Category: Village Development

Update on the Byron Bay Shire Permaculture Challenge

by Phoebe Lines, BOS (Being Of Service) Team for the Permaculture Challenge The Byron Permaculture Challenge gang creates a No-Dig garden for the young people at the Byron Youth House Our apparently disaffected Byron Shire youth, it would seem, are in fact a hotbed of movers and shakers, changing the world one Permablitz at a time! This November the Mullumbimby Community Garden launched The Permaculture Challenge, a program designed to […]

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Permaculture and Metaphysics

Photo © Craig Mackintosh I recently had a brief email conversation with someone (a person whose name I shall omit), and I’d like to share it with you to get your thoughts. Perhaps I’m opening a can of worms here, but I can’t help myself. I am opening this potential can of worms for three reasons: I personally often feel frustrated that too many permaculturists are mixing subjective spiritual/metaphysical/religious elements […]

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A Multilayered Anti-Pattern

by Øyvind Holmstad The problem is that we are adapting to the wrong things — to images, or to short-term greed, or to the clutter of mechanics. These maladaptations are known as “antipatterns” — a term coined not by Alexander, but by software engineers. An antipattern is something that does things wrong, yet is attractive for some reason (profitable or easy in the short term, but dysfunctional, wasteful of resources, […]

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Hana Farms: Regenerative MicroEnterprise (and a Lesson from Crustaceans)

Hana Farms, Hawaii, 2007 1 roadside stand in a Costco tent (above) Rebekah (Ucellini) Kuby, Permaculture Designer and Community Activist, remembers when this community enterprise began:

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Greening the Desert Video – now also with French Subtitles

Many thanks to Jeremy, Christina, Erik, Lamia and Kristen for all the work that went into creating the French translation subtitle file for both Parts I & II of the Greening the Desert video below. As a result, I’ve been able to upload a version suitable for your French-speaking friends and family, should you have some. After clicking play, click on the ‘CC’ button at bottom of the video to […]

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Preparing the Soil for Community Cultivation

Community cooperation models the same design of Nature for self-prolific and self-sustainable systems. Through beneficial partnerships with each other we too can unlock the unlimited potential within each other through community cultivation. by Chowgene Koay Soil, light, darkness, and the cool refreshing gift of water. In all, they are supporters of life. Soil bacteria, fungi, and insects infiltrate every niche and space in the underworld creating a rich soup of […]

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FRESH – World’s Wildest Supermarket

A holistic and most outrageous concept being turned into reality in Denmark. From: Sepp Holzer’s Permakultur, Leopold Stocker Verlag, 2008 Fresh is the concept for an organic, living supermarket in cities and villages, where instead of taking the items off the shelf, the customer harvests the produce directly from raised beds! It is a system that works with nature rather than against it. By harvesting, the customer contributes to the […]

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Imagine the Abundance – Your Urban Landscape

The Urban Consultancy and Design Course experience at the Permaculture Research Institute. Imagine, you’re perusing the Sunday paper, thumbing through various articles, world news, sports, opinion pieces… yea, we’ve all been there. What feelings arise for you as the images pass by your eyes? Article after article, world news and local… everything seems so dismal. In disgust and with a freshly drained world view, you fold the paper up and […]

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Charles Eisenstein on Growing “the Bright Side of the Force”

Charles Eisenstein, the author of Sacred Economics, gave this inspiring talk to Occupy Wall Street, which is actually about growing “the bright side of the force”. This Star Wars inspired theme I couple with “the handicap principle“, which has a “bright” and a “dark” side; the selfish and the cooperative. Animals generally use just one of these forces in gathering acceptance and status, while humans are capable to use both or choose one. […]

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James Kalb Interviews Nikos Salingaros on Architecture’s Influence on Society and Consumerism

Interview by James Kalb of The Philidelphia Society, August 2011 Home sweet home? Nikos Salingaros, the mathematician and architectural theorist, recently published a new book, Twelve Lectures on Architecture: Algorithmic Sustainable Design (ISI Distributed Titles, 2010). It’s a somewhat expanded set of notes for a series of lectures he gave a couple of years ago on architecture and urbanism. As such, it gives a clear if rather spare presentation of […]

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Murad Alkufash: “Marda Permaculture Farm: Planting Seeds of Hope in the Occupied Territories”

Murad Alkufash is a dedicated permaculturist. Considering where he lives, he must be. Or, perhaps because of where he lives he must be — as permaculture is a truly logical, and the only really lasting, solution to the problems surrounding him. Murad lives in the West Bank, and directly under one of the largest illegal settlements in Palestine. The biological and climatic environment he faces is quite challenging, yet the […]

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Permaculture Pygmies

by Xavier Fux Deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pygmy communities had lived for generations as hunter-gatherers. When the Kahuzi Biega National Park was created in 1970 by the Congolese government, the Pygmies and other local communities were expulsed from the forest, their ancestral land, without receiving any compensation or any land to settle in. They were left without a home. Over time, they were allowed […]

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