PermaCycle

Rolling a tread between People and Permaculture


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I Never Wanted to Be a Dirty Farmer Until….

By Jasmine Wilborne

….I met permaculture.

Conventional farming sucks, to put it bluntly.  I’ve never wanted to help my mother in the garden, because I saw how she toiled. I saw how the plants needed constant “nurturing” I saw the weeds creep up. I saw the way she would turn the soil. I thought: Farming sucks because once the farmer turns its back nature gets all unruly like a kindergarten classroom.

I decided not to go into environmental science in college because I saw farming and anything environmental as a constant polarized fight of :Us vs. Them. Humans vs. Nature. Weeds vs. Heirlooms. I knew the fight was never ending and that humans would lose. I saw who won every time I looked at my mother’s poor garden.

Things have changed for me. With permaculture as my guide, I will be letting nature do what it does best and be a partner with them. I would NEVER go to conventional farm school and learn what is taught there. Instead, I will have nature teach me.

 

 


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I’ve Been Baking My Ass off this Winter!

By: Jasmine Wilborne

Last Christmas season (or advent for the Catholics out there) I was the ultimate scrooge. Christmas did not feel special to me. I felt like I was being swallowed by the grey monotony of working a non-essential spiritually numbing 9-5 for-profit job. Despite it being the first year I spent as an atheist, I did not feel liberated from the obligatory gift buying and generic “Happy Holidays” sayings. Christmas had no shimmer of seasonal magic.

This year is completely different. My inner Cheermister (Yes, How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of my “must sees” for the season!) has been expressing itself physically and also spiritually.

For Thanksgiving I made my first-est ever APPLE TART! Yes, I am screaming. Seth would attest that being on the receiving end of my excitement is overwhelming and sometimes tiresome itself.  Every aspect of this tart is handmade! It took 4 hours. I got the recipe from a magazine in a natural food store—-well kinda.

Yummy tart!

Yummy tart!

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Rainbow Family

Yes.

There is a type of sadness and sense of the impending doom that this quote evokes. I often imagine that the severity of our actions will cause a earth-wide extinction of plant, animal and human alike. Those who are able to survive will come together from fractured differing backgrounds to form a newfangled existence. I don’t know.

Sometimes it is hard for me to write and interact with words such as these, but I think it is important to.

-Jazz

be awake enough to see where you are at any given time

“When the Earth is ravaged, and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes, and creeds, and who by their actions and deeds, shall make the Earth green again! They will be known as the Warriors of The Rainbow”. -Hopi Prophecy

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