• Urban Foraging: Connecting With Our Cities in a New Way

    Before it was subdivisions and Home Depots, the San Fernando Valley was citrus orchards. Little of this history remains; an orange grove at California State University Northridge and at Orcutt Ranch, scattered streets with names like ‘Satsuma.’ But, a second look reveals more of this history. Lemon trees dangling fruit in front of apartment buildings, […]

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  • What I’m Reading: The Urban Homestead

    There is a movement happening in America’s cities. A movement of people who map edible trees in their neighborhoods and eat weeds growing from cracks in the sidewalk. These people can be heard in the tap rooms of microbreweries using words like ‘Araucana’ and ‘Rhode Island Red.’ There are sourdough starters in fridges and worm […]

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  • The Tools of Permaculture: A Guide to Permaculture Techniques

    This is the third part in my permaculture series. Check out Part I: The Permaculture Principles and Part II: A History of Permaculture and its Movers and Shakers. Permaculture is a thought process. There are many methods employed by permaculturist but these methods do not make the movement. My teacher, Larry Santoyo, likes to say that […]

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  • A History of Permaculture and its Movers and Shakers

    This is the second part in my permaculture series. Check out Part I: Principles of Permaculture. Permaculture is a process, continually rethought and built upon. It does not belong to any one person or rely on one charismatic leader. However, certain insightful individuals are important to the history of permaculture and to the future of the […]

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  • 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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