Permaculture Heros - Local, National and World Wide

The following list of People are pioneers in the Permaculture movement and should be explored as examples of what one person can do to help change the course of the planet.

 

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Feb

2013

Siemen Family Farms, Inc.

Herb and Edibles Farm in the heart of Spokane

Really, just an excuse to post pics from last year!  But seriously it's always changing around here so hopefully no view so strikes you you'll be upset by it changing. February 1st marks the beginning of a whole new season of work, planting, expanding, learning, meeting new friends, and growing more food for ourselves and the Main Market Co Op where we primarily have offered herbs but have an open door to other surpluses.  Who knew?!
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Feb

2013

"Food Not Lawns"

H.C. Flores

This book, while not purely permaculturist, is a great reference for anyone needing to use some rogue techniques and ideas to build their food growing capacity.  We've enjoyed the candor and the stories a little too close to home from the authors perspective.  She has, however, done food forest work, permaculture work, and adopted other ideas and experience along the way that is invaluable to anyone wanting to change a boring, energy sucking lawn into a food producing paradise.
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5

Feb

2013

Perennial Vegetables: From Artichoke to Zuiki Taro

A Gardeners Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Vegetables - By Eric Toensmeier

Just like the title says. Even though a lot of the plants are not hardy in our area they are still good to know and some can even be adapted to overwinter in the house and still produce if you've got a sunny window. There are a ton of plant profiles, many practically unheard of in Spokane, which I enjoyed reading about. It is nearly the perfect book for turning to when you're doing your planning for the planting season and know you don't want the typical fare.
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6

Feb

2013

Failure to Yield

Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops

PDF provided by Sean Siemen

...a hard-nosed assessment of this expensive technology’s achievements to date gives little confidence that it will play a major role in helping the world feed itself in the foreseeable future.
This report is the first to evaluate in detail the overall, or aggregate, yield effect of GE after more than 20 years of research and 13 years of commercialization in the United States. Based on that record, we conclude that GE has done little to increase overall crop yields.

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Feb

2013

Climate Change

Effects on Agriculture and the Costs of Adaptation

Author: Thom

Extracted from the Executive Summary:   The Challenge

The unimpeded growth of greenhouse gas emissions is raising the earth’s temperature. The consequences include melting glaciers, more precipitation, more and more extreme weather events, and shifting seasons. The accelerating pace of climate change, combined with global population and income growth, threatens food security everywhere.

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