Monthly Archives: April 2011

Small Scale Permaculture

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    Today our class took a bike tour of Fairfield, and visited three homes where permaculture is being implemented.  Each landscape was beautiful and unique. These properties are proof that you don’t have to live on a farm or own several acres to practice … Continue reading

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Natural Building: Earth and Lime Plaster

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I recently attended a natural building work shop held at M.U.M.’s new sustainable living center,  hosted by owner of SunEarth Construction, Keith Lindauer.   Keith began his natural building career in 1994, with construction of his first Earthship. Earthships are off-grid, … Continue reading

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Keyline Design: Permaculture’s Answer to Drought

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Drought is defined as a period of time when a region experiences deficiency in its water supply. This happens in every region from time to time, and is actually a normal climate function. However, extended periods of drought point to an … Continue reading

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M.U.M. EcoFair, 2011

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With hands-on workshops, credible speakers, and live performances by local musicians, this year’s EcoFair  was both educational and entertaining. Workshop topics included: tree planting, emergence of sustainable communities, local foods, cold frames, composting, converting a hybrid vehicle to a plug-in, and … Continue reading

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LIFE = PATTERNS

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         By studying naturally recurring patterns, (both systematic and physical), we gain a better understanding of the connections and relationships in nature which allow life to perpetuate itself and exist sustainably.  In understanding relationships, we are able–in our permaculture designs–to place elements … Continue reading

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