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Permaculture design (begins and) ends with ‘us’

by Trudy Thomas The last weekend of Pikes Peak Permaculture’s 2015 Permaculture Design Certification class was exciting and nerve wracking – especially for me. While teams presented their designs to…

Reciprocity economic system of the future

by Trudy Thomas In a globalized economy, money flows in and out of the local community without so much as a goodbye. It comes from the outside and flows back…

Permaculture design: the struggle begins

by Trudy Thomas Permaculture taken seriously is a hard pill to swallow. The ethics and principles used in the design process are not motivated by endless growth and accumulated wealth,…

Architect says help the planet by saving energy

by Trudy Thomas Casting stones at companies that devastate the environment to wrest fossil fuels from the earth may seem justified. Using billions of gallons of water to frack for…

Flower power Permaculture style

by Trudy Thomas Westcliffe, Colorado can be deceiving. The sweeping landscape, rugged Sangre de Cristos and big open sky seem devoid of complexity. The endless grassland’s only colorful residents are…

Permaculturists demonstrate nature produces no waste

When’s the last time you raked leaves and put them in the garbage? Well, stop it, just stop it. Permaculture co-founder David Holmgren would tell you leaves are a valuable…

Permaculturist hopes to save world by changing state’s thinking on water

by Trudy Thomas There’s a saying in Colorado: “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’ over.” Permaculturist Jason Gerhardt knows only too well the truth of that sentiment, as he works…

Permaculture ethics offers hope for post-oil era

by Trudy Thomas How would you feel if someone told you you’ve been living in a bubble your whole life, that the global financial system was balanced atop an oil…

The aboriginal cave

After working another day in the vines, we drove out with our supervisor, Rod Smith, to Baiame Cave. Rod is your quintessential Aussie bloke, speaking in a thick Outback accent,…

Bushfire!

A helicopter heading north flew over the house on a lovely afternoon in late December. Within minutes, the phone rang. A neighbor was calling to ask if Maureen or her…