Recent Blog Posts

Women who Farm

Celebrating the Women who have developed and participated in Kibbutz Lotan & Center for Creative Ecology's Green Apprenticeship Course & who have put Farming and food production into their lives and their communities: Freyja Jennifer ~ 10 Acres Flat, Jackson,...

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We used to love waste

This morning, while our Green Apprenticeship Permaculture students were doing independent work on their projects, Mike Kaplin led the staff of the Center for Creative Ecology on part 2 of our study of "Lean Farming". We've built our organization on...

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Gangsta Gardening in LA

Gangsta Gardening in LARon Finley got fed up with watching people dying from the food they were eating and decided that his urban sidewalk needed to become a fresh food forest:  Here's some a summary of the talk using our favorites of Ron's...

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Why bother? It’s been done before!

Why bother making a curbside garden, a raised bed or grow herbs in window sill cans when they'll never produce much food? Why make them beautiful? And why put out a sign or blog about your achievement? You're not doing anything that others haven't done before, not...

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Every purchase is a political statement

One of the underlying tenets of the ecological / environmental / permaculture worldview is that we - all living creatures, and specifically people, are interconnected. There are numerous ways of looking at this. The Gaia Hypothesis/Theory published by...

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Lotan EcoCampus Biogas

Construction of the Center for Creative Ecology's EcoCampus Methane Anaerobic Biogas Digester Mike Kaplin and I spent a few years of researching Methane Biogas Digestors in order to determine which one would be educational and utilitarian for use in the EcoCampus...

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The single straw bale garden

Following a session in our Green Apprenticeship Permaculture Design and Training course about unique solutions for what appears to be a site that is inappropriate for growing vegetables, I was asked:Question: how to grow a garden in an urban area where the ground is...

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Year in Review – 5775

I am "notorious" for taking photos during, well, just about everything. These photos come in handy when opportunities like Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, comes around and we reflect on what we've done for 365 days. This is not an exhaustive selection totally...

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Green Fire

I'd like to thank Addison, one of our Green Apprenticeship Permaculture Design and Training course participants for sharing with me the 2013 documentary A Fierce Green Fire:"Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like...

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Cream of Mushroom and Onion Soup (vegetarian dairy)

I decided to make Cream of Mushroom and Onion Soup for dinner. I looked online for the recipes that would serve as inspirations to use the ingredients that I had on hand.Stock:1 head of cauliflower4 carrots3 medium  potatoes2 liters of watersaltSaute:3 large...

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