An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism)

An Introduction to Permaculture (and Its Symbiotic Relationship with Agorism)

September 18th, 2016

By Tim Bryant

Guest writer for Wake Up World

One of the focuses of both The Last American Vagabond and Wake Up World has been to not only properly diagnose all the problems facing humanity at this current juncture, which undoubtedly is important, but also to evolve past that by discussing solutions to these problems. In the end, what’s the point of understanding all these problems if the alternative community is not going to step up to the plate and do something about it.

One of those real-life solutions that is incredibly powerful and totally plausible is permaculture. Originally rooting itself in the idea of “permanent agriculture”, the basic premise of permaculture is to build sustainable life systems — whether it’s food and water cultivation, community development, or technological implementation — that work within the natural laws of the universe, as opposed to systems that only benefit humanity, yet harm natural ecological systems.

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Build Your Own Backyard Fire Pit: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

Build Your Own Backyard Fire Pit: A Do-It-Yourself Guide

27th August 2016

By Robin Horton

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Bringing people together over the warm glow of an outdoor fire is a favored pastime. Sitting around a fire can allow family and friends to join together, and can serve as a self-efficient way of cooking select foods. Building a fire pit of your own is easy, and brings life to your outdoor space. But, to ensure that it is done safely and effectively requires a plan — and this step-by-step do-it-yourself guide from our friends at Fix.com will help you do it.

You’ll need a safe location, and a suitable style for your intended usage. Once you’ve chosen your place and type, you’ll need only limited tools and materials to create your homemade fire pit.

Are you ready to get fired up?

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Affordable, Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient: How Re-Purposed Plastic Waste is Helping to Solve Humanity’s Housing Crisis

Affordable, Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient: How Re-Purposed Plastic Waste is Helping to Solve Humanity’s Housing Crisis

22nd August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“In Latin America, Africa and Asia 40% of people don’t have access to formal housing. In Bogota alone 750 tonnes of plastic is sent to landfill every day. It can take up to 500 years for plastic to biodegrade and 75% of plastic produced globally is either sent to landfill or not formally disposed of and so is left to pollute the environment.” ~ Unilever Sustainable Living

According to EcoWatch: Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times. Ninety-three percent of Americans age six or older test positive for the plastic chemical BPA. Billions of pounds of plastic can be found in our oceans, and all-out bans on plastic bags and bottled water are making little headway. To make matters worse, conventional recycling programs are ineffective at best; only two types of plastic are widely recyclable, and even then, it’s downgraded into other products which cannot be recycled further, eventually ending up in landfill, or worse, in the ocean, where plastic seriously harms wildlife, the ecosystem and our health.

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How a “No-Till” Method Can Grow Vegetable and Fruit Gardens Without Irrigation, Fertilizer or Grueling Labor

How a “No-Till” Method Can Grow Vegetable and Fruit Gardens Without Irrigation, Fertilizer or Grueling Labor

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Food self-sufficiency is a hot topic in the U.S. and beyond as our industrial agricultural system begins to crumble, poisonous conventional farming methods are brought to light and the crisis of our depleted topsoil looms ominously. In response to these threats, homesteading and community gardens are on the rise across the nation as people take control of both the quality and cost of their food. It’s a modern spin on the classic Victory Gardens of the past.

And yet, for anyone who has tilled, weeded and prepared their little patch of vegetable paradise, one aspect quickly becomes clear: growing your own food is work. Of the back-breaking kind. Truth be told, there’s quite a bit of maintenance involved once your green darlings begin to grow — insect and weed control, fertilizing to encourage healthy plants. I’ve also found that, unless you begin your plants from seed, growing your own food can be an expensive venture.

But what if we had a system in place that mimicked nature to such a degree that irrigation, fertilizer, farming equipment and hard labor were rendered obsolete? Where we could enjoy the most nutrient dense, succulent and flavorful produce for pennies on the dollar with minimal effort? This vision isn’t a pipe dream — it’s here now and simple to learn.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Regrowing Fruits and Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps

A Beginner’s Guide to Regrowing Fruits and Vegetables from Kitchen Scraps

4th June 2016

By Jenny Tabada

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Can food scraps be grown again? Turns out, the vegetables and fruits you’ve picked from the grocery stores or harvested from your own backyard can be given another take on life, and another. All you need is the right ideas on how to regrow these assumed ‘food wastes’ on your own, from cuttings you’d normally throw out as kitchen scraps.

And the best part is: re-growing fruits or vegetables from kitchen scraps is plain easy. You can even do it indoors or in your potting and garden sheds. And a few composting tricks will also help you make growing easier.

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Don’t Ask, Just Plant — Taking Back Our Food Sovereignty with Guerrilla Gardening

Don’t Ask, Just Plant — Taking Back Our Food Sovereignty with Guerrilla Gardening

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

During both world wars, Victory Gardens were a staple throughout the United States, found everywhere from private residences to public lands and even the front lawns of city hall. Their purpose was simple: to reduce pressure from the public food supply during times of war. Victory Gardens also carried an unexpected perk, they helped boost morale during uncertain times by empowering gardeners through their contribution of labor and production of sorely needed fresh fruits and vegetables. Incredibly, these seemingly humble vegetable patches produced a staggering 41% of all fruits and vegetables consumed by the nation.

Jump to the present day and our system of food production would be all but unrecognizable to Victory Garden veterans. Instead of food self-sufficiency, we have homeowners persecuted for growing produce on their own property and children who think food comes packaged from the supermarket. Small farms are going bankrupt and being assimilated into industrial corporate farming operations. And when individuals push back against the hijacking of our food supply, they are met with fierce opposition, often stemming from local government.

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The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide each year. It’s time to change our habits.

Zero-waste is the latest trend among eco-friendly and sustainable-living circles — and it’s taking the world by storm. From legislation in France forbidding supermarkets from throwing away unsold food to completely waste-free stores, as well as a restaurant owner who installed a fridge laden with uneaten food on the street to feed the needy, concerned individuals are taking a hard look at our oftentimes excessive and wasteful habits, and finding creative and innovative ways to close the loop.

“Tree of Goodness” in Southern India

Minu Pauline owns Pappadavada restaurant in Kochi, southern India. The 28-year-old proprietor was upset that her establishment was throwing away food each day when many within the community were going hungry. Then inspiration struck after watching a woman digging through the restaurant’s rubbish bags for food late one night…

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Make Your Own Healing “Boo-Boo” Stick for First Aid

Make Your Own Healing “Boo-Boo” Stick for First Aid

20th October 2015

By Gaye Levy

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Lately it seems that I can not get through the day without banging my shins against something, getting bit by an insect, burning myself while reaching into the oven, or having a dry skin itch-attack then scratching my skin raw. Nothing major, mind you, but I do look like I have been through a war zone.

In the old days, my solution to treating these surface wounds has been to reach for the Neosporin and slather it all over the place. In the new days, meaning now, I ditch the petroleum based ointment in favor of a more natural remedy.

What I have come up with is my own version of a first aid stick, something I call my “Healing Boo-Boo Stick”, which I’m going to share with you today.

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Urban Homesteads and Communal Farms: How To Turn Dirt Into Gold

Urban Homesteads and Communal Farms: How To Turn Dirt Into Gold

By Carmen Allgood

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

When Tiny is Huge: How a Family Produces 6,000 Pounds of Food in Their Back Yard

Just 30 minutes north of Los Angeles in the burbs of Pasadena, California, is a burgeoning tiny farm tucked snugly between three major freeways. For the last decade, the Dervaes family has proven the impossible dream can come true and happily shares the trials and tribulations of their Urban Homestead with the world. Using Laura Ingalls Wilders’ autobiographical Little House children’s stories as a sweet-dream lifestyle, their chosen model for sustainable self-sufficiency is now dubbed: Little Homestead in the City.

The family of four raises more than 350 varieties of fruit, veggies, herbs, and berries on 1/10 of an acre, which translates to a 66′ x 66′ garden space. The tiny farm is also abuzz with bees making honey, while chickens and ducks lay eggs and lend their considerable skills to insect control. Other animals share the farm but are safe since the family has a vegetarian palette.

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Permaculture – Reconnect with Nature, Supply Your Own Resources

Permaculture – Reconnect with Nature, Supply Your Own Resources

12 July 2015

By Phillip J. Watt

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Humanity has lost its connection to nature. We’re so bombarded with artificial imagery and ideals of superficial living that most of us think taking in an occasional sunset or going for a bush-walk is what it means to be united with our Mother Earth. These practices are wonderful, and very grounding, however they are temporary and don’t truly represent the holistic way we most naturally connect to the spirit of our world and the life that it breathes.

As a culture, we have become disconnected from our food. We have forgotten the cycles of natural systems. We are blind to the divine patterns found in nature. We have lost the innate wisdom of knowing our environment like the back of our heart, and knowing our place within it. Instead we have accepted urbanization of our civilization as ‘natural’. In cities we live in a cement jungle, on top of each other but isolated from each other and our natural environment. (In this context, the rise of social media technology is an ironic twist.)
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Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine Garden This Summer (and Beyond)

Grow Your Own Herbal Medicine Garden This Summer (and Beyond)

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

For those who are in the thick of summer, now is a fantastic time to plant an outdoor medicinal garden. Don’t worry if you’re into winter, though — it’s also easy to grow a therapeutic herb garden on a sunny indoor ledge. Either way, creating a healing garden is a straightforward and rewarding pursuit, and is a great way to take charge of your day-to-day health and wellbeing. And best of all, it’s fun.

Several plants are well-known, others might be unfamiliar. But one thing is certain, all are powerful for promoting and sustaining optimal health.

Medicinal gardens 101: Which plants are best?

If you have a sunny spot in your garden, on a deck or an indoor windowsill, the following plants will happily thrive:

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Groundbreaking New Documentary Offers Real Solutions for Our Food Security and Environmental Troubles

Groundbreaking New Documentary Offers Real Solutions for Our Food Security and Environmental Troubles

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” ~ Bill Mollison

A revolution is quietly sweeping across the globe, one that works in harmony with nature to create abundance for all life — including us. The method has been around for some time now, but it’s experiencing a resurgence of interest as ecological repair and regeneration becomes an urgent issue of survival for the planet.

Permaculture works within the structure and efficiency of nature — rather than attempting to dominate and control the natural world as we have in the past. This symbiotic relationship can be used in a wide-array of systems, from building and technology, to education and economics. However, it is best known for its application within agriculture, a practice that offers real life solutions to our food security and environmental troubles. This is the subject of a groundbreaking new documentary, Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective.

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