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…

Dinosaur economics and the brown tech world

By Steven Saint Thomas A lot of us have been hoping the world would wake up to the realities of climate change in time to do something about it. But,…

Living in an ecosystem: Eating what nature brings

OPENERS: 1. What’s your must-have favorite food that cannot be grown or produced in your region? 2. What would you have for dinner tonight if you relied completely on your…

Food Future

By Steven Saint Thomas Where is your next meal coming from? If you’re like most middle-class Americans, you don’t give it much thought. You’ll pick up food at the nearby…

Permaculture takes an eco-village

By Steven Saint Thomas It all started with a couple of people walking by a big vacant lot and dreaming about an eco-village. The land was not for sale, but…