What to Plant? Starting for the Midwest

Since we started the Lifeboat Series 2017 in February, I have been very anxious and excited about starting my garden this year.  It would not be just another ordinary garden this year.   Not just a bunch of pretty plants while I fuss over the “weeds” and creeping and crawling things with chemicals from the…

Creating a Functional Design

The first step in building a Permaculture garden is to figure out what a Permaculture garden is to you. This might sound strange, but the fact is that there is no one way to build any type of garden, you’ll have to have some idea of what you want to create.       Having…

Produce No Waste, Value Diversity, Obtain a Yield

Why is diversity so important?  As we see in permaculture diversity is necessary to use all the energy in a closed ecosystem.  Diversity produces resiliency, beauty, variety, and multiple resources that serve many functions. The Principles of Permaculture focus on the mantra that nature produces no waste. Everything has purpose and value in more ways than…

Creating a Food Forest Step by Step

Zone 0 self-care.  There is an old saying in some communities “you are what you eat”.  We are all products of our environments.   Now there is a NEW paradigm.   The NEW thinking is that you eat what you ARE.   We have finally come to understand that we eat according to our moods…

Eco Practicums

The Design plan of permaculture applications for implementation in the Earth Care and Fair Share Phases will be solidified.  Trainees must work in groups.  Individual design projects must be supported by other projects that complement or are necessary for the success of each design process.  Eco Practicums must be designed to “mimic” a healthy ecosystem…

Black Urban Growers Conference-Africaness and Indigeneity

Africaness and Indigeneity-Black Urban Growers Conference is a blog post written by Jackie Smith about the 2014 Black Urban Growers conference.  She is sharing this writing, as a result of our discussion on indigeneity.  The blog post was written for the Enviromental and Food Justice blog in December 2014 and became a vehicle for Jackie to…

The Comfort of Comfrey

The Comfort of Comfrey is a video I created a few years ago in the GrowAsis Urban Garden Consulting, Inc. garden. The video shows how comfrey helped with the growth of vegetable crops in the garden.  Comfrey is a bioaccumulating plant that is beneficial in any permaculture landscape or garden. It has the ability to remove…

Are you RainReady

Water is an awesome gift of nature.  It gives life, it heals, it feeds, and it sustains.  We all enjoy the pleasures of water, but what about the inconveniences of too much water?  What plans and strategies can we put in place to help us plan for a flood.  Here is a video of a local…

Empty lots become flourishing gardens

Change happens in an instant, but sometimes it can take years to manifest the change.  The person to make the change is the person in the mirror.  We have allowed others to determine how we interact with our environment.  The Principles of Permaculture talks about accountability.  Instead of choosing to live in an environment that…

Wildness: People and Nature

Please see this video on ‘wildness’ from my first college university about original instructions, indigeneity, etc in mountains of Southern Colorado.  Great example of biomimickry, ecological services, relationships, in lak ‘ech, etc. Devon Pena describes the ‘water democracy’ of the Acequia people. Another video on wildness from Mistinguette Smith of the Black Land Project. Enjoy!!…

Principles of Permaculture

Learning more about the principles of permaculture expands the ideas of holistic living into our environment.  Living in large cities around the expanding technology and the enrapture with artificial lifestyles have caused many people to become disconnected from the natural environment.  Disconnected from nature herself.  We have become so disconnected that we have forgotten the basic…