Farming or bare-land-culture doesn’t last. Our western culture is killing and losing topsoil fast. One day that stops. Perma-culture at its roots is a food that builds soil. Civilizations thrive on soil.

Agroecology

Agroecology is fully rooted in science, seeks to work with nature, and draws nutrients from the land to grow crops without using costly chemical fertilizers or pesticides, which often serve to push farmers into debt. It posits that getting to know the land and crops with which you work intimately is empowering in more ways…

The Model of Horticulture

Horticulture celebrates diversity and the thousands of plants and species that provide us food and medicine. In farming communities, there is a connection to the land. The food system is far more resilient, and labour yields better results with less effort. In fact, if you include externalized costs, it is even more profitable than agriculture…

Gourds

A cool part of building an ecological farm is that you get to learn the stories of so many interesting plants. This past month I have been watch the gourds and pumpkins with great curiosity. Tied to taking in all the observations throughout the season to make sense things is also reading up and understanding…