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California Homestead: Photos of a Permaculture Effort in California

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In this post we share photos of a permaculture effort based in the Big Basin foothills of Northern California, United States of America.

Updated June 20, 2020

What is permaculture?

Bill Mollison first coined the term in 1978 and defined permaculture as:

“The conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is the harmonious integration of the landscape with people providing their food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs in a sustainable way.”

Flora on the property


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  • OG Heirloom Marvel Strip Tomato
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Early Girl Tomatoes
  • Sweet Tomatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • OG Broccoli
  • OG Cauliflower
  • OG Artichokes Imperial Star 
  • Siberian Kale
  • Japanese Cucumber
  • Trailing Rosemary
  • Zucchini
  • Jalapeño
  • Bell Pepper
  • Beets
  • Bush Beans
  • Pole Beans
  • Pumpkin
  • Watermelon
  • Parsley
  • Spinach
  • Basil
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

General Vegetation

  • Liriope muscari (Big Blue)
  • Wynyabbie Coast Rosemary
  • Rose (multiple including Chrysler Imperial, Sheila’s Perfume)
  • Ferns (multiple including: Asparagus, Sword, Chinese Lantern, Boston)
  • Bougainvillea
  • Stacice (Sea Lavender)
  • Echium candicans (Pride of Madeira)
  • Euryops Daisy Bush
  • Salvia Plants (multiple)
  • Pelargonium (Geranium)
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Society Garlic
  • Sweet Pea Bush
  • Ceanothus (California Lilac)
  • French Lavender
  • Juniper
  • Mexican Sage
  • Toyon
  • Agapanthus
  • Wisteria
  • Heuchera (Coral Bells)
  • Russian Sage
  • Lamb’s Ears
  • Gobi Berry
  • Wallflower
  • Nemesia
  • Bottlebrush
  • Polygonum Capitatum (Pinkhead Smartweed Ground Cover)


Vegetables planted from seed

Meyer Lemon orchard

Trees around the property

Hummingbird’s nest

Banana Slug

Chopped wood for winter

Golden Retriever puppy “helping” plant along with Bearded Collie peeking from the rosemary

First carrot harvest of the season

Tomatoes grown from seed


Pride of Madeira

Views of the Bay Area


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