SoMi Permamixer

(Pictures from PJ Chmiel.) It was a great weekend between the SoMi Permamixer and the companion class event with Peter Bane, here at Lillie House.  We had some great discussions that didn’t last nearly long enough and started some relationships that will continue long after the mixer. When the discussions ended, folks often kept on talkin’. And even when a long mixer weekend came to an end, people stayed around for a few extra hours, offering each other feedback and support.  It was great to meet many of you who read this blog. Your encouragement and support means a lot … Continue reading SoMi Permamixer

Sept 26th, 2015 – Join me for the Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer!!!

(Another great poster by Graphic Designer/Forest Gardener PJ Chmiel)  Apologies for the sparse blogging lately, but I’ve been insanely busy in all sorts of great ways. I’ve been doing Permaculture designs and consultations for several inspiring families who want to start taking responsibility and ownership for their families’ food and waste, giving tours a few times a month, giving presentations on Permaculture and forest gardening, and helping to plan the Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer, which I’ll get to in a minute. Another surprising bit of good news is you. You’re actually reading this! At least a few dozen of you … Continue reading Sept 26th, 2015 – Join me for the Southern Michigan Permaculture Mixer!!!

Designing a Permaculture Pond – Part 2: General Patterns

(Natural Swimming Pool. Wikimedia) This is part 2 of a series on the design of one of our ponds. You can see the other parts here:Part 1: Art and Cultural Patterns ——————- Water in the landscape is the great provider. It can clean the soil and waterways, add to your garden yields, moderate micro-climates, provide for wildlife and diversity, yield recreation and relaxation opportunities…. This list could go on for hours. In Permaculture, we design “from patterns to details,” so in this post, I’ll be exploring functional patterns, different types of water-features and pond elements and the services they can … Continue reading Designing a Permaculture Pond – Part 2: General Patterns

Designing a Permaculture Pond – Part 1: Art and Cultural Patterns

“There was a grove, dark with holm-oaks, below the Aventine, at sight of which you would say: ‘There’s a god within.’ The centre was grassy, and covered with green moss, and a perennial stream of water trickled from the rock.” – Ovid, Fasti (Photo above Gudrun’s Pool, mentioned in the ancient Norse sagas.) Note: This is a multi-post series. Please check out the other parts here:Part 2: General Patterns for a Permaculture Pond There’s probably nothing that does more to invoke the “spirit of place,” the “Genius Loci” than the presence of water in a landscape. Like other “wildlife,” we humans … Continue reading Designing a Permaculture Pond – Part 1: Art and Cultural Patterns

Lillie House – Community Supported Permaculture (CSP)

The easiest, most cost-effective and most rewarding way for you to begin your Permaculture adventure: Create your own healthy personal food system, Invest in yourself and your community, Learn about gardening and Permaculture, And transform your home landscape into the kind of paradise you day-dream of visiting on vacations. That’s what we want to create. So we at Lillie House Permaculture came up with the Community Supported Permaculture programs, beginning with the Community Supported Forest Gardening membership. —————– We all want to live in beautiful, rich landscapes where we feel secure, our needs are met, we’re surrounded by opportunities for meaningful … Continue reading Lillie House – Community Supported Permaculture (CSP)