Monthly Archives: August 2014

The Politics of Permaculture and a shift in the wind.

Here on the eve of the North American Permaculture Convergence I cannot help but take a minute to talk about the politics of this great idea called Permaculture. Given the timing of this article I will begin with the convergence … Continue reading

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Darren Doherty discussing the need for broad acre Permaculture

(uprooted movie) This video is Darren Doherty talking about making broad scale changes to our way of life to effect beneficial changes to human society. He discusses families making the choice to improve their lives and how farmers can change … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #24- Integrated Pest Management: Permaculture Style

This episodes title is pretty self explanatory, but this show is a quick overview or how Permaculturists approach dealing with pests in the garden. It all comes down to creating a healthy and balanced environment. As a side bar I … Continue reading

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A rain gutter garden watering system.

(Larry Hall) Here is a video about what Larry calls a rain gutter garden. I have seen various versions of this, usually involving five gallon buckets connected to a primary water source. While I do not consider it to be … Continue reading

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The Iron Roots Urban Garden

(Casey Malone Show) This video is a featurette from the Casey Malone Show in Youngstown, Ohio. This particular episode is about how one family turned a run down property into an urban farm and a rally point for one neighborhoods … Continue reading

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Small Space Growing Strategy- The Rain Chain

(Cop on Bicycle) In this video Jim Martin shows us how you can make a “rain chain”. What a rain chain is, is a planter method where you hang plants with the largest on top down to the smallest on … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #23- Interview with Laura Henderson of Growing Places

This weeks podcast is with the executive director of an organization that uses local food, yoga and gardening as teaching tools to guide individuals and the community towards a more sustainable life. Or in the words of their website, Growing Places … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Bee Keeper

Portrait of an Urban Beekeeper from Steve Ellington on Vimeo. This 20 minute documentary does a better job of covering the varied aspects of bee keeping than many books and videos that set out to teach about the process. Mr. … Continue reading

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Growing potatoes in small spaces without all the digging!

(Stephen Legaree In this video Stephen Legaree shows us the results of his experiment with potato bags. As he is harvesting them he notes that he would have had better results if he had put all of the soil in … Continue reading

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Green Gold- A documentary by John Liu

(Permaculture Day) In this video John Liu explains some of the processes by which we can rehabilitate some of the harshest environments on the planet. Its all about controlling grazing, replanting trees and allowing the systems to heal. For all … Continue reading

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Getting back to our purpose.

Of late I have been getting caught up in more than a couple of side issues… fights, discussions and debates about regulations, the need for structures, and who should be doing what. Now some of it makes sense. We have to … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #22- Talking Worm Composting with Keith Odell of Castaway Compost

This weeks podcast is a conversation between your favorite host and vermicompost entrepreneur Keith Odell. Keith shares his expertise in worm care, feeding, bins, and even gives a few tips on how to use the compost you make. He also discusses … Continue reading

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Lets talk about Neil deGrasse Tyson, GMO’s and a little word called nuance.

Its taken me a few days to get to this because quite frankly it took a little while to digest. But here is what happened. Three days ago I was surfing teh interwebz… reddit to be exact… and I ran … Continue reading

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