Wilco Way Farm Finca Via Huilco
Workshops & Tour/ Talleres y Tur:
Earthbag Building—low labor, economical, high seismic resistance, beautiful. Metodo Adobe en Fundo—menos labor, economico, resistencia seismic, bella. Directions below. Direciones below.
1) June 19, 8-12:00, Exchange: worktrade for afternoon, or $10. 19, Junio, 8:00-12:00: Intercambio: trabajo por el tarde, o $10. 2) June 24 8:00-12:00, the same. El mismo.
Building Soil Fertility Mejorando Fertilidad de Suelo
1) July 18, Hands-on workshop: building compost; sheet-mulch Exchange: worktrade for afternoon, or
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This is a brief video we did with some new friends from Serbia that were here in Vilcabamba for awhile. I’m glad we did it as a “bookmark” for our first five months.
Here is the link to the video directly on youtube:
Wilco Way Farm, Vilcabamba, Ecuador
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Here are some of the fine organizations and people that we recommend and that we work with.
~~ Pakarinka ~~ Cultural Center for Indigenous Tradition of the Andes Pakarinka Center is dedicated to preserving the indigenous traditions of the Kichwa-speaking people through spiritual traditions, agriculture, language, music and art. We are an Otavalan indian family offering support to local families in our community of Agato, near Otavalo by active partnership in these traditions. We honor Pachamama and our elders that have helped us maintain the knowledge of
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A collaboration with Zia Parker of Willow Way Permaculture Katrina Blair of Turtle Lake Refuge and Zita Xavier of Heartwood CoHousing
based at Heartwood CoHousing in Bayfield, near Durango
WILD FOODS ~ WILD LIFE ~ COMMUNITY
In this 100 hour course, we will cover the 72 hour international curriculum which gives participants the Permaculture Design Certificate. This is an entry-level credential into the world of Permaculture. In addition, we will delve into plant wisdom and community building with support of the special expertise of this team. For more information and curriculum topics.
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SWOT Analysis of Crawford Bay School- Permaculture Workshop, August, 2011
Strengths Community involvement- enthusiasm Infrastructure in place- energy efficiency Aesthetics, good climate, remoteness Close (central) to ferry-access Strong baseline- pristine Connection to nature Sustainability, art, culture Adult education- multi purpose Perception of school Human resources- passionate people Innocence of children
Remote School as centre- red tape Water limited- wells, rainwater, minerals Low population Weak economy Cost of maintenance Road pollution Large initial investment, not replicable in other areas
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Yellow Dock, Rumex crispus
Alterative, anti-inflammatory, antiscorbutic, aperient, antiseptic, astringent, blood tonic, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, laxative, tonic
Parts Used Roots
Though introduced from Europe, yellow dock root was widely used by the Native Americans. This herb was included in the US Pharmacopoeia from 1863-1905. It clears toxincs, moves stagnation, promotes bowel cleansing and bile flow, reduces inflammation, and inhibits the growth of E. coli and staph. Yellow dock helps to free up iron stored in the liver, thus making it more available to the rest of the body. As a tea, it aids in the
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Eco Building and Hands-on Natural Plaster Experience
July 10 Gather at the whimsical Jamestown Town Hall to learn about ECOLOGICAL BUILDING including Passive Solar Design Strawbale Construction Building with Natural Materials (including adobe, cob, natural plaster) Cordwood Construction and appropriate technology and energy conservation related to shelters, and apply that knowledge in a village design exercise. Then, go to a wild and funky strawbale home, where we’ll team up for two projects: mixing and applying earthen plaster to create a natural plaster wall and upgrade the home’s rainwwater harvesting system.
LEARN WITH YOUR HANDS,
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Vervain, Verbena, Wild Hyssop
Vervain, Verbena, blue hyssop, wild hyssop Verbena hastata
Many herbalists consider vervain to be one of the most useful of medicinal plants to keep on hand. It is recommended for treating over thirty complaints. It is astringent, diaphoretic, antispasmodic. It is useful for treating fevers, ulcers, pleurisy, colds, respiratory inflammation. It is sedative and promotes a feeling of well being. It can calm nausea & vomiting. Used externally it helps heal deep sprains and bruises.
Native Americans used vervain to treat
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Purple Coneflower Echinacea Purpurea, Echinacea Angustifolia
Antibacterial, antiviral, immunostimulating, antiseptic, antifungal, antinflammatory
Several species of Echinacea are native to the American Great Plains. They were the most widely used medicinal plants used by Native Americans. Scientific studies have shown that Echinacea boosts immunity by increasing the body’s production of T-cells and by boosting white blood cells’ abilities to destroy germs. Echinacea is useful for use in treating infections of the respiratory and urinary tract systems. It is commonly used to prevent
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Blackberry Rubus, many varieties from around the world Rubus fruticosus (a common European variety) Rubus villosus (a common American variety)
Astringent, tonic, helps treat wounds, burns, mouth sores, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, menstrual cramps
There are said to be at least 40 European varieties of Rubus and numerous American varieties. These include many species of blackberry, raspberries, dew berries, cloud berries and thimble berries. Most people are familiar with many of these berries for their eaten fruit which may also be useful in
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Summer Savory Satureja hortensis (Summer)
Winter Savory Satureja montana (Winter)
The two varieties of savory are cooking herbs with a spicy flavor and smell that is similar to that of thyme. In addition to their use in cooking, they may be used medicinally as a cough remedy and to sooth stomach complaints. Because savory is mild and easily tolerated, it is especially useful for treating these complaints in children. The two varieties of Savory can be used interchangeably
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Thyme, Garden Thyme Thymus vulgaris, Thyme
Mother of Thyme, Wild Thyme Thymus Serpyllum, mother of thyme
The well known cooking herb, thyme is also a very valuable medicinal herb. Thyme is antiseptic, antifungal, antispasmodic, expectorant, decongestant, astringent, antiparasitic, tonic and carminative.
Thyme is one of the most commonly used cooking herbs. It is used fresh or dried in soups, stews, stuffing, sauces, pickles and to flavor meats, cheeses and vegetables. It also has long been used
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