Author Archives: Abel Kloster

Words on Water at Aprovecho

Sustainable logging in Aprovecho's forest

by Abel Kloster High summer on the south facing slope here at Aprovecho is dry.  The creek channel is a cracked gully of bedrock flagstones.  Seed heads shatter or pop on the stalk and leaves curl in the afternoon breeze … Continue reading

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Aprovecho’s Ethnoecology and Agricultural Traditions Project

The goal of this project is to further the understanding of the role native plants and their traditional land management patterns have both in the process of restoration and in the human diet.  The project involves a collaboration between Aprovecho, … Continue reading

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Turning Problems into Solutions for the Green-Collar Economy

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Here in the Coast Range of Western Oregon, signs of the economy of bygone days are imprinted on the landscape in a checkerboard mosaic of clear cuts and Douglas fir plantations. A once prosperous logging and mining town, Cottage Grove, … Continue reading

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Constructing a Ferrocement Tank


Every long-lived and hearty culture has its monoliths. This last month, I took a stab at this ancient tradition by constructing a ferrocement tank on the most solid piece of ground I could find out here at Aprovecho.  We set … Continue reading

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Aprovecho Chicken

There really is nothing nearly as pleasing as watching hens sharpen their beaks, and roosters do their morning strut on newly revealed fresh lush pasture.  It is a very affirming thing to see them moon-walking all over the ground as … Continue reading

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