The Urban Permaculture DVD and the Sound-Proof Chicken House

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The biggest problem with chicken houses in urban settings has got to be the hyper-vocal rooster. If you want to avoid having tired grumpy neighbours, what can you do? Even giving them a few eggs per week is unlikely to assuage their wrath. There are obvious options to deal with this situation, but they’re not… Read more »

Support This Film – Regenerative Agriculture

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Many advanced civilizations vanished because they did not take care of their soil. This film is about a new, progressive, and advanced practice of agriculture, that will regenerate the soil. With Regenerative Agriculture we create healthier food, build communities, and, most importantly, increase the top soil. Top soil, the skin of the earth, is where… Read more »

The Making of the Urban Permaculture DVD

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by Frank Gapinski Editor’s Note: A few days ago I shared the latest on the Urban Permaculture DVD. Frank, who is the video genius behind our DVDs, gives his own inside view of working with Geoff in this latest creation, below. It’s been a whirlwind trip over the last six months putting the pieces together… Read more »

New Urban Permaculture DVD Getting Close

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Back in January we shared news about, and a snippet of, our upcoming Urban Permaculture DVD. This DVD is something I’ve been pressing upon Geoff and our video/animation wizard, Frank Gapinski, for a while now (ever since I started helping out the PRI in fact!). My incessant nagging seems to have paid off, and we’re… Read more »

Let the Water Do the Work: Induced Meandering, an Evolving Method for Restoring Incised Channels

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The volume reviewed below comes highly recommended for all Permaculturists working in or around any water channels, and particularly on the broad-acre. While the methods happen to apply most immediately in drylands, they will apply directly anywhere that erosion, down-cutting, rapid gully formation, and other forms of channel incision occur. Keep in mind that these… Read more »

Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods… Are You Prepared?

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Planting a garden with food potential is one of the most valuable things we can do. Will we always have a free country with unlimited food supply? Could a major calamity or drought affect the supply and the price of food? Could rolling strikes disrupt electricity, water, telephone, transport and other amenities to shops and… Read more »

A New Permatecture Toolbox! (From Nikos A. Salingaros)

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by Øyvind Holmstad The goal of permaculture is to reunite man with nature and man with man through design systems, and here patterns play an important role. Still, patterns can only reunite humans with natural systems and with each other, not with the geometry of the universe. Surely in what I like to call permatecture,… Read more »

The Timeless Way of Building

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by Øyvind Holmstad This timeless book from Christopher Alexander was released back in the seventies, and it’s just as much a book on philosophy as on architecture. Still, the main purpose of the book is as an introduction to A Pattern Language. Alexander’s architectural writings at the same time develop a philosophy of nature and… Read more »

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture – a Review

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by Harry Byrne Wykman Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture is the work of a man of unique sensitivity and imagination. Holzer has combined a lifetime of practical experience with clarity of expression and intellect to produce a book which will satisfy a practically-minded farmer or gardener as well as the student of agroecological design. With gentle strength,… Read more »

Book Review: Unplanning – Livable Cities and Political Choices

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In this book Charles Siegel explains the history of city planning, where we are now, and most importantly, where we need to go. Many environmentalists believe the huge problems of today’s cities are a result of lack of planning. The opposite is true — urban sprawl, traffic congestion and shopping malls are a result of… Read more »

Ecofilms 2011 – What Are We Working On?

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We’re planning a number of exciting new titles to be released in 2011. Urban Permaculture DVD One of the complaints we often get from people living in the city is that we focus a little heavily on Permaculture titles that require a large scale farm to get the most benefit from practicing Permaculture. So we… Read more »