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It’s not just a life-changing education…it’s a family.

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You want to study at your own pace, from your own home.

​When you have time and privacy for your own, ongoing, hands-on experimentation, you can take as long as you need to give what you’re learning a chance to percolate in your mind. ​Plus you get lifetime access to all future iterations. In-person courses simply can’t offer that, and neither can they offer the size and breadth of community we do.

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You want to learn from women.

Our course contains content from more than 100 female experts, and our active faculty includes 20+ teachers who are recognized authors, leaders, and innovators in the permaculture community. …


Oh Portland, we had to break up but I still think you can change.

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Stumptown is facing a painful reckoning, and it’s not altogether undeserved.

Dear Portland (and the rest of y’all West Coast libs because you know this isn’t just about Portland),

This is what happens when you sit the fence.

I can’t help but wonder if Portland protesters (and self-identified “activist” communities, in general) could make a breakthrough in their thinking and tactics (and thus achieve success rather than getting inevitably rounded up en masse) if they stop to consider whether the current situation is an example of what happens when a city, for centuries, enables abuse while pretending to be “progressive.”

Why is the governor allowing a “phase out” of unwanted Federal troops, rather than siding 100% with the locals? Why are local cops still bashing heads right beside Trump’s masked Gestapo? …


Don’t get burned out, because the bigger battle is yet to come.

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They’re trying to exhaust us. Don’t get tired.

Trump was SO mad that anybody would consider pulling down the statues of the patriarchs. Well, you know I definitely vote yes for taking ALL of them down. Yes, even Jesus.

If we want to create a sustainable culture on this planet, then we need to center non-human species as much as possible. Removing human images as a focal point in every park, church, and government building is such a tiny and wonderful place to start with that.

But I get it that the patriarchs are uncomfortable in this moment. Indeed, the POTUS acts exactly like an angry child, throwing tantrums, calling names, threatening violence. But if you stop blaming him and step back for a moment you can see that he is a perfect microcosm of the greater ill that is patriarchy in general. Donald Trump, and everything he represents, is the result of centuries of enabling, of “voting” for the lesser of evils, of ignoring the suffering of billions, of tolerating and turning a blind eye to violence, rape, abuse, oppression. Do we deserve him? Nobody does. Did we create him? …


#6: Never, ever call the cops.

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I see you out there, fighting. I half-wish I was there too, and half-am-relieved to be hiding in the mountains here because I see history repeating itself, magnified exponentially, and when I see y’all getting brutalized my PTSD flares up. If I was there I think I would be among the dead already.

For what it’s worth, here are the seven most important things I learned from my many years of direct action and front-lines protest work:

1. Sharing food is radical in itself, and the lasting relationships and impacts of these campaigns tend to start in the basecamp kitchen.

2. The people doing the talking are rarely the ones doing the work.
The work that drives change tends to be done by people whose names the public will never hear. …


By Heather Jo Flores

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I recently received an interesting question from a reader,and it seemed like a great topic for this month’s column. She writes:

“I just bought a house whose lovely raised garden beds are being strangled by invasive bamboo. What can I do?”

First off, let me say that bamboo is a grass. And like Bermuda grass, Couch grass, and most other rhizomatous plants, it can be almost impossible to control without extreme measures. A lot of people think that if they choose “clumping” varieties of bamboo, they won’t spread.

​But in my experience this just isn’t true. Bamboo is a wonderful shade plant, privacy screen and evergreen hedge. But it should always be considered a permanent plant and, especially when dealing with a well-established section, you have to accept that it will dominate the space in which it was planted. …


Timeless tools for writers of every genre

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I work with a lot of writers who are just beginning to publish their work, and though their steady flow of amazing ideas blows my mind on the daily, I notice a handful of consistent issues with their syntax that seems worth some attention.

I offer the same two bits advice to every aspiring writer, when they ask:

  1. Go all in. Dedicate yourself to this, full-bore, and fiercely protect the space you create in your life for writing. You don’t own anything else, just your creative work, and it matters. Act accordingly.
  2. If you’re gonna do the job, you should learn to do it well. Writing IS a job, and it’s a skill to be mastered like any other: through study, practice, feedback, and rewards. Make time to study, make an effort to get feedback, and find ways to reward yourself as you embrace and refine your craft. …


Chocolate Avocado Pudding in a Flash

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We can’t grow chocolate or avocados in most places, but of all the ways in which we indulge in imported resources, these are two of the most nutritious, delicious and versatile treats. Combine them, toss in a few more ingredients and you get: vegan, raw, gluten-free, sugar-free, high-protein, antioxidant avocado chocolate pudding!

Say it three times without stopping — that’s how long it will take you throw together this tasty and healthy family favorite. I invented it while trying to eat healthier a few years ago. It’s just about 300 calories per serving, packed with protein and other nutrients. Eat it for breakfast or as a dessert. …


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Organic Elimination of Slugs and Snails

There is nothing more frustrating than bounding out to your garden in the morning to see your baby plants and discovering that they have been devoured by slugs and snails. A few simple tricks can help avoid these horrible moments.

Trigger warning: In this article I advocate for the massacre of large numbers of plant-eating mollusks. These methods are all organic and they work but, yeah, sorry PETA.

Organic Elimination of Slugs and Snails

​Iron Phosphate, aka Sluggo.
Sluggo and Escar-Go are the main two organic slug baits that contain iron phosphate and they can be found at any garden store. They are safe to use around pets, but non-organic slug bait is definitely NOT, so make sure you buy one of these two brands. The mollusks eat the bait, then they decompose into nutrition for your soil. …


Chamomile herbal infusion for head ache relief
Chamomile herbal infusion for head ache relief
Medicinal plants

I am primarily a food gardener, but there are a handful of flowering medicinal plants that I always include in my garden. Not only useful for home remedies, they provide beautiful cut flowers, improve soil and attract beneficial insects. Many of the plants listed here are commonly bred and crossbred to produce ornamental variations, so be sure to note the species and choose the non-hybrid option.

Ten Medicinal Flowers to Grow

​Here are my 10 favorite medicinal flowers and some tips on how to grow and use them.

Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
A tall, self-seeding biennial that smells amazing and puts out thick stalks with clusters of tiny flowers. Angelica has a wide range of uses, from tummy aches to menstrual issues. The large umbels attract beneficial wasps that will eat more troublesome insect pests. It grows easily in part shade. …

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Farmer by day, writer by night. #foodnotlawns #permaculturewomen #freepermaculture. 100+ FREE online classes for writers and gardeners! www.heatherjoflores.com

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