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Herb Garden

Posted in permaculture, raw, sprouts on April 17, 2010 by nosferatofu

planted herb seeds

Just planted the seeds for my herb garden. I’m excited to have fresh herbs growing very soon!

I planted:

  • chives
  • peppers
  • cilantro
  • basil

I have seeds for onions, parsley and broccoli for my next batch.


Busy Busy

Posted in events, holiday, permaculture on July 1, 2009 by nosferatofu

So I’ve lagged on sharing new recipes lately. My meals have been quick and easy, and I haven’t had much time to take quality photographs. I am also moving to a new apartment this week, so that has been taking up a great deal of my time as well.

In my new place, I look forward to:

  • starting an organic vegetable garden in my sizable patio
  • apply permaculture principles to live more sustainably
  • cook a TON using my excellent gas stove (I had electric before)
  • show off my fancy new refrigerator (I’m really excited about it)

So…..updates will be coming soon, once the dust settles and I can get back to what’s important: cooking and growing my own food! And I won’t have internet till July 9, so I’m wishing everyone a happy 4th of July now.

Until then, I’ll share a brief but inspiring speech from the amazing Dennis Kucinich, ethical and vegan member of congress and 2 time presidential candidate.

Mass Migration of the Golden Rays

Posted in permaculture with tags on July 3, 2008 by nosferatofu

This is just too beautiful and awe-inspiring not to share. Link to the full article: Golden Ray Photos of Amazing Mass Migration

“It was an unreal image, very difficult to describe. The surface of the water was covered by warm and different shades of gold and looked like a bed of autumn leaves gently moved by the wind.”

This photo is truly amazing:

Kill Your Lawn! Ars Terra Permaculture Workshop

Posted in permaculture with tags , , , , on May 1, 2008 by nosferatofu

Ars Terra

Ars Terra hosted their second permaculture workshop on April 20, and I was excited to attend, despite the 2 hour drive to get there! This time my friend Alia came along to join in the fun!

This was a fun and informal workshop: we started the day with a screening of “Gimme Green,” a film on the water-wasting/ecologically harmful nature of the American Domestic Lawn. As the credits rolled, we were all charged up with purpose and ready to go…..

Alia and I rolling up a strip of grass while Geoff looks on:

Rolling Grass

We wrapped things up with a delicious Thai dinner and some good camaraderie…..and a lot of lovin’ from the resident dogs of Ars Terra! Alia and I said goodbye and stopped at Animal Acres on our way home to visit all the rescued animals. They were lovable and adorable as ever, and this time I got to pet some Emus, a first for me. All the animals are just wonderful, but the turkeys will always be my favorite….they are SO happy to have some attention and a good scratch under their wings. I always have to fight back a tear when I see their clipped beaks and toes. All in all, it was another unforgettable permaculture experience!

The coos at Animal Acres enjoying the sod we tore up from the Ars Terra homestead…..cute overload!

Cows Chewing Sod


Posted in dinner, lunch, permaculture, raw, sprouts with tags on April 16, 2008 by nosferatofu

Sprouts Day 4
So aside from my new favorite burger recipe, I’ve found a new hobby: growing my own sprouts. Its quite fun and easy, and incredibly nutritious. You truly are eating living food. Just imagine taking in all the vigor and power of life (prana, as the yogis say) in those little sprouts, the ability to (literally) break through a wall to grow and live. Its a great food, and tastes great too.

How did I grow my sprouts? Very easily, in about 5 days.

I ordered a sprouting jar, screen, and starter seeds from, and included in the kit are the instructions for growing the sprouts.

Sprouts Day 2Basically, it goes like this:

Soak the seeds in water for 8-12 hours.

When they’ve had their soak, wash them off and put them in the sprout jar and give them a good rinse again, ideally on the “spray” or “shower” setting of the faucet.

Keep the jar out of direct sunlight, at an angle (as seen in the picture at left), and rinse them every 8 or so hours. The rinsing is important, as it oxygenates them, and that’s what helps them to grow healthy and delicious.

That’s it!

Ars Terra Healthy Soil Workshop

Posted in permaculture with tags , on March 2, 2008 by nosferatofu

I went to a permaculture workshop held at the Ars Terra homestead in Palmdale. It was lots of fun and incredibly educational. I learned about composting, gardening, a bit of gray water management, and building healthy, sustainable soil using eco-friendly methods.

After the workshop, I went with a few of the participants to Animal Acres, which wasn’t far away from where the workshop was held. I’ve been wanting to visit Animal Acres for some time now, but it is a 2 hour drive, so it’s not easy to get out there. This was a perfect opportunity!

Click on the picture to see a recap of the workshop on the Ars Terra web page. I’m the one with the chicken legs 🙂