Category: General

Sustainable Farming Defined

Sustainable Farming Defined

Increased global awareness on sustainable farming has taken root. Different communities have a varying opinion on what exactly entails sustainable farming. This diverse and varied definition has with it, a mixed understanding which limits the overall potential of the technology. To address this variation, The United Nations FAO has come up with a broad and definite definition of sustainable farming. The definition is entirely based on five principles. These principles […]

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A Volcanic Miracle in Bolsena: The Italian Version of “PERMACULTURE, A DESIGNERS’ MANUAL” by Bill Mollison (1988)

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Next September 11th the EUPC (European Permaculture Convergence) will take place in Bolsena, Italy. Touristic info about this city are given at the end of the article, however Bolsena is not too far from Rome, so you can really get there from anywhere around Europe – since Rome is connected pretty well – but not so easy to reach when you are in ROME because if you do not have […]

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Forgive Thyself: Self-Sufficient Homesteads Don’t Happen Overnight, And That’s Okay

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Permaculture tends to attract passionate, active people who are dead-set on living more responsibly, in tune with the planet. By and large, we are an energetic, self-motivated crowd. Principally, we like the idea of self-reliance but embrace the notion of interactive, ecologically-minded communities. We are not people who sit on the sidelines, waiting for others to solve the world’s problems, but rather we are those putting our stake in the […]

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Urban Permaculture Transformation

Urban Permaculture Transformationfeat

It’s done! We did it! All building projects are completed, and the garden is growing uncontrollably! Check it out! The Short Story Between summer 2015 and summer 2016 I had the pleasure to re-design and re-build the urban 690m2 home of my brother’s family in Berlin. The focus of the design was everything surrounding the house, lifestyle and behaviour changes, and reconsiderations of resource and energy uses. After an initial […]

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Musings on Earthworks

Musings on Earthworks

This week sees our little family here at Djaning Farm move into the first major step of the mainframe implementation. We’re co-hosting an earthworks course with the home of The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), Zaytuna Farm. This was one of the first things we began organising even before we landed from our long haul flight from England, where we’d finished packing down and shedding ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ from our life […]

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Beautiful Off-Grid Tiny House Truck Made From Reclaimed Materials

Beautiful Off-Grid Tiny House Truck Made From Reclaimed Materials

In this film we take a tour of Adam and Sian’s beautiful off-grid tiny house truck that was built using mostly reclaimed building materials on the back of a 1969 Bedford truck.

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The Lone Green Warrior – Updated

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How one man transformed an isolated, barren sandbar in northeastern India into a lush, wildlife sanctuary.

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Fomes Fomentarius in the French Alps and Paul Stamets

Fomes Fomentarius in the French Alps and Paul Stamets

Mushrooms and other fungi types already share a long history with us humans. For example, Hippocrates said sometime around 450 BCE that the amadou mushroom (Fomes fomentarius) was used for cauterizing wounds. The present day: Ongoing fungi studies Fast forward to the present day, the amadou mushroom and other fungi species are attracting more attention. That’s because they find many applications in agriculture, pest control, environmental sustainability, and even in […]

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Capitalism

Capitalism

It’s been bothering me. Having spent forty years beavering away in the green movement I still get upset when people say they are anti-capitalism. So I’m trying to work out why this is. I think I’ve got it at last. When people say they are anti-capitalism they are talking about their fear that mega-corporations control the planet purely for profit. Their marketing plans are designed to shred our bank accounts […]

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What Is A Rain Gauge: Uses, Benefits, and How It Works

What Is A Rain Gauge: Uses, Benefits, and How It Works

Last night you heard the weather reporter say “Rainfall measurements of 100 mm/ 3 inches were recorded in [your area] between 6am to 8pm.” Then you’re telling yourself that can’t be true. Yesterday it didn’t rain at all. You’re sure because you were waiting for the rain all day long. What is the truth then? The local weather service uses sophisticated tools and a team of professionals monitoring the rainfall […]

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What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

What is a Rocket Mass Heater?

The experts on all things rocket mass heaters, Ernie and Erica Wisner, are back with their latest book on rocket mass heaters. The Rocket Mass Heater Builder’s Guide will show you from start to finish how to build a rocket mass heater. This book details all of the ins and outs of the rocket mass heater design that Ernie and Erica have perfected, and shows how the most cost effective […]

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What Are Soil pH Testing Kits and Why They Are An Invaluable Tool

What Are Soil pH Testing Kits and Why They Are An Invaluable Tool

What are soil pH testing kits? Why are they useful? In this article we will discuss why a soil pH testing kit is invaluable for agriculture. We will also discuss how to use the data you get from soil pH testing to help you maximise your yield and make your crops healthier. Why soil pH is important in food production Before we discuss how soil pH testing kits work, first […]

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