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About thinkofitasanadventure

We are a 50-something couple living in the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. We attended a sustainability conference at our local high school in November 2010, with keynote speaker Richard Heinberg from the Post Carbon Institute. What we heard shocked us deeply. We finally understood the need to transition away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. We immediately began to change the way we live. We joined together with other folks in our neighborhood to learn more, to do more and to have fun doing it! We're part of Transition Longfellow. We're choosing to change now and to "think of it as an adventure." If you are on this journey too, we'd love to hear from you.

Permaculture Principle 8: Integrate Rather than Segregate

The proverb that goes with this principle is “Many hands make light work.” Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 7: Design from Pattern to Detail

Permaculture is a design method that uses zones, sectors, and functions to design from the big picture to the details. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 6: Produce No Waste

Sadly, I think it’s just not possible to get away from packaging waste if you buy food in the American food system. Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 5: Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services

How do we work with natural systems by using renewable resources? Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 4: Apply Self-Regulation and Accept Feedback

For me, this is one of the harder principles to put into action. It’s about setting limits and using resources wisely. I’m certainly not the only one who has a hard time setting limits. Our planet is giving us some … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 3: Obtain a Yield

This permaculture principle seems obvious, doesn’t it, but I find that it generates some of the most powerful questions I can ask as a gardener. Have I devoted too much of my garden space to plants that aren’t producing much … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 2: Catch and Store Energy

I love this principle because it fits with my belief that we should look at every building and bit of land as having the potential to fulfill multiple functions and that each function should be maximized together as a system, … Continue reading

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Permaculture Principle 1: Observe and Interact

I have to admit that I’ve done lots of interacting with my garden based on what I WANTED to see and not what was actually there to be seen. I can’t tell you how many times I tried to create … Continue reading

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Permaculture Resources

Before we dig into the 12 principles, one last general post. Permaculture is a huge topic and there are a lot of resources available online to learn more about it. Here are a few I really like (I have no … Continue reading

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The Third Permaculture Ethic: Fair Share

The third permaculture ethic is Fair Share. It tells us to set limits on what we withdraw from the earth and to redistribute (share) the surplus. Nature is abundant. Even those environments that seem uninhabitable, when examined closely, are often … Continue reading

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