Taking a Bite Out of Plastic Waste: New Research Offers Unexpected Promise as Permaculture Hack


Reducing plastic pollution has seemed a daunting prospect, until now. Can the tiny Mealworm bite off more than we can chew? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans alone throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups each year. Styrofoam is a common polystyrene product, which is a type of plastic. These materials pose a significant challenge to environmental health because they are created with robust molecular chains that tend […]

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How to grow a tiny forest anywhere: Shubhendu Sharma


A forest planted by humans, then left to nature’s own devices, typically takes at least 100 years to mature. But what if we could make the process happen ten times faster? In this short talk, eco-entrepreneur (and TED Fellow) Shubhendu Sharma explains how to create a mini-forest ecosystem anywhere.

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Beautiful 1 Acre Small Scale Permaculture Farm


A tour of Limestone Permaculture Farm in New South Wales, Australia. The 1 acre property has been developed into a productive permaculture farm that is currently helping to feed around 50 families. The tour includes a look at the orchard, caravan farm gate, chicken and duck areas, and the shade house. Limestone Permaculture Farm is a highly productive small acre property, designed & operated on permaculture principles & located in […]

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Are Green Buildings Healthier Buildings?


– Green buildings are not just better for environment but are also beneficial for its occupant’s health. It’s well known that, green buildings reduce the impact on the environment by conserving water and energy, and by minimizing the disturbances to the local surroundings. But, what is less known and less recognized is the fact that, green buildings positively influence the human health, well-being and productivity. They influence directly at the […]

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Can a Tableful of Food be Produced Economically in an Urban Environment?


The reality has always been that it takes land to grow crops…no matter the type of crop. People need certain nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, roughage, and others) to thrive and all come from crops that are presently grown on arable land. The problem is that as the population increases, the amount of land available for crop production decreases. But, more people also mean the need to produce more food. It is […]

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The Dilemma of Design (Or Not to Design)

Front Yard Food Forest in Our Panama Project

One of the major reasons Emma and I were excited about visiting Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, a place we’ve been to numerous times (as this country is more or less our base), earlier this year was that there are several developed permaculture sites there. These are spots that have been operating long enough to have productive trees and, as well, have been developed by people who’ve been at the game […]

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This is a truly eye opening location to earn your PDC


This PDC is hosted by Geoff Lawtons’ renown colleagues Rhamis Kent and Salah Hammad on the award winning Greening the Desert Site in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank. ABOUT THE LOCATION This is a truly eye opening location to earn your PDC. You will be studying on the lowest point […]

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Storing Energy by Gravity


– A simple and efficient way for large scale and long duration energy storage. Renewable energy technologies have come a long way since the first solar panels and wind turbines were built to harness the energy from sun and wind to meet the ever increasing energy demands of mankind. Advancements in renewable technologies and mushrooming of bigger and larger wind and solar farms are slowly reducing the unit cost of […]

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Take Permaculture to Haiti


The Aid and Orphanage program was birthed in the heart of Nicholas Burtner, Director of the School of Permaculture, with the belief that permaculture and holistic practices truly help and empower the dis-empowered and needy. School of Permaculture provides aid to orphanages, children’s homes, women’s shelters, and struggling agricultural farms (called “aid sites”) by redesigning their environments and providing local training and site design. Regenerative sustainability is key to providing […]

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Season 2 of the Duck Chronicles has commenced!


Jack Spirko who hosts The Survival Podcast and his own Youtube Channel has been showing season two of his duck chronicles. Season one really illustrated, from the first episode to the last episode, how proper caring for ducks can make a positive impact on the environment. In season two, Jack starts off again by showing his dedication to these newly hatched chicks and ensuring that they are set up into […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2015: Future Projects


Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Part Five can be found here. Nitrogen Fixer Stacking Because we have many seeds for false indigo bushes and black locust (Amorpha fruticosa and Robinia pseudoacacia, respectively), they should be germinated in early spring and set into containers […]

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Byron Hinterland Seed Savers

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The Byron Hinterland Seed Savers is a group within the SeedSavers.net network. They host 4 events each year where gardeners, farmers and edible plant growers of all kinds come together and share seeds and plants saved from their gardens for free! Some passionate gardeners bring propagation material from dozens of different plant varieties and some folks just getting into gardening don’t have anything to share but are encouraged to come […]

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