Okinawa Spinach

The green and purple leaves of okinawa spinach

Okinawa Spinach

About a 4-minute read, tips on growing and eating, lots of pics

Okinawa spinach is not a spinach at all, but a perennial leafy green.

The tops of the leaves are dark green with a striking purple underside. With frequent pruning (harvesting) it forms a handsome, dense, non-vining ground-cover.

You could landscape your front yard or your sidewalk with this plant and no-one need know, unless you tell them, that it’s edible and nutritious. The best part is that the more you eat it, the better it looks.  


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How to Harvest and Use Queensland Arrowroot

How to Harvest and Use Queensland Arrowroot

Harvesting & Cooking tips | Lots of pictures | Short Tutorial Video | 4 minute read

Queensland arrowroot ​(Canna edulis) provides food for us, food for chickens, pigs, cattle and goats, mulch and/or compost material, and shelter for other plants. It's super easy to grow and to harvest and it self-propagates to a certain extent but is not weedy or invasive. And I think it looks beautiful. 

What more could a polyculture food grower ask?

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Why Your Least Visible Work is Your Most Important Work

Why Your ​Least Visible Work
​is Your Most Important Work

​Approximately a 5 minute read

​The smallest of the issues you care about is related to, and inseparable from, the largest.

Raising happy, healthy kids and teaching them to care for themselves and others, living a fulfilling and ethical life, animal welfare, forests, communities, species extinctions, re-building soils, cleaning up the oceans, social justice… the list goes on. And on. It is overwhelmingly long.

This final article in this
Series explores how you can be sure that even (perhaps especially) the “littlest” things you do are important to the whole, if they’re done with wholesome intent.

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Why Your Most Important Responsibility is Taking Care of You

Why Your Most Important Responsibility is
Taking Care of You

​Approximately a 5 minute read

It's not easy being green. ​Among other things, ​it can mean feeling overwhelmed and grief-stricken and inadequate, with no end to the urgent issues everywhere you look. 

​​You need ongoing replenishment if you are to have any hope of being effective in your efforts to make a difference. ​Besides that, you deserve to have someone take really good care of you. And if you don’t take care of you, then who will? 

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On Making the Least Change for the Greatest Effect

On Making the Least Change
for the Greatest Effect

Approximately a 5 minute read

​In our make-it-happen story of rugged, heroic individualism, "goal achievement" means grunting and sweating, burning the candle at both ends, making herculean efforts.

Not only is this approach unsustainable, but also it keeps us in battle mode. It fits the story of a culture in which drama and conflict are a way of life.

To sustain positive change toward a gentler, more life-affirming story, we can use small, consistent habits, adding up over time to something significant ​
​the same way that ​silent, imperceptible growth ​develops a seedling to a sapling, a tree, and finally a towering forest giant.

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How to Go From “Distracted” to “On Track” with these 2 Simple Strategies

​​How to Go From "Distracted" to "On Track"
with these 2 Simple Strategies

Part 7 of a Series: "When Nothing You Can Do Makes a Difference"
Approximately a 5 minute read

​Life’s urgent and alluring distractions will always be nudging you off the high road and onto the easy path, diverting you from the straight and narrow onto a winding, more scenic route.

That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Knowing that your feet will often stumble onto it, here are two strategies you can use to set up the winding path so that it still ends up going in the right direction.

The first is noticing what triggers you or diverts you into behaviors you weren’t planning on doing when you started your day, and reducing those unhelpful triggers in your environment.

The second is to develop ways to put the human tendency to be easily distracted to good use, by setting up deliberate prompts that help keep you pointed in the right direction.

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Are You Going After Your Goals the Hard Way or the Easy Way?

​Are You Going ​After Your Goals the ​Hard Way or the Easy Way?

​Approximately a 5 minute read

​​The idea that you need motivation and will power to reach your goals is part of a story, or world-view, that says that if ​you use enough of the right kind of force, ​you’ll get to the goal.

It’s also a story of scarcity – it says there’s not enough time, energy, resources to go around, so ​you have to grab what ​you can and make it happen. No pain, no gain.

In this article I’ll introduce an approach to ​reaching your goals that points ​toward a different story, one in which we can flow with life rather than struggling against it, and in which we have all the time, resources, and energy we need if we mange them wisely.

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