Advanced Permaculture Design at Kinstone Academy Continued

We are coming into the home stretch at our advanced design course at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture. The students have been doing an incredible job of delineating the upper ridge here at Kinstone. We will be merging all of their work into a new iteration of...

The Plant

The plant throws off its body every year, Peels itself back to seed. Unencumbered by its skin, The plant perpetuates the species, From before the before, To after the after. The plant is primary: to our existence, To the matrix of the life of the soil, From the ground...

Carbon

              Bill Mollison has stated repeatedly that the “the problem is the solution”. Buried beneath a veil that looks to human perception as a constraint, whether uncontrollable or the reverse, lies the opposite of a constraint,...

What is the Origin of a Farm?

              What is the origin of a “farm”? How is it defined? From whence does the “farm” arise? And why are we so accustomed to reliance on farmers for our nutritional needs? What is it, really, that has played into the...

Drab Winter?

There are big wooden bones here, strewn about and about, broken stumps and subtle nuances of color. Some may call this winter drab, but the scatters of trees and fruiting bodies of fungus, mossy cushions, ferns and the green leaves of the honeysuckle vine tell us that...

A Christmas Walk in the Southern Illinois Woods

Not too many folks know about the exquisite beauty of Southern Illinois, one of the hidden treasures of the world. This is not Chicago, nor is it flat prairie. Happy holidays to all. Thanks for a wonderful and inspiring year…

Management and Design

                  As a designer of small to large acreage I know that pretty pictures and scintillating narratives do not a comprehensive Permaculture design make. It does not end here. Nature has an intriguing way of...