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PRI Zaytuna Farm functions as a model farm (in development) and permaculture training facility. Geoff and Nadia Lawton, world-renowned permaculture educators and consultants, lead the project. Much of Geoff and Nadia’s time over the last few years has been spent away from the Institute, consulting and helping set up projects in diverse locales around the world.

Seeing the worldwide demand for knowledgeable permaculture consultants and teachers increase exponentially, as fuel and fertiliser prices skyrocket and the effects of climate change, soil depletion and water shortages begin to hit hard, priority and focus is now shifting back to the Institute, where growing the training program will increase the output of quality teachers to help fill the growing need for them.

The Koanga Institute: Farming for the Future

The Koanga Institute Farming for the Future feature

While most may think of permaculture, and they immediately imagine sustainable agriculture, renewable energy sources and other similar aspects, how many actually think generations ahead into the future, and how permaculturalists today can affect them for the better? This is exactly what Kay Baxter and Bob Corker are doing in New Zealand, at the Koanga Institute, the largest and most comprehensive seed repository in the southern hemisphere and a permaculture […]

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Become a WWOOFER with PRI!

Become a WWOOFER with PRI feat

Learn more about organic farming and sustainable living by volunteering as a WWOOFER with the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia (PRI)! PRI is now offering limited WWOOFing opportunities, we can only take 3 enthusiastic workers at a time, with a minimum one month stay. Working with PRI, directed by world renowned Geoff and Nadia Lawton, gives volunteers the opportunity to live and work at Zaytuna Farm – under the guidance […]

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Samuel Alexander: Reimagining The Good Life

Label with Its Alwaya a Good Time to Begin

Combining concepts from ecological, economic, political, and social literature, Samuel Alexander’s books provide insightful commentary on the challenge of living within our limits – during a time of ever-increasing overconsumption. “Mainstream environmentalism calls on us to take shorter showers, recycle, buy green products, and turn the lights off – but these measures are inadequate,” said Alexander, an academic from Melbourne University and co-director of the Simplicity Institute. “We need more […]

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The Permaculture Student 2: A Guidebook For The Future

The Permaculture Student 2 A Guidebook For The Future feat

Author and teacher Matt Powers is publishing his second permaculture volume, The Permaculture Student 2, following an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. A companion to the first high school permaculture textbook ever written, Powers’ newest book received backing from more than 330 backers who pledged over $20,000 to help support the project. The book is designed for students, teachers, families, and learners – a year-long curriculum filled with projects, activities, and […]

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What Plants Talk About (Full Documentary)

What Plants Talk About

When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

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Jeff Speck: The Walkable City

The Walkable City feat

How do we solve the problem of the suburbs? Urbanist Jeff Speck shows how we can free ourselves from dependence on the car — which he calls “a gas-belching, time-wasting, life-threatening prosthetic device” — by making our cities more walkable and more pleasant for more people.

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Island Earth: Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food

Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food feat

“How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?” This is the question Oregon-based filmmaker Cyrus Sutton takes on with his latest documentary, Island Earth. The film follows three Hawaiians – Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono, and Dustin Barca – as they work to address the uncertain future of the island’s food production. Through the expansive cornfields of GMO companies and the loi patches of […]

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Permaculture Paradise: Val and Eli’s Garden

Permaculture Paradise at Val and Eli's Garden feat

A 48-minute in-depth look at the Florida, USA city garden of Val and Eli. The pair changed 1/10th of an acre, in three years, from a “barren, food desert” lawn into a “paradise” of edible, medicinal, mulch and other useful plants. As an introduction to plants it’s very useful with a tour of many of the 160 different species, as well as some water management techniques. Information-heavy but their clear enthusiasm and passion make up for this.

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Bill Mollison, Time Scout

We cannot describe here all of the many ways in which Bill influenced the world, or the many different hats he wore during his rich and adventurous life, but, to close 2016, there is one more that we would like to highlight: Time scout. What is a time scout? It is, in many ways, what Bill devoted his life to becoming. In his autobiography Travels in Dreams, When we design, […]

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