The FIRE Path to Financial Freedom (and The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture)

The FIRE Path to Freedom? (The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture) Well now that’s quite a loaded headline! Clearly, we’re going to talk about money and the current popular “FIRE” (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement – but first! – what is the most important thing we’ve ever learned about Permaculture, homesteading and living with the land? What single concept has had the biggest positive impact on transforming our lives since we first heard the “P word” on WEFT Community Radio back in 2001? Leverage. The whole point of the Lillie House project as we originally envisioned it, was … Continue reading The FIRE Path to Financial Freedom (and The Most Important thing We’ve Learned about Permaculture)

Only a Bowl of Rice – Permaculture/Homesteading Edition

Being on FB homesteading, farming and Permaculture groups, one thing I see constantly are complaints about money and work. A major reason people pursue farming in particular is to escape “the rat race.” But they never re-design their ideas about money, so either they take the leap and end up just as stressed as before, or they never figure out how to finance their dreams in the first place, and never even get started.  There’s an ancient Chinese story Kim and I have often told ourselves when we’re stressed about money and work, to put it all in perspective. ———————————– … Continue reading Only a Bowl of Rice – Permaculture/Homesteading Edition

Designing and Establishing Edible Hedges, Hedgerows, and Windbreaks

https://instagram.com/p/BnCsKIWgVj_/ You want to LEARN JUST ONE WEIRD TRICK that will have a guaranteed positive effect on a huge range of features including: Farm and garden productivity and profitability Reduced irrigation requirements Reduce cost of fencing and livestock management and feeding Home and garden security Improved livability and reduced home heating and cooling costs Reduced pest and disease pressures Increased pollinators, native flora and fauna, Increased soil health and fertility,  Increased water health, Increased biodiversity and overal ecosystem health Fight climate change by sequestering a whole lot of carbon And provide more food for less work than just about any … Continue reading Designing and Establishing Edible Hedges, Hedgerows, and Windbreaks

Espalier Training Lillie House Style, Summer Pruning

Espalier training for apple trees!  This is one video on a whole series we’re putting together for our Community Supported Forest Gardening Course.  This Fall, I’ll finally be releasing this whole course as an online class for folks planning to Permaculture up their yards in 2019. And of course, these – and MORE – will still be available through our Community Supported Forest Gardening program here on site.  Here’s another place, along with perennial border design, coppicing, and hedgerow planting and maintenance, where my advice differs from that of many mainstream sources like extensions because I think the ol’ timers … Continue reading Espalier Training Lillie House Style, Summer Pruning

Permaculture and Money: Investing in Transforming our Lives, Livelihoods, and Society

“I’m not interested in what you do in your garden. You can read any one of 1,000 books on the topic. What I want to talk about is where you’re banking your money, and how you’re spending it.”  Bill Mollison, the Founder of Permaculture As a system of design, Permaculture can be applied to almost every aspect of our lives, including how we structure our finances and fund our endeavors. It’s worth noting that far less than half of the Permaculture Designer’s Manual is about growing food. And for me and Kim, it is the materials on Social Permaculture design, … Continue reading Permaculture and Money: Investing in Transforming our Lives, Livelihoods, and Society