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Free Geoff Lawton Permaculture Videos

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We’re rolling out a series of free videos from Geoff Lawton. The first video is about how Geoff Lawton got started in Permaculture and how he used it to transform his burnt out farm to abundance and what a little permaculture knowledge can do for you. This first video has been a terrific hit and has had thousands of views and over 1,800 comments. The response has been truly phenomenal. […]

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Working With What You’ve Got: How Losing My Vision Gave Me Perspective

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House front — before House front — after We all encounter rough spots in our lives. Fortunately, we get to choose how we handle them. For me, permaculture provided the perfect lens for placing hard times into a healing, long term context. So often today, we are taught to think of things in the short term: a week, a month, a season. Within this timeframe, rough spots can seem monumental […]

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A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer – Part 3

by Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh This time, in Part 3 of this series discussing my journey towards becoming a professional permaculture designer, I will be talking about marketing, knock-backs and my progress since the last article. Part 2 of this series focused on two large issues facing many of us trying to build our own business, commitment and confidence. Reflecting on these points, the pressure of these emotions […]

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Redesigning Civilization – with Permaculture

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Modern agriculture, industry, and finance all extract more than they give back, and the Earth is starting to show the strain. How did we get in this mess and what can we do to help our culture get back on track? The ecological design approach known as permaculture offers powerful tools for the design of regenerative, fair ways to provide food, energy, livelihood, and other needs while letting humans share […]

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Put Your Questions to the Experts, Round 4b: Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton at the Zaytuna Farm entrance Photo © Craig Mackintosh This is Part B of the fourth installment in our popular Q&A series. In case you didn’t catch it on previous occasions, we added a new sub-forum titled ‘Put Your Questions to the Experts!‘, where our forum members put their questions to experienced permaculturists we’ll approach over the weeks and months ahead. First up to be the target of […]

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Verge’s Grad Interview Series: Trailer

by Rob Avis http://www.youtube.com/embed/c6DDTxR9nrw The Grad Video series tells the stories of 10 graduates from our Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) courses, documenting what they’ve done with the knowledge, skills and inspiration they acquired from the course. Two film makers set out to find these graduates and catch them in action, capturing their successes, struggles, and transformations as they embark on new endeavours — starting gardens, homesteads, community projects, businesses, building […]

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A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer – Part 2

OK, here we go, the second installment of this series regarding my journey to become a professional permaculture designer. In my last article I touched on who I am, what I am doing and why, and discussed some general topics which included defining my services, networking and, on a very general level, the importance of examining price structures for services. As a result, I was contacted by a nice guy […]

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David Holmgren Interview

This was a nice find. Here we can hear permaculture co-originator David Holmgren sharing his own story on his involvement with the birth and development of the permaculture design system, as well as talking about the permaculture ethics and how these embody the solutions we need as we move from an era of abundant, non-renewable energy to a world that must work within the constraints of a more limited cyclical […]

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Permaculture and Local Sustainability

Editor’s Note: I put this newspaper piece up just to get all of you permaculture event attendees thinking about easy ways to leverage the impact of the event — i.e. why not do a short write-up on it and see if you can’t get it published in your local rag. Most local newspapers are keen to get free content, and so permaculture can get free advertising, for the benefit of […]

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Tree Solutions for Urban Problems (videos)

This fun animation shows how reconnecting trees to our city’s watersheds is one of the fastest ways to create lasting jobs while rebuilding local economies and preparing our communities to thrive and survive increasing threats of severe weather. http://www.youtube.com/embed/oxhYSbgwNcY And, below, Andy Lipkis, Founder and President of TreePeople, talks about Elmer Avenue — a neighborhood in Los Angeles’ NE San Fernando Valley that was transformed from a flood hazard zone […]

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A Journey of Transition: Becoming a Professional Permaculture Designer

by Dan French Photo © Craig Mackintosh Like the title suggests, I’m going to write a few articles about my journey to becoming a professional permaculture designer… if you don’t mind? I’m doing this for a few reasons: to help me articulate and formalize what it is I’m doing; to tell others who might be interested in doing the same about my ups and downs; to gain exposure and fast […]

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