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Garden Therapy

In the midst of all the chaos in the world, growing one’s own garden has perhaps become more of an act of self-preservation than ever before. Here in Gentle World, our vibrant veganic gardens continue to bring comfort to mind and heart, as well as inspiration to those who visit Gentle World with the aim […] Read more

Farming with Possums

Shangri-La’s head gardener Magic has worked his magic once again to make our newest garden bed 100% possum-proof (no easy task). Possums were introduced to New Zealand from Australia in the 1830s, in order to be trapped for their incredibly soft and beautiful fur. They are now highly-persecuted, not only by trappers but by ordinary […] Read more

Growing Tips from Meadow

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As a veganic gardener, your options for fertilizing the soil are different to those of an organic farmer, who uses just about everything under the sun as long as it is not chemical. I don’t use any blood and bone, any fish or animal guts or anything like that. Compost is very good if you’re […] Read more

Veganic Gardening with Butterflies post image

Your compost is the most important thing for veganic gardening. You save your vegetables and fruit peels in a pile, add to compost pile and cover with hay, and flip it. It has to aerate a certain amount of time depending on the environment, region, how hot it is – it could be three months, six months, a […] Read more

green plants on soil

Many of our visitors are vegans who want to learn how to grow their own food without the use of animal products. At both of our visitor center locations (Hawaii and New Zealand) our demonstration gardens show the principles of veganic growing in action. It’s always a joy to give people the opportunity to reconnect with where the food we eat comes from, especially since the […] Read more

Lessons from the Garden

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I’ve found the garden to be a place of reciprocity. As I nurture it, it nurtures me. As my plants grow, I grow simultaneously. As my garden flourishes, I flourish. At least, this has been my experience as a novice gardener. I’ve learned much more than how to grow plants… I feel like I’ve been […] Read more

My Vegan Corner of the World (The Kisses Garden) post image

photos by Nadine Loraine … Life really gets fun when we convert a patch of grass into a thriving ecosystem. My vegan corner of the world is about 30 by 35 feet; a garden to nurture all the senses; to feed both body and soul. Barefoot, I stroll through paths in this place where peace […] Read more

What is Vegan Organic Gardening? post image

In the northern hemisphere a new gardening season is upon us! Right now thoughts of seeds, soil and the potential for fresh fruit and veggies may be dancing through your head. But as you prepare your garden plot for this season, or contemplate creating a garden for the first time, perhaps it is also the […] Read more

Veganic Gardening and Farming Resources post image

As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods. Although Gentle World has a growing wealth of information for beginning veganic gardeners, there are also three main sites that […] Read more

Re-Purposing: Portable Shade Structures post image

In Gentle World we believe in not only “Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” but also Re-purposing! (often called Up-Cycling) We practice and teach modern environmentalism, in part by reclaiming items that may have been headed to the dump or recycling center (remember: although recycling is very important, it still takes energy and other resources – keep […] Read more