Category: General

Nitrogen Fixing Species for Agroforestry Systems


I am currently working on a Regenerative Landscape Design for a site in Todorovo, Bulgaria. The plan is to establish an Agroforestry system known as Alley Cropping wherein rows of mixed species edible trees and shrubs are planted at intervals with spaces for herbs, forage and/or grain crops to be grown in between. It’s a dynamic system which is inherently diverse, providing multiple yields and excellent habitat for wildlife while at the same time being relatively resilient to a changing climate.

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Shall We Return to Traditional Farming Methods or Is Modern Better?

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In my first post, I described how the stampede for material wealth became all-important to me as a baby boomer, and why I bear collective responsibility for global warming. Not everybody in my country of South Africa had the opportunity to share the bounty. In the countryside, life continued much as before. The Way Things Were When I Was Young When I was a teenager, I cycled quite long distances […]

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A Story of Chickens and Food Stamps


In 2014 Justin Rhodes flew across the world to attend one of our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses at Zaytuna Farm, home of The Permaculture Research Institute. Two years later, Justin and his wife Rebekah are inspiring others and fueling the Permaculture fire with their film Permaculture Chickens and a Youtube Vlog 100 Days of Growing Food. In the video below, their story from illness and financial lows to abundant homesteading has been captured in this micro-documentary.

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Localising Permaculture – Better for Earth Care

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As Geoff Lawton said in one of his videos, “If there is no permaculture group where you live, then start one”. After six months of moving to Stanthorpe in Southeast Queensland to start our permaculture life on a rural block, we did start a group. This was in January 2014. We pay an annual fee of $60 to the nearest Landcare group/office to be added to the groups under their […]

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Brix Refractometers and Why they take your Knowledge to Another Level

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What is a Brix refractometer? In agriculture, it is mainly used in measuring the sugar content in fruits and vegetables. If you know the sugar content of your produce, you will also immediately know if your fruits and vegetables are of high quality. With this information, you can properly time your harvesting. This translates to a higher quality produce. The benefits of using a Brix refractometer In other words, a […]

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Closed Carbon Loop: One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

One of the Solutions to Sustainable Agriculture

In the future, we will need more resources and raw materials. We will also need more food to feed to our growing population. Researchers estimate that our population will reach at least 10 billion by the year 2050. They also estimate that we will need to increase our food production by at least 70 percent to feed the growing population. Where will we get more resources, raw materials, and food? […]

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The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

The Mark of the Baby Boomers: The Internet and Drought

I am in the final quarter of my life but I will not go gently into the night. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas ‘old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light’. And rage, rage I shall against the mess our generation has created for those that follow, and must sort it out as best they can. Je […]

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About Solar Feed-in Tariffs: Effects and Solutions

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Solar power is one of the best solutions in answering the energy crisis. Aside from that, it’s renewable and environment-friendly. It’s truly a practical solution that households can take advantage of. Governments also recognize this. That’s why they offer special incentives to encourage homeowners to use solar power. One such incentive is to offer money to solar power users if they can feed energy back into the grid. In other […]

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Raising Resilient Kids in a World Full of Wusses

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Getting out of the problem and into the solution. Jack Spirko of The Survival Podcast has shared episode 1825 on his Youtube Channel commercial free. This episodes’ main focus is that children should be praised positively, but that it should not be a one size fits all approach. Jack illustrates, as with all of his material, a well thought out point of view. Jacks’ 10 rules for raising resilient children […]

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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


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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