Permaculture Practices of the Incas

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In the quest for El Dorado the Conquerors may have overlooked the truly valuable resource forged by the Incan Empire: soil fertility. According to a half-Incan chronicler of the period: In the time of the Incas that cultivated the area was a garden of gold and silver, as existed in the royal houses of Kings, where there were many herbs and flowers of diverse types, lesser plants, large trees, animals […]

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Aquaponics: A Sustainable Farming Method

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Aquaponics is a farming method that utilizes waste from the fish to provide nutrients to crops in a hydroponic environment. To expound on this, it’s merely the growing of fish and crops in one integrated system. This technique can be traced as way back in the traditional Chinese farming system that has recently been classified as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems by FAO. This farming method use aquaculture and […]

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Residencies available at the Wurruk’an Ecovillage and Permaculture Farm (Victoria)

Residencies available at the Wurruk’an Ecovillage and Permaculture Farm (Victoria) feat

Wurruk’an is a small community of people living in West Gippsland, Victoria. For the last few years we have been trying to push the boundaries of environmental practice by exploring what it means to live in a deeply sustainable way. So far the community has built many demonstration “tiny houses” using a combination of reclaimed materials, cob, “Earthship style” rammed earth and super-adobe. As well as constructing these small buildings, […]

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John D. Liu Interview: “It is possible to rehabilitate large-scale damaged ecosystems.”

World Permaculture Association Interviews John D. Lui

John D. Liu participated in the Permaculture Design Certificate Course conducted last May/June by the World Permaculture Association (www.world-permaculture.org) in Pisa (Tuscany, Italy) with Rhamis Kent as the lead teacher. This event was convened in order to implement & initiate the World Permaculture Association mission: to mobilize and inspire people to achieve food security by improving human management of natural living systems through the use and application of permaculture principles. […]

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Top 10 Herbs and their Health Benefits

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Herbs and spices is at the foreground of our history. These have been integrated into our rich culture and tradition for many centuries. There are lots of herbs and spices that contain powerful plant compounds that can heal, ease pain, prevent various diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and even fight off cancer, heart disease and other common and critical illnesses.

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A Guide to Simple Worm Farming Techniques

Happy Tiger Worms (Courtesy of Timothy Musson)

Even novice gardeners are aware of worms as a driving force in the garden, and this is especially so for those no-till beds so popular in permaculture plots. For most of us, it’s no great revelation that soil thick with worms is also likely to be thick with plant growth. The reasons are many, but in the most basic terms, earthworms are great for aerating soils and transforming organic material […]

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Charcoal: The Cause of Rich Fertile Soils in Liberia and Ghana

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A new study has found an interesting century old agriculture technique that has been in use across several villages in West Africa that leads to addition of nutrients into deprived rainforest soil making this soil become fertile fields that can be used for farming. This study states that this little known technique could be a game change in the mitigation of climate change and it can lead to a revolution […]

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Urban Swales

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Last year, we did a series of videos looking at the swale systems on our property and demonstration site. Part one looks at how we’ve combined the featuress of a Hügelkultur system, a wicking bed, and swales to nourish a productive garden that requires very little additional irrigation: Urban Swales Part 1: Weeping Tile & Mulched Pathways This second video in the urban swales series looks at permaculture design with […]

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Stroking Your Way To Higher Milk Yield

Stroking Your Way To Higher Milk Yield feat

A new research study in Germany says, regular stroking of calves not only improves the animal-human relationship but also induces a weight gain in calves, which in turn results in higher milk yield later in life. A healthy relationship between cattle and caretakers is very crucial not only for ethical reasons, but also for animal welfare and productivity. Quality relationship brings in reduced stress responses during routine management practices, increases […]

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The Chai Guild

The Chai Guild

The Chai Guild is your homegrown one stop shop for refreshing vitalizing herbal teas and a living first aid cabinet. It also serves to attract a host of beneficial insects, provides habitat for many others, accumulates essential mineral nutrients and displays beauty and interest throughout the year.

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Morocco Project Update

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The earthworks have progressed nicely and below is a series of photos of when we were installing the earthworks and after the first decent rains of the season. Keeping in mind the site receives 250mm of rain per year and like a lot of dry-lands come’s in about 3 events in mid-winter.

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How to Measure Success with Gardening

How to Measure Success with Gardening

Part of the beauty of permaculture is our work in gardening. It informs our thinking in food production, and it guides our approach to the land. It is a way of thinking that is central to permaculture. It’s a way of thinking that is nurturing and sustainable and inclusive of humans. That requires human input in a way that is considered. A garden is human interaction with the land’s food production systems.

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