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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...

Mid-Summer in a Urban Oasis

To be effective in caring for our “out the front door” environment, each and every Now really needs to be experienced as a separate occurrence. Solutions for the many challenges to harvesting abundance do not include wishing we had some … Continue reading

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Spring Tales of an Urban Oasis: Orchards, Bees & BioChar

Nice to have been keeping a flowering chart (since 1996) for our urban orchard. As each new fruit variety is added here at Barefoot Permaculture, so is its name added to our flowering chart (which records the date of first … Continue reading

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“ Comfort comes into your house a guest, and stays to become the Master” (Gibran: “The Prophet”) How can we Homo sapiens self-proclaim intelligence, when our practices and activities severely undermine the very elements whose presence provides the foundation of … Continue reading

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Mid-Winter in the Urban Oasis

  Mid January already, and my proclivity appears to follow the genetic memories of very remote ancestors: Feed the fires! Hearths, where warmth radiates, food issues forth, and friends and families gather, are the heart of a home. In this … Continue reading

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                                       An Offer Not to Be Refused The best laid plans… are too tempting (to the invisible powers -to-be) to unfold as planned. Late summer / early fall  2013 was, in my mind, booked solid with the need to … Continue reading

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Autumn Musings

  Late autumn brings an almost end to the growing season at Barefoot Permaculture’s gardens, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. Already, several hard freezes have put an abrupt end to hoped-for lingering crops, such as basil, … Continue reading

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Humid August in an Urban Oasis

   Record amounts of moisture for western North Carolina (including Asheville, home of Barefoot Permaculture’s permacultureasheville.com). By mid-July, we were already several inches above the average total yearly amount. For the first time in our garden/orchard history, water was not … Continue reading

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Urban Oasis Mid-Summer 013 Musings…

  A soft, Sunday morning, gentle patter of July rain. During early hours 4/10” fell onto a soil already softened from an unusual first 10 days of just under a foot of rain. At the time of this posting (24 … Continue reading

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Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis:

  Greens, Bees, Bears & Frogs Late winters’ bite into spring (013) was prolonged. Plantings were delayed, needed bee work delayed too: both dependent upon warm weather. For western North Carolina, last year (012) was tough on honeybee survival. Normal … Continue reading

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The Dowser’s Garden: Deepening the Connection

 

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