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We hear a lot about infiltrating swales with water, but what do you do when you live on very flat and windy land, next to a river that experiences regular flooding and you don’t need any water in your garden because your whole land is one big soakage swale? This is what Minnesota two acre landowner, Bruce Blair experienced 23 years ago when his land was suddenly deluged in a large flood event. It was impractical to dig a drainage ditch or a high berm as the whole mass of land became saturated in one big tidal wave of water. Chinampas were non-viable because the whole mass of water would quickly dry out in the sandy soils when the rains subsided.

What can you do in a situation like this? How do you manage a flash flood that regularly sweeps through your flat land? Bruce, a landscape architect decided to put his thinking cap on and edge think his way around this problem from a Permaculture perspective.

How do you pacify the water and prevent it in a torrential downpour from ripping out your fruit trees and destroying your infrastructure? How could he manage to keep his farm and gardens intact with a low tech solution that was cheap and easy to install?

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Eric Stewart checks out this productive edible suburban home in Holiday, Florida.

Check out Steve the “Gimponic” who grows several hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, and Fish from his hybrid aquaponic garden. He uses the aquaponic fertilizer to grow his garden. He also has chickens to help fertilize and take care of his extra waste. Anything his family doesn’t eat or juice goes into the dehydrator or fermentation jars for some delicious home Kimchi! Yum! Check out this incredible gardeners beautiful garden.

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APC

Deadline for registration and presentation proposals is Jan 31st.

This may seem a little early, but as small group of busy volunteers, we’ll need plenty of time to organise the conference to make sure it is the best it can be.

Register at http://www.apc12tas.com/register-now/

Send presentation proposal to: http://www.apc12tas.com/program/call-for-presenters/

Our planet is going though the most rapid rate of change in its history, and we face a future of surprises, threats and opportunities. We in the permaculture community have a key role to play in both mending the present and creating our preferable future.

To be part of this future we need to take stock of where we are as a design system. That’s why Australia’s permaculture community of practitioners is coming together in March on the shores of Bass Strait in beautiful Penguin, Tasmania, for APC12. Here we will reflect, take stock and re-imagine permaculture’s role in a future that can be different from the usual depressing, business as usual scenario, and energise ourselves for the tasks ahead.

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By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com

If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

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Photography by Ingrid Pullen

Eating: one of the most simple and basic human activities. Yet as our food systems become increasingly more mechanised and complicated, this simple act begins to carry with it a whole spectrum of messages. When you lift that juicy apple to your lips, do you think about which chemicals were used to make it so perfectly red? How many miles has it been traveling in order to reach your hungry mouth? Perhaps these questions are undesirable to think about; or maybe you simply do not know the answer. There are a number of factors it may be worth considering when it comes to food, which can help us to make choices that benefit us and the environment. These include additives, pesticide residue and diversity of food species.

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Photography by Jasmine A Koster

What is zero-cost, waste-eliminating and can restore soils to fertility to produce abundant crops for generations to come?

Biochar.

Gloria Flora gave a presentation on biochar at the Fourth Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. She discussed biochar as a method for producing energy and amending soil from waste products that end up in the landfill.

“This is the Permaculture idea of capturing everything…with the pig, everything but the squeal. With the tree, everything but the shadow,” Flora eloquently puts it.

That’s right. It costs nothing but time, by redirecting precious biomass from the landfill and into our soils.

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Geoff Lawton was one of the keynote speakers at PV1 in Temcula, CA in March 2014.

PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger.

We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference.

We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers in a variety of fields looking to share experiences, knowledge, connect, and create in ways that increase passion, purpose and profit. These doers come from a variety of fields both within and outside of permaculture. Each field has its own needs and yields. It is this edge that creates the opportunity for things to happen, and it is this opportunity that offers value to the attendees – how can you fill needs and utilize yields to create more value in your life.

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Geoff’s new video on Creating Permaculture Designs, see the full version on Geofflawton.com

So you’ve always wanted to design a beautiful plant system in your garden, but baulked at the idea because, quiet honestly, you can’t tell a bean from a cactus or a legume from a walnut and don’t have the time or interest to devote to studying all this plant diversity stuff and biology bores you, but inherently inside you, you’d know that you would make a great designer. Instinctively, you can spot a nice clump of trees together and you know you could do all this stuff if you could overcome this one small insignificant minor technical stumbling block – a lack of plant knowledge!

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Shiitake mushroom production at home.

In autumn 2013 we began our first foray into the world of homegrown gourmet mushroom production. We had been felling a lot of trees on the Tap o’ Noth Permaculture site to reduce some of the shade around our vegetable gardens and to provide fuel to keep our home warm in winter. And while we were processing the timber into firewood we thought we would keep some logs aside to use them as a substrate to grow edible mushrooms, in this case Shiitake. We chose Shiitake for their reputed health giving benefits, their flavour and, from what we have read, it is one of the easier mushroom varieties to try cultivating. We found the process of inoculation to be relatively simple and we have outlined the way we prepared our logs below.

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We have been busy at Tiger Hill Permaculture getting ready for our upcoming Specialized Earthworks Course starting February the 20th, 2015.

There has always been a bigger vision on how the land was to be utilized and the existing infrastructure was only needed to be repurposed to value add their uses. Take the shearing shed. It was always intended to be a bunk house. Now it is a sharing shed with 12 single beds. The beds were made from timber on site and constructed so they will be bunks beds. They are solid and will take a great deal of weight before compromised. We striped out all the unnecessary partitions and equipment, lined the ceiling and walls and laid vinyl for easy cleaning.

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Permaculturists frequently speak about the Permaculture Wardrobe. I first heard it from Geoff Lawton, but I am not sure if the concept originated with him. The wardrobe is an idea that describes the knowledge that can be drawn from and the skills that can be applied to a Permaculture project. I have seen the wardrobe in my head for years, and I finally decided to put pen to paper.

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