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THE 12 PERMACULTURE DESIGN PRINCIPLES

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Environmentalism, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Organic Agriculture & Horticulture, Organic Architecture, Organic Development, Philosophy, Psychology on May 14, 2012 by growing togehter

The 12 permaculture design principles

The core of permaculture has always been in supplying a design toolkit for human habitation. This toolkit helps the designer to model a final design based on an observation of how ecosystems interact.

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.[6]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

u can do anything, here’s how i did

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips with tags , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

here’s how i ….
traveled-  my mom drove my sis and i from FL to CT, we took a train to NYC and that’s how i stood on the tallest building there.
my two friends split the cost of gas to CA and back, so i drove my car from coast to coast.  i stopped at the Grand Canyon on the way back, cause it was on the map.  for 25$ and a few nights of sleeping in my car.  i saw a deer jump off the edge and when i looked over i saw a circle of rocks, so i jumped too.  that’s how i came to jump off the Grand Canyon and rock climb about 50ft straight back up.  that was the scariest thing i’d ever done till i found myself walking on the side of a snow covered volcano in New Zealand.
i got to NZ because i gave up on getting my AA and was told that at 25yo i should move out of my mothers house.  i took the rest of my student loan, sold my truck and most of my stuff, got a bit of $ from my family.  i got my passport and looked up online how to get the 12month working holiday visa  and took a plane to NZ.  little over 4,000USD.  i got off the plane and found the information booth which helped me get a phone card/discount card for hostels.  then i got on to a bus to the city of Auckland.  after walking less than a block from the bus stop and into a hostel where i booked a room for 2 nights, i realized that i had way too much stuff.  i gave about half away after sleeping for over a day.  it was that easy.  a passport, visa (i got online for free) and a plane ticket!
the rest was talking to people.  other travelers tell you more than you need or ever care to know.  the locals tell you things you would have never thought to ask.  the best part is no matter where your from, what you do or don’t know, we can all communicate!  i met germans that knew less english then i know german, spanish kids who knew only spanish, french guys who only know french and some spanish, and we all expressed ourselves and understood the basics.  lots of hand movements and pointing and drawing pics and showing on the map or online.  one kid had an app on his cell that translated what he typed.
i spent all my $ in about 4 months and never got a job there.  i traveled for free much of the time.  couchsurfing.org  WWOOF (google it) and standing on the side of the road with a sign got me all over two islands!

traveling can be free.
most of it’s just about asking.  i asked the internet for a New Zealand visa and after a few clicks found it.  i asked my friends about going to CA and OH and then we went, sometimes sharing gas cost other times not.  i said that it’d be cool to see this or that and next thing i knew i was there.  many times i got asked if i’d like to… and it was as easy as saying yes, or even pointing out that i would love to if it’s cheap or free.

“it never hurts to ask!  what’s the worst that happens?  you get told no, well if you never ask it’s as good as a no.”

and i’d add, just keep asking, ask different ways and to as many people as you meet.  tell the world what you desire to see, do, or have!  the worst that could happen is you have to make or do it yourself.  likely tho you’ll end up asking the right person at some point and they will the ones to help you get it.

so that’s how i’ve seen America, Jamica, New Zealand, Camon Island’s, Mexico and it’s how i’ve climbed volcanoes, jumped out of a plane, camped in the forest and in a city, seem water falls, sat in how water rivers drinking wine by moon light, canoed for a week, swam in the oceans, went to a ren-fair in NZ and a few in the states, and that’s how i plane to see the rest of the world!

so… anyone going to Europe?  tibet?  china?  how about WA?  ok, maybe just around FL, i want to get out to tampa and back up to st. augustine, or just a canoe trip or camping weekend?

p.s. megabus is cheap for the east coast of USA, train passes are the cheapest for europe and hitching is best in NZ and AUS

safe traveling, be smart, think

look what i can do

Posted in Hikes, History, Individuals / Members / Monsters / Creative Writing, Trips on March 24, 2012 by growing togehter

any one can do anything.

i went to the Grand Canyon, NYC, New Zealand, i swam in the two largest oceans,  i canoed down a river for over a week, took a car, plane, train, bus, bike and hiked all over.  i’ve jumped out of a plane, off the grand canyon, off a few roofs, in to pools on to rocks and grass.  i’ve climbed trees and seen tons of animals.

i’ve not kept the same job for more than a year.  i quit going to half of my HS classes and tho i’ve gone to college i’ve yet to get an AA, due to failing basic math.  funny thing is that i have built theater sets for singers, players and dancers alike across this nation, yet a simple school claims i can’t do the math.

computers were my first key to the learning, the internet opened the world that my grandparents told me was out there (something they found by traveling).  i grew up going on camping trips and packing lunches for all day bike trips.  when i wanted something i made it.  somewhere between dreams and theater i learned to explore my mind.  i read on-line about religions and philosophy then i went to church, synagogue, temple, found a coven and so i learned first hand the difference between words and … everything else.

what was the west like?
who are the people in New Zealand?
what is it like in Ireland?
how hard is it to climb the German alps?
how big is the Grand Canyon?
water falls, landscapes, people, food, houses, sunsets, beaches and mountains, who, what, how, WHY?

so i went, and will keep going till i understand everything.

RBE

Posted in Alternative Architecture, Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Critical Commentary of Civilization, Economics, Education / Schools, Recommendations & Tributes, Services, Sales or Trade, Sustainability with tags , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by growing togehter

Resource Based Economy
Noun
– An economic system based on direct-common ownership of land, resources, production, distribution, and allocation, characterized through non-usury (monetary) intelligent management of resources for common consumer social abundance rather than profit-based scarcity (Capitalism) or need-based scarcity (Socialism).
– A gift economy in which the need for money, barters, or exchange is surpassed by the development of advanced earth-based technologies.
– A post-scarcity society in which shared social abundance replaces the implied and artificial social notions of resource scarcity.
– (In Directivist Theory) [1] An essential third way post-monetary developmental stage achieved through the abolishment of state-property-centered and private-property-centered economic systems.

A) An application of alchemy towards the solving of social problems with earth based technology.
B) A guaranteed focus on the spiritual transcendence of society towards ascension and greater heights of spiritual understanding.
C) Guaranteed direct access by all to the means of all necessary production
D) Directly Democratic and technical assisted facilitation of resource management, utilization, and distribution.
E) Election of Alchemists to develop ways to relieve society from the burdens of menial labor and allow all members of society to engage in creative, fulfilling social endeavors.
F) Use of Energy Credits to track renewability of resources and give a share of social abundance to everyone

History:

The history of Resource Based Economy as a practice goes back to the 1700’s and the pirate colony of Libertalia. Founded by Cpt. James Madison the pirate colony of Libertalia was established by pirates and liberated slaves. [2] What they established was an Agrarian – Resource Based Economy in which they were all farmers, handicrafts people, who held the land and resources in common. No dividers existed between one person and another’s property and any treasure pillaged at sea was carried into the common treasury; money being of no concern where everything was provided in common need. Captains, who were vested as both armed defense of the colony and command of anti-monetary brigades at sea, were elected by the colony and from the colony. Fisheries were cooperatively managed by workers who elected their own managers and had the right to fire and or impeach them as well. Shipwrights utilized a system of resource management, utilization at the ship wright and distribution. At each level of resource facilitation, trustees were appointed to convey and aid in the intelligent management of resources. How long this colony persisted for and its exact location is all lost in the mists of history.

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death

Posted in Memorials / Obituaries / Epitaphs, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles on March 6, 2012 by growing togehter

When you died,
at first i cried.
Then i asked why?
not why did you die,
but why do i cry?