Sometimes ‘Wait and See,’ is a really good solution

Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen feat

You know those persistent, resistant problems in your life, I recommend applying ‘The problem is the Solution’, a Bill Mollision Design strategy, and see what you come up with. The children are boisterous? Challenge them to a race. Cant stop 3am worry worry worrying? Scheudle it in for 3pm, and watch the desire to ruminate disappear. The old lady on the train prattles on complaining about her children. Ask a […]

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What is Aquaponics and How Does it Work?

Leaf lettuce plantation in hydroponics system

Aquaponics is a combination of aquaculture, which is growing fish and other aquatic animals, and hydroponics which is growing plants without soil. Aquaponics uses these two in a symbiotic combination in which plants are fed the aquatic animals’ discharge or waste. In return, the vegetables clean the water that goes back to the fish. Along with the fish and their waste, microbes play an important role to the nutrition of […]

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Gardening What Grows: Using Nature’s Choices a Year Later

Cranberry Hibiscus

About a year or more ago, after eighteen months of traveling, my wife Emma and I returned to the closest thing we have to a home: an eco-lodge in Guatemala, in a small village outside the tourist hub of Antigua. Earth Lodge has been the place we go when we run out of steam. It has been a haven and space for personal growth, and it comes with the benefit […]

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Perennial Polycultures – The Biomass Belt: Fertility Without Manure

Perennial Polycultures – The Biomass Belt: Fertility Without Manure

We’re extending the Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures on various plots of our newly acquired land. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious food and will enhance biodiversity. We’ve been looking into fencing our plots, and how to meet fertility demands of the establishing perennial crops such as fruits, nuts, herbs and perennial vegetables without relying […]

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Mulch in Abundance

Mulch in Abundance feat

We use a lot of mulch on our property to take advantage of the many benefits that mulch provides. The mulch we use is grass (that I now cut with the scythe) that grows in areas around the property that doesn’t get grazed and also on the road verge for maintenance so the council doesn’t spray chemicals. One of the terms you hear in permaculture circles is “abundance”. At times […]

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This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Create a clear, user-friendly home and life, especially for lateral thinkers and creatives, with better things to do than tidy up. If you are someone who gets inspired by the simple elegance found in Japanese culture, Aikido, Apple design or Muji, you should be here. If you get uninspired by the overwhelming list of things to do, objects to manage, and no time to do them, you should be here […]

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Home Cooking with DIY Kitchen Equipment

Cooking by Fire (Courtesy of Josh Larios)

I’m a huge fan of home-cooking and, even as a teenager, learned to prepare meals from scratch for myself, which was pretty miraculous in the 90s but even more so these days. Whatever the case, cooking at home with real food is a huge part of the permaculture lifestyle. After all, we have to do something with all the fruit and veggies we are growing. Having a decent grasp on […]

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The Casa Guatemala Permaculture Project: Phase One

A Starting Point

It had been several months of being in touch with Heather, the director of Casa Guatemala, before my wife Emma and I finally visited the once orphanage turned school, a sort of haven for children from impoverished families in which parents can’t afford to support them. Otherwise, daytime students commute from surrounding villages to take advantage of the better quality education on offer, as well as a free meal and […]

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How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows Feat

Can you turn something old into something new? Yes, you can and here is a great way to recycle the old style windows. The following is a basic guide on how to make a greenhouse out of windows. What You Will Need 1- Plan to collect two pair of equal sides of windows. 2- Shape the frame 3- Brace the walls 4- Secure the foundation 5- Place the windows on […]

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How To Improve Fish Tank Health With Aquaponics Systems And Herbal Gardens

How To Improve Fish Tank Health With Aquaponics Systems And Herbal Gardens feat

Fish have evolved in complex habitat often with biodiverse surrounding that provide for all of the fish’s needs such as food, shelter, medicine and opportunity for spawning. When fish are placed in aquariums and fish tanks, it often starts out as a sterile environment and then only one or two main inputs of water and fish food go into that sterile environment, quickly turning the fish food into fish waste. […]

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Permaculture Suburban Planning

Permaculture Suburban Planning

Get inspired with some footage of Davis California’s Village Homes. Nicholas Burtner visits and see how these strategies and techniques combined with appropriate technology over the last 50 years can make amazing future suburban sites! Visit his Website: http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ Visit his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofpermaculture

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Cattle and Water Use

tom cattle water feat

For years now I have been seeing posts and hearing comments from students about the enormous amount of (drinking) water used by cattle. Studies propose that it takes 12,000 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef (or 100,000 liters to produce 1 kilogram, see this article). These studies however are based on cattle consuming hay and grain. Do cattle consume hay or grain in their natural environment? No. It is […]

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