The Oak

Oak Tree I was three years old then. They planted that young oak tree in front of my house in suburban New Jersey. I was small and the oak seemed a mighty giant, its pointed leaves and unusually shaped fruits, a delight to a child’s passionate eye. It became a...

The Permaculture Movement Grows From Underground

As a way to save the world, digging a ditch next to a hillock of sheep dung would seem to be a modest start. Granted, the ditch was not just a ditch. It was meant to be a “swale,” an earthwork for slowing the flow of water down a slope on a hobby farm in western...

Food, Medicine, Utility and Biomass in the Yard

We are at the height of summer and the yard is abundant with food, medicine, utility and biomass. This is our third year in the yard and we are letting the plants take over and do the work of creating fertility and sequestering carbon. The chickens are producing eggs...