What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture?

What are the Social and Political Underpinnings of Permaculture 01

“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues….” This quote from George Orwell still rings true today and even more so if you’re trying to ‘over grow the system’. Like many before me, and as is likely to be after, I came to permaculture via a general disdain for our current system, a feeling of frustration at the general lack […]

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Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

Are Goats as Communicative with Humans as Dogs?

A new research study says goats interactive capabilities with humans are as good as that of other domesticated animals such as dogs and horses. Researchers observed that, goats try to communicate with humans by gazing at them when confronted with a challenge which they cannot tackle by themselves and also their response change depending on the person’s behaviour. Domestication has molded the cognition and behavioural capabilities of animals such as […]

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The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

I am in the final quarter of my life but I will not go gently into the night. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas ‘old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light’. And rage, rage I shall against the mess our generation has created for those that follow, and must sort it out as best they can. Je […]

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Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

Suzanne Simard: How Trees Talk to Each Other

“A forest is much more than what you see,” says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery — trees talk, often and over vast distances. Learn more about the harmonious yet complicated social lives of trees and prepare to see the natural world with new eyes.

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Composting Domestic Animal Waste

Composting Domestic Animal Waste

Composting entails the controlled breakdown or degradation of organic material into a product known as humus. This is a natural process that requires air, water, organic matter, microbes and a little human intervention. In general, compost is seen as an excellent source of organic matter that can be added to any farming field. Compost helps improve soil structure as it directly leads to enhanced aeration and moisture-holding capacity of the […]

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Gardening with Bugs

Gardening with Bugs

I grew up in a family of keen gardeners. My father was in the RAF so that meant that every three years he got posted somewhere else so they started making a new garden. For the first fifteen years of my life that was mostly North Yorkshire. I remember aged 7 being awarded a penny for every dandelion I dug from the garden lawn. I was never charged for the […]

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An Embarrassment of Riches. Hardly. Over-Abundance in the Garden Is Never a Bad Thing.

Autumn Abundance

In the scheme of things, be it an edible lawn in the suburbs, a five-acre homestead, or a hobby-sized container garden, none of us set off growing food in the hopes of producing too little. We aim to feed ourselves. Many of us strive for more. We want over-abundance, more food than we know what to do with, breakfasts literally falling from the trees and lunches sprouting up from the […]

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How Does a First Flush System Work?

Raining over a white roof in a hurricane storm

What is a first flush system? It’s a system where you flush the first dirty rainwater after it rains. This is to eliminate or reduce the contaminants present in your rainwater harvesting system. When you harvest rainwater for future use, you have to make sure that it’s clean enough. If it’s not, the debris and contaminants might clog the pipes and the spouts. With a first flush system though, you […]

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Those Glowing LED Lit Milk Cases on Supermarket Shelves may be Degrading Milk

Those Glowing LED Lit Milk Cases on Supermarket Shelves may be Degrading Milk

New research study has found that, milk exposed to LED sources, even for a few hours, degrades the nutrient and perceived quality of milk, more so than the natural deterioration which occurs with time due to microbial contamination. It was observed that, when shielded from LED lights, milk retained its quality for nearly two weeks and was overwhelmingly preferred by the consumers than the milk exposed to LED light for […]

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What is an Earthship?

What is an Earthship feat

What is an Earthship? The name itself is a source of puzzlement and wonder to some readers. Some might even think that it’s a vessel where only a chosen people can go to when the world is going under. Here’s the truth though. Anyone can go to an Earthship. But what is it anyway? An Earthship is actually a place where people can live. The place is applying sustainable practices […]

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About Solar Feed-in Tariffs: Effects and Solutions

Floating solar panels

Solar power is one of the best solutions in answering the energy crisis. Aside from that, it’s renewable and environment-friendly. It’s truly a practical solution that households can take advantage of. Governments also recognize this. That’s why they offer special incentives to encourage homeowners to use solar power. One such incentive is to offer money to solar power users if they can feed energy back into the grid. In other […]

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Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach

Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach feat

To close out the Permaculture Voices 3, Jack Spirko gave an inspirational talk that covered his journey into sustainability, Permaculture and his belief for moving Permaculture forward to the tipping point. Jack has an ability to take an obstacle and not only come up with a sensible solution, but to take it a step further and look at that problem from a number of different ways and work it through […]

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