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Education at Hayes Valley Farm

“Everything is a lesson in everything we do.”— Geoff Lawton, Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, February 22, 2010 In the first four months at Hayes Valley Farm, we’ve held a number of workshops, including...

Green is Dead, and We Have Killed It

It has been interesting to watch the great juggernaut known as Consumer Capitalism gobble up and commodify the terms that have been used to define the movement working to change our lifestyles to something...

Life at Zaytuna – Swales in Landscape

Life at Zaytuna – Swales in Landscape

At the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia, Rob Avis explains how swales work to re-hydrate the landscape and re-charge aquifers.  Love to see that blue tape name tag Rob! . Originally posted to Permaculture...

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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...