Permaculture Principles: Catch and store energy


In this series I am working through the twelve permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways beyond Sustainability.Remember that the first principle is “observe and interact” which as we said last time runs counter to our fast-paced culture and tendency to favor doing over being. Here’s the second design principle […]

Your Garden Matters


One of the last books I read while living in Bolivia was Beyond Organics: Gardening for the Future by Helen Cushing, which is available for FREE from the Soil and Health Library online. As should be expected of books on the cutting edge of agriculture, organics and gardening the author is Australian. While many of […]

The Original Sin of Church and State


I’ve been interested in First People, Native American, indigenous issues ever since I spent two weeks on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. I was working at a Lutheran camp based near Ft. Collins, CO and worked with High School youth groups on week-long service trips. We were invited by the local Arapahoe chief […]

The Lazy Way of Farming


I’ve been intrigued by Fukuoka and his natural way of farming for a while. This precursor to the modern permaculture movement developed a way and philosophy of agriculture based on his observations and experiments in Japan. Eventually he was able to produce as much rice using his method as others did with more traditional (mono-cropping) […]

Small Is Beautiful: Urban vs. Rural


I read an article from the Guardian that asked “Which is greener urban or rural living?” Treehugger also picked up the conversation, and the consensus seemed to be that urban life was clearly greener. In the city you often don’t need a car. You live in smaller housing units in tall buildings that take up […]

Natural Farming and the Parable of the Weeds (Matthew 13:24-30;36-43)


That’s right, the reason you started reading this blog in the first place is back. The last post was April 26 of this year and before that January 10. For a while, I was disciplined in doing it once or twice a week. I’d like to get back to that. Before diving into today’s passage […]