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Final Day to help create the follow up to Inhabit

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The producer of Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective is working on a loose follow-up film, this time looking specifically at water. He just released a short teaser featuring Penny Livingston in California. It’s a beautiful glimpse of what’s to come. The project is raising money through Indiegogo, with a campaign that ENDS this Wednesday, July 13th, at 12:30pm pst ((California time)). Now’s the time to pitch in if you can! Let’s […]

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A Prosperous Descent – Telling new stories as the old book closes

A Prosperous Descent - Telling new stories as the old book closes

OVER THE LAST two centuries in the West, we have been telling ourselves that economic growth is the most direct path to prosperity, that the good life implies material affluence, and that technology and ‘free markets’ will be able to solve most of our social and environmental problems. In recent decades, we have even attempted to impose this story on the entire globe, arrogantly declaring the end of history.

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Abundance from Small Spaces

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It’s all about habitat. If you create the right habitat, you get what you need. I often ask people, “What is the biggest predator in this garden?” The answer, of course, is “us” because that’s what it’s designed for. Before we were farmers, we were hunter-gatherers. What the word ‘forest’ (from the Anglo-Norman) means is not ‘trees’ at all, but ‘the king’s hunting ground.’ So, what we are doing in creating forest gardens is to get ourselves back as close as we can to being hunter-gatherers: less work, more harvest, no pollution, making the system as self-fertile as possible, recycling wastes into nutrients, and entirely dependent on the best nuclear reactor of all—the sun, and on the rain (or other precipitation) and wind cycles which are driven by the sun’s energy.

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Podcast – the contrast between sustainable forestry and planning law – a live case

Podcast - the contrast between sustainable forestry and planning law - a live case

You buy land, you invest your money, time, sweat, blood, and tears. You engage your community. You find niche opportunities to get paid for your investment. You build resiliency in the soil, you battle people who have no idea what you do. There is a visible disconnect between people who are the pioneers of modern land husbandry, and those who wield delegated power to read rule books written by people […]

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Minimum Intervention

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How Close to Do Nothing Can You Get?

One of the most attractive principles in Permaculture is minimum intervention. The idea that you can be more productive by doing less has many attractions. If we can get higher yields by working less, we also consume less energy and produce less waste.

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Making Biogas is Easy

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Methane is a versatile, sustainable gas that can be used to perform everyday tasks like heating water and cooking food with surprising simplicity. Unfortunately producing it and using it at home may seem messy, but below we have a simple DIY instruction on making a biogas digester. All grazing animals have bacteria that are needed for creating methane in their guts, with cows being the most efficient creators of the […]

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Causing Biological Invasion with the Click of a Mouse

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Every country is under invasion, not from extra-terrestrial organisms but by native plants from other continents. The case of Switzerland is one such classical example. Long ago Goldenrod, Himalayan balsam and Chinese windmill palm were introduced as ornamental plants and at some point having ‘escaped’ into the wild, they are now threatening the native flora. The main cause of such biological invasions is global trade, which from the last two […]

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Permaculture at Taman Pertanian

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The idea behind incorporating permaculture is to show people a site that integrates permaculture demonstration with recreational activities. This mix will be necessary so that people who want to learn and see permaculture working in the tropics can come to this site as a demonstration site. At the same time the site caters for recreational activities that attract different crowds and traps them!

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This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

This Crazy Tree Grows 40 Kinds of Fruit

Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, uses “chip grafting” to create trees that each bear 40 different varieties of stone fruits, or fruits with pits. The grafting process involves slicing a bit of a branch with a bud from a tree of one of the varieties and inserting it into a slit in a branch on the “working tree,” then wrapping the wound with tape until […]

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Phayao Permaculture Center, Phayao, Northern Thailand

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Having taken the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course with Bill Mollison on Maui, Hawaii in 1982, it has been my vision to retire on my own permaculture designed land. This came about in 2012 when I purchased land for my Thai family. The design was formulated and implementation began. Of the many elements designed in permaculture fashion, soil enhancement was a major priority from the beginning as the tropical soil […]

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Starting a Business – Some Thoughts

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One of the things I notice is that the same challenges come round again and again. Why does this matter in the world of Permaculture? Well, for a number of different reasons. If you accept the essential premises on which Permaculture is built you will appreciate that followers of the discipline agree to take as much responsibility for the welfare of themselves and their families as they can. So self-employment becomes an obvious choice.

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Property purchase guide: what to look for when buying land?

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Finding the perfect piece of land can be rather expensive; nonetheless, once you have it, you’re setting a solid foundation for your future success.

I would say that all land has potential, but your final choice depends on your personal situation and your resources. Although I am here suggesting a specific hierarchy of what is important to look for when on your hunt, your situation may differ, that’s why we should always start with goals in mind.

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