Category Archives: Articles of Note

Musings Of A 12th Night Merrymaker

After an enjoyable yet slow paced first 9 months of 2011, just as our Moonglow pears were picked and stored in a cooler, my year took off at a gallop that lasted 3 months, mostly away from home. First was … Continue reading

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Travails of a Fruit Grower

Continuing Tales from an Urban Oasis In our 16 (or so) years of Home Orcharding, fruit predation by birds has increased steadily, beginning around 2000, when a pair of catbirds decided to nest on site. I was excited to have … Continue reading

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Further Tales from an Urban Oasis

Further Tales from an Urban Oasis Hive Resurrection: Long Live the Queen! Thirty-three days after introducing a frame of new eggs into our queenless hive, and not being able to stay away any longer (curiosity being an unrelenting force a … Continue reading

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Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis

Ongoing Tales of an Urban Oasis: Hot Bees, Queens & Bears A cold, rainy mid-May day, long time residents call “blackberry winter” circumstantially tells me its time to write on these pages again. At Barefoot permaculture, Blackberries are in bloom, … Continue reading

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Barefoot Permaculture: Spring 011 Update

Barefoot Permaculture Spring Update We are enticed in Permaculture training with the statement “The purpose of the designer is to become the recliner”. It’s a great image, and belies the idea that proper placement of the elements of our site … Continue reading

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Late Winter at Barefoot Permaculture

Late winter 20 Elven (2011) and after a unrelentingly cold December and January, February’s prolonged warmth makes my body happy, and eases my being outdoors for lengthy periods of time, allowing me some comfortable catch-up on garden and orchard “chores”. … Continue reading

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SOIL ENHANCEMENT, PERMACULTURE STYLE

I have a confession to make: I am a dyed-in–the-wool feces eater. And while I enjoy that of other animals, I am a taboo breaker of the most offensive kind in my predilection for the manure of 2-leggeds, and more … Continue reading

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Farmers Markets As Community Builders

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Farmers Markets are helping to build community around the country as they have done for centuries worldwide.  A study by sociologists of customer behavior in supermarkets, revealed that when we shop these mega stores, … Continue reading

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The Return of the Bicycle by Lester Brown

The bicycle has many attractions as a form of personal transportation. It alleviates congestion, lowers air pollution, reduces obesity, increases physical fitness, does not emit climate-disrupting carbon dioxide, and is priced within the reach of the billions of people who … Continue reading

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Agribusiness Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis, We Will

‘Tis the season of farmers’ markets. Last week I moseyed on down to the Southampton (NY) farmers market and picked up some tasty, locally produced cheese that melted in my mouth with a delicious tang. But that local dairy farmer … Continue reading

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