West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering

Episode 104: Now in its forth year, the West Coast Women’s Permaculture Gathering is a weekend of discovery, skill-building and connection. With a focus on taking Permaculture beyond just an interest or hobby, this year’s gathering focuses on finding right livelihood. The event takes place on September…

Shelter Is More Than A Roof Overhead- An Interview with Lloyd Kahn

Episode 103: Lloyd Kahn is a builder of books and homes. Editor-in-chief of Shelter Publications, Lloyd  is the author of many books about handbuilt shelter including Home Work, Tiny Homes, Builders of the Pacific Coast and the classic book Shelter that documented handbuilt housing around the…

Plant The Rain! Brad Lancaster Shows You How

Rainwater harvesting guru Brad Lancaster has a lot to say about water. In his books Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands, Volumes 1 and 2 Lancaster writes about the importance of “planting the rain” and shares with readers the many benefits they receive when they learn how to…

The Universe Beneath Your Feet

Soil is alive.  It’s a complex web of macro (that which we can see with our eyes), and micro (those we mostly cannot see) organisms.  One tablespoon of soil contains over six billion bacteria and countless other species that contribute to a medium teeming…

THE NURDLE- My Battle with a Plastic Pellet

It was raining when I met the nurdle.  I was out taking a walk.  Everyone else must have been inside, staying dry.  The rain fell in a silent, steady drizzle, tapering off from its previous downpour.  As I walked, I saw a lot of…

A New Dream for Naples on the Gaviota Coast

For years this beautiful site has been a battleground between environmentalists who believe in preservation of the land and developers who want to turn nature into dollar bills.

What Can Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein Learn From a Worm?

After reading the small (and beautiful) book, Slow Money by Woody Tasch, I believe that Goldman Sachs CEO Blankfein and other heavyweights in the “Too Big to Fail” financial sector might be well-advised to carefully observe, take note of, and even hang out with some earthworms.

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Permaculture, ecology, ethnobotany, sustainability, humor, and green living

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