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Why Our Urban Areas Need Permaculture: The Problem is the Solution!

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According to the United Nations, it has been estimated that approximately 66% of the world’s global population will be living in cities by the year 2050. The implications of that statistic for humanity and for our environment are great. Since cities are typically very resource-intensive, requiring vast amounts of energy, water, food, and other natural resources, they place a very large burden on our planet to run them. However, it […]

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Corporations Seeking More Power than Governments: Ideas for working with power-flow

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Last month a report (1) was published by five international rights groups analysing the possible side effects of a new free trade agreement, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (2), currently being negotiated among 16 Asian and Pacific states. The main concern of the report is that the agreement would put into law the ISDS, or Investor-State Dispute Settlement, essentially giving multi-national corporations the right not to adhere to national legislation […]

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All About the Beet

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Feeling the Beet When I think back to when I was a young, I recall flashes of warm happy summer days.  Many of those memories are of sowing and harvesting beets with my mom and sister.  I also have fond memories of my mother preparing those same beets.  After scrubbing the beets and trimming the tops and bottoms off, my mom would give them a 15 boil, slice them and […]

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Commercial Permaculture Farm

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Grandpa Bill stated the prime goal of permaculture is “the aim to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable”. While we try to leave minimum foot print on the Earth, we are trying to produce food for ourselves and our animals. Once we go back to the roots and study Bill Mollison again, we see that “economy” is actually playing a role in every design but we don’t […]

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Repel Pests With Plants

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The seed magazines have been coming in for the last couple of weeks, signaling me to get ready. This is the most exciting and anxious time of year. I feel like it’s the beginning of the growing season: like I am running out of time already. What a weird time of year, right? If you have the same feeling I do, I feel bad for you. I guess my first […]

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The Dark Cellars Project: An Aesthetics of Revolt

The Dark Cellars Project: An Aesthetics of Revolt

A couple of months ago I made a call out for artists and graphic designers to be in touch if they wanted to explore ways to use art and image to unsettle the normality of consumer capitalism and provoke thought about alternative ways to live and be. I was overwhelmed by the response, with over 50 artists writing back expressing their interest in a culture jamming project. In recent weeks […]

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5 Designs for Growing Food Vertically

Grapes on High (Courtesy of Peter Burka)

Permaculture changes the way we look at space. For some of us, it opens up pathways to making the most of every inch we’re given. For others, it allows us to relax our demands on the land and ourselves, to put thoughtful design in place and let it play out as nature then sees fit. Whatever way we are moved, without a doubt, verticality becomes a part of how we […]

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Why I love the Worms in the Garden

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I love my worms very much! Yes, they look creepy and slimy, but these creatures from below help feed my family and keep us all happy and healthy. If it weren’t for worms, I may have never found permaculture. I could be using synthetic fertilizers that most universities testing your soil tell you to use. I could have been growing this way and have cancer or other health issues due […]

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What Can Carrots Do For You?

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“What’s up Doc?” This famous catch phrase from the beloved Warner Bros. character, Bugs Bunny, brings to mind an incorrigible rabbit and the carrots he likes to munch. When thinking of bunnies and carrots, those things often bring to mind gardening. And while bunnies are cute, they are rarely helpful when it comes to creating a successful garden, unless they can help fertilize it. To learn more about how rabbits […]

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Manuka Honey’s Healing Power: Exclusive Property or One of Many?

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Manuka honey is well-known for its health benefits (see for example 1).Though famous as a product from New Zealand, the results of recent studies (2) show that the Australian variety is just as potent as its New Zealand cousin. But how does this affect the global honey market? And is it even appropriate, from a permaculture perspective, to place such importance on ‘manuka’ as oppose to other honeys? What is […]

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Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein.” How we think colours everything we do, that is indisputable. Our biases definitely affect our objectivity and clarity as well as our judgement, factors critical to effective solutions thinking. Permaculture is a discipline which embodies systems thinking, the ability to think holistically, to clearly see what […]

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Do You Know Celery?

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Celery is a commonly known vegetable, yet often seems to be misunderstood.  From the idea that it is a negative calorie food, to that it provides no nutritional benefits, celery’s place in the diet seems to have been exaggerated or underestimated.  Finding where celery stands can help determine if celery is the vegetable for you.     What does celery have to offer? Celery, Apium L., is from the Apiaceae (carrot) […]

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