Bringing Animals Back into the Forest

(Wild aurochs, the ancestor of modern cattle, depicted in its woodland habitat, wikimedia) “Cattle are forest animals. They are not pasture animals. You have to chase them out on to pastures. Really, cattle belong in cool forest swamplands. They love it. In summer, they spend all their time up to their bellies out in swamps, eating the swamp grasses. In winter they will come back into the forest edges.  That is where we got them from. That was their habit–the white ox of the forests of northern Europe.” –  Bill Mollison  Because of our romantic notions of the American farm, … Continue reading Bringing Animals Back into the Forest

Introduction to Permaculture Workshop in Kalamazoo Michigan

Hello Permaculture enthusiasts! Normally we try to keep this site just for free content and avoid advertising on it, but I wanted to let Lillie House readers know about this workshop we’ll be holding on December 3rd.  Though it’s an “introduction” we’ll be going WELL beyond the basics, stuff like hugelkulture and swales, to cover a wide variety of inspiring tools and patterns that can be used in the garden, the home, the neighborhood, and beyond.  Folks attending the class will also get my super huge annotated list of Top Permaculture resources to explore online.  https://lilliehousekzoo.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/all-day-introduction-to-permaculture-workshop/ Practical Permaculture Patterns Introduced: Permaculture … Continue reading Introduction to Permaculture Workshop in Kalamazoo Michigan

Introduction to Permaculture Workshop

We are opening the first day of our Permaculture Design Course to anyone interested, and you are invited to join us for this special, interactive Permaculture workshop on December 3rd, to help us in Designing Regenerative Lives. Learn the basics of the Permaculture Design system and explore dozens of practical Permaculture tools for a more resilient, self-sufficient, regenerative life. This is also an excellent opportunity to preview the Permaculture Design Course to get an idea of what it is like. Practical Permaculture Patterns Covered: Permaculture life design and right livelihoods beyond farming – real-world examples that work. Successful Permaculture farm and … Continue reading Introduction to Permaculture Workshop

Permaculture Ideas for Positive Action

(Text version below:)  “There is no instance of a people benefitting from prolonged conflict.” “Of your enemies… If of high morale, depress them…. If at ease, exhaust them. If united, separate them.”  “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”  – Sun Tsu If you’re frustrated with the world right now, feel worn down by all the negative energy, and looking for a positive and meaningful way to recharge while taking action, the perspective of Permaculture has been a real help for me, and it might be useful to you, too.  I’ve seen a few terrific action … Continue reading Permaculture Ideas for Positive Action

Whoops! Blame the Horrible Blogger App

Apologies, an infuriating feature on the nearly unusuable Blogger App published a quick sketch for a possible future post. The article will be on developing a non-religous “ritual” for calming down quickly and clearing the mind – for anyone, despite their beliefs. Unfortunately, I haven’t started developing that article yet! Perhaps in the future….  Continue reading Whoops! Blame the Horrible Blogger App

Social Permaculture: Designing Change for a Better Life and a Better World

When people first visit an established Permaculture garden/system, it can be striking. Here is a style of food garden that’s beautiful, life-enriching, highly productive, and low-maintenance – and it just works.  Look deeper: this is not just a pretty place, it is transformational. It is a revolution on the personal level, a tangible way to build the kind of life you want to live and the kind of place you want to live in. And it is a revolution on the global scale, as well, that transforms our relationship with the earth and its ecosystems and the invisible structures that … Continue reading Social Permaculture: Designing Change for a Better Life and a Better World