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Top 10 Energy-saving Building Strategies

by: Sara on 02/17/2015

The popularity of natural building has grown by leaps and bounds, spurred by a grassroots desire for housing that is healthy, affordable and environmentally responsible. Today's blog is from Catherine Wanek, co-author of the fully revised and updated, The Art of Natural Building, Design, Construction, Resources. It is the complete and …

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How to Make a Rope Holiday Wreath

by: EJ on 12/12/2014

Welcome to our final day of 12 Days of Giving.  We hope you enjoyed reading the blogs, and that you took advantage of our free downloads and recipes and our 50% off book sale. 

One of my favorite holiday decorations is a wreath for the front door. I have been making them from natural materials for years, starting with wild grape vine when I lived …

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The Nature of Permaculture

by: EJ on 12/11/2014

“Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” – Bill Mollison, founder of the Permaculture Institute

The …

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Your Complete Guide to Living Beyond the Grid

by: EJ on 12/03/2014

One of my favorite books this year is The Real Goods Solar Living Sourcebook: Your Complete Guide to Living beyond the Grid with Renewable Energy Technologies and Sustainable Living, 14th Edition.  This completely revised 14th edition, written by experts with decades of hands-on experience, contains expanded information on permaculture, …

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North American Permaculture Convergence

by: Sara on 09/17/2014

In today's post we join Darrell Frey, author of Bioshelter Market Garden and the owner/manager of Three Sister's Farm, at the North American Permaculture Covergence that took place over the Labor Day weekend in Harmony Park, MN.

Four hundred people converged on the beautiful shores of Lake Geneva near Cottage Grove, Minnesota over the Labor Day …

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