I am looking for an energetic, permaculture wise, young couple (20s-30s) to help me create a small market and educational permaculture farm. This is a long-term farm opportunity with much flexibility and creativity as to how it can work and unfold. The 4.8 acre farm is located NW of Vero Beach, Florida, nestled in an [...]
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When I bought my 4.8 acre property last year, I spent many mornings and evenings walking the land just feeling and observing, which happens to be the first of the permaculture principles. I would have been lost as to where to begin without my new understanding of permaculture zones. I was so grateful to have [...]
I recently encountered a young couple selling Florida native plants at the local farmer’s market. I was not necessarily on a mission to buy any, but I came home with nine of them. I already had an Elderberry and a Milkweed, and since the price was right for many I had researched, I decided to [...]
My permaculture teacher refers to this gardening methodology as a way of life. The permaculture way of life is ultimately about community wherein we balance receiving help from others, and by giving and sharing our permaculture knowledge and bounty with others. Friends who come to visit here at Sweetgrass Farm are fed bountiful, fresh food [...]
Growing and eating fresh garden food is at the top of my list for best life experiences. It is the whole experience of planning and designing the garden, the rewarding labor of planting, the patience in watching it grow and the joy of harvesting the fruits of my labor and patience. It is without a [...]
The cooler days and chilly nights of winter have passed now in tropical Florida, and the songs and colors of spring have arrived. Yes, we do have seasons here. I am blooming where I am planted on this new farm, like all the big, beautiful trees bursting with blossoms. I had documented back in the [...]
Since my tree-trimming birthday in mid-September, work on Sweetgrass Farm has been non-stop. Each day I mentally chant my “little by little” mantra to prevent overwhelm as I watch permaculture progress being made, slowly but surely. I remember the legal pad my Dad kept by the kitchen table in which he made his lists of [...]
I had only been at the new property for a few weeks when it was time to begin work at Sweetgrass Farm. No rest for the weary after a tedious move under the hot, Florida summer sun. I was excited to leave the story of stuff behind, and begin my intimate connection with my natural [...]
Trees are poems that the Earth writes upon the sky. Kahlil Gibran Humanity is intended to live and thrive in harmonious alignment with our planetary Mother, and yet, we have wittingly and unwittingly chosen the mindset of planetary dominance. Runaway, exploitative greed on the part of governments, corporations and industries has reduced our planet [...]
Few of us can deny the extraordinary benefits of artificial intelligence as the new technology connecting us globally to one another, and providing a modern ease for our daily lives. Yet this technology comes with hidden dangers that we must recognize if we are to master AI for humanity’s benefit. The benefits of finding lost [...]