Category: General

Why We Do Things The “Hard Way”

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During the past year or so I have frequently wondered why we do things the hard way. Surely it is a lot easier to get a 9-5 job, drive a nice car, have a nice house, buy all our food and just live a “normal” life? Okay, so that would most likely mean mortgage, car loan, and credit cards but everyone else does it, why not us? It is an attractive proposition for someone struggling to make ends meet whilst living the Permaculture Dream.

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Life After Heaven

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I spent three and half years at Zaytuna Farm, the home of the Permaculture Research Institute. I started out as a volunteer, and I finished up as a Farm Manager. Zaytuna Farm is where I milked my first cow. It’s where I planted my first ice cream bean tree, slaughtered my first animal, and harvested my first crop of wheat. I taught my first Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course there, and it’s where I found my better half who back then was an intern and is now my wife.

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Using a Drone in Permaculture Design

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Until recently, going to google maps, to get a birds eye view of a location was the default option for many Permaculture Practitioners and Consultants, but the main limitation was it could not be relied upon to provide 100% up to date imagery.

And then came the boom of personal drones.

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Caught Sleeping!!!

Caught Sleeping feat

We humans sleep, animals sleep too, but do plants sleep? For the first time, researchers have caught trees in the act of ‘sleeping’ with their branches drooping down by as much as 10 centimeters during the night. Researchers hypothesize that, this change in stance during night, could be an indicator of ‘the resting’ state in trees.

Ever since the origin of life on earth, most living creatures have aligned their lifestyle, behaviour around the 24 hour day-night rhythm.

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How We Can Tackle the Declining Food Production

Home garden harvest of fresh summer vegetables

A good number of agribusiness executives, agricultural and ecological scientists, and international agriculture experts believe that a large-scale shift to organic farming would not only increase the world’s food supply, but might be the only way to eradicate hunger.

This probably comes as a surprise. After all, organic farmers detest the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and other tools that have become synonymous with increased food production.

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Permaculture Soils Course

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The Permaculture Soils Course redefines ‘sustainable agriculture’ as ‘our ability to build soil fertility as we improve production and reduce cost and labor’. Very few systems are able to achieve this goal in an affordable and achievable way.

You will leave the farm with the tools to be more productive in your backyard, in a greenhouse, on the farm, or in the city.

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Water Treatment for Off-the-Grid Rainwater Harvesting Systems – Water Organizing Modules (WOMs)

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After implementing a rainwater harvesting system, you still need to distribute the water throughout your house. What other steps need to occur before it is safe for human consumption? There’s a lot to consider when building an off-the-grid water filtration system. Luckily there is an ample supply of education from pioneers who have already solved this challenge.

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Obtain a Yield

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We are starting to reap the rewards from the focus to improve production. The many composting systems that are in place are building the fertility of the soil and the water harvesting/infiltration design has improved the capacity of the property. We have also adapted some of the gardens to produce a larger harvest of produce at a time.

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Inhabit – Part II

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Reflection: a water story

A pilgrimage film exploring the relationship between love, water, and culture.

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World Changer Interview Series – Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin

Nicholas Burtner Interviews Joel Salatin feat

If you are into Joel Salatin and especially if you are into history, you will not want to miss this interview. Nicholas Burtner sits down with Joel as he graciously pours out history of some of the origins of the ideas on pasture poultry, electric fencing, irrigation for farms, and more that him and his dad helped pioneer. A really informative and fun interview await.

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A Permacultural Solution

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Toby Hemenway presents a powerful speech at the Permaculture Voices Two (PV2) event captivating the audience and offering Permaculture as the sustainable path to our current unsustainable agricultural system. I just wanted to let you know that this talk starts out negative and it gets worse… but being Permaculture I promise you that by the end we will return to a good place and will end with solutions. – Toby […]

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Growing Clothes From Your Cup of Tea

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The fashion industry, by its very nature, generates lots of waste, way too much to be ignored. The problem is, even if the present clothing material can be recycled or repurposed, it still eventually ends up in the trash bin. So, this brings us to the obvious question: Is it possible to have a truly sustainable fabric that is 100 percent biodegradable and can be returned back to the soil […]

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