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Overstanding SF Water

This following I wrote in response to a chain of comments about the quality of SF Water on the Permaculture SF email list. The original question asked, “anyone have any idea on the quality...

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The Garden of Earthly Delights

In Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych the Garden of Earthly Delights (c. 1504) three worlds exist simultaneously: idyllic harmony, earthly human indulgence, and chaotic hell.  It’s a metaphor for the world that we currently inherit.  Everything...

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Being Green is Being Blue

(sky and baby before navy!) On this water planet we often think of the land before the sea.  14% of Earth’s land is protected where as not even a percent of the world ocean...

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Observing the Movement

It’s as if there is a house on fire, on top of a hill and as some people walk by, they look up, see the house on fire and they jump into action  —...

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January 2010, Gardeners Gone Wild

A new community garden being built on Octavia near Lily, Growing Home A new farm plot being prepared at Gough and Eddy, Urban Share 30+ designers training at the Urban PDC New Positions and...

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Grafting Community Knowledge

At the California Rare Fruit Growers’ Scion Exchange, we learned about grafting scion wood to root stock, and how to make a “franken-tree” with dozens of apple varieties branching off a single trunk. As...

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Scion Exchange in Berkeley

Don’t miss this weekend’s big adventure: the California Rare Fruit Grower’s Scion Exchange. For tree-planting newbies, the event includes a grafting workshop and the opportunity to learn about the incredible variety of fruit trees...

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Visions for the SF Permaculture Guild

The beginning of the calendar year can sometimes be a convenient time to return to the visioning stage of a design process.  While the San Francisco Permaculture Guild has a formal mission statement, as...

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Ollas: Unglazed Clay Pots for Garden Irrigation

I first encountered the concept of using unglazed clay vessels for sub-surface irrigation in Bill Mollison’s “The Global Gardener” film series.  Mollison comments that the technique might be the (paraphrase) “the most efficient irrigation...