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Deep Green Permaculture | The Sustainable Organic Gardening Guide for Self-Sufficient People Sustainable Master Plans | AppleSeed Permaculture AppleSeed Permaculture uses a carefully developed design process that ensures excellent client service. Our Sustainable Master Plans can help you achieve 100% sustainability for your home, farm, business and school. We work with properties from one quarter of an acre to a quarter of a million acres. Articulate Goals We begin by collecting the goals and vision from our client. Analyze & Assess Next we begin to Analyze and Assess the site. Design These initial phases form the foundation upon which the rest of the design process unfolds. Implement Once the design is complete we move into the Implementation phase of the design process. Evaluate The last phase of the design process is Evaluation. We look forward to working with you using the Sustainable Master Planning process that will be unique for your land.

How To Improve Your Garden Soil Without A Compost Heap - Whole Food Home A compost heap is a great way to recycle kitchen waste and improve your garden soil for free. However not everyone has the space needed and depending on where you live, you may want to deter any unwanted furry visitors. It’s not always necessary to compost kitchen waste before adding it to your soil. So here are a few tips on how you can improve your garden soil without a compost heap using three kitchen scraps you’d normally throw away. Rinse out any egg shells you have and allow them to dry for a few days in a bowl on a sunny window sill or by a radiator. Coffee grounds can also be added directly to the soil. Adding banana skins is another excellent way to improve your garden soil.

Intro to Permaculture - Free OSU Permaculture Course | Open Oregon State | Online Educational Resources (OER) Permaculture design is a method of landscape planning that can be applied to anything, from a home garden or farm to a city block or entire village. This free permaculture course uses design principles from nature itself and takes into account such things as how indigenous people used the land; how water, fire and wind flow through the land; and how soil, water, vegetation, buildings and habitats can be managed in a stable and enduring way. A multidisciplinary approach Permaculture design is an ethically based, whole-systems design approach to create sustainable human settlements and institutions. Although rooted in horticulture and agriculture, permaculture design also touches on regional planning, ecology, animal husbandry, technology, architecture and international development. Learning outcomes Students who complete all course activities should expect to spend between two to four hours each week on course work.

Perennial Vegetables to Plant Once and Enjoy For Years To Come!!! Perennial vegetables—crops that you plant just once and harvest year after year—are relatively rare in North American gardens. With the exception of asparagus, rhubarb and artichokes, most gardeners are probably unaware of the tasty, extremely low-maintenance bounty that can be harvested when many annual crops aren’t available. A Brief History of Perennial Crops According to Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmeier, most North American gardening and farming traditions come from Europe, where there are very few perennial crops except fruits and nuts. Cold and temperate Eurasian agriculture centered around livestock, annual grains and legumes, and early European settlers to North America simply brought their seeds and their cultivation methods with them, including draft animals for plowing up the soil every year. However, in more temperate and tropical areas of the world, including much of North America, perennial root, starch and fruit crops were actively bred, selected and cultivated.

Allan Savory’s TED talk is wrong, and the benefits of holistic grazing have been debunked. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP/Getty Images When Allan Savory finished his TED talk early last month, foodies worldwide collectively salivated. In roughly 22 minutes, Savory, a biologist and former member of the Rhodesian Parliament, challenged the conventional wisdom blaming livestock for the degradation of global grasslands into hardpan deserts. It has long been a basic tenet of environmentalism that 10,000 years of overgrazing has caused this desertification. Environmentalists insist that to restore degraded landscapes, we must reduce the presence of cattle, eat less meat, and allow ecosystems to repair themselves. Savory’s hypothesis hinges on what he calls “holistic management and planned grazing.” Savory’s speech quickly attracted praise. Well, not so fast. Instead, there were problems during the Charter Grazing Trials, ones not mentioned in Savory’s dramatic talk. Even if Savory’s plan could scale, foodies would still have to curb their carnivorous cravings.

How a $2 Pocket Knife is ReGreening Africa How can barren fields, degraded forests and grazing lands be reforested without planting a single tree? Is it possible? Well yes, according to Tony Rinaudo and his work with World Vision in regenerating over 30,000 acres in West Africa all with the aid of just a simple pocket knife and a clever idea. In the Niger it is estimated 60 million trees were planted from nurseries over 20 year period with less than a 25% survival rate. Tony Rinaudo wondered what to do to help give trees a chance of surviving in this desolate location. “I felt very discouraged. “How many million dollars would I need? “I prayed and asked God to open my eyes and to show me what to do.” Overgrazed and stunted branches of trees dot the Niger landscape. One day Tony Rinaudo noticed that many of the ground shrubs were actually trees could not regenerate because they were heavily overgrazed in many areas of Africa. The shrubs and trees were literally eaten down to the stump by grazing animals (figure 2). “You’ve got shade.

3 Keys to Starting A Successful Permaculture Based Business “Find the intersection between your passions and your strengths and problems that need solving.” – Rob Avis Audio File Key Takeaways: Instead of looking at business as the enemy, look at green business. 3 Keys to Starting A Successful Permaculture Based Business: Gathering Intelligence. 7 Things to Pay Attention to When Starting a Permaculture Business: Find a business with a low capital cost start-up.Is the business scalable? Verge Permaculture’s Growing Good Business Series – Part 1: Success Verge Permaculture’s Growing Good Business Series – Part 2: Mistakes & Barriers Verge Permaculture’s Growing Good Business Series – Part 3: Opportunities Connect with Rob Avis: Verge Permaculture

An Old Swing Set Frame Turned Into A DIY Chicken Coop… Here’s a really clever DIY project. Turning an old swing set frame, either broken or no longer used by the kids into an A frame chicken coop. They’ve simply used the frame of the old swing set, attached some supporting metal around the base to hold it all in shape, attached some corrugated iron sheeting to one end, some capping on the roof, added a door, and attached some chicken wire… The yellow metal runners are being added to help give the entire structure more support… …a close up view of how they’re being fixed… …starting to fix the corrugated iron… …view from behind with sheets attached to the back and both sides… …view from the front… …chicken wire being fixed and it seems the chooks are already interested in their new home… …a frame for the door has been added to the front… …and the door fixed into the frame… …view from the inside showing nesting boxes, perch, watering and feed containers… …the final chicken coop… You might also like to check out this one too –