We were invited recently to Paul Rollins' anarchist permaculture garden. We dubbed it "anarchist" because it mostly lets the plants decide for themselves how to grow with and around each other. It also doesn't require most of the typical "work" associated with gardening, such as weeding and troweling. It literally uses every space available to produce food. If you live in a place that doesn't get much water, it's great because it doesn't even require watering! It also produces an incredible yield. It can fit a lot of food into even a small space.

Any open yard space or empty lot can do; his is in the front yard of a house he's renting.

Of the many ways to adopt concepts that increase Community Wealth and make an ecostead, this one would be effective for ending food apartheid. (@emsenn probably will enjoy this)

1. Mow down the grass or weeds.

2. Cover the ground with cardboard or several layers of craft paper ... plastic can be used as well. Anything that can hinder undergrowth works.

3. Add a layer of straw. How thick this layer need be depends on many things: one is the amount of rain you get. More rain = more straw. The straw will eventually act like a sponge, helping the garden share and re-circulate the moisture underground.

4. Add a thick layer of compost, or compost / dirt blend. This is where anarchy thrives best, among all the decomposing ruins of a system.

5. Toss a seed blend (cover crop) over the whole thing. Cover with another light layer of straw and compost... water and walk away.

6. (optional) Plant large sunscreen-type crops (sunflowers and corn) near your indoor windows for extra air conditioning power in hot climates.

Winds knocked down a teepee-shaped !!! branch today. Gorgeous but large mass that would likely have caught loose end to badly damage or destroy old structure.

Yá’át’ééh from the in the Grove ...

As the colonists' monetary system collapses (no need to cry; all broken and badly aged systems eventually need replaced), we should meditate and take care to iterate intelligently on what comes next. Here's a few of our bonsai trees to help. Other photo is of baby tree in ICU care.

Foundational improvements continue to be underway at the project in Forest Grove.

The tu'sati[1] includes our rebuilt mud/laundry/utility room. Yay better place for all the extra work needed for the sanitation, cleaning, and quarantine precautions necessary today.

Colonization is so quick to dismiss the intent and efforts of previous generations. Gotta look back much further than 100, 300, even 500 years to get the vibe of a space, gatherings of energies, etc:

:hacker_h: Honoring the ancient,

:hacker_a: acknowledging the native,

:hacker_c: confronting the wasicu[3],

:hacker_k: knocking out colonialism,

:hacker_e: expressing art elementals,

:hacker_r: revitalizing soil-based ecosystems.

[1] see screenshot of definition from mi'gmaq dict
[2] github.com/indie/ecosteader/bl
[3] ... wasicu are those who sneered at the offer to upcycle (help get upcycled!) our donated remnants of local old growth forest ... because they couldn't be bothered to take out a few old nails! Indie alone removed well over 1000 nails, but she cannot remove all the nails.

Some of the salvaged wood products from the deconstruction phases @ the ecostead.

Saturday's event was mostly quiet, until some driveby harassment(s) from somebody who wouldn't even exit their vehicle (all the while it was polluting fossil fuels) while idling on the street and shouting dumb questions at the worker in the yard.

Subsequent phases of the "build and finish" layers will use and donate some of these wood and salvage pieces.

Native Art Collectives receiving some supplies.

Dismantle what doesn't work.

Donate something to the arts.


No whitewashing these trees.

Colonist cash still means nothing.

Those with the most money are the most corrupt.

Probably, Larry and Sergey always regretted putting a landlord in their early-stage business. We no make that mistake.

Beautiful reclaimed wood used as siding, art, and floors ... cool idea.

The project has fallen way behind schedule ... architect plans for roof design were co-opted by truss building company's expertise. Still working it out, will post updates soon.

Construction jobs, like plants, require people who care.

flying insect with a bendable neck 

Showed up at the for a photo a few days ago...

Expired: Maximizing profits for colonized shareholders.

Wired: Maximizing immunity from anything diseased and colonized.

Inspired: Removing diseased Realtors' signs; adding permanent and irrevocable Land Acknowledgements of the region.

The hideous monstrosity of a house across the street from the has a yard covered in invasive English ivy. Some time during week, the Ecostead was robbed of construction tools we had on-site.

Coincidence? We think not.

My union-working bro just called to report the thefts. 😢

Your neighbors' invasive species are hazardous to your safety and community.

Took bus and MAX and bus to the yesterday. When there are so many things to do, priorities become necessary.

My solstice lodge "mandate" (afaic understand) has been exhausting. Decolonization takes work. Not the kind you can buy.

Been thinking about this passage and how essential it is to stop the "dehumanizing" of women and marginalized people (PoC).

Survivors have every reason to reject Christianity and all of its attempts at "reform". Boarding schools, or "charter schools" as the Evil Betsy DeVos calls them, are pushing false narratives for money. Salesforce and TRE45ONIST have teamed up to put prison camps for children on their borders. They knowingly push false narratives and distortions of facts, wanting so badly to believe their own falsehoods have some legitimacy.

Spoiler alert: they don't.

The reality is that corrupt people have been murdering innocent red and black and brown and "yellow" people for centuries. There's no such thing as an innocent white angel.

When Obama did things that made those men who were so used to being the center of everything less "central", in order to let oppressed voices be heard, those white dudes got scared. For the first time, they couldn't hijack the conversations and make it all about them. For a brief while, women and PoC were heard.

Much in this volume belongs in the national discourse.

Today is a national holiday, but this "holiday" (President's Day) is nothing for anybody to be proud of. Remind your fellow humans to "smash those delusions" and get back to listening to the survivors.

Skilled laborers and . That's right. Who wouldn't be thrilled to pay their brothers union wages?

It's what happening at the , where we are getting close to framing after what can only be described as an amazing site preparation job by one dedicated GC-to-be, my bruh Ben.


Continuing the discussion on framing systems, a few other human-centric thoughts about variation of styles in (or not in) the "longhouse". TBH I wasn't expecting these things to be so specific, but eh.

Portland's have some areas where the architectural styles of the neighborhoods is definitely inspired by (prevalent) of Japanese thinking. In other nearby places, the expression is more rare, w/ only a garden path.

The "in between" spots are all wrong, though: the necessity of on-foot (and we're not talking sidewalks, but trails) travel has been completely ignored by generations of developers in their ff vehicles.

There is, in this region's history, another dark past (similar to oppression of locally-indigenous peoples) that zero of the Realtor-types would ever be able to acknowledge properly. READ: wweek.com/arts/2019/12/03/surv

So it is no surprise the difficulties the architect we hired had in trying to finish the project's rebuild design; as the is for all practical purposes, a small zen-inspired cottage. It just never had its porch and mudroom finished properly.

She took 7 months and broke the good faith contract we offered. But we paid her garish fees anyway. is better way to go.

P.S. These styles suck:
- Thomas (as in Jefferson)
- Greco-Roman
- Mission (Spanish colonial)
- garish (WS colonial-era 1700's
1800's, 1900's)

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Methods of working with natural materials of the earth have been around for centuries.

An arid desert southwest made for some especially interesting challenges in designing an . The best architects of their time (the 1100's) were anything but primitive in their intelligent use of precious desert water.

Most of this data I have been gathering for years (extensive research for a fictional book that was to be rooted in actual historical context). The research part of novel writing is sometimes arduous, and can itself take decades and yield many surprises along the way.

shinrin-yoku ~ 森林浴 ~
forest bathing: "A short trip into a forest or natural space to experience the restorative effects of spending time in the stillness of nature."

Haven't been to the Portland Japanese Garden since it was redone last year, but I did visit it when gathering the original inspiration idea for the yard... something like a hybrid rain garden and a Japanese tea is what I'm going to go for in the back yard of the

A revived forest floor can sprout fortuitous friendships ... the has found more than a few for new non-clonal firs.

Aeration, condensation, drainage all important.

-building, IRL. More back story on the re-construction (Part Two):

Nevada Barr, an author known for US National Park ranger Anna Pigeon mystery books (which come highly recommended!), put out a memoir of sorts a few years ago. The book is called _Seeking Enlightenment Hat by Hat_. Lots of autobiographical random snippets, mostly, but one that stuck out to me was her lamenting (briefly) about heeding a builder who told her during her own house remodel that she "didn't need an architect."

"I should have hired an architect," she wrote.

Since many of my limited undergrad dollars went to feed her, her agent and publisher, I figured that was some sage advice. So my first call-out on this project was to find an architect. That was over 2 months ago...

Fast-forward to now. And, as it turns out, hiring an architect is basically a pointless endeavor unless you are also prepared to hire a structural engineer! Heed the layers of wisdom writers who communicate across time and space dole out, kiddos.

I guess it makes sense though; different people wearing different hats. And at the end of the day, sometimes you've just gotta trust the experts. 🤷

Anyway. the has many good and a few not-so-great things about it. The good definitely outweigh the bad though.

The defunct laundry / mudroom we tore off wasn't added until at least the 70's (rough guess; don't take that for fact). I'm guessing that the beautiful red Acer Palmatum (AKA Japanese Maple), pictured below was probably planted afterward, in the 80's, as you can see how it filled in only on one side. These trees tend to grow fairly slowly.

Background is of covered work tent and wood waiting to be refinished and re-used in parts of the remodel.

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-building, IRL: Preface

The was built in 1948 and is currently about ~740 square feet of house. When I first walked around the outside of the property a few years ago, I "heard" some cries of the suffering plants being choked out by weedy and invasive ivy, disgustingly snaky bindweed, reed canary grass, caterpillar grass.

It had once had a well-planned yard design, but the existence of a lawn and child's playground toys meant it had been neglected for a long time.

My decision, at the time, to mortgage myself to this little stead was not that hard. My heart had always yearned for some "filthy" dirt on which to compost my kitchen scraps instead of piling them into the trash (which you kind of have to do when you're an apartment dweller), or shoving them down the noisy garbage disposal with grinding-gear machinery that imitates the greedy gears of evil and extortionate landlords.

My mother was also literally born in 1948, so I took this, too, as somewhat of a nudge from the Great Mystery that perhaps this would be a good idea.

The house, as many of these old houses were apt to be, was built out gradually a room or two at at a time. The most recent addition was a laundry / mud room on the back of the house. I came to learn, after an electrician informed me that the power main and inside breaker boxes would both need replaced, that hey this part of your house was never permitted properly. So here's a massive expense.

Anyway... I've saved and scrapped these last few years and did the tear-down of the add-on over the summer.

Finally ready to re-do the addition the "right way": with permits and paid professionals and plans.

Here's progress so far (before & after teardown) ...

Another day at the

These are so sweet. There is at least one Jay family who lives in the neighborhood; this one I'm pretty sure is a juvenile and really likes the on a hot day.

Fallout from my whim to "rip out lawn and plant flowers", year three, with a wink at our bees friends, many of which meander at the .

Jewel colors in a bouquet of echinacea, yarrow, agastache, coreopsis and rudebeckia.

A bumblebee on some "smartie" dahlias.

Super close-up of intricate ipomopsis, AKA "standing cypress", grown from seed. It didn't flower last year and I transplanted it to a sunnier spot. This year it and one other grew over 7 feet tall and ended up bending sideways. This is a flower that hummingbirds love because their beaks alone are long enough to get the nectar.

All the moar .

🏡 :ecostead: 🦋 🐝

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Melg'puguasit, we stand with Wet'suwet'en. Decolonize: "Traditional Ecological Knowledge" (TEK) is the only thing that can help humans as a colonized planet continues to sink deeper into the chaos and destruction of broken, inequitable, and faulty systems that value money over Earth's many forms of life. European place names, words and languages and accounting systems don't belong on Turtle Island. . #LivingWalls, not border walls.