Notes on Permaculture Credit Union keynote, 2014

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 15:06

Wes Roe, founding chair, Permaculture Credit Union

[notes from a workshop session at the North American Permaculture Convergence, August 30, 2014]

[Historical note: Less than a month later, PCU merged with Sandia Credit Union. There was no warning at the time that such a deal was in the works.]

Does Comfrey Really Improve Soil?

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 20:18

Comfrey (Symphytum spp.) has a great reputation as a "dynamic accumulator" of soil nutrients, but there's precious little published evidence of this fact.  I decided to do my part to change that, with the help of some before-and-after soil tests.

Read the whole story with comments at Permaculture News, or just the article and my updates below.

Picking up the Gauntlet

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Wed, 02/19/2014 - 20:08

(I originally wrote this article as a submission to PermacultureNews.org, but decided it would be better as a blog.)

I don't know about you, but I was really shaken by Peter Harper's insightful critique of permaculture last summer, “Permaculture: The Big Rock Candy Mountain.” It has caused me to rethink the way I approach my urban farm, at least for the coming year. Let me explain.

There and Back Again: A Pragmatic Guide to Internet Privacy

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 19:48

[updated July 2017]

A number of friends and colleagues have asked me recently about what I would recommend doing to regain some Internet privacy, given my background in Web development and technical support.  The guide at PRISM-BREAK is authoritative but too technical for most people to follow.  In recent weeks I've gone down the proverbial "rabbit hole" to see how secure I could make my Internet experience and then dialed the paranoia way back to a more practical, useful level.  Here's what I've found.