Raising chickens without grains is a wonderful video produced by my hero Geoff Lawton. Imagine taking a waste stream and using it to feed your chickens! In this video, Geoff visits Carl Hammer at Vermont Compost to learn how he feeds chickens at almost no cost.
I straight up love Dr. Bronner’s Soap! I have been using it for over 3 years now and I’m still finding new uses for it. I initially bought it to use as a body wash on a camping trip because it was biodegradable and safe for wildlife and plants. Even after that trip, I continued to use it as a body wash and now I use it for much more, there’s a good reason why they call it All in One Magic Soap!
The Zero Waste Challenge is a great way to start your journey towards a zero waste lifestyle. The challenge is to replace one single use item with a reusable one once a month. This slow start helps you to not get overwhelmed by the process. At first, it may be difficult but with time it gets easier, my wife and I like to make a game out of it. We try to see who can come up with best reusable replacement even if that means making some of our household products ourselves like toothpaste or shampoo.
This Essential Oil Diffuser from InnoGear has been working perfectly for my wife and I for over a year now and I like how it looks on our night stand. We use it every night before we go to bed, it helps us relax and I find that the peppermint essential oil helps clear my sinuses. I really like how the unit automatically turns off when it runs out of water, you can also set it to run continuously or go on for thirty second intervals to extend the run time. Some of our favorite essential oils are Eucalyptus, Lavender, Orange, Peppermint, Lemon and Tea Tree! When buying essential oils make sure they are Organic and undiluted.
These Soil Carbon Cowboys were faced with crop failure and came out ahead of the game. They started practicing sustainable and regenerative methods of land management and are now building the carbon in their soil which is good for their business and the environment!
Green Friday is a great alternative to what the majority of consumers do the day after Thanksgiving. The holiday season is truly my favorite time of year, but not because of the sales on Black Friday or the gifts. It’s something about the change in weather and the great food! I wanted to share a brilliant idea with you that can be so positive in so many ways. Just go outside and get into nature. Go for a hike or a walk just don’t go buy stuff. Feed your soul, recharge your spirit and get some exercise at the same time!
For those of you who live in California. The California State Parks Foundation has partnered with Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks to offer over 13,000 free vehicle day-use passes to more than 100 state parks for use on Green Friday.
My Life as a Turkey is a well produced and interesting documentary of a man who got the chance to raise wild turkeys as there mother!
In One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts Will Harris the owner of White Oak Pastures, tells us the evolution of his farm to a Regenerative Agriculture practice. This guy is the change we need to see more of in agriculture and this video is very well made and is one of the best regenerative agriculture videos I’ve seen.
Monoculture Vs Polyculture is a big topic in the
A video of my Polyculture Container Garden in my front yard. The plumeria is from a cutting and it’s doing awesome. The Kumquat I bought at Costco a few years ago and I had originally planted it in the ground but I had to move it last year so it didn’t produce any fruit but this year it looks like there will be a bunch! and then there is my crazy productive aloe Vera that I use for sunburns and smoothies.
Kirsten Dirksen travels around the world documenting examples of sustainable living and her Dryland Homestead Hacks with Brad Lancaster is one of her best videos yet! It is just shy of an hour long but at no point was I bored, every second is filled with great information and ideas for any dryland climate. Brad Lancaster is a genius when it comes to rainwater harvesting watch the video and see for yourself.
I love using mason jars for a wide variety of things around the homestead and when I go to fill my wide mouth jars I need a wide mouth funnel so I don’t make a mess. Made of 8/18 stainless steel so it will last for a long time and you don’t have to worry about any chemicals leaching out into your food! This funnel is so much bigger than the regular mouth jar funnels it really makes all the difference when I’m storing my homemade popcorn or sauerkraut.
When I take notes I prefer to use my Boogie Board E-Writer, I keep it right on the refrigerator and can write down what I want to make for dinner or what I need to add to my grocery list. It really bothers me when I waste paper so I do my best to avoid it! When I used to use a notepad to take notes I would always add the information to my phone or computer and then end up throwing the paper note away, I mean I could compost it but it probably has nasty chemicals that I don’t want in my compost so I’d rather just use my Boogie Board E-Writer.
The Circular Economy is the future! As I have said in the past, “I believe that the modern day society we live in is out of balance with nature and inherently unsustainable. We live on a finite planet with finite resources, so we have to be smart how we use them, the change we need will not come from government but everyday people like you and me. I do what I think is right and hope that some will follow in my footsteps.” Check out the video below to learn more about The Circular Economy and keep reading to find out how you kan help make a difference!
This is a Free Permaculture Course. There are no admission requirements or prerequisites needed to take this course. While none of the discussions, activities, assignments, or quizzes are required, if you choose to complete all of the discussions, assignments, and quizzes you can earn your “Intro to Permaculture” digital badge from Oregon State University. You can display your digital badge on social media platforms!
Vandana Shiva is amazing, she’s a Doctor, an Eco-Activist, and my Hero! She’s a brilliant scientist who became Monsanto’s worst nightmare and a rock star of the international sustainable food movement.
The Man Who Planted Trees is a wonderful story of one man who turned a deserted wasteland into an oasis. Undeterred by two World Wars, and without any thought of personal reward, Elzéard Bouffier a solitary shepherd tirelessly sowed his seeds in the hills of France where there was once nothing with his bare hands because that’s what he thought needed to be done.
Homebrewed hard apple cider is one of the easiest beverages for the beginning homebrewer! When you drink that first bottle of your very own home brew, you get such a sense of accomplishment knowing that you made it yourself and the best part is it’s cheaper than buying it at the store. All you need to get started is an Airlock, a stopper, a gallon of apple juice, and some yeast.
Geoff Lawton is a permaculture consultant, designer, and teacher, he specializes in permaculture education, design, implementation, and system establishment. He plays a vital role in spreading the word of Permaculture and has a free video series with breathtaking imagery and inspirational concepts.
“Permaculture Chickens is everything you ever wanted to know about raising chickens with a permaculture twist!”
My buddy Matt Powers is starting the first permaculture school for kids!. He has created a program for children and young adults to reconnect with nature, learn how to be self-reliant and build resilient local communities. His program is ready to go, he even developed his own fully illustrated textbooks! Now he just need a little financial help to be ready in time for the new school year.
This video brings one of many sustainable solutions to light. It’s kind of silly but if you think about it, it really makes sense.
Materialism is all bad, it’s so sad that things and the fear of losing those things can make people so crazy. Materialism can lead to depression, anxiety, and general unhappiness. Also, any concern for the wellbeing of our environment goes right out the window.
What happens when Louis Schwartzberg and Morgan Freeman collaborate? A poetic message filled with hope, optimism, and Sustainability.
Presented to world leaders at the 2014 United Nations Climate Summit in New York, this short film shows that the world we believe in is possible. We already have the appropriate technology to harness nature sustainably. Thanks to permaculture (and all the seers who helped shape it), we constantly learn how to regenerate land, work more harmoniously with nature while benefiting from a fertile planet.
Living in an apartment makes getting fresh eggs difficult but not impossible. I have found a way, Quail. They are small, quiet, and produce very high-quality eggs.Read More
What is Permaculture? Well this is what I used to tell them “Permaculture is a design science for your life, based upon the highest ethical standards. It includes environmental design, integrated water resource management, and regenerative agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.” It’s what get’s me out of bed ever morning!
Now I tell them that “Permaculture is a holistic approach to land and life design!” it’s also what get’s me out of bed ever morning!
Beyond Sustainable is a place where you can learn and share ideas that can help us be more regenerative and self-sufficient.
We live in a world to today where corporations will sell you anything to make a buck, no matter how toxic or wasteful and that makes me really sad. We live on a finite planet with finite resources, and if we continue the way we have, it will just be a matter of time before we are forced to change. We must adapt our ways to meet the growing demand for resources and start to correct the damage we have already done.