Author Archives: Rene Nijstad

Landslides and Water Management

Monday night we woke up to quite a strong rainstorm. It’s been wet for many weeks already, so we did not think too much of it and went back to sleep. At sunrise we wanted to look around a bit, … Continue reading

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The past few days have been exciting in multiple ways. After reading anything and everything we could find about the whole process of farrowing and piglets, we now experienced it with the birth of the first litters of our two … Continue reading

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Powers Of Observation

Within Permaculture we see nature as our ultimate teacher. She will demonstrate how species interact with each other and their surroundings and which effects you can expect from it. She will also demonstrate the response of the web of life … Continue reading

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World Permaculture Association

We’re happy to announce that Permaculture San Joaquin is now a member of the World Permaculture Association (WPA). We fit in their category Projects, and we are now part of a growing family in the Permaculture Laboratories Network (PLN). Each … Continue reading

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Poem by Rachel Kann

What To Tell The Children   Tell them that this is the great awakening Tell them that we humans have made some huge mistakes And that’s how we now find ourselves in this tenuous place.   Teach them that hate … Continue reading

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How people use the word ‘weeds’ as a negative descriptor of a huge and very varied group of plants already indicates we’re falling prey to over simplistic thinking once again. To consider many plants as totally unwanted shows a denial … Continue reading

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Trees, Water and Climate

The way climate change is presented in general leads to a feeling that it’s difficult to do much about it. We tend to feel it’s up to government to set rules to limit the problem, but governments don’t show much … Continue reading

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We Need To Act

Last Saturday, Bill Mollison, the man who founded the Permaculture movement, died. An outpouring of testimonies on the significance of his work by hundreds, if not thousands, of people followed. A memorial page for him on Facebook flooded with comments … Continue reading

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A few days ago we were in La Mesa for some groceries, and the talk of the week there was all about water… Because there wasn’t any. La Mesa has no drinking water as the last effect of El Niño. … Continue reading

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Utter Neglect

We’re all a bit lazy sometimes and to be honest our choice to apply Permaculture was also slightly based on a wish for (future) laziness. If nature functions so well on earth, we can all setup our lives for nature … Continue reading

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