I began my farm in November, right before the wettest winter I had ever experienced in California. If there are any Californians reading this, what just happened this past winter?? Though, thankfully we are finally out of a drought in my region. However, it was too much rain for the land to handle, and the land was way over-saturated. We ended up having a large landslide from all the rain (and as a long term effect of our downhill neighbors digging out a lot of soil without putting in proper enforcement). Wow! Right as I am typing this the rain just began for the evening. The picture below is my puppy Blossom licking hail off of our porch.
I have been
summer hopping between the Northern and Southern hemisphere for the past two years, so this winter was a cold surprise. It was also very needed. I had time to be internal and feel the cycles of the earth and seasons. However, what was I going to do for th
Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve written anything or been on the computer for an extended amount of time.
Life has been so incredibly full for the past few months, I am just astounded by how much abundance I’ve been surrounded by. And I am so grateful for it all.
First off, I want to say a big thank you to the Steemit community. You all supported me so much this past year. I posted a while back about my life vision : creating a permaculture healing center and a youth development non-profit. I am happy to say that I have spent the past 6 months diving head first into working with the land and starting the permaculture healing center. And this is largely because of the financial support the Steemit community offered me through all of your upvotes on my blog posts. Thank you thank you thank you.
The lawn-fetish has gone too far. Of course, open space is wonderful. But just US lawns occupy 30 to 40 million acres of land. On the other side, in Philippines you would need just around 200 sqft to feed yourself and your average size family.
In comparison, the difference is clearly visible and it is not
just about food.
The average American family uses 320 gallons of water per day, about 30 percent of which is devoted to outdoor uses. More than half of that outdoor water is used for watering lawns and gardens. Nationwide, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly one-third of all residential water use, totaling nearly 9 billion gallons per day.
Need to say that lawn mowing machines do not run for free and they consume fossil fuels, which comes with another consequences as well.
We believe that a strong movement could convert 10 mil
I am new to Steem but it is incredible just looking around how helpful and involved the community is already. I am looking forward to getting involved in the cutting edge of social interaction without the menace of big corporations or government interfering. Ever since I started seeing some of my Twitter feed censored it seemed like there had to be a new option. The internet really has created so many opportunities for me to learn. But truth be told, I have always been more of a passive observer than someone who has been actively
social on social media. The mindless trolling, chain messages, and cat videos made me question if there really was a good point to getting involved in the social aspect of the internet. Steem is exciting because I have more control over the content that I see and the reputation system helps to limit the psychosis of multiple account posting trolls.
My buisness is a way for
So lets say that you have made the decision to increase your resilience. Maybe you have just seen one too many of your friends struggle to make ends meet , or maybe you are starting to feel like there is a glaring, unsustainable problem with the way that we live in the modern world. Regardless of how you came to the conviction that you ought to try and protect yourself, your community, etc from
system shocks - the question becomes what to do about it. Lets back up to the basics for a moment to figure out what we really need to just survive.
Admittedly, there are many things that could be added to this list especially if we want to have any semblance of mental health. But lets focus on just number two right now. Most of us (in our privileged first world society) have access to water through public water fountains, etc. Ill bet that if you go in to a Walmart to use their sink or water fountain no one will care much. If you decide to help yourself to their food on the ot
By: Maddy Harland
Maddy visits Charles Dowding's No Dig market garden and is inspired by his hot bed that both heats his greenhouse and helps raise tender plants. She goes home and experiments with hot composting in mid winter to heat a small greenhouse.
Last November I had the privilege of visiting no dig gardeners Steph Hafferty and Charles Dowding at Charles' house in Somerset. We had a tour of his market garden which was only set up in early 2013 yet was beautifully productive in our English late autumn. Then we retired to his passive solar conservatory and ate a delicious lunch, all out of the garden of course.
"Many aspects of that day inspired me and I will write up Charles' garden and his various experiments with no dig techniques more fully later on, but one immediate idea I took home for the colder months was the way Charles uses compost to create hot beds. In one corner of the greenhouse he uses
I lived off grid from 2004 to 2008, halfway up a mountain called Almanzor in Spain. I had a small traditional single storey house, solar power & natural spring water. My irrigation system was hand built & created a heaven on earth out of a previously dry & desolate space. I occasionally watched Spanish TV which was free & I had my animals & music to entertain me. If I wanted tobacco I could only buy it from official Estancos (state run shops) & I needed Euros there, they didn't like bartered oranges or peaches, which I had in abundance.
I needed Euros for the mobile phone connection to keep my family in touch with me & I needed them to get the internet connection.
I started a small village evening school teaching English & that brought in a few of the necessary but much resented Euros.
When my clothes wore out I couldn't replace them because the Spanish think it is shameful to buy or sell 2nd hand goods in charity shops. When I needed fuel for my water pump I would cycle up to the garage & wash up in their ca
For anyone who has lived in Northern Arizona the effects of the wind on the environment can be very evident. Despite the title, I am not talking about digestive distress (although certain fermented foods that encourage gut flora can be Healthy and good for personal resilience!). The kind of wind that I want to talk about today is the wind that can dry out the soil, stunt growth of plants, and sap energy from animals/structures. Like sunlight, wind is a natural force that permaculture design takes into account in order to harness, direct, or deflect.
It has been an eventful year so far and now with the end of winter here in Northern Arizona I will be putting my time into Resilient Ecology Systems and Design (RESD). I hope to work together over the coming years with people from all over the area and grow together in knowledge, community, and resilience!
There are so many great opportunities in Northern Arizona for increasing our ability to live in a more sustainable way. All of us can see the consequences of unsustainable models we use for our lives if we think about it.
Our food is largely trucked in from California and the Midwest where is is grown in unhealthy and unsustainable monoculture systems. Our shelter consists of natural and synthetic materials that both hurt the environment and offgas harmful chemicals. Our communities are becoming more divided and they are meeting our social needs less. Our economics are based on debt, interest, and overconsumption; the average person spends most of their life enslaved to their debt. We are paying a p
I found a gem today, in an old phone memory card of mine, or rather many gems. The photos featured in this article and the one to follow in this series are all I have left from my first attempt at an urban permaculture farm in Cleveland. We called it Steelview Farms, due to close proximity to Steel Mills as Cleveland is a huge steel producer. The other reasoning was that we were farming stolen land.
This land was stolen from the people of Cleveland in many ways, usually from fines too high to pay. Houses are bought, bulldozed and the lots are left empty all over the city, unused.
Figs are a deliciously sweet fruit, but can get quite pricey at the supermarket. And even small trees at the nursery can go for a significant sum. Fortunately for us, the previous owner had planted a fig tree on one side of the front lawn many years ago. So in July, we get to enjoy 2-3 weeks of fresh figs daily, while still having plenty to dry in the dehydrator (providing an additional month of these treats!)
When our neighbor complimented the tree last fall and mentioned that they wanted one for their house, I saw an opportunity to spread some edible landscaping love.
When looking at the limbs and stems on a fig tree, you can see tiny dots spread out all over the area. Each of these dots is a potential root node that, when submerged in soil or rooting solution, will send out roots.
I first heard the term permaculture about five years ago from John, after I mentioned to him that I was interested in learning to grow plants. At the time I was a botany major, but save for some early childhood experienes I had very little real time experience in a garden. He showed me a few documentaries and gave me the rundown which was more than enough to get me interested.
I didn't really get hooked on the idea of permaculture until I was visiting a friends property, coincidentally the property of the only man that has ever given me direct glassblowing lessons. His father was showing me around the property which was already designed with permaculture in mind before they got there.
They expanded it with an annual garden and chickens, and both were in the begining stages as it was early spring as I saw them.