How to Grow a Mature Food Forest in Your Backyard in Just 10 Years

March 8, 2018 at 5:05 am




Engineer develops natural method for growing a food forest ten times faster than normal  

One-Acre Permaculture Garden Feeds 50 Families

February 24, 2018 at 2:36 pm




One-acre garden provides fruit, veggies and eggs for 50 families with very little labor

More and more people are learning growing food doesn’t have to be hard work. When you work with nature instead of against it, it does much of the work for you.

STUDY: Earthworms Increase Crop Yields By Up To 75%

January 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm





Let earthworms unlock the nutrients in your soil and watch your garden grow!

No-Till Gardening: How to Grow More Food By Doing Less Work

January 27, 2018 at 2:35 am




Tilling soil exposes it to the sun and kills all the microorganisms that keep it alive.

In the no-till gardening method seedlings are planted into tiny holes drilled with as little disturbance to the soil as possible. Credit: www.charlesdowding.co.uk

Why It’s Time to Un-Potty-Train Ourselves

January 14, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Toilets waste massive amounts of water and essential nutrients that could be used in place of chemical fertilzers




 

An article in I F**king Love Science encourages people to pee in their showers to save water and the planet “just a little bit.”

They calculate the average American uses around 4000 gallons of water flushing pee down the toilet per year, peeing an average of 7 times per day.

We’re in the Middle of Earth’s 6th Mass Extinction Event, Scientists Warn

January 8, 2018 at 5:48 pm




More than half of all animal species have disappeared in the last 50 years… Scientists warn humans could be next if we don’t make major changes


Earth’s 5th mass extinction was 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs and countless other species disappeared. Humans could go out with the 6th, if they don’t make some major changes quick… but no one seems to care or even notice that it’s happening.

“Earth’s sixth mass extinction event is underway,” the headlines of dozens of major newspapers warned last summer.

Permaculture Garden Produces 7000 Pounds of Organic Food Per Year on a Tenth of an Acre

December 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm




Family grows 7000 pounds of organic food per year on a tenth of an acre, supplying 90 percent of their diet… They spend less than $2 per day per person on other kitchen staples and make over $20,000 a year selling excess produce

Fifteen minutes from downtown Los Angeles, just 100 feet away from a major freeway, a small city lot was transformed into a mini paradise.

The 30 Most Valuable Plants for Urban and Suburban Food Forests

December 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm




The following edible plants give you the most bang for your buck when space is limited

In a recent post, I wrote about why permaculture is humanity’s last hope for long-term survival. We could go back to hunting and gathering, but there isn’t much wild food left to hunt or gather, thanks to the global destruction caused by agriculture.

Permaculture is not only sustainable, it’s regenerative, says author of the world’s best selling permaculture book Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition Toby Hemenway. It regenerates the soil, plant life, wild animals and eventually creates rich, complex, bio-diverse forest ecosystems, which produce tons of free, nutrient-dense foods.

Why Permaculture is the Future of Food, if There is a Future of Food

December 11, 2017 at 2:50 am




Permaculture is not only sustainable, it’s regenerative, and can heal the damage caused by conventional agriculture.

Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island

When someone claimed to have a “sustainable” farm, the late biologist and permaculture professor Toby Hemenway liked to ask them how long their farm had been around?

“500 years? 5000? A million?”

Because hardly anyone could answer more than a hundred, Hemenway started to realize most of us have no idea what “sustainable” means.

In the video below, he explains why there is no such thing as sustainable agriculture and why permaculture has to be the future of food if there’s going to be a future for humans at all.

“Please Don’t Rake Your Fall Leaves,” National Wildlife Federation Urges

November 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm




Fall leaves provide free mulch and fertilizer for your lawn or garden, wildlife habitat, and a beautiful array of butterflies and birds in the spring.