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Earth Kinnection; An exploration of the wyld, radical s.elf !

Welcome to The EarthKinnection Kollective; a growing collection of wisdom and knowledge pasted on from kin to kin, zine to zine and elder to youth… A kollaboration between loving plantheads.

Our goals are to spread the knowledge on the abundant earth around us, exploring the native flora and fauna, the world of edible weeds and their medicinal and magickal uses… the encouragement and archiving of independent and collective zine publications focusing on hrrbalism, sustainable practices, raw food and raising frequencies… And sharing ours and others own journeys on cultivating a blissful independent existence!

Sustaining our future, ethically and independently! Wildcrafting, dumpstering and growing our way back to ecological balance!

Experiment, empower, evolve!


Understanding land and lore; Upcoming projects and visions.
… After extended travels through the land, exploring the depths of the mountains, the jungle and the cultures that inhabit them… I had come to realize that the pattern of consumption and materialised living iz the same all over; quickly disempowering peoples right to land, water and spirit and replacing it with a systematic shell that was once called ‘living’. 
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As a means to understand and explore different methods of both indigenous empowerment, and the social and ecological integration of ‘tribal and technological culture’, we have journeyed far and wide; working in places and projects throughout the vast lands of the world. As part of our ‘014 Jungle Roots Journey, we collaborated with indigenous villages, local farmers and traveller alike, learning and teaching about land living, ecological agriculture and our collective future. We learnt that, through sharing skills, we became strong and resilient, able to overcome previous thoughts and challenged. 
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We want to continue this stream of earthern empowerment, recognising our right to land, water and humbled kinnection. We hope to do this through skill share and the support of independent publications and grassroots organisations. 

This year, we are beginning the start of a project that has been many years in the making. Wyld’Kin Kollaboration Space will serve as, essentially, a community rewilding and reskilling space… where kin can learn about the following, in a collaborative, equal way;

Wild Permaculture, Natural Living Skills, Composting, Native Plants, Food Forest Cultivation, Weaving, Foraging, Traditional Fermentation and more! 
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We are currently in full creation mode, and if you would like to be a part, lend a hand, and learn about the bounty of simple living, contact us here or at earthkinnectionkollective@riseup.net …

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Experiment, Empower, Evolve!
The Earth Kinnection Kollective

12th July 2014
— 1 week ago

#permaculture  #rewilding  #native  #foraging 

Great Green’Resource;

Films For Action… A community powered, alternative news centre and learning library for people that want to change the world through action.

At an international level, Films For Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environment, and media related issues not covered by the mainstream media. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable and democratic society. Check out their wall of films here!

Growing the world of abundance and regeneration through the language of positive possibility, freedom and kreativity; Check out the article here!

… Is it enough for our lives, our economy, our cities to become ‘sustainable’? If being sustainable means no more than being able to maintain the status quo of strife and never having enough, of contests over who gets the most of the scarce resources available, then aiming for sustainability is not enough. We should instead aim for abundance.

'What’s abundance? Abundance, by my definition, is the condition when all people, regardless of their backgrounds, now and in the future, are enabled to live life as art…'

— 4 weeks ago

#direct action  #abundance  #regeneration  #resources 

What would our environments look like if we were to bring back their keystone species again?

TEDTalkz; From the top of the food chain down…
Rewilding Our World by George Monbiot…

What is a keystone species?

keystone species is a species that has a disproportionately large effect on its environment relative to its abundance. They maintain a critical role in maintaining the structure of an ecological community, affecting many other organisms in an ecosystem and helping to determine the types and numbers of various other species in the community. They include not only large animals such as lions, jaguars, wolves; but also smaller predators such as the californian mussel and the ochre sea star. 

 

— 1 month ago with 2 notes

#rewilding  #keystone species  #tedtalk  #ecology 

A documentary film exploring the Potentials of Permaculture – designing a world where people and planet can thrive.

— 1 month ago

#permaculture  #documentary 

Our largest print run yet waz just completed, printing near 1000 zinez on post consumer, recycled paper! Now, you can get your copy of the following;

I. Permaculture Philosophy; Exploring Ethix and Principlez, and how to apply this philosophy in all walks of our livez. 

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II. Permaculture Practice; Exploring and applying the practice, its methodz and techniques to seed a permanent, regenerative culture.

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III. Whizperz of an Inner Revolution; An anthology of writings exploring Inner Ecology. 

IV. Erth Kinnection Zine I; Exploring Deep Ecology and Writingz on the wyld self from the home’landz. Featuring WildCrafting, Wilderness and Guerilla Gardening Wisdom!

V. Erth Kinnection Zine II. Katalan.Kreationz; Plant Culture from Catalonia, Espana. 

VI. Erth Kinnection Zine III. MexiMaya; Plant Culture in MesoAmerica. Featuring ethnobotanical explorationz in the abundant landz of maize, cacao and hikuri!

… Support independent publicationz and grassrootz community! For a copy, email us at earthkinnection@gmail.com… 

We dream of these becoming resources for learning and teaching alike, to accompany diy skillshares, workshopz, eventz. We dream of these being gifted to curious souls, those dreaming of another world!

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Coming Soon; Online open-source PDF copiez, and some screenprintz! 

Our Common’Unity and ‘Wild Permaculture’ editionz are still being written… If you’d like to contribute to the next two, we’re currently looking for the following submissionz and kollaborationz; 

I. Common’Unity Permaculture; Check out the contentz below! … Focusing on Design, Implementation on both Urban and Rural, Sole or Kollective Land. Ideaz that will be explored include Social Permaculture, Collectives and Co-Op Structurez, Free Stores, SkillSharez, Open Source Publiations and the like. 

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II. Wyld’ Permaculture; Wild Permaculture is the practice of holistic living, emphasing primitive skills as a means of living in synergy with the land. Exploring the terms of ‘rewilding’, reskilling, primal permaculture, and its practicez of fyre building, water purifying, earth remediating, shelter creating and more!

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Earth Kinnection Kollective supports an open source world, one supporting the evolution and growth of independent, grassroots, free for all, educational and inspirational resources. 

If you have submissionz, and want to share your wisdom with the wider collective, on the above… email us at earthkinnection@gmail.com!

Experiment, empower, evolve… Inspire!
Love, The Earth Kinnection Kollective

— 1 month ago with 1 note

#zines  #permaculture  #community  #plants 

Great Green’Resources;

The PlantHunter… An online journal of articles, how to’s and other resources about simply ‘Life. With. Plants’… Check out their interview with Milkwood Permaculture’s ‘Nick Ritar’ here!

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#resources  #plants  #milkwood  #permaculture 

       Buzzy beez at their hivez entrance…


This iz an except from KaatByrd’z blog; the re-flections of a Deaf Bee Guardian’s Journey : exploring the diverse philosophies and techniques of simple, humble, and pure honeybee stewardship… 

                                            Check it out here!

(via rawflections)

— 1 month ago with 2 notes

#bees  #homesteading  #resiliency  #pollination 

VI Steps to Starting A Community Garden!

A plethora of unused lots and open spaces exist in many US and international cities. When I see them in the places I visit, I wonder why food is not grown in those spaces; free food for the community. Community gardens provide limitless benefits like diversification within communities, land stewardship, youth skills, leadership, and community cohesion. With many various regulations and systems set up within cities and suburbs, you can start with small steps and an organized plan to begin and maintain a fruitful community garden in your neighborhood.  Here is a comprehensive  guide on how to create a thriving community garden:

I. Test the Waters!

Volunteer your free time with a local community garden to gain the skills of running and sustaining your own garden. The experience will also help you determine whether or not you have the time and energy for the commitment. To find a community garden in your area, check out The American Community Gardening Association, or you can Google “Community Garden” with your city or neighborhood.

II. Build Your Posse

Now that you’ve decided take a leadership role in your community, recruit a reliable team. A community garden team might consist of aspiring gardeners in your neighborhood, a youth church group, a university club, a committee at a senior center, or simply a group of pals who are passionate about local food.  

Also, consider creating a Meet Up or Facebook group to recruit members to your initial get-together. The bigger your team, the better! People with experience in permaculture are also a plus. In certain areas, you will find that including members who are a part of an already-financially stable community organization can be an advantage to the success of your community garden.

III. Rendezvous!

Organize an initial casual meeting with your potential group. Host a potluck, a picnic in the park, or better yet, at the community garden site where you volunteered. During your meeting, get a feel for the experience, passion, commitment, and organization level of each person. Include people with gardening skills and organizational skills. Not everyone is going to have both. People who are experienced with outreach, building email lists, or creating a website and promotional material are just as important as builders and gardeners. Some potential roles and committees with tasks to be filled are:

Umbrella Organization (Neighborhood Organization): These entities can participate in the planning by motivating others to get involved, enlisting support of other community organizations, fundraising, and approving garden events and activities. They may or may not need to be as active as other Garden Team members, but they need to be on board to assist as support for the project.

Coordinator or Co-organizers: This person or committee will beliaisons to the umbrella organization, coordinate garden activities, schedule meetings, lead the creation of garden plans, recruit gardeners, secure city plots, and manage legal documents. They’ll also recruit and manage garden members.

Fundraising Director:  The director oversees and develops the fundraising campaign by working with the Education and Events coordinator to implement funding streams.

Education and Events Coordinator: This person or committee develops and coordinates events and educational activities, coordinates presenters, displays topics and updates at the garden, and organizes the promotion and outreach of activities.

Lead Design and Gardener: This person or committee is responsible for storing and distributing information about plants and gardening techniques, coordinating care and maintenance of common areas like compost, paths, and borders and coordinating and facilitating garden work-days.

Community Outreach, Promotion & Public Relations: This person or team sets up social media accounts, creates and manages a newsletter, writes press releases, connects with local media, documents with photos and videos, and maintains the website.

Tool / Structure Maintenance and Repair: Maintenance and Repair people are responsible for sourcing recycled material, soliciting donations for structures, tools, equipment, benches, hoses, and other equipment. They also inventory and, as well as repair tools and equipment.

Seed Manager: The Seed Manager’s responsibilities includesecuring seeds, soliciting seed donations, coordinating seed saving, and keeping seed inventory.

Pest and Weed Monitor & Control: Pest and Weed Controlpersonnel monitors, reports, and treats pest problems (organically, of course) and maintains weed control.

IV. Resource!

Being resourceful is the first way to exercise sustainability. Encouraging each member to share their resources, such as their professional networks, skills, hobbies, beneficial contacts, and relationships broadens the scope of the project. You can even create a fun and engaging game or activity out of this, to keep it light-hearted.

For example; someone who likes to draw as a hobby can design flyers or garden art. Doing an exercise like this encourages creativity and empowers leadership. With your group, start by making a list and brainstorm all the skills and resources your garden team already has.

Find an up-cycle warehouse in your area by using Craigslist or Free-Cycle, These are also excellent places to find free or cheap “junk” that could be useful while building your garden.

     

V. Scheme and Dream!

Come up with a name for your garden, build a plan, and determine the goals, mission and vision of your emerging organization. Think about these questions when writing your mission and vision statement: Who do you serve? What do you serve? How will you serve? Why do you serve?

You will also want to brainstorm a list of your communities’ potential supporters and partners such as neighbors, experts, the school district, farmers, growers, or other parks and recreation agencies. A great resource for a more intensive guide to planning your community garden is the National Recreation & Park Association.

Next, create a fundraising plan or campaign. When starting your fundraising plan, think about ideas such as community events, hosting workshops, plant sales, certified farmers markets, farm-to-school programs, food co-ops, sponsors and grants.

Check out  Rebel Tomato’s fundraising tips, strategies, grant sources and resources. It’s helpful to craft a project timeline that coincides with the deadlines of your goals. Zoho or Trello are excellent tools for project management and collaboration for your team.

VI. Pick a Plot

The fun part! The easiest and most direct route to finding an open space for your community garden is to find out if an organization in your area manages open spaces. For example, Neighbor-Space in Chicago, Baltimore Green Space, and New Haven Land Trust are all land-trust organizations that preserve and sustain community gardens on behalf of dedicated community groups. 

The Land Trust Alliance provides a database of land trusts around the United States. A more obvious way to find plots of land in your community is to simply get on your bike, ride around, and find open spaces like empty lots. Then, just do some digging to find out who owns the space and how you can acquire it for building a community garden.

Don’t rule out sites that are not park land or contiguous to a park. Look into partnering with your city or a private individual to lease vacant land, if necessary.


The tricky part! Once you find a few potential spaces, consider the quality of the soil (soil test for possible pollutants), the amount of sunshine (most vegetables need at least six hours of sunlight a day), water availability, and ease of access for trucks, the community, and garden workers.

By Shayna Gladstone; 

Project Manager and Fellow Erth’Nerd at Project Nuevo Mundo!

— 4 months ago with 2 notes

#community garden  #project nuevo mundo  #gardening  #permaculture 

Seeding Common.Unity!

Wanting to go beyond dreaming up projects and beginning designing beyond paper?

SketchUp provides a base to begin drawing up 3D blueprints and designs for your multi tiered garden, earth built caracol home, land community or even mobile wild’krafting bike? Go as far as your imagination takes!

… For some ideas and incredible open source designs, One Community provides free-shared blueprints, aimed at providing for positive and permanent global transformation. Find open source hubs on Food DesignEnergy Design, Housing Design, Society Design, among much more…

These hubs not only contain designs but concise information on how to implement and sustain such systems… For instance, check out the wisdom about Aquapini and Walipini Planting and Harvesting, a technique of food production providing incredibly high yields and year round abundance…  As well the hub about Establishing a Botanic Garden, encouraging the continuance of biodiversity and earth regenerative practices. 

We have the ability to regenerate the Earth’s biodiversity. The worldwide rate of deforestation and loss of global plant life is staggering because some of these forests harbor the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. For example, a single tree in the Amazon basin may support dozens of species of bromeliads, orchids and other epiphytes, mosses, etc. and in turn these secondary species may be home to countless types of birds, frogs, lizards and insects. All of this disappears with the felling of a single tree and we, as conscious stewards, have the ability to begin the regenerative process right now and in our own backyards.

By building self-contained food producing and recreational environments we can bring biodiversity where it normally would not be able to exist and be a part of the preservation and regenerative process.’

More amazing topicz to explore… Soon to be added to the Erth’Archive ( let’z seeee );

Large group Consensus Decision Making;  

Natural Building….

Earth Bag Village Design; Includes 3D SketchUp designs and in depth explanations. 

Geo City Centre Hub Designs; ‘Investing resources in shared space’

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May these inspire and catalyze your own kreations and explorationz about what is possible in a free, earth regenerative society! Through actively seeking new ways to live and thrive, we are seeding a flourishing future…

In ever appreciation of abundance,
Charlie Tide!

— 4 months ago

#natural building  #earth archive  #consensus  #community  #open source 

Jungle’Rootz Update;

… reflectionz leaving the landz of the lush, winding jungles of Costa Rica;

After travelling through the diverse landz of Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica y Panama; hiking through mountains and jungle valleys to explore land, project and kin’ship, I find myself in total gratitude for what is, and what has been of this years Earthern’Adventurez. 

From the birth of the Jungle Rootz idea, to collaborations with Project Nuevo Mundo, GeoParadise’s Tribal Gathering and the wealth of permaculture projects, ecovillages, gatherings, incredible indigenous communities and activist hubs, ‘014 has already shown the power of a regenerative kin.munity force not so hidden in the world. 

Already, it has shown us, how much different one can make, with an intention to purify self, land and kin. How far one can go in the balance of intention and direct action! 

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Now, where for the Jungle Rootz explorations?

Feeling called back to the rich, biodiverse lands of Guatemala and Mexico, Earth Kinnection Kollective will be taking rootz and work on the writings of more ‘kin.munity reflectionz’; checking back with projectz in Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala and then focalizing of love and its incredible reflectionz in the lands of Mexico! ^__-

In the meantime,
Experiment, Empower, Evolve!

Earth Kinnection Kollective

— 4 months ago with 1 note

#costa rica  #project nuevo mundo  #geoparadise  #intention  #direct action 

Jungle Root’z ‘014
Erthern’Adventurez Update…

Since departing the Maya highlands o’ Guatemala, Earth Kinnection Kollective collaborated with the incredible crew at Project Nuevo Mundo to take part in GeoParadise’ Tribal Gathering… 

Take a peak into the incredible world of conscious though complex collaborations between different worldz;


GeoParadise Tribal Gathering

Bridging festival culture with ancestral wisdom;

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Located in the lush carribean lands of Palenque, Panama, GeoParadises ‘Tribal Gathering’ was a coming together of the tribes, old and new.  Exploring the potential of harmonious exchange between cultures, members of Project Nuevo Mundo had the incredible experience of assisting in the facilitation and flow of the global village; a space which saw over 8 tribes living together for the duration of the week…

The global village, otherwise known as an ‘Inter Tribal Symposium, each day held a cultural ‘encuentro’ ; a space in which a different tribe would share their culture and heritage, their struggles and their hopes with the future of their lands. These ‘meetings’ provided a space for us to share and explore in a culture different to our own, and also to the potential of how we can be in solidarity with these ancient cultures.

We heard from the Terraba tribe, and their struggle against the building of what would have been Central America’s largest hydroelectric plant, in the heart of their jungle lands of Costa Rica. We listened to their stories, and learnt that through solidarity and strength between passionate tribal leaders and young passionate activists, the campaign was successful and their lands were protected.

The majority of the tribes traveling to the festival came from the lands of Costa Rica and Panama, though the gathering also saw representatives of the Shipibo from Ucayali land of Peru, as well as the Kaqchikel Maya from Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala.

Among the Guatemaya representatives, were Tato Pedro and Shuni, Kaqchikel Maya elders who held the sacred fire and ceremony throughout the duration of the celebrations; as well as Micaela, representing the traditional weavers and natural dyers from the ‘pueblo’ of San Juan, Lago de Atitlan; and Gregory and Ronnie Lec, permaculturists and ecological educators from IMAP; Instituto Mesoamericano de Permaculture.

Throughout the many days, Gregory and Ronnie bridged the world of permaculture and festival culture, catalysing the growth of regenerative, earth based festivals… where celebration and sustenance are one. There were in depth workshops, held by Gregoria, working with ‘Herb Spirals’, ‘Mandala Gardens’, Compost and ‘Grey Water Filtration Systems…

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These workshops, encouraged the festival goers to step outside of the traditional activities and forage materials to create the these informative herb gardens and filtration systems. Mid week, saw enthusiastic kids lugging young coconut trees found on the lush beach location, and planting them out in a traditional ‘banana circle’ pattern. This circle of trees, filled in with dense, organic material will serve to clean and repurpose the grey water from the festival hand washing station.


Photo; Over Grow The System

As well the creations of the garden, Ronnie held incredible interactive talks on the depths of Mayan Cosmology and Agriculture, Permaculture Practice and Seed Sovereignty. 

The constant workshops, talks and communal eating practice that surrounded the Global Village, had us, in Project Nuevo Mundo, provoked and inspired to further explore this concept of ‘regenerative festival culture’ and thus an indepth forum and an interactive workshop was held. Clayton Gaar, earth odyssey econaut and event organizer at the ‘Tribal Council’, led a visioning  space, exploring the ‘Catching and Storing of Festival Energy’ … seeding the collective ideas of how to sustain and regenerate the resources of a ‘transformative festival’ and ‘conscious event’.

 Individuals talked of permanent garden sites, foraging practices, the brewing of herbal beers and ciders in order to reduce waste, on site habitat regeneration, as well as the weaving of old traditional ways of medicine and celebration into these events.

Coming to the last days of the festival, which begun to feel like a lifestyle for many, we sat through sweat lodges under the bright moon, tended the plants in the herb spiral, and celebrated with the Kuna island style. A celebration chicha was prepared, fermented with maize, cacao y café, and ensured that the fiestas went well into the night!

To gather, the experiences of living communally together in this global village near 10 days, catalyzed a true beacon of solidarity. We struggled together, we smiled together, we celebrated together, regardless of the vast degrees of cultures, lands and roots.

“ In listening humbly to the traditions of these native peoples, we remember who we once were and what we still can be; we can experience once again the naked divine truth of the natural world and can learn from that experience to respect the laws of nature. “ – Andrew Harvey and Anne Baring

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— 4 months ago

#tribal gathering  #geoparadise  #panama  #boruca  #bri bri  #embera  #wounan  #symbiosis  #permaculture  #workshops  #herb spiral  #collaboration 
Wizdom appropriated from The Chaikuni Institute… Catalyzing a Regenerative Movement!

Wizdom appropriated from The Chaikuni Institute… Catalyzing a Regenerative Movement!

— 5 months ago with 4 notes

#wisdom  #knowledge  #regeneration  #peru  #permaculture  #iquitos  #remediation