Category Archives: permaculture

Possibility Alliance: Imagine The Possibility Handbook

Imagine The Possibilities

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Imagine a farm. Give yourself some room. Imagine a farm with 110 acres.

This 110 acres has over 50 acres of forest, 40 acres of prairie, 4 ponds fed by seasonal creeks. There are 20 acres of pastures, gardens, orchards and managed forest. Parts of this farm are managed as “no-touch” nature reserve and some of it is used only for wild edibles, medicinals and deceased tree harvest.

Imagine such a place. Wildlife abounds with creatures such as Bobcat, Flying Squirrel, Mink, Mountain Lion, Grey Tree Frog, Hog-nose Snake, Snapping Turtles, White Pelican, Osprey, Merlin, Purple Martin, Great Horned Owl, Bald Eagles and much more. Continue reading Possibility Alliance: Imagine The Possibility Handbook

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Critiquing Permaculture – My Response

Critiquing Permaculture

Listen to the podcast linked below: Critiquing Permaculture – A Deeper Look Into Permaculture – Part 2. The response that follows are my thoughts that were posted on the PermacultureVoices Podcast blog site. Continue reading Critiquing Permaculture – My Response

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Full Swales: Rain Brings Encouragement

It’s been nearly a year since I finished my Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDCC, or commonly called the PDC). I’ve been observing the land and the way the water flows on it. Every big rain I go out and get my boots muddy looking to see how the water moves across my baby permaculture system. Every once in a while I get time to chip away at the design that resides mostly in my head. The labor sometimes seems fruitless. It’s difficult to know if I’m doing it right. My only credentials so far is an online course and lots of other online research. Continue reading Full Swales: Rain Brings Encouragement

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The Gift: A Permaculture Story

I think sometimes my wife gets tired of hearing me say “Today I listened to a podcast…”.

There is so much to learn and so many stories to enjoy. For now I work sitting in front of a computer. These stories help me get through part of the day without focusing on my aching back and shoulders. I long to be home on the farm doing these things, but for now during the days I listen to the encouraging stories of others while I earn my paycheck.

One of my favorite podcast sites is The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann.  The podcasts are normally interview style audio bits. However today was different. Today it was a story written and recorded by the author. Matt Winters takes on a journey into the Continue reading The Gift: A Permaculture Story

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Bunyip Water Level DIY Build

DIY Build: Bunyip Water Level

What is a water level? I guess first before going into that we need to understand a few things about water.

Water finds it’s own level.

If you think about the edge of a calm lake. It’s like a big bowl. All the way around the lake where the waters edge meets land is level. That is a contour line. If you find a way to mark that line, then drain the lake that marked line would be a level contour line in the landscape.

Bunyip Water Level
Water finds it’s own level. The edges of a lake are all the same level. They form a contour line.

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