Category: DVDs/Books

Review of Geoff Lawton’s Food Forest DVD, by Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe

Click play to hear the talk! Paul Wheaton and Helen Atthowe (www.veganicpermaculture.com) watch Geoff Lawton‘s Food Forest video and Helen really loved it. It shows a food forest as they start it, at 6 months, a year, 3 years, 10 years. Paul thinks it is one of the best permaculture videos. Lawton starts by talking about three concepts: the layering of systems (there are 7-10 layers of a forest), succession […]

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Introduction to Food Sovereignty: Food and Democracy (Download the E-Book!)

Download the Food and Democracy e-book (1.75mb PDF) To give some excellent reading for the readerholics amongst you, regular contributor Marcin Gerwin has put together an excellent collection of articles to create a highly readable e-book focusing on food sovereignty — the necessity for it, the challenges to achieve it, and the solutions associated with it. Produced by 17 authors from around the world, attacking the same topic and interconnected […]

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Designers & Consultants Resource Page

Since I starting teaching at the PRI with the new Urban Landscape Design Course there have been calls to make the information from the course available to students and interested people out there in the world that can’t jump on a plane and get to The Channon.

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The Urban Permaculture DVD and the Sound-Proof Chicken House

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 pretty — like a shotgun, for instance. Some say that if you want to ensure […]

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Support This Film – Regenerative Agriculture

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 the life of the plant exists, and that is where our food comes from. Top […]

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The Making of the Urban Permaculture DVD

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 for what is to become The Urban Permaculture DVD with Geoff Lawton. Nothing goes quite […]

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New Urban Permaculture DVD Getting Close

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 now very close to release. (The boys haven’t given me an ETA yet, but perhaps […]

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

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 techniques will also apply in ephemeral channels that only carry water during rare rain storms, […]

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Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods… Are You Prepared?

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 our homes… and how would no petrol affect every household? We need to encourage one […]

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

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, better known as biophilic architecture, biotecture or neurotecture, patterns are crucial. But for the creation […]

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The Timeless Way of Building

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 life. He proposes a more profound connection between nature and the human mind than is […]

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Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture – a Review

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, Holzer would make designers and practitioners of us all and entrust to us neither task […]

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