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About deendeens

Seeking a resilient, connected, sustainable community and personal life thru gardening, community building, biking, strength, love, Transition Towns, singing, and public service.

Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars Excellent followup to Toensmeier’s other books on permaculture. In this one, … Continue reading

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Sustainable happenings in Ypsi

This summer, the theme of the Ypsi District Library is “DIY @ YDL” and includes many opportunities to pick up some (re-)skills.  I’ll be doing a session on darning — a simple way to maintain & repair socks.  Carefully selecting, … Continue reading

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Don’t despair; just bomb Water Street

A true grassroots community effort to beautify our main drag. And restore some balance into our public spaces with native wildflowers. Read Mark’s post on Seed Bombing Water Street

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Abundant Michigan / Permaculture Ypsi

We are beginning to formulate our work/share/gift/labor/timebanking/groups. I speak of the ‘functional guilds’ we are forming. They can be found on the Abundant Michigan/Permaculture Ypsi Facebook group as well as on Google Drive.     The purpose of the guilds … Continue reading

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Winter Plans from Abundant Michigan/Permaculture Ypsi

Hello Everyone, I wanted to invite you all to the upcoming (Nov. 5th, 5:30-7:30pm) monthly permaculture group meet up. We are shifting our focus a little bit in that we will focus, for the next several monthly gatherings, on more … Continue reading

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Re-Skilling Fest on Green Room

City of Ann Arbor CitiTV streaming video has a great program called Green Room TV moderated by filmmaker Barbara Lucas.  This link takes you to a 27 minute interview with Laura Smith, an Expert in Architecture and Environmental Psychology.  Laura  discusses dwindling natural … Continue reading

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Ecocentric : A blog about food, water and energy

Ecocentric : A blog about food, water and energy. Especially loved the section about creating a Party Box: On its first run, Party Box needed supplementing from my own cupboards. But, as soon as it started making the rounds to … Continue reading

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