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Permaculture, Ethics and Diversity: Can Permaculture Ethics Help with the Evolution of Human Culture?

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Using permaculture as a tool can be hugely beneficial for people to create practical ways of improving their immediate environment. Many have suggested that such a tool only works if we use the lens of permaculture to first create our own empowerment from within (see for example 1). This view can be seen indeed as underpinning much of permaculture thinking, for example, with the three permaculture ethics of “Earthcare, Peoplecare […]

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How We Make an Income While Homesteading

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One of the reasons we started our homestead was quality of life. My wife and I were both working while trying to raise 3 young children. As our first born hit high school we felt that our family was growing apart faster than we liked. We always dabbled in gardening and such but we decided to make a change. As a family, we thought that the state of our country […]

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Registrations are now open for Geoff Lawton’s 2016 Online PDC

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Earlier this year, Geoff Lawton started filming a brand new Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC 2.0). His intent was to create a course that was both in depth and thorough using his vast knowledge of both Bill Mollison’s book Permaculture: A Designers’ Manual and his 30+ years of Permaculture teachings. The end result is a course that is vastly different to any other PDC Geoff has ever taught before. So […]

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Turning Firewood into Mushrooms

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A few year ago, I was sucked into edible mushrooms. We went to a mushroom class given by Bill Russell. He was talking about edible mushrooms and how to identify them. He has a fantastic book called Wild Mushrooms of Pennsylvania and the Mid Atlantic. After the class he took us on a walk to identify some mushrooms. He also brought a few helpers with him to work with the […]

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Another Yule Log

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My wife Emma is a bit of a holiday junkie, her already notably high energy level rising even higher as the calendar ticks nearer to year’s end. We have certain rules, like No Christmas movies before December, to try to curb the enthusiasm until (what I have insisted is) an appropriate time. While she has obliged my assessment, it has only meant that her engine is fully revved by the […]

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Greenhouses and Abundance

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There’s no doubt that Ezra Pound’s slogan, “Make it New”, sparked the fire that charged modernist to break from the conventions of the Victorian Age. The movement cemented in practicality and function is responsible for some of our most notable achievements, like the industrialization of our urban cities to the Internet. However, it’s extension into our agricultural practices and exploitation of our natural resources is where we should have drawn […]

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Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

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Urban agriculture (UA) in public spaces may have been the unloved child that mainstream western society abandoned in the 17th century in favour of ornamental gardening, but fortunately it hasn’t been abandoned by everyone. Many people in the community, in defiance of irrational design fads imposed from above by local authorities, have continued to grow food close to where they live. More than just growing food, UA is powerful transformative. […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 2: Practical Ideas for How We Use Terminology

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In the first part of this article I explored a few of the key terms associated with permaculture and how becoming conscious of their meaning and implication can help us empower permaculture as a tool, even more than it may be already.  In this part I look at some practical ways we can apply these terminological changes, and some examples of organisations or projects who are putting them into action. […]

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Ways We Harvest Food on a Small Homestead

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There are so many avenues of food cultivation on the Earth. Our Earth is constantly creating food for us, but as time goes on, our natural instincts have been deprogrammed. The powers that be have pushed the idea that we have to go to supermarkets or restaurants to eat. Not only is that a ridiculous idea but it’s absolutely insulting! You can find all sorts of food, mostly greens, available […]

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Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Sadly, tragedy struck Toby and his family in 2015. In the fall of that year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, he was nevertheless told that his cancer had spread from his pancreas to his liver. While Toby had recently begun his second round of chemo in October, he developed septic shock just last month. Septic shock occurs when an immune system weakened by cancer allows for […]

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Spread the Word and Share your Harvest: A Backyard Farm to Table Tasting!

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Living in the suburbs and taking on a permaculture project can be an isolating task. What keeps us motivated is the knowledge that we are a part of a wider movement. People across the world are dedicated to permaculture principles and spreading knowledge and information. We recognize that not everybody is going to take a few weeks to take a full Permaculture Design Course and start his or her own […]

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The Great Hay Stack

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Come the end of the annual monsoon, all eyes turn to the rice paddies, watching for the ripening of the grain. Spirits have been dampened by some unseasonal rains, bringing anguish about the state of the crop. This year, after a heavy monsoon that lingered a little past it’s welcome, the harvest finally came a little later, too.

The fields in front of our home are a mix of both cultivated rice paddies and fallow fields of wild grasses.

Each year, we undertake the big job of harvesting as much as we can of the organic matter that the fields have to offer.

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