What Vehicle Is Best for Your Homestead?

What Vehicle Is Best for Your Homestead?

Living off the grid is something not everyone is attuned to. It takes grit, resources and a hands-on attitude. There is a considerable morality in wanting to do it on your own. To make bread from the wheat you have harvested and milled. To wear the clothes you have...

read more
Battling Allergies with a Natural Approach

Battling Allergies with a Natural Approach

Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in America, with over 50 million people battling conditions like asthma, food allergies, and skin allergies year after year. Symptoms can range from slight itching to extreme discomfort and respiratory...

read more
What You Need to Know for Foraging for Food

What You Need to Know for Foraging for Food

With more than 115 edible plants found across the Midwest, it’s no surprise that foraging has taken on new trends: for people wanting to discover a new form of food source to tasting wild foods on exotic plates in our restaurants. The beauty of searching for...

read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 36, Our Right to Farm with Randy Buchler

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 36, Our Right to Farm with Randy Buchler

Todays guest is Lina Bird who is very active in the Washington DC branch of the Citizens Climate Lobby. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with chapters all over the country, with the aim of lobbying for national policies to address climate change. One of their primary policies is a Carbon Tax and Dividend.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 35, We Are the Forest with Nathan Ayers

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 35, We Are the Forest with Nathan Ayers

This past winter I had the pleasure of visiting my friends Randy and Libby Buchler and their family at their farm, Shady Grove Farm in Michigans Upper Peninsula. In 2009, they recieved a notice for alleged zoning violations regarding their agricultural activity. Through a ton of research and collaborations, they were finally able to win back their Right to Farm in a 2012 court case. Today Randy Buchler joins us to share their story of how they achieved success.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 34, How to Start an Edible Plant Nursery with Sean Dembrosky

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 34, How to Start an Edible Plant Nursery with Sean Dembrosky

Today we’re talking to Nathan Ayers who teaches Permaculture to students of all ages in Michigan. This is Nathans second time on the show, and it’s always a great time having him. If you like this one, be sure to check out Episode 18 as well where we discussed water solutions to the Flint, MI Water Crisis. Today we talk about Nathan and his brother Nick’s exciting new project; We Are the Forest. In addition to their work in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, they are also involved on Beaver Island.
read more
Introduction to Apple Tree Grafting with Trevor Newman [Video]

Introduction to Apple Tree Grafting with Trevor Newman [Video]

This weeks episode is about how to start your own edible permaculture plant nursery with special guest, Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres. Edible Acres is a small homestead and plant nursery that Sean runs in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. Today, he shares with us some great tips to getting started or improving our own plant nurseries.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 33, Ecologically Regenerative Animal Agriculture with Peter Allen

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 33, Ecologically Regenerative Animal Agriculture with Peter Allen

A really good way to integrate ground cover species is overseeding either into the existing vegetation or into the compost mulch pits. We typically use a combination of like legumes like clover and veg and all that stuff and then top rooted plants like daikon, turnip, chicory, things like that they have deep taproots.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 32, Bicycle-Powered Community Composting with Ried Meyer

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 32, Bicycle-Powered Community Composting with Ried Meyer

This weeks episode is about how to start your own edible permaculture plant nursery with special guest, Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres. Edible Acres is a small homestead and plant nursery that Sean runs in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. Today, he shares with us some great tips to getting started or improving our own plant nurseries.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 31, Top Plants for Temperate Climate Permaculture with Bryce Ruddock

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 31, Top Plants for Temperate Climate Permaculture with Bryce Ruddock

Today’s guest is a good friend of mine who started up a bicycle powered community compost pickup business here in Northern Michigan. We discuss his experience with starting up the project, why this model has a ton of oppotunity for others to step up and replicate it, and tips on how you can start your own!
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 30, Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Kinship, Meaning (Part 2)

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 30, Air, Water, Food, Shelter, Kinship, Meaning (Part 2)

Today's guest Bryce Ruddock, is an author, educator and avid forest gardener from Wisconsin. Today Bryce shares his favorite plants to grow from among the hundreds of species that he's experimented with at his home. I definitely recommend getting your notebooks out for this episode because Bryce shares so many great species and resources that deserve a closer look by anyone interested in gardening like an ecosystem.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 29, Peter Bane 2020 – Climate Cooling We Can Believe In!

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 29, Peter Bane 2020 – Climate Cooling We Can Believe In!

This episode is a follow up on episode 27. If you missed it I highly recommend you check it out. In that episode we did an analysis of what humans need to flourish. So now, using what we learned from the past episode, this week we’re going to go into kind of the goal setting part of the design process if you want to look at it that way, but basically just looking at how we can respond to the situation that we’re in. How we can adapt.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 28, Inside COP22 Marrakech with Albert Bates

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 28, Inside COP22 Marrakech with Albert Bates

How are they Raised? We raise our turkeys on pasture. In addition to the wild forage they find, they are fed with organic food scraps from the local food Co-Op, Oryana. About 5% of their diet is a Non-GMO, corn and soy-free grain feed mix from Hall's feed in Traverse City.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 27, Air Water Food Shelter Kinship Meaning (Part 1)

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 27, Air Water Food Shelter Kinship Meaning (Part 1)

Todays guest is Lina Bird who is very active in the Washington DC branch of the Citizens Climate Lobby. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with chapters all over the country, with the aim of lobbying for national policies to address climate change. One of their primary policies is a Carbon Tax and Dividend.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 24, Growing Nutrient Dense Food with Dan Kittredge

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 24, Growing Nutrient Dense Food with Dan Kittredge

Todays guest is Lina Bird who is very active in the Washington DC branch of the Citizens Climate Lobby. The Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization with chapters all over the country, with the aim of lobbying for national policies to address climate change. One of their primary policies is a Carbon Tax and Dividend.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 23, Permaculture Farming at Cooperative 518 with Alec Gioseffi and Lauren Nagy

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 23, Permaculture Farming at Cooperative 518 with Alec Gioseffi and Lauren Nagy

There’ll be few main parts to this episode. I’m going to start out by doing a survey of kind of our basic biological human needs. So you know food, energy, shelter, connection, love that type of thing. (our global life support systems) And look at those within the context of how we go about meeting those needs and how that has changed over time especially from pre-agriculture revolution and then after the agriculture revolution and now into modern technological age.
read more
Our Strawbale Passive Solar Greenhouse Folly

Our Strawbale Passive Solar Greenhouse Folly

Today's guests Alec Gioseffi and Lauren Nagy run the CSA Farm Cooperative 518 in Princeton, New Jersey. They provide nourishing food to the local community using permaculture farming practices. The farm is home to chickens, cats, sheep, pigs, nine humans, veggies, herbs, flowers, a small upcycled greenhouse, a large seasonal hoop house, and two tiny homes.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 22, How to do Non-Profit Permaculture with Robyn Mello

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 22, How to do Non-Profit Permaculture with Robyn Mello

Two years ago, Brenda and I were renting an apartment and I would commute to the farm every day to take care of our pigs, chickens, gardens and plant nursery. This situation quickly made it clear to me how important it is to actually be LIVING on the land you’re farming. This is because farming is really a lifestyle more than it is a job that you can just leave when you’re done. It makes demands of you that no job every would. This was how the adventure of our strawbale passive solar greenhouse began.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 21, Creating an Abundant Permaculture Group with Jesse Tack

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 21, Creating an Abundant Permaculture Group with Jesse Tack

Today's guests Alec Gioseffi and Lauren Nagy run the CSA Farm Cooperative 518 in Princeton, New Jersey. They provide nourishing food to the local community using permaculture farming practices. The farm is home to chickens, cats, sheep, pigs, nine humans, veggies, herbs, flowers, a small upcycled greenhouse, a large seasonal hoop house, and two tiny homes.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 20, Creating a Permaculture Guild with Kate Heiber-Cobb

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 20, Creating a Permaculture Guild with Kate Heiber-Cobb

Two years ago, Brenda and I were renting an apartment and I would commute to the farm every day to take care of our pigs, chickens, gardens and plant nursery. This situation quickly made it clear to me how important it is to actually be LIVING on the land you’re farming. This is because farming is really a lifestyle more than it is a job that you can just leave when you’re done. It makes demands of you that no job every would. This was how the adventure of our strawbale passive solar greenhouse began.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 19, Why Should I Take a Permaculture Design Course? with Rhonda Baird

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 19, Why Should I Take a Permaculture Design Course? with Rhonda Baird

Today's guest is Kate Heiber Cobb, who created and runs the Madison Area Permaculture Guild out of Madison Wisconsin. She is a Permaculture teacher and educator, and has done a lot with bringing Permaculture to urban regions. Today we talk about her story, how she created the guild, projects they've done and lessons learned along the way. It keeps getting better the deeper into the interview we go so make sure to listen to the end!
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 18, Flint Water Crisis Permaculture Solutions with Nathan Ayers

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 18, Flint Water Crisis Permaculture Solutions with Nathan Ayers

That's a taste of some of the types of things you would learn by taking a Permaculture Design Course. Today I'm talking to Rhonda Baird about why you would want to take a PDC, what it covers, and what you get out of it. Rhonda has been a Permaculture teacher for 10 years and shares her journey from taking her first PDC, to today where she has a thriving homestead and teaches numerous PDCs a year. She will also be one of the guest teachers for the upcoming PDC here in Traverse City this spring.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 17, Carbon Farming – Crops to Stop Climate Change with Eric Toensmeier

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 17, Carbon Farming – Crops to Stop Climate Change with Eric Toensmeier

Today's guest is Kate Heiber Cobb, who created and runs the Madison Area Permaculture Guild out of Madison Wisconsin. She is a Permaculture teacher and educator, and has done a lot with bringing Permaculture to urban regions. Today we talk about her story, how she created the guild, projects they've done and lessons learned along the way. It keeps getting better the deeper into the interview we go so make sure to listen to the end!
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 16, COP21 Insights from the Paris Climate Conference with Albert Bates

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 16, COP21 Insights from the Paris Climate Conference with Albert Bates

That's a taste of some of the types of things you would learn by taking a Permaculture Design Course. Today I'm talking to Rhonda Baird about why you would want to take a PDC, what it covers, and what you get out of it. Rhonda has been a Permaculture teacher for 10 years and shares her journey from taking her first PDC, to today where she has a thriving homestead and teaches numerous PDCs a year. She will also be one of the guest teachers for the upcoming PDC here in Traverse City this spring.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 15, Spiral Ridge Permaculture with Cliff Davis

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 15, Spiral Ridge Permaculture with Cliff Davis

Albert Bates is a longtime influential figure in environmental activism, and the ecovillage and permaculture movements. He's a lawyer, an author and a teacher, who has been director of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee since 1994.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 14, Edible Forest Gardens, Coppice, and Culture Design with Dave Jacke

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 14, Edible Forest Gardens, Coppice, and Culture Design with Dave Jacke

Today's guest, Cliff Davis was telling me that having all those pigs and plants to care for makes it hard to leave home and travel to experience new cultures and perspectives. And he values those experiences for personal growth and expansion, plus their a great source for new ideas. But fortunately there's a continual flow of students and interns coming through his place, Spiral Ridge Permaculture...
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 13, Sacred Earth Landscaping and Farm with Eran Rhodes

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 13, Sacred Earth Landscaping and Farm with Eran Rhodes

Albert Bates is a longtime influential figure in environmental activism, and the ecovillage and permaculture movements. He's a lawyer, an author and a teacher, who has been director of the Ecovillage Training Center at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee since 1994.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 12, Putting the Art in Permaculture with Penny Krebiehl

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 12, Putting the Art in Permaculture with Penny Krebiehl

Today's guest, Cliff Davis was telling me that having all those pigs and plants to care for makes it hard to leave home and travel to experience new cultures and perspectives. And he values those experiences for personal growth and expansion, plus their a great source for new ideas. But fortunately there's a continual flow of students and interns coming through his place, Spiral Ridge Permaculture...
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 11, Regenerative Agriculture with Paul and Sharron May of The May Farm

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 11, Regenerative Agriculture with Paul and Sharron May of The May Farm

Our guest today is a creative individual who brings the community together, and connects like-minded people. She teaches and spreads permaculture, she's an artist, a garden-farmer, a teacher, and can make a real tasty pie. She's my good friend, Penny Krebiehl.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 9, City Permaculture, Design of Urban Landscapes with Levi Meeuwenberg

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 9, City Permaculture, Design of Urban Landscapes with Levi Meeuwenberg

An old-growth forest is a forest that has lived for many centuries, sometimes even millenia without significant disturbance and so they possess unique ecological features found no-where else on earth.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 8, Creating Edible Landscapes and Forest Garden Ecosystems with Fred Meyer

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 8, Creating Edible Landscapes and Forest Garden Ecosystems with Fred Meyer

Today's episode is a little unique because there is no guest to interview. Instead I'll be sharing some of the many take-aways from a recent Advanced Permaculture Design Course I took in Akron, Ohio. This will be a way to help share and spread good ideas, as well as a good process for me to review my own notes and become more familiar with the material.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 6, Woodcraft, Ecological Design, and Holistic Farm Integration with Mark Angelini

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 6, Woodcraft, Ecological Design, and Holistic Farm Integration with Mark Angelini

Today's episode is a little unique because there is no guest to interview. Instead I'll be sharing some of the many take-aways from a recent Advanced Permaculture Design Course I took in Akron, Ohio. This will be a way to help share and spread good ideas, as well as a good process for me to review my own notes and become more familiar with the material.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 5, Commercial Scale Composting and Recycling with Andy Gale

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 5, Commercial Scale Composting and Recycling with Andy Gale

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Upcycled Living, Our Resource Collection Zone i.e. The Junkyard ;)

Upcycled Living, Our Resource Collection Zone i.e. The Junkyard 😉

Our homestead started off with just two pigs, and we got hooked. We're up to 13 now, and we're even breeding our own piglets! Over the years we've experimented with many different types of pens, fencing and paddocks for them. By no means have we "arrived at" or discovered the perfect system. But we've made a portable pig pen system that meets three important design criteria for us:
read more
Spontaneous Gardens Planted by Our Pigs

Spontaneous Gardens Planted by Our Pigs

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Building Soil from Scratch Using Pigs and Cover Crops!

Building Soil from Scratch Using Pigs and Cover Crops!

First we created winter pig pens using pallets that were freely available at many warehouses in town. Then we fed the pigs old vegetable waste from town throughout the winter, then covered the left overs with leaves. Many squash and tomato seeds from the food waste germinated in the spring and sprouted up through the mulch. The abundance of fertility in this location provided much plant food, and the leaves helped keep them from drying out during the summer.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 3, Restoring an Old Apple Tree Orchard and a Sip of Hard Cider with Trevor Newman

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 3, Restoring an Old Apple Tree Orchard and a Sip of Hard Cider with Trevor Newman

For the last couple years we have been experimenting with movable pig pens (pig tractors) and cover crops in order to build the soil fertility, and plant diversity of our pasture. The results have been overwhelmingly positive! In just two years, we've transformed patches of our knapweed and beach sand site, into a thick lush pasture with diverse forage crops.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 2, The Permaculture Journey: Health, Apples, Fiber and Alpacas with Samantha Graves

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 2, The Permaculture Journey: Health, Apples, Fiber and Alpacas with Samantha Graves

That's a taste of some of the types of things you would learn by taking a Permaculture Design Course. Today I'm talking to Rhonda Baird about why you would want to take a PDC, what it covers, and what you get out of it. Rhonda has been a Permaculture teacher for 10 years and shares her journey from taking her first PDC, to today where she has a thriving homestead and teaches numerous PDCs a year. She will also be one of the guest teachers for the upcoming PDC here in Traverse City this spring.
read more
Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 1, Why We Do Permaculture a Call to Action with Peter Bane

Permaculture Realized Podcast Episode 1, Why We Do Permaculture a Call to Action with Peter Bane

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
How to Feed Chickens Using Compost (Food Waste)

How to Feed Chickens Using Compost (Food Waste)

There’ll be few main parts to this episode. I’m going to start out by doing a survey of kind of our basic biological human needs. So you know food, energy, shelter, connection, love that type of thing. (our global life support systems) And look at those within the context of how we go about meeting those needs and how that has changed over time especially from pre-agriculture revolution and then after the agriculture revolution and now into modern technological age.
read more
How to Build a Chicken Tractor “Hoop Coop”

How to Build a Chicken Tractor “Hoop Coop”

Inspired by Karl Hammer's Compost-Chicken Hybrid system in Vermont, we began creating a compost pile inside our portable bird pen using food scraps collected from local restaurants and grocery stores. The chickens not only get to eat the fresh veggie scraps we dump on top of the compost pile every other day, but once those are eaten, they dig into the pile to harvest all the insect decomposers and other goodies that the compost pile generates. For 70+ birds (chickens, ducks etc) we only had to supplement them with about a pound of feed daily, and could probably go grain free if we had to, using this system.
read more

Interview on Mark Shepard’s PDC with Graduate, Bryan Mets

In our dream world, all animals on our farm would be free-range. They would just choose to stick around and provide for us because life is so good here. Well that's how our egg-laying hens did reside here for over a year. But recently our hens began disappearing one by one. We determined it was an aerial predator, but lost most of our flock in the process. We finally resolved to confine them for their protection, but wanted them to still have access to abundant grass and bugs from the land. Based on a little research, a portable "Hoop Coop" chicken tractor looked like just the sort of domicile our birds deserve.
read more
How to Find Chaga Mushrooms & Make Chaga Tea

How to Find Chaga Mushrooms & Make Chaga Tea

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Healthy Gummies / Fruit Snacks!

Healthy Gummies / Fruit Snacks!

There’ll be few main parts to this episode. I’m going to start out by doing a survey of kind of our basic biological human needs. So you know food, energy, shelter, connection, love that type of thing. (our global life support systems) And look at those within the context of how we go about meeting those needs and how that has changed over time especially from pre-agriculture revolution and then after the agriculture revolution and now into modern technological age.
read more
How to Make Beet Kvass

How to Make Beet Kvass

Today’s guest is one my good friends and mentors Peter Bane, who is one of the most experienced permaculture teachers in the midwest. He’s the author of the Permaculture Handbook; Garden Farming for Town and Country. He’s also been the publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine for 25 years, which recently changed to Permaculture Design Magazine.
read more
Compost + Pigs + Chickens = Stacking Functions!

Compost + Pigs + Chickens = Stacking Functions!

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Cherry, Blueberry, Spinach, & Banana Smoothie

Cherry, Blueberry, Spinach, & Banana Smoothie

There’ll be few main parts to this episode. I’m going to start out by doing a survey of kind of our basic biological human needs. So you know food, energy, shelter, connection, love that type of thing. (our global life support systems) And look at those within the context of how we go about meeting those needs and how that has changed over time especially from pre-agriculture revolution and then after the agriculture revolution and now into modern technological age.
read more
The Permaculture Principles

The Permaculture Principles

These homemade gummies / fruit snacks are very quick and easy to make. They are a great source of gelatin which is very beneficial for joint, skin, nail, hair, and gut health! When you make these make sure to use gelatin that comes from healthy, pasture raised animals. The gelatin we use comes from grass fed beef.
read more
Privilege in Permaculture

Privilege in Permaculture

Today’s guest is one my good friends and mentors Peter Bane, who is one of the most experienced permaculture teachers in the midwest. He’s the author of the Permaculture Handbook; Garden Farming for Town and Country. He’s also been the publisher of Permaculture Activist magazine for 25 years, which recently changed to Permaculture Design Magazine.
read more
Welcome to the Anthropocene. Time to Adapt.

Welcome to the Anthropocene. Time to Adapt.

These homemade gummies / fruit snacks are very quick and easy to make. They are a great source of gelatin which is very beneficial for joint, skin, nail, hair, and gut health! When you make these make sure to use gelatin that comes from healthy, pasture raised animals. The gelatin we use comes from grass fed beef.
read more
Cheap Oil Begets the Centralization of Power

Cheap Oil Begets the Centralization of Power

Yum! Smoothies are a great way to incorporate raw greens and fruits into your diet. Making smoothies from frozen fruit is the way to go in the winter. If you were thinking ahead, you stocked up on fruit when it was towards the end of its season and it was super cheap because farmers just wanted to sell it ASAP.
read more
Permaculture Resources for Further Study

Permaculture Resources for Further Study

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Desired Species

Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Desired Species

When I first discovered permaculture back in 2011 I had no idea that there was already a thriving community of quiet revolutionaries in my home state of Michigan. The michigan permaculture scene has blossomed in just these last few years spawning it's own annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence as well as many education sites, farms, homesteads, and more. (Are we missing someone? Let us know!)
read more
Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Energy and Waste Systems

Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Energy and Waste Systems

House: The house itself is the center of energy, and serves as the place we sleep, cook and generally celebrate and contemplate life. It’s like the nucleus of the cell, and we, the land-stewards, move around the site keeping all the systems running smoothly like little protein molecules, serving our purpose for the greater organism. Herb Planters: There will be cooking herbs and greens within and alongside the house for quick and easy harvesting. Shade tolerant plants such as claytonia will go on the north side of the house, and the more Mediterranean herbs to the south. Covered Patio: The west patio will be covered by a solid roof to provide an outdoor gathering space during rainy days. The covering
read more
Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – House Design

Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – House Design

Electricity: Off-grid Solar PV system with Battery Backup. 2x 250watt panels, 2.5kW Inverter, 8x 6volt deep cycle batteries, charge controller, PV wires, Mounting. Yearly Production: 560kWh Total: $4244.67 Refrigerator: Converting a chest freezer into a fridge will create a super-insulated, extremely efficient fridge that only consumes .15-.18kW per day! [source] Blackwater Constructed Wetland: This will be constructed slightly down slope from the house so that the blackwater can flow by gravity into it. It will be filled with wetland plants such as cattails, sagittaria, rushes, reeds, scurpis, and bulrush. When the system gets
read more
Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Soil

Realeyes Farm Permaculture Design – Soil

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Permaculture in Traverse City – Northern Michigan

Permaculture in Traverse City – Northern Michigan

This undertaking was inspired by the realization that if the current status quo persists, human life will not be viable in the future on this planet. Permaculture offers us the tools to imagine a world transformed into a permanent healthy ecosystem which provides all our needs. So now that we know where we’re at, and we know where we need to go, it’s a simple matter of getting from point A to point B; navigating any obstacles (inner and outer) that get in our way along this path. This
read more
Diagnosis: The Story of Humans

Diagnosis: The Story of Humans

Books: Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway – Great intro to home scale permaculture Permaculture: A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison - The "Bible" of Permaculture, a very dense but life-changing textbook Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard – Thorough outline for farm-scale permaculture in our bioregion Creating a Forest Garden – Martin Crawford (Handy intro to Food Forests) Edible Forest Gardens – David Jacke (In depth on ecology, Food Forests and Design Method)
read more
What is Permaculture?

What is Permaculture?

Todays guest is Mark Angelini, the other half of Roots 2 Fruits Ecological Design in Southern Michigan. We had his business partner, Trevor Newman, on here on episode 3. Mark is a generalized specialist. His work spans from art and design, to craft and woodwork, farming, gardening, forestry and of course, apple growing and cider making. Today we get to hear some updates on several of his projects, and his journies along the way.
read more
Smoked Fish Brine

Smoked Fish Brine

We've been exploring a number of potential products to fund this project. Some of the considerations are as follows; No pollution! Keep it legal, and safe for humans and all biology. Something of real value; don't screw people or sell snake-oil
read more
Interesting Tidbits Relating to Mental Health & the Brain

Interesting Tidbits Relating to Mental Health & the Brain

After discovering Permaculture and resolving to move back home to Traverse City, Michigan and DO it, I had no idea that right around my hometown was a whole thriving community of quiet revolutionaries; using the lessons and tools of nature to produce nutritious food, and sustainable habitat. Who know's, if you poke around a little you might discover a thriving movement within your own community! Groups, Farms, and Education: LA Little Artshram - Educational non-profit offering courses on Permaculture, Gardening, Worm composting, Seed
read more
The Basics of a Whole Food, Nutrient Dense Diet

The Basics of a Whole Food, Nutrient Dense Diet

After discovering Permaculture and resolving to move back home to Traverse City, Michigan and DO it, I had no idea that right around my hometown was a whole thriving community of quiet revolutionaries; using the lessons and tools of nature to produce nutritious food, and sustainable habitat. Who know's, if you poke around a little you might discover a thriving movement within your own community! Groups, Farms, and Education: LA Little Artshram - Educational non-profit offering courses on Permaculture, Gardening, Worm composting, Seed
read more

Giveaway: 1 Quart Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil ($40 Value)

There are so many diets out there! It is hard to know which one is best. I thought that I would write up a post going over the basics; listing the six classes of nutrients, briefly explaining the role of each within our bodies, and what foods are the best sources for them. Knowing this information helps me make better choices when it comes to my meals. Hope this helps! The Six Classes of Nutrients are: Macronutrients:
read more
How to Make Herbal Tinctures

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

There are so many diets out there! It is hard to know which one is best. I thought that I would write up a post going over the basics; listing the six classes of nutrients, briefly explaining the role of each within our bodies, and what foods are the best sources for them. Knowing this information helps me make better choices when it comes to my meals. Hope this helps! The Six Classes of Nutrients are: Macronutrients:
read more
Homemade Deodorant

Homemade Deodorant

After discovering Permaculture and resolving to move back home to Traverse City, Michigan and DO it, I had no idea that right around my hometown was a whole thriving community of quiet revolutionaries; using the lessons and tools of nature to produce nutritious food, and sustainable habitat. Who know's, if you poke around a little you might discover a thriving movement within your own community! Groups, Farms, and Education: LA Little Artshram - Educational non-profit offering courses on Permaculture, Gardening, Worm composting, Seed
read more

MyBarc
Thanks BARC for composting food waste on our site, providing us with copious free organic matter and feed for pigs and chickens! Let's keep closing the loops!