We have an Opportunity to Step up and meet Global Challenges Together

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There are so many fantastic, inspiring permaculture projects around the world. Over the last four weeks we have been sharing the stories of some of the 60+ applicants to an IPCUK scholarship fund. It would make such a difference to support as many of them as we can. The IPCUK scholarships crowdfunding project ends this… Read more »

PDC in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Peru

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Come join us June 14-27 2015 for our Permaculture Design Course. Adam Woodman author of Gabions for Gully Erosion Peru and Contour Beds Peru is co-teaching in the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a place that is rich with history and where you will see the native cultures (Quechua speaking) working the land as they… Read more »

Recent Legislation Transforms Cities, One Roof at a Time

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In March of 2015, France passed a bill supporting green energy which affects the commercial building industry. The bill requires all new buildings in commercial zones to have their roofs partially covered with either solar panels or plants. Although construction companies and builders may see this as an additional upfront cost, the long term benefits… Read more »

Are you Environmentally Organic?

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Today the organic food movement is no longer considered to be a luxurious fad, enjoyed exclusively by those with the financial resources to care. Indeed, our common high street supermarkets have been cashing in on our desire to live a greener, more sustainable life and the organic market is thought to be worth in excess… Read more »

Planting in Pots and Other Ways of Playing with Permaculture in the Big City

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Growing your own food doesn’t require expanses of acreage. It doesn’t require a tractor. It doesn’t require complete self-sufficiency. As we all well know by now, it doesn’t require chemicals, either. It doesn’t even require a garden, at least not in the way we’ve come to picture one. In some instance, it doesn’t even require… Read more »

Permaculture Day 2015: In Support of Soil! Sunday 3rd May

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Celebrating International Year of Soils Healthy soil makes for healthy people, animals and plants; it provides the foundation for all life on land. Soil gives us food, clean water, clean air, medicine, fibre and fuel, it’s also a climate regulator and buffer. All these vital services depend on a dynamic web of billions of organisms,… Read more »

Playing with Cow Poo – Bio Digester Routines Part 4

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Tom Kendall from the Permaculture Research Institute Sunshine Coast describes the process after the cow manure goes through the biodigester. The biodigester compost pits and reed bed are shown and how he generates soil fertility through the cycling process is discussed.

Permaculture Design Transforming the World

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The International Permaculture Convergence (IPCUK) in September will bring together practitioners from across the globe to share ideas and solutions that can be used to transform our futures. Can you help bring these global practitioners to the convergence? In September this year, the International Permaculture Convergence – IPCUK – will bring together permaculture practitioners from… Read more »

IPCUK Scholarships

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You can visit the Crowd Funding Page here. Help us build up a scholarship fund so that we can support permaculture practitioners from across the world to attend the international permaculture conference and convergence this September in London and Essex (IPCUK). Geoff Lawton has already donated in excess of three thousand pounds and sponsored two… Read more »

Computer Generated Plan Drawings Versus Hand Sketched Plan Drawings

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Somewhere near the early 2000’s I was co-founder of an architectural rendering firm that specialized in creating 3D renderings for architects using a computer graphic software called 3D Studio Viz. This was a specialized 3D animation software that was geared specifically to the architectural industry and was offered around the time that software giant Autodesk… Read more »