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Brett Pritchard | My permaculture journey–and legacy

Permaculture is an ethics-based design system that draws on functional design principles and ecology and aims at designing resilient, low-maintenance food and human habitation systems that follow ecological principles and mimic the patterns and cycles of natural systems. The three main permaculture ethics were devised by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, the co-founders of permaculture. It is this ethical basis that most dramatically differentiates permaculture from other agricultural techniques such […]

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Andrew Clinard | Tales from the communal farm

Cast iron fervor “I can’t believe you just put soap on that!” a zealous student shouts at his peer on dishwashing duty. There is nothing that will upset a hippie more than improper maintenance of cast iron pans. The most pacifistic woo-heavy Californian will see red if they catch an amateur with soap in one hand and cast iron in the other. If the newbie has disgracefully scrubbed a pan […]

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T J Barnum | Entangled world

Once during winter I talked with a black walnut tree who was cold and sleepy and ordered me to leave him be There was a mouse entangled in a sticky trap she shook, filled with death anxiety a quick finish was all I could give her I helped a neighbor find a lost pig in a field of tall grass and brambles the pig looked up then led the way […]

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Helen Burke | Kidnapping the last happy day…and other poems

Kidnapping the last happy day You can ask why did we do it? But I would say – why not? We have kidnapped the last happy day in the Universe. It was easy – it was just being itself – not expecting trouble. And we have had enough – and action was called for. It’s not that I like to see its hands and feet bound – It’s not that […]

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