Easy to Understand Permaculture – A Book of Solutions

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It takes a teacher to teach. There are many permaculturists, and practitioners that write and teach YET not all of them are writers and teachers. Here’s where Matt Powers shine. He’s a¬†teacher. A performer. A seed saver, and all round exceptional human. And he saw the need as many others have to have a READABLE permaculture book that helps to explain concepts and strategies at an elementary level without devolving into a children’s book (which he’s written as well). The Permaculture Student 2 compiles a host of solutions digested into their most simple forms and presented in this incredible book. In truth, the online version has been more useful than a hard copy as I can search through it. But I’ll let you decided, you won’t be disappointed with this book in your library. Click here to purchase.¬†

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A Chemical Reaction: And a pretty amazing reaction from the crowd.

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When I was asked to go and speak on a panel after the showing of A Chemical Reaction in Saanich, not once but twice in one day I only had one question, “You want me to talk about lawns?”

A little bit of a redundant question I’ll admit but my philosophy about lawns has been largely “GET RID OF THEM”.

Suburbia schematics have “lawns” identified as “recovery zones” for automobiles. That’s right those areas of great input outside your home are classified as “recovery zones” in urban planning because of our focus on…. the automobile.

Between that and the fact that the maintenance, installation and industry of lawns is the second largest agriculture in North America (yea it’s seriously the second largest) I have no great love of a agriculture that requires huge amounts of time, energy, water, money and resources while yielding nothing I can eat, sell or otherwise use save for the two time I can remember actually laying down on my turf for recreation.

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