A view of Rancho Mastatal through the Zone 1 gardens I’ve had the opportunity to become of one the co-directors for the Rancho Mastatal Sustainable Education Center in Costa Rica over the last five years. It is now my primary home and where I practice and teach permaculture design. The site and all that it… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Village Development
Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm. Imagine that the question was posed the other way round. An independent nation is asked to decide whether to surrender its sovereignty to a larger union. It would be allowed a measure of autonomy, but key aspects of its governance would be handed… Read more »
Inspired by the principles of open source software, the concept of Open Social Innovation aims to document social innovations so they can be more easily shared. How can we share and transfer sustainable social practices across communities? Increasingly, we see individuals and communities experimenting with innovative sustainable practices, pioneering new ways to communicate, think, work,… Read more »
The Arctic Death Spiral and the Methane Time Bomb (Duration: 1:11:11) Please watch before continuing with the article. Can we talk about transition, please? Regular readers will have noted the semi-recent flurry of conversations over ‘crashing’ the system (if not, see here, here, here, here and here) and possible pathways to transition (see here and… Read more »
Permaculture calls for us to care for the earth, care for each other and share our resources. In an ideal permaculture world, we would all pull together in a collaborative search for nature-inspired solutions to global problems. Social media has the potential to help us do just that.
We are still going to be achieving a number of aims in Morocco with our first PDC in October, but I’m not convinced it’s the right way to introduce permaculture to our neighbouring farmers. It might even put them off!! But if that were the case, what would be the best introduction?
As a volunteer tourist I have really appreciated receiving tips before my trips from hosts. Now I return the favour. Here are some tips for volunteer managers, and many may also find the resources in the ‘References’ section at bottom of value. Your ideal destination Do you want to change the world? Most of us… Read more »
Imagine if Tom Vilsack (whose Wikipedia biography does not list any experience whatsoever with farming or farmers prior to his appointment as the United States Secretary of Agriculture) emerged from his offices to find a cow tethered on the street outside and protestors informing him that it was his task to milk her. This was… Read more »
Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture Andhra Pradesh in India has been called the pesticide capital of the world. Pesticides cost farmers a lot of money. To recover these costs the fruit and vegetables the farmers produced had to be expensive too. This put them out of reach for many poor families. Not only that, but farmers… Read more »
Seven years since the first formal permaculture training in Tanzania by Geoff Lawton, there is now a vast network of mutually interdependent and resilient communities of knowledgeable permaculture practitioners in the country.
Imagine that your small farm or food hub just hired a new employee. Her name is Susan. But she’s not just any employee, she’s an electronic one. Susan’s the best you’ve ever hired. She does exactly as instructed. She works 24×7, 365 days a year. She’s never grumpy, never calls in sick and never gets… Read more »
Not socialism, not capitalism… distributism seeks community power. by Jay Walljasper, On the Commons Conservatives, progressives and everyone else likes farmers’ markets, local food, mom-and-pop stores and other qualities of a thriving community. Can they all connect around the commons? (Photo of the Barberton, Ohio, Downtown Farmers’ Market by the Barberton Community Foundation under a… Read more »