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June 2013 Blog Posts (15)

Conservative doomsday prepper markets IBC Aquaponics system


Doomsday Prepper Alec Deacon solicits instructions on how to build the IBC System to fend off the pending doom of world-wide food shortages. (sic)

I hate when people sell otherwise free information using  fear mongering and exagerate "how easy it is" and "the endless supply of food." 

In a real crisis situation, the electric company will shut off…


Added by Ralph Michael Brekan on June 28, 2013 at 12:46pm — 6 Comments

Blank Canvas - Please help with suggestions

With the close of the new house getting closer, I am getting excited and decided to draw up a general plan for the back yard. I know of the elements that I want, but I am only going off general knowledge for the placement.

I welcome any advice or help on the layout. Do you think the trees will create too much shade? Should the coop be in a different location? Are the boxes going to create a nice walking area but still have the ability to work within them? I am going to step into this…


Added by Brandon Powell on June 26, 2013 at 12:00am — 14 Comments

First Day of Class!

This is where my permaculture journey all begins. 

Four months ago I was starting yet another course at my local for profit university. The title of this class was, at the time not very important and just another 3.00 credits closer to my end goal. It turns out this class, without even attending the first night would alter my life in an amazing way. The title of the course was "Ethics in business."

You might be asking yourself why I would bring…


Added by Brandon Powell on June 25, 2013 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Hello VPA Community!

     Hi, I'm Nate, the new VPA Event and Media Intern.  I'm a Senior in ASU's School of Sustainability minoring in Applied Biological Sciences.  I've been a gardener all my life and had some trouble using my Illinois tactics here in Phoenix, but I've worked most of the kinks out.  I have an organic raised bed garden and many container projects, too.

     Currently I'm looking into using indoor plants to purify air and produce oxygen.  Did you know that four shoulder high Areca Palms…


Added by Nathan Ralph on June 25, 2013 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Protest Tempe New Bulk Pickup Plan

Last weekend all the citizens of Tempe received a notice posted on our doorknob telling us about Tempe's new and revised Bulk Pickup Policy.

Tempe has been great. They pick up monthly. 

Having a big yard, with a pasture and animals makes it so much easier. Bag it and they pick it up.


The City is fundamentally eliminating bulk pickup as of July 1.

They will pick up bulk items 2x a year and Green (not palms, grass in boxes and no manure) another 4 x a…


Added by ed fancher on June 25, 2013 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

#7 : Lessons so Far - Recycling and Re-purposing

When I bought my house in December of 2011, I was confronted with a blank slate of a backyard and patio. Immediately I started planning how I would transform the yard into a Permaculture oasis, using as much recycled and re-purposed material as possible. In the intervening 18 months I have learned through trial and error what works and what works... better. I have saved money, forced to get in better shape than I have been in years, and have a new appreciation for anyone who does manual…


Added by Lisa Schoop on June 24, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - Harmony Farm Rocks!

When my worm farming hubby announced that our family was invited to a celebration at the Phoenix Zoo, I jumped up and down with glee. Mostly because I knew I'd need something to do with our four kids the day after getting home from vacation - and who doesn't like the ZOO?!

We were all anticipating a rousing reunion with the elephant and giraffes we love to visit. With all the good intentions in the world, I faithfully set our alarm for 5:00am. And I did wake up at five - long enough…


Added by Robert Fenchak on June 23, 2013 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Trying to donate 2 palm trees

Does anyone know of a company or individual(s) who would come and get two tall, healthy palm trees? I just had them trimmed / cleaned ... and I would much prefer to find them a home, rather than cut them down!!


Barb Dowling

Added by Barbara Dowling on June 20, 2013 at 2:16pm — 2 Comments

From the Wife of a Worm Farmer - The Invention has a Name!

So our family took a trip to Pinetop, Arizona for the week.  Vacations are for relaxing, enjoying one another, adventuring and recharging...right?  So my husband, the Worm Farmer, decided this week would be the perfect opportunity to work.  He packed up his laptop and made lists of items that "he" never has the time to work on.  And so here I sit on my vacation, writing to you fine people about my wonderful husband and his worm business.  While I supervise my daughters while they paint…


Added by Robert Fenchak on June 17, 2013 at 3:20pm — 4 Comments

#6 - Folks, Don't Try this at Home!

This is incredibly hard work. Its not just the laying of the path, but the gathering of the material and the time and effort it takes hauling said materials from wherever to your location. Then there is the heat. Always the heat. Peeps, if you ever have a hankering to do a project like this my suggestion is: wait for winter. Seriously. 

Ok, enough of my kvetching. on with the update!…


Added by Lisa Schoop on June 15, 2013 at 10:41am — 3 Comments

My raised garden bed

We just finished building a raised garden bed. I need some advice on how to prepare the soil.

Added by Perla T. on June 15, 2013 at 10:01am — 11 Comments

Free clean topsoil

We have 1 ton, maybe more, of clean topsoil leftover from a project that is free to anyone willing to come and get it. Please send an email, if interested, to

Added by Nadya Laliberte on June 13, 2013 at 6:58pm — No Comments

#5: The End of the beginning

Finally the laying of the path begins. I had to make sure I had enough material to finish the first phase of the path building.

After a few misses I got enough urbanite from a guy in North Phoenix breaking up a concrete pad. I'm slowly transporting it from my patio to the back yard where it will be put in place.

Summer is truly upon us, and with the miserable heat, my outdoors working hours have shifted to the wee morning and evening  hours, as…


Added by Lisa Schoop on June 8, 2013 at 11:00am — 6 Comments


Some people are tree haters plain and simple. I once dated a guy that chopped down any tree that dropped anything. A bird could drop dead from a branch and there he was with an axe... "To hell with this pine tree!".

Every tree on his property was slaughtered gruesomely by a chainsaw and a smile on face, and it didn't stop there. Every…


Added by Heather Green on June 4, 2013 at 6:00pm — 16 Comments

#4: Interim

I've had to take a break from working on the Urbanite path because 1. I have Bursitis in my left shoulder, so I have to give it regular rest periods to keep from aggravating it. 2. I've had to work 2 weekends in a row on a special project, limiting my yard time.

This does not mean that I haven't been busy doing other things. Like this:

constructing a DIY privacy panel

I Craigliste'd these plywood…


Added by Lisa Schoop on June 2, 2013 at 11:37am — No Comments

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