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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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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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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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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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