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Day 5 :: New Moon Equinox Ritual :: with garlicy carrot top recipe

Today is the time to celebrate not only the New Moon, but the Spring Equinox! As part of our Soup & Story series, we are having a simple ritual here at the farm led by Moona Cancino to celebrate the coming of Spring. Moona has been hangin' out here at the farm for a few weeks now helping us as we step into Spring. Scrubbing and painting, dusting and preparing for today's New Moon gathering. Since she's been here we have appreciated her careful use of greens and herbs. Here [...]

Day 4 :: Ducks are the New Chickens

Dear Hettie: I would like to have backyard chickens. Is it really as easy as people say?~ Adrienne Well, Hettie says, "Haven't you heard? Chickens are out. Ducks are in! You should really get yourself some Ducks!" I know what you're thinking, of course Hettie prefers ducks - she IS a duck. How do I know she's not being partial to her species? Well, that's where we come in, the Arias Clan, caretakers and guardians of dear Hettie Quackers. We have learned first hand the benefits of ducks over chickens especially [...]

Day 3 :: Zone Zero :: site plan of the psyche

The last couple days we've been focusing on Permaculture Ethics. Another very pervasive idea in Permaulture is the idea of zones. The kitchen garden is zone 1 and the back 40 is zone 5. That's the basic idea. There has been, and still in, a lot of thinking about zones 1-5 and how to use each for maximum efficiency (aka laziness), but I am not here to talk about those (we do cover them in detail in the Lazy-Lady Living program). Instead I am going to talk about what has [...]

Day 2 :: fair share, self care and needs

All human beings have needs and they are pretty much the same for everyone. The truth is that the vast majority of the world's population, rich and poor, is not getting their needs met. The poor are most often the focus of "Fair Share" conversations in permaculture circles and beyond. It is certainly true that physical well-being needs are less often met in poorer communities. But often other needs, like the need for connection or the need for autonomy, are more commonly met among the poor and working poor. For [...]

Day 1 :: Permaculture Ethics

One of the first things to know about Permaculture that makes it different from other paradigms of ecological and social reform is that it is rooted in 3 basic ethics. These 3 ethics form the foundation of what makes permaculture so unique. For example organic agriculture simply requires that one not use synthetic pesticides. Of course this requirement stems from a fundamental ethic - that natural systems are safer and superior to synthetic ones, but it does nothing to limit crop size, mono-cropping or overuse of natural pesticides. Much of [...]

Animus Mundi :: new moon invitation

Animus Mundi - the world soul is the concept where European philosophy echoes, meets and traces back to it's own, and all, indigenous roots. The concept goes back in the western tradition at least as far back as Plato. Carl Jung, whose work has been pretty much exiled from the intellectual institutions of our times, found it, dusted it off the forgotten term and revived it in his analytical psychology. For Jung, the world soul is the real spirit of the earth that has independent existence from human reality. It [...]

Makings of a Manifesto :: 5 Books that still inspire me

We, the Arias family, came to traditional foods and urban farming first through our slow-food Food Cart, Fold Crêperie way back in 2003-6. We were one of the first food-carts to use organic farm-based ingredients and Slow food principles in our cooking or to appear in a gourmet food magazine. When I, Krista, was interviewed (without my knowing it of course) by Nancy Rommelmann of Bon Appetite magazine in 2005 I told her that what she saw wasn't actually a business, or even a restaurant, but a large scale sculptural [...]

Pen-Barfing :: how to write when you’re completely paralyzed

When I first started working with a writing intern I realized very quickly that the pressure of writing for me was going to seriously compromise my intern's work. I told her that all she had to do was listen to me for 10 minutes and then barf out what she kinda thought she heard onto the page. It didn't have to be good or right. It just had to get onto paper. In 30 minutes she listened, Googled a tiny bit and drafted the Market Agreement that we still use [...]

Daily Question :: the practice of humility in the age of “attraction”

When I was about 23 I started a regular practice. Let's call it the Daily Question. It did it every day in the shower. Now that I know about Permaculture and don't shower every single day I do it first thing when I wake up ~ before anything else. It is really quite simple. Ask yourself, what is my question for the day? What is my sincere heart's desire? Another way of getting to it is to ask yourself:  What am I confused about? Then hold this question close to [...]

And the Skies Parted :: confessions of a ceremonial smoker

Morning Poem This morning smoke curves up the hillside trees. And last night drifts across our faces like a poem. “Like smoke we take advantage of the wind,” you said. ~ Ron Talney I have some things to say about smoking. It's been building up for awhile. While I do agree that pack a day smoking of chemically laden cigarettes is harmful to your health, I also have a beef with the current notion that intermittent or hidden smoking is something to be ashamed of in all cases. You see [...]

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