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Late-Summer from an Urban Oasis

While much of Turtle Island (the nation) is severely affected by one of the worst droughts and prolonged highest temperatures in recorded meteorological history, in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina, it’s been a season of adequate to … Continue reading

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Mid-Summer Tales from an Urban Oasis

Never in my 37 years of living in western NC, have I come close to experiencing the prolonged, high heat of the past month! At Barefoot Permaculture, we have never come close to feeling we needed an air-conditioner. Around Asheville, … Continue reading

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Spring Tales From An Urban Oasis

Our protective strategies during the last two gnashings of late season icy teeth, paid off. Our Greek Village Figs, shown in previous posting, have 59 large, ripening figs (early crop on last years’ new wood) as well as lots of … Continue reading

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Attack of the Goldfish

For any site, a classic permaculture design footprint is the carpet sandwich pond. The technique uses sections of discarded carpet — nails removed — as protective padding to enclose either plastic or EPDM (inner tube material). The basics are: dig … Continue reading

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Climate Change and the Spring Orchard

Goofy weather! The winter that almost wasn’t, coaxed even the most native of plants — who we feel should genetically know better — into early bud break: both leaf and flower. Apples, for instance, blossomed 2 weeks earlier than their … Continue reading

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Musings Early in Twenty-Two Elf

Of what is most present this time of year, two parts of my interior self hold separate yet overlapping views. My body is happy in this relatively mild winter season. Thus far, —and for as yet scientifically unknown reasons— the … 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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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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