Permaculture Articles

In French, the verbs for crying (pleurer) and raining (pleuvoir) seem pretty close - je pleure (I'm crying) and il pleut (it's raining). I've also often wondered why the weather is preceded by "il" (he) and not "elle" (she). A few weeks before our trip, I started using the verb pleuvoir, saying "je read more...
It is so clear to me in Haiti how interconnected all of these things are. So many of these issues are connected in self-perpetuating cycles... Approximately 98% of Haiti has been deforested (connected to farming cash crops and collecting wood for cooking fuel) = less transpiration from trees = less read more...
Deep breath...  Changing cycles, changing flows...  On Wednesday, at another camp, we TRANSFORMED A SMALL PATCH OF MOUNTAINSIDE COVERED IN GARBAGE INTO A COMPOST AND VEGETABLE GARDEN IN ABOUT THREE HOURS. We were about 20-30 people. MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!  The digging team dug three trenches read more...
My emotions have been like big waves here in Haiti, some moments being filled with joy, Love, beauty, peace or curiosity, and other moments feeling intensely frustrated, deeply sorrowful and angry. A few moments when tears welled up in me and I felt the depths of sorrow and Love, as if my heart was read more...
We started a small garden with about 25 people at a camp today – a sunken garden bed at the bottom of a little dip, with a raised border on the lower end and an overflow trench, to catch water and allow excess water during intense rains to flow out of the garden.  We collected mulch from the shrubs read more...
Personal reflections from our journey while working in Haiti...   Seeing and living so many contrasts here.  There is so much life bustling in the streets - people selling mangos, garlic, beans, toothpaste, phone cards, belts, wooden poles and other wares beside crumbled buildings.  There are camps read more...
What is "permaculture" anyways? At its simplest, permaculture is an eco-logical approach to design. It can be described as a way of thinking, making decisions and designing things based on observing nature. Permaculture has a set of ethics and design principles, which can be applied to physical read more...
I think abundance is a way of thinking and a way of rethinking about our lives and the world. What would the world look like if people everywhere caught onto these kinds of ideas? I have learned from practicing Nonviolent Communication that it is very possible - and often so enriching - to approach read more...
Last weekend, we had the pleasure of going to a house-raising. Our friend, who designs and builds traditional timber-framed homes, had taken several months to design and pre-cut the entire frame for their new house. They invited all their friends to come for one day to help "raise" the frame.  read more...
Last week we were invited to participate in a house raising party. Bonita will speak more about it in her post, so I won't be too long... Here are the pictures. It was an awesome community and friendship experience. Don't hesitate if you have the opportunity to participate in one! Check out this  read more...

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