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We grow all of our own leafy green vegetables and salad greens, and a small but increasing amount of our other plant food needs. 

This post collection is all about what we’re learning as we go along, and ​​​the philosoph​ies and methodologies we’re inspired by.

7 Ways to use the Humble Choko Vine

​7 Ways to use the Humble Choko Vine

​Approximately a ​4 minute read
Originally published Nov 6th, 2018, at PermacultureNews.org

Green choko fruit and leaf on vine

Chokos, plentifully displayed in baskets and crates at farmers markets in our area throughout the summer months, are boring, bland, and not very useful. 

That's what I used to think, but I've changed my mind.

This short article shares 7 of the ways I use chokos and choko vines since I gained a better appreciation for them.

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Real Food does not come from Supermarkets: 6 Steps from Bare Ground to Homegrown Veggies

​Real Food does not come from Supermarkets - 6 Steps to Homegrown Veggies 

​Approximately a 6 ​minute read
Originally published July 1st, 2018, at PermacultureNews.Org

I imagine that when our grandchildren and great grandchildren read in history books about the supermarkets we relied ​on for food, they’ll wonder what we were thinking.  

My goal is to get to where our family can live without the supermarket entirely. There are many things we have yet to learn on this path; one of our major areas of focus right now is learning to grow more of our own vegies. ​

Recently, we ate our first ever homegrown cauliflower. This post shares how I got from "I don't think I could grow brassicas," to "Ooh look – a cauliflower!"  By the end of the article you’ll appreciate that if we can do it, anyone can.

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5 Cut and Carry Goat Fodder Plants that Poultry, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

​5 Cut & Carry Goat Fodder plants that Chickens, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

Chickens, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

Chickens, Pigs, Cattle and People can also eat

(Approximately a 6 ​minute read)

Growing our own milk, eggs, and / or meat is a step in the right direction, but relying on the feed ​store to help us do it means we’re still relying on fossil fuel-based agriculture and supply systems.

Since our goal is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, at the time of writing this article I was growing an increasing amount of our own goat feed, for our two milking goats.

To make it onto the list ​that you’re about to read, these plants had to be great for goat fodder, AND serve a variety of other functions as well.

(Please note that some of the plants listed here were also listed in “8 Abundant Fodder Forest Plants, and How to Use Them.”)

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8 Abundant Fodder Forest Plants, & How to Use Them

​8 Abundant "Fodder Forest" Plants, and How to Use Them 

​(Approximately a ​5 minute read)

fence and green foliage

​This morning when I went to feed the animals, I thought I’d start with collecting some pigeon pea for ​the horses, and see what I could find for the pigs​ in the fodder forest while I was there.

Our fodder forest is a small beginning in my long-term goal to ​eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel-based agriculture.

This article lists 8 of my favorite multi-purpose fodder-and-food plants, and some of the ways I use them.

​Originally published June 14, 2018 ​at PermacultureNews.org.

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Regenerative Farming and Gardening

​Regenerative Farming and Gardening

​(This post is just a 2 to 3 minute read)

​​Regenerative gardening and farming ​has an intention not just to feed ​people, but to leave the entire web of life stronger, richer, more complex and more resilient after our growing systems are in place, than​ it was before.

Growing food regeneratively means growing food in ecosystems, not mono-cultures. Biologically diverse, stable ecosystems that grow more vigorous and more bountiful with each passing season.

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