Soapnut Dishwashing Detergent

It is very easy to make liquid soap from soapnuts. I use it for my dishes, the floor, cleaning the bathroom and washing delicate items. Very handy to have around the house. It also can be used as a shampoo.

  • 100g soapnuts
  • 3 quarts (litres) water

Method:
Add the soapnuts to the water. Bring the water to a boil. Turn down the heat to a low simmer for at least 30 minutes.

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Masanobu Fukuoka on “Work”

The One Straw Revolution -- Wonderful, life changing book by a Japanese farmer who rejected industrial farming, and even traditional farming! He learned to work with Earth's natural diversity.

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Watering the Garden

Published in Far West Almanac, September 2009. I keep wondering when I will wake up and find that I have somehow gotten stuck in a chapter from Robert A. Heinlein's book Job: A Comedy of Justice. In a parallel universe this must be a big joke. It seems that Los Angeles in particular is at the forefront in showing the…

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Mowed – Greenway Guerrilla Garden

On the evening of August 20th 2009, I took my 20 minute walk, laden with water for my garden. It was the night of the black moon but I was happy loping down the hill the my little bit of greenspace. When I arrived and realized the garden had been mowed to the ground I was in such a state of shock, I went ahead and watered it and headed back home, feeling rather conflicted.

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Traditional Water Kefir

I stumbled across this really practical and well done video on how to make water kefir. Although I have been reading about kefir for years, I hadn't had an opportunity to make it myself until this year when my sister brought some up to me from a friend who had given her some. This stuff is fantastic. Convenient, quick to…

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The Effect of Modern Science

Ladies in Trolly-GyiModern science is often controlled and financed by industry that does not have the best interests of the earth and it’s populations at heart. As a result we have geoengineering experiments such as the iron fertilization of oceans so companies can make money off of carbon offsetting, and the terribly destructive frakking for gas. This quote by Vaclav Havel was taken from Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation p14-15 by Stephen Harrod Buhner.

The relationship to the world that modern science fostered and shaped now appears to have exhausted its potential. It is increasingly clear that, strangely, the relationship is missing something. It fails to connect with the most intrinsic nature of reality, and with natural human experience. It is now more of a source of disintegration and doubt than a source of integration and meaning. It produces what amounts to a state of schizophrenia.

Man as observer is becoming alienated from himself as a being. Classical modern science described only the surface of things, a single dimension of reality. And the more dogmatically science treated it as the only dimension, as the very essence of reality, the more misleading it became.

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