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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Three Hardy Additions to the Edible Landscape

by Dan Furman At Cricket Hill Garden, we have sought over our two decades of operation to introduce American gardeners to Chinese tree peonies. In addition to these imperial flowers, we also grow the better-known herbaceous and newer intersectional hybrid peonies. In recent years I have worked to expand our offerings of interesting edible landscape […]

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Pink Pearl Apple: An Heirloom Surprise

by Joy Albright-Souza Revised from an article originally published in The Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2013. Designing edible landscapes is a privilege. During the design process for an edible garden I am often asked what I enjoy most in my own garden. While there are a number of possible answers, when the subject is apples, I […]

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It’s Time to Tell the Bees

by Michelle, Ray, and Sebastian Wright “Telling the Bees” is a beautiful, old English country tradition. In the 1800s, honeybees were an integral part of family and community landscapes. Informing the family beehive of changes such as a birth, death, or marriage was customary – and if the owner of the hive died, the bees […]

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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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Book Review: The Resilient Farm and Homestead

Written by Ben Falk Published by Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013 Reviewed by Kerry O’Kelly Another title for the The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk could be “Permaculture in Practice” as the value of this book is primarily through examining the 10-year case study of Mr. Falk’s Whole Systems Research Farm. This is where […]

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ELA Hosts Ecological Dialog on LinkedIn

Whether you are located in the area of ELA’s upcoming events or in some distant landscape, you are invited to participate in ELA collaborations and discussions by joining the Ecological Landscape Alliance discussion group on LinkedIn. The ELA discussion group is open to both ELA members and non-members from around the world. Today the discussion […]

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