Tag Archives: micro-eco farming

skateboard learning

Check this out. Everything you need to know, you can learn from skateboarding. I have worked on my farm with skateboarders. My son-in-law and some of his friends are skateboarders.  Skateboarders are amazing, creative, and bright people. I once interviewed two … Continue reading

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“composing a life”

I’ve begun to write about applying permaculture design principles not only to gardenspaces, but also to the lives we lead outside of our gardens. The first thing that occurred to me was that people do this all of the time. … Continue reading

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leaning toward permaculture ideals

Modern permaculture was inspired by Chinese-derived wet-rice and tree-crop systems employed in Southeast Asia, which remain reasonable models of sustainability. Southern China, on the whole, has done less ecological damage in 8,000 years of agricultural history than Western practices have … Continue reading

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ideal world

In an ideal world I’d teach part time and also run this farm learning center, develop a native plant nursery, and expand the whole deal. In a more than ideal world, one of the colleges I’ve been working for would … Continue reading

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figs and other warm weather plants in the high desert

I realized recently that I’m finally thinking like a desert gardener/farmer. Maybe I should say thinking more like one. You can’t grow any kind of garden out here without altering your thinking about gardens somewhat and rapidly. I began to … Continue reading

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an irrigation tower for drylands gardening, part 2, and some drought thoughts

Here’s the latest. Saturday, March 22, we met and continued work on our gravity-fed irrigation “tower.” The frame for our prototype tower was built. We repurposed some wood that was here at the farm and we bought a few 2x4s … Continue reading

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an irrigation tower for drylands gardening

One of the new farm day participants (but someone who has been following our work for a long time) has initiated a new project. We began construction on Saturday. At Rainshadow Farm, we have hand-watered from the get-go. We do … Continue reading

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