DIY Bee Houses: Habitat for Native Pollinators
By Rick Valley

  By now most folks have heard a lot about Honey Bees being in trouble. They’re not the only ones, though. There are thousands of bee species out there. Melittologists, the scientists who specialize in bees, are having a more difficult time finding them. This is not a good situation: most insects are not harmful to us, but rather are […]

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A Permaculture-Inspired Community of Practice
By Travis Tennessen

The Community Engagement Fellows are working together to design projects and partnerships that enhance student learning. Applying permaculture design ensures classes, courses and more are efficient and effective.   It’s a Tuesday morning in March. Sunlight pokes through the grey Pacific Northwest sky above Bellingham, Washington. The rain has stopped, for now. Folks trickle into the conference room, propping bike […]

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Farm From Scratch
By Peter Allen

Starting a Regenerative Farm From Scratch: Starting a farm is a difficult and life-consuming task. It’s more than an occupation. It’s a lifestyle, it requires constant attention, focus, endurance, and perseverance. Starting a farm from scratch goes a step further, it requires the expense, uncertainty, necessary mistakes, and sacrifice of building up a working farm, but without the land, equipment, […]

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The Neglected Harvest: Acorns
By Matt Powers

  With 41 million Americans facing hunger currently, the search for solutions is constant – all but a scarce few are overlooking the abundant yet neglected harvest many communities fail to see outside their doorsteps despite their very real hunger. America’s acorns could be feeding millions – directly and indirectly. Acorns have long been eaten by people and animals all […]

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Pretty Enough to Eat
By Stephanie Hafferty

Growing edible flowers adds a vibrant new dimension to your garden and mealtimes. The variety of beautiful colors, textures, and flavors, served with home grown fruit and vegetables brings the entire garden to your plate. Edible flowers have been grown worldwide for centuries, for ceremonial, nutritional, and medicinal uses. They make the most of your growing area, creating a sustainable […]

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Permaculture Where You Are
By D.X. Logan

  Look upon my ‘yard’ in all its desolate glory. Vast fields of carefully maintained asphalt. Borders of green weedy growth regularly sprayed with poison clouds to curl up anything that might try to grow in pots laid out along the sea of gray pavement. Not precisely a permaculture paradise. Okay, so perhaps it is better inside? Small space with […]

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Unparalleled Pest Control With Ducks
By Laurie Neverman

  I have become a crazy duck lady. Instead of photos of my kids, I whip out videos of the ducks to show to my bank teller, the chiropractor, and even the guy who came to check out the heating system. How did this happen? This time last year, we were planning for meat chickens and laying hens. Ducks weren’t […]

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Hori-Hori Knife
Reviewed by Burra Maluca

Hori-Hori Garden Knife $29.95 Buy It Here   I fell in love with Truly Garden’s Hori Hori Garden Knife the moment I saw a photo of one. This is exactly what I had been looking for as my go-to tool to grab on my way to my garden. It’s described as a garden knife, but it is basically a high […]

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How To Make A Meadow In An Urban Landscape
Excerpt From Climate Wise Landscaping by Sue Reed & Ginny Stibolt

There are several ways to create a meadow in urban/suburban landscapes. No matter which you choose, be aware that a new meadow will probably take several years to become a relatively stable ecosystem. Establishing a meadow takes a bit more care than lawn. And meadow maintenance, while much less intensive than lawn care in terms of time, energy, and fossil […]

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