What happens with a guru in creating affordable physical technology for farming meets a guru in creating social connections for youth to teach them farming? I have been waiting to find out since I first saw the trailer for Reversing the Mississippi in June of 2015. Thanks to Ian Midgley, the film premiered on the […]
As a newly retired Registered Nurse with a passion for human health, I am most curious about our connection to the soil (Gia, earth) which is our soul source of essential nutrition. Vitamins, minerals and gases (the most important being oxygen and carbon dioxide) find their roots in a soil community and the biological chemistry that exists between the members of that community. When I think about life and follow our journey, the story always ends with a journey back to the soil.
What is worm composting? Worm composting begins with household vegetable wastes and ends with worm casting or worm poop! Why worm compost? Worm castings are filled with life. There are billions of plant bio-available beneficial bacteria, fiber, vitamins, & minerals in the castings. When you add fresh castings to the soil you are inoculating the soil with a living mass that will continue to grow and spread throughout your soil environment, providing the essential nutrition for a healthy soil. “How to Build a Worm Composting Bin” is an instructional video guide created in Mazatlan, Mexico. In the video, I explain how to find the materials needed and how to build a compost bin.
Download a free copy of the eBook on establishing a sustainable lake house with friends, a solution that simultaneously provides (1) a lifeboat community in case of hard times, (2) an affordable, permaculture, weekend getaway, and (3) a way of transitioning from urban status quo to one planet thriving.
Heat, cook, hot water, drying, and a cozy place to sit: All benefits of a good wood stove + intelligent systems design. But what about getting the same benefits from rocket stoves which are supposed to be more efficient?
The big picture of One Planet Thriving: (1) Our modern way of life is the largest, most unethical failure in human history. (2) We know how to reverse that failure and thrive on one planet’s worth of resources. (3) The trick is transitioning to that way of life. For more detail, read this post which, in turn, has links to more detailed posts and resources.
Top 5 Lessons for Village Living: (1) Without interaction between people, there is no village: (a) Allocate time for relationships. (b) Live in physical structures that encourages interaction and get the right balance between public and private space. (2) Invite those who can (a) skillfully hear and express their truth even when there is unpleasant emotion and (b) are willing to continually improve at this. Best way to know: you’ve had disagreements and come out the others side. (3) Be free! Learn from failure and communicate instead of creating too many rules. (4) Small is beautiful. Empower the smallest decision-making group possible for the decision at hand. (5) Welcome people, build goodwill, and be clear about a coherent vision and process.