Three Ways to Master ‘Healthy’ Food Preservation

By Sasha Banks-Louie Pickling cucumbers using vinegar, salt, and spices. Students braved a chilly morning commute on Saturday, November 10 to gather in the cozy kitchen of the First Baptist Church in Lawrence, where Kansas Permaculture Education Chair Amber Lehrman hosted a workshop on how to preserve food by canning…

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Solar Cooking: An Alternative to Summer Barbecues

By Bill Price, Co-Chair, Kansas Permaculture Institute, Board of Directors A lot of us love cooking outdoors and can’t imagine what summer would be like without barbecues. But there is an alternative. If you haven’t considered solar cooking, maybe this article will, at least, cause you to think about trying…

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Berseem Clover: A Super Legume for Organic Horse Pastures

By Sasha Banks-Louise Organic farmers in Kansas have a particularly difficult time fixing nitrogen for equine forage crops. Spring rains and summer humidity levels can turn many nitrogen-fixing legumes such as alfalfa and red clover into breeding grounds for toxic fungi. These “mycotoxins” can wreak all…

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How Perennial Borders Can Increase Yields in Raised Vegetable Beds

By Amber Lehrman Planting perennials around the borders of raised vegetable beds is an ideal way to increase crop yields without costing a lot of money or expending much effort. Yet, many gardeners are still using wooden boards or clay bricks to create borders in their raised beds, resulting…

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How to Design the Ultimate Rain Barrel System

By Ben Stallings Rain barrels have become popular water collection systems, but limitations in capacity and problems with overflow, leaks, debris, and settling have many gardeners struggling to find a more elegant solution. One solution is to create a self-priming siphon system, which draws water from…

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