Category: Urban Projects

Eat Local Month (Missouri, USA)

The month of June was designated as ‘Eat Local Month’ in Columbia, Missouri. The Sustainable Farms and Communities and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, in conjunction with many other local organisations made this declaration in order to recognize and support the large amount of food production from local farmers and to encourage good health through food choices. The Columbia Mayor, Bob McDavid, and the Boone […]

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The Los Angeles Ecovillage

Living in a large city does not mean you cannot live permaculturally. Indeed, it can be quite the opposite. While most permaculture pillars deal with designing your land, and your immediate environment, it is crucial to focus on the people aspect. A culture without an eclectic community of entities is a monoculture. Cities are the quintessential ground for polyculture….

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Grow Food and Soil With A Food Forest

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Soil before and after After ten years of learning from and collaborating with a mega-diverse, globally inspired, edible forest garden, new wonders are under foot. Paradise Lot, here in Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA, has a soil story to tell, and we are finally getting around to deciphering its wonders. Since 2004, each year we installed a portion of our design of perennial polycultures of multi-purpose plants into sheet mulched garden beds. […]

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Summer Berries in a Humid Cold Temperate Climate (USA)

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Berries are quick to bear and just make life better As the perennial vegetable season dries up, berries are coming into full swing. Foraging for fresh fruit in the backyard was a key goal in our garden and this is reflected in the diversity and abundance of berries we enjoy. Within two to three years, all of our berries were yielding well and many were filling in to form nice […]

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Create Your Own Paradise Lot and Berry Tasting Workshop (July 12, 2014, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA)

When: July 12, 2014, 9-4pm Where: Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA Spend a day with Jonathan Bates and Eric Toensmeier, the co-designers and managers of the garden that inspired the book Paradise Lot. We will tour the garden and sample the vegetables and fruit that are in season. In summer you may taste blueberries, raspberries, jostaberries, currants, gooseberries, marionberries and many more!

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How One Chicago Restaurant Went Totally Trash-Free

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwg6ei2V6-4 Some restaurants produce eight gallons of waste every hour. Thanks to a sustainability plan, Sandwich Me stretched that time… to two years.

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Building Up Soil for a Nutrient-Rich Raised Bed

All photos by David Ashwanden A lot of permaculture involves utilising waste streams and turning problems into solutions, and I often bring these into practice by looking at what’s available around me and how I can use it effectively. With this in mind, having come across some old bath tubs, I decided to create some raised beds, building up the soil using a layer mulch recipe rich in a mix […]

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Cuba Permaculture Pilgrimage (video)

Come along for a retrospective look at the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence (IPC11) that was hosted by Cuba in late 2013, and witness the experience through the lens of Andrew Millison.

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Woodend VEG Design Process Example (Victoria, Australia)

A few weeks back Dan Palmer completed a VEG (Very Edible Gardens) preliminary permaculture design consultation in Woodend, Victoria, Australia. Here he shares the process. The VEG Design Process The diagram above summarises VEG’s approach to permaculture design, and unless you are particularly interested in such matters, just notice the four main phases — observation (of people and place), design (concept, then detailed), implementation, and management. Here we’ll show how […]

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Turning Grease Into Fuel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgCevU-HI0Y Teamwork combined with creative problem solving and a positive attitude (essentials in Permaculture) are the basis by which Cassandra Lin and her friends are making a difference in their community. Taking the role as youth leaders and stewards, they have developed the TGIF project (Turn Grease Into Fuel), which is recycling used cooking oil and converting it into biodiesel to help heat the homes of needy people in their […]

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Urban Garden Demonstration Update (New Zealand)

by Kay Baxter, PRI New Zealand (Koanga Institute) This is an update on our urban permaculture garden experiment which integrates the best ideas from our Permaculture Design Course students into a working urban garden here in our North Island, New Zealand temperate climate. Our end product includes rabbits, chickens, a 36 sq m biointensive garden, 2 vines, 19 fruit trees, 15 berry bushes, 1 olive and 3 nut trees. We […]

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Permaculture Around Latin America – Urban Agriculture in Haiti

With the fourth installment of ‘Permaculture in Latin America’, I invite you to take a look at a video on urban gardening in Haiti, and consider such initiatives in the context of the natural disasters that have besieged it constantly since 2010. One of the first things I asked my PDC teacher about was if there was some sort of permaculture disaster relief program or group, since it seemed to […]

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