Notes from Opening Panel

Submitted by Ben Stallings on Sat, 08/30/2014 - 22:02

Opening panel of the North American Permaculture Convergence, August 29, 2014

Penny Livingston-Stark, moderator

Scott Pittman, PRI USA and founder of Permaculture Credit Union: Bill Mollison took to the road teaching permaculture while Holmgren stayed put and did research. Mollison's first visit to the US was 1980-81. Pittman took every opportunity to learn from Mollison before his retirement. Mollison ended all classes by telling students they could now go teach and design, but this was not always a good idea and may be his biggest mistake.

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.