We Shall Have Justice

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Originally published on Hybrid.Life here: http://hybrid.life/we-shall-have-justice/

The single greatest cause for which we can fight for the earth, for truth, liberty, and justice is in the battle to end the prohibition of Cannabis sativa. It is unjust and insane that these beautiful, healing, nutritious herbs and medicinal plants which are given to us so freely by our earth mother should be made taboo or inaccessible, forbidden, reviled, or viewed as somehow reprehensible. We’ve walked this planet, revering these plants much longer than we’ve known civilization, cultivation, and even human achievement. They will show us the path, if only we uncage them and free them from the chains of proscription, so they can teach us once again.

It is a crime against humanity that marihuana was ever classified as a drug and deemed illegal. In this respect, and for these reasons (among a long list of others too numerous to be given here), the governing political bodies of our treasonous two-party only, elitist class-ruled corporatist welfare to prison pipeline and miseducational system is falling apart. It was completely broken from the very start, since the heart and core of our founding values first came to dominate by way of genocide, slavery, and subjugation; a history of misery, abuse and misanthropy.

Today these injustices reverberate down through the centuries, manifesting within institutionalized racism, militant police brutality, and the penalization of poverty. Thus we are bearing witness to the total depravity of humanity. We’ve inherited these cultural diseases by allowing greed and fear to replace our natural human tendency toward magnanimity. In turn, this has been facilitated and exacerbated by a continuous lack of respect and intimacy with our psychoactive plant companions.

But a nation so proud is more likely to fall hard, and crash so loud the foundation and the facade crumbles apart, and one day it shall too fade away. These egotistic institutions will no longer hold sway or have any influence on the confluence of minds, the expansion of consciousness and our collective pineal noospheric travel adventures. Let us endeavor to find our way back to the garden together and forsake the treacherous ways of being that leave us dead on our feet, barely living and sleepwalking through darkened dreams.

We must learn again to honor and revere the sacred divinity of femininity, particularly the divine feminine energy of Cannabis sativa and her nurturing abilities. We’ve lost touch with the essence of our being, our eternal inheritance, and a wealth of health and happiness for all things. Let us take back that which is rightfully ours, the photosynthesized skin of the sun and the stars, from which we were born and to which we shall return. Doubtless and faithful, we burn, and we shall be free from excess, wastefulness, lust, avarice, and all concern.

We shall rise up against injustice, there is no reason for dread or fear. The time is now, the place ever present, and the primary enacters, right here. Let us fight for the right of our earth planet home, our forgotten symbiosis and the kinship we share that makes us All for One and One for All, forever!

Permaculture Primer

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Originally published on Hybrid.Life here: Hybrid.life/permaculture-primer

Generally speaking, the principles of permaculture can be applied to a variety of disciplines, ranging from land stewardship and ecology to smaller scale applications such as homesteading and backyard gardening. On the largest scale, permaculture can help improve processes in commercial farming and the cultivation of food forests by employing several fundamental practices. The methods involved seek to imitate nature by utilizing specific designs and incorporating a variety of elements that aim to maximize landscape potential by encouraging biodiversity, working with the landscape, and utilizing resources efficiently.

The average American yard is probably going to consist of mostly grass, maybe some weeds, flowers, a few trees, shrubs, and possibly a small vegetable garden. In more affluent regions of the country, there are most likely going to be larger impervious areas (such as driveways, paved walkways, underground pools, etc), which are not so conducive to permaculture, but there are still possibilities. That is the beauty of permaculture gardening and landscaping! The methods involved can be pieced together even in the least habitable environments, even as they can be utilized to manage large biodynamic systems, organic farms, or urban edible forest gardens.

At the heart of the permaculture ethos is the art of practical sustainability. We can use our creativity and ingenuity to establish systems that will self-correct and work in harmony with nature, to supply us with the nutrients we need to sustain our bodies and regenerate our minds and spirits amidst beautiful, living green spaces. Have you ever experienced a beautiful garden that just seems to sing with life and energy? That is harmonious balance that nature so effortlessly succeeds in accomplishing, and it can also be achieved by mimicking the processes, arrangements, and efficiencies that define permaculture design.

First of all, we must consider “relative location,” in respect to overall design and the placement of elements included in the permaculture garden. We have to be aware of our surroundings, and set things up in a way that makes sense. A lot of this is common sense, but when it comes down to fine tuning, this may take a little more forethought. But, in starting out, we must observe what is already in place, take note of the sun’s trajectory at various time of year, consider high and low points in the landscape, and locate elements accordingly.

We also have to think about all the various functions the elements involved in our permaculture designs are capable of performing. We can better maximize the usefulness and efficiency of the entire system, if each piece is analyzed to determine the various purposes it can serve. For example, a fruit tree could be grown to produce food, but it could also serve as a windbreak or to help provide shade for plants that prefer partial sunlight. Likewise, we must also assess how the each function of the garden can be supported by various elements. This is especially important for essentials like water. We can usually rely on rainwater and municipal water supplies, but it is helpful to have other sources made available by harvesting rainwater, reusing straight grey water, or through purifying waste water, to be recycled and utilized later for watering the garden.

Another key feature of the permaculture approach is the utilization of often readily available “biological resources” that can help sustain, nourish, and protect our gardens. There are plenty of natural alternatives to things such as synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and even methods like soil tillage, which can be utilized to keep with the natural methodology of permaculture. Also, in relation to using biological resources, energy is also better utilized in the permaculture garden, through processes such as composting, mulching with fallen leaves, capturing solar and wind energy, and as I mentioned before, greywater and rainwater harvesting.

There are many other methods and principles that can be discussed in relation to permaculture, which can be applied to either a small scale backyard garden or a full-fledged organic farm. Either way, the design of the systems to be put in place are typically made to be easily manageable and very productive. We can either work with nature and help along the sustainable, balanced, and efficient processes that she has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years, or we can struggle against her by forcing crops to grow neatly in rows and applying chemical fertilizers and pesticides to try and correct the problems that we create by imposing unnatural methods upon her. The former will leave everyone involved more satisfied, fulfilled, and healthy, and the latter will only lead to more problems and complications such as soil erosion, toxicity, and nutrient depletion.

There are many good resources available to get started with permaculture, whether you want to apply the principles to gardening, landscaping, native habitat restoration, homesteading, or all of the above. For more information, please follow the links included in this article, or check out this great website, called Deep Green Permaculture, which I’ve used to outline the discussion above. I would also highly recommend the book, The Permaculture Garden, by Graham Bell, which can be purchased on Amazon.