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  • Native Plant of the Month – June

    June 2019 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode Scutellaria ovata/Heartleaf Skullcap and its subspecies Family:  Lamiaceae/Mint   The delicate blue flowers of Heartleaf Skullcap provide a refreshing sight in late spring and… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – April

    April 2019 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode Penstemon/Beardtongue species Pictured: Penstemon cobaea, Penstemon triflorus, Penstemon baccharifolius, Penstemon tenuis Family: Plantaginaceae (Plantain)  The Penstemon genus features many different species of small perennial herbs with a great variety of… Read More

  • What is a “Permablitz”?

    Written by: Kirby Fry All Images © Woody Welch 2019 A permablitz is an event where a group of volunteers works together to install a permaculture (permanent + agriculture) garden for a friend, a neighbor, a school, and/or… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – April

    April 2019 – Crop of the Month Peach – Scientific Name: Prunus persica Family: Rosaceae Written by: Kirby Fry The peach is arguably the sweetest and tastiest fruit that can be grown here in Central Texas. I have… Read More

  • PDC Grad Interview Series – Jim O’Donnell of Austin’s Wildland Conservation Division

    Earth Repair Corps is publishing a series of interviews with Permaculture Design Course graduates who have used the education & resources they gained from the course to further their careers in the world of sustainability. Our hope is… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – March

    March 2019 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Tinantia anomala – False Dayflower Family: Commelinaceae False Dayflower is a delicate perennial herb native to central Texas that loves to grow in the… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – March

    March 2019 – Crop of the Month Apple – Scientific Name: Malus pumila Family: Rosaceae Written by: Kirby Fry A favorite fruit for many people is the apple.  It is a firm, crisp fruit that is delicious when… Read More

  • The Dirt – February Community Edition

    If you missed our February newsletter, you can view it here. And don’t forget to sign up to receive The Dirt in your inbox!   This month, we take a break from our regular programming to focus on… Read More

  • Festival Beach Food Forest Revisited

    01.09.2019 Written by: Kirby Fry – All Images © Woody Welch 2019 Read our 2015 post on Festival Beach here.  Three years after the design and installation of the Festival Beach Food Forest in Austin, Texas, Woody Welch and… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – January

    January 2019 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Elymus/Wildrye genus  – Prairie/Canada Wildrye and Virginia Wildrye – Elymus canadensis and Elymus virginicus, etc. Family: Poaceae Elymus is an agriculturally and ecologically important genus of mid-size cool… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – January

    January 2019 – Crop of the Month Mulberry – Scientific Name: Morus rubra Family: Moraceae Written by: Kirby Fry Winter is upon us here in Central Texas and most of our favorite nurseries are now getting in their… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – December

    December 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Juniper species, Juniperus ashei etc Family: Cupressaceae The many different sturdy and robust trees of the Juniper genus lend a resilient character to the landscapes… Read More

  • PDC Grad Interview Series – Mandy Krause of Parker Creek Ranch

    Earth Repair Corps is publishing a series of interviews with Permaculture Design Course graduates who have used the education & resources they gained from the course to further their careers in the world of sustainability. Our hope is… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – December

    December 2018 – Crop of the Month Loquat – Scientific Name: Eriobotrya japonica Family: Rosaceae Written by: Kirby Fry   Every homestead in Central Texas can and should have something fruiting or ready to harvest year-round.  A fruiting… Read More

  • PDC Grad Interview Series – Thora Oneil Gray of Austin Discovery School

    Earth Repair Corps will be publishing a series of interviews with Permaculture Design Course graduates who have used the education & resources they gained from the course to further their careers in the world of sustainability. Our hope… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – November

    November 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Rusty Blackhaw, Cramp Bark – Viburnum rufidulum Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) Fall weather draws beautiful colors from the leaves and berries of the Rusty Blackhaw… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – November

    November 2018 – Crop of the Month Fig – Scientific Name: Ficus carica Family: Moraceae Written by: Kirby Fry   The fig tree is mentioned over 44 times in the bible, and the image of a person sitting… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – October

    October 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Plateau Goldeneye, Toothleaf Goldeneye, Chimalacate – Viguiera dentata  Family: Asteraceae Plateau Goldeneye is a 3-6 foot semi-woody perennial herb/subshrub that can be seen blooming… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – October

    October 2018 – Crop of the Month Pomegranate – Scientific Name: Punica granatum Family: Punica granatum Written by: Kirby Fry   Once the fall rains begin in late September or early October we can begin to plant our edible beneficial… Read More

  • PDC Grad Interview Series – Paul Oveisi of Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

    Earth Repair Corps will be publishing a series of interviews with Permaculture Design Course graduates who have used the education & resources they gained from the course to further their careers in the world of sustainability. Our hope… Read More

  • Permablitz at Proffitt Ranch Recap

    Permablitz at Proffitt Ranch, Marble Falls, Texas – 2018 09 29 Hi All, The Permablitz season has officially begun. We kicked it off at the Proffitt Ranch in Marble Falls during the last weekend in September. Photos by… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – September

    September 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Indian Mallow – Abutilon species, Abutilon fruticosum  Family: Malvaceae (Mallow Family) Plants in the Abutilon genus are collectively called Indian Mallows and occur across Texas in a variety… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – September

    September 2018 – Crop of the Month Cabbage – Scientific Name: Brassica oleracea Family: Brassicaceae (the Brassica family) Written by: Kirby Fry   September is one of Central Texas’ main planting windows.  As soon as summer temperatures drop… Read More

  • Ten Elements of Sustainable Design

    Earth Repair Corps – Ten Elements of Sustainable Design Written by: Kirby Fry 2018 09 07   Following is a list of 10 design elements that may be found within sustainable human settlements – organized from the lowest amount of… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – August

    August 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Maximilian Sunflower – Helianthus maximiliani  Family: Asteraceae/Aster Maximilian Sunflower is a very hardy perennial herb, and a staple flowering plant of the prairie that… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – August

    August 2018 – Crop of the Month Green Bean – Scientific Name: Phaseolus vulgaris Family:  Fabaceae (the Legume family) Even though it is hot and dry this time of the year, gardeners are gearing up for their fall… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – July

    July 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Wax Mallow/Turk’s Cap – Malvaviscus arboreus var. drummondii Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family) Wax Mallow is a hardy and productive native perennial mallow that has… Read More

  • Building a DIY Power Plant

    Building a DIY Power Plant Written by: Woody Welch Photo Captions by Kirby Fry All Images © Woody Welch 2018 Stacking Functions is a term used in Permaculture to describe the process of getting several functions out of… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – July

    July 2018 – Crop of the Month Okra – Scientific Name: Abelmoschus esculentus Family:  Malvaceae (the Mallow family) If you are still putting annual vegetable seeds into the ground at this time of the year, early summer (June… Read More

  • Featured Tool – Razorback Shovel

    Featured Tool Written by: Kirby Fry Razorback Shovel Long Handle Round Point – R248S LHRP Available at Home Depot – Cost:  Approximately $35.00 It’s funny sometimes watching people dig with shovels on movies and TV series.  To anyone who has… Read More

  • Spring 2018 PDC – That’s a Wrap!

    Earth Repair Corps Permaculture Design Course (PDC) at Texastopia in Blanco, Texas – 2018 06 19 Written By: Kirby Fry Read about the first half of the class here.    Hello Everyone, Earth Repair Corps just completed its… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – June

    June 2018 – Crop of the Month Watermelon – Scientific Name: Citrullus lanatus Family:  Cucurbitaceae Watermelon is the crop of the month because many watermelon gardens that were planted after the last danger of frost, sometime between March 7… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – June

    June 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Ironweed species – Vernonia baldwinii and Vernonia lindheimeri are the two species most commonly found in central Texas. Family: Asteraceae – Aster Family Ironweeds begin to bloom profusely in… Read More

  • Interview with PDC Instructor Pete VanDyck

    Earth Repair Corps, Interview with Pete VanDyck – 2018 06 20 By Kirby Fry K: Pete, it has been my honor and privilege to work with you. I believe that we first met during a permablitz maintenance event… Read More

  • Native Plant of the Month – May

    May 2018 – Native Plant of the Month Written by Guest Contributor: Elenore Goode   Monarda species – Lemon/Horsemint, Beebalm, Wild Bergamot Scientific names: Monarda lindheimeriani, Monarda fistulosa, Monarda citriodora, Monarda punctata. Family: Lamiaceae, Mint family Species of… Read More

  • Crop of the Month – May

    May 2018 – Crop of the Month Sweet Potato – Scientific Name: Ipomoea Batatas Family:  Convolvulaceae, commonly known as the bindweed or morning glory family Sweet potato is the crop of the month because May is when sweet… Read More

  • Spring 2018 Permaculture Design Course – Halfway Update

    Permaculture Design Course at Texastopia Farm near Blanco, Texas – 2018 05 12 Written By: Kirby Fry Read about the second half of the class here.    Greetings Everyone, Earth Repair Corp’s first Permaculture Design Course recently began along… Read More

  • Introduction to Permaculture

    Kirby Fry, Earth Repair Corps’ Founder, gives an overview of Permaculture to a Permablitz group in San Antonio at Roots of Change Community Garden. The first ten minutes is an explanation of the ethics and principles of Permaculture…. Read More

  • Permablitz Prep at Piscitello Homestead

    Hi Everyone, Pete VanDyck, Tony Truong, and I have been working with Randie Piscitello in Leander, Texas getting ready for our upcoming permablitz this November 18th. Anyone who has land in the Georgetown, Leander, Liberty Hill, Cedar Park… Read More

  • Natural Building Project in Hotchkiss, Colorado

    2017-09-06 Earth Repair Corps Resumes Natural Building Project in Hotchkiss, Colorado Hello Everyone, Last Saturday, Lacey, Carolyn, Tony, Randy, Kimberly, and I converged on our sister site between Crawford and Hotchkiss, Colorado (AKA Crawkiss) to resume work on… Read More

  • Festival Beach Food Forest Design Layout

    09.05.2015 Several of us spent about 5 hours yesterday helping to lay out the Festival Beach Food Forest earthworks. The heavy equipment will be showing up no later than the 17th of October, our permablitz there will be… Read More

  • Report: Funny Farm

    ERC Permablitz Garden Monitoring and Maintenance Program 2015.08.17 | Report by Michelle Hernandez The gardens are doing well and producing in this summer heat. Irrigation System: 2 separate systems of drip line on timers, run for 1 hour… Read More

  • ERC Certificate of Formation, EIN Filed

    Dana and I just filed the Earth Repair Corp’s (ERC) Certificate of Formation with the Secretary of the State of Texas. Then, just moments ago, Dana filed for the ERC’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) with the Internal Revenue… Read More

  • Swale Flow after a Heavy Rain

    Michelle Hernandez captured this video of the swales flowing into each other after 1.5 inches of rain in 1 hour in Southwest Austin. This was just two months after the permablitz at her homestead, The Funny Farm. Please… Read More

  • Funny Farm Permablitz

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  • How to Build a Swale

    This article covers what a swale is, the functions of a swale, how to lay out a system of swales, and one way to build a swale using a shovel and a rake.