Eco Friendly Landscaping in Austin: The Importance of Water and Soil Conservation

Permaculture is all about implementing universal principles with locally-tailored solutions. Here in central Texas, especially the Austin area, we inhabit a unique climate that is prone to extremes- drought, heat, sun, storms, and floods. Mother nature’s mood swings can wreak havoc on topsoil and make our precious water supplies more scarce, so planning for these […]

Creating a Dream Permaculture Homestead in Central Texas

The American Dream is evolving, and many people are starting to think less about a nice house in the suburbs and more about tiny homes, sustainable homesteads, and off-grid dwellings out in nature. But as those who have given sustainable living a try know, having a beautiful vision of a sustainable homestead is just the […]

3 Erosion Control Techniques to Drought & Flood Proof Your Land

After hosting a permablitz on our land (a volunteer workday focusing on permaculture projects) the weekend of January 14th 2017, over 200 trees, shrubs, asparagus and alliums were planted and watered in by a nice steady rain over the weekend and early week that culminated in a nice long thunderstorm Wednesday morning. As the soils became […]

Black Magic: The Secrets of Amazonian Fertility

Bones. Charcoal. Ash. Blood. Feces. Food waste. Pottery shards. Before I began my journey into permaculture and regenerative ecology, if you asked me why someone would gather and bury these things together, I would have guessed at some kind of disgusting voodoo magic ritual. But for those initiated into the alchemy of composting and soil […]

Being Self Reliant: Preparing for a Low Energy Future

In Permaculture, the main goal of the movement is to prepare for a global low energy future. The focus is on our present communities (locally and globally) for long term survival and thrival.  In order to achieve the goal, homesteads are the first priority. “Homestead” implies self sustaining livelihoods; growing own food, capture and using […]