Spontaneous Organization for Polyculture

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I think one reason monocrop agriculture has pervaded history is mental simplicity. It is a process that removes all possible variables. Beginning with eliminating all plant life, there are clearly defined steps. The whole procedure can be executed in less than a year, without a followup plan. The conventional crops can be applied more or… Read more »

To Everyone Feeling Screwed Over by the Economy

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Editor’s Note: If you enjoy the article below, and you missed Kyle’s past 3-part series, amongst others, be sure to check them out! (Part I, Part II, and Part III.) To everyone feeling screwed over by the economy, We are told that our problem is that there aren’t enough jobs. This message is everywhere. The… Read more »

Respecting Ourselves, Part III: Needs Met Ineffectively or at Great Cost

Posted by & filed under Consumerism, Economics, Food Shortages, Global Warming/Climate Change, Health & Disease, Peak Oil, People Systems, Population, Society, Soil Erosion & Contamination, Village Development, Water Contaminaton & Loss.

Editor’s Note: This is Part III of a three-part series. If you haven’t already, please read Part I and Part II before continuing. Those of us who live in the ‘developed world’ frequently see their higher needs compromised. But, unlike much of the world’s population, we rarely find ourselves destitute of our most basic requirements,… Read more »

The Domestication Spectrum: How Our Relationships With Plants and Animals Define Our Existence

Posted by & filed under Biodiversity, Bird Life, Consumerism, Economics, Fish, Food Forests, Food Plants - Annual, Food Plants - Perennial, General, Livestock, People Systems, Plant Systems, Society, Village Development.

by Kyle Chamberlain, The Human Habitat Project Our bonds with other species are as vital, to survival, as our bonds with other people. If we don’t choose our company carefully, disaster is likely to ensue. As a species, we should be shopping for the best relationships. There’s a lot a stake, and we don’t want… Read more »

Rethinking Water: A Permaculture Tour of the Inland Northwest

Posted by & filed under Earth Banks, Food Forests, Plant Systems, Regional Water Cycle, Soil Rehabilitation, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

Ever since I’d first read of it, I felt I would never understand the state of my bioregion until I saw the Milner Dam. So, when a road trip finally brought the opportunity, I made a somber pilgrimage. Unlike its famous counterpart, the Grand Coulee Dam, Milner Dam is not a tourist destination. It has… Read more »