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Garl Garl Walbu, a Community-run Shelter in Western Australia

Garl Garl Walbu, a Community-run Shelter in Western Australia

Derby is located in the dry tropics at the entrance to the Kimberley region in the north of WA. It is equidistant from Perth, Darwin & Denpasar. It is surrounded by tidal mudflats to the west, the Great Sandy Desert to the east and the rugged Kimberley to the north. It has an abundance of sunshine and water but very poor soil for growing the foods we are accustomed to eating.

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Towards the Ecological Paris: Permaculture – Parisian Style

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Palaces such as Versailles Paris are famed for their ostentatious gold-leaf roofs and elaborate décor. Now, a different type of gold, and a different type of leaf form beautiful guilds on the roofs. Paris is an ancient city famed for being a centre of the arts, culture, innovation, love and learning. Home to many classics which have defined new movements. There’s a difference between the ephemerality of fashion and the […]

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Christmas Island Gets It’s First Dam

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Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proven to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a single scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it was eventually achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean of […]

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Rebuild Sunrise Farm in Kathmandu Appeal – Plus Updates

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This is worth your time and support – real bottom-up permaculture relief and development in Nepal RafterSass-Ferguson A video about the earthquake that hit Nepal the 25th April of 2015. The videos are taken in Kathmandu, mostly in sunrise farm where we volunteers. Link to our GoFundMe Campaign. My name is Chris Evans and I’ve worked in Nepal for nearly 30 years, starting as a volunteer forester. In 1988, I […]

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The Seed Economy

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The original economy was the Seed Economy. It’s why we eat & farm the way we do. It’s the reason we want to believe in infinite growth. Once upon a time… humans started collecting seeds. They were our first currencies, but as with all seeds, they increase exponentially, so at a certain point the market became so abundant that it altered our diets & our way of life. We began […]

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Billions in Change – Official Film

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The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. To me, the largest area of […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Plastic Waste: New Research Offers Unexpected Promise as Permaculture Hack

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Reducing plastic pollution has seemed a daunting prospect, until now. Can the tiny Mealworm bite off more than we can chew? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans alone throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups each year. Styrofoam is a common polystyrene product, which is a type of plastic. These materials pose a significant challenge to environmental health because they are created with robust molecular chains that tend […]

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This is a truly eye opening location to earn your PDC

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This PDC is hosted by Geoff Lawton at the award-winning Greening the Desert Site in the Dead Sea Valley, Jordan, just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank. ABOUT THE LOCATION This is a truly eye-opening location to earn your PDC. You will be studying on the lowest point of the earth in one of the most […]

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Take Permaculture to Haiti

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The Aid and Orphanage program was birthed in the heart of Nicholas Burtner, Director of the School of Permaculture, with the belief that permaculture and holistic practices truly help and empower the dis-empowered and needy. School of Permaculture provides aid to orphanages, children’s homes, women’s shelters, and struggling agricultural farms (called “aid sites”) by redesigning their environments and providing local training and site design. Regenerative sustainability is key to providing […]

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Project Somos: Revisiting the Ethics of Permaculture in One Hip, Holistic NGO

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(all photos courtesy of Emma Gallagher) It took me two shuttles and two “chicken” buses to make it to Project Somos. Outside a little highway town called Tecpan, it’s a place rarely visited by the average tourist. Though it is conveniently located between two of the Guatemala’s most frequently visited locations, the colonial city of Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Project Somos is part of a tiny indigenous Mayan community that […]

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