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Full-Time Parents Accomplishing Goals: A Solution

EDIT: This group is now in operation. Please visit the Parents Accomplishing Goals (PAG) Cooperative website to learn more. I am in the process of creating a group that will allow full-time parents to accomplish other goals. These goals could be things like professional work, volunteering, studying, and starting a business. I am [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30October 26th, 2015|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Full-Time Parents Accomplishing Goals: A Solution

Whole Systems Design Permaculture Design Course Review

This summer I attended a Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Whole Systems Design in Richmond, Vermont, from July 10, though July 19, 2015. The PDC was tought by a team of permaculture professionals including Ben Falk of Whole Systems Design, Mark Krawczyk of Keyline Vermont, Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres, and Mark Angelini [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30August 13th, 2015|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on Whole Systems Design Permaculture Design Course Review

The “Weeds” in My Yard – A Response to Questions

A great benefit of transforming my suburban-type yard from an unsustainable lawn to a sustainable ecosystem is setting an example. I can use the process of  transformation to inform neighbors, who undoubtedly have many opinions and questions. I've been getting a few general questions since I started the process, but yesterday [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30May 31st, 2015|Inside Outcome, The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The “Weeds” in My Yard – A Response to Questions

Why Are Humans Here?

I'm one of those people who tends to think everything happens for a reason. I'm also one of those people that thinks that what we like to call "Mother Nature" has got it all figured out. After billions of years of evolution from a probably lifeless planet to a complex [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30May 7th, 2015|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Why Are Humans Here?

Making Sustainability Cool

I tend go back and forth between wanting to fit in and wanting to not fit in. At first, it may sound odd that someone would want to be a misfit, but hear me out. You see, humans have always wanted to find a common bond with one another. We're social creatures; [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30April 19th, 2015|Inside Outcome, The Permaculture Pupil, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Making Sustainability Cool

A School Food Forest

I have a crazy idea. It would be a ton of work and require a ton of collaboration and generosity from others. It would be a lifetime commitment and beyond. It would also provide extensive benefits to thousands of local children and even help to save the planet. There is [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30April 5th, 2015|Inside Outcome, The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on A School Food Forest

The Uncouth Truth: Poop and Peace

Image credit: http://images.sodahead.com/polls/004045829/372666676_Cute_Picture_64_answer_3_xlarge.jpeg Growing up, I never thought twice about the sustainability of our bathroom habits. Why should I have? Everyone else did the same thing. I mean, we all do it this way because the best way has evolved out of hundreds of years of trial and error, [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30March 26th, 2015|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on The Uncouth Truth: Poop and Peace

Skills We Really Need

Not too long ago, my son's school sent us a survey. One question asked how well we feel the school is preparing the children for the future. This is a difficult question. At first glance, we see the future as a more technologically advanced version of today with not much [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30March 12th, 2015|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Skills We Really Need

Sustainable Eating

If you want to make a huge difference in your environmental impact, a good place to start is being responsible for what goes in your mouth. I don't have all the scary facts, and I don't intend to include much of them here, but I do encourage you to research [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30March 9th, 2015|Health, Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Sustainable Eating

Plant List for a Beautiful Apple Tree Guild

As stated in the post introducing the design of my front yard guilds, I had very specific requirements when choosing a plant list. If you haven't read it yet, check it out here. So here's my plant list along with the traits and uses that I personally found to be beneficial [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30March 6th, 2015|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on Plant List for a Beautiful Apple Tree Guild

My Front Yard Apple Guilds

While I have been reading since my last post, the bulk of that passed time was spent researching and organizing plants and designing the apple guilds I'll be planting this spring. Permaculture design requires a lot of forethought and planning. Designing my guilds involved only a small portion of what [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30March 3rd, 2015|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on My Front Yard Apple Guilds

Dealing with Feelings of Despondency Regarding Human Degradation of the Earth

Lately I’ve been feeling something that would be best described as urgent helplessness with regard to the state of the Earth and the rampant apathy surrounding it. I want to spend every possible second I can learning and arming myself to be able to spread the word and do everything [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30October 19th, 2014|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on Dealing with Feelings of Despondency Regarding Human Degradation of the Earth

The One-Straw Revolution: Parts Four and Five

I could write a lengthy blog post on just about every sentence in The One-Straw Revolution. Unfortunately, my library loan has expired for this e-book and all the highlights I made, so I must write a quick final post on a couple of his points that currently stand out the [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30October 1st, 2014|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Parts Four and Five

The One-Straw Revolution: Part Three

Part three of The One-Straw Revolution is wise, thoughtful, and philosophical. Much of it I've already read and begun to practice in my Buddhist studies, but there were quite a few gems that I had not encountered yet. The first gem that keeps coming back to mind is, "Each person [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30September 26th, 2014|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part Three

The One-Straw Revolution: Part Two, The Four Principles

The Four Principles In part two, Masanobu Fukuoka discusses his four principles for successful natural farming. The four principles are simple and indeed seem to propose a less labor-intensive method of producing food. Here I'll discuss each of the principles while adding my own elaboration. No Cultivation Throughout my life, I've [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30September 17th, 2014|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part Two, The Four Principles

The One-Straw Revolution: Part One

I first decided to read a book by Masanobu Fukuoka, because I knew that he used natural farming to raise grains, and I am interested in growing some grains. But it turns out that Fukuoka is a good author with whom to start my The Permaculture Pupil writings, because he used [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:21-06:30September 6th, 2014|The Permaculture Pupil|Comments Off on The One-Straw Revolution: Part One

What should you do with your old smartphone? Save the rain forests of course!

About a year ago, we decided that my then current smartphone was no longer worth using as a phone. Frankly, I was afraid that if I needed to dial 911, I wouldn't be able to. So I got a new phone for my birthday, and hubby decided that he would [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:22-06:30August 30th, 2014|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on What should you do with your old smartphone? Save the rain forests of course!

My New Obsession, Permaculture

I'm sure no one is keeping track, but my blogs have become quite sporadic of late. The lack of writing is certainly not without reason, though. I've been studying. And planning. In this post, I talked about how I want to change the world. I don't want to change the [...]

By |2020-07-19T12:22:22-06:30August 24th, 2014|Inside Outcome|Comments Off on My New Obsession, Permaculture
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