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 [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:10+00:00

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 I, Krista, come in, caretaker and guardian of dear Hettie Quackers. I have learned first hand the benefits of ducks over chickens especially in an [...]

2018-03-22T17:04:10+00:00

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 [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:10+00:00

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 [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:10+00:00

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 [...]

2018-03-22T17:24:28+00:00

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

I came to traditional foods and urban farming first through my slow-food Food Cart, Fold Crêperie way back in 2003-6. I was one of the first food-carts to use organic farm-based ingredients and Slow food principles in my cooking or to appear in a gourmet food magazine. When I 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 piece, an art installation. It [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:13+00:00

Permaculture Design Certificate, 10 things you can do with yours

Q: Why would I want to pay for and earn a Permaculture Design Certificate? A: You're kidding right? I mean one of our major influences here at Tierra Soul is Permaculture. Its ethics and principles make up a set of tools you can carry anywhere, into any profession, any endeavor. The essence of permaculture that it is a paradigm of sustainability for all things, all things here on earth from the stone to the stars and maybe even beyond. What is covered in a Permaculture Design Certificate? Like us, those [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:17+00:00

What is Permaculture?

Q: Dear Hettie -- I love organic gardening and want to do more. I want to be more ecological and self-sustaining. I've heard the term "permaculture" used by like minded acquaintances, but I can't really pin-point exactly what people mean by it. What is permaculture? Can learning about it help me do more for my family and the earth? A: Well, says Hettie, In 1978 Bill Mollison and David Holmgren coined the phrase “Permaculture” to describe a set of agricultural principles that mimic the way Mother Nature sets up her gardens all over [...]

2018-03-28T15:46:35+00:00

Sacred Foods for Fertility

In traditional cultures around the world certain fertility foods have been revered as sacred due to their important place in fertility and reproduction. Traditional peoples were not just concerned about the basic health of their offspring. They knew that the degeneration of health happens progressively over generations. Thus, a man and woman realized that they had to eat not only for their health and the health of their children, but also for the health of their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Woman regularly bore over 10 healthy children well into their forties [...]

2018-03-22T20:37:20+00:00

Backyard Mason Bees

Dear Hettie, What's the difference between Honey Bees and Mason Bees? I have been focusing on planting edibles in my yard and think I should have honey bees since they actually produce something I can use - honey. Why would I want to add Mason Bees anyway? Answer: Oh, my.... quacks Grandmother Hettie (yes, Hettie is now a wise old grey-feathered Duck), "Mason Bees are a wonderful addition to any garden!" Here is why: First of all, here is a little basic info about Mason Bees. They are solitary bees [...]

2018-03-28T15:47:04+00:00
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