“Claudine Désirée, locally known as the “Santa Cruz Cob Queen,” is the proud creator of Santa Cruz’s first legal cob house. Cob is a natural building material made from Earth, sand and straw, and cob houses have been around since at least the 15th century. Since cob buildings are fireproof, resistant to seismic activity and inexpensive, Désirée says they should also be the future of housing in California.”
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“SANTA CRUZ >> When landscape designer Lydia Neilsen mentions rainwater harvesting, the permaculture expert thinks raised earthwork gardens full of …”
An orchard blooms: Community members create community orchard in Riverside Gardens Park [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
“SANTA CRUZ >> A century ago, the “fine rich silt” around the lower San Lorenzo River produced some of the priciest pears in the country, according to …”
The walk to the San Lorenzo River from David Shaw’s backyard is surrounded by banana, avocado and bamboo trees that have all turned yellow from frost damage after one of the driest, coldest fall seasons the county has ever seen.
Permaculture, derived from the words “permanent agriculture,” is a set of ethics, principles and techniques that guide designers to self-sustaining, regenerative systems. When originally conceived in the 1970s, it was applied largely to gardening and farming, but since then has expanded into solar energy, water and more.
Send in the clones: Popular scion exchange could produce hundreds of fruit trees [Santa Cruz Sentinel]
By Nadia Drake “APTOS — Some of the tastiest fruits can’t be bought. Not because they’re too expensive, but because they don”t exist in stores. However, they can be …” Read the full article on the Santa Cruz Sentinel website.