From Organic Gardening to Permaculture

Spring: being outside, digging in the earth, weekend-gardening and actually learning a lot about how to change our already organic way of living into a real harmonious and reciprocal co-existence with nature and animals, way beyond sustainability.
We’re deep into permaculture, at home and in the school, with family, professionals from around the world and with the community: https://ecolevivante.wordpress.com/category/permaculture-vivante/

Happy spring to you and yours!

The three ethical principles of Permaculture are as follows:

  • Care of the earth
  • Care of people
  • Return of surplus to earth, animals and people

The Permaculture ethics compel us to take personal responsibility for our actions. We can either “choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution”, the choice is ours!

Twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:[17] 

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Literature: Sepp Holzer, Masanobu Fukuoka, Bill Mollison

Information online:

http://permaculturenews.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

http://www.docspicepermaculture.com/

http://www.geofflawtononline.com/

and more detailed articles on change from organic gardening to Permaculture:  

http://www.permaculturevisions.com/difference-between-organic-gardening-and-permaculture/

and on Islam and Permaculture:

http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/are-islam-and-permaculture-match-made-heaven.html

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/humans-are-trustees-of-allahs-creation-islam-the-environment.html

https://www.greenprophet.com/2012/01/interview-nadia-lawton-talks-about-permaculture-in-the-middle-east/

https://aworldofgreenmuslims.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/green-farming-and-islam-permaculture-in-jordan/

http://www.greenmuslims.org/a-brief-introduction-to-permaculture-sustaining-our-future-and-why-it-matters-to-muslims/

https://www.greenprophet.com/2013/05/ask-geoff-how-to-grow-a-forest-garden-free-permaculture-videos/

http://www.theecomuslim.com/2014/01/salah-hammad-urban-gardener.html

 

 

Favorite Herbs

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Since several years I use plants to cure disease and pain.
Over these years I read a lot of different books to learn about the healing power of different herbs and weeds.
And little by little, I really found “my” herbs – the favorites I know and trust in, inchaallah.

These are the four plants I prefer over all the others.
I experienced their healing effects in many cases, alhamdulillah. I can figure them out now without doubt, even in the wilderness. And the best is, they grow near to us, carying in their juices, cells and parts the very essence of the soil we live on, subhanallah. They shine with the healing benefits of mother earth and provide us with wellness whenever we need a little help – often much better and quicker than any artificial medication could do.

 

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favorite books on herbs and natural medicine:

Maria Treben : «Gesundheit aus der Apotheke Gottes » / « Health from God’s garden »
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi: “Medicine of the earth” / “Medizin der Erde”
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi: “Mit der Wildnis verbunden”
Wolf-Dieter Storl: “Ich bin ein Teil des Waldes”
Wolf-Dieter Storl: „Mit Pflanzen verbunden“

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two other articles I once wrote on the topic of natural medicine:
https://ittosjournal.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/spring-cure/
https://ittosjournal.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/medicine/

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latin and pharmaceutical names: achillea, calendula, plantago, salvia

What are your favorite healing helpers?

Happy Id el Adha 2015!

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happy ‘Id to all my Muslim readers, and peace and love for everyone! 
wishing you a lovely celebration.

we celebrate this years ‘Id mostly with toothfriendly, natural and wholesome food and sweets
and are continuing the sugarfree and health-concious path we began to take this summer, inchaallah.
I never thought I would be able to feel so unattached to chocolate and sweets –  but it is indeed a liberating feeling to know that I can live and really feel good without it, if I want, alhamdulillah.
the consistent sugar-abstinence last Ramadan made it possible for me to quit my sweet cravings and to vastly reduce our sugar intake. we also are much more aware now of how and what we eat, of our wheat-, processed-food-, fruit-, dairy-, etc consumption.
great inspiration I found in looking back how our ancestors ate, how our dear prophet Muhammad (sas) lived and what he ate, what nature offers and also from these people here and here and over theretherethere and there.

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Touda – ecolodge in our valley

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Touda Ecolodge intergrates sustainsability, innovation, respect for the environment and appreciation of the local Berber culture. Consequently, the Ecolodge is sensitive to eco tourism practices. At the foot of the M’Goun summit (4 071m), the guest house is located in Zawyat Oulmzi village at the top of Ait Bougmez Valley, at an altitude of 2 200m. The accommodation offers a mix of authenticity and modernity, you will taste the ambiance and the magic of the place. (www.touda.fr)

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the Touda ecolodge is a dreamy, remote place, about an hour away from where we live (4×4 wheels car required).
it is a little gem at the end of our valley, in the area of geoparc M’Goun.
it offers delicious food, a very nice and comfortable accommodation and also an interesting little museum about Berber culture.

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Ramadan blessings in nature

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All the senses are refined while fasting, I smell much more and I absorb everything on a much deeper level: the beguiling scent of the flowers and the fresh air in our lush green garden (it’s the school garden, which is now in vacation),
everything seems just so beautiful, subhanallah, what a pleasure this nature is, what a gift of Allah!
Can you feel it, can you see it, do you smell it?

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eco-housing and a lot to do

salam aleikoum dear friends and readers,

a long time is gone since I last wrote here. spring is alomost gone and summer’s heat arrived. internet doesn’t work well at the moment and often I cannot access this space, I cannot post pictures or even write.
but also there is not much time in these days to do so. We are still in the midst of moving, of making the new house our home, we are rearranging the school, doing school-year’s-end-stuff and party-preparations and lots of other things.

So I am pleased to just blog today this article: LiveGreen Sisters article may14 on eco-housing (featuring our new home, alhamdulillah) that was published in the last issue of Sisters Magazine.

I don’t know when I will be back here again, days are still very busy. But until then, I hope that you are all well.
I wish you a blessed month of Sha’aban and God’s mercy for the upcoming month of Ramadan, inchaallah.

may peace be with you all!

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Garden time – Me time

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I have a small garden, about three square meters, which I call my refuge.
This is my personal piece of garden.
Our garden is much bigger, alhamdulillah, but only this corner I call my own.
It has exactly the right size to care for, not too small and not too big. This is the size I can dedicate myself to. This is the size of garden I like to offer my energy and time for.
Here I become more and more familiar with the power of plants. I do not really have a “green thumb”, but it is here where I learn how to cultivate healing herbs and wild flowers; where I spend my afternoons, inhaling the beauty, the smells, and the quiet and observing the changes of nature while drinking a cup of tea.
This little piece of land in front of my doorstep, right beside the kitchen window, gives me peace and inner harmony. Its green comforts my soul and the colours of the flowers fill me with thankfulness.
I call myself lucky to have this oasis, subhanallah, and I wish every woman would have one…to celebrate “Me time” in God’s beautiful creation…
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