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Swales Bring Life to Your Soil

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Everyone knows water means life, but not everyone pays attention to the amount of water going to your soil. Dirt, soil or earth, whatever you call it, is a living being. Having a consistent amount of moisture in your soil guarantees that it stays alive. Water is the “solvent of life” that functions in transport of nutrients through plants and is used in the energy producing-processes of plants. However, watering […]

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Reducing Your Footprint When You Haven’t Built a Permaculture Site from the Ground Up

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In the ideal world of most budding permaculture enthusiasts, which I still consider myself, we would have pieces of land sizeable enough to begin the adventure of a lifetime. We would be designing our own energy-efficient homes with passive solar heating in the winter and deciduous vines clambering around to keep the sun off in the summer. We would have the space for luscious gardens and food forests to grow […]

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How much Comfrey can you grow on 13 m2 ? – Comfrey Trial Results Year 1

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Inspired by the work of Lawrence D Hills (1911–1991) who undertook extensive research on Comfrey during his lifetime,  we decided to start some Comfrey trials of our own to see just how much biomass these plants can produce for us, how well they fertilize our crops, how attractive they are for garden wildlife, and whether they have a beneficial impact on the soil. We sought to do this by planting […]

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Farm to Table Tales

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Good food takes time. I’ve heard this phrase many times before, but after nine months at the Ranch, I’ve truly come to understand what it means to me. The local Costa Ricans are called the Ticos. The Ticos live by the mantra “Pura Vida”, which directly translates to pure life. This is indefinitely how they choose to live. “Tico time” is another phrase I’ve heard and come to understand here. […]

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500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days!

500 days In A Food Forest To Now Include 1100 days feat

It can be hard finding the time to spend time in a food forest, let alone three years! With that in mind, over the past three years, I’ve taken a series of 700 photos of the food forest here and produced a short video so that you can experience what I see on a daily basis. The farm is in a temperate climate in the mountains of the south eastern […]

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Any Graphic Designers Out There? A Call Out for Collaborators

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The Simplicity Institute is mobilising for a new ‘culture jamming’ project next year and we’ve started gathering a team of skilled graphic designers (and potentially visual artists more generally) to collaborate. If this sounds like you and you are keen to volunteer some of your time (a few hours or many hours) to creating striking images that challenge consumerism and the growth economy, and advance the visions of voluntary simplicity, […]

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Modeling Sustainable Food Systems

Modeling Sustainable Food Systems feat

Sustainability has become quite the buzzword inside the environmentalist circle and out, but what does sustainability mean and how can we measure is? A 1987 UN report known as Our Common Future, defines sustainability as, “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Often, sustainability is viewed under an agricultural lens, bringing in concepts such as organic farming and permaculture, […]

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Non-Traditional Education: Reconnecting to our Roots

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Modern, conventional education systems do not work for everyone. They cater well enough to many of today’s students but not to a significant portion of the population that might be better served by alternative pedagogical approaches. In most countries, at the age of 4 or 5, or even younger, kids are shuffled into busy classrooms to learn subjects that will reportedly prepare them for a successful future. As our economies […]

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Cows, Carbon and Climate | Joel Salatin | TEDxCharlottesville

Cows, Carbon and Climate feat

This year, Salatin was featured at a TEDx Talk in Charlottesville, entitled Cows, Carbon and Climate, which places a large focus on the grass-herbivore relationship. He immediately calls out his listeners (and today’s society) for being disconnected from grass. Not golf course, manicured-lawn grass, but the grass like that found when the first explorers entered Virginia centuries ago. He paints an attractive picture for listeners of historic pastures so lush […]

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Permaculture in the City

Permaculture in the City

This article is not about growing food in city. We will talk about city life, where you work 8 to 6 and still have a social life, and trying to pay a mortgage or two and live on plastics rather than cash money. Life in metropolitan cities are fast, relies on money and communication is mostly online. How can you sustain your existence in a fast moving life style? There […]

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THE CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR THE ITALIAN VERSION OF MOLLISON´S DESIGNERS´ MANUAL

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Last September the European Permaculture Convergence took place in Italy, that is in a charming location called Bolsena, a small town lying on the shores of huge volcanic lake where swans use to swim peacefully on the mesmerizing water surface reflecting the colours of sky and hills. The giant sycamore trees scattered all around seem to be standing there as the loving and protective arms of our Mother Earth. There […]

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