Letters from Chile: Visiting Dichato – the Town That Was

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Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a series. Read Part I here. A former beautiful, bustling and touristy coastal town in Chile clings to an uncertain future after being engulfed by the 2010 tsunami. A Dichato fishing boat scene, in waning evening light, exudes a serenity that belies the realities of the almost complete… Read more »

Mullumbimby Community Gardens Moves Ahead Apace

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Editor’s Note: For background on the excellent work going on at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens, an update for which is found below, see here, here and here. Mullumbimby’s community garden is blossoming into a hive of activity with people from all walks of life building, creating and gardening together. Our communal gardens and new allotments… Read more »

Permaculture Network in Ghana – 2004 – 2009

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This article was written by Paul Yeboah, Permaculture Network President and Ghana Manager of Edge5 and Agnes Ameyaa the secretary of Permaculture Network – Ghana. In the year 2004, Kristo Buase Monastery invited Greg Knibbs from Australia to teach at the monastery in the Techiman District in the Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana. It is… Read more »

Morocco PDC – a Success in the Making!

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A big Thank You to all who helped out when it was looking doubtful the course on the 17th April would have enough students to make it viable. We now have plenty of students, many from Morocco. There’s still room for more, but at this late stage it would be camping only.

Towards Local Democracy

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It’s been more than a year since we’ve started our initiative in Sopot, Poland. It has the same aim as the Transition initiatives, however we have decided to focus on local democracy first. Democracy helps to eliminate the struggles of political parties and it weakens vested interests. What we have also quickly realized is that… Read more »

Introducing the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute (SOPI)

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Southern Oregon now has its own permaculture institute, demonstration farm and more. After two years in development, the Southern Oregon Permaculture Institute (SOPI) nonprofit is now open for business. “Our first courses will be held this spring.” SOPI provides a unique blend of permaculture education, new model demonstration and what we call Culturequake education. Our… Read more »

Work of Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge Begins Snowball Effect for Entire Region

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Editor’s Note: This is an exciting update on progress from the Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge project in Ethiopia. Congratulations to the whole team in Ethiopia! It was a moment of fulfillment for us at Strawberry Fields Eco Lodge (SFEL). The head of the Konso Woreda Education Bureau, Mr. Geyeto Gedeno, stood in front of those… Read more »

Jawaseri School Garden Project, Jordan

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Just as I was leaving Jordan, after making the Greening the Desert II update video, another little project was just getting underway – the Jawaseri School Garden project. A few people have emailed pictures of progress over the last few months and I’ve combined these with Geoff’s narration from the PRI home base in Australia,… Read more »

The Panya Permaculture Project & the Living Seeds Festival

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Recently, The Panya Permaculture Project here in Thailand collaborated with Pun-Pun (an organic farm, seed-saving operation, and sustainable living and learning centre) to launch The Living Seeds Festival; an annual festival to celebrate biodiversity, sustainable living and community in northern Thailand. The Festival included local organic food, organic seed exchange, massage and natural healing, and… Read more »

How to Repair the World

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The video embedded in this page spotlights the excellent work of Willie Smits I profiled a little while ago, where rainforest restoration in Borneo not only restored biodiversity and gave increased livelihood opportunities to local people, but it also increased cloud cover and rainfall as well. It’s well worth a watch: We’re pleased to announce… Read more »

Permaculture Seeds Sprouting on St. Croix

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Birds eye view of the Virgin Island Sustainable Farm Institute St. Croix, a 6 x 20 mile island in the Caribbean, is exploding with positive action. Led by the Virgin Island Sustainable Farm Institute, locally grown food and ecological agriculture are seeding in with island people and travelers across the island. Now, in collaboration with… Read more »