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Cuba’s Sustainable Framing May be Under Threat

Capital building

The story of Cuba using sustainable agricultural production techniques is an exciting one. Cuba has for decades, since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990’s, adapted and used ecologically safe agricultural practices in producing its own food. This was after experiencing a devastating food crisis that resulted directly from the lack of farm input supplies that used to come from the soviet bloc. This crisis was so […]

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PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

Since 2011, I’ve been regularly teaching permaculture design courses at a place called Phangan Earthworks on the island of Koh Phangan, one of the Gulf Islands in the southern portion of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic place – people are typically travelling there for yoga retreats (to get their minds & bodies together) or the monthly Full Moon party (to indulge in lots of alcohol and bad club music).

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The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain

The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain feat

Blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) is an annual grass weed also known as twitch grass, black twitch or slender meadow foxtail. It grows to a height of approximately 90cm and is a prolific weed in Britain, common in winter cereal crop production. Blackgrass flowers between the months of May-August, shedding its seeds before the harvest of the main crop. Blackgrass has caused significant reduction in crop yield. According to Dr Stephen Moss […]

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What Can Be Done in 99 Days

What Can Be Done in 99 Days

Recently Justin Rhodes has given a vlog update on what he and his family have achieved in just 99 days. This is a great video by Justin and shows just what can be accomplished in 99 short days. From reclaimed materials though to growing 75% of his food. Connect with Justin; On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantpermaculturefarm/ On his website: http://abundantpermaculture.com/ Or on his very popular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSGEokQQcdAVFuL_Aq8dlg/featured

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Conventional Farming Has Higher Yields than Organic Farming: Is this Sustainable

Conventional Farming Has Higher Yields than Organic Farming: Is this Sustainable

Lately, a lot of debate has been ranging on as to whether there is any difference in output based on yield between the organic agriculture and the conventional farming. Further, questions as to which of the two has higher yields still range on. A number of analyses have been done with each side trying to support its cause. A study that has been relied upon for quite some time is […]

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Entryism as a Threat to Stable Communities

Multiracial Young People Holding Hands in a Circle

In Nature, ecological communities are comprised of populations of two or more species that coexist in the same place at the same time. We even see symbiotic relationships between diverse species, where both benefit or gain from the relationship with each other, with mutual win-win outcomes.

In human communities we see the same patterns, different groups of people with different agendas and worldviews coexisting, hopefully harmoniously, in diverse communities, even working together to achieve common goals.

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The Stockpot

Rural vegetarian broth soup with colorful vegetables and rustic

Permaculture is all about getting the most out for the least in, and aiming for minimal energy usage and zero waste. Well and a whole load of other things too. I was lying awake in bed the other night thinking about things (as you do in the wee small hours) and the image of the stockpot came to me. Powerful symbols can be helpful in directing our thinking. At the […]

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Soil Nutrients

Soil Nutrients feat

During the international year of soil in 2015, global attention was drawn to the importance of a healthy soil. One of the key facts emphasized by the food and agricultural organization was that sustainable management of soils can lead to a 58% increase in food production (FAO, 2015). Soil nutrient composition plays a key role in determining the goodness of a soil. A healthy soil will have all the essential […]

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Urban Farming, Africa Style

Urban Farming, Africa Style 04 - feat

When I was in junior school in Cape Town in the late fifties / early sixties, ‘grand apartheid’ had not yet kicked in. While schools and buses already had racial segregation, we lived in an integrated suburb comprising different cultures some of whom set their gardens aside for agriculture. The government’s final solution included separating the races, and passing stricter urban planning rules. These prohibited all forms of business on […]

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The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

What are the long-term impacts of soil erosion on the Langhe’s of Piedmont vineyards? The Langhe of Piedmont in north-west Italy is an area famous for its wines and truffles, particularly for the wine of Barolo and the white truffle of Alba. Which is considered the capital of Langhe. While Barolo’s wine it has been said to be the “Wine of kings, the king of wine”. The Langhe area is […]

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Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

Sprout growing out of concrete

1. Introduction With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’[1] His point was that, at each moment in history, citizens and nations inevitably face unique challenges and problems, so we should not assume the democratic institutions and practices inherited from the past will be adequate for the conditions of today. Our ongoing political challenge, therefore, is to […]

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Surfing the Permaculture Wave

Surfing the Permaculture Wave 01

By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, as indicated by the report of the World Economic Forum. Most of us have seen the horrible images of what non-recycled plastics do to the animals in the ocean, so we need a major rethink of what we use and how we dispose of it. Surfers are amongst the first in line experiencing the effects of pollution in the ocean […]

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