Seattle Urban Gardening by the Beacon Hill Food Forest

Urban Gardening in Seattle: A Permaculture Garden Called Beacon Food Forest

The Beacon Food Forest is an urban gardening / community food forest permaculture garden on 7 acres by Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill in Seattle. Permaculture gardening, and more specifically establishing a food forest is not just for people in rural areas. The Beacon Hill Food Forest is only 2.5 miles from downtown Seattle. Rural […]

Permaculture Design with Michael Pilarski

A Permaculture Designed Food Forest Course

In our permaculture design course on how to grow a food forest in you backyard, Michael Pilarski shows you how to convert a bare piece of land or hay field into a productive forest garden. This is a practical permaculture design course with a focus on showing you the permaculture principles and actions you can […]

Michael Pilarski Permaculture Design Expert

Permaculture Design

Permaculture design is so much more than many people realize. Most often, people refer to permaculture when talking about gardening. There are certain gardening methods that are commonly recognized as permaculture; organic techniques, ecological mimicry, perennial systems, biodiversity, and soil building to name a few. Simply put, permaculture is a design science that is rooted […]

Michael Pilarski planting a food forest

What is a Food Forest?

A food forest, or edible forest, is a gardening technique that mimics the structure and function of forest ecology but relies primarily on edible trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals. Fruit and nut trees comprise the upper layer of forest canopy while below you find berry shrubs, edible perennials, and annuals. Compare your common backyard vegetable […]

Earth-from-space

The Story of Food and Climate Change | Why We Should All Be Backyard Gardeners

When we think of climate change, most people connect atmospheric warming greenhouse gases with transportation and energy production; burning petroleum products like gasoline and coal. What we don’t often link to global climate change is our food. According to the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), 13.5 percent of overall global emissions are attributed to […]

Organic Life Gurus Samantha Langlois and Chris Badgett

The Mission and Origin of Organic Life Guru

Samantha Langlois and Chris Badgett created the Organic Life Guru project for several reasons that we’ll cover in a moment. The core of mission of the project … To help beginner and advanced organic growers connect with and discover how to improve their art with the world’s leading expert growers. Samantha and Chris met on […]