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II italian permaculture festival 3-6 september Italy Bolsena

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Photos by Valentina Burla The second italian permaculture festival took place in Bolsena from the 3rd to the 6th of September. The medieval town welcomed the festival even better than last year. For the second year the organization, led by Luca Puri, followed the same idea of designing the event throughout the town center. This has proved to be the idea that characterizes the festival. Permaculture meets a community, like […]

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Cycling with Black Soldier Flies

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Photo: (Courtesy of Sukarman) Flies get a bum rap. We swat them. We set out traps. They get no respect. But, it’s time all that changes. Few of us acknowledge that flies, behind bees and few wasps, are amongst the most prolific pollinators in nature. Rarely, do we discuss how flies are avid recyclers, clever scavengers, and excellent monitors of plant pests. Most of the time it’s just splat with […]

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A rare opportunity for multiple occupancy in Central Vic

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Birrith Birrith* is an appropriate development for the Hepburn area – close to the permaculture home of David Holmgren and Su Dennett. The owner, Maureen, is a life-long permie and is looking for a group of permaculturists with vision to buy this hectare with three dwellings and a shed/studio/workshop, set amongst useful, beautiful trees, a woodlot that provides timber for building, furniture and fuel. The dwellings are passive solar and […]

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Patterns for Experiential Learning


Co-Authored by Laura Killingbeck How do we learn? When we engage with new information, what enhances or inhibits our ability to move it from our short-term working memory to our long-term reference memory? Each individual learns in different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, etc, but at the heart of all these mechanisms lie a few shared roots. The power to tap into these roots of learning is what makes it possible […]

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Permaculture Design Course PRI Chile

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The Tools in Your Hands Date: January 4-17 Location: El Manzano, Biobio, Chile Teachers: Javiera Carrion, Grifen Hope, Carolina Heidke Info & Registration: + The Permaculture Research Institute of Chile is happy to announce its next 14 day PRI accredited Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with our diverse teaching team from the 4–17 January in El Manzano one of Latin Americas few working permaculture farms. Innovative Approach With over […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2013: Mainframe Design Persists Despite Vegetative Setbacks


Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. I was not able to return to the United States until the end of November 2013 to visit for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I received some updates about its state from my parents when we would video chat. Sometime during the summer, a groundhog decided […]

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Rehydration to support diversity farming for sustainable food security


Hubert Timmenga is a soil scientist and environmental scientist practicing agricultural consulting in Western Canada. He obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and earned a PhD in Soil Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. He recently completed Geoff Lawton’s 2015 Online PDC Course. Geoff suggested that Hubert write a paper on rehydration to encourage bigger-picture thinking. This […]

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Some Tips on Making Compost

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As every gardener knows, one of the key things you need if you are going to grow plants is good soil. When using permaculture this necessity can sometimes be challenged; for example, in very dry or extreme (very dry/very wet) climates such as Mediterranean, some people recommend using no soil at all but instead growing all of your plants in gravel or small pebbles. This technique, suggested by for example […]

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My Interview with Graham Turner on ‘Limits to Growth’


Below is the next instalment of the interview series Jordan Osmond and I are releasing as part of the crowd-funding campaign for our documentary, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity. Thank you to all the generous souls who have helped us reach our first goal in 18 days! For more information on the documentary or to make a donations, please see here. The 1972 book, Limits to Growth, is the […]

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Food Crisis: Problem is the Solution

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Courtesy of PARIS—Nestled in a valley in the northern French countryside of Normandy, the Bec Hellouin farm, once the first permaculture farm in France, produces some 800 varieties of fruits and vegetables. In 2004, world travelers and teachers, Perrine and Charles Hervé-Gruyer, decided to turn their energies and talents to farming. Their acres of intensive polyculture fields, two greenhouses, two mandala gardens for growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers coexist […]

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My Nomadic permaculture journey continued


I shared some of my experiences around the world in my article A Nomadic Permaculture Journey continues……PDC Spain 2014 a few month ago with you all and would like to continue with a short update from my current work here in Spain & Portugal since then plus some info about my last few month of work in India, Thailand and finally Australia, the country of origin of permaculture. We finished […]

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Permaculture Design Course near Barcelona – October 2015


This October we are returning to the magical La Garrotxa, near Barcelona, for our 3rd Permaculture Design Course in Spain. We are excited to offer a 17-day PERMACULTURE DESIGN CERTIFICATE (PDC) PLUS Course with over 90 hours curriculum, full of practical knowledge, hands-on experiences and design exercises in a place of great natural beauty. The PDC program integrates with optional daily yoga sessions ,mindfulness practices, Deep Ecology/ Nature Connection exercises, […]

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