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18

Apr

2013

Cooking Greens

Perennial Vegetables

Author: Earthchild
The first perennial food sources in the spring are SHOOTS. [See article of Apr 6th]  The next to emerge are the GREENS.  The earliest COOKIN' GREENS are probably watercress and dandelions, with the next being stinging nettles.  I love wild plants!  If I have missed your favorite cooking green, please leave a comment!
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17

Apr

2013

Rabbits

Author: Earthchild
I think rabbits are way better than chickens, as long as they do not get loose!
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16

Apr

2013

Deer Resistant Flowers

Author: Earthchild
Over the past five years, I have tried to pretty up my husband's rural driveway.  In the beginning, all I did was make a garden for the dear  deer, LOL.  Last year, I discovered that they do not eat blue flowers or colored yarrow.  They will leave most of the plants in this list alone, but be sure to save seeds, and watch in the fall and the spring because the fawns will yank up, taste, and spit out anything that is green, such as Iris. 
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14

Apr

2013

Crisis of Civilization

by Dr. Nafeez Mosadeqq Ahmed

"The Crisis of Civilization is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system."

This is a BRILLIANT synthesis by Dr. Ahmed on how we need to look at the converging crisis' of climate change, peak oil, food scarcity, the endless growth paradim and civilization as a single interelated process.  He is one of the most clear thinkers and communicators I have ever heard.   Well worth watching and sharing.  Did I mention that the use of old TV footage is hillarious and insightful.

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14

Apr

2013

Permaculture Property Checklist

Next in the Geoff Lawton Video Series

Hi, 

Geoff here again. 

My brand new free video "Permaculture Property Checklist" is now LIVE and ready for you to view: 

http://www.geofflawton.com

It tackles secrets to design - in all climates - that are extremely beneficial, for people who already own land and for people looking to buy.  And - this is something I've never released before - I'm including a 12 page pdf, "Permaculture Designer" that reviews all the key points, and includes a detailed checklist.  Just download that from my home page.

(You should be taken straight to the next video, but you *might* not be, if that's the case just enter the email you signed up with - the one I'm emailing you on now - in the form and click "Get Instant Access" and you will be able to login right away. If you have any problems please let us know via live chat.)

Warm Regards,

Geoff

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14

Apr

2013

Perennial Paradise

What If We Change video with Geoff Lawton

All around the world people are asking what they can do to help to heal the earth. The permaculture movement is showing what individuals can do to bring health and happiness into their lives and at the same time restore the Earth’s natural ecosystem function. In “Perennial Paradise” Geoff Lawton shows some of the many simple but practical work being used and taught at the Permaculture Research Institute’s Zaytuna Farm in Australia.

“What if we Change” is very happy that through this collaboration with the Permaculture Research Institute we can share this film on the website and in the broadcast series in Africa, China, the U.S.A. and beyond.

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14

Apr

2013

Green Gold - Documentary by John D. Liu

Ecosystem Restoration Projects all over the World (with Geoff Lawton)

Published on Jul 19, 2012

"It's possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems." Environmental film maker John D. Liu documents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East, highlighting the enormous benefits to people and planet of undertaking these efforts globally."

More information:
http://eempc.org/
What If We Change social media project:
http://www.whatifwechange.org

Great 47 minute introduction to major (Permaculture-ish) ecosystem restoration projects all over the world.  Towards the end there is conversation between John Liu and Geoff Lawton. 

 

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13

Apr

2013

Permaculture at the City Planning Level

Transforming Urban Environments for a Peak Oil Future - A Vision Plan for the City of San Buenaventura, CA

Wow!  This is the best example of a city wide vision of transforming it's entire city to a more sustainable Post-Peak Oil Future.  The report and appendixes are nearly 300 pages with many pictures and diagrams that show the transformation of a city to a Permamaculture Community.  This not only demonstrates that cities and local governments recognize the problems approaching us but are also putting the effort forward to solve (or mitigate) them.

Inspiring...  I wish it was Spokane...  maybe it will reach the planners in our town...  soon.

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8

Apr

2013

Feeding the flock from the Homestead's own resources

Author: Annie M
If you have read “Making Your Own Poultry Feeds”, a discussion of making my own feed mixes to replace commercial feeds for my flocks, you will remember my two criteria for superior poultry food: that it be live and raw . For the following discussion, let’s add a third: and produced from the homestead’s own resources.
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4

Apr

2013

Edible Shoots

Perennial Vegetables

Author: Earthchild
Food is mostly the same thing, over and over, and you buy it ready to eat, or nearly so.  Very few still raise their own food, and even fewer know that many edible plants are perennial.   I will write on vegetable food plants, hardy in zone 3 or 4, that come up every year or reseed themselves:  Shoots, tubers & bulbs, cooking greens, and salad greens.  [Burpee calls the Spokane area zone 5.]   My sources will include books, magazine articles, and websites.  If you know of other edible perennial plants in each category, please leave a comment!
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