Lloyd Kahn and a Shout-Out to Shelter Publications

natural tiny house in the forest with curved branches as banister

Meet the 84-year-old surfer who pioneered green and natural building. Lloyd Kahn has been designing and building beautiful and whimsical natural buildings for more than 60 years. He’s also been photographing and writing about them for over 40 years. In the 1970s, Lloyd founded Shelter Publications. Since then, they’ve produced several gorgeous and inspiring books […]

Soil and Water Testing

hand holding soil

Soil and water are two foundational elements of gardening, farming, homesteading, permaculture…and life on Earth. But soil and water are not homogenous materials. In fact, they’ve got myriad different qualities around the globe and even around one garden or homestead. When you’re starting out, it’s pretty easy to test your soil and water to get […]

Josh and Rachael – Bringing it Back Home

Josh Riley permaculture design course student

After watching lots of video online, Josh had the impression that permaculture was like “gardening on crack.” Then he took the Wild Abundance Permaculture Design Course (PDC) and learned that it’s all that and so much more.  In 2017, Josh and his wife, Rachael, came up to Asheville to participate in our PDC. Josh did […]

3 Tips for Avoiding a Debt Trap when Buying Land

Do you dream of owning your own land and creating an oasis of sustainability, beauty, and productivity? Most of us do who are interested in permaculture, gardening, natural building, and earthskills. Indeed, ownership can provide a sense of security and rootedness, so we can really dive into our dreams and visions. However, buying land is […]

Goumi Berries

Elaeagnus multiflora Goumi berries (not gummy bears) are one of our favorite springtime treats. They’re beautifully bright red with silver speckles and are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Plus, their seeds have significant amounts essential fatty acids. Not to mention, they’re ripe at the very beginning of fruit and berry season (May around here), and they’re […]