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About goodheart

Education: Warren Wilson College (BA Environmental Studies) 1987: University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (MSc. Natural Resources) 2005 Permaculture Design Certificate (The Farm, TN) 1994 Presidential Volunteer Award: 2005, 2006, 2007 Experiences: National and international Permaculture teacher and practitioner since 1995; Sustainable land use and permaculture consultant; International consultant for small plot sustainable agriultural projects; Home orchard consultant; Endangered species observer for sea-turtle and whale projects; Field biologist and naturalist; Gourmet natural food chef and teacher; Home baker (artisan breads) brewer & fermenter; Home orchardist; BeeKeeper; Ecological gardener; Broom-maker in the Southern Highland Craft Guild, and general bio-philiac...

July Musings in an Urban Oasis

Mid-summer in the Southeastern Appalachians of Western North Carolina: Barefoot Gardens and Orchards (in east Asheville) are many shades of plush green and hoped for promise. (Much attention and work precedes and weaves throughout the hope)! With our orchard beginnings … Continue reading

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Snowy Day Musings and Wonderings

Incredibly dry 2016 growing season, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. From mid-May through early July: no measurable rainfall. Two weeks of medium rainfall in July, then again, no measurable moisture until late October. Amazing, that in … Continue reading

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Barefoot Permaculture in Myanmar

In mid-January, 2016, I traveled to Yangon, Myanmar for a 2 week project; teaching Composting and Sustainable Soil Management. The host organization was a large grower’s association: Myanmar Fruit, Flower, and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFFVPA). Two areas were … Continue reading

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Barefoot Permaculture Goes To Myanmar

Last year, a  project arose in Myanmar, for teaching Composting and Sustainable Soil Management. Initial request dates were for September; a time in which I had little availability.      I did have time in November, yet was told that, due … Continue reading

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Post-Solstice at an Urban Oasis

The last week of December, 2015, and we are outside barefooted, and inside without having had our wood stove going for the past two weeks. Fall Honey Extraction It’s unseasonably warm. Wax-Cleaning Bees: post Honey Extraction Enjoyable for me comfort-wise. … Continue reading

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Musings from a Mid-Summer Urban Oasis

“Dry” describes this years’ conditions so far, at Barefoot Permaculture Orchard & Gardens, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, USA. Although we collect roof rainwater by intercepting at the downspouts, in this dry growing season, it’s never … Continue reading

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Late Winter in a Temperate Urban Oasis

This noon sees me seated within the warm and glowing sphere of our Jotul woodstove. Although our 1918 built farm cottage has a modern propane furnace, we leave the thermostat set on 55 F, and rely upon, and prefer, the … Continue reading

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One day workshop with Peter Bane Feb 08

from the  Organic Growers School: a day-long workshop with Peter Bane Sunday   Feb 08, 2015 “Home-Grown Revolution:  How Re-imagining your Home & Yard can Transform the World: Peter Bane, author of “The Permaculture Handbook”, long-time publisher of the Permacuture Activist, … Continue reading

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Winter at an Urban Oasis

  2015 has just slid in, under the closed front door; liked the woodstove’s gentle warmth, and decided to stay awhile… Each December, at Barefoot Permaculture, we  have a 2 weekend sale and open house : “Clay & Straw”, during … Continue reading

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Late Autumn at the Urban Oasis

The active growing season now lays behind us. Beloved annuals have been harvested; such as winter squash, sweet —as well as hot peppers, tomatoes, and maize — all open pollinated and our own saved seeds.  Maize ( Hopi Blue and … Continue reading

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