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Urban Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

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Urban agriculture (UA) in public spaces may have been the unloved child that mainstream western society abandoned in the 17th century in favour of ornamental gardening, but fortunately it hasn’t been abandoned by everyone. Many people in the community, in defiance of irrational design fads imposed from above by local authorities, have continued to grow food close to where they live. More than just growing food, UA is powerful transformative. […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 2: Practical Ideas for How We Use Terminology

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In the first part of this article I explored a few of the key terms associated with permaculture and how becoming conscious of their meaning and implication can help us empower permaculture as a tool, even more than it may be already.  In this part I look at some practical ways we can apply these terminological changes, and some examples of organisations or projects who are putting them into action. […]

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Ways We Harvest Food on a Small Homestead

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There are so many avenues of food cultivation on the Earth. Our Earth is constantly creating food for us, but as time goes on, our natural instincts have been deprogrammed. The powers that be have pushed the idea that we have to go to supermarkets or restaurants to eat. Not only is that a ridiculous idea but it’s absolutely insulting! You can find all sorts of food, mostly greens, available […]

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Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Toby Hemenway – Permaculture Crusader – Needs Your Help

Sadly, tragedy struck Toby and his family in 2015. In the fall of that year, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After undergoing chemotherapy, he was nevertheless told that his cancer had spread from his pancreas to his liver. While Toby had recently begun his second round of chemo in October, he developed septic shock just last month. Septic shock occurs when an immune system weakened by cancer allows for […]

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Spread the Word and Share your Harvest: A Backyard Farm to Table Tasting!

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Living in the suburbs and taking on a permaculture project can be an isolating task. What keeps us motivated is the knowledge that we are a part of a wider movement. People across the world are dedicated to permaculture principles and spreading knowledge and information. We recognize that not everybody is going to take a few weeks to take a full Permaculture Design Course and start his or her own […]

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The Great Hay Stack

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Come the end of the annual monsoon, all eyes turn to the rice paddies, watching for the ripening of the grain. Spirits have been dampened by some unseasonal rains, bringing anguish about the state of the crop. This year, after a heavy monsoon that lingered a little past it’s welcome, the harvest finally came a little later, too.

The fields in front of our home are a mix of both cultivated rice paddies and fallow fields of wild grasses.

Each year, we undertake the big job of harvesting as much as we can of the organic matter that the fields have to offer.

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Dealing with Amish Neighbors through Sharing and Bartering

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I find myself to be lucky enough to have many Amish neighbors. I feel lucky because they generally make the best neighbors for homesteaders. The Amish are quiet and like to be left alone: they don’t really mind what you do on your land. You can have a symbiotic relationship with the Amish that suits both of you. First off you need to respect the way they live and understand […]

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Raising Rabbits: My Source of Manure

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I love raising rabbits, mainly because of rabbit pellets also known as rabbit manure. When people ask me why I raise rabbits they expect me to say meat, pets or fur. When I say manure I really surprise them. I do love my rabbits and I love their meat, but rabbit pellets are invaluable. If you work on a small homestead rabbits might be a great livestock option. I first […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 1: Why we need to focus on Terminology to take Permaculture to the next level.

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One of the most universally applicable attractions of permaculture is that it is a practical set of design tools, based on directly observable effects and which can be used to create physical solutions to problems in the world. Indeed, co-conceptualiser of permaculture Bill Mollison famously pointed out that one of the reasons permaculture is so useful is that it involves actually applying what you are saying to what you are […]

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Farming the Garden

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How small is too small? Depending in what year you asked this question I would have given a different answer. I came across Permaculture in 2004 while searching the web for ‘intensive growing systems’. I lived in the burbs and only had access to small areas. Many techniques for gardening were attempted as I jumped from garden to garden in my parents and friends yards. Permaculture just seemed to rattle […]

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Polyculture Trials 2016 – Home Garden Records

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Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project looks at his Polyculture Trials 2016 – Home Garden Records. http://balkanecologyproject.blogspot.com.au/2016/11/polyculture-trials-2016-home-garden.html For the previous three years, we have been testing the practice of growing vegetables and herbs in Polycultures (guilds within Permaculture circles). We have been using our home garden for these tests, and recording the inputs and outputs from the growing seasons. Our aim is to discover whether or not growing in […]

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Rock Phosphate

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Phosphorus is needed by plants in relatively large amounts; this is why it is classified as a primary plant nutrient. It plays a key role in photosynthesis, carbon metabolism and nitrogen fixation. It is also a key component of nucleic acids-DNA and RNA. When phosphorus is deficient in a plant the following symptoms show: – Dark-green colouration in leaves- the dark green colour is as a result of high carbohydrate […]

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