Every house its own kingdom, every man for himself

An island nation of islands. Identifying problems in Haiti is a national pastime. Numerous are the meetings and conversations which begin or end with the phrase “You see, the problem in Haiti is _________.” Fill in the blank. It’s the government, it’s corruption. It’s the mentality of the people, it’s the lack of competent human…

24 photos for the 24th of March, 2015

I decided to document my day in photos, with a bit of commentary. Just an ordinary-miracle kind of day, here in Fort-Liberté, Haïti. Beautiful sun, shared laughs and plenty of sweetness 😉   Wake up to blue skies and my room, as seen through the mosquito netting. My first thought is to see my plants….

Farmers, meet your new best friend: PayPal

Correct.  The online payment processor, PayPal, is a great tool for you too, dear food producer.  Here are the top 5 wonderful things about PayPal and more information on how using PayPal will affect your business. 1. Automating your payments Cheques need to go to the bank to become usable and eTransfers require logging into…

Recruit your evangelists

Call ’em what you will.  A team captain. An organizer. I revel in the term “evangelist”, mostly because it’s the same term Joel Salatin uses for the ladies that organize his buyers for the online buying club 🙂 So, these evangelists are your first step into creating new corporate CSA programs.  But how do you…

Presenting your farm at a company Lunch ‘n Learn

If you’re thinking about starting a CCSA (corporate CSA program), it’s a good idea to get to know the employees who want to participate and to give them the opportunity to learn about you, your farm and the farming practices you stand for.  A presentation for your group is a great idea, especially in the…

New materials, plants and ideas

So after the awesome Seedy Saturday event this past weekend I’ve made definite advances in my Calgary Woodlands design. First and foremost I purchased seeds and even a few plugs – anything from sunflowers to kale – I know I’ll need a lot more but atleast it’s a start. Have collected several dozen burlap bags…

A collage of planter ideas using recycled materials

This is a collage of a dozen or so planter ideas I’m thinking of putting into action in the new Woodlands Perma project So, basically… I’ve got to phone around local businesses to see if I can get a few shipping containers, coffee bags and the like (I love the look!!) and figure out if…

Integrated or seperated – how we can simplify through multi-functionality

One of my favourite Permaculture principles is that of multi-functionality. Basically, the idea is that every element designed into our Permie systems must fulfill multiple functions and interact and coexist with all other elements. The objective is harmony and cooperation throughout and also system resilience and increased efficiency. For example, a water collection system can…

Recycling Cycling – a letter

Here to tell you about la Recircula – a very special bike cooperative with which I’ve personally been involved in, right here in Barcelona, Spain

First “taller” of urban Perma in Barcelona :)

Had a fantastic time talking about Perma today in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.  Together with Alfred from “Permacultura Barcelona” (www.permacultura-bcn.org) we gave our group a run down of Permaculture ethics, principles and techniques with some concrete urban Perma examples of – vermicomposting – vertical gardens – bag gardens Was received very well, and I…

Presentation on Permaculture in Tarija

So it went really well… The Casa de la Cultura here in Tarija was kind enough to let us use their auditorium, and I was able to do an intro presentation about Perma.  It was very well received; I’m sure that cutting down my talking time, as compared to the University of Calgary presentation, was…

WWOOF in South Bolivia (Tarija)

With an expiring Peruvian tourist visa as the so-called excuse to bugger out of the Sacred Valley for a few weeks…I headed out to Tarija, Bolivia last Saturday night from Cusco.  I had two buses to patiently sit through, a 15 hour ride from Cusco to La Paz (one of the capitals of the Bolivian…