Permaculture the Schools

The clock is still ticking, and collapse continues unabated. Most are oblivious to the true nature of the progression, what it means, why it’s happening, and most importantly, what we should do about it. But the answer is simple, and … Continue reading

EETA Dominican Republic

For over 25 years, the people at the Experimental Station for Appropriate Technology (EETA) have worked directly with local farmers to develop appropriate technologies. EETA defines appropriate technology as anything that addresses an identified need and can be developed at … Continue reading

Institutionalizing Innovation

Innovation, by its very nature, is difficult to institutionalize. Innovation requires free and open environments where people can be creative, explore their own interests, and leverage available resources. Institutions rely on predictable processes so that when someone flips a switch … Continue reading

Information Intensive Agriculture

As Rudolf Steiner argued so many decades ago, the 20th century shift towards input intensive agriculture was, and is, troubling in so many ways. According to Steiner, heavy investments in external inputs, like fertilizers and pesticides, are the symptoms of … Continue reading

A Mixed Blessing

Last Thursday I traveled to several rural areas outside of the city of Cochabamba to attend a day-long training in aquaculture systems. Part of the training involved a trip to the Chapare, that part of Bolivia notorious for illicit coca … Continue reading