Category Archives: homesteading

Guest Introduction

Hello readers, my name is Alex and I intend on posting here occasionally to talk about permaculture and self reliance. A little about myself, I currently live in central Minnesota on a farmstead that my father has owned for quite … Continue reading

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Guest Bloggers Wanted.

Here is the deal. I love this website. I worked really hard to get it where it is, and I would like to see it go to another level. The problem is, I just don’t have the time to write … Continue reading

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A Permaculture Talk with Steve Jones

Steve Jones is UK Permie whose bailiwick has been intentional community. This talk is of a much broader spectrum though and should be enjoyed by many.   Sector 39 Tweet it

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A Backyard Permaculture Tour

This is one of my favorite types of posts to make. A tour of an ongoing backyard Permaculture garden. Rick Larson is located in zone 5 (Wisconsin) and is working a good sized yard. You can see from the video … 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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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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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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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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DIYFS Podcast #25- Interview with Sue Spicer and Kay Grimm of Fruit Loop Acres

Here is an interview with the owners and managers of a 1 acre Permaculture Food Forest right on the near eastside of Indianapolis Indiana. During this interview we discuss Fruit Loop Acres (in depth), Permaculture design principles, practical applications of … 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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