Archive for the 'Permaculture' Category

Revolutionary: “The Most Calories For The Least Work”

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

A Homesteading Today thread begins with a post by the self-described “Revolutionary” Ernie, who says:
Gardening is hard work. It’s backbreaking, sweaty, blistering, and monotonous. While I love the alchemy of turning soil, sunshine, and water into calories for my family, I would much rather sit in the shade underneath the old maples and fritter away […]

The Great Housing Swindle

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Off-Grid tells the story of Steve James and his battle to keep a planning commission from seizing his off-grid home. The Register’s description of the software designer who built his own design for a straw and timber off-grid house is a “cheap and cheerful Scottish ecogaff.”
According to The Register:
A 52-year-old software engineer has built a […]

Water Ya Gonna Do With Windfall Profits?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

The Futurist May/June 2008 issue (if you’re reading this after then, check their archives) includes the cover feature article “Draining Our Future: The Growing Shortage of Freshwater” by Lester R. Brown. A free guest article at TreeHugger by Brown covers water shortages worldwide. It seems like the OPEC countries in the Middle East will […]

Green Survivalism

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

A few months ago, John Laumer wrote about Survivalist Green for TreeHugger.
The most prominent face of Survivalist Green is that of the city dweller; the second is of the suburban or exurban dweller. (Covers everything from apartments along the rail line to Mega-Mansions in the exurb zone.)
The third face of SG extends to the house […] How To Make Seedballs

Monday, April 21st, 2008, like this post, has a YouTube video about how to make seedballs, and in addition lists the “recipe” and has links to active seedball making groups.

Food Up Front

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

The Independent describes a version of a Food Not Lawns/Edible Estates-ish organization in the UK.
Twelve months on and Food Up Front is now signing up people for year two. It has a network of more than 30 street rep co-ordinators, and has attracted the interest of would-be urban farmers from neighbouring boroughs and beyond.

BBC: “UN calls for farming revolution”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

BBC article in a series of reports about the global food price crisis. Seems the U.N. is promoting permaculture, if not using that word exactly.
The Unesco study recommends better safeguards to protect resources and more sustainable farming practices, such as producing food locally.

Review of John Berlau’s Eco-Freaks

Monday, April 14th, 2008

If true, I could support Eco-Freaks author John Berlau’s claims against anti-dam construction protesters, as he wrote about them in National Review online back in 2005. A few environmentalist groups seemingly contributed to the catastrophic loss of New Orleans and other cities during hurricanes Katrina and Rita by opposing the necessary building of levees and […]

Ecotopia According to Forbes

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Browsing recent bookmarks at led me to a series about Utopias in, including an interesting article called “Ecotopia”. The author is not as skeptical about the anti-capitalist lifestyle as you might expect from a business journal.
And despite the new commune members’ reliance on local barter and low-tech sustainable gardening, the use of satellite […]

“Most Sustainable” Cuba May Not Be Utopia

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

The most sustainable place on Earth may not seem like utopia to its subjects, despite some recent welcome reforms.
According to Alvaro Vargas Llosa, author and syndicated columnist, in an article titled “The World’s Bravest Blogger”:
The Cuban government has finally blocked access to a Web log written by Yoani Sanchez, a young woman who has caused […]

Guerrilla Gardening in Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Al “Bokashiman” sent me a more direct link to The Vancouver Guerrilla Gardeners Meetup Group.
On their description page, an elegant statement from the Toronto Public Space Committee is quoted:
“Without permit or license, we plant seeds and seedlings in all those neglected corners of public space. Join us as we vandalise the city with nature!”
Al also […]

Permaculturist “Starhawk” Deported by Israel

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

A recent Google Alert for “permaculture” included a Palestinian news site’s article titled “American activist and feminist Starhawk denied entry and deported from Israel“.
Dr. Joanne Taylor, a British psychologist commented on the deportation “clearly the Israeli authorities are paranoid even about letting people grow crops and conserve rainwater on their own land.”
The article describes […]

Animal Rights Debate audio

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

As a defender of chickens in the backyard and not being a vegan, I took the villainous position against the little animals in an animal rights debate held at Dinah’s on March 17, 2008.
MP3 (Just shy of 70 minutes so as to fit on audio CD)
The political range was from libertarian to conservative, which […]

Cuba Encourages Private Farmers

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

BBC reports “Cuba lifts farmers’ supplies ban” as a small change by Raul Castro to improve agricultural productivity.
Small-scale farmers in some parts of the country will be allowed to buy such items as seeds, fertiliser and clothing equipment from state stores.
This seems to be further encouragement of family subsistence by the central government through permaculture […]

$200 a Barrel Soon?

Saturday, March 8th, 2008

Peak Oil paranoids party on about petroleum’s price pinnacle in this Digg link to a MarketWatch story reporting Goldman Sachs projection of $200 a barrel oil soon.

Waste = Food

Friday, March 7th, 2008

An inspiring documentary on the Cradle to Cradle design concept.

Closing the Loop

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Click image of the view of Earth from Apollo 8 over Rama’s interior to see a list of O’Neill cylinders and other space habitats.
The Story of Stuff, an entertaining video presentation, illustrates among many other concepts, the limitations of recycling. For every barrel you recycle, 70 barrels of waste were required in manufacturing the item. […]

Greening the Sahara

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

I get Google Alerts for terms such as “forest garden,” “permaculture,” and “seedball.” Whenever one of those is in the news or on the blogs, I get email. It’s useful to keep track of events and avoid missing things.
After reading the mail, I found a cool thing from March, 2007. This Flash presentation, converted to […]

Starcraft v. Seedballs

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Korea treats the Blizzard real time strategy video game Starcraft like Americans treat the Superbowl. Millions watch as a few players seize scarce resources and launch military assaults on a big video screen. Would you rather watch overpadded guys tackle each other on the astroturf or witness wicked on screen simulated characters launch nuclear attacks […]

Terrorist Seedballs Seized (2003)

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Classic 2003 report of seedball “terrorism,” just in case you missed it. The comments are funny, too.

Lakes Drying Up

Monday, February 18th, 2008

A Newsweek article shows lakes around the world being lost due to warming or, in other cases, source waters being dammed, damn it. In my home state of Nevada, Lake Mead is projected to go dry in 13 years, which means Hoover Dam will not be generating hydropower any more.
It’s time to collect water in […]

Fair Play for Cuba

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

My previous post describes the surprising (in my opinion) adoption of Permaculture in Cuba. It’s exciting good news for everyone, no question. BBC reports Four Dissidents Freed by Havana today. [BBC Update: Castro Steps Down…]. [Another BBC Update: Dissident Condemns Cuban Prisons (Big surprise)]. A while back, they quoted one of 75 dissidents jailed for […]

Don’t tell Sarah Connor

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

BBC interviews famous Singularitarian Ray Kurzweil about the future of man-machine relations. Nanotech, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering will give us potent tools to deal with the scientific challenges of the 21st Century, including real solar and/or fusion power, carbon sequestration, cleaning water, attacking diseases with more precision while leaving healthy tissue undamaged, and eliminating […]

Global Ideas Bank

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

A few years ago I stumbled upon The Global Ideas Bank and found an entry for “Forest Garden,” a project suggestion for growing food year round with “minimal labor” (it really said “labour,” actually — danged Commonwealthers). Seems plants grown together in different layers (roots, herbs, bushes, trees, vines, etc.), as in a wild forest, […]