• The Permaculture Principles

    I like to start off my ‘Permaculture Introduction’ workshops by mentioning a few things permaculture is not: Permaculture is not a cult. Permaculture is not about gardening. Permaculture is not the property of a bunch of white guys even though that’s who you usually see teaching it (myself included). Many cultures have grown food, built shelters and met […]

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  • Saving Seeds in Thailand

    Street Markets are a staple of Thailand. Walking through one is absorbing; mountains of dried chiles, fresh cut flowers swarming with bees, tropical fruits unfamiliar in the West, flopping catfish and neat rows of pig heads. Some of these markets only happen at night, some open at 5 in the morning and if you show […]

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  • What I’m Reading: The One-Straw Revolution

    You will recognize the similarity in the name, The One-Straw Revolution, and the name of this website. While I take my name from Paul Cezanne’s quote this book has been an influence on my own thinking about nature and agriculture from an early age. Masanobu Fukuoka sees a revolution in one strand of straw just […]

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  • What I’m Reading: What We Leave Behind

    I recently watched a swarm of wasp consume a slice of watermelon. For three days they covered the fruit and when they were done they left nothing behind. Like Derrick Jensen, I find decay fascinating. His and Aric McBay’s book, What We Leave Behind, is a scathing criticism of a culture that does not honor the process […]

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