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  How can we mend our broken relationship with the Earth and create a world where people and land are good medicine for each other? In this interview, plant ecologist, author, and professor Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer talks about what she has learned from plants, plant intelligence, and how the simple and profound act of paying attention to the living world can [...]
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Natural building is good for both people and planet. In this episode we hear from natural builders who are committed to their craft and who create beautiful structures using natural, locally-sourced materials. Recorded at the Natural Building Colloquium at Quail Springs Permaculture Center in New Cuyama, CA, I speak with many natural builders including Sasha Rabin, Linda Smiley, Patrick Hennebery, Liz Johndrow, and Bob Theis. I visit projects at the Colloquium including [...]
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EarthDance Farm is a biodiverse teaching farm, demonstrating innovative no-till and small-scale market gardening techniques to the community. In each issue of PMNA, we are chronicling our journey and giving practical advice along the way. Fall Farm Prep Fall is a busy time of year on the farm. The autumn bounty is ready for harvest; the last remaining seeds of [...]
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  Build a Better Vegetable Garden 30 DIY Projects to Improve Your Harvest Joyce Russell Frances Lincoln, 2017 172 pages, 8 x 10  inches $24.99   Buy It Here         This project-based book gives step-by-step directions on how to complete 30 garden projects. It’s an empowering read with useful tips on how to make your “fruit and [...]
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Over the years I’ve found the moist plants like tomatoes and peaches need to dry in 36 hours to prevent mold problems – so I use an electric dehydrator for those. Herbs are less fussy and can take longer, but they still need some protection whether they’re drying indoors or out. So I came up with this design for a [...]
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  Thinking about adding rabbits to your farm venture? Raising rabbits can be a wonderful addition to a sustainable farm business, or a means of providing healthy meat for the home table. There are many advantages to keeping a rabbitry. If you are health conscious, rabbit offers meat that contains very little fat and almost no cholesterol. It contains the [...]
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This podcast was originally posted on Abundant Edge, here.   Play Podcast Here:         Here we are again with one of my favorite guests, Shad Qudsi. Shad has been a good friend and mentor to me and our team at Abundant Edge for years now and is the Founder of Atitlan Organics, a profitable permaculture farm and education [...]
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The University of Victoria’s School of Environmental Studies building, with its living green roof, several patio gardens with sumac and maple trees, strawberries, roses, and lawns of native meadow mix.  Grey water is used for watering.   In permaculture, we always look for ways to scale-up our beneficial impact. When it comes to growing the movement, one of the most [...]
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  RetroSuburbia The Downshifter’s Guide to a Resilient Future David Holmgren Melliodora Publishing, 2018 592 pages $62.98   Buy It Here         Visiting David Holmgren at his 2-1/2 acre homestead in central Victoria changed my life. I caught a vision of what you might call ‘Permie Paradise’ – a family producing most of their own food and [...]
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