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So you have become familiar with the word “permaculture,” but don’t exactly know what it all entails, right? Well, in permaculture the best way to learn about it from top to bottom is to take a Permaculture Design Course (PDC). Sometimes unless you are in the right circles it might be hard to pin down local courses. That is why Geoff Lawton’s online course is great!
Geoff is one of the founding members of permaculture and offers an all online PDC abundant with video lessons, live Q&As, and an online community to interact with.
If you are interested in diving deeper into the world of Permaculture, we recommend checking out what Geoff offers! 2019 enrollment is closed, but you can sign up for the 2020 notice list to be reminded when enrollment opens again at

#livelikeally #permaculture #geofflawton #pdc #permaculturedesigncourse #learnmore #online

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A message from @robjgreenfield:
This is my dream.
Abundant fruit growing on every street across the nation.
Healthy food at our finger tips.
Food growing freely all around us.
Independence from corrupt food corporations that are destroying our home.
No reason for children, elders, underrepresented communities, people experiencing homelessness, or anyone to go without fresh food.
Power in the hands of the people.
Nutrition in our food.
Health in our soil.
Food sovereign communities.
A common belief that food is a human right, not a commodity.
Non-ownership of food.
Local food systems by the people, for the people.
Food grown for nutrition and taste, not for shipping stability.
An equal acceptance of all food no matter its shape, color or size.
Diversity of species.
Homes for all the species of the earth.
People sharing the bounty in such abundance that money isn’t even a thought.

This is my dream.
That is my mission through Community Fruit Trees.
If this is your dream too, I want to help make it a reality.
I am looking for people who want to turn their streets into Community Fruit Tree streets by planting a fruit tree in every front yard on their block. Along with my friends at Live Like Ally, we’ll cover the costs. We’ve got you covered. We just need your dedication and determination and your dream.
Email [email protected] if you are dedicated to this dream.
Learn more at

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Everything we do is for Ally.
A bright and wise soul who departed from the physical realm too early.
In loving memory of Ally Willen. Born 27 May 1994 – Lost to nature 24 April 2015

#LiveLikeAlly #inlovingmemory #nature #adventure #love #compassion #travel #eckerd #newzealand

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Have you heard about the Green Riders? They are an open group of individuals who traverse the world doing Good Deeds on Bikes. This summer they biked through nine countries in Europe while living in service to others. They volunteered more than once a week, picked up trash along their route, and left every place better than they found it. Live Like Ally supports the Green Riders and can’t wait to see where their next journey of servitude will be!
A written summary of their trip can be found at
Image: The Green Riders show off their Free Seed Project shirts outside of an off-grid homestead where they volunteered for a day.

#LiveLikeAlly #DoGood #GreenRiders #GreenRidersEurope #bicycletouring #servitude #trashtag #moop #permaculture #volunteering

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Maggie V. from New Jersey just received her Free Seed Project t-shirt! She is rocking it in front of her garden here. Looks like she had a very successful year of gardening!

If you are interested in joining our waiting list for the next round of seeds, please visit
If you have already received seeds and are interested in receiving a free t-shirt, please email [email protected] for instructions.
Happy Autumn, everyone!
#LiveLikeAlly #FreeSeedProject #GrowYourOwn #equinox #growfoodnotlawns #harvest #communitygarden #permaculture

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A couple of months ago we shared with you a story from Jason Burke who built his own Gardens for Single Moms with his Geography students in Pennsylvania. We have some updated photos showing how those gardens thrived and have a blog post to share with you as well! Check out the blog at and let us know if you feel inspired by his story, too. Spread the love! .
#spreadthelove #livelikeally #gardensforsinglemoms #communitygarden #growyourown #volunteer #inspire

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Cara from Michigan enjoys sharing her food grown from Free Seed Project seeds with her friends and neighbors. She clearly has a kind and giving heart! Thanks Cara! “My garden is going strong. Gifting tomatoes and cucumbers today to two young girls who enjoy fresh veggies. Made 14 quarts of pickles, some with the dill [from the Free Seed Project] for friends and family! I run a very small free clothing pantry and believe strongly in kindness and paying it forward. With your seeds I can now pass out fresh veggies! Thank you!” #FreeSeedProject #LiveLikeAlly #communitygarden #sharetheabundance #pickling #foodshare #growyourown #gardentotable ...

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We at the Live Like Ally foundation think that planting fruit trees has some really great benefits! We would love to see every person planting a fruit tree in their front yard to share with the neighborhood or organize a local community orchard planting! Perhaps you already have a fruit tree or are planning to plant some, but are wondering the best way to care for them. Well, we have a couple of tips for you!

It is important to note that conditions widely vary by climate, but there are still a few key ingredients no matter where you live to growing a healthy fruit tree. After choosing a tree suitable for your climate and planting it properly, follow these tips for post-planting care.

1. Mulch, mulch, mulch! Mulch around your fruit tree will help keep the soil moist and aid in fertility. There are certainly correct and incorrect ways to mulch, so to learn more you can find a link to a great visual on our Community Fruit Tree Care Guide at
2. Watering! Regularly watering a freshly planted tree will help its roots establish. We recommend watering a new tree 5-7 times per week for the first two weeks of its establishment. Climate and rainfall conditions will play a role in how often to water once the tree is established. Conversely, if you plant a bare-root/dormant fruit tree (one that is dormant) over-watering can actually be fatal, so only water as necessary (if at all) to keep the roots moist.

3. Compost. Adding compost before you mulch your tree will provide some added nutrients to give your fruit tree a boost. We recommend locally produced compost and not synthetic fertilizers.
4. Some trees require pruning for best results. This often varies by species, but most often it is good to prune while trees are dormant, and the purposes vary widely from removing diseased or dead limbs to structural purposes. You may find resources and guidance in the Community Fruit Tree Care Guide linked above.
We hope these points will help you grow thriving fruit trees! Be sure to check out our resource guide linked above for more in depth information, or reach out if you have any questions!

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Community Fruit Trees are spreading across the USA!
Through our partnership with @RobjGreenfield, so far we have planted over 200 Community Fruit Trees and this fall we want to plant 100 more in YOUR communities.
Do you want fruit to be growing freely and abundantly for everyone in your community to enjoy? Do you want to make your community a happier, healthier and more sustainable place? Do you have the dedication and organizational skills to make it happen? If yes, then contact us at [email protected] We will cover the financial costs to help you plant delicious and nutritious food in your community.
Learn more about the program on our website:
And then if this sounds like something you'd LOVE to do then send us an email and we'll share more details with you.

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Look at this beautiful salad made from Free Seed Project tomatoes and basil grown at Joy Springs Farm in Texas! We hope everyone has been able to enjoy a salad from their garden this year!

#FreeSeedProject #LiveLikeAlly #Straightfromthegarden #growyourown #gardentotable #organicgardening #homesteading

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With a heart of gold and without discrimination, Ally rooted herself in service of the biosphere and all of its inhabitants. Through our projects we hope that others will be enabled and inspired to give themselves in some way to make our beautiful planet a better place in Ally’s name. Thank you for continuing on her story.
#LiveLikeAlly #dogood #leavegoodfingerprints #spreadlove #inspireothers #plantagarden #growyourown #selflessness #community

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Tonda is using her seeds from the Free See Project for good! Thanks for sharing with those in need in your community, Tonda! We support your mission. "The mission of the St. Isidore Garden is to provide fresh produce to the needy in our community. The garden is located at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins, GA. The location in the center of town allows community members to pick fresh produce themselves, which many have cited is therapeutic for them. Produce is also picked by volunteers at least three times a week and distributed to the Christian Service Center, the United Methodist Soup Kitchen, Thanksgiving boxes, community food drives, etc. The garden is solely supported by donations, grants, and fundraising. The St. Isidore Garden team would like to thank Live Like Ally and the Free Seed Project for their seed donation!" #FreeSeedProject #LiveLikeAlly #LeaveGoodFingerprints #communitygarden #foodbank #growyourown #foodshare #givethanks #selfless #organic ...

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When you hear the word “pollinator” you may immediately think of honey bees, but did you know that bats, birds, butterflies, moths, ants, flies, native bees, and other types of insects and animals are also very important pollinators?
According to the U.S. Forest Service, “Animal pollinators play a crucial role in flowering plant reproduction and in the production of most fruits and vegetables. Most plants require the assistance of pollinators to produce seeds and fruit. About 80% of all flowering plants and over three-quarters of the staple crop plants that feed humankind rely on animal pollinators.

Pollinators visit flowers in search of food, mates, shelter and nest-building materials. The energy that powers pollinator growth, metamorphosis, flight and reproduction comes from sugars in nectar, and the proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals from pollen grains.

The secret bond of the partnership is that neither plant nor pollinator populations can exist in isolation – should one disappear, the other is one generation away from disaster.” There are many choices to be made and actions to be taken to help support our diverse array of pollinators. These include: -planting a large diversity of native wildflowers and plants to provide food and habitat for native pollinators
-provide/maintain diverse nesting sites which may include allowing parts of the yard to go wild
-entirely refrain from using pesticides at home and buy organic and local food when possible
-educating friends, family, and neighbors on the importance of pollinators and why we should boycott harmful practices such as using pesticides

The list goes on, but adopting any of these practices will aid in the survival of these creatures who are so vital to the entire biosphere.
#pollinators #LiveLikeAlly #wildflowers #endangeredspecies #plantagarden #groworganic
Image: "Our Future Flies on the Wings of Pollinators"

This poster is made available by the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Botanical Gardens, and the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign). Artist: Paul Mirocha

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All we can do is what we can. Keep doing your best... and plant some fruit trees! .
#livelikeally #plantmorefruittrees #savetheworld #doyourbest #dogood #growyourown #growfood #organic

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Have you been inspired by our Community Fruit Tree program and want to plant some in your community? We have advice to help you!
Start by searching for a local nursery to you. One that emphasizes in growing fruit trees is best, but any nursery that sells fruit trees will do. Contact them for advice about the best time to plant and what fruit trees they sell. It is very important to confirm that the fruit trees they offer will actually survive and thrive in your area and to only buy ones that do. Then set up a time and date to either pick up your trees or have them delivered, and you’re pretty much ready to go! Often nurseries will also sell bulk mulch you can buy by the yard, so a pick-up truck is handy to fill up with mulch (which is very important to the health and survival of your fruit trees). Be sure to check out Rob Greenfield’s guide at for further advice!
If you are in the Orlando area we can recommend some great nurseries that provided all of our Community Fruit Trees.. First on the list is @ANaturalFarm. This nursery specializes in fruit trees, and even better, educates on and promotes the importance of permaculture! They also sell a number of other edible plants, so if you are really looking to turn your yard into a productive food-forest, look no further! Learn more:
Second, we sourced from Green’s Nursery just outside of Orlando in Zellwood, FL. They have a great selection of subtropical fruit tree species including low-chill hour peaches. They were great to work with and delivered dozens of fruit trees right to our front door. Learn more:
We hope you can find great nurseries like these in your area! If you plant Community Fruit Trees, be sure to email [email protected] with information about the tree and the address so that we can add it to our CFT map! (
#communityfruittrees #livelikeally #buylocal #shoplocal #permaculture #nursery #planttrees #sharefood

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The Audubon Park Covenant Church spearheaded by Pastor Sarah Robinson in Orlando, FL is an amazing example of how a church can facilitate creating and building strength in community. .
Sarah opens her church doors to groups like @FleetFarming, @OrlandoPermaculture, Community Fruit Trees, The Free Seed Project, and the Audubon Park Garden District (@hello.apgd) who all host meetings and events at the church. Beyond that the church yard itself is a glowing example of how we can turn our yards into more harmonious places for people and animals. The church hosts a Fleet Farming garden whose harvests are used by the church and also get sold at local farmer’s markets, there is beautiful pollinator garden that provides food and shelter for our important native pollinators, and the sidewalks are lined with over 25 Community Fruit Trees for anybody to enjoy! .
Imagine if every community had a church like this, where anybody in their authentic self is welcomed with open arms; where food is growing right in the yard for church and community members to enjoy; and where progressive community groups are welcomed to utilize the space. Community is everything, and we recognize Pastor Sarah and her incredible efforts to bring hers closer together while putting great focus on caring for our earth.
To learn more watch this video feature by Rob Greenfield of the church
(link in bio) .
#livelikeally #growfoodnotlawns #fleetfarming #community #permaculture #earthcare #peoplecare #communityfruittrees #audubonpark
Photo credit John VonMotius @Johnvonmutius

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