Rethinking Food Gardens: Energy is Everything

The process for designing a home food garden typically starts with humans. What do people eat? What would they be prepared to eat? Sometimes it starts with what's available at the hardware store as plants or seedlings and sometimes it's influenced by a seed catalogue with enticing descriptions of abundant harvest. This is designing backwards.  … Continue reading Rethinking Food Gardens: Energy is Everything

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The safety to make mistakes

One of the challenges of teaching adults is overcoming our established patterns around learning. Most of us came through a school system where we were rewarded for 'right' answers and humiliated if we got something 'wrong'. These environments were also highly competitive. We were graded and stacked along a bell curve, proud to be at … Continue reading The safety to make mistakes