A Zone of One’s Own

Here’s a nice piece by Toby Hemenway explaining why “you don’t need an architecture degree to learn how to put things in the best place…” – Jeremy Toby Hemenway How many times have you seen a vegetable garden tucked away in the back of a yard, choked with weeds and lurking with unharvested zucchini the […]

Why Gardening Makes You Happy and Cures Depression

Getting down and dirty is the best ‘upper’ Robyn Francis While mental health experts warn about depression as a global epidemic, other researchers are discovering ways we trigger our natural production of happy chemicals that keep depression at bay, with surprising results. All you need to do is get your fingers dirty and harvest your […]

Free Gardening and Composting Classes

STOCKTON, Calif. – PUENTES invites the general public to attend a series of free garden and composting workshops at the Community Supported Garden located at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Those interested in attending a free workshop should contact Rey Ledesma, Garden Coordinator, at (209) 983-1258 to RSVP.  The themes of the classes will be: […]

The Permaculture Movement Grows From Underground

AS a way to save the world, digging a ditch next to a hillock of sheep dung would seem to be a modest start. Granted, the ditch was not just a ditch. It was meant to be a “swale,” an earthwork for slowing the flow of water down a slope on a hobby farm in […]

PODCAST: Paul Wheaton Reviews Chpt. 4 of “Gaia’s Garden”

Good stuff! Follow the link below to listen to Paul discuss dirt vs. soil, how more soil organisms leads to more food, how nitrogen fixing plants share nitrogen with other plants while they are alive, the benfits of rotational grazing, hugelkultur, the benifits and drawbacks of composting,  and more! Click here to listen to the podcast