Murad Alkufash: “Marda Permaculture Farm: Planting Seeds of Hope in the Occupied Territories”

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Murad Alkufash is a dedicated permaculturist. Considering where he lives, he must be. Or, perhaps because of where he lives he must be — as permaculture is a truly logical, and the only really lasting, solution to the problems surrounding him. Murad lives in the West Bank, and directly under one of the largest illegal… Read more »

Permaculture Pygmies

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by Xavier Fux Deep in the jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Pygmy communities had lived for generations as hunter-gatherers. When the Kahuzi Biega National Park was created in 1970 by the Congolese government, the Pygmies and other local communities were expulsed from the forest, their ancestral land, without receiving any compensation or any… Read more »

Letters from Jordan: ‘Greening the Desert – the Sequel’ Site Contrasts Against Jordan Insanities

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Staring into the eyes of the future of Jordan, one wonders how things could be…. All Photographs © Craig Mackintosh Al Jazeera’s very recent feature of the new ‘Greening the Desert’ site Introduction Why did the photojournalist cross the road? It sounds like the beginning of a joke, and, in a way, it was. I… Read more »

Kenya: Permaculture – Agriculture With a Green Touch

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Editor’s Note: This article appeared as the cover story for Kenya’s main newspaper — the Daily Nation — helping give top exposure to the just-established PRI Kenya. Warren Brush (see also) sent this through, and has been the main driver in helping get PRI Kenya off the ground, or onto the ground, as the case… Read more »

The Ghana Permaculture Nwodua Tree Nursery Project – Saving Lives, Granting Livelihoods, and Restoring Eco-systems

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The Ghana Permaculture Nwodua Tree Nursery was created in 2007, as a means of community income and to fight desertification, erosion, and diversion of water flow by roads, through reforestation. A collaborative effort of youth, women, and men founded the community nursery, and all members of the community reap the success of the profit as… Read more »

Ethiopia’s Strawberry Fields Eco-Lodge – A Call for Participation

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Permaculture in Ethiopia stands on the edge of a sea of possibilities. This is a virgin land. The mighty plains of Abyssinia rise out of the Eastern Sahara, to become rolling fertile uplands, worked by farmers in the primeval mode that the modern westerner can only dream about nowadays, caricatured by the Shire in Tolkein’s… Read more »

Maarten Stapper: “Agricultural Science and Technology is Stuck in a Rut” (IPC10 Presentation Video)

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I’ve been a fan of Maarten Stapper’s work for a while now. In fact, further below you’ll find an article I wrote, way back in 2007, about his experiences at the hands of his former employer — Australia’s publicly funded CSIRO agricultural research body. I’d recommend you read the article before watching Maarten’s IPC10 Convergence… Read more »

A Developing Permaculturist from Tanzania Shares

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Original artwork, by Miraji Muganda Editor’s note: Many of the IPC attendees purchased artwork from Miraji — to support his efforts in Tanzania, but also just because he makes excellent drawings! My name is Miraji Muganda. I am a 19-year old Tanzanian boy doing permaculture in Tanzania, which suffers greatly from poverty and environmental exploitation…. Read more »

The PRI Restarts the Permaculture Teacher Registry

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Short Version If you’ve been waiting to apply to be a PRI PDC Teacher, we are now ready to receive your application (English only at this point — but read the rest of the post below to find out more about other languages). To apply, simply log into the Worldwide Permaculture Network, ensure you’ve clicked… Read more »

Gold Coast Permaculture – Serious About Working With Local Waste Streams

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The creation of soil biology and composting and the generation of soil health and fertility as the foundation of regenerative agriculture is a major part of any organic or permaculture design gardening process. It is no different at the Gold Coast Permaculture site at 270 Ferry Road where the creation of soil is a major… Read more »

How to Run Your Own Blitz

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by John Shiel Photo © Craig Mackintosh There are 2 ways to run a PermaBlitz (building a Permaculture community garden or backyard food garden in one day): coordinated by your local Permaculture club (you receive help with garden design, getting people to your house, and you are covered by their liability insurance), or where a… Read more »

Warren Brush: “Permaculture and Peacemaking in a Thirsty World” (IPC10 Presentation Video), Plus Permaculture Outreach in Kenya

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Warren Brush presents at the Tenth International Permaculture Conference (IPC10), Amman, Jordan, September 2011 Photograph © Craig Mackintosh I consider it a privilege to be a friend of Warren Brush, and it’s been a pleasure to see his rapid development in all things Permaculture. In his presentation at the IPC10 (Amman, Jordan, September 2011) Warren… Read more »