Monthly Archives: February 2014

Domestic Beef Cattle: Terminology and Breeds (Part 1)

Domestic cattle (Bos primigenius species) belong to the Bos genus which includes cattle, yaks, aurochs, guar, and bantengs. These animals are almost entirely large to very large grazing, ruminant mammals with long tongues that are used to grab and twist the plant material and grinding teeth used to macerate their […]

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    Utilizing The Unlimited Geothermal Energy Of The Earth For Sustainable Heating And Cooling

Utilizing The Unlimited Geothermal Energy Of The Earth For Sustainable Heating And Cooling

Today, I am sharing a guest article by Patrick Gibson, a Biotechnology Engineer in Australia. 

The earth is literally welling over with energy that we can tap into. While some of it we can directly experience such as the wind, sunlight and wave energy, there is another kind that is […]

Overwintering Cattle Without Barns or Supplemental Feed?

I have raised this question in the past on some forums and in person to cattle ranchers/farmers, and I have had various responses. Some people just think I am crazy. Some people have gotten very angry with me. When there is such a variation in responses, it makes me […]

Reishi (Ling Chi) Mushroom

Common Name: Ling Chi, Reishi, Varnished Conk, Ling Zhi, Ling Chih, Mannentake
Scientific Name: Ganoderma lucidum
Family: Ganodermataceae

This shelf-fungus has a shiny (varnished) appearance, and it has been used as a medicinal mushroom in Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 2,000 years! Fruiting Body: 0.8-13.8 inches (2-35 cm) wide and 1.6-3.1 inches (4-8 cm) thick and […]

Permaculture Plants: Turkish Rocket

Common Name: Turkish Rocket, Hill Mustard, Turkish Warty Cabbage, Warty Cabbage
Scientific Name: Bunias orientalis
Family: Brassicaceae (the Crucifers or Mustard family)

Turkish Rocket is a perennial broccoli-like plant with a stronger, cabbage flavor and a tenacious grip to life. It is very easy to grow, and once established, it usually will not quit. Because of this, it […]

Permaculture in the Bible?

Here are an interesting couple of verses I came across in the Bible the other day. I obviously can’t say that this is Permaculture, but there are some interesting things we can glean from it…

When you enter the land and plant any kind of fruit tree, regard its fruit as […]

Who is in charge of Permaculture?

People often wonder who is in charge of the Permaculture movement. In the past few months, I have read a number of comments, emails, and threads on boards where people are discussing, or asking about, who is really in charge of this whole thing. I believe that there are […]

The Farmstead Meatsmith

I want to share some amazing videos created by Brandon Sheard, the Farmstead Meatsmith. Brandon is a butcher and charcutier (a specialist in meat preservation and preparation). I was very disappointed to hear that they did not reach their Kickstarter goal; they were trying to raise funds for a […]

Permaculture Plants: Buckwheat

Common Name: Common Buckwheat, Tartary Buckwheat, Perennial Buckwheat
Scientific Name: Fagopyrum species
Family: Polygonaceae (the Knotweed or Smartweed or Buckwheat family)

Common Species (there are 15 or 16 species):

  • Common Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum)
  • Perennial Buckwheat (Fagopyrum dibotrys)
  • Tartary Buckwheat (Fagopyrum tataricum)

Buckwheat, while not a grain or even related to wheat, does produced edible seeds that make a gluten-free, […]