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)

The Most (and Least) Important Tasks for High-Value Gardens (and Farms)

(Draft design sketch for a Habitat for Humanity project.) Sure, maybe you’re willing to put in $30 of cash and work for a single tomato because it’s your hobby. But honestly, most people I see start this way end up letting the garden go after a few years because it just isn’t worth the time. From my observations, the people who harvest the most value, satisfaction and, well, produce out of their gardens are those who take gardening seriously. We keep things simple, but we also plan, prioritize and intend to progress over time, becoming better and better growers. Over … Continue reading The Most (and Least) Important Tasks for High-Value Gardens (and Farms)

Designing Prosperity, Financial Permaculture and Harvesting Energy

Look at the diversity of life, the wealth and fertility of natural ecosystems, the beauty, the energy, vitality that nature has accumulated, generated and sustained over the ages, through cliamte changes, massive earthquakes and volcanoes, fridged ice ages, meteor collisions…  For me, the generative power of nature is utterly awe-inspiring, so it was a major relelvation to think that we could harness that power and put it to work creating the kind of life we want to live, by modelling our livelihood on its wise patterns.  Live in-tune with nature: Transform your life. Like this: And we can use models … Continue reading Designing Prosperity, Financial Permaculture and Harvesting Energy

Spiritual Abundance

The Great Eastern Sun Rises over a Forest Garden By Rachelle N. Yeaman, Guest Contributor The word “spiritual” is going to put some (most?) folks off right away. We’re uncomfortable with it. Many of us are quietly afraid that permaculture won’t be taken seriously if it’s associated with tree-hugging nonsense. Only numbers can prove the importance of what we strive to do. Many of us have incredibly complicated relationships with the religions of our childhood, and whether we still practice or not, we don’t want to be preached at on permie blogs. And in any case, does spirituality really have any place in real conversations about real problems? The world … Continue reading Spiritual Abundance