A Locavores’ Potluck (257)

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We attended a delicious potluck dinner from foods produced around Victoria, Vancouver Island, B.C. Too bad you can't taste this video — it was a locavore's delight! Small-scale food producers brought fresh-caught salmon, pastured pork and lamb, eggs, winter squashes, … [Read more...]

InishOge Farm – Storing Warmth and Real Wealth

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Staying warm is one of those essentials for human life — like food, water, clean air. In the northern latitudes, staying warm requires good shelter. To rely only minimally or not at all on outside utilities (e.g., for electric heat) requires smartly-designed good … [Read more...]

Natural Buildings for Urban Living – The Tour, part 2 (247)

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The Craftsman-style bungalow looks normal on the outside, but the surprise is on the inside: straw bales inside the framing provide super insulation. Natural builder Lydia Doleman designed this 800-square-foot small-footprint house to last centuries, with its metal roof and … [Read more...]

Natural Buildings for Urban Living, part 1 (246)

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Wanting to demonstrate that "cities can be less impactful on the planet," natural builder Lydia Doleman bought and remodeled a Portland house to demonstrate her values. Composting toilets reduce water usage while feeding the soil. Growing food shortens dependencies. Building … [Read more...]

Jan Spencer’s Permaculture Food Forest

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There's no way we could stop by Jan Spencer's in Eugene, Oregon without getting an updated tour of his permaculture project. Suburban Renewal - One Backyard at a Time with Jan was our first permaculture show (2006, episode 37). True to his permaculture roots, Jan is … [Read more...]

Inspiration Farm – Cultivating Nourishing Food and Creativity (226)

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"Changing times calls for changing lifestyles." says Brian Kerkvliet. "So [we've] put more energy into the land… The more you get your fingers in the soil, the more endorphins rush through your head. You get excited by all of that." Using permaculture and biodynamic … [Read more...]

Introduction to Permaculture (weekend workshop)

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This weekend workshop by Cathé Fish packs comprehensive, practical information into two days of fully-illustrated slideshows. It's well-spiced with her overflowing enthusiasm and experience. The 6-dvd set covers principles, land, water harvesting, soil, zones, gardens, … [Read more...]

Suburban Backyard Gardens: Cultivating Abundance

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How Much Food Can I Grow Around My House? Judy Alexander An Experiment in Back Yard Sustainability, Scott McGuire Suburban Permaculture, Janet Barocco and Richard Heinberg Cultivating a Suburban Foodshed, Owen Dell Four conversations, about 28 minutes … [Read more...]

The Heart of Permaculture

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Bullock Brothers Homestead — A 25-Year Permaculture Project, Joe, Sam and Doug Bullock How Do I Invite You to Grow Food? Jenny Pell High on Permaculture in the Rocky Mountains, Kris Holstrom The Heart of Permaculture, Bill Wilson. (See also Bill's presentation Living in … [Read more...]

Awakening the Village Heart and Mind (206)

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From their "Zero Mile Meal Eatery" to zoning and financing innovations, O.U.R. Ecovillage in BC, Canada has paved the way for many communities worldwide. For Brandy Gallagher, the story on the planet right now could be a shared ethos of caring: "Everyone is fed. Everyone is … [Read more...]