Pushed out of the Nest


Create Vision and Respond to Change, Earth Care, Fair Share, Forest Gardening, Life Choices, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

There are times in life where it becomes clear that you need to move on.  I have been imagining lately how difficult and frightening it must be for baby birds to be pushed out of the nest by their mothers.  But if it weren’t for the mother’s gentle nudge, would the baby bird ever have […]

December 3, 2015

Mushroom Innoculation


Catch and Store Energy, Forest Gardening, Make it Yourself, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles

At our party last weekend, we had intended to do grafting and mushroom inoculating, but didn’t get to the latter.  Rob has been working on evenings this week to complete the task, which is not difficult, just time consuming.  Amassing the items required for the job was the most tedious part. We have been collecting […]

September 3, 2015

Building Community with Skill Share


Cultivate Diversity, Forest Gardening, Integrate, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback

This past weekend we invited friends over to learn how to graft fruit trees!  Rob and a couple of other attendees have attended workshops with Ken Taylor to learn how to graft onto root stock.  There were a few reasons for us to host a work party.  Realistically, we have been meaning to do this […]

September 2, 2015

For the Love of Garlic Scapes – 10 Ways to Use Them!


Cultivate Diversity, Food, Forest Gardening, Make it Yourself, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Recipie, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Our garlic scapes are now coming fast and furious!  They are a wonderful byproduct of growing garlic, since by harvesting, the garlic bulbs grow much larger.  In the interest of making no waste, we use every single one!  I get asked a lot what we do with them all, so I thought others may have […]

June 30, 2015

Edible Weeds – Forage Your Yard!


Catch and Store Energy, Cultivate Diversity, Fair Share, Forest Gardening, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles, Recipie, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

“A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson This is a photo tour of five ‘weeds’ likely growing in your yard that you can eat!  We use all six to make our ‘weed salads’ which we eat all summer long!  The children love finding and eating many of these […]

June 5, 2015

Forest Garden Convergence


Catch and Store Energy, Cultivate Diversity, Forest Gardening, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles

As Spring brings rain and regeneration, I am growing my anticipation of the upcoming Forest Garden Convergence!  The theme of this year’s convergence is “Deep Roots of Regeneration.” The general plan is to have panel discussions on topics of Forest Gardening with family programming happening at the same time.  I am part of the family […]

April 8, 2015

Facing the Ugliness of Parenting


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Forest Gardening, Inner Permaculture, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Yesterday our family awoke to nearly a foot of snow after a week of playing outdoors in spring coats.  At first I was so discouraged, feeling very much like I have had enough winter.  Then I came to see the beauty of soft snow piled high atop everything.  The snow was good for packing since […]

April 2, 2015