The Thin Edge

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Friday night. For something like seven years I’ve been wondering what to do with Friday night. You know — party, spend quality time at the pub, drink, dance, vomit and go home to a weekend filled with the things that people do on the weekend. Hmm…. I’m even more moderate than that. On Friday night… Read more »

Designer Resource: Finding Long-Term Climate Data in the US Using NOAA

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Monthly climate normals graph Having accurate climatic data is an important part of designing a resilient and productive ecological system capable of diverse yields from year to year. This is especially true as we live through the uncertainty of climate change. For those living in the US, a great resource for finding long-term tabulated and… Read more »

Meet the Designer: Laura Kaestele

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Laura Kaestele Not many 20 year olds would be embracing permaculture, traveling the world and taking action to gain the skills they need for people care and ecological restoration. Laura Kaestele from Germany is an inspiring exception to the rule. At 16 Laura moved into an intentional community, supporting it to grow from an idea… Read more »

Revisiting Masanobu Fukuoka’s Revolutionary Agriculture

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I believe that a revolution can begin from this one strand of straw. Seen at a glance, this rice straw may appear light and insignificant. Hardly anyone would believe that it could start a revolution. But I have come to realize the weight and power of this straw. For me, this revolution is very real…. Read more »

Ragweed: Curse or Blessing, the Choice is Yours

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This Saturday, June 21st, is the fourth annual International Ragweed Day. For those who are allergic to ragweed pollen, the various varieties of ragweed (Ambrosia ssp.) can be a real bane of life. When someone you care about is swollen up like an itchy tomato and popping antihistamines and decongestants just to get out of… Read more »

DIY Hygiene: Greener Grooming

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The DIY medicine cabinet in full simplicity It happened a bit more rapidly than I expected: One day my wife Emma read a list of horrors associated with fluoride and toothpaste, and by the evening, she’d sworn off store-bought toothpaste. In the weeks to come, I watched our other toiletries disappear. Realizing she was right,… Read more »

Permaculture Business, Part 2: On Opportunities

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by Rob Avis Read Part I here! Opportunity is about seeing things differently What is amazing about permaculture is the number of solutions that are contained within the design system. I often say that the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) provides people with a solution matrix they can use to run their problems through. A lot… Read more »

Permaculture, Innovation & Black Sheep

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Over the past few years, I have had the honor of being able to teach at least eight permaculture courses a year at home and all over the world. These learning and sharing journeys have weaved my story with others from places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA. A few years… Read more »