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LISTEN: Permaculture on Your Balcony: Writer’s Voice Interviews Toby Hemenway

The word “permaculture,” a portmanteau (yes, I just learned this word) of “permanent” and “agriculture,” basically means gardening in cooperation with nature; looking at how natural systems work and creating your own self-sustaining closed-loop system.

In this interview with Writer’s Voice, permaculture guru Toby Hemenway revisits his classic book Gaia’s Garden, now in a revised second edition, and gives his own organic gardening tips.

“…and these were ladybug larvae that were there in response to the aphids, and they were just gobbling up the aphids by the thousands. It was incredible. And just by waiting a few days and realizing, oh, nature’s already spotted the aphid problem: it’s a food source for these ladybug larvae, and there they are—within a few days, the aphid problem was completely gone.”

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Inside the Rise of the Local Grains Movement

Our daily bread. Breaking bread together. Bread and butter. These are all common phrases that reflect bread’s foundational role in our diet and in the building of our civilization. The stored energy of grain first allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering to building settled communities—even great cities. So why in an […] Read More..

3 Ways Spraying More Herbicides on Public Land is Bad

The following is a guest post by Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species. It is an open letter to the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding its proposal to add three new herbicides for invasive species management on western public lands. Find out below, how you can voice your concerns […] Read More..

Arid Agriculture: How to Reduce Heat Stress in Crops and Livestock

Regardless of where you stand on the climate change issue, there’s one reality few can deny. During the summer, many places in North America are now regularly suffering temperatures above 100˚F, whereas they rarely did in the past. It’s also widely known that such high temperatures put heat stress on crops that are not very […] Read More..

When it Comes to Invasive Species, Just Say NO to Eradication

What if we looked beyond the notion of invasive species as enemies, and instead harnessed them for beneficial uses? Beyond the War on Invasive Species offers just such a bold alternative to the chemical and intensive eradication efforts, one that is holistic and inspired by permaculture principles. First-time author Tao Orion makes a compelling case […] Read More..

A Conversation with Medicinal Herb Farmers Jeff and Melanie Carpenter

In their new book, The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer, Jeff and Melanie Carpenter offer a business guide and farming manual on how to successfully grow and market organic medicinal herbs. The Carpenters cover the basic practical information any grower needs to get an organic herb farm up and running, including size and scale considerations, soil […] Read More..