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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.

Kitchen Garden Segment from “Establishing a Food Forest” DVD

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Our new Food Forest DVD is almost complete. We’ll let you know as soon as this is finalised and available for sale, but in the meantime, here’s another teaser (see previous promo) – this time with Geoff walking amongst the great food diversity to be found in the kitchen garden at Zaytuna Farm, host site of The Permaculture Research Institute of Australia.

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The Permaculture Research Institute Signs MoU with Muslim Aid Australia

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Geoff Lawton and Iman S.I. Partoredjo signing the MoU at the historically significant location of Botany Bay As yet another sign of the growing recognition of permaculture’s crucial role in helping restore health and sustainability to both land and communities, the Permaculture Research Institute is pleased to announce we have just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Muslim Aid Australia, with the intention of pooling resources and knowledge to […]

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Permaculture Project Aid Worker Training Camp – November 2008

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I’m sure not a few of you are keeping tabs on the current state of affairs in the world. Today the price of oil jumped yet again – it’s now sitting on $146 p/barrel. Of course, everything produced that’s dependent on oil for its production and/or distribution (um… that’s just about everything) is going up as well – most significantly, food. If peak oil adherents are correct, and these now […]

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Dynamic Seed Exchanges for the World

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Exchanging seeds and other planting material, formally and informally, is nothing new. This is how societies have been adding new food, fibres and medicines to their cultures over centuries. Every culture has incorporated new genes and foreign varieties into their own strains. In developing countries, formal seed exchanges are either proven ancient seed systems or have been re-invented to counteract the damaging effects of the Green Revolution. Millions of farmers […]

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BBC World debate “Food – Who Pays the Price?”

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The following 46 minute BBC World debate is well worth a watch. There are some interesting characters involved in the debate, each representing a different view on the present food crisis. Central to the discussion is whether large scale industrial agriculture can help the poor, or whether it will merely continue to oppress them. For what it’s worth, if you want my take on the issue, take a peek at […]

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The Permaculture Master Plan – Permaculture Centres Worldwide

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Imagine a world of peace, health and low-carbon prosperity. Well, we’re going beyond imagination, and are working on full implementation. It’s our aim. Watch (and share) the clip below to get an idea of what we mean. The answers to the world’s woes – waning energy supplies, depleted and contaminated soils and water, reduced biodiversity, the dismantling of communities, etc. – are all there. We know how to get the […]

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Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in Tropical Far North Queensland with Geoff Lawton and Darren Doherty

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Teaching a PDC together for the first time ever in Australia PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE COURSE Monday 17th – Sunday 30th November 2008 Walkamin • Near Cairns • Far North Queensland Don’t miss this unique opportunity to take part in a two week Permaculture Design Certificate Course, taught by two of the best, internationally renowned teachers in the world, teaching a PDC together for the first time ever in Australia. The […]

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