Archive | Permaculture

Can Permaculture Go (More) Native?

by Dan Jaffe Permaculture is on the rise. Like small-scale, local farming in general, permaculture is fueled by increasing reports of damage caused by industrial-scale agriculture – pollution of land and water, neurotoxic pesticides, inhumane treatment of domestic animals, and sweeping destruction of habitat. (more…)

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Book Review: The Permaculture City

Written by Toby Hemenway Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, July 31, 2015 Reviewed by Trevor Smith This is not another Herb Spiral how to! Toby Hemenway’s The Permaculture City is a manual to practice permaculture, not a compilation of permaculture practices. Hemenway provides a tool kit “general enough to be applied to nearly any situation […]

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The Case for Native Medicinal Plants in the Landscape

by Todd Lynch In the wellspring of DIY that has made permaculture and edible landscapes household terms, native medicinal plants are outside many conventional conversations about edibles. Although institutions and homeowners rarely consider the value of these plants when weighing their options for a “productive” or self-sustaining landscape, medicinal plants are a valuable landscape resource […]

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Growing Permaculture at Greenfield Community College

by Shannon Dry and Abrah Jordan Dresdale Permaculture can be explained as a two-step practice: 1) observing the beneficial relationships, patterns, and processes found in ecosystems, and then, 2) mimicking those relationships in the design of systems that meet human needs equitably while regenerating the land. The student initiated and implemented permaculture garden at Greenfield […]

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Beginner’s Mind

Starting an ecologically-based farm business on marginal lands in the highlands of western MA by Kate Kerivan The rough-mowed trail led through an old field of asters and goldenrod edged with native high bush blueberry and American cranberry, humming with native pollinators. The trail continued through a stand of multiple-trunked ash, red maple, and beech […]

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Diversitree: Polyculture in Action

by Rebecca Leung Reprinted with the author’s permission from the Spring 2013 Wellesley College Botanic Gardens News. During the summer of 2012, one of the projects undertaken by the Environmental Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture interns at Wellesley College was the planning and implementation of a permaculture garden at Ashland Middle School located about ten miles […]

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Book Review: Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City Written by Eric Toensmeier, with contributions from Jonathan Bates Published by Chelsea Press, 2013 Reviewed by Penny Lewis Like a well-designed polyculture, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates have packed a lot of valuable and interesting […]

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