All Souls Day upon us, the day of remembering ancestors, about their experiences in life, their understanding of nature, seasons, family life. In the Autumn chill, I think about kindling the fire of warmth in our home and beyond. What acts help us build a life that is slower, simpler, imbued with meaning and beauty, that is restorative, caring and nurturing for the generations before and after us? How does my commitment to sustainable living […]Read More
I feel like a field mouse lately, the cold nights and cool days of late September inviting actions directed at keeping warmth in the house, gathering the food stuffs for the long winter ahead. Preparing the firewood, knitting a few more garments to keep the family cozy…. searching for the slippers that were put away for the summer.
The school is out – and the home-school is out or winding down, too. Summer is establishing its claims on all ages – inviting rites of nature outings, explorations, staying out late, friends’ gatherings and freedom. The sacred right of childhood – roaming in nature, experiencing some degree of freedom from adult consciousness and endless supervision, having hours and hours of unstructured imaginative play, spending time in a dreamy world of bugs and butterflies – […]Read More
Learning and practicing are two key elements to becoming a solid permaculture practitioner. Both of these aspects can happen online and offline. Here at the Permaculture Institute we have created some resources to help permaculture learners to get to information online. Permaculture Resources Pages Our Permaculture Resources pages are there when it comes to finding answers for basic permaculture questions: What is permaculture gardening? What is permaculture approach to green building? What is a food […]
“Life Radically Home-made” is the story of bountiful homestead life, inspired by permaculture and by Radical Homemaking book and ideas of Shannon Hayes. It is a story about a family on a tiny farm in the Southwest, where apples and goat milk are plentiful and where consumerism culture fades away, where home is new site for political and ecological activism.
Winter is slow and cold, and endless in February. Yet, deep down in the earth, first stirring of life takes place, barely noticeable. Sap is starting to flow in plants, thick from cold. Sun angle is changing, making for brighter days. And this spring, right in tune with the life forces awakening in the natural world, our family welcomed twin baby boys, born to my step-daughter.