Permaculture on Hawaii’s Big Island

La’akea Community is an intentional permaculture community near Pahoa, on the Big Island of Hawai’i. On our recent trip to the Big Island, we had a chance to visit La’akea and spend a night there  learning about some of the farming techniques used in the community, as well how the community structures itself. The Community sits on approximately 23 acres…

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Backpacking at the Desolation Wilderness

  The Desolation Wilderness has been a favorite spot among backpackers since it was founded in 1969. It’s all for a great number of reasons — it is seemingly untouched,  photos don’t do justice to how beautiful the area really is, backpackers you would meet (if you see them at all, as there’s not a lot) are friendly, the cold…

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The Lovely Vineyard

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you spend an entire day at a vineyard? My husband volunteered at this lovely vineyard for seven weeks, right before we met, and there he met a man who he say is one of the biggest influences of his life. When we went to Oregon last summer, we had the…

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Adopt a Spot in your Community

How would you like to turn an abandoned, weed-infested vacant lot into a mini-park or a community garden? Consider an Adopt-a-Spot Program! This is exactly how the Parkway Cascade in Oakland, CA is. A public lot that used to be heavily-grassy and lined with garbage is now gradually blossoming into a cascade park, thanks to the city’s Adopt-a-Spot Program.   Parkway…

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