Magic in the Garden: Five Plants with Medicinal Properties

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Recently, when visiting family at my grandmother’s home on the old country road where I grew up, my son was outside playing with my brother in law near the garden. He pointed out to his uncle a small scratch that he had obtained while playing on the playground at school. My son later told me that his uncle had showed him a very neat plant, and had broken off a […]

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10 Ways to Use Palm Fronds in the Home and Garden

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For those who read the pages of Permaculture News regularly, you may have stumbled upon an article or two by me, and if that were anytime recently, then more than likely there will have been some part of that article devoted to my newfound fascination and appreciation for palm fronds, specifically those of the cohune palm, which is native to my current, likely permanent, location of Central America. But, the […]

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Cuba’s Big Lesson, Authentic Teachers, and “Solar-Powered Carpets”

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Our April 8th edition of the “Friday Five” went out to all subscribers on GeoffLawtonOnline.com yesterday. It highlights: How to make your own natural swimming pool Carpet-like solar power Lessons from Cuba’s sustainable development An incredible new online project: Women who Farm Another new mini-video from Geoff reflecting on his days with Bill Mollison See the full Friday Five post (and all past ones) here. Moving forward, the Friday Five […]

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The Future of Farming

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Timothy Gertson comes from a lineage of farmers. His grandfather, father, and three uncles currently own Gertson Farms Partnership in Lissie. Gertson and his cousin co-own their own business, G5 Farms, and have land in Fort Bend, Colorado, and Wharton counties. Agriculture is in his blood. Yet even for a man with years of experience under his belt, the shift from conventional to organic agriculture was a veritable obstacle course. […]

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It’s the Time of the Season and the Moon is Bright: Time-Stacking, Planting by the Moon and Other Marvels Tic Toc-ing Along

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To be completely honest, the time element of permaculture is something that hasn’t gotten its due attention from me, but coming to this realization, it’s also an idea that I’m spending more and more moments pondering. No doubt, timing can make a huge difference when planting, creating guilds, pruning, harvesting, and countless other –ing activities. The cycles of the moon, the change of the seasons, the rate at which things […]

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What if Permaculture was Taught in Schools Everywhere?

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What if there was a curriculum series for all children and young adults to learn permaculture? What if it was the holistic context for all the other courses they took in school? Imagine living in an urban area where you pay for your trash to be taken away – this is actually common; imagine returning home from 3rd grade with a bag of oyster mushroom inoculated substrate in a little […]

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Bio Digester Slurry Processing by the Chooks

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Every morning I have a routine with our chickens. I come into the yard, sort out their water, put cut grass into their forage area and then I open the night pen to let them out. By that time they have been talking to me and each other whilst I have been preparing their food and done their water, telling me all about their night. When I open their pen […]

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How We Started a School Garden in the US Suburbs

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The idea for a permaculture garden in our children’s school first came to mind when my husband and I saw this largely unused space called the “reading garden” in the middle of Rolling Ridge Elementary School. These courtyard gardens are typical of many of the public schools in Virginia as an attempt to create safe spaces for children to enjoy the outdoors. Sadly, a vast majority of schools do not […]

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Monsanto Claims a Breach of its Constitutional Rights

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The Monsanto Company is again under fire as a recent report states that Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s money-making Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide chemical in the world. Studies have suggested that this chemical is a possible human carcinogen. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency includes Glyphosate in it’s list of carcinogenic risk chemicals. The report, which was written by Charles M. Benbrook of the […]

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Friday Five: Obama, Snowden and PDC?

Friday Five: Obama, Snowden and PDC?

Our April 1st edition of the “Friday Five” went out to all our subscribers earlier today. Some of you wanted to sign up but didn’t have a chance to, so I’ve included it below. Moving forward, the Friday Five and my social media accounts will be the main ways I share with you key updates, new videos, and the like. If you enjoy these and don’t want to miss any […]

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Save our Soils

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All terrestrial life depends on soil, directly or indirectly. Although our understanding of topsoil has grown by leaps and bounds over the past decades, we are still losing this invaluable resource at a frightening pace. Less than thirty per cent of the world’s topsoil remains in fair or acceptable condition. The fragility of this vital layer can be illustrated through a simple comparison: if one imagines the earth as an […]

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A Lesson in Building So It Won’t Last

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For many years now, decades even, I’ve heard people talk about how things aren’t built the way they used to be. Cars don’t last. Toys break after a few play dates. Computers seem to require replacing much more frequently. Cell phones are much the same. Pots, pans, appliances, electronics—everything has gone the way of cheap production and “bargain” sales. The cynical side of me sees industries manufacturing substandard products so […]

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