Permaculture Basics: Energy

Posted on 16. Май, 2010 by Park Girl in permaculture, sustainability

(”Energy” segment that I put together for a Permaculture Basics Weekend)
• “Renewable energy” typically refers to solar power (which can be further divided into photovoltaic and passive solar); wind; biomass (wood, dung, etc.); hydroelectric; and human power. Because energy goes into everything we make or do, its on-site/local generation and wise [...]

Support Sustainable Food!

Posted on 15. Апр, 2010 by Park Girl in permaculture, sustainability

In my previous entry I mentioned the Sustainable Food Center. This is an Austin-based nonprofit whose mission is to “create a Food-Secure community by improving access to local, healthy, and affordable food for children and adults in Central Texas.”
SFC carries out its mission by offering free classes in gardening and food-preservation [...]

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Upcoming Permaculture Events in Austin

Posted on 28. Март, 2010 by Park Girl in permaculture, sustainability

- On Saturday May 10, the Sustainable Food Center, a heroic Austin nonprofit, is hosting a workshop on food preservation (canning, freezing, drying) herbs, fruits, and vegetables. It’s from 10 a.m. to noon. at Camacho Activity Center on Robert Martinez in East Austin. Free, but registration is required. Contact Emily [...]

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Pocket Neighborhoods

Posted on 22. Фев, 2010 by Park Girl in Peak Oil, permaculture, sustainability

You may have heard me talk about tiny houses (also known as pocket pads). Now I hear there’s at least one person out there designing pocket neighborhoods.
The development of tiny homes sold out quickly. This reminds me of a quote I’ve heard, to the effect that people who say that some [...]

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I Brake for Loquats

Posted on 14. Янв, 2010 by Park Girl in permaculture, sustainability

Yesterday I was pedaling home from somewhere. When I was within a couple of blocks of home, I happened to look down and see a telltale small, orange-yellow oval shape on the pavement. A hallmark of April in central Texas, those little squashed ovals. About the size of a huge olive [...]

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A Green White Knight in the ‘Hood

Posted on 09. Янв, 2010 by Park Girl in Peak Oil, permaculture, sustainability

An interesting trend has hit our South Austin neighborhood. Seems that some super-wealthy, eccentric, and very GREEN old geezer has been buying up one big, boxy mega-mansion after another, as fast as they can build ‘em. You know the mansions I’m talking about: the massive, shiny cubes that have been replacing [...]

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