The Permaculture Research Institute

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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.

Self-watering And Self-fertilizing Apple Tree Growing System

Self-watering And Self-fertilizing Apple Tree Growing System

Hate to drag hoses and tired of lugging compost? Check out the video below with super simple system the Tarahumara Indians use to grow apples with almost no work. Learn all these cool techniques for yourself by hopping over to the Home Grown Food Summit with over 30+ presentations from March 7th to 13th, 2016. Backyard food production expert and author Marjory Wildcraft will host this free online event, which […]

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Age of the Farmer

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Age of the Farmer was directed by Spencer MacDonald in collaboration with photojournalist Eva Verbeeck. It is a beautiful six-minute documentary on a growing numbers of young farmers reclaiming American soil. Enjoy! Farms featured in the film include: Earth Candy Farm Plenty Wild Farms Skyberry Farm Hoe Down CSA at Tulaberry Farm Yummy Yards Growing Veterans Beacon Food Forest

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3 Types Of Tarahumara Indian Corn And What They Are Used For

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Marjory WIldcraft travelled to the Copper Canyons of Mexico to spend time with the Tarahumara Indians. These Indians are the fastest ultra-marathon runners in the world and part of their incredible athleticism is because they grow their own food. Watch this video and learn the three most common types of corn that they grow. Hank Will from Grit Magazine will be doing a presentation on all things corn at this […]

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How To Use Squash Pits To Get Bigger Garden Yields

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If you’ve never heard of a squash pit then you might be thinking “but squash have seeds, not pits!”. True, true, but check out this fun video. To see more great compositing ideas check out the extreme composting videos by David Goodman at the Home Grown Food Summit. Over 7 full days, you’ll enjoy 50+ hours of video interviews with the “who’s who” of the sustainable food movement. They’ll be […]

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Why Go Barefoot And The Best Minimalist Shoes Are Home Made

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If you’ve been wondering about the whole barefoot movement than we’ve got a video for you. Doug Simons has been walking barefoot for over 20 years. In the video below Doug and Marjory Wildcraft discuss the pros and cons of walking barefoot. And there are some “con’s”; when and where do barefooters need to wear shoes? And what kind of shoes do barefooters wear when they wear shoes? If you […]

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Sean Follmer: Shape-shifting tech will change work as we know it

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What will the world look like when we move beyond the keyboard and mouse? Interaction designer Sean Follmer is building a future with machines that bring information to life under your fingers as you work with it. In this talk, check out prototypes for a 3D shape-shifting table, a phone that turns into a wristband, a deformable game controller and more that may change the way we live and work.

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Moringa Mission

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A movement of conscious beings is connecting with as many people as possible sharing knowledge, spreading seeds, teaching and establishing new forms of sustainability in harmony with Mother Nature. Our star-plant is Moringa, a.k.a. “The Miracle Tree.” Growing more plants like Moringa will help feed our hungry and cure our sick. We believe in “Being the Change” you wanted to see in the world. We believe, truly, that we all […]

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How to Build A Worm Tower

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Building a worm tower is a simple, enjoyable, sustainable way to nurture your garden so that it can continue to nurture you. Earth—the stuff on the ground, not the planet—is essential for life. Anyone who has a garden (or even a house plant!) has seen a microcosm of this in action. The soil isn’t just something we walk on or that plants anchor in. It’s something that nurtures us and […]

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Your Friendly Neighborhood Stingless Bee

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There are more than 2000 species of bees native to Australia, about 14 of which are stingless. The main species of stingless bees, studied in Australia, are the Trigona Carbonaria and the Austroplebeia Australis. These bees are also known as “Sugarbag” after the unique honey they produce, or “Sweat Bees” for their peculiar habit of collecting human sweat. This is thought to be a source of minerals for the insects. […]

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Achenyo Idachaba: How I turned a Deadly Plant into a Thriving Business

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The water hyacinth may look like a harmless, even beautiful flowering plant — but it’s actually an invasive aquatic weed that clogs waterways, stopping trade, interrupting schooling and disrupting everyday life. In this scourge, green entrepreneur Achenyo Idachaba saw opportunity. Follow her journey as she turns weeds into woven wonders.

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Permaculture Livestock Systems Course

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Join us for the Permaculture Livestock Systems Course at Zaytuna Fram, home of the Permaculture Research Institute. We have five days jam-packed full of hands-on knowledge, tips and tricks for your Permaculture farm! We are not just teaching this course from a classroom, we are teaching it from a living classroom because we live with these systems every day of the year. We have developed these systems over years of […]

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Embracing Urban Permaculture

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Permaculture is both a scientific and artistic method used to design human settlements with the intention of meeting basic human wants which include healthy food, clean water, shelter in a way that both sustains and regenerates biodiversity and natural resources. It is useful when one is designing an urban plot, a community garden or even a whole city block. Permaculture seeks to work with natural patterns like the way water […]

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