Sweet Farm Alabama

The learning and the adventures continue! This time, our travels have landed us in Mobile, Alabama. Also known as “The Other City”,  the city between New Orleans and Panama City, that is sometimes forgotten about.  We booked with this farm because they are new to WWOOF, us being their first ever WWOOFers, and because they…

First week WOOFing in review

Today marks one week since Benny and I packed our van, said our goodbyes to family and friends and left for our first internship with Simonton Farm, a native wetland tree nursery, farm and canine paradise. We arrived early evening last Sunday in time to meet the family, Sid and Susan and their children and…

Sustaining Our Education by Interning with WWOOF

It is a new year and we have developed a new plan to help us advance our knowledge in sustainable food production. Over the past year, we have been working on clearing and managing land, writing a business proposal, taking educational courses in permaculture and getting familiar with terms and techniques through reading and collaborating…

Food For Thought

I have spent the last several weeks researching sustainable meat. I, like many of you, am a practicing omnivore and as I have been learning all this great stuff about how to grow sustainable veggies, fruit, and other plants, I thought… what about meat? After all, it’s usually what I center my meals around and…

Sustainability in the Workplace

Bringing sustainable practices into the workplace doesn’t have to be a daunting task. There are several ways in which you can start making improvements that can slowly shift your company into a green business, but first, let’s talk about what it means to be a sustainable business. Generally speaking, sustainability is when what’s good for…

Tell us about your yard.

We have created this poll to inform us as to which areas that people are getting the most rewards with their yards and which areas are the most problematic/hassle. We are interested in how you use your yard space, if you are satisfied with it and in what areas you may be interested in exploring…

This Old Thing? Sustainability in Consumerism

Recycling is not a new concept and doesn’t just apply to aluminum cans, plastic, cardboard and newspaper. Re-use of an item until it is worn out or for another purpose has been around since the dawn of man. It was a way of life for many until our capitalistic society decreed that things should be…

Monocultures. What Are They and Why You Should Give a Damn.

Monocultures. You have seen them before , whether its orange groves, strawberry fields, sugar cane, or even St. Augustine sod, the thoughts that come to mind are vast expanses of the same plant, usually for food production. Growing up in the Plant City area, I spent much of my youth running and playing in crops….

The Seven Bastards We Killed

Hurricane season is upon us and so is that glorious rainy weather that comes along with it. The plants are responding in wonderful fashion and a little light has been shed on an area of planning they we had originally underestimated and that is invasive species control. When we moved in, the growing season had…

Water Perspective

I begin this column with the sound of a leaf blower intermittently breaking the otherwise quiet afternoon with it’s fueled droning. I have become quite used to it, as it is a daily occurrence in the gated community in Palm Springs California where I now live. Almost as much as the daily rain showers during the summer…

Sustainable Solutions

In our first blog post, we outlined some of the negative aspects of monoculture lawns. We went into how they not only  waste space, time, and resources but how they also prevent your yard from reaching its full potential. How could your lawn be better serving you and your family? If planned properly, could that…