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6 Months at Ridgedale Permaculture, Sweden

Reflecting back on our first season on the ground establishing Agroforestry, Holistic Planned Grazing, Kitchen Gardens and various other systems from scratch. It has been an amazing ride, so many incredible people from around the world made this possible; good team, clear design & a lot of well coordinated hard work.

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6 months transforming a run down old Swedish farm into a thriving Permaculture hub

It is impossible to capture the incredibly diverse & rich experiences that have taken place here this year. It has been such a pleasure to share this unique time and learning opportunity with so many bright and dedicated folks committed to being of benefit through their actions, enterprises and work. Part of our vision is to be able to offer people experiences that can really empower the design approach and practical skills we see as necessary for farming, managing projects, etc. We ran three PDC trainings and two 10 Week Internships this season, rather intense by any standards, but laden with such rich learning possibilities as we designed & installed systems from scratch.

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Aquaponics scale 4 acres to 1 sq foot Kitchen Garden v3

Aquaponics can function at many scales, with different applications in a permaculture design. For zone 4 & 5 lake wild areas it functioned as an earth repair design element stopping algal blooms and growing fodder. In Zone 0 inside the home, it functions as a micro aquaponics kitchen garden and educational ecosystem.

World’s largest aquaponics system developer – miniturises Aqua Biofilter technology, down, into an Aquaponics Kitchen Garden. Story by Home Ecology.

The worlds largest aquaponics installation has cleared up Lake Taihu’s horrific toxic algal bloom. How did they do it and what next for technology?

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This is your opportunity to attend this Permaculture Design Certificate Course in Matera, Southern Italy, with Permaculture Designer and Teacher Rhamis Kent. There are limited spaces available, so please register now to secure your spot!

This is a residential PDC course taught in English by Rhamis and translated into Italian by Ignazio Schettini.

It is also a great opportunity to visit a less known but very beautiful part of Italy. Matera has been recently designated European Capital of Culture 2019.

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Permaculture is an enlightening journey. I’m learning new, fascinating and useful things everyday and always ask for more. How many of us would have made wonderful students had it been taught in school… A lot of this eco-logically sound and down-to-earth knowledge is enriching our practice.

To me, life is a gigantic playground on which I want to play responsibly and lovingly. I’m in a constant state of meditation, thoroughly examining my actions and everlastingly seeking to promote the humanity I believe in. I then tell stories to share what I overstood (I don’t under-stand, I over-stand).

I keep making major breakthroughs in my collaboration with nature. The latest one deals with the third pillar ethic of permaculture: Redistributing the surplus / Fair share – I prefer calling it: sharing abundance.

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Pond at New Shoots

It was an unexpected phone call that sent my wife Emma and me from Colombia to England this past October. We’d not been in Bogota for a full day when we learned that her father was ill, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for us to visit sooner rather than later. In the following twenty-four hours, we managed to cancel two volunteer posts at permaculture farms in Colombia, buy one-way tickets to Manchester, and start processing the fact that our next six months would not be backpacking/farm-hopping our way down to Patagonia.

In short, it was not a change of events that inspired thoughts of good things to come.

We’d spent the last year WWOOFing and working in Central America, growing accustomed to a life scheduled around our whims, a wardrobe of flip-flops and shorts, and fresh food at our fingertips. We weren’t exactly sure how that was going to work in England, but not to completely doom the visit before it began, we vowed to find ways to continue along our wave, finding a means for keeping our thumbs green and our hearts full.

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FlatLand-and-Flash-Floods

We hear a lot about infiltrating swales with water, but what do you do when you live on very flat and windy land, next to a river that experiences regular flooding and you don’t need any water in your garden because your whole land is one big soakage swale? This is what Minnesota two acre landowner, Bruce Blair experienced 23 years ago when his land was suddenly deluged in a large flood event. It was impractical to dig a drainage ditch or a high berm as the whole mass of land became saturated in one big tidal wave of water. Chinampas were non-viable because the whole mass of water would quickly dry out in the sandy soils when the rains subsided.

What can you do in a situation like this? How do you manage a flash flood that regularly sweeps through your flat land? Bruce, a landscape architect decided to put his thinking cap on and edge think his way around this problem from a Permaculture perspective.

How do you pacify the water and prevent it in a torrential downpour from ripping out your fruit trees and destroying your infrastructure? How could he manage to keep his farm and gardens intact with a low tech solution that was cheap and easy to install?

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Eric Stewart checks out this productive edible suburban home in Holiday, Florida.

Check out Steve the “Gimponic” who grows several hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, and Fish from his hybrid aquaponic garden. He uses the aquaponic fertilizer to grow his garden. He also has chickens to help fertilize and take care of his extra waste. Anything his family doesn’t eat or juice goes into the dehydrator or fermentation jars for some delicious home Kimchi! Yum! Check out this incredible gardeners beautiful garden.

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APC

Deadline for registration and presentation proposals is Jan 31st.

This may seem a little early, but as small group of busy volunteers, we’ll need plenty of time to organise the conference to make sure it is the best it can be.

Register at http://www.apc12tas.com/register-now/

Send presentation proposal to: http://www.apc12tas.com/program/call-for-presenters/

Our planet is going though the most rapid rate of change in its history, and we face a future of surprises, threats and opportunities. We in the permaculture community have a key role to play in both mending the present and creating our preferable future.

To be part of this future we need to take stock of where we are as a design system. That’s why Australia’s permaculture community of practitioners is coming together in March on the shores of Bass Strait in beautiful Penguin, Tasmania, for APC12. Here we will reflect, take stock and re-imagine permaculture’s role in a future that can be different from the usual depressing, business as usual scenario, and energise ourselves for the tasks ahead.

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By Kat Gawlik, forgreenies.com

If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.

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