IN THE GARDENThe Land That Keeps Giving http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/garden/living-off-the-land-in-maine-even-in-winter.html?_r=0&pagewanted=all By ANNE RAVERPublished: February 22, 2012 Four Season Farm in Maine IT was early February, when the 10-hour day returns here on the 44th parallel, and Barbara Damrosch could see it in the brighter green leaves of her tatsoi and spinach growing in the unheated greenhouse attached to the house she shares with her husband, Eliot Col...
The good thing about ‘modern’ agriculture (ie: conversion of oil calories to food calories in an inert soil medium) is that it has gone as long as it has, ie: about 100 years. Now how could I say that this is good? Well, this means that the wisdom of the elders, as recorded in publications and books, and which will form the basis of future agriculture are now mostly royalty free, since they have been around for so long. This, combined with the internet, means that the resource...
Set aside 2 hours to tie together a lot of ideas about collapse, soil degradation,peak oil, peak soil, the inevitable failure of big-ag, history worth knowing and practical knowledge about sustainable, organic, food forestry on an industrial scale using the (patented!) STUN method – Shear, total, utter, neglect. Lots of great ideas which can be applied on any scale. I now see that a perennial, 3 dimensional ‘garden’ will always outperform annual crops and is the be...
This is an early notice to Gardentenders. PERMACULTURE An agricultural system or method that seeks to integrate human activity with natural surroundings so as to create highly efficient self-sustaining ecosystems. Standard PDC Eight Day Training: Because of time constraints for most folks (a twelve day course stretches out over two weeks), this training runs Saturday through Saturday (one week) and includes required pre-course study materials that must be completed prior to a...
As I reestablish myself on a new continent, I’m excited to finally find myself in a place where a book like “Tree Crops—A Permanent Agriculture”by J. Russell Smith (published in 1920’s and this link downloads it free ) is applicable (because of the variety of trees available and the suitability of the climate) Much of what J Russel Smith wrote about in 1920 is still valid today,nearly 100 years later. We are still experiencing large amounts of soil loss each ye...
April 14/12 This is a continuation of our interview with Eric Toensmeier, reknowned author and expert on permaculture and perennial edibles. I cannot thank Mr. T enough for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions and share his wisdom!! (PART I) And now.. the interview, part II: GT: How did you get interested in gardening .. and then in perennial gardening? ET: My father was an ornamental gardener and we grew lots of rhododendrons and daffodils in...
I’m really excited about having connected with Eric Toensmeier for an interview of sorts, as he answers questions posted by our members. Eric Toensmeier is the author of “Perennial Vegetables” and shares his wisdom and experiences not only in his book but on his website and in his videos as well. For me, he is one of today’s experts on permaculture and is an inspiration to gardeners everywhere. Eric Toensmeier (photo from his website) This is R...
(sorry I was having issues with the photos, they weren’t imbedding) Argh, I had lost this site! I have been looking for it for ages, then I thought “what if I search my usual usernames with “garden” and “blog”?” – it worked! Well, now then… My garden has, thankfully, come along way since I last posted, about 4 months ago! I did have another stage of work achieved in between now and last time, so eventually there will be a post that w...
Great Lakes Permaculture recently interviewed local Permacultural Designer Vince Kirchner with regard to his restored reputation within the local community. Rumors have circulated for many several years that Mr. Kirchner had been performing illegal rectal exams from his place of residence in Tiffin, Ohio without a license. Undercover teams of reporters were sent to the home for closer inspection. Upon a closer examination, no current evidence supported the most recent accusations, but yet ...
The permaculture magazine of the UK offers some articles from their magazine – mostly just the text but some in pdf format with pics but all available for free download here Even though the articles are designed and written for the UK, many of the articles are applicable no matter where you are located. Enjoy your holiday reading!
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