“ 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.
I am not the beginning, but I live in a small room near there.
I wake to light each moment.
I find the cracks and sing daily expansion songs to their sleeping ambition.
What I know is alive,
what I know is green and fearless and
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
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.
Sea To Seed Year 1 Through The Eyes of Syd Woodward
May the turning of the seasons & the turning of the leaves save us.
May we be saved by the worms, the beetles & the microbes turning the soil.
May we be saved by the turning of vegetation into compost
& the turning of compost into rich soil.
May the turning of seeds into plants & the turning of flowers
into fruits save us.
May the grasses & weeds, the vines & mosses all conspire to save us.
May we be saved by the turning of sprouts into saplings, of saplings into trees,
& the trees into forests.
May the scurrying, foraging, pouncing & lumbering of the animals save us.
It’s difficult to sum up the magic of farming on the Gulf Islands without first talking about the colourful and eclectic collection of people who inhabit such places. The population of most islands is a wonderful mix of new faces seeking an alternative life, and families who’ve been there for generations. One islander recently told me that you weren’t considered a local until you’d lived there for at least 20 years.
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.
A growing number of people are choosing to shun the conventional option of a foundation, mortgage and spare room in favour of a house the size of the average suburban garage. So what exactly is a tiny house, why is it so appealing, and what is it like to actually live in one?
To create a gathering centered around local foods is to engage with the stories of a place…who is raising and butchering and smoking their own meats…who is coming into bloom and ripeness at that very moment and who isn’t…why is there tons of rhubarb and no peas…who is making what kinds of cheese and who’s got the blackberry wine?