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From Finance to Farmer – Incredible Permaculture Farm Created in Just 3 Years!

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Andrew Martin once worked in the finance industry, but after leaving that life, he and his wife Beth moved to New Zealand and developed an amazing permaculture property in just 3 years!

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 3 of 3

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I’m building an agroforest. An orchard of tropical fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, tubers and vines. And this is how it is happening. This is the final piece on the tropical orchard establishment patterns we use at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center in Costa Rica. Part 1, found here, looked in depth at our site goals, layout patterns, and water management. Part 2 continued this succession of thought into […]

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Jordan Recap

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Well I have returned from Jordan not entirely fit and well. I managed to get a touch of the flu during the two weeks but still managed to facilitate the course. It was a great experience to go to Jordan and spend time on a site that is around 350 meters below sea level. Man what a place . The soil is just very degraded highly alkaline dirt that doesn’t […]

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Why It’s Better to Use the Slow Approach to Charitable Permaculture Projects

An abundant expanse of food—flax, chia, beans, corn, quinoa, mustard, etc.—growing at Project Somos in Guatemala. It feeds at-risk families every day.

I began working with international nonprofits about eight years ago, first as an English teacher in Palestine and Guatemala. Having elected to retire early (at about 35) from the teaching game, I’m now regularly approached by organizations interested in including permaculture projects in their game plan. For me, this switch has been very exciting. I am able to continue to work towards a better future for and with others, while […]

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Empowering Women in Cambodia through Sustainable Rice Farming

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Reduction of poverty, malnutrition and other social ills could be achieved by higher yields with reducing production. Rice paddies account for more than 80 percent of cultivated land in Cambodia and large parts of this land is managed by women. According to Voice of America, an undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Cambodia, Mom Thany, recently stated the importance of women’s role in the […]

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Cuba’s Big Lesson, Authentic Teachers, and “Solar-Powered Carpets”


Our April 8th edition of the “Friday Five” went out to all subscribers on yesterday. It highlights: How to make your own natural swimming pool Carpet-like solar power Lessons from Cuba’s sustainable development An incredible new online project: Women who Farm Another new mini-video from Geoff reflecting on his days with Bill Mollison See the full Friday Five post (and all past ones) here. Moving forward, the Friday Five […]

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The Future of Farming

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Timothy Gertson comes from a lineage of farmers. His grandfather, father, and three uncles currently own Gertson Farms Partnership in Lissie. Gertson and his cousin co-own their own business, G5 Farms, and have land in Fort Bend, Colorado, and Wharton counties. Agriculture is in his blood. Yet even for a man with years of experience under his belt, the shift from conventional to organic agriculture was a veritable obstacle course. […]

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It’s the Time of the Season and the Moon is Bright: Time-Stacking, Planting by the Moon and Other Marvels Tic Toc-ing Along

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To be completely honest, the time element of permaculture is something that hasn’t gotten its due attention from me, but coming to this realization, it’s also an idea that I’m spending more and more moments pondering. No doubt, timing can make a huge difference when planting, creating guilds, pruning, harvesting, and countless other –ing activities. The cycles of the moon, the change of the seasons, the rate at which things […]

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What if Permaculture was Taught in Schools Everywhere?

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What if there was a curriculum series for all children and young adults to learn permaculture? What if it was the holistic context for all the other courses they took in school? Imagine living in an urban area where you pay for your trash to be taken away – this is actually common; imagine returning home from 3rd grade with a bag of oyster mushroom inoculated substrate in a little […]

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Bio Digester Slurry Processing by the Chooks

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Every morning I have a routine with our chickens. I come into the yard, sort out their water, put cut grass into their forage area and then I open the night pen to let them out. By that time they have been talking to me and each other whilst I have been preparing their food and done their water, telling me all about their night. When I open their pen […]

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How We Started a School Garden in the US Suburbs

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The idea for a permaculture garden in our children’s school first came to mind when my husband and I saw this largely unused space called the “reading garden” in the middle of Rolling Ridge Elementary School. These courtyard gardens are typical of many of the public schools in Virginia as an attempt to create safe spaces for children to enjoy the outdoors. Sadly, a vast majority of schools do not […]

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Monsanto Claims a Breach of its Constitutional Rights

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The Monsanto Company is again under fire as a recent report states that Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the company’s money-making Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used herbicide chemical in the world. Studies have suggested that this chemical is a possible human carcinogen. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency includes Glyphosate in it’s list of carcinogenic risk chemicals. The report, which was written by Charles M. Benbrook of the […]

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