permaculture

From the outset its name sparked my curiosity, Freedom Cove. How can we be free and yet still have a sense of security, shelter and protection in modern society? Adventuring off to Cypress Bay, just north of Tofino B.C, we set out to explore how two artists keep afloat in a sinking economy.

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To most farmers it would take a pretty good reason to leave the fields in the midst of harvest time; …

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As soon as Geoff Lawton realized he was having “dreams of self-sufficiency and living in a harmonious way with natural systems,” he started getting involved with permaculture. This was way before permaculture was the buzz word that it is today. Through his work, the movement has spread to like-minded individuals the world over.

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“ Left to her own devices, Mother Nature builds topsoil, she enriches it with organic material, adds the products of water and wind erosion and thus deepens the layer of topsoil and lays the foundation for grass and later for forest cover.” ~ The Good Life by Helen and Scott Nearing.

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Screen Printed Over Grow The System patch by artist Bubzee . Printed on re claimed fabrics.

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The original land, bought in 2009, is comprised of 2.2 rocky acres with a year round river marking the western border. By taking advantage of this river, the whole farm now has reliable, gravity-fed water, a system that has no moving parts, pumps, energy usage, or regular failures. While the land does have an abundance of water, the original soil was another story. The whole farm is rocky and covered in only thin layers of soil. Due to irresponsible corn cultivation techniques over the past few generations, our farm soil was very worn out and, while still rich in some minerals, it was severely lacking in organic matter and major nutrients. We should note that the original condition of our farm  is representative of much of the valley floor in which we are located. Naturally, the goal is that each year we are actually building more soil, covering rocks, and creating fertility.

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A resilient lifestyle approach starting at the home base. Ben Falk and Whole Systems Design’s research farm focused on the most adaptive strategies for dealing with the Current Situation. Most people can do most of this. A local food systems, permaculture and resiliency response

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Over the last year or so, a neighbor has stocked up eight or ten piles of firewood in his yard, probably fifteen or twenty cords. What’s he going to do with it all? The house has a wood stove, but the family mostly uses the furnace, and burns wood only occasionally to get that cozy, fire-heated feel. It’s going to take them a decade or more to go through all that wood. Some of it is split and stacked, while much of it is strewn over a substantial chunk of their yard.

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Hand forged kitchen knives made by Over Grow The Systems founder Sydney Woodward. Forged at White Crow Farm in Winlaw ...

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Permaculture is at the heart of any sustainable endeavor. Knowing how permaculture has the potential to guide us toward sustainable future is a vital component in creating a paradigm shift. Permaculture is a term coined by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in 1978. The term originally stood for permanent agriculture but in the last few decades, the word permaculture has evolved into Permanent Culture.

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Chances are, you’ve heard of permaculture in relation to gardening right? You know it’s got something to do with sustainability? And yes, it’s a damn fine way to grow food, but did you know how permaculture principles can be applied to almost all social concepts, due it’s underlying ethical foundations of earth care, people care and fair share?

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