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chickens

Hello, we are caring for the chickens now, at this Ojai permaculture farm.  Ming is the main person.  I think he is the Chicken Monarch.  Some roosters may not agree!  Isn’t this a pretty pic?  He’s glowing in the late afternoon light, having just thrown the compost out of the bucket. We’re doing the thing:… Read More »

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what Ojai is like

Hello–how are you doing?  Friends are asking, “How’s Ojai?” and about the farm where Ming and I stay.  So I thought I should make a post about what Ojai is like. We live in a room to the side of the kitchen.  It shares a wall with the kitchen.  There is electricity.  Here is the… Read More »

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skills

I’ve been working on a list of skills, mine and Ming’s.  And the traits we share to make positive change.  What do you think? Ming’s skills permaculture design garden / plant care, composting, sheet mulch  animal care: chickens, goats, bees  selling at Farmers Markets and craft fairs tracking and data entry Registered Nursing: hospital, hospice,… Read More »

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Disabled Resilience Permaculture

Ming and I love permaculture, and we’re disabled.  We’ve been talking for years about disabled permaculture.  I made a zine in 2020 called permaculture for a pair, which is about disabled permaculture.  We’re the only people we know talking about this concept, and we decided to change the name.  We’ve newly coined the term Disabled… Read More »

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be my guest

Hello, I’m so excited–my second guest blog post Disabled Permaculture is out on my friend’s Awkward Botany blog.  Please take a look! I talk about how Ming and I are disabled, how disabled permaculture is a great way for us to garden and do community, and how it’s part of our interdependent family.  Gardening is… Read More »

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awkward botany

I’m so excited, my friend’s awkward botany blog–my guest post posted!  Please take a look.  Permaculture Lessons, part one is my science writing debut.  Well, it’s not that sciencey.  But I’m so happy to contribute to this plant lore, collaborate with a friend, and share with many readers about something I love. My guest post… Read More »

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garden in spring

Hello, thought you might like to see the garden in spring.  Yes, it’s spring here, the flowers are telling me.  Permaculture is my life, and gardening in the desert is a never ending journey of learning. The first surprise was the cauliflowers.  Wow, how did I miss those?  Suddenly, there they were.  Small but brave.… Read More »

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propagating cactus

Hey, guess what.  We had fun recently propagating cactus.  I guess we won’t know for a while if it worked.  But it was fun to try. propagating cactus Our friend who lived here in our guest room for three months last year left a San Pedro.  Yes, it’s ok if you think of the Madonna… Read More »

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how to have a happy family

Been thinking how to have a happy family.  Ming and I are good at it.  Spring will be our ten year anniversary of being together.  I’d say that’s a win. shared values We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in Sacramento.  Our first friend date, Ming invited me and my ex-husband to pick satsumas… Read More »

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x

I was with my good friend.  She was driving me and Ming home in her minivan, and we were talking.  Somehow, it came up what my favorite letter is.  As you probably know, my favorite letter is x. Keeping the X is the name of a book my bestie and I made a few years… Read More »