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The Stockpot

Rural vegetarian broth soup with colorful vegetables and rustic

Permaculture is all about getting the most out for the least in, and aiming for minimal energy usage and zero waste. Well and a whole load of other things too. I was lying awake in bed the other night thinking about things (as you do in the wee small hours) and the image of the stockpot came to me. Powerful symbols can be helpful in directing our thinking. At the […]

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Soil Nutrients

Soil Nutrients feat

During the international year of soil in 2015, global attention was drawn to the importance of a healthy soil. One of the key facts emphasized by the food and agricultural organization was that sustainable management of soils can lead to a 58% increase in food production (FAO, 2015). Soil nutrient composition plays a key role in determining the goodness of a soil. A healthy soil will have all the essential […]

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Urban Farming, Africa Style

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When I was in junior school in Cape Town in the late fifties / early sixties, ‘grand apartheid’ had not yet kicked in. While schools and buses already had racial segregation, we lived in an integrated suburb comprising different cultures some of whom set their gardens aside for agriculture. The government’s final solution included separating the races, and passing stricter urban planning rules. These prohibited all forms of business on […]

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The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

What are the long-term impacts of soil erosion on the Langhe’s of Piedmont vineyards? The Langhe of Piedmont in north-west Italy is an area famous for its wines and truffles, particularly for the wine of Barolo and the white truffle of Alba. Which is considered the capital of Langhe. While Barolo’s wine it has been said to be the “Wine of kings, the king of wine”. The Langhe area is […]

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Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

Sprout growing out of concrete

1. Introduction With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’[1] His point was that, at each moment in history, citizens and nations inevitably face unique challenges and problems, so we should not assume the democratic institutions and practices inherited from the past will be adequate for the conditions of today. Our ongoing political challenge, therefore, is to […]

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Surfing the Permaculture Wave

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By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, as indicated by the report of the World Economic Forum. Most of us have seen the horrible images of what non-recycled plastics do to the animals in the ocean, so we need a major rethink of what we use and how we dispose of it. Surfers are amongst the first in line experiencing the effects of pollution in the ocean […]

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Sustainable Farming Defined

Sustainable Farming Defined

Increased global awareness on sustainable farming has taken root. Different communities have a varying opinion on what exactly entails sustainable farming. This diverse and varied definition has with it, a mixed understanding which limits the overall potential of the technology. To address this variation, The United Nations FAO has come up with a broad and definite definition of sustainable farming. The definition is entirely based on five principles. These principles […]

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A Volcanic Miracle in Bolsena: The Italian Version of “PERMACULTURE, A DESIGNERS’ MANUAL” by Bill Mollison (1988)

A Volcanic Miracle in Bolsena Bolsena feat

Next September 11th the EUPC (European Permaculture Convergence) will take place in Bolsena, Italy. Touristic info about this city are given at the end of the article, however Bolsena is not too far from Rome, so you can really get there from anywhere around Europe – since Rome is connected pretty well – but not so easy to reach when you are in ROME because if you do not have […]

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Forgive Thyself: Self-Sufficient Homesteads Don’t Happen Overnight, And That’s Okay

New Sprouts of Malabar Spinach

Permaculture tends to attract passionate, active people who are dead-set on living more responsibly, in tune with the planet. By and large, we are an energetic, self-motivated crowd. Principally, we like the idea of self-reliance but embrace the notion of interactive, ecologically-minded communities. We are not people who sit on the sidelines, waiting for others to solve the world’s problems, but rather we are those putting our stake in the […]

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Urban Permaculture Transformation

Urban Permaculture Transformationfeat

It’s done! We did it! All building projects are completed, and the garden is growing uncontrollably! Check it out! The Short Story Between summer 2015 and summer 2016 I had the pleasure to re-design and re-build the urban 690m2 home of my brother’s family in Berlin. The focus of the design was everything surrounding the house, lifestyle and behaviour changes, and reconsiderations of resource and energy uses. After an initial […]

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Musings on Earthworks

Musings on Earthworks

This week sees our little family here at Djaning Farm move into the first major step of the mainframe implementation. We’re co-hosting an earthworks course with the home of The Permaculture Research Institute (PRI), Zaytuna Farm. This was one of the first things we began organising even before we landed from our long haul flight from England, where we’d finished packing down and shedding ‘stuff’ and ‘things’ from our life […]

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