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 […]

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 […]

How to Make Money Living off the Land

man from the back looking down at barn and field and mountains

There are lots of ways to make money while living off the land. They range from relatively passive, to highly intensive. Some involve bringing people to your land, while others involve bringing the fruits of your land to where people are who want them. As you consider these options, think about what you enjoy spending […]