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If truth be told, the legacy of myopic insight and action is the residue beholden to the individual and the collective. Unrecognized, any evolutionary aspects become hamstrung into conforming to recognizable patterns, albeit unconscious, this tendency darkens the way.

Many folks are familiar with the development of electricity in America and the squaring off between Thomas Edison and Nicholas Tesla. As Edison purported D.C. current and Tesla backed the A.C. ,…

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Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 1, 2013 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Top 10 Hits - Resilience.org and Energy Bulletin

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Added by David MacLeod on November 18, 2013 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Malware Alert Be careful out there.

Malware Alert

Be careful out there.

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Added by Paul Kuepfer on November 13, 2013 at 2:35pm — No Comments

You Say You Want a Revolution

Reblogged from Integral Permaculture

Naomi Klein’s recent article posted at New Statesman has been generating a bit of a buzz. The title is “Why Science is Telling All of Us to Revolt and Change Our Lives.” She begins with a story discussing a presentation by complex…

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Added by David MacLeod on November 10, 2013 at 10:27pm — No Comments

13. Swales 3 months After Installation

Swale sunflower at dawn:

This post is a series of photos showing the swales and the progression of shaping and cover crop growth over the 3 months since installation (End of June).

There will be 3 consecutive photos of each swale. at 2 weeks,  at 6 weeks and at 3 months.

Swale 1 at 2…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on September 20, 2013 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments

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Small Scale Aquaponics: From Fish Poop to Seafood Dinner - Peak Moment TV with Janaia Donaldson

Tour a closed-loop water system where one critter’s wastes become another’s…
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Added by David MacLeod on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Take It From the Lummis

Reblogged from Integral Permaculture.

 

"Take it from the Lummis (which describes their story in a nutshell) regarding the wisdom of believing promises sworn to by the government, or by the corporations pulling its (purse) strings."

So begins this month's "Just Thinking" column in the Whatcom Watch by my good friend Philip Damon. Phil's column this month, "…

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Added by David MacLeod on August 16, 2013 at 12:18pm — 1 Comment

Coal-fired war flares in Mozambique, emerging 'Kuwait of Coal'; impact on NW exporting

Disturbing news from southeast Africa today, that bodes ill for NW coal schemes exploiting the existing North American rail infrastructure, which alone makes Powder River Basin coal of any economic value.

 

Any way you look at it, it’s a lose-lose-lose scenario of a race to the environmental and economic bottom for the people of Mozambique, for the people of the Pacific NW, and for the people of the world bearing climate decay.

Exports from one of the poorest countries…

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Added by Tim White on August 14, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

12. The Swales 6 Weeks After Installation

Since finishing the swale installation we have had dry weather. So I have been watering the newly planted covercrops and grass on the swales. I also continued shaping the berms, ditches and spillways.

The following is a series of photos showing the changes. The first photo in each set was taken at 2 weeks after the initial installation. The 2nd photo in each set shows 6 weeks after installation.

Swale 1 at 2 weeks:

Swale 1 at 6…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on August 12, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Why You Should Care About the Growth Management Act if You Live in Whatcom County

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...

I know, it sounds like a subject best left to professional planners, politicians, and policy wonks. But it turns out to be a really important piece that is shaping the character and landscape of Whatcom County. Perhaps more importantly it plays a role in our ability to become more resilient by preserving fertile farmland for the purpose of feeding our…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm — No Comments

Could Our Obscure Whatcom County Election Change the Planet?

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture blog...

A couple of months ago there was a piece in the National Journal that put a spotlight on our humble county, and caught some local attention:…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 25, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Be a Part of 2nd Annual SkillShare Faire!

Planning the 2nd Annual Whatcom SkillShare Faire- a really fabulous TRANSITION WHATCOM event!  We are now recruiting people with skills to share, and volunteers to help make this big event happen...held this year on September 21-22 at Hovander Park in Ferndale. It is great fun, all kinds of cool skillshares, food, amazing music, camping, and more- for the whole family.  Go to www.whatcomskillsharefaire.org to sign up! 

Added by Kate Clark on July 25, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

11. The Swales 2 weeks after installation

It's been about 2-1/2 weeks since we finished the swale installation at our place.

Since then I have continued to shape the swale ditches, spillways and berms. And planted grass seed in the ditches. I've made the angle of the ditch walls wider so it will be easier to scythe the grass that grows on it later.

A deer got in and ate most of the leaves off the little apple tree that David planted. I hope it can recover.

For one of the spillways I carved a shallow serpentine…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on July 18, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments

Catechism for a Witch’s Child

Catechism for a Witch’s Child





When they ask to see your gods

your book of prayers

show them lines

drawn delicately with veins

on the underside of a bird’s wing

tell them you believe

in giant sycamores mottled

and stark against a winter sky

and in nights so frozen

stars crack open spilling

streams of molten ice to earth

and tell them how you drink

a holy wine of honeysuckle

on a…

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Added by Margo Terrill on July 15, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments

That Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Cue Johnny Mathis, singing "It's that most wonderful time of the year!"

I'm not talking about Christmas, however.  I'm talking about that time of year when the fresh, local fruits collide.  When you're getting the last of the Strawberries, the first of the Blueberries, and the peak of the raspberries!  I love how nature spaces out the fruit season so wonderfully!

These were picked minutes ago from our small but growing berry plants, including the above, plus red and black…

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Added by David MacLeod on July 6, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

10. Swales: Reframing a "Problem" and Cultivating Love:

Initially there was a "problem"...too much water in the landscape. And I wanted to get rid of some of this water so we could expand our growing season on better drained soil. Through this process of designing and creating swales I've changed my perspective and don't see the water as a "problem" to be exported. Brian has taught that it's more a matter of working with the resource in a way that maximizes it's many attributes through gently…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on July 2, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

9. Finishing the Swales

Yesterday we finished constructing the swales. The morning's project included moving gravel, filling and finishing off the sink holes with soil so they were level with the rest of the swale ditch. We got an early start as we knew it would be a hot day. We were joined by Jerry Schuster, Laura Sellens and Keith Marteny. Thanks you guys for lending your strength and lively spirits to the work.  Here's how the morning went:

First Brian and David made "socks" out of landscape fabric to…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on July 1, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Many Uses of the Sun's Power

Reblogged from my Integral Permaculture site.

Permaculture Principle #5: Use and Value Renewable Resources

“Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behaviour and dependence on non-renewable…

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Added by David MacLeod on June 29, 2013 at 10:54pm — No Comments

8. The Swale Making Event!!

First we'd like to thank those who participated last weekend in our swale making event. Thanks to Brian Kerkvliet who taught us and led us every step of the way. He did so with an easy going attitude and a passion for this work that he loves to do as well as a fantastic amount of knowledge.

Thanks to Larry Williams who operated the excavator. Janaki Kilgore and Kevin Finnigan participate from beginning to end, learning and working on every aspect of the project. Special thanks to…

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Added by Angela MacLeod on June 25, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments

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