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Cold Frame Gardening Recently, we built a much anticipated, beautiful bit of infrastructure for our garden - a cold frame. This is a welcome addition to any cool temperate garden, where we're all constantly working on creating warm microclimates to extend our season to get tomatoes earlier and longer, reliable eggplants and abundant basil.

Ideas #3 DEEPY SUST: sustainable events management. Don't you think it's a good name? Use it if you like and please feel free to credit me. This is just a vague idea I had for a company. Festivals, even the most ecological ones, have dubious sustainability credentials.

Milkwood: living your best permaculture life Growing mushrooms in a bucket and foraging for elderflower are just some of the pleasures of country living.

Draining Lines In a first view, draining lines may seem canalizations for water and that is exactly what they are, but in a unconventional way. Normally, water canalization is used to desplace it from one place to other. But on this way, draining lines collect incoming water of rain and distribute it along the line for canalize it progressively into the earth.

One week in Approximately one week has gone by since I retired. Approximately because the offical day was a Friday but I had to go in the following Monday to meet with my postgrad students and hand keys back to admin. On Tuesday evening there was their graduation ceremony and that of our BSc/BEng Hons students.

WHY it Hurts Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! If your primary reason for getting an animal was for them to provide FOOD for your family, then why does it hurt when they've served their purpose and are gone? The answer may not be so obvious.

Austin Permaculture Guild Aims for Greater Harmony With Environment Humans who live close to nature, are in tune with their circadian rhythms, and live in cooperative societies. They wake and sleep according to the rising and setting of the sun, and perhaps grow or forage much of their own food. On the other hand, some humans are urban dwellers through and through.

Bringing it All Together in Just. One. Diagram. Part Three As a result, the decisions we make along they way are non-arbitrary. They are made at the right time in the presence of the right information meaning we have at least a chance of getting them right.

Dear Failing Farmer, Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! With any kind of successful growth comes failure. You are not alone. This is a special message for those struggling with loss on the farm. I've taught tens of thousands of people to grow their own food.

Presentation: A Permaculture Portfolio Unfortunately, my attempt to record my presentation last Monday failed… still learning to use Screencastify. There was a lot that was not in the text of the presentation itself - I use slides more as a reminder of what I want to talk about than a script.

Yearcare 2019 A pillar of my year is accepting a Year's End practice. This ritual began for me in 2013, when I challenged myself to a 40-Day Sit; meditating at least 20 minutes a day until year's end.

Community Event - Warrandyte Food Swap I've been asked to promote a free local community event in Warrandyte, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - the Warrandyte Food Swap! Warrandyte Food Swap. Join us for the 3rd Birthday Celebration. Sat 6th October 2018. 9am - 10am. Warrandyte Community Garden.

Pigs Turn My Compost Ludicrous Speed! Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! Pigs and Chickens new partnership turning my compost pile without me. The pigs dig deep and the chickens stand by for an unveiled morsel of food. I've taught tens of thousands of people to grow their own food.

Hablitzia Tamnoides - Caucasian Spinach I first heard of Hablitzia Tamnoides when I was searching for perennial salads. These perennial climbers produce leaves that can be used young in salads, or the larger older leaves can be cooked like spinach. I ordered seed from Incredible Vegetables, and they arrived with a comprehensive guide explaining how to grow them.

What happened after the Hurricane Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! Assessing the Hurricane damage. Seeing how the water overflow did, the gutters, and the farm animals. PLUS, you won't believe what Jonah bought with his money. I've taught tens of thousands of people to grow their own food.

Permaculture Design for Happy Chickens Join me on Monday Sept 24th for my next free online monthly masterclass. The topic will be Permaculture Design for Happy Chickens and Eggs. I hope you can make it. During the masterclass I will share:. I will go step-by-step through the key things you need to know to be a great chicken carer, and make it easy for yourself too.

Educator Shares Lessons on Natural Building and Gardening Livingston-Stark has taught herbal medicine making, natural building and permaculture across the United States as well as in more than 10 countries around the globe.

September Salads Growing my own produce has been a huge learning curve. I'm a perfectionist, so I have a very clear idea in my head of what the 'ideal' vegetable garden should look like. Needless to say, those perfect rows of crops remain completely imaginary! In reality, my garden is a mix of this and that all over the place.

Making Wildwood Tea: your place, in a teapot Wildwood tea is, in its essence, as individual and as unique as each household that makes it. It's an expression of place, in a teapot. A warm hug, from the woods where you live - and from all four of your seasons, too.

Dealing with HURRICANE FLOOD waters Click on the video's title to join the conversation on YouTube! The rains of Hurricane Florence are here, this is what we're doing about it here in Western NC. I've taught tens of thousands of people to grow their own food. INVEST in Your Food Growing SELF:.

A Permaculture Garden For The Farm Community At the SanLucar citrus farm in Rooihoogte, the company promotes long-term agriculture - an inspiring project that not only provides fresh and healthy food, but also offers new perspectives. Alphonso´s working day begins at dawn: Under loud clucking he gets his hens going.

A Sustainable Life - Short Permaculture Documentary… With modern agriculture becoming increasingly unsustainable and the world population said to double by 2050, the big question is being raised everywhere - how are we going to feed the world?

UMass Farmers' Market is open for business We sell to the dining commons, Big Y and student businesses," Dale said, adding that the UMass Student Farmers' Market is "students supporting students." "With an emphasis on sustainability," Cowley added. UMass' Garden Share was one of the vendors at Friday's farmers' market.

Another one bites the dust Many, many years ago, I watched a DVD series on dating by Louis Giglio that a friend recommend. One of the observations Louis made was as follows: "When you find yourself often dumping people and then always also add 'It's not you, its me,' then maybe you're right".

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