Category Archives: Articles of Note

“ 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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Goodheart’s Upcoming Cooking Class

April 7 – 12, 2013 at the John C Campbell Folk School “Everyday Yumptious Slow Foods” Join Andrew Goodheart Brown for a fun and amazing week of Natural Food cooking, including wood-fired artisan breads, pizzas, & foccacias as well as … Continue reading

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Body BRR-R-R’s: Orchard AH-H-H’s

After a short-lived warm and comfortable spell, winter is upon us, this first day of spring. Though I write from beside our hearth, and am so thankful for it’s centering warmth, my orchardist-self is happy too for the unseasonably cold … Continue reading

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Twenty Two Elf’s Last Days

                                                                 How strange, and how natural, that after a delightfully prolonged, pleasantly moderate autumn, (with an unusually late frost kill date of 20 November) the first day of winter produced the first wintery day. Winter has been with us since! … Continue reading

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