Sheila Grace

About Sheila Grace

The author lives on a 21 acre permaculture farm in Eastern Washington and lives in concert with nature while learning about dry climate techniques.


Will calls me ‘superlative girl’ and rightly so. I returned last night from a business trip in Boston, so I’ve been gone for 6 days. I returned to a scene that has me absolutely awestruck; regeneration on a scale that I could not have imagined four years ago – one year ago to be […]

By |April 27th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

The Chilgoza Pine; the Gift of Learning and Inclusion

Chilgoza, the word means ’40 seeds’ and describes the number of large edible pine seeds in each cone.

Coveted on the Global market for its flavor and nutritional value, this Pine tree is facing a number of external pressures that may lead to its extinction. The species Pinus gerardiana is found in the Himalayan regions […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Blog|1 Comment|

Food is Prana in the Iron Age

The CBP home page has a recipe tab and it’s been left intentionally blank.


Food is inspiration, food is creativity, food is love shared, food is life. I’ve had the extraordinary privilege of working with food for most of my life. Hindu mythology believes that Prana, or sacred life energy of enlightenment, resides in food, […]

Patterns, Permaculture and Panamanian Checkers

Our Exceptional system of Economic growth is dependent upon
Your promise to continue to be productive now and even more productive in the future

Our Exceptional Centralized System depends upon Oil
Housing, Food, Clothing, Heating, Cooling, Personal Transportation, Medicine, Trucking, Shipping, Transport, Information Technology, Military, Government, Corporations, Banks.
When Oil is Cheap (1940-1979)
It’s Easy to […]

By |April 4th, 2016|Blog, Social|1 Comment|

Asparagus in Spring

It was one of those conversations you have over the phone, when you’re connecting to loved ones and bringing up different topics.

Will was talking to Dawn, who lives in Seattle. The conversation went like this:

Dawn: hey I’m going to the Seattle Tilth plant sale, is there anything you’d like me to pick up?

Will: yeah, […]

By |March 28th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments|

Going Public III

I have Asperger’s and I am a female. I know, the DSM pulled that classification in 2012 (Asperger’s not me being female) and added hoarding and binge eating. Most of us have had to self-diagnose anyway, so if you are a woman who has just been diagnosed on the spectrum, or think you may […]

By |March 22nd, 2016|Blog|1 Comment|

Get Busy

Winter was beautiful this year, so much snowfall, it softened the desert and watered the ground.


We were able to get out and hike to celebrate Valentine’s weekend

There is a huge cognitive dissonance between; hiking through the geological time of the Columbia River area (Millions of years), and the minute by minute ‘reality’ in the […]

By |March 19th, 2016|Blog|4 Comments|

Wildlife Watering Stations

The crocuses are up,

The trees are pulling sap and swelling their buds in anticipation of warm nights ahead.


We traveled to another town recently to inspect a collapsed building we will be de-constructing in order to salvage the wood and metal. I’ll be using this material to construct wildlife watering stations on the ‘wild’ […]

By |February 13th, 2016|Blog|2 Comments|



Ok it’s going to be a busy year, so far with 53 projects lined up and we’ve been away from the desk so to speak. Aside from the usual spring start projects like chop & drop, tree cage maintenance and general clean up and organization, we snuck off to Seattle for a meeting that […]

By |February 3rd, 2016|Blog|0 Comments|

Permaculture is about postivism

Permaculture is about positivism. Staying positive, finding positive solutions. It’s also about Awareness. Let’s not forget that. Water, Climate, Culture. As of late, the Culture side of things has provided a rich banquet for winter reading, a time when outdoor projects are suspended and we can turn our observations externally towards just how well […]

By |January 21st, 2016|Blog|1 Comment|