The Organic Mindset. Part I: The Problem

By Alfred Decker, Permaculture Designer, Teacher, and Consultant We are now living in the “Anthropocene”, a time when the influence of human behavior on the Earth is so significant as to constitute a new geological epoch. Of all the ways that humans have transformed the planet, agriculture is the biggest. Humans began plowing and tilling […]

How does Circular Economy apply to organic agriculture and gardening?

By Alfred Day Decker, Permaculture Designer, Teacher, and Consultant A Circular Economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use, and regenerating natural systems.  Examining the entire agri-food system from a Circular Economy perspective reveals opportunities at all levels for the production of food and a whole range of other goods that humans depend on […]

Why energy-efficient LED lights are experiencing a massive market boom?

By Alfred Day Decker, Permaculture Designer, Teacher, and Consultant In my previous blog post Perma-what? A Holistic Design System Called Permaculture, I proposed that “organic agriculture is great but it often doesn’t go far enough. For instance, if indoor growers are using organic fertilizers but also growing with high energy sodium lights which contaminate the environment […]

An important aspect of organic farming is observation and learning.

Piece taken from The Organic Grow Book written by Karel Schelfhout. Many customers are hooked by appealing labels and promises. And yet it is far more important to know what, exactly, the package or bottle sporting them contains. Ingredients such as coconut fibres and peat moss may be organic, but are you really sure you […]

Worm Composting for the Home Gardener

By Alfred Day Decker, Permaculture Designer, Teacher, and Consultant Some people know me as the “Moses of Urban Worm Composting in Barcelona” because a decade ago I started using worms and microorganisms to convert organic waste into a rich fertilizer for plants. Known as “vermicomposting” or simply worm composting. As a Permaculture gardener, it’s one […]

Rock wool waste will be there for a little slice of eternity, a big reason to start organic farming

This is only a preamble to the book “The Organic Grow Book” from Karel Schelfhout and Michiel Panhuysen. Short biography about the author; Karel Schelfhout told by his co-author Michael Panhuysen. How did his interest in organic gardening begin? And how this has started a journey through organic farming from which there has been no turning back. Karel was born to a family of […]

Perma-what? A Holistic Design System Called Permaculture

By Alfred Day Decker, Permaculture Designer, Teacher, and Consultant Have you ever been to a fancy cocktail party and had someone ask you “Just what is this permaculture thing that everyone is talking about”? How awkward if you didn’t know how to respond!  Permaculture is a holistic system of design for creating a sustainable human […]

True Life Organics (Part II)

Interview with Kees Schelfhout by Stoney Tark. Continue reading the interview with Kees Schelfhout Co-founder of BioTabs with big experience and knowledge about Organic growing, how bacteria interact with the soil, how nutrients become the better improvers, and beneficial for soil, plants, the environment, and therefore Earth.  Q) Could you explain the differences between hard […]

True Life Organics (Part I)

Interview with Kees Schelfhout by Stoney Tark. The following is an interview with Kees Schelfhout Co-founder of BioTabs with big experience and knowledge about Organic growing, how bacteria interact with the soil, how nutrients become the better improvers, and beneficial for soil, plants, the environment, and therefore Earth.  Q) Hi Kees, Can you tell the […]

From modern farming to modern agriculture

How the evolution from modern farming to industrial agriculture has influenced how we feed ourselves now.

How the evolution from modern farming to industrial agriculture has influenced how we feed ourselves now. In nature, nothing is lost; everything is transformed. Plants feed animals, animals enrich the soil, and the soil generates plant growth. They all depend on one another; the cycle is complete. Traditional farms – the farms that gave shape […]