Moving the woods – understory

At the back of our yard, we have the “woods”.  When Charlotte and Josephine (our girls) were small, these were a mysterious place, in which grew the “Witch Tree” with a twisted, hollow trunk, and where one might find treasures, such as an ancient china figurine of a man. 

Applied Permaculture Lesson

One of the things I am really excited about this Spring is another class  – Applied Permaculture with David Homa near Portland Maine.  This course is eight Saturdays, once a month, going out to sites and doing real work – pruning, grafting, planting, soil building – all the practical skills one needs for building andContinue reading “Applied Permaculture Lesson”

Some Real Work

On Saturday, we started our first Real Work in the food forest to be: taking down lots of saplings and brush.  We don’t like to take down trees and bushes, but we also want to create the space for our intentional plants, ones that are really good at producing food for us or for wildlife,Continue reading “Some Real Work”

Project Synthesis Document

After we had agreed that we would work together, Mark said the first thing we should do would be create a Synthesis Document with all the jobs and functions that this project will need to fulfill.  This document will help guide the design – because we will be able to look at the design and checkContinue reading “Project Synthesis Document”

Appropriate Technology

The other day, we had a big snowstorm.  It dumped 12 inches (30 cm) of the white stuff, and made everything very beautiful.  Around here, with snow means snow-shoveling.  As the storm eased up, I headed outside, and grabbed our shovel, which consists of a blue curved metal shaft (ergonomic), a blue plastic handle, andContinue reading “Appropriate Technology”