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Swastikas and Permaculture, Unusual Living Arrangements, and more…

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Hi, this is Geoff. Welcome to this weeks – Five. Let’s jump right in: Gangsters, Swastikas, and … Permaculture appeals to the mainstream, to the edges, and everything in between. I won’t reveal anything about this story – you have to read it yourself. Incredible. From sea to land, yet another unusual housing arrangement. Hat tip to Nick Burtner (one of my senior PDC students and Zaytuna Farm intern) for […]

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$80,000 on Half An Acre Farming Vegetables


– Profitable Mini-Farming with Curtis Stone Learn more about Profitable Urban Farming at Learn how small scale farming can be used to create a high-income producing farm or improve your current operation. See how profitable urban farming works as farmer Curtis Stone shows you how he assembled a multi-locational urban farm that grossed $20,000 in its first year and $55,000 in it’s second. He’ll describe the design of his […]

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Traditional Pest Control Methods

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Traditional pest control methods involve the suppression of pests and insect through the use of locally available resources in a given cultural setting. The traditional pest control methods do not utilize conventional methods such as the use of insecticides and pesticides. With slight change in the environment or habitat of a given pest, one can achieve a proven method of effective pest control. These modifications of the environment and habitat […]

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Perennial Vegetables and The Other Reasons You Should Consider Them for Your Garden

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Luckily for me, my mother was the sort who insisted that I taste something before deciding I didn’t like it. The habit has served me well in later life. As a traveler, I’ve been able to shift my palate from one country’s cuisine to the next, enjoying whatever ingredients seem common to the local fare. As a vegan, those versatile taste buds have kept the doors open to many more […]

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Time to Plant the Garlic

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Autumn Equinox has come and gone in the southern hemisphere and this is the signal to plant the garlic. We had harvested and stored our garlic from last season so it was time to sort through it all and start planting it out. We like to grow Russian garlic as it is great to use because of its size and it seems to grow well enough in our climate and […]

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DIY Aquaponic PVC Garden

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Do you like fish? How about gardening? If you said yes to both of these questions, you’ll definitely love this project! The Aquaponic PVC Garden is powered by water pumps that push water up from a fish tank, up a higher pipe where the plants are, and lets gravity do its work by letting the water drip back into the same fish tank. If you do not know what aquaponics […]

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Nicholas Burtner – Beautifying Urban Spaces With Reclaimed Materials

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Nicholas Burtner visits Elijah Santoyo in a suburb or Los Angeles and gets rocked by some amazing implementation of urban design. You will definitely want to know how to get that natural patina stone look using urbanite, which we affectionately dub “Urbanite on Steroids”. Elijah explains it in this video. For more great information, please visit Nicholas at, About Nicholas Nicholas is an established permaculture designer, consultant, practitioner, advocate, […]

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Fracking, Good Design, and Monsanto’s Dilemma

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Bernie vs. Hillary on the harms of fracking, and Stanford researchers show its impact on drinking water. What to do? Tom Kendall, one of my students who recently returned from teaching a PDC in Jordan, shows that biogas at the surface removes the need for fracking, and is a de-centralized energy source in this 4-part video series.

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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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