International Permaculture Day 2014

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Get ready for International Permaculture Day on Sunday 4th May, 2014 — join a global day of celebration and action! This year’s theme is: Reclaiming Food Freedom! Everywhere new laws are being passed, supposedly for our benefit, which limit our right to healthy, nutritious food; from raw milk bans, to hidden GMOs, to the criminalising… Read more »

Kem Ajachel Project (Guatemala)

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I thought I’d share with you a project we’ve just completed in Guatemala. We designed and built a demonstation garden for a woman’s weaving co-operative in Guatemala working with Project Nuevo Mundo and JUSTA. We built a medicinal herb spiral, rainwater catchment, drip irrigation, composting and banana circle, rocket stoves for brewing natural dyes, and… Read more »

Permaculture Around Latin America – Argentina

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Previously on this series, I featured a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador. Today, we move to the south of this beautiful continent for an exploration of bio-construction in the Argentine Patagonia. Take a look at this meditative video that features images from a bio-construction event that took place in the town of… Read more »

Open Source Beehives

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We are all too familiar with the Colony Collapse Disorder afflicting our precious bees. So much needs to be done to educate the mass (and beekeepers) about what bees truly need. The Open Source Beehives project is another powerful initiative marrying traditional designs with high tech equipment to promote healthier beekeeping practices. They have designed… Read more »

Carter’s Compost: Traverse City’s Bike Powered, Neighborhood Composters (USA)

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4th-grader Carter Schmidt is the proud CEO of Carter’s Compost, a bike-powered initiative that aims to build a more resilient community by recycling an entire neighborhood’s organic waste. The 9-year-old visionary is not only helping his folks’ urban farm but he is also encouraging members to grow their own food by redistributing the final product… Read more »

Leaving on a High (Lesotho, Africa)

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Peach blossoming in Lesotho The white-edged black clouds embrace the craggy green tops of the Maluti Mountains with patches of blue sky in between them. The late afternoon setting sun gives a golden glow to this mountain panorama. This is the setting for my farewell to Lesotho. My two year placement with Phelisanong as part… Read more »

The Missing Part of the Internet – Collaborative Decision-Making Made Easy with Loomio

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The world needs a better way to make decisions together “The new era of digital democracy is one source of hope. New formats for web-based participation, like Loomio, and enablers of grassroots engagement… are flourishing.” — The Huffington Post Democracy isn’t just about politics — it’s people getting together and deciding how things should be…. Read more »

Permaculture Around Latin America – El Salvador

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I’d like to invite you to join me as I feature short videos on permaculture locations, farms, and projects in all the countries that comprise Latin America. To kick start this series, I’m featuring a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, or IPES, which has been operating since 2000. In the video, director… Read more »

Permaculture Fun in San Diego!

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Introducing PRI Tipuana Farm A few years back Joey Delia had a vision of a Permaculture demonstration site that was highly accessible. Far enough to have a chunk of land but close enough for people from the city to see a real demonstration of Permaculture in action. There began the creation of what is now… Read more »

Global Resource Alliance: What We Did in 2013 (Tanzania)

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An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA) Permaculture Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like… Read more »

A “Special Period” in the Mid-Hudson Valley Feeds the New York Local Food Renaissance (USA)

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Local squash, like the ones pictured here, are frozen and consumed through the winter by Farm to Table Co-Packers. The families in my bioregion, the mid-Hudson Valley of New York (90 miles north of New York city), have been coping well with increasing food prices and sourcing food supplies as we face peak oil. This… Read more »