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Stepping into the Sun: My wwoof experience at Living Forest Farm

Stepping into the Sun: My wwoof experience at Living Forest Farm

Teresa Trinh

Guest blogger, and former wwoofer, Teresa Trinh, reports on her experience at Living Forest Farm…

Before I came to Livng Forest Farm, my experience with gardening was quite limited, and I had just begun to explore organic farming practices more deeply. When I arrived, I immediately felt Kali’s deep passion for permaculture and ecology, and anticipated that I would be learning a lot during my month-long stay.

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Best Ever Organic Lip Balm Recipe

Best Ever Organic Lip Balm Recipe

Childhood Pics

My sis & me and our (quite often chapped) bright red lips…. How I wish we had found this lip balm a little sooner in life.

Having grown up in the seemingly Arctic temperatures of Canadian winters, my siblings and I could tell you horror stories about chapped lips. Then, of course, there were also the “acute lip injuries,” such as can happen when you find your lips suddenly frozen-stuck to the chain of a swing set.

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Exciting New Learning Opportunities at Living Forest Farm

Exciting New Learning Opportunities at Living Forest Farm

Imagine being able to eat local & organic for free. You can't get more local than your own backyard or rooftop!

At LFF, you can learn how to eat local & organic for practically free. (I mean you can’t get more local than your own backyard, balcony, or rooftop).

The bees are paying homage to the first open flowers, the toads are gathering in the lotus pond with great purpose, and our feathered friends (both wild and domesticated) are chirping away later into the evening than usual.

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Want to Learn How to Hold Down a Homestead?

Want to Learn How to Hold Down a Homestead?

 

Hugelkultur Garden at Living Forest Farm

Hugelkultur Garden at Living Forest Farm

At Living Forest Farm, we are all about empowering people with skills for greater self-sufficiency and community resilience. Our home-scale permaculture farm and budding homestead provides us with much of our own food and also serves as an educational model for others. We believe that food growing, natural building, transforming waste, maintaining renewable energy systems, and living in awareness of interdependence are some of the most important skills we need to learn in life, especially if we consider our effect on the planet thus far and how the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil will affect us in the short- and long-term.

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Meet Juniper and Hazel, the Most Romantic Indian Runners You’ll Ever Meet

Meet Juniper and Hazel, the Most Romantic Indian Runners You’ll Ever Meet

 

Our Indian Runner ducks, Juniper and Hazel, so in love.

Our Indian Runner ducks, Juniper and Hazel, so in love.

I confess that I have been a little remiss with my blog for the past, oh, two years! Between the daily tasks of homesteading, new and ongoing permaculture projects, my part-time work as a health practitioner, and my need for time to “do nothing,” I am plenty occupied with my endeavouring (and non-endeavouring).

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The Work That Reconnects: Joanna Macy

The Work That Reconnects: Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy
The Work That Reconnects is a workshop series that explores how to evoke creative, compassionate and transformational responses to the ecological crises of our time.  Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, Ph.D., is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with four decades of activism.

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Dairy-free Pumpkin “Cheesecakes”

Dairy-free Pumpkin “Cheesecakes”

These healthy no-bake pumpkin “cheesecakes” will be a sure winner this fall and winter because they are not only a guilt-free dessert, but also one that everyone in the family will surely enjoy. This recipe was adapted from Karielyn’s recipe on thehealthyfamilyandhome.com.

Raw | Gluten-Free | Grain-Free | Dairy-Free | Paleo-Friendly | No Bake | No Refined Sugar

Yield: Serves approx.

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Treating plants with plants: Natural, Organic Remedies for the Garden

Treating plants with plants: Natural, Organic Remedies for the Garden

Mortar and pestleAs a health practitioner, homesteader, and lifelong student of ecology, I have witnessed the highly detrimental toxic effects of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides on the health of living and non-living beings, including of course our own health. By non-living beings, I mean water, sky, and non-living components of earth (i.e.

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Upcoming Opportunities for Learning at LFF

Upcoming Opportunities for Learning at LFF

As I mentioned in my last post, we are busy gearing up for some exciting new eco projects and workshops over the next few months. These include:

  • Hugelkultur: the ultimate raised bed.

    Hugelkultur: the ultimate raised bed.

    establishing the new hugelkultur beds in the southern garden area and future forest garden site (which save greatly on watering and provide their own compost) − see our upcoming hugelkultur workshop,

  • fencing the vegetable garden with local chestnut wood,
  • creating a pond and duck house out of recycled materials for our free-range Indian Runner ducks,
  • preparing oak logs for shitake mushroom cultivation − check out our upcoming mushroom cultivation workshop,
  • renewing the woven chestnut wattle fences in the kitchen garden, using locally sourced chestnut shoots (known here as “gaulettes”),
  • creating an eco campsite complete with outdoor kitchen, solar shower and dry composting toilets to shelter wwoofers, workshop participants and eco-tourists,
  • and restoring dry stone walls on the property.
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Creepy Climate Change

Creepy Climate Change

Early flowering renders fruit blossoms vulnerable to damage by late cold spells, resulting in loss of crops.

Early flowering renders fruit blossoms vulnerable to damage by late cold spells, resulting in loss of crops.

Will you forgive me if I begin by talking about the weather? As an opening, it may seem like banal small-talk, but weather to a homesteader, gardener, and lover of the natural world is everything.

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The Wonders of Winter Squash

The Wonders of Winter Squash

Squash Tunnel

Training winter squash over a tunnel that we made of young chestnut shoots. Growing vertically saves spaces + adds architecture & beauty to the garden.

Here at our little eco-homestead, we have been enjoying an excellent autumn harvest of organic winter squash, potatoes, carrots, chard, onions, parsnips, beets, kale and endives that will continue to nourish us throughout winter.

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Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The Movie received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow, this documentary takes you on a journey inside the wondrous world of soil. It tells the story of the earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility – from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

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Happy National Permaculture Day!

Happy National Permaculture Day!

National Permaculture Day“National Permaculture Day is a chance to share thoughts, visions and lots of common sense ways that we can all make a positive difference to the world we live in. Its all about combining age old truths and skills with new and innovative thinking and technologies….people, plants and landscapes growing together, designing and nurturing a healthy community along the way.”

~Costa Georgiadis, Landscape Architect & TV Gardening Show Host

 

“NPD Day means to me the coming together of many, many permaculture approaches in different climates, soils and situations.

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Permaculture Quotes

Permaculture Quotes

PermacultureThere are many definitions of permaculture. While it’s difficult to define a movement as broad and as diverse as permaculture in concise terms, here is a little collection of commonly used descriptions from renowned ecologists, permaculture experts, environmentalists and some related quotes from (what I like to call) “interdependence-thinkers”.

 

“Permaculture is design for sustainable living and landuse.

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The Permaculture Song

The Permaculture Song

As a fun way to introduce the design principles of permaculture, check out this Jack Johnson-inspired song, called The Permaculture Song with music by David Griswold and ‘The Garden’ animation by Oz J. Thomas. We’ve included the chords and lyrics (see below) for any guitarists/musicians/music buffs out there.

The Permaculture Song
Chords:

The verse is C, G, Dm, F
And the chorus is Dm, F, C, G
Play those four chords in order the whole way through, and start the verse and chorus on C and Dm respectively.

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WWOOFing Opportunities

WWOOFing Opportunities

Work-Study Programs at Living Forest Farm

Permaculture Design
We’re currently looking for short-term and long-term wwoofers for the spring-summer season! Our wwoofing programs are a great way to learn about permaculture and organic gardening practices, while enjoying the beautiful landscapes and historical attractions of France’s Dordogne region.

To a find out more about Living Forest Farm‘s wwoofing programs and how they work, please visit the programs section.

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our blog!

Dear friends,

Welcome to our new blog! We are excited to have a new gateway to share our passion for green living and organic homesteading. 

We look forward to sharing our cherished resources on natural gardening, self-sufficiency and permaculture. 

We’d love to hear your feedback! And our blog is a great way to get involved, to share ideas and to let us know what interests you.  

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