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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...

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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...