bamboo

Part of a sustainable garden is the growing of building materials. If you can’t have a wood lot, then temperature permitting you can grow clumping bamboo.

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Stinging Nettle and World Peace

Posted by on Jan 11, 2013 in Gardening, permaculture, soil | Comments Off on Stinging Nettle and World Peace

One of my very good friends asked me what to do about a proliferation of stinging nettle in her yard. There is a creek running through the bottom of her property, and while once there had been Jimson weed and other natives growing there, now there is just nettle which is spreading to her lawn. Her hand hurt for a day from inadvertently pulling some out bare-handed. Her neighbor had told her that “nettle was bad” and would take over. She was laying cardboard on some of it, but was afraid that wouldn’t be enough.

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Bee Pollen Health Benefits & Uses That You May Not Know

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in bees | Comments Off on Bee Pollen Health Benefits & Uses That You May Not Know

Bee Pollen Health Benefits & Uses That You May Not Know

Guest Blog Post by Derek Roach, Pro Pacific Bee Removal he daily flight of a bee consists of visiting multiple plants to collect pollen and nectar as a food source for their colony. These flights are precise journeys that are done merely for the overall benefit and growth of the hive. However, not only bees […]

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10 Things You Should Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 in Blog, Chickens | Comments Off on 10 Things You Should Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

10 Things You Should Know About Raising Backyard Chickens

Are you thinking about starting a backyard flock? Learn to expect the unexpected and prepare yourself for the world of chickens with this helpful list!

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