Hi, this is Geoff.
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“Grow it yourself.” A humorous and instructive profile of Rosie Harding and Peter Fernandes, a couple in Goa who have cultivated a gorgeous food forest – but refuse to sell the produce. There’s a twist… “Fernandes even tells us that he goes to farmers’ markets at times and just shows off his produce, refusing to sell it. ‘It’s lovely, it’s delicious, it’s scrumptious and you can’t have it—so grow it!’ But the difference is, Harding and Fernandes are also willing to teach you how to walk the walk and grown your own veggies, if you are truly interested in learning.”
The Pesticide Myth: At last it is becoming obvious: “The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions.” Full report here.
Still Contributing: As many of you already know, my dear friend and permaculture pioneer Toby Hemenway, passed away late December after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. It was a big loss for the permaculture community, his friends, his family, and the many people whose lives he touched. So I was pleasantly surprised to see a recent review of his groundbreaking book on urban permaculture, The Permaculture City, that was published almost two years ago. The review article is decent, and the book is priceless.
From Lawyer to Farmer: “In agriculture, striving to be bigger, faster and more profitable makes sense; in permaculture, not so much. ‘You can live off the land, can experience successes and failures, and see it’s not impossible,’ said Brock Albin, owner of Black Robin Farm and Orchard. ‘You can have a simpler life.’” Another profile of someone who’s caught the “permaculture bug,” this time a Bozeman, Montana resident who is literally half-a-world away from Rosie and Peter. Whether in India, Montana, or anywhere in between, with a bit of know-how and commitment, anything’s possible…
In case you missed it: A few interesting pieces this week from our sister site, the non-profit Permaculture Research Institute:
- The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook for the Future
- Addition Through Subtraction
- Local Food: On Personal Responsibility (by Rosie Harding – featured in the Goa Vogue article above!)
- The Seven Layers of a Forest
If you enjoy these posts, be sure to bookmark the site as several new articles go up weekly, or check out thousands of other past articles, here.
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