It's time to pull out the seed starting trays. Onions, scallions, tomatoes, and perennial herbs first, then as March gets on, Asian green stuff, salad greens, brassicas and flowers. Some delicious green stuff, such as spinach, is essentially water. Water that is becoming expensive and possibly unavailable to California farmers. Even the cute plastic bags of organic salad greens are water piped hundreds of miles from rivers, sprayed on 10,000 acre lettuce patches in the desert and then… Continue
Added by Celt M. Schira on February 24, 2014 at 7:10pm —
This post is a continuation of my series discussing David Holmgren’s Crash On Demand essay, and the multitude of responses that have popped up in the peak oil blogosphere.
One of those responses was by Nicole Foss, of The Automatic Earth. In fact her response was a… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on February 22, 2014 at 10:00pm —
The blog post I wrote below is one of many circulating in the peak oil scene. I’m looking forward to hearing David Holmgren in his own words on this radio interview on Sunday, Feb. 2nd. He’ll be answering some of the questions raised in the recent debate on his essay “Crash on Demand.“ 8pm London time, I believe that’s Noon PST, here in Bellingham.
Added by David MacLeod on February 1, 2014 at 4:12pm —
I'm excited for our workshop to begin tomorrow morning, and as I was waiting for Tim's arrival I was studying some of his material. What follows are all Tim's words, but I've organized and put together various statements he's made to form another summary of what PatternDynamics is about. There's still a little time… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on January 25, 2014 at 3:30pm —
In my previous PatternDynamics post (Following the Way Nature Organizes Itself to Deal with Complexity), I focused mostly on giving a fairly brief explanation of the underlying theory. In this post I’d like to share a little bit about the embodied experience of some of the Patterns that occurs during the PatternDynamics… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on January 9, 2014 at 6:00am —
The natural world is staggeringly complex, and yet amazingly elegant in how it manages the multitude of interconnected parts into organized, unified wholes that thrive. What is the secret for harnessing this elegance for use in human systems? Tim Winton found that observation of the most common patterns found in the natural world led to the development of high level principles which can then be used to address the most complex challenges that human systems… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on December 28, 2013 at 1:00pm —
David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept, published Future Scenarios in 2007, originally as a website, and then published by Chelsea Green in 2008 as a… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on December 17, 2013 at 8:12pm —
"We are Life, in human form. Ancestors of the stars and galaxies, children of the oceans and forests. We are creative expressions of Nature, as much a part of this planet as the rivers, trees, mountains and butterflies." Continue
~ The Global Butterfly Effect ~
For thousands of years people in Western cultures have been wrestling with the illusions we've spun from our dualistic mindsets and beliefs. It's…
Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 15, 2013 at 9:24am —
"Robyn Francis is one of the 26 contributors to Permaculture Pioneers – stories from the new frontier. In this short interview, introduced by co-editor Kerry Dawborn, Robyn talks about how permaculture informs everything in her life now,… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on December 5, 2013 at 9:56pm —
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. ,… Continue
Added by J. C. Walker,Jr. on December 1, 2013 at 10:00am —
Added by David MacLeod on November 18, 2013 at 12:25pm —
Be careful out there. Continue
Added by Paul Kuepfer on November 13, 2013 at 2:35pm —
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… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on November 10, 2013 at 10:27pm —
Added by Dave Koshinz on October 11, 2013 at 10:29am —
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… Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on September 20, 2013 at 12:28pm —
Added by David MacLeod on September 19, 2013 at 9:00pm —
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, "… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on August 16, 2013 at 12:18pm —
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… Continue
Added by Tim White on August 14, 2013 at 11:30am —
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… Continue
Added by Angela MacLeod on August 12, 2013 at 9:47am —
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… Continue
Added by David MacLeod on July 27, 2013 at 3:40pm —