Gains From Catching Rain In Drains: A Video Explanation Of The Rain Tank Project (Alberta, Canada)

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This summer we installed our last major rainwater harvesting feature on our property. This rain tank is unique because it is integrated into our hardscape (patio) so it’s completely invisible to the untrained eye. In this video I talk about how it was built, how it fills, what we use it for and details on… Read more »

Permaculture in the Cities – An Interview with Geoff Lawton

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Photo © Craig Mackintosh Marcin Gerwin: Permaculture is currently hardly known in Poland. Could you explain what it is? Geoff Lawton: Permaculture is a design science. It’s a system that supplies all the needs of humanity — all the basic needs and all the intricate needs — in a way that also benefits the environment…. Read more »

The Power of Local Unity: Small US Town Enacts Free Food Trade (Sedgewick, Maine, USA)

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via NewsBeaconIreland Sedgwick, Maine, the first town in the US to legalize any kind of food transaction as free and legal in order to keep the right to produce raw milk, organic produce, free-range eggs, and more, is revolutionizing the way America keeps its food rights – including saying no to GMOs. In other words, it is… Read more »

Tunneling into School

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What? Why would anyone want to tunnel back into school? Well, I have no idea, but in the past six years have I have been investigating how to build living tunnels in school grounds and gardens and have learned a thing or two about willow tunneling.

Perennial Abundance – Over 200 Food Plants on Just a Tiny 1/10th Acre of Cold Climate Urban Land

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There’s something to be said for the scattergun technique. — planting over 300 edible plants in your backyard to see exactly what sticks, what takes off and what dies in the process. This is the technique used by Permaculture authors Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates when they converted their tiny 1/10 acre suburban backyard into… Read more »

Laundry to Landscape Urban Greywater Installation: Greening the Sonoran Desert (Phoenix, Arizona)

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This past November (2013), Watershed Management Group’s Green Living Co-op installed a "Laundry to Landscape" greywater system at my house. Enthusiastic co-op member ready to dig in! The Green Living Co-op runs on a barn-raising principle — basically you earn ‘hours’ by participating in other members’ projects.  After you’ve earned a set amount of hours,… Read more »

Making a Terrace Garden, Part II

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Photos by David Ashwanden Readers requested more pictures to make it easier to understand the steps I took to create my terrace garden. Having scoured my photo collection for a more clarifying portrayal of what my terrace garden looked like, I can only find examples of another terrace garden, built on more or less the… Read more »