September 13, 2017

Arriving at Camp: First Impressions

During my first day at the first Ecosystem Restoration Camp in the Altiplano of Murcia, Spain, I spent a lot of it open-mouthed. I am in awe of the beauty of the place, despite how painfully noticeable the degradation is. […]
September 5, 2017

Why Catch the Rain?

I live in a temperate coastal rainforest on the eastern Pacific Rim. We have more water than most, but it all comes in winter. Our cold inland sea has four thousand kilometers of shoreline, ringed by snow-capped mountains to catch […]
August 24, 2017
Map of the Netherlands 1968

If you want to change the land, the place to start is a map

August 17, 2017
Next way of living shop

Proud to be part of the Next Way of Living

August 12, 2017

Camping on the trail of restoration

I have memories of camping in the High Sierra of California as a child with family friends. We carried extra food on a donkey named “pepper”, and the bears left claw marks on tree trunks, and there was lightning. I […]
July 24, 2017
Altiplano Camp self-sufficiency

Permaculture farming and livelihood

There has been a lot of recent discussion about permaculture and livelihoods, especially as regards food growing, self-sufficiency and also being able to make some money. In early 2017 I volunteered at a smallholding in Venezuela, where these questions are […]
July 20, 2017
New Zealand landscape

Our Best Climate Bet – Forests!

I grew up in New Zealand, where the landscape has been dramatically transformed by man, mainly for the purpose of grazing about 30 million sheep (there are still 7x more sheep than people in New Zealand!) The contrast between the […]
July 12, 2017
The parking lot recycled

Reclaiming Asphalt

Growing up in the city of Seattle, we were frequently taken to visit our Norwegian grandparents out on Hood’s Canal: cement and asphalt contrasted to the Douglass fir-lined highways of the Olympic Peninsula. Things gradually changed over the years: more […]
July 11, 2017
healthy and unhealthy soils compared

It’s the organic matter that really matters

Over years and decades of studying ecology and climate related subjects I’ve come to understand that it is the percentages and total amounts of vegetation and the percentages and total amounts of organic matter in the soils that are the […]
July 3, 2017
Camper weeding at camp altiplano,an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

The Joy of Weeding

I like weeding. It gives you a chance to get up close and personal with your plants, see how they’re doing, which ones are growing well and which aren’t, and also to reflect, both on your immediate surroundings, and life […]