What the hell are kava and kratom?

This is some older footage from earlier in my trip to St Petersburg. There’s so much happening at St Pete and so much footage I’ve taken since being here, I can’t find time to get it all in. Here is a taste of a bunch of different activities I took part in during January of this year.

 

 

Hideaway Shipping Container Tiny House at St Pete Ecovillage

This shipping container tiny house showed up at the St Pete Ecovillage in the last couple weeks so I thought I’d give a little tour of it. This one has the unique feature of being able to fold up so that it just looks like a normal shipping container, which can be useful in the stealth tiny house culture. Come see it here at the St Pete Ecovillage Tiny House Festival Saturday April 1st.

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Urban Permaculture Oasis at St Pete Ecovillage

This is a more in depth tour of the garden with better quality footage to follow up on my previous garden and food forest videos.  I’m amazed at how free off pests this garden is.  It also combines fruit and vegetables in some places, so the plants can work together in true permaculture fashion.  During winter the peach and nectarine trees have no leaves, so the winter greens and brassicas planted underneath can get plenty of sunlight.  This garden produces abundant food for both the ecovillage and the surrounding community.

Incredible Food Forest at St Pete Ecovillage

I already did a tour of the garden at the ecovillage here in St Petersburg, FL, but I left out the food forest, which takes up a section of the garden space and features a collection of tropical fruit trees. Examples of food production like this illustrate how easy it can be to grow your own fruit, but they also make me realize how disconnected people are from their food that they choose to buy fruit from a store that’s been shipped across the world instead of growing their own. These things seem to grow themselves with little effort, and the reward is a bounty of fresh fruit that tastes like nothing you could find at the store.

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Florida’s Newest (and only) Ecovillage: St Pete Ecovillage

This is a tour of the newly formed St Pete Ecovillage. The people here have been putting a lot of sweat into fixing up the space they are turning into an ecovillage. This is a little walking tour around the property to see what they’ve got going on and what improvements they’ve already made. It’s a work in progress and expect more sustainable systems to be implemented as they get their houses livable and have time and resources to devote to other projects.

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The Strangest Tree I’ve Ever Seen

St Pete is like a botanical garden. In certain yards and neighborhoods there is a diverse landscape of exotic tropical plants. For a gardener and horticulturalist like me, who hasn’t spent much time in the tropics it is an adventure just to ride my bike around. On this trip I happened across a very strange fruit on a strange tree.

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