Book Review: The Resilient Gardener

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The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times by Carol Deppe is one of the best gardening “how-to” books that I have ever read. Along with Steve Soloman’s Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, Deppe’s book is a must-read for any gardener in the Pacific Northwest. But while Soloman’s book is only of passing interest to those gardening outside …

Permaculture Strategies: Intensive Rotational Grazing

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When designing a livestock grazing system to optimize animal health, pasture integrity, and economic productivity, the primary dynamic that must be accounted for is “grazing pressure”. Grazing pressure is the closeness to which pasture is grazed, i.e. the amount of grass/forb that is depleted from a pasture in a single grazing event. If the grazing pressure is too high, all …

Pacific Northwest Permaculture Plants: Fava Beans

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The Fava Bean (Faba Bean, Broad Bean) is an ancient legume with which every permaculture practitioner in the Pacific Northwest should be familiar. Its uses are multitudinous and diverse. The Fava Bean can bring resilience and health to any permaculture system and should not be overlooked by anyone interested in sustainable agriculture. Characteristics of the Fava Bean Fava Beans appear …