Eat and Be Eaten: the Organic Realm

Winter creeps in slowly here in Southern Illinois. Everything is breaking down, being eaten by all kinds of critters and fungi. These boots were placed on this fence a year ago and they have turned an elegant shade of green!

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...