For all their beautiful, dramatic forms and mathematical perfection, the creation of sea shells does not require high-tech design tools, expensive materials, a volley of charismatic leaders giving TED talks, or months of grueling meetings. The nautilus doesn’t require a … Continue reading Transformative Adventures
Grafting and Tree Guilds for Permaculture. Demos and hands-on experience with multiple tools and techniques. We’ll discuss a technique good for guerrilla grafting, recommended variety selection for no-spray fruits, and we’ll probably do an example of a very “extensive” guilding … Continue reading Grafting and Tree Guilds Workshop – FREE!
————————— Over the last few months, I’ve been getting a LOT of questions about “nutrient dense foods,” “bionutrients,” BRIX and the “Albrecht method.” All of these refer more or less to a similar set or practices, professional consultation services and amendment products. Because people trust Lillie House as an honest source of research and information, some have asked what my take is, whether it’s a research-based approach, or whether it makes economic sense for farmers or gardeners. Others have asked why it is that we don’t use rock dust, or micronutrient amendments, or advocate for nutrient dense foods. These are … Continue reading FAQ – Nutrient Dense Foods Gardening and Farming
(While this article stands alone, it is part 2 of a series. Read part 1 here:Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sign You’re Probably a Great Gardener) The crux of our puzzle: with our completely destructive, expensive and unhealthy food system more people want and need to participate in growing food for themselves and their communities. YET, the economics and realities of doing so rarely work out the way we envision. Our corporate food system is so heavily subsidized by taxes, exploited labor, and ecosystem destruction that we have to be really clever to complete with it on a … Continue reading The Simple Path to a High Value Garden – Transformative Gardening, Part 2
Whenever there’s a completely failed, overgrown weedy tangle of an abandoned garden, I know I’ve discovered a gifted high value gardener with true natural intelligence, just waiting to flower. It’s the surest sign there is. As I am a natural gardening teacher and Permaculture designer, these poor discouraged gardeners frequently seek me out at social gatherings for a sort of gardening confession and penance. If you listen carefully, you can hear keen insights and clever observations through their exasperated sighs, gnashing of teeth, wails of garden guilt: “It’s been two seasons since my last confession…” “I just couldn’t keep up … Continue reading Why Completely Failing at Gardening is a Sure Sign of a Great Gardener – Transformative Gardening, Part 1
I’m extremely proud to announce that we’re running this beautiful program again this year, which we created with our dear friend, student, teacher, and inspiration, Hanna Read of Art of Health Massage. This year, we even have a few new tricks and … Continue reading Learning from Herbs: Adventures in Home Herbalism
This is my favorite way to do Permaculture. I do design/installation jobs for people who want to get a fast-forward on their projects without years of in-depth study of Permculture and forest gardening ecology, but I really do think the … Continue reading 2019 CSA Programs: Community Supported Permaculture