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Good morning

How is everyone?

I've been looking to get back into reading again now that I'm retired and have time as well as reinforcing the idea that television sucks.

I setup GoodReads, but nothing really strikes me, then this book was recommended on the permaculture forum Permaculture-Designers-Manual-Bill-Mollison Permaculture Designers Manual

You should be able to read the forward and introduction from that link. I believe I've found a new passion.

Here is a screenshot of the intro:

" A person of courage today, is a person of peace. The courage we need is to refuse authority and to accept only personally responsible decisions. Like war, growth at any cost is an outmoded and discredited concept.  It is our lives which are being laid to waste. What is worse, it is our children's world which is being destroyed. It is therefore our only possible decision to withhold all support for destructive systems, and to cease to invest our lives in our own annihilation."

Champions of permaculture agriculture are telling us that tilling soil is killing the soil. By flipping up the Earth's topsoil farmers are exposing the once sequestered  mycelium what-is-mycelium What is mycelium and all the topsoil lifeforms to the air causing extreme levels of CO2 to be released. I've read that current farming practices account for an astounding 40% of greenhouse gases being released. Even with this information we're still being told climate change is  irreversible. 40%! One of the amazing things about permaculture agriculture also called Regenerative agriculture regernerative agriculture  is no fertilizers are needed! A case in point that I never thought of until I've been researching permaculture is massive forests grow with no added fertilizers.
If you've grown corn you might wonder how it grows without fertilizer since its nitrogen requirements are very high as corn is the top energy converter from photosynthesis   Photosynthetic_efficiency Have a look at Joseph Lofthouse's farm in Cache Valley Utah

Note: This is also an excerpt from my morning newsletter. The BMN was established in 1999 at the dawn of the Internet, here in the mountains of northern New Mexico. The beginning of my wife Nell's and my homestead at the edge of the forest.
I've left Facebook this Summer and returned to writing my newsletter about life here with extreme DIY projects such as our completely handmade Axial Flux wind turbine, which is slated for repair soon. We're in our third year of aquaponics with a 2600 gallon trout pond and earth-sheltered greenhouse next to our dining room. I also have a a fully functioning DIY biodiesel processor which we'll bring back online in the near future or as soon as my health improves to get a few things off the front burner and it off the back burner.
I'll be posting here more often, but my writing style includes inline images and this is difficult to do here on the forum, so if you'd like to get the story directly in an unadulterated format I'd love to have you on my short list of BMNers brodgers{at}desertgate.com
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In response to this morning's newsletter:
Hey Brian, i have a copy of the permaculture manual I’d happily long term lend you. If you send me your address I’ll try to put it in the mail to you tomorrow. Always inspiring to see what you’re up to. Hope your autoimmune struggles are lightening as you pinpoint the aggravating factors.

Oh man thank you
Brian  
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