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Sepp Holzer earthworks workshops about to begin

see url I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the California and Montana workshops which Sepp Holzer will be leading and in which we will be implementing Holzer style earthworks. I was asked to translate what I meant by Permaculture Earthworks Courses in a post that I put up on facebook, so I decided […]

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Determining soil type with your hands

I am reading the book Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture.  In the book he talks about a quick, in the field way, to tell what type of soil you have with just your hands.  Pretty interesting, I thought.  Here is what he wrote… To perform the test, take some fresh soil (not dried out) and roll it […]

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Beginning to build a forest of food

Welcome to my enchanting forest.  Well, what will become my food forest.  See those wire cages?  Right now it resembles the begining of an orchard, but that will change over time and the addition of many more plants. What is a food forest?  Wikipedia’s formal definintion is “Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production […]

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Holy MOLEy!

As I look out across my back yard, one sure sign of spring is apparent.  MOLES! Standing on my deck and looking out over the yard, I was wondering what the heck it was.  It sort of looks like a herd of cows got loose in part of my yard and generously provided fertilizer.  Since I knew better […]

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Mark Shepard and Restoration Agriculture

Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, presents his ideas on permaculture and development of his farm, New Forest Farm. He has successfully utilized a wide variety of principles to transform what was very damaged farmland into diverse, productive and finacially successful farm. While this is a long video, it is definitely worth listening to. )

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Abundant Urban Permaculture with Geoff Lawton

This is a brief introduction to what is possible on a tiny urban lot. You can see the full video with several examples of highly productive urban lots by going here.  You might need to log in and select the URBAN PERMACULTURE video. It is truely inspiring and hard to not get enthused about incorporating some […]

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Sepp Holzer and Farming with Nature

This video will give you an idea of the paradise that Sepp Holzer created in the mountains of Austria using his observations of nature and applying those observations to transform what is typically classified in Austria as non-productive land into a diverse and immensely abundant property. )

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A sure sign of success

As you can see, the tomato seedlings are up and doing well.  They are getting to the point where it is time for them to be separated and repotted.  When I initially planted the seeds, I planted one type of tomato, and pepper too, per pot until they germinated and started to grow. We will […]

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Getting ready for the spring planting season

On a cold 10 degree day, I found myself wandering out into the stark frontier of what was to become, in a few months, the bustling garden center at my local home improvement center.  No, I wasn’t lost or confused, it was seed starting season for tomatoes and peppers and I was on the hunt […]

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