Food Forest Retreat

Food Forest Retreat Our permaculture farm is in the works! Our blog features notes from Geoff Lawton's online PDC, edible Austin/hill country plants, permaculture videos and book reviews as well as revelations on starting a permaculture/food forest site.
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The Food Forest Retreat is designed to be an all-around community resource: both for our local Austin community and for our web community. The blog offers news, videos and permaculture information--much of it specialized to the hill country region. Here in town Samantha and Erik volunteer with the East Feast 2022 project, a volunteer organization, to create a food forest at the Holly Shores park.

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A life well lived and well served.  A gentle goodbye to a lover of nature, true food, and his community.  Good journey!
08/02/2018

A life well lived and well served. A gentle goodbye to a lover of nature, true food, and his community. Good journey!

We'd like to take a moment to honor the legendary Malcolm Beck, who passed on yesterday. Malcolm's light will shine on gardeners the world over for generations to come.

Malcolm Beck was a pillar and a pioneer in the movement that is now known as "organic gardening." His simple,home-spun storytelling style taught innumerable people the joys and nuances of being in harmony with nature. His shop, Garden-Ville, which was started in 1957-- a full quarter century before organic gardening became a well-known and well-researched field, acted as the prototype for many, many garden centers, compost manufacturers, teachers, and even professors. Malcolm loved to have someone say "you can't do that, Beck!" so that he could showcase his monster okra, or monster pumpkin, using only natural fertilizers or amendments. Because he grew such strong plants, the need for pesticides was almost non-existent, but Malcom also invented and offered natural-based ones of those too. Some folks forget that it wasn't that long ago that gardeners were taught that the only way to garden was with toxic chemicals. Malcolm is one of my heroes for dispensing with that myth, and inviting the world to see the magic of nature, and his magical gardens.

I have some very fond memories of walking with Malcolm, hearing him riff like an excited kid about the pecans he grew, or his fish in the greenhouse, or seeing his outstretched arm to grab me a juicy tangerine; "They told me I can't grow these, but they'll stand up to a stiff north 10-degree wind!"

Mr. Beck, you've made the world a better place, and we'll miss you profoundly. Thank you.

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06/10/2016
Raw Milk Pickup Shut Down by State & City Agents | Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

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Raw Milk Pickup Shut Down by State & City Agents Health departments in Texas have stepped up their attacks on the public’s right to purchase food directly from farmers, resorting to bringing the police to harass and intimidate local raw milk customers. That’s what happened to one group of raw milk c...

Erin Brockovich
03/18/2016

Erin Brockovich

Today, the Senate did the right thing and did not advance a bill from Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) that can best be described as the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. The bill would have prevented states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) foods and stopped pending state laws that require labeling to go into effect.

Many Senators properly noted that this bill fails to solve the problem it claims to fix. Instead, by blocking state laws from going into effect and replacing them with voluntary measures and impractical alternatives to labeling, it would have ensured that big food processing companies and the biotechnology industry continue to profit by misleading consumers.

02/19/2016
Gongobonk

Every drop is precious...

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What A Clever Little Invention That Would Save The World A Lot Of Water.

*Let's Share This Message Until The Right Carpenter/Plumber Entrepreneur Sees It.

Fantastic!  Reason and diligence prevail!We need to demand, even louder, that fluoride be removed from Austin's water su...
11/13/2015

Fantastic! Reason and diligence prevail!
We need to demand, even louder, that fluoride be removed from Austin's water supply.

#ATX #AustinCityCouncil #CityofAustin #LoveATX

Starting today the City of San Marcos and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, operator of the City of San Marcos Water Treatment Plant, will terminate the practice of adding fluoride to the drinking water. More information at http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/index.aspx?page=34&recordid=3739&returnURL=/index.aspx

This looks awesome.  Can't wait to see how it works.  We're downloading it tonight!
09/23/2015

This looks awesome. Can't wait to see how it works. We're downloading it tonight!

Just in time for spring- the Free Food and Medicine EDIBLE PLANT APP is now available for your cell phone! (both iPhone and Android). Over 2,500 beautiful full color images covering over 950 plants and what health conditions they have been historically used for. The “Edible Plant Guide” (Free Food & Medicine) will help you identify the plants that you see outside your house, and use their natural powers to live a truly healthy life. Click the links below or you can get it at the app store or Google Play and search edible plant guide and it will come up.

Here is iOS:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/edible-plant-guide/id991612321?mt=8

Here is Android:
http://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.edibleplantguide

Be one of the first to see local film WILD FAMILY! Check out the trailer using the link below. We are offering 2 private...
09/10/2015
Ohana! A Family Gathering And Fundraiser For NNDC - Splash

Be one of the first to see local film WILD FAMILY! Check out the trailer using the link below. We are offering 2 private screenings Sept 17th at the George Washington Carver Museum. You can buy tickets to the fundraiser using the link below as well.
WILD FAMILY studios so generously offered their new film to raise money for the local property development start-up NNDC, who aims to use natural building methods to establish healthy, green housing developments in the Austin area.
Come support the film and NNDC as we take action to make these communities a reality.

OHANA means Family. A celebration of a shared vision

30 year study shows organic yields match conventional yields.Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.Organi...
08/12/2015
30 Year Old Trial Finds Organic Farming Outperforms Conventional Agriculture

30 year study shows organic yields match conventional yields.
Organic outperforms conventional in years of drought.
Organic farming systems build rather than deplete soil organic matter, making it a more sustainable system.
Organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient.
Conventional systems produce 40% more greenhouse gases.
Organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional.

"As we face uncertain and extreme weather patterns, growing scarcity and expense of oil, lack of water, and a growing population, we will require farming systems that can adapt, withstand or even mitigate these problems while producing healthy, nourishing food. After more than 30 years of side-by-side research in our Farming Systems Trial (FST), Rodale Institute has demonstrated that organic farming is better equipped to feed us now and well into the ever changing future."

A link to pdf of the study from the Rodale Institute can be found here:

http://rodaleinstitute.org/assets/FSTbooklet.pdf

Is organic farming more resilient, higher yielding, more energy efficient and more profitable? The Rodale Institute's latest report of a 30 year trial says it is. Read the full report free here.

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08/09/2015
Scotland Announces Total Ban on GM Crops

Love this!

Growing genetically modified (GM) crops will not be permitted in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced as he moved to protect Scotland’s clean, green status. Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries…

Seriously... I can't believe we are at this point. The House passed a bill this last week that would prevent Americans f...
07/29/2015
Protect your right to know: Sign the petition to stop the DARK Act!

Seriously... I can't believe we are at this point. The House passed a bill this last week that would prevent Americans from knowing what is in their food. All polls I have seen indicate that about 94% of all Americans want to know what is in their food.
Let the POTUS and our senators know your feelings on this issue.

The Deny Americans the Right to Know Act would block all states from requiring labeling of GMO foods. Big Food and its allies are pulling out all the stops to get it passed this year. TAKE ACTION TODAY and help us stop it! http://bit.ly/1h2X2ro

A great way to end the week.
03/22/2015

A great way to end the week.

BREAKING: Four court victories in February have upheld Mexico's ban on GMO corn. Despite relentless efforts by Monsanto, DuPont and their agrichemical cohorts, the Mexican courts have upheld the country's ban on GMO corn. The four court rulings reveal a willingness on the part of 4 different federal civil law judges to recognize the pre-emptive and superior right of Mexico's corn over GMO seed companies - in the defense of biodiversity and the quality of corn as the nation’s principal staple food item. Mexico 4, Monsanto & DuPont 0.

READ: http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/03/20/monsanto-and-dupont-lose-initial-appeals-over-mexico-gm-maize-ban/

READ: http://ejfood.blogspot.com/2015/03/monsanto-in-mexico-four-february-court.html

#Mexico #corn #GMO #biodiversity #foodsovereignty #foodjustice #BanGMOs #glyphosate #herbicide #Roundup #GMOFreeMexico #GMOFreeUSA

21 days left to support Austin's first food forest in a public park.  The city council has approved it, now we hope the ...
03/12/2015
CLICK HERE to support Festival Beach Food Forest - Phase 1

21 days left to support Austin's first food forest in a public park. The city council has approved it, now we hope the city will support the idea. This is such a beautiful concept. Let's bring it up to optimum potential as a community!

The first Food Forest in a public park in Austin Texas!! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!

Thanks to Theron Beaudreau for sharing this!Statement from Ben Falk "The job market for permaculture trained and experie...
01/24/2015

Thanks to Theron Beaudreau for sharing this!
Statement from Ben Falk "The job market for permaculture trained and experienced people is MASSIVE and immediately available NOW. Most of the project managers I met with in DC working with USAID and related funding (billion dollars or so) said their field staff technicians on the ground who advise farmers and subsistence growers about how to produce food, conserve water, harvest water, build structures, etc. do not have the ecological literacy and pattern understandings we illustrated while we were there. It was mind boggling to see their faces light up when they realized that homes could be landscaped with food crops while creating buffered microclimates to reduce heating and cooling needs, or that one could slow, spread and sink most if not all of the rainwater on site and bring back springs and raise the water in hand dug wells. That organic matter could be built in super degraded soils via N-fixing pioneering tree systems... That multifunctional ecological integration is a massive world of possibilities with attendant cultural possibilities. This is common sense but it's NOT common in the millions upon millions of dollars and thousands of jobs being carried out in more than 100 countries in dire need of support. So, anyone wanting a job to make a difference in communities abroad - the playing field is WIDE open. (This isn't to say working locally where you live isn't also a good approach too btw). I've got a stack of business cards of these project managers who need ecologically literate food and infrastructure people NOW. Contact Mercy Corps and other PVO's working through USAID if you'd like to make a difference and want be employed in this way. Many ripples were made in DC in the past few days and they are moving outward into the various agencies which were present... Opportunities which are already massive are likely to grow even more."

Witnessed some serious leverage: Permaculture and Agroecology inside the beltway in Washington DC. It's been an honor to spend time sharing whole systems problem solving principles, techniques and language for increasing resilience and regeneration with USAID, Care, Mercy Corps, Save the Children, Heifer Int, World Vision, and other organizations who collectively funnel hundreds of millions of dollars into the ⅔ world to aid in subsistence and small holder farming development. Brad Lancaster, Stephen Gliessman, Rose Cohen, Warren Brush, Steve Moore, Daphne Miller, and I shared best practices in resilient systems with project directors from the Sub Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America bureaus. They invited us to DC in the hopes of adjusting their projects to empower greater levels of self-reliance, increased ecosystem health, and less dependence on off site resources such as the continual imports of fertilizer, pesticides and much else from the U.S. that has been commonplace in aid for decades. MAJOR impact potential here as any holistic solutions implemented across the board through these institutions can reach the recipients these organizations serve which amounts to millions of households in more than 100 countries.

01/23/2015
Ambika Pillai

Samantha is insisting we plant even more garlic after watching this!

Forget what he's saying... Watch what he's doing

01/11/2015
新假期JetSo

Traffic is rough in Austin...
Maybe we have it easier than we think.

新假期JetSo【愛心分享】趣怪!千軍萬馬我知,但千軍萬"羊"你見過未?

原片: http://goo.gl/Io6vx8

Have a community project you want to see come to fruition?
12/21/2014
The Sow It Forward Garden Grants Program | Kitchen Gardeners International

Have a community project you want to see come to fruition?

Sow It Forward is the grants and partnership program of Kitchen Gardeners International. The grant is for nonprofit causes or organizations (schools, 501c3s, food banks, community gardens, colleges, libraries, prisons, senior programs, etc.) interested in starting or expanding food garden projects t…

Food Forest Retreat's cover photo
12/17/2014

Food Forest Retreat's cover photo

Don't worry, we'll have Rover keep an eye on you.
11/22/2014

Don't worry, we'll have Rover keep an eye on you.

Thanks to Kathryn Ehlert for providing a pile of nopalitos to transplant!
11/19/2014

Thanks to Kathryn Ehlert for providing a pile of nopalitos to transplant!

Quilombo Paixao
11/02/2014

Quilombo Paixao

10/01/2014
Over Grow The System Promo #1

We appreciate what Over Grow The System has been doing to spread information, inspiration, and encouragement to people around the world who recognize it's time to make adjustments by reconnecting to our environment and the people around us.

The short video below speaks to some of the "culture" aspects of permaculture.

http://overgrowthesystem.com/

Our little girl...#permaculture #chickens #nongmo #organic #chickenfeed #babies #farmlife #permies #slowfood
09/23/2014
Food Forest Retreat: Free-Range Baby

Our little girl...

#permaculture #chickens #nongmo #organic #chickenfeed #babies #farmlife #permies #slowfood

Join us on our journey from urban-dwelling foragers and guerilla planters to caretakers of a native plant-heavy food forest. Our intention is to learn from our surroundings and to share with others about Permaculture and Food Forest Design in Austin, TX.

Thanks to Gabriel of Project Three and his participation in the gift economy, we have 3 new hens to add to our family.  ...
09/22/2014

Thanks to Gabriel of Project Three and his participation in the gift economy, we have 3 new hens to add to our family. Sami has spent lots of quality time with the birds as they have been acclimating. Here's a candid shot of her with the Plymouth Rock hen we were graciously gifted.

The new economy is here, try gifting in your community and watch the magic happen. It is transformative.

Standing in the garden last night...
08/31/2014
Food Forest Retreat: Standing in the Garden Last Night

Standing in the garden last night...

Join us on our journey from urban-dwelling foragers and guerilla planters to caretakers of a native plant-heavy food forest. Our intention is to learn from our surroundings and to share with others about Permaculture and Food Forest Design in Austin, TX.

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The Food Forest Retreat applies and teaches permaculture principles for land use and management. We produce food, herbs and materials while providing our community with holistic health resources such as therapeutic massage, nutrition information and other options for living healthfully and ecologically. We're also up on Twitter now: twitter.com/FoodForestR

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Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
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