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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.

How Does a First Flush System Work?

Raining over a white roof in a hurricane storm

What is a first flush system? It’s a system where you flush the first dirty rainwater after it rains. This is to eliminate or reduce the contaminants present in your rainwater harvesting system. When you harvest rainwater for future use, you have to make sure that it’s clean enough. If it’s not, the debris and contaminants might clog the pipes and the spouts. With a first flush system though, you […]

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What is an Earthship?

What is an Earthship feat

What is an Earthship? The name itself is a source of puzzlement and wonder to some readers. Some might even think that it’s a vessel where only a chosen people can go to when the world is going under. Here’s the truth though. Anyone can go to an Earthship. But what is it anyway? An Earthship is actually a place where people can live. The place is applying sustainable practices […]

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About Solar Feed-in Tariffs: Effects and Solutions

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Solar power is one of the best solutions in answering the energy crisis. Aside from that, it’s renewable and environment-friendly. It’s truly a practical solution that households can take advantage of. Governments also recognize this. That’s why they offer special incentives to encourage homeowners to use solar power. One such incentive is to offer money to solar power users if they can feed energy back into the grid. In other […]

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Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach

Inspiration and a Common Sense Approach feat

To close out the Permaculture Voices 3, Jack Spirko gave an inspirational talk that covered his journey into sustainability, Permaculture and his belief for moving Permaculture forward to the tipping point. Jack has an ability to take an obstacle and not only come up with a sensible solution, but to take it a step further and look at that problem from a number of different ways and work it through […]

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Raising Resilient Kids in a World Full of Wusses

Raising Resilient Kids in a World Full of Wusses Feat

Getting out of the problem and into the solution. Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast has shared episode 1825 on his Youtube Channel commercial free. This episodes’ main focus is that children should be praised positively, but that it should not be a one size fits all approach. Jack illustrates, as with all of his material, a well thought out point of view. Jacks’ 10 rules for raising resilient children […]

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Botanical Explorers: The Fruitful Forest (Full Movie)

Botanical Explorers The Fruitful Forest (Full Movie)

Their are over 20,000 Species of Edible plants on the planet, but Humans use only about 20 Species to provide 90% for our food. So why do we Utilize so little when there is so much? Joseph Simcox, a passion driven Food Plant Ecologist has traveled to over 100 countries, finding, documenting & eating all the plants we don’t use. From the deep jungles of Papua New Guinea To the […]

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What is Sustainable Landscaping

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Agriculture remains to be the backbone of most countries. Some people depend on it directly for livelihood (growing and selling the crops). The rest are depending on agriculture whether they realize it or not. That is because the food on their table basically comes from land and farming. But there are global threats that affect agriculture and food production. There is the industrial agricultural development. There are people who apply […]

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How to Sustainably Manage Agriculture?

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Agriculture will always be here no matter what era it is and no matter the technological advancements. But the question will be about if we can apply sustainable practices in our individual farms. Farmers always need to increase yield, reduce input, and get more harvests without worrying about later consequences of some farming practices. The best way to sustainably manage agriculture is to use the bio-organics system. It imitates nature […]

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Making Biogas is Easy

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Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until […]

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How to Measure Success with Gardening

How to Measure Success with Gardening

Part of the beauty of permaculture is our work in gardening. It informs our thinking in food production, and it guides our approach to the land. It is a way of thinking that is central to permaculture. It’s a way of thinking that is nurturing and sustainable and inclusive of humans. That requires human input in a way that is considered. A garden is human interaction with the land’s food production systems.

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A Permacultural Solution

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Toby Hemenway presents a powerful speech at the Permaculture Voices Two (PV2) event captivating the audience and offering Permaculture as the sustainable path to our current unsustainable agricultural system. I just wanted to let you know that this talk starts out negative and it gets worse… but being Permaculture I promise you that by the end we will return to a good place and will end with solutions. – Toby […]

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