I'm in the process of overhauling this site to reflect the fact that I'm shifting the business's focus toward permaculture design. There are a number of reasons why I'm doing this:
When people here in Emporia learn that I'm into ecological gardening, they often ask me to install rain barrels for them. I'm resistent to doing this for a number of reasons, all of which have to do with limitations in how rain barrels are usually built and connected. I think I've finally cracked the problem, so here's my modest proposal for how to do it right. But first...
[Notes on a speech given October 26, 2014 at the Mother Earth News Fair, Topeka KS.]
Neighbors of Polyface Farm are not supportive, call names when interviewed.
Tension of heresy and orthodoxy is hardly a new thing, just gets applied to different things. Within living memory it was USDA policy to feed dead cows to cows. Orthodoxy today is that GMOs are great and will save the world.
One of the goals of sheet mulching is to smother the existing vegation, but that doesn't always work!
Read the full article at International Permaculture: http://www.internationalpermaculture.com/sheet-mulching-aggressive-peren...
Peter Bane, editor of Permaculture Activist magazine
workshop at North American Permaculture Convergence, August 31, 2014
[talk by Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski at the North American Permaculture Convergence, August 30, 2014]