Category: General

A Fowl Arrangement Between Us All

The Mulch Makers

Every morning I get out of bed to the sound of turkeys and chickens parading around my cabin en route to a spot behind the outdoor kitchen scullery where scraps of food are tossed every day. It’s a beautiful permaculture set-up, feeding the fowl by merely scraping the plates over the counter. By the next morning, the birds are happy, and any evidence is gone. Occasionally, the dogs get in […]

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Nature Farming – Done Naturally

Nature Farming - Done Naturally

Throwing some seeds over a cleared piece of land may seem a haphazard method of farming, a negative person may say it’s doomed to failure, but proof to the contrary is here – a happy plant-filled field that will produce a great yield. It may seem like beginner’s luck that the rice paddy growing so happily, when actually it is an ancient secret that man is starting to be willing […]

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Geoff Lawton Goes to Malaysia

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Murujan Permaculture Design is a growing and dedicated group of Permaculturalists, based in Malaysia working to spread awareness and education of Permaculture Design around the world but particularly in Malaysia. We were extremely honored to be paid a visit by none other than Geoff Lawton in November 2015. His visit was the beginning of what hopes to be a very important project for Malaysia in terms of Permaculture Design and […]

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Living Fencing For Mediterranean Climate Regions

Hillside Cows in Fog

Fences are a must for your homestead and farm. Fences ensure security and privacy, define property boundaries, prevents intruders, separate production zones of gardens, orchards and pastures, confine our useful farm animals and protect them from predators and so on. Woven or electric wire, boards on pressure-treated posts, welded livestock panels etc. are some choices for manufactured fencing but they are not good choices as energy and environmental crises are […]

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Making a Difference Thanks to the Internet

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I think it was in April last year; a post caught my eye on the Facebook page set up by Geoff for his alumni. A Kenyan farmer was reaching out to us, asking for information and help. He and the 35 farmers in his association had determined that Permaculture was the only way they could bring their land and acidified soils back from chemical fertilizer chaos and put food on […]

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 2 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 article continues the examination of the tropical orchard establishment patterns and techniques practiced at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center in Costa Rica. Part 1, found here, examined the goals of our site, the alley cropping layout pattern, and how we manage water. Part 2, below, […]

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Unseasonable Heat: The Unusual Weather of Our Times and Ideas for How We Can Work With It

Fruit Tree in January, UK. Photo by Charlotte Haworth feat

As the light begins to come back into the days of the Northern Hemisphere and springtime comes closer, now is traditionally the time to be planting seeds, ready for the proliferation of life and colour which the new season will bring. However, this year the season seems to have come early – so early that in many countries, from Spain (1) to the USA (2), flowers which should normally arrive […]

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Study Indicate That Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Can Feed The Planet

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The never ending debate as to whether organic food production could actually feed the globe is back at the debate table. And the data culled for this latest report suggests that turning to increased organic food production to feed the globe isn’t really a far-fetched idea. Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of […]

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Is Newspaper Safe for Your Garden?

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There is an ongoing debate in the agricultural world concerning the safety, or lack thereof, of newspaper use in a garden. Newspaper has been used widely in vegetable gardens as a mulch, as a natural weed killer, and even as potting cups. Newspaper is a biodegradable substance. The Nuffield Foundation, which focuses on science and social science, conducted an experiment with its students which demonstrated how microbes in the soil […]

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How to have a “Permaculture Eye”

How to have a “Permaculture Eye”

I hope you’ve been enjoying the great presentations that the 2016 Home Grown Food Summit have been hosting all week. And it looks like today is my turn :) Four times a year, we open up Zaytuna Farm to the public and invite everyone and anyone to come experience our teaching farm and what it’s like to live completely off-grid. Yesterday, was one of those times, and everyone — visitors, […]

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5 Simple Ideas for Transitioning into a Permaculture Garden

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I meet a lot of people who are new to the idea of permaculture, or more so, they’ve heard of the term but aren’t quite certain what it entails. It’s using raise beds, right? Generally, I try to be broad in my description, including elements of sustainable housing, renewable energy, cyclical systems, small bonded communities, and the whole shebang…But, largely, people have heard about permaculture through the food movement and […]

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Pollinators and Food Security

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Pollinators – such as bees, birds and various types of insects that fly, hop or crawl from one flower to another – have for centuries been the invisible helpers of farmers worldwide. Different types of bees have distinct tastes and roles to play in the food system. Bumble bees, for example, are one of the few types of bees that can successfully pollinate tomatoes, which heavily rely on buzz pollination […]

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