Army of Permaculturists – Ready for Battle

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These are the people of Molokai, a 300 square mile island in the center of the main chain of the Hawaiian Islands. It is rural, beautiful, slow-paced and the only place you’ll find almost as many people wearing camouflage as the armed forces. If you can show respect for the aina (land) and local-style culture,… Read more »

Permaculture English Teaching Experience of a Lifetime in Vietnam – Applications Closing Soon!

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PRI Australia’s Vietnamese partner organisation, the Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI) is looking for English as Second Language (ESL) teachers with an interest in Permaculture to work at two of its farmer field schools (FFS), the Human Ecology Practice Area (HEPA), and FFS Simacai. Positions will commence at the beginning of March, following the… Read more »

A Beginner’s Guide to Working in Sustainable Aid and Overseas Development

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We can change the world. We’ve all felt it, that overwhelming urge which every permie gets when they graduate from their PDC, that burning desire to share our excitement, to spread the good word, to let the rest of world in on the little secret we’ve just discovered: “We’ve got something here that can really… Read more »

Worldwide Permaculture Network – Project Type Descriptions

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Welcome to the new year everyone. The first live, public launch of the Worldwide Permaculture Network is imminent. There are just a few things to tidy up, and then you can all ‘have at it’. I could use your feedback on the below. Here you’ll find draft descriptions of the project ‘types’ that can be… Read more »

Concentric Rings of Change – the Power of a Single African Permaculture Design Course

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by Warren Brush of True Nature Design and Quail Springs Permaculture Over 700 children, orphaned by the scourge of HIV in East Africa, live here at Nyumbani Village. Nyumbani Village was founded in 2006 by the late Father Angelo D’Agostino with a dream of offering orphaned children love, guidance, and a sustainable existence. In just… Read more »

Permaculture English Teachers Needed for Vietnam

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The Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI) is a Vietnamese organisation set up in partnership with PRI Australia, working towards a society where ethnic minority and indigenous people of the Mekong region have equal access to social justice, gender equality, natural resources, and fair social economic systems. SPERI has a number of Farmer Field Schools… Read more »

Konso, Ethiopia – Agriculture and Culture

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Following my recent trip to Siltie country I wrote a report on the Enset based agriculture of the area. Following that trip we brought some Enset plants back to Konso and we have planted them, 5 of them, on the Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge (SFEL) site in Konso. We put them on places where our “pit-composting”… Read more »

Spreading Permaculture and Touching Lives in East Africa

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With your help, Warren Brush, International Permaculture Designer and Educator, will be offering educational programs and permaculture design consultation for various orphanages and villages in East Africa over the next six months. We need to raise $9,000 in the next three months to meet a challenge grant that will match the funds dollar for dollar…. Read more »

Compost Power Hot Shower Report, Ethiopia

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We recently submitted a short report on our hot-fast-composting system, which gave some detail on the theory and practice of producing compost in as short a time as 21 days. But Permaculture principals tell us that we should always be looking to yield as many useful products and functions from any process or element as… Read more »

We Won! (and are Winning)

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Do you remember my mentioning we were amongst the finalists for the Humanitarian Water & Food Award for 2010? Well, it seems we stole the show with our Jordan work and won first place! The Humanitarian Water and Food Award announced the 2010 winner last night, at its first ever award event held at LIFE,… Read more »

Permaculture in Mecca

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Geoff Lawton reports from a consultation trip to what will become the Al Bayda Project, Saudi Arabia The Al Bayda Project in Saudi Arabia aims to help rehabilitate a large area of land, roughly 35 x 20kms (700km2 in total) containing 9 villages of Bedouin people who have been settled for 20-30 years in very… Read more »

Worldwide Permaculture Network Database Update – Beta Testing!

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I just want to express immense gratitude for the donations towards our upcoming Worldwide Permaculture Network database-slash-social-networking-site. At time of writing, the ChipIn widget on our sidebar is showing 36 contributors giving a combined total of $2,125. There have been a couple of others who’ve donated by other means as well. Our development costs are… Read more »