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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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                                       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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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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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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8th Annual Permaculture Design Course

   Maya Mountain Research Farm in southern Belize Join Albert Bates, Andrew Goodheart Brown, Christopher Nesbitt, and Nicole Foss,( co-editor of The Automatic Earth) for the 8th annual Permaculture Design Course at the Maya Mountain Research Farm in southern Belize, during … 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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A Time of Harvests, Birds, and Bears

The growing season has come and gone… almost. For the first time in many years, November is upon us and there has been no killing frost: we still have basil, bananas (yes! bananas), figs, nasturtiums, and moonflower in leaf and … Continue reading

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