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Why Meditation and Trees Go Together

It looked down on me. It saw me smiling. “What’s in your mind?” the tree asked me and I answered, “Nothing. My mind is empty, but my soul is filled.” This is what I feel when I am under a tree, especially when I meditate. Ah, trees! There’s just something calming about them. I have

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How Nature Restores My Fatherless Life

It’s hard to grow up without a father. There’s something brave about a man that loves his children yet, I never had that. Throughout my life I had to parent myself on boys, love, life, and masculinity. I had a lot of hurt to deal with, including the feeling of never being good enough. Luckily,

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Making Our Own Water Filter

Sometimes you just got to be resourceful. When things break, creativity rescues us! Our gas powered water pump breaks a lot. Making our own water filter was just a spontaneous idea I had, but it saved us a lot when the pump breaks and it still does until now! Here’s How We Made It: Tools:

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Why I Started The Jihatsu Eco Farm Blog

Even before I started out farming I read and followed several blogs from natural farmers from India. These blogs contained a lot of useful tips and info on natural farming, as well as descriptions of the farm lifestyle and issues on environmentalism. Sadly, by now these blogs have been closed and do not exist anymore.

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Top 10 Most Useful Masanobu Fukuoka Quotes

Pretty much everything that Masanobu Fukuoka wrote is inspiring and useful in some ways, but there are a few that really stand out so I made a list of useful and practical quotes that can be applied in gardens and farming. Most quotes by Masanobu you can find on the internet is inspiring and philosophical,

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A Pickle Poem: An Ode To Fermentation

Oh pickle, oh pickle. You have been fermented in bitter sweet sour juices. You have been brewed to perfection. Transformed by the activity of bacterial and fungal life. Trough the sacred mysterious art of alchemy, gifted by the gods, approved by the spirits, and practiced troughout the ages by my ancestors. I now taste you

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How To Make Cassava Cake

Making cassava cake is easy and requires no electrical machines. Here’s how to make cassava cake:   Good for 3-4 persons   Ingredients: 1 can of Condensed Milk 4 cups of sugar 1 bowl of grated cassava 1-2 cups of grated cheese (optional) Tools: cheese scraper metal pan Pot with a tight lid   1.

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Personal Tales Of Deforestation

When most people (or at least people living in big cities) think of deforestation they usually think it is happening in some faraway land that has no effect on them. Here I am going to tell my own personal encounters with deforestation… In my old town, there was a forest. I have been going to

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Why I Do Not Do Hugelkultur

Disclaimer: Before I begin this post I just want to say I am not criticizing hugelkultur or saying it should not be done. If you are doing hugelkultur or want to do it I encourage you to do it as it is a good practice. This post is just explaining why I personally do not

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Why Dry Cracked Soils Are Not That Bad

In this post I try to explain why cracking as seen in dry, hard clay soils is not as bad as it seems and no reason for panic. Then I compare my dry cracked soils to the plowed soils of the neighbor. Then I proceed to explain my thoughts on soil fertility and different methods

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