whitewashed hope: regenerative agriculture & permaculture offer narrow solutions to the climate crisis
A message from 10+ Indigenous leaders and organizations We are honored to support this Indigenous-led collaborative post, which invites proponents of western ecological agriculture to go deeper—to not ‘take’ certain land practices from Indigenous cultures without their context, but to encompass deeper Indigenous worldviews... inspiring a consciousness shift that will support us to go from a […]
On the weekend of October 23rd-25th, Greenhorns (in collaboration with Mozaic Farm in Chimacum, WA and HipCamp) hosted a socially-distant, workshop-based training for nut and fruit tree planting and soil building called Plant-Out Camp Out. Inspired in part by the Global Earth Repair conference held in nearby Port Townsend in 2019, this was an experimental […]
ABOUT QUAIL SPRINGSFounded in 2004, Quail Springs is an educational non-profit that sits on a 450-acre permaculture demonstration site in the Cuyama Valley, CA. Quail Springs is dedicated to exploring the possibilities of sustainable human community on land through teaching and demonstration. We believe that land health is human health, and that the lessons of […]
EVENT LINK: FLP SPEAKER SERIES: LINDSAY ALLEN, FARMING OPERATIONS DIRECTOR, HIGH GROUND FARM (registration required for an emailed Zoom link) Hosted by the Food Literacy Project, join this FREE online event Wednesday October 7th, at 4pm ET // 7pm PT. Learn about urban agriculture in the Boston area and how to cultivate the under-utilized space […]
[vimeo 231744267 w=640 h=360] New and exciting things are happening at the Permaculture Skills Center. The Eco-Landscape Mastery Course is already underway! It couldn't be a more opportune time to continue our work educating our communities and ourselves! It's a degraded world out there. So many acres/hectares of landscapes have been destroyed and it's having negative consequences […]
An interactive website that allows you to find perennial farms anywhere in the US.
[vimeo 124611294 w=640 h=352] Disillusioned by a cultural story of consumption and alienation, a newly married couple are called to action. Carrying with them their unborn child, they embark on a year-long journey around the UK, searching for the seeds of an alternative culture and with it hope for the future. we the uncivilized: A Life Story resonates deeply with […]
Live on Heritage Radio's Greenhorns Radio show this Tuesday, we'll interview farmer Erica Frenay of Shelterbelt Farm in Ithaca New York. Erica also works for Cornell's Small Farms Institute, and her bio on their page should give you an idea of how many rich topics of conversation this interview might follow. Erica began working for […]
Respected Internet explorers and seekers of Harmony with Nature; welcome to this entry portal, introducing you to our work at the Ha’iku Aina Permaculture Initiative (also known as HAPI). The project, as we see it, is a way of applying principles of agroforestry and permaculture in an area of rainforest on this beautiful island in the South Pacific […]
Greenhorns Blog reader John D. Galuska, Ph.D., followed up our post on the cold-hearty Asian citrus the Yuzu, by sending us some pictures and information about the Flying Dragon fruit. The Flying Dragon is a dwarf cultivar of Trifolate orange, native to China and Korea, and supposedly hearty to USDA zone 6. Galuska, who runs Grown In […]
Looking for some permaculture inspiration? Well, we've got some for you! Bustan Qaraaqa, in the West Bank's Jerusalem, is a "permaculture project promoting sustainable, creative solutions to problems of environmental degradation and food and water insecurity facing the local community." Bustan Quraaqa's website showcases some of the most beautiful and successful permaculture installations we've ever seen, […]
Edible Forest Garden Design Intensive with Dave Jacke, author of Edible Forest Gardens June 24 – July 3, 2016, at Heartwood Institute Scholarships available. Apply early. In this nine-day intensive course, you will dive deeply into the vision, theory, and practice of designing wholesome, dynamic, and resilient edible ecosystems. Dave Jacke and his teaching […]
In the summer of 2016, the Permaculture Skills Center in Sebastopol, CA is offering a Farm School, a 10-week intensive on regenerative farming, followed by an integrated 6-month mentorship on independent projects. The program integrates sustainable design, business planning, and farm operation-- blending class, field trips, visits from local experts, and on-farm experience-- to give students a holistic education in […]
We have a stubborn and delicious dream that farming can evolve to exist without a constant input of fossil fuels, and Peace of Earth Farm in Albany, VT is dreaming it too! Farmer Rebecca Beidler, has put out a call for support on a super innovative research project to combine the technologies of root cellars and ice houses to […]
Versaland is a 145-acre permaculture research farm in Iowa City, Iowa. Science-focused and early stage, Versaland (with you!) will plant 12,000+ trees in the 2016 season while continuing to develop our ponds, earthworks and Keyline installations. Versaland operates custom-built machinery, an electric tractor and many other farm innovations. Hosting skill-specific workshops throughout the season including […]
As a quick thumbnail sketch, permaculture is an ecological approach to the design of whole systems. It is an ethically bounded framework of ecological design that can be used to design everything from landscapes and farms to business enterprises and other cultural projects, on nearly any scale. On the surface, permaculture is often about designing […]
Mendocino Permaculture’s 33rd Annual Winter Abundance Workshop Saturday January 30, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Boonville Just a little less a week now until the Mendocino Permaculture's Winder Abundance Workshop! The event is free and fantastic! Head on over to the Facebook event page for a schedule of events, carpooling schemes, […]
Our friend Lindsay Rebhan, ecological designer extraordinaire at Ecological Gardens, was recently a featured interview in Acres' December issue. Check it out HERE!
Innovative New Farm School Prepares Students to Feed People and our Planet A new farm school grows up in Sebastopol, CA, preparing a new generation of farmers to grow food in the face of changing climate, mounting challenges for family farmers, and a growing public desire for more sustainable ways to feed our world.
[vimeo 21443142 w=500 h=375] Check out the rad folks at the Urban Orchard Project, based out of the UK. They are an organization devoted to creating, restoring, and celebrating fruıt orchards in London and beyond. The video above provides a quick lesson on pruning old fruıit trees, and they provide more invaluable advice on their webpage. Remnant […]
Greenhorns, in partnership with Organic Consumers Association were in attendance last month at the national gathering of the FFA. The FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, saw a sea of 60,000 students representing every nook and cranny of America (and its territories) gathered together for fellowship, belonging, education and scholarly competition. Between the ages of 13 and 18, many of these students are next-in-line to the family farm and occupy a strategically powerful position in the future of American Agriculture; they are kids with land. With a self-confidence rarely seen in teenagers and impeccable public speaking skills, these students in their blue corduroy jackets cut quite the impressive figure, particularly in a stadium context.
They are team-spirited, motivated and articulate, and most of them credit these qualities to the organization that brought them together, the FFA. The FFA is turning these next-in-line farmers, agriscientists, ag teachers and farm sympathizers into successful leaders, fierce entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans...for Big Ag.
This polished youth constituency at the FFA sing the praises, almost exclusively, of Big Ag. How did this happen? Lets start with the obvious place; let’s follow the money.
There is something magical that happens when you first put your hands in soil and plant. Not only are you transforming the land, you're transforming yourself. Unfortunately, there is a lack of land in the Bay Area for people to experience this. But, your support of urban agriculture is part of a revolution. Together, we've […]
Find our seed circus model here. And check out what these guys are doing! Milkwood is a crew of doers and makers, dedicated to skills for smart, simple, regenerative living. We’re a social enterprise based south of Sydney, Australia. We thrive on sharing practical skills and knowledge that can help individuals and communities move towards a mode of living that’s […]
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/92406649] Over Grow The System has been dedicated to raising awareness around our food system, sustainability, and how to live a life that is more in tune with nature. We recognize that many aspects of our current systems in place around the globe are causing much of the environmental destruction and social issues that […]
October 2-5, 2014 Iowa City, IA 52240 Do you want to plan, install, and operate large-scale permaculture systems for maximum resiliency and economic stability? Ready to learn from international experts in tree crops, keyline design, and multi-species grazing? We’re all in a unique place in history. Our motivations are clear: live an enjoyable life, […]
The Von Thunen model of agricultural land use was created by farmer and amateur economist J.H. Von Thunen in 1826. Von Thunen's model was created before industrialization and says that farmers have to take 3 things into account: the cost of land per year, the price of crops when sold, and the cost of transportation […]
Click here to download this video on June 1st! The orchard can be a magical place; endless acres of peaches, pears, or apples in gorgeous bloom by the roadside, producing delicious fruit. But an orchard, by definition, is a monocultural crop - nothing but one type of fruit tree that requires a lot […]
For those of you out there interested in permaculture and needing camaraderie in the young farmers growing perennials for a living realm, meet Grant Schultz of Versaland. He's transforming a 145 acre corn and soybean farm in Iowa into a broad acre perennial farm, capturing grants from the USDA, implementing farm hack strategies (electric tractor), […]
Greenhorns ally Owen Hablutzel will be speaking at, or involved with, the following events: January 18-19, 2014 - Am Keynote Speaking at Nevada-County Sustainable Food and Farm Conference - come hear Wes Jackson, Dr. Elaine Ingham, myself and many others… topics: Drought-Resilience in the Twenty First Century and a second talk -Power and Potential of Holistic Planned Grazing March […]
Planting Justice in the Owens Valley: the Indigenous Farming Project by May Nguyen of Planting Justice I’ve been working on behalf of Planting Justice with a project called the Indigenous Farming Project (IFP), a tribal agriculture & nutrition pilot program in collaboration with San Francisco artist collective Future Farmers. Inspired by his train travels through the […]
Martin Crawford of the UK’s Agroforestry Research Trust is one of the world’s best recognised practitioners of the art of "forest gardens". [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFbcn06h8w4] Martin’s forest garden has an enormous diversity of plants. Most, but not all, are edible. Those that are not edible would be regarded as a waste of space to most farmers or […]
Here's a note from Meleana Judd of Waihuena Farm: Since earning a PDC with Robyn Francis in Australia in 2003 I committed to bring more ‘permaculture’ to Oahu. The PDC provides a framework & skill-set to approach living sustainably and is an experience I feel you, our community & the planet will benefit from. Please join […]
Good for everyone to watch it again. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oW7LcNAYBWg] http://www.permacultureportal.com/network_resources.html
from some bay area permies. Question: Hello, Anyone know the best way to get rid of Scotch broom? I was going to sheet mulch a hillside in Pacifica after slashing down broom, when I was told to eradicate the broom before putting anything down on the ground. Not sure what eradicating meant and why this […]
Regeneration CSA (and friends) is offering free intro to Permaculture workshops for community organizations and non-profit organizations, staff, and their clients in the Hudson Valley. Permaculture is a design science that takes a holistic approach to long term sustainability. We hope these workshops can help your organization and members in thinking thru how to better […]
Common Vision has an epic line-up of permaculture and sustainability workshops this summer/fall with some of the most esteemed teachers in the world, namely Elaine Ingham, Darren Doherty, and Michael Philips. All courses will be held at the M.A. Center in Castro Valley with group camping options. We hope you can be involved. Soil Food […]
If you're in the Hudson Valley, check out this great workshop, tomorrow! We should have something to offer at these workshops for beginners and experienced permies alike. And we have a lots of new projects to show off... When: Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 Where: At Regeneration CSA, 81 Clove Valley Rd, High Falls, NY Description: […]
This just in from Greenhorns friend Ethan Roland: Howdy All! In just a few weeks I will be starting a Permaculture Design Course in the Hudson River Valley -- it's incredibly well-priced, and adds some innovative new twists to the standard 72-hour Permaculture Design Certification. If you're interested, get in touch with Sarai ([email protected]) QUICKLY […]
Some lovely words from Neil Bertrando... here's a brief rundown of the past weeks events...filling in and finalizing schedule and curriculum details for NV city PDC, pulling together resources and learning materials for this course, organizing and directing delivery of 20 yards of woodchips from local tree services to river restoration project (with Americorp volunteers), […]