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Permaculture Day. Taking Back Our Food: Establishing a Food Co-Op in the Community | The Druid's Garden. Just one of the many delights at a local co-op- organic, heirloom lettuce I remember the first time I visited a food co-op. It was in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a wonderful, progressive town, and the co-op was incredible. From products made or grown locally in South-East Michigan (non-GMO and organic tortilla chips, fresh salsa, all kinds of fruits and vegetables, raw chocolates, kale chips, soaps, baked goods and so much more) to regionally available products (like tofu, organic candy bars, raw milk cheeses, and even miso). It was an exciting place to be. Last night, I attending the first meeting where my new community in Indiana, PA is working to open a food co-op (did I choose to move to the right place or what?) On Community Food Education & Asking the Right Questions One of the issues raised at the end of the meeting was on the importance of food education in the community–if we build it, will they come?

Where is my food produced? Locally grown beans! Transparency Control Access Resiliency. Permaculture Agroforestry. Permaculture Transforms a Small Space into a Food Forest. Home > Permaculture Transforms a Small Space into a Food Forest Waking Times Video - John from goes on a field trip to visit Dr. Bob Randall‘s Permaculture Food Forest in Suburban Houston, Texas. In a .28 acre lot, Bob grows over 150 varieties of fruit trees, has built a raised-bed vegetable garden, and more.

In the video, Bob will share how he’s growing so many different types of plants using permaculture principles. You’re likely to learn some new ways and techniques to help you have a successful garden at your home. ~~ Help Waking Times to raise the vibration by sharing this article with friends and family… Other Sites: Costa Rica as a Model Sustainable Living and Permaculture Design in Action | The Druid's Garden.

In February 2015, I took a 12-day trip to Costa Rica (my first real vacation!) Part of the reason I decided on Costa Rica was that this culture is well-known for emphasizing sustainability in a way that is well beyond lip service, and I wanted to experience it for myself and see what I could learn while I was there. I want to touch on the many things I observed and learned on this journey with regards to sustainable living and permaculture design. I traveled to four areas and drove across large portions of the countryside: the Monteverde region (high in the cloud forests), the urban and suburban San Jose region; the volcanic La Fortuna region, and the costal Manuel Antonio region.

One thing to remember about the Costa Ricans–they are one of the happiest countries in the world. I don’t think this is a fluke–I think its directly tied to the ways in which they live sustainably, have protected and preserved their own landscapes and local economies. Localized Economies Housing. Livestock. Multi-Functional Plants for the Permaculture Garden. If you have a choice of planting a tree, shrub, vine, herbaceous plant, or groundcover that only has one function or another species that fills that desired function and also provides three other benefits, why wouldn't you plant the more functional species.

In permaculture, elements of our designs should serve at least 3 functions. Many species can do much better than that. Below is a list of some of my favorite multi-functional plants that I am currently using on my permaculture site. Medium & Large Trees Alder: Nitrogen fixer, Insectary, leaf mulch, wildlife benefit, timber Apple: Edible, insectary, hedgerow, wildlife benefit Apple with chives, garlic, and goumi planted at base (Also wheat that came in with the wheat straw) Black Locust: Nitrogen fixer, Insectary, windbreak, hedgerow, wood, great for honey bees, durable long lasting wood, leaf mulch (Allelopathic) Black & English Walnut: Edible nuts, timber, windbreak, wildlife benefit (Allelopathic) Cherry Tree Pear Tree Small Trees Shrubs. Building Earthworm Boxes: Making Worm Composting Bins For Home And Garden.

By Bonnie L. Grant Worm composting is an easy way to reduce landfill pollution and provide juicy, rich soil for your plants. It is especially suited for the apartment or condo dweller who has limited space. Worm composting bins abound at nursery centers and online, but they are easy and cheaper to assemble yourself. Worm Composting Bins for Home and Garden Vermicomposting is the term for worm composting bins. Old wooden boxes with holes drilled in the bottom would also work for building earthworm boxes.

Types of Worm Bins Bottomless bins are one type of vermicomposting system, which is used for building earthworm boxes. The most basic types of worm bins are single layer. For an even fancier set up, install a spigot at the bottom to collect the compost tea. Make Your Own Worm Bins You can make worm composting bins for home and garden use yourself using the following steps: Feeding Worm Composting Bins Feed the worms your food scraps slowly until you see how much they can eat. Permaculture and the Sacred: A Conversation with Starhawk. Companion-Planting-FTFA.jpg (JPEG Image, 739 × 1046 pixels) - Scaled (95%)

Wave goodbye to global warming, GM and pesticides. Updated 25 August 2013 09:56 AM The technology – radio wave energised water – massively increases the output of vegetables and fruits by up to 30 per cent. Not only are the plants much bigger but they are largely disease-resistant, meaning huge savings in expensive fertilisers and harmful pesticides. Extensively tested in Ireland and several other countries, the inexpensive water treatment technology is now being rolled out across the world. The technology makes GM obsolete and also addresses the whole global warming fear that there is too much carbon dioxide in the air, by simply converting excess CO2 into edible plant mass. Developed by Professor Austin Darragh and Dr JJ Leahy of Limerick University's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, the hardy eco-friendly technology uses nothing but the natural elements of sunlight, water, carbon dioxide in the air and the minerals in the soil.

Speaking about the new technology, Professor Austin Darragh says: Sunday Independent Read More. Bacillus Thuringiensis Products – Tips For Using Bt In The Garden. By Jackie Rhoades You’ve likely heard the numerous recommendations for using Bt pest control, or Bacillus thuringiensis, in the home garden. But what exactly is this and how does using Bt in the garden work? Keep reading to learn more about this organic form of pest control. What is Bacillus Thuringiensis? Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is actually a naturally occurring bacterium, common in some soils, that causes disease in certain insects, most notably leaf and needle feeding caterpillars.

It was first discovered in the early 1900s.The French were the first to advocate using Bt in the garden and by the 1960s, Bacillus thuringiensis products were available on the open market and were readily embraced by the organic gardening community. Controlling pests with Bacillus thuringiensis is dependent on its ‘active ingredient’, a crystal protein, which paralyzes the digestive system of the insect.

Controlling Pests with Bacillus Thuringiensis First and foremost, read the label. Fulvic acid Benefits - A detailed overview of the benefits of Fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is rapidly being recognized as one of the key elements in many outstanding health and scientific breakthroughs of the 21st century. More and more scientists and doctors throughout the world are discovering fulvic acid, and are recognizing its extraordinary potential. Interest in the medical community has been escalating rapidly.

In the past only very small amounts of fulvic acid had been available for scientific testing. Most of the studies to date have been done on plant cells. In reviewing and evaluating these reports, it is important to bear in mind that leading scientists like Roger J. Williams, recognize and agree with the following fact: “the building blocks present in the metabolic machinery of human beings are, in the great majority of cases, exactly the same as the building blocks contained in the metabolic machinery of other organisms of extremely different types.”Roger J.

Uses beneficial to humans are not the only focus here either. Back to Top Dissolves Silica Hogs. Transforming Urban Life in Pursuit of True Freedom. Self Sufficient in Suburbia June 2014. Permaculture is the future. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture. While most people think they are mending the world's problems by contemplating light bulbs or buying "organic", there are thousands of people making a more significant difference.

And out of those thousands there are a few dozen trail blazers. And out of those few dozen there is one guy that is WAY out ahead of the pack. The mighty, the glorious, the amazing ... Sepp Holzer. Sepp Holzer was doing permaculture before he ever heard the word. To my knowledge, his farm is, by far, the best example of permaculture. And I was fortunate to study under him for twelve days.

Update! After watching his videos about 18 times each, and then reshaping about 15 acres of land to be "Sepp Holzer Style" (terraces, ponds, plus lots of trees), it was bizarre to meet him and shake his hand! So, just as the first evening is getting started, we ham it up for the camera a little: buy at buy at The Sepp Holzer 3-in-1 DVD.

Buy ebook at buy paperback at 33 Tips on Turning Your Boring Lawn Into a Permaculture Food Forest. Waking Times Does the idea of getting fresh, nutritious food right out in front of you kitchen door sound like a good idea in these turbulent times? A growing movement to reclaim, restore, and re-localize our relationship to food is happening all around us, and you can participate by re-thinking what you do with the under-utilized space outside of your home. The manicured, grassed, perennially green American lawn is a symbol of a passing era when people had little understanding of how the developing industrialized food system could do them harm by overuse of pesticides, anti-biotics and herbicides, by depletion the soil, and by genetic modification of food crops. Rather than acquiescing to the health tyranny of modern food production, today’s forward-thinking citizens and rebels are re-developing the model for the American lawn, and bringing forth a new kind of revolution… an edible one.

This article is offered under Creative Commons license. Come Hither Kale, Mr. Candyland Game, Seductive Books and a Black-Eyed Gnome. My kale has apparently been sending out pheromones and/or seductive telepathic vibes to my non-kale eating friends! Today, while out to tea with me, my non-kale-friendly friend, Suzanna, happened to mention with a gleam in her eye, “I just keep thinking about your kale! You know I don’t really like kale, but I keep thinking about yours.”

She smiled a dreamy smile. “That’s kind of strange,” I said, “because David’s sister sent me an email last night about my kale, and we have never known her or any member of her little family to eat kale, either! It was quite a passionate email: ‘Ask David about ground kale in mashed potatoes. Maybe we can have some of that at Christmas, if you love us enough.’ “Three non-kale-eaters,” Suzanna replied, then added with another gleam in her eye, “that we know of!” She mentioned having seen some photos of kale on my blog “awhile back” and I asked if she had seen my horizontal kale. “I’m the only Game in town,” he said.

“Yeah, all the rest are Jokes!” “Just go!