"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

Henry D. Thoreau

 

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Tuesday
Jun192018

Permaculture

This week I'd like to write about a concept that has had a strong influence on me since I first heard of it some ten years ago. Permaculture is a system of agricultural design developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the 1980's, in response to concerns they had about the unsustainable and unsatisfactory direction they saw society moving. Their approach was to imagine a framework of ethics, principles and methods that would enable the creation of agricultural systems which last forever, while sustaining a maximum amount of human and non-human life - hence the name "Permaculture" (permanent agriculture).

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Tuesday
Jun122018

Mulching and Intercropping

Les Plantes Cultivades. Cereals. Imatge 72It wasn’t so long ago that I looked forward to the new spring growth; the greening up of the world. Then it came on strong, nurtured by timely rains and the warm sun. Now, a few weeks later I am already thinking about stopping some of that growth. I hear lawn mowers cutting grass, and sprayers out in the fields. Garden hoes are quite silent but do provide a satisfying clunk as they cut off a thick dandelion root.

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Tuesday
Jun052018

The Trans-Mountain Pipeline

The decision by the Trudeau government to purchase the Trans-Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion and the commitment to actually build the pipeline can hardly be seen as anything other than a massive subsidy to Oil Sands development.

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Wednesday
May302018

It's a Misty Manitoba Morning

It is a misty Manitoba morning and I like it that way. I have been to exotic locations but give me a prairie morning with a meadowlark greeting me with her rhapsody of song and the smell of the earth in the air and I will be content.

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Tuesday
May222018

Spring

Spring is a most wonderful time of year. The shades of dirty white, black and brown give way to a proliferation of greens. The evergreens are the stable background green from which to judge the new growth, first the grasses then the poplar trees. This year it took quite a while to see that green haze on the poplar trees, the indication that my dad uses to determine the time to start planting.

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