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Frank Callo replied to David Trout's discussion Vegetable guilds
"Are you using ALL the plants in every guild list.  If so, you must have a LOT of bed space.  Anyway, these look pretty consistent with things I've seen before.  Squashes do well with beans and corn (three sisters) squash can be…"
Mar 19, 2012
David Trout left a comment for Frank Callo
"Frank. It's David Trout from church. Laura's husband. One of the guys on here said you plant your garden using guilds. I have been working on developing companion planting guilds for my vegetables this year. Here is what I have thus…"
Mar 14, 2012
Derek D replied to Frank Callo's discussion BARRELS A PLENTY
"Wish he were a bit closer.  I ended up getting mine from the car wash up the road.   I've been tweaking my downspout diverter.  I have had pretty good luck with my rain barrel this summer.  Just wish I had more (and more…"
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Hi all Just wanted to share this link. I bought 4 60 gallon barrels from this guy.  He has the motherload of them.  Check it out. See More
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Wendell Berry Butts Heads with USDA, June 2009

"Frank, on this topic, I have just read on FB, The Chicken Whisperer's fan page that NAIS is back with a new name ADTP (Animal Disease Traceability Program).  Do you have any information, is this an accurate report?Regards, Jen"
Apr 12, 2011

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Why are you interested in joining the guild? (If you are outside the Knoxville region, why are you interested in joing the guild?)
Stealth evolution.
What neighborhood do you live in?
Marble City
What skills or experiences do you have that can be shared?
I can visualize the behavior of water, heat, micro-organisms and people in confined systems. I think of myself as a kind of intuitive engineer.
About me:
I've been involved, in one way or another, with sustainability issues, and especially with gardening, for nearly six years. To quote George Harrison; "the thoughts in the head manifest on the brow". I am interested in working in both directions, new thoughts in the head, new expressions on the face. This is, I think, what permaculture is all about, the visible expression of our aspirations in the direction of a physical environment that, like a natural landscape, reflects the highest truth, and which inspires and instructs int inhabitants in that direction.

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The Value of the Guild

Why am I here is one of the most basic of philosophical questions. It falls between "who am I" and "does it matte?". You have to know who you are to know why you are here (the doctor is at the hospital for one reason, the patient for another). Does it matter is a question of value-do I, or this place/situation, benefit from me being here?

In just under two years, the Knoxville Permaculture Guild has grown to over 400 members. The proliferation of individual…

Posted on June 25, 2010 at 11:23am

GM organisms as a Clockwork Orange

Recently, a neighbor referred me to a video extolling the virtues of genetically modified food crops. Like many such documents, this video claimed that our growing world population makes high yield food crops a necessity in the effort to avoid worldwide food insecurity. As I watched, the usual objections came to mind (potential unforeseen health consequences, genetic “drift”, handing over our food supply to multinational food corporations, etc.). Such objections are familiar to anyone who… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

Contemplating economy ecologically

I'd like to talk a bit about the connection between the need to re localize and rescale economies and how this relates to avoiding the kind of economic upheaval we are experiencing right now. As the post title suggests, what I aim at is an economy that functions like an organic system. I will use the example of a bio-region as a model for this.

Broadly speaking, a bio-region, say a forested river valley, is a system involving a material base (soil nutrients and water) which utilizes… Continue

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 2:52pm — 1 Comment

Why Capitolism is Stupid

Capitalism is stupid. I do not say this because it is exploitive (although it is) or because I think another “system” might be better (even though I do). Capitalism is stupid because it holds growth to be the ultimate end of economic activity.

Growth can never be an end in itself in nature. This is because as an individual or community grows it requires ever more material resources. At some point, these needs outpace the environment’s ability to meet them. As the individual or… Continue

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 12:18am — 2 Comments

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At 10:39pm on March 14, 2012, David Trout said…
Frank. It's David Trout from church. Laura's husband. One of the guys on here said you plant your garden using guilds. I have been working on developing companion planting guilds for my vegetables this year. Here is what I have thus far:

Tomato guild
Artemisia dracunculus
Bee balm
Monarda didyma
head lettuce
mint. Keep parsley and mint away from each other
pot marigold French, mexican
sow thistle
Poached egg plant limnanthes douglasii 6 x 6 in border plant
Hot pepper

Pepper guild
Consider some peppers close to the house to benefit from the heat
Plant a thick parsley bed

Potato Guild
Horseradish Plant in containers in the potato patch to keep away Colarado potato bugs. Horseradish increases the disease resistance of potatoes.
Hyssop Companion plant to cabbage and grapes, repels cabbage moths and flea beetles.
Latium repels potato bugs
Cilantro repels beetle
Cabbage likes borage
Oregano Can be planted with most crops but it is especially good for cabbage.
Plant near broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower to repel cabbage butterfly.
Plant with cucumbers to repel cucumber beetle.
Alyssum makes a perfect living mulch.
Cabbage keep marigolds away
Nasturtium maybe, attract cabbage flea beetles
Marigold Mexican
Sweet potato
Summer savory helps to repel the Sweet potato weevil and cabbage moth
Kale border around cabbage

Lettuce Guild
Radish lure spinach leaf miners
Beets and cabbage

Squash Guild
Radish deters borers
Radishes lure spinach leaf miners
Spinach plant first, interplanetary squash
Hot pepper
Sprinkle powdered lemon balm leaves to repel squash bugs

Whataya think? Any further suggestions?

Love to Susan.

At 2:31pm on March 30, 2009, Chad Hellwinckel said…
At 10:49am on January 13, 2009, Shelagh Leutwiler said…
Hi Frank! I went to my first Tai Chi class on Saturday, which is the class I'll attend most often, however, I'll be out of town for the next two weekends, so I think I'll stop by the TTC center on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Hope to see you there!
At 12:36pm on December 5, 2008, Shelagh Leutwiler said…
You better believe it! I hope to see you and your family there!

-shelagh and the pink bike
At 6:12pm on October 9, 2008, Shelagh Leutwiler said…
frank you're a genius! and an all around great guy. come to my birthday party tomorrow to drink beer and mingle with lots of other fun people like yourself! 1609 Jefferson Ave. Call me if you have questions. -Shelagh
At 3:20pm on September 17, 2008, Jamie said…
Hi Frank! I can't wait to see your plan, I'm very excited. Shaun and I should be home most of the weekend. You can call (742-0252) or just stop by. Thanks!!
At 7:06am on August 13, 2008, Eric said…
Nice to meet you too Frank. We are on Clinch View Lane off of 131 near the old Puncheon Camp Church.
At 2:25pm on August 3, 2008, Barbara ROSE said…
Same here! This is a great idea.Blessings Abound, BarbaraRose
At 9:36am on July 28, 2008, Chad Hellwinckel said…
Opps, here's the link




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