Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits

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Samuel Alexander of the Simplicity Institute, who has written numerous articles for Permaculturenews.org, has just published Prosperous Descent: Crisis as Opportunity in an Age of Limits. A paperback of the book is available here. Samuel has made available a free PDF version of his book, please visit his site here for more details. INTRODUCTION TO… Read more »

Urban Food Resiliency: Slovenia, a Perfect Model?

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Slovenia food self-sufficiency index (the rate between home production and consumption) is considered low when compared to countries of Western Europe. It’s not easy to find reliable figures on what this exactly means thus I invite anyone finding reliable sources to please publish them in the comment session of this article. I have provided some… Read more »

How to Make Cider, Cider Vinegar, and Why You Should Be Doing It

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Apple Cider from Above I ran into a funny story in a Michael Pollan book not long ago: The American pioneer legend, Johnny Appleseed, used to stay two or three hops west of the colonial expansion in the USA, buying up large swaths of riverside land and planting apple trees. In most historical accounts (the… Read more »

Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator

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Please exercise due care when working with electricity The Non Rocket-Scientists Guide To Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator. As you’ve probably found out by now unharnessed energy sources are literally all around us. Be it solar power from the sun or geothermal energy from the Earth’s constant core temperature we are definitely wasting money and… Read more »

Permaculture – From Forest to Farm | Clea Chandmal | TEDxBITSGoa

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Clea Chandmal at TEDxBITSGoa. Clea Chandmal has a back ground in the Biological Sciences. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences, masters in Plant Breeding, and a stalled PhD in Plant Molecular Physiology; all from the University of Cambridge, UK. Clea did her Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) with Bill Mollison, Geoff Lawton… Read more »

Free Screening: The Greenhouse of the Future

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The Greenhouse of the future Trailer. This screening has now Concluded. Thank you to everyone who watched this film. Hi Everyone, Curt from Greenhouse of the Future here. This weekend we are very glad to offer you a free streaming version of our film: The Greenhouse of the Future on www.permaculturenews.org Our mission is to… Read more »

Humanity Earth’s Allies

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The other day I came across this viral video titled ‘Dear Future Generations: Sorry’ from a poet named Prince Ea. In short, the video apologises immensely for all the damage we humans have created in this century due to our own selfishness and ignorance. Towards the end of the video Prince Ea ends his apology,… Read more »

Free Screening this Weekend: The Greenhouse of the Future

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The Greenhouse of the future Trailer. Hi Everyone, Curt from Greenhouse of the Future here. This weekend we are very glad to offer you a free streaming version of our film: The Greenhouse of the Future on www.permaculturenews.org Our mission is to help propel the Permaculture movement forward by developing an easy to build, 100%… Read more »

Qualifying Dynamic Accumulators: a Sub-Group of the Hyperaccumulators.

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Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a popular Dynamic Accumulator. To the untrained eye, a lot of scientific language appears superfluous – yet may best describe some detail or process within a broader concept. The scientifically trained eye, likewise, may be suspicious of superfluous language. Robert Kourik first uses the phrase ‘dynamic accumulators’, in 1986 to describe… Read more »