Sweetgrass Farm

Design The Flow Of The Land With Permaculture Zones

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 [...]

Florida Native Plants And Tropical Flowers

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 [...]

The Permaculture Way Of Helping And Sharing

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 [...]

Fresh Garden Food Satisfaction

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 [...]

Blooming Where I Am Planted

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 [...]

Little By Little Permaculture Progress

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 [...]

Tree Trimming Birthday With A Waterfall Gift

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 [...]

Awakening To The Wisdom Of A Cosmic Ecology

We live upon a miraculous planet spinning at Mach speed as it dances around a monstrous fireball at the perfect distance for the sustainable generation of life. Mankind has been contemplating and exploring the mystery of a cosmic ecology for eons; and the great thinkers of the past understood human nature and our purpose here [...]

The Coming Cold Climate

The winter of 2017-2018 is already packing a global punch with two more months of the cold season to endure. The coming cold climate may well be an endurance test for the Earth’s inhabitants as we move deeper into the reality of a solar minimum. Global warming advocates, however, remain determined to hold their ground [...]

The Correction Of Animal Abuse Is Humanity’s Way Forward

The foundational principle of natural law is to cause no harm. Human animals are thus guilty of violating this vital ethic by which to live in harmony with the creatures sharing our natural world. The nescient fact is that the correction of animal abuse is humanity’s way forward to the promise of peace and prosperity. [...]

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