Stacking Functions for a Healthy, Vibrant Garden

By | September 11th, 2016|How-to, Permaculture, Videos|

When is an apple tree more than an apple tree or a chicken more than a chicken? Stacking functions in your garden or landscape design is an easy way to save water, grow soil, save time, and grow a lush, diverse garden.  Stacking functions is a core permaculture design principle that anyone who wants a [...]

In the News: Edible Ecosystem

By | August 31st, 2016|Food Security, Permaculture|

The food forest at our local Cavanagh community center is truly an edible ecosystem delight — a fantastic model. Just a few short years ago, the outdoor space surrounding the Cavanagh Center was lawn city. While Tiffany was on Petaluma City Council, she was a big advocate (and continues to be) for using public dollars and public [...]

Easy Summer Fruit Tree Plant Guilds

By | June 12th, 2016|Gardening Ideas, Plant Guilds|

Try these plant guilds to grow soil and supercharge your trees' health! Summer is here and so many fruit trees are bursting with Summer sweetness — apples, stone fruits like cherries, peaches, plums, etc, and more (our apple trees are in full swing, as you can see in the photos below). Our grand heirloom apple tree [...]

In the News: Petalumans share a plentiful bounty at 8th & Bee Homestead

By | March 16th, 2016|Homestead|

Huzzah! Our local paper, the Petaluma Argus Courier, ran a feature article on 8th & Bee Homestead in the Community section of the March 12, 2016 issue. Staff writer Arianna Reguzzoni and Staff Photograher Scott Manchester both spent some time here to find out more about what we have cooking around the homestead. It was so kind of the Argus [...]

Tierra: Online Permaculture Symposium

By | September 12th, 2015|Events, How-to|

All of the wonderful "what is happening here in your yard?" conversations we've had with neighbors these past months are so much more than that. Each is a blessing, built on years of our own "what's going on with your yard" moments of delight we've had with friends and mentors. We'd been searching for a while for [...]