Monthly Archives: December 2013

Merry Christmas… I’ll see you next year!

As always, I take a break from Christmas to New Year’s Day to spend more quality time with my family.

I wish you a Merry Christmas. I’ll be back soon.

John

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Seven: 61-70)

As I discussed in my recent article, Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms, here is a list of 70 Distinctive Mushrooms:

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part One: 1-10)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Two: 11-20)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part […]

My Interview on the Permaculture Voices Podcast

I had the great honor, and a lot of fun, to be interviewed by Diego Footer of the Permaculture Voices Podcast. Diego is organizing the Permaculture Voices Conference in March 2014. It is shaping up to be a who’s-who in Permaculture. Speakers like Geoff Lawton, Allan Savory, Paul […]

An Overview of Alternative Home Designs: Part 4

If you read my article on building an intentional community, you’ll see that I am strongly recommending bypassing the traditional mortgage path and promoting build-it-yourself, alternative housing. I have shared a few posts in the past on some of the alternative housing options, but I thought it would be fun to give […]

Permaculture Plants: Rosemary

Common Name: Rosemary
Scientific Name: Rosmarinus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae (the Mint family)

Description:
This plant probably needs no introduction. Rosemary is a small shrub with evergreen leaves that are most commonly used as a culinary herb. As an evergreen shrub, it is a year round ornamental plant, but it also attracts beneficial insects and hummingbirds, […]

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Six: 51-60)

As I discussed in my recent article, Fighting Fungophobia (or Mycophobia) …the fear of mushrooms, here is a list of 70 Distinctive Mushrooms:

Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part One: 1-10)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part Two: 11-20)
Seventy Distinctive Mushrooms (Part […]

What is Mob-Grazing? Permaculture Lessons from a Safari.

I was sitting in the back seat of a small, open-top Jeep. It was a late April afternoon in the northeastern South African savannah about a decade ago. The breeze was just starting to cool the land from a warm, almost hot, day. A few friends, my wife, and I were […]

My Legacy and an Expanding Horizon View

Legacy.

In recent years, I have heard a lot of this word.  We hear of “legacy software”.  Presidents are concerned about their legacy. Video games, movies, and comic books all use the word. This word has been overused and trivialized. It has almost lost its meaning and its impact.

One of Webster’s […]

Permaculture Plants: Osage Orange

Common Name: Osage Orange, Hedge Apple, Horse Apple, Monkey Ball, Bodark, Bodock, Bowwood, and many more!
Scientific Name: Maclura pomifera
Family: Moraceae (the Mulberry or Fig family)

Description:
I love to read about plants that most people think are useless. Osage Orange is on the list of trees that many people see no need to […]