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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...