Daniel McFly often geeks out about permaculture “stacking functions.” Can you figure out how each element of this permaculture garden supports other components?
Did you know that the majority of the plant based food we consume is from annual crops? In terms of sustainability and food security, the seasonal vegetable garden should only be considered supplemental to what is possible through perennial cultivation.
Permaculture, in it's simplest form, is about working with the flow of nature. If you think about the flow of energy across a landscape, you can see patterns. Water flows downhill and carries nutrients with it. The practice of permaculture can be thought of in terms...
It took six months but we've finally got eggs! We also have a rooster. Surprise! When we went to our local feed store, we picked out five (female, or so we thought) chicks; one for each of us to name. We got a variety of breeds so we could observe the differences...
If you are like me and love to eat fresh from your summer garden, then you might consider extending the fruiting season for your tomatoes and peppers in a greenhouse. We usually have a pretty good warning that the first freeze of the winter season is coming. When I...
Fried? Poached? Scrambled? Birdie in a nest? (skillet fried on toast) You just can't beat a good farm egg. With their beautiful orange yolks and rich flavor, the best way to have year round access to fresh farm eggs is to keep a back yard chicken coop. We researched...
Austin's 39th annual fall Pecan Street Festival is right around the corner! Mark your calendars for September 21 and 22 and join Daniel and Daniela for a smashing good time. We will have our own booth on Pecan Street (6th Ave. in Austin, Texas) to sign and sell books...
There's a new (perhaps reinvented) eco trend sweeping the globe and it is gaining popularity everywhere from school rooms to high fashion runways and art portfolios. Upcycling is the process of turning trash into treasure! I've seen high schoolers make lovely silver...
Regenerative landscaping practices will be one of the most direct solutions to solving our global warming problem before it becomes a climate catastrophe. Soil and rain produce vegetation. Flooding erodes topsoil. Drought dries out vegetation which is then susceptible...
Cheers to another successful year of (fill in the blank). Everyone toasts with their plastic champagne cups, then bottoms up and into the garbage. The staff takes out the industrial size garbage bag full of cheap plastic and tosses it into the dumpster. In the...
Upcycled Tree Art
Let’s make the world a more beautiful place by creating art! You can create Upcycled Tree Art using discarded items around your home. Use your imagination to create your masterpiece. You can even use natural items you find outdoors, such as leaves, sticks, pine cones, and more. CLICK HERE
Silent 60 Seconds
Shhhhhhhhh! Do you hear that? Find a comfortable place outdoors to sit and close your eyes. Take a couple of deep breaths and listen. What do you here? Is there a bird singing in a tree? Do you hear the wind whispering to you? CLICK HERE
Recycling Relay Race
Get a few friends together and have a Recycling Relay Race! Fill a bin with mixed items that are ready to go in your recycling bins. The goal is to get all the items properly sorted for recycling. Once you have everything is sorted it’s ready to head to the landfill! CLICK HERE
Environmental Superhero Reporter
A Environmental Superhero Reporter helps others understand the today’s issues and introduces the Friends of the Earth that are working to help protect our environment. Find a scientist, park ranger, oceanographer or other person who is helping the environment and ask them questions. Give your interview to your teacher, your local paper, or you can start your own blog! CLICK HERE
Dear Dr. Jane Goodall
Dr. Jane Goodall has taught the world more about chimpanzees than anyone else in the world! Would you like to ask her a question or just say hi? Write a letter to Dr. Jane Goodall and get a response from Dr. Goodall, her staff at the Goodall Institute, or from an Environmental Superhero like Daniel! CLICK HERE
Plant A Tree
Plant a tree and watch it grow! Create a journal to keep track of your tree’s growth. Daniel would love to see the tree you plant. Upload a photo to our gallery and we will add your name to our tree! CLICK HERE
Guess My Animal
Grab a friend and have them ask you questions to see if they can guess your animal. Where does your animal live? What kind of foods does it like? Does it have fur, feathers, scales feathers, or somehting else? CLICK HERE
Rock The World
Collect rocks and paint pictures or messages on them. Leave them around town. Your rock will help brighten someones day. CLICK HERE