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Blogs by Permaculture Designers

Blogs written by permaculture designers in the Great Lakes bio-region. A snippet of the most recent post from each is shown.

Permaculture Project

Integrating Ecological Planning & Practice

Day Seventy-Five in the Neighborhood This morning at 5:00 am I stepped out the backdoor and Venus was glowing in the pre-dawn sky about a hand’s-breadth above the horizon. Orion was off to the west climbing and hunting for the sun. As I turned to go back inside a chorus of yaps, screams, and laughter […]

The post Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Day...

Posted: April 28, 2016, 10:14 pm

little house on the urban prairie

it’s something of a wonder that anyone reads this blog or that i have had new subscribers in the last 6 months as i’ve been so neglectful in posting.  i’m not promising anything like i’ll post more often, but i … Continue reading
Posted: December 26, 2015, 3:40 am

The Druid's Garden

Spiritual Journeys in Tending the Land, Permaculture, Wildcrafting, and Regenerative Living

I remember when I first met black walnut. My Great Aunt and Uncle lived on a farm, and on that farm was a colonial-era farmhouse. Near their farmhouse sat a massive black walnut tree. I remember going there when I was a young child and picking up the black walnuts for the first time when […]
Posted: November 6, 2016, 12:00 pm

Poopaculture Zero

gardening in Clevetown

First time making a sample and looking at it with the microscope and taking a picture! Totally neato.
Posted: November 13, 2015, 2:25 am

Mastodon Valley Farm

Pastured Meats for a Cooler Planet

We are currently experimenting with easy and sustainable ways to grow grain crops to help supplement pasture forage for our pigs and poultry. Currently, we purchase locally grown organic, non-GMO corn and beans from nearby farms. However, it’s expensive, and even though it’s organic, it’s still grown using conventional tillage that leads to soil...

Posted: September 16, 2016, 6:12 pm

Growing and Learning in ARTown

I recently joined the Ferndale TimBank. It is an organization which allows people of any skill level to trade time instead of money for all sorts of things.

As a member, you can send out requests for things you might need. Other members can earn hours from you by providing the services or items you request. You, in turn, receive hours from other ...
Posted: April 25, 2015, 5:17 am

little country house

Join us as we learn how to be new home owners. Our goal is to have our property produce for us, instead of just consuming resources. Using Permaculture techniques, we strive to become more self reliant homesteaders. Located in Southwest Ohio USDA Zone 6a.

This post has information about how to trap and dispatch predators on your homestead. If you think all creatures can live in harmony, you should probably skip this one.

Everything is not perfect on any homestead. I found that out the hard way one night when a family of raccoon's decided they liked the taste of duck. I set out a trap and got o...
Posted: February 27, 2016, 6:26 am

Cold Weather Aquaponics

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We’re moving! With all the attention as of late I decided to splurge on a domain name and a better host with more features.  So… you can now find me […]
Posted: July 12, 2014, 4:45 am

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Lillie House

Adventures in regenerative living. Permaculture, Restoration, Forest Gardening.

When people first visit an established Permaculture garden/system, it can be striking. Here is a style of food garden that's beautiful, life-enriching, highly productive, and low-maintenance - and it just works. 

Look deeper: this is not just a pretty place, it is transformational. It is a revolution on the personal level, a tangible way to build...
Posted: November 10, 2016, 8:26 pm

The Fruit Nut

Pomology, Fruit Exploring, & Orcharding

Its been a while since I’ve wrote on here or updated the site at all for that matter— largely because I haven’t found the time with my current day to day workload, and time spent on the computer is usually dedicated to landscape/farm design, administrative work, etc. However, I’m making a goal to begin again … Continue reading 2016 Winding Down:...
Posted: November 7, 2016, 4:10 pm

Realeyes Permaculture Homestead

Cultivating Health that Lasts through Permaculture and Holistic Nutrition

Today's guest is Ben Falk who created and runs Whole Systems Design out of Vermont, and is also the author of the book The Resilient Farm and Homestead. Today we discuss how to go about finding the right homestead property for natural living and some of key decisions like siting your house.

The post Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 26, Choo...

Posted: April 30, 2016, 11:36 pm

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Cedar Creek Permaculture

So throughout the MOSES 2016 conference many of the speakers made recommendations on books, movies, websites, and research papers that were worth looking into for each of the topics I attended.  See PREVIOUS POST for what the classes were and my thoughts on them.  This is Part I of a two part summary. Understanding and Enhancing […]...
Posted: March 7, 2016, 5:14 am

Great Lakes Permaculture Network

Permaculture in the Great Lakes Bioregion

The Growing Michigan Agriculture Conference will be held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Kellogg Center on the Michigan State University campus. Registration is $85 by March 3 and $95 at the door. For more information, contact ANR Event Services … Continue reading
Posted: February 26, 2014, 6:50 pm

Toward Permasteading

I know it is a bit late in the year since I actually wrote this post.  Things got quite busy on the farm and then Alicia and I had a baby boy earlier this month so that is keeping us both quite busy but here is the post that I started months ago:

To me one of the more beautiful sights in spring is seeing all the trees in bloom.  The past couple o...
Posted: July 18, 2014, 8:08 pm

Transition Saint Clair Shores - Blog


Politics 2016 electionsThe Gospel of BernieSam Frizell @Sam_FrizellSept. 17, 2015bernie-sandersStephen Voss for TIME The surging presidential candidate on Sept. 15 in his Washington Senate office.The man who brought fire back to the Democratic PartyWas it Opposite Day at Liberty University? Here was Bernie Sanders, who spent his 20s preaching se...
Posted: September 20, 2015, 1:32 pm

Wild Earth Permaculture

We are a small market garden in Detroit.. This blog is aimed to share our efforts and experiments in regenerative design. We'll likely share stories andphotos of projects that we visit or spend time at. Enjoy!

First the seed catalogs piled up, and then the orders came in the mail. Now we're busy planning out who is going to go where and when. We're writing up a formal business plan after taking a business of farming class. We have 5 interns helping us in the garden this coming year. They will each work around 12 hours per week in exchange a CSA share ...
Posted: February 3, 2012, 11:29 am

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