Author Archives: Robb Smith

DIYFS Podcast #29 Interview with Eric Toensmeier

This weeks podcast is an interview with Eric Toensmeier. If you have found yourself asking the question what can I plant, and how do I build guilds of perennial plants, then you need to know more about this man and … Continue reading

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Savanna Institute is making the regenerative agriculture of the next century happen now.

Savanna Institute – Case Study Program from Tory Dahlhoff on Vimeo. Here is another great organization that is moving agriculture back in the right direction. We can produce enough food without destroying the environment, we just have to make some … Continue reading

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The Power of Community, How Cuba survived their oil crisis.

(Charm City Farms) When the Soviet Union collapsed, there was a great reorganization in the flow of resources amongst the Communist countries of the world. The odd man out in the flow of almost all of these resources was Cuba. … Continue reading

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The case of the illegal chickens- Tawas, Michigan; Sept 2014

So I am cruising around the internet, looking about to see what is going on in the world, and I come across this link to “CopBlock”, which is an article (link)¬†about a couple that was arrested for keeping chickens in … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #28- Interview with Nicolette Hahn Niman, Author of Defending Beef.

This weeks podcast is an interview with author Nicolette Hahn Niman. During the course of our conversation we briefly discuss her background and first book, “Righteous Pork Chop”. From there we quickly move into her latest writing, “Defending Beef”. This … Continue reading

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The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country. A quick review.

I ran across “The Permaculture Handbook: Garden farming for Town and Country” by Peter Bane while ordering another Permaculture book on Amazon. While Mr. Bane is a fellow Hoosier and I was aware of his work (I had even considered … Continue reading

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The movie “Thrive”, a review and link to watch.

(THRIVE Movement) For starters, I have to give a full disclaimer. About half of this movie is basically a summary of every major conspiracy theory on the internet today. Some of which I think are solidly based in fact and … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #27- Interview with Alan Enzo and Ben Bishop of Nashville Permaculture

So I recently got to spend a couple hours talking to the instructor of my Permaculture Design Course and one of his partners down at Nashville Permaculture. In this time we talk a lot about Permaculture design in general, what … Continue reading

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Agriculture for a Small Planet Symposium July 1, 1974 -Wendell Berry sharing his simple genius.

(The Berry Center) This very old speech and question and answer session answers many of the questions we have today about food production and community. Even in 1974 Mr. Berry was concisely picking apart the concept of Big Ag and … Continue reading

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Agroforestry – Conservation Farming with Natural Vegetative Strips

(Old icraf ph channel) Vegetative strips- You know those rows of trees between crop fields? Remember when they were wide strips of trees, almost narrow forests? Have you noticed how thin they have gotten over the last couple of decades? … Continue reading

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DIYFS Podcast #26- Interview with Corey and Erin Hall from Naptown Nigerians

Todays very belated podcast is an interview I did with Erin and Corey Hall of Naptown Nigerians and the Saturated Market Goats Milk Soap Company. This interview runs a little on the long side, but if you ever wanted to … Continue reading

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Duty in wartime? Hey we are at war, raise some chickens.

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An example of a Permaculture garden in Canada

(Barb Hazenveld) This video is posted to show how full of food a simple suburban yard can be. Barb oversimplifies Permaculture by reducing it only to eats food production applications, but since that is the focus of our site, that’s … Continue reading

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Upcoming workshop: Options and Considerations for Raised Bed Gardens

First the nitty gritty: This is a FREE two hour workshop which focuses on planning and implementing a raised bed garden based on your site and its specific needs; rather than taking a one size fails all approach. During this … Continue reading

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Container gardens- building a garden barrel.

(Scott Haydens “Around The Home”) This video gives great step by step instructions on how to build a garden tower out of a food grade barrel. These garden barrels are a great re-use of what would otherwise be a land … Continue reading

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