Voluntary Frugality

Voluntary Frugality

This time, I’ve moved beyond dipping in here and there and really started to read David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, a book that goes in depth into realms of permaculture that I’ve not fully explored in my time involved with the movement. And, while I’m not yet through the book, I’ve recently been struck by a bit of terminology he’s used to describe one of his own […]

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Summer PDC with Richard Perkins at PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland

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This summer sees our second Permaculture Design Course taking place at the PRI Master Plan site, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, in beautiful Aberdeenshire, north- eastern Scotland. The residential course runs from 17th June until 1st July. Our inaugural PDC in 2015 was a truly international event. Course participants joined us from USA, Denmark, Canada and Zimbabwe as well as across the UK. Spending two weeks together beginning their Permaculture journey, […]

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Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mould, the Great Decomposers

Fungi and Mold can be found on almost any surface on the planet. There are an estimated one million or more species of these single organisms; about one hundred of which can be found in or on the human body.

Many of these fungi are extremely beneficial to the environment and to human health; while others are dangerous, even deadly. In any case, these organisms serve one core purpose: decomposition.

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Integrated Pest Management-The Smart Solution

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Among the biggest challenges the present world is going through, producing enough food for its vast population is a vital one. The explosion of population forces the modern agriculture to produce the minimum amount of food required to feed the living human population without leaving too many scopes for the agronomists to think much about the environment and people’s health. You must protect your crops from the damages caused by […]

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Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

Planting Change in Egypt from the Ground Up

In-depth: New initiatives in sustainable agriculture and food production foster moves away from dependency on Egypt’s current economic order towards creating social change from the grassroots.

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Farm-to-Table Diary

Farm-to-Table Diary

It’s nearly the end of the season for tender new growth grape leaves. We’re air-pickling them so we can use them in the Farm to Table course coming up this March! The Farm-to-Table Course will cover the five stages of food production from harvesting, processing, storing, packaging, and consumption. This course has a particular focus on the link between farmers, farm communities, ancient food-production practices, and the food we eat. At the heart of this course is the preference for the freshest ingredients supplied directly from Zaytuna Farm.

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6 Magical and Medicinal Trees to Grow in the Tropics

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Truth be told, my wife Emma and I believe that just about any plant we come across has some sort of mystical, medicinal power. Unfortunately, we are well aware of the fact that, whatever that power is, we more often than not do not know it or the extents to which its magic will work. So, it’s no wonder, when we learn that tree bark from such-and-such tree or leaves […]

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Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

Monsanto and the Heirloom Seed

“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.” World food control is almost in place thanks to the reduction of seed diversity with genetically modified seeds being distributed by only a few transnational corporations. Genetic engineering has made proprietary control through the use of intellectual property rights possible over the seeds on which the world’s […]

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How to Build A Worm Tower

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Building a worm tower is a simple, enjoyable, sustainable way to nurture your garden so that it can continue to nurture you. Earth—the stuff on the ground, not the planet—is essential for life. Anyone who has a garden (or even a house plant!) has seen a microcosm of this in action. The soil isn’t just something we walk on or that plants anchor in. It’s something that nurtures us and […]

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How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

How the Corporations are Being Removed from the Food Supply Chain

“Industrial agriculture has created a complex system of interlocking oligopolies that spans seeds, agrochemicals, biotechnology, trading, and retailing and consumer goods companies.” The Poverty of Capitalism The above quote is made by John Hilary, director of the NGO War on Want sums it all in his recent book The Poverty of Capitalism. The industrial food system is characterized by economic focus through an outgrowth of a long and on-going process […]

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When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When the Reality Sets In and Permaculture Isn’t Paradise

When I left Belize a month ago, the beginning of a garden that I (my wife and a few others) made was looking promising: Melons, pumpkins, and various types of beans were popping up everywhere, and we were nursing some tomatoes, basil, garlic, and papaya along. Malabar spinach was struggling along the fence lines, and potatoes and ginger had just been planted. Bananas, plantains, chaya, vanilla, moringa, and mulberry were […]

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Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Permaculture Gardens for NGOs

Greenpeace and WWF are known worldwide for their unrelenting fight against the destruction of the biosphere. They are massive organisations with a global audience watching all of their campaigns. They want the best for the planet, but from a different angle to what permaculture offers. As Bill has always said, in line with Buckminster Fuller, instead of fighting a dysfunctional institution, create the alternative. If done properly, people would transfer […]

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