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Photos and Text by: Job Leijh and Tânia Carvalho

They say that if you do a PDC course you are undergoing a big change in your life. And we couldn’t agree more.

Even a little before we did the actual PDC course, while we were already inspired by permaculture principles, workshops in agroforestry with Ernest Gotsch, a visit to the forest garden of Martin Crawford and many videos of Geoff Lawton, we got ourselves a job as designers.

This is still our daily job, working in the vegetable garden of Areias do Seixo charm hotel, very near the cost of the atlantic ocean. To be more exact, one hour North of Lisbon in Portugal.
The already existing organic garden of the hotel needed new gardeners and that is where we came in. Although we had big plans since the beginning we felt that the implementation of our design should be blending in smoothly as the hotel was open and its visitors where frequently coming by to see what we where growing for the dinner.

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Posted by & filed under News, Soil, Why Permaculture?.

This screening has now concluded – Thank you to everyone who watched and enjoyed it.

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This screening is courtesy of Geofflawton.com and EcoFilms.

In celebration of International Permaculture Day being themed on SOILS, a free screening of “Permaculture Soils” will be available on permaculturenews.org, Sunday the 3rd of May, 2015.

“We never feed the plant. We feed the soils. Soils are the crucible of health from which all things spring.”

“It’s not the soil itself – it’s the soil life that is the most important element.”

– Geoff Lawton

We’ve all seen environmental problems highlighted everyday in the media. Now comes the solution. From the man who said,

“You can solve all the world’s problems in a garden”

comes Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Soils Film. 137 minutes of Permaculture soil creation strategies that really work! Even if you have never built a garden or got your hands dirty before, you will learn the secrets of real soil creation – partnering with the life in the Soil!

Geoff will take you through every step of the process and explain in detail how to do it yourself. From Compost creation to larger Kitchen Gardens and then to broad acre farming – this is the future of biological agriculture.

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Posted by & filed under Courses/Workshops, Education, Events, Resources & News, Why Permaculture?.

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Photo Credit: Ingrid Pullen

Do you think it is time to look at the world from a different perspective? Do you know what the problems facing humanity are but have no idea how and where and what to start with? Do you want to change your life to a more sustainable, self-sufficient and enjoyable experience? Or maybe you only want to learn about organic home food production, eco-friendly home design and construction, energy conservation and recycling, or water harvesting and management.

Well, a PDC, short for Permaculture Design Certificate course, is probably your best starting point. Now if you don’t know what Permaculture is in the first place, you can easily Google it and have many explanations of the word and practices involved, including permanent agriculture, or permanentculture, and the design of ecosystems to be productive while working with mother nature not against her, remembering that we need diversity to give more stability and resilience for the ecosystem we are designing and living in.

Now if you ask me, Permaculture is a way of life and the only solution to the problems facing the generations coming after us. We are part of the earth’s ecosystems, but we are the only species capable of endangering and destroying the ecosystems we depend on for our existence.

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Posted by & filed under General, Water, Water Conservation, Water Harvesting.

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Alice has recently had this article published on www.alaraby.co.uk.

“The most severe problem we face in Jordan is water scarcity,” says Mohammed Ayesh of the country’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

“Most of our other problems stem from that – like food security, economic hardship, or the loss of biodiversity.”

Jordan is among the world’s three most water scarce nations, according to a recent UN report, and is situated in one of the most arid regions of the Middle East – with a population expected to double by 2050.

In addition, Jordan has assimilated many refugees from modern Middle Eastern conflicts, most recently taking in more than 628,000 Syrians.

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Geoff Lawton talks “What you can do with Soil in a Desert“, supporting the Soil theme on this upcoming International Permaculture Day from The Greening the Desert Sequel Site in the Jordan Valley (PRI Jordan).

Join us worldwide on Sunday 3rd May for International Permaculture Day: In Support of Soil!

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Posted by & filed under Building, Community, Design, Energy Systems, General, Water, Water Conservation.

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Introducing POTBOT irrigation – no it is not the name given to a tubby robot that does the mundane and time consuming task of watering. POTBOT is short for Plant Pot – Bottle dripper Irrigation. Batches of water are trickle released from the main water tank (for security) to batch storage then electronically released to fill in effect little water tanks all set at the same elevation around the garden. These pots drain out to each bottle that is charged and topped up to slowly release the water over several hours by transfer through soil inside the bottle. The moisture passes through the soil, through the holes in the underside of the bottle and out through the soil in the garden bed. The small vent hole squirts when the bottle is full so it is easy to check what might need unblocking soon after the pots are full. By the way, I did a search for “tubby robots” for a laugh and found this amazing Australian character that might be hired to “push some permaculture” and explain how easy it is to water your garden without feeling like a robot. http://www.tubbytherobot.com.au/

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Sometimes there is no rule book and you don’t know where you are going to end up doing permaculture research. We think we have made some interesting discoveries along the way we would like to share with you. Who would have thought there were a number of permaculture modes to the operation of a water tank !

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Patios

It would be great if we all had an acre or two, the time, and inclination to grow our own food, but the realities of the day are that the majority of people have moved into more confined, urban and suburban settings in order to be closer to jobs, entertainment, school districts, conveniences, and whatever else tickles our fancies. It’s the world as it is: Over half of us live in cities and suburbs.

While this can be a bit restricting when it comes to home food production, it certainly doesn’t spell the end to it. For every suburban lawn, there could be a beautiful herb spiral providing fresh, medicinal ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For every bathroom, kitchen window, or sunny corner of the living room, there could be productive, edible houseplants. Then, those small outdoor spaces like patios and balconies can be amazingly abundant as well.

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In association with the Simplicity Institute, Jordan Osmond of Happen Films has recently produced a short film based on the ‘tiny house’ build, which is available for viewing above. Please share with your friends, family, and social networks.

Find Freedom in a Tiny House

What is a house? I feel this is a dangerous question, which holds within it the seeds of a disruptive innovation, so read on at your own risk.

Rethinking what a house is could change your life, and perhaps the world. Let me explain through my own experience.

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Hi There,

I am writing from Italy, and my name is Ignazio although everybody calls me Iggy. My friend Marilena and I would like to tell you about how the encountering with Permaculture has changed our lives. For instance, watching the following short clip today, we can surely claim that Bill Mollison´s words are true and fitting. For once you attend a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course and get to know what permaculture is, you start giving things a brand new meaning and, in a certain sense, there is no turning back!

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