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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...

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Cutting Scions with CRFG

Last year at 18th and Rhode Island, Tree and I got to talking about fruit trees, pruning, collecting scions for grafting and his new Omega grafting tool, which he was revved up about.  Later...

My Urban Village…An Invisible Utopia

My Urban Village…An Invisible Utopia

“But-head” thoughts vied for my attention last night during our PDC class discussion of “Community-Scale Urban Design.” Three student teams brainstormed on the “ultimate” layout of a 1,000 person, 2-block Urban Village.  Our imaginations...

Starting with Zone Zero

Starting with Zone Zero

Just imagine my husband’s reaction when, upon asking me in the early weeks of my permaculture design course, “Whadya  learn in class tonight, honey?” I sweetly smiled, looked him straight in the eye, and...

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Trees Are The Answer

One of the PDC field trips the class got to visit the M.A. Center in San Ramon to get a visual look of the land and what is going on there. That piece of...

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Make Your Own Worm Bin

In our Permaculture Design Course, we learned the quick and dirty method of making a worm bin — drill holes into a storage bin, fill it with ripped up newspaper, add worms and food...