Permaculture and Homesteading

Whether you live in a big city, or out in the middle of nowhere, there are ways for everyone to get involved in permaculture and create your own kind of homestead. Here I focus on strategies for creating soil-to-soil systems, food security, circular economies, and more.

Plant trees

10 Reasons to Plant Trees around your House

We’ve all heard that trees are a powerful tool to fight climate change. But what are the benefits closer to home? Here are 10 reasons to plant trees around your house. 1. Trees can grow food for you. Who doesn’t want to grow their own food at home? You don’t even have to be a …

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climate change

Solution to Climate Change, Desertification, and Poverty? Silvopasture and Agroforestry.

Climate change is a holistic issue. Its many components are interconnected and dizzyingly complex.  Fossil fuels, greed-based economic policies, uninformed land use practices, inefficient distribution networks, socioeconomic blockades; just to name a few. As such, the solution is also multi-faceted.  Holistic intensive grazing of livestock on managed silvopasture in conjunction with regenerative agroforestry practices combined …

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chestnuts

Chestnuts: A foundation for food security and cultural shift.

If you’ve only ever experienced chestnuts in the well known Christmas Carol, you’re missing out.  This incredible tree has been an important staple around the world for thousands of years. It could easily become the next wheat or corn for the United States, and create an agricultural system that spans generations.  It is a perfect …

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kotatsu

Kotatsu: The ingenious Japanese table with a skirt that keeps you warm and saves energy.

Ingenious and simple design. Have you ever been sitting at the kitchen table, or maybe a desk, and were just too cold to be comfortable?  The most obvious answer might be to turn the heat up, right? In Japan they have a different solution for this! It’s called a kotatsu.  Basically, it’s a table with …

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chickens

Chickens: Egg-Laying Weed-Cultivating Pest-Eating Garbage Disposals

Backyard chickens.  Such underestimated powerhouses.  Pest control, garbage disposal, egg factory, all packed into one small feathery body.  Consider bringing a few of these marvels of nature and domestication into your life.  We live in a time when we are waking up to the linear, one directional production chains that humans have created.  We can’t …

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