Category Archives : Permaculture


Inhabit a Permaculture Perspective (movie)

Share Ever wonder how or if we can fix this planet from ourselves?  This movie is about what I’ve been studying for the past 4 years and I believe it is a way to solve many of our problems.  Please take a few minutes to watch this trailer. Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Inhabit Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on […]

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Farmigo

Share Hello all We at Riviv want to promote good healthy fresh farm food so we joined up with Farmigo to bring it to Jersey City. Our food system is in dire straits and we need to be the change that changes it. My best suggestions are listed as followed… 1. Grow your own food! 2. Buy directly from a friend or a local farmer. 3. Buy from a CSA, a farmers market. 4. Farmigo.com/rivivjc 5. Supermarket I have become a Farmigo drop off location for my neighborhood and think this will help in making an impact in our food system. Please do your part and fixing our food. The food you put into your body is the key to […]


Teach the Kids to Grow

Share About a week ago, Riviv JC was asked to bring a little gardening to the students of school #20. I decided the best way to get kids interested in eating health and growing their own food is to just let them do it. I packed up some seeds and soil and headed to the Greenville section of JC to meet up with Miss Gordon and her students. With dirt in hand, people had no idea what this crazy bearded guy was doing signing in with security but I made it up to the classroom to find a room full of bright eyed first second and third graders. Most of them had never been exposed to real “dirt” before. Some […]

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Say No To Grass

Share Ever wonder why people say “grow food not lawns”? The food not lawns mantra is changing the way people see lawns, and many people would agree having food will always be better than grass, but few realize what an astronomical drain of resources, time and energy growing grass is here in the US. Lawns cover over 40 million acres of our country. To help give that huge number a feel, consider 10 million acres are devoted to corn (our #1 crop). Consider also, watering lawns uses 19,551,060,000,000 gallons of fresh water a year (#1 use). Then, we dump 67,000,000 pounds of synthetic pesticides into our soil just trying to kill “weeds*”. That’s 10 times more than farmers use on […]


The Riviv Revolution

Share By 2016 (yes next year) the richest 1% will control more than half of the wealth that is on this planet.  I agree that hard work should be rewarded but at what cost?  Why do some people have the need to continue growing their wealth by taking from others?  How is this fair and how is it going to be fixed? To start off I’d like to give my view of how we got to this point. In the beginning people we were mostly self sufficient, If you needed something you produced it or bartered for it.  In time, people started using animals to assist them in producing what they needed and this made their lives more productive and easier. […]

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DIY Soap Making

ShareSoap making is another lost art that has been replaced by large corporations who offer cheaply made, synthetic cleaning agents who add ingredients that are not so skin friendly. By making my own soap I can tell these big corporations that I will no longer be paying them to slowly poison me and also I will be saving money. I have outlined the steps and ingredients I used to make my first batch of homemade cold pressed soap. Ingredients and estimated cost for good quality organics 2 cups coconut oil $10 2 cups canola oil $8 2 cups palm oil $7 6.9 oz lye $2 2 cups cold distilled water $.12 Essential oils (lavender, sage, mint or your own scents) Supplies […]


Simple DIY Worm Composting Bins

ShareSo yesterday was the second Urban Permaculture Meet and Greet Meetup and I will say it was a success.  We spoke about the importance of soil and a few options that can help.  One of the topics I really think will make a difference is composting.  Composting is something us urbanites can easily do with very little time and energy.  I briefly explained the different types of worm bins I use and people wanted some more info so here it is. Worm composting is an easy low energy way to reduce the trash you send to the landfill.  By feeding your worms kitchen scraps, shredded junk mail and some cardboard you get one of the best fertilizers out there, worm castings and for free. […]

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MLK, We Still Need Change

ShareYesterday we celebrated the life of a man who choose to stand up against an unfair and unjust system.  Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered because of his fight for equality among people. This fight is NOT over and the issues are now bigger and broader.  The people in this country are not free and what liberties we have left are quickly being taken away. MLK spoke about 3 evils facing us, racism, militarism and economic exploitation.  The first one is obviously still here, racism.  Police are killing underprivileged kids the same way they arrested people like Rosa Parks for riding a bus.  Poor neighborhoods are neglected and underfunded while the “good” areas are given all the resources.  The second is militarism.  For all the people we killed in the Iraq […]