It wasn’t long ago that I was sitting in a college soil science course at my alma mater land grant university. If I had just a penny for every time the phrases “soil test”, “law of the minimum” and “NPK” were repeated, I would be a very wealthy farmer by now.
We spent almost the entire semester listening to a conventionally-trained soil professor talk in circles about chemistry soil panels and synthetic mineral products that supposedly “need” to be added to the soil for crop success. They literally told us the that plants could not grow without them.
Sustainable. You hear the word in every other sentence these days (and it often elicits an annoyed eye roll even from someone like me).
Corporations, universities, institutions, and governments brag about their sustainability left and right. Sustainable energy, sustainable food and farming, sustainable development, blah blah blah, sustainable this and sustainable that.
I’ll be the first to admit that I have touted sustainability as a driving factor in my lifestyle for many years.
It is only recently that I have begun to see the clear truth: sustainability just ain’t good enough!
Pardon my French, but our species is f*cking destroying…
What’s your plan when shit hits the fan? Small steps today could set you up for more independence & peace of mind in the unknown future.
When chaos unfolded in early 2020, I honestly wasn’t worried at all. And if the apocalypse comes, I know we’ll be OK.
Why? Because, for the last 7 years I’ve built my life around self-sufficiency. My husband and I live 100% off-grid in a short school bus we converted into a tiny home.
We are self-contained with everything we need and we know basic survival skills for the worst case scenario. We are also…
When it comes to toxic farming chemicals, most people think of pesticides and herbicides.
But it turns out that synthetic fertilizers can do just as much harm to soil life.
Just like pesticides, synthetic fertilizers kill soil microorganisms, which makes it difficult or impossible for the soil microbiome to function properly.
In the process, synthetic fertilizers cause major economic, health, and environmental problems, including:
I used to be a vegan.
Like, a hardcore one. I had “vegan” tattooed on my arm (now covered up) and followed a strictly “plant based” diet for over 6 years. It was my entire identity.
I thought it was logical that veggie burgers and meat-less meatballs were a million times better for animals and the environment.
Of course meat is horrible for the planet. I mean, factory farms are basically the devil incarnated, right?
But then I got into agriculture.
Suddenly, some complicated realities shattered my black-and-white thinking…
Meat (especially “red meat”) has been villainized in our culture long…
This ancient method transforms even the worst dirt into thriving healthy soil.
No, it has nothing to do the Italian pasta dish.
“Lasagna gardening” is a method of building rich soil.
It was one of the very first ways I learned to grow food when I started organic gardening 7 years ago.
My mentor and dear friend was a German horticulturalist named Marielu. She implemented what German’s call Hugelkultur raised beds all over her self-sufficient homestead, and let me tell you: the place was THRIVING.
I was swimming in the ocean one evening, floating on my back lost in thought. The sun set and suddenly it was dusk, skies on the brink of complete darkness.
I suddenly realized that I have drifted far into the waves.
I turned to look in every direction, but I couldn’t tell which way was the horizon or which way was the shore.
Everything was just water, endless waves.
I started flailing and screaming, but nobody could hear me.
Choking on tears and fear, I was completely alone, lost, frantic, almost drowning. …
It should be old news by now: Fats don’t make you fat. In fact, healthy fats improve skin from the inside-out.
They are essential for a vibrant youthful glow without breakouts or inflammation.
The key is choosing the right fats to support your skin and overall vitality.
Refined industrial fats can lead to dry, wrinkled skin and a higher risk of skin cancer. Here’s why:
The protective layer of every single cell in your body is made up of fats.
This cell membrane is called the phospholipid bilayer. …
Science shows it’s more than just a fad.
Yes, there is evidence that strategically rubbing a stone (or a roller, a spoon, or your own hands) across your face can actually improve circulation, reduce wrinkles, and decrease inflammation.
It’s like a natural face lift, but the benefits aren’t only aesthetic.
Gua sha (pronounced gwa-sha) is an ancient skin care practice that uses a smooth stone scraped across oiled or lotioned skin.
With promises to reduce wrinkles, give a natural face lift, and reduce breakouts, gua sha stones (and associated jade rollers) have become very popular new beauty products.
Control the food and you control the masses.
In late 2020, a guy named Eric O’Keefe noticed a massive land purchase in eastern Washington.
He was researching for his magazine, The Land Report, which tracks major land transactions in the United States.
A purchase of more than a thousand acres is what he calls as a “blue moon event” because of its rarity and scale.
This particular acquisition of 14,500 acres of expensive prime farmland in eastern Washington was obviously something worth investigating.
O’Keefe tracked the purchase to a small Louisiana-based firm called Cascade Investment LLC. Coincidentally, this obscure investment…