About two years ago, my wife and I started researching permaculture as another tool to our independence. We aspired to an off-the-grid life filled with freedom and presence. Our permaculture journey started in the Himalayas, as we helped an inspiring Indian visionary establish his Himalayan Farm Project. Until today, I have read a hearty chunk… Read more »
Posts By: Keveen Gabet
Another buckwheat being chopped down I started writing this article a few weeks ago as my war against ants started. Luckily, as all things in life change, or rather evolve, so did my thoughts and understanding of my ant problem. Being a true optimist, I did all I could to find opportunities in my problems…. Read more »
Since the 15th century, the Bishnois of Rajasthan, India, have been the stewards of their environment, understanding the meaning of sustainable development. They are the forefathers of our ecological revolution, if you will.
Editor’s Note: There’s still time to book for the 11th International Permaculture Conference & Convergence, to begin in Cuba in November, 2013. The 8th International Permaculture Convergence brought over 200 permaculturists to Brazil (a total of 43 countries represented) in May 2007, with the common intention to create sustainability through self-reliance. Vanessa Schulz’s short documentary… Read more »
Want to push green to another level? You can now live green and die green with environment-friendly burials. These new alternative methods will make you turn in your grave! Backed by the popular seals of "sustainability, eco-friendliness, and fair trade", funeral businesses are now offering you killer deals to go back to the land. Remember,… Read more »
Permaculture loves redundancy; stacking functions over elements. It’s all about efficiency in design after all…. We are familiar with a few techniques to integrate animals into our farm life (chook tractor, aquaponics and vermicompost), but I don’t see enough concerning our other favorite animals: goats and sheep.
I’m not sure there is a real cure against the insanity that consumerism has reached, but what I’m sure of (well, almost) is that we can be a little smarter (and conscious) in dealing with packaging the goods we don’t always need. Granted, I wish people would buy less in the first place… or at… Read more »
It might sound very reductionist and over-simplistic but the matter of fact is that everything is connected! We are one. You, me, them and every little atom existing on this planet (and beyond). Permaculture has clearly understood this message and is materializing the theory! Our output will eventually become our input. It’s been said for… Read more »
StrawJet has developed a unique process in response to agricultural waste around the world. They basically gather agricultural waste (stalks ranging from rye to corn) and bundle them tightly into ‘cables’; solid tubes of condensed stalks tightly wrapped in nylon thread. These cables are then either used as fuel (preferably in a rocket-stove like machine)… Read more »
In this short animated clip, USC Canada shares the sad realities behind the food industry. Another alarming call for the urgency to radically change the way we perceive food consumption. Further reading/watching: Supermarket Secrets Chemical Based Farming Systems Robbing Us of Nutrients The Rise and Predictable Fall of Globalized Industrial Agriculture The Story of Soil
Filling tyres with trash bricks We recently spent a month volunteering in Indonesia, on the beautiful and luxurious island of Samosir. We lent our hands to a small but emerging eco-village situated right on the shore of Lake Toba. At Eco-Village Samosir there are many projects underway, from mulching around the 3,000 newly planted trees… Read more »
This micro-documentary about the Konohana Family Farm will take you to the heart of a successful intentional community flourishing about three hours from Tokyo. Their farm was established on the foothills of Mount Fuji, about 18 years ago, by a handful of people who sought an alternative lifestyle. They knew almost nothing about sustainable living… Read more »