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LAY OF THE LAND

Mapping your lot is the first step in designing a homestead.

By Terrie Miller

Have you ever thought you might like to:

» Grow, raise, and preserve your own food?

» Make observations and do amateur investigations in earth sciences and biology?

» Make structures using natural building techniques like cob or straw bale?

» Build systems for harvesting and caching the water and energy that already flow through the place you live?

If the idea of combining these and related activities to create a sustainable way of life sounds appealing, you may be interested in the practice known as “permaculture.”

WHAT IS PERMACULTURE? ...

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