Permaculture: a Path Toward a More Sustainable Amazon?

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Originally published on Mongabay.com An Eco-Ola permaculture plot with yuca, beans, sacha inchi, bananas, charapitas, herba luisa, and moringa in the Peruvian Amazon. Communities living in and around tropical forests remain highly dependent on forest products, including nuts, resins, fruit and vegetables, oils, and medicinal plants. But relatively few of these products have been successfully… Read more »

Perennial Plants and Permaculture

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Rhubarb Currently, approximately 80% of the food crops grown in the world are annual plants, and it’s been this way for quite some time. Perennial plant food crops are pretty much in the minority in terms of how the human race derives its nutrition. Permaculture strongly emphasises the importance of using perennial plants in our… Read more »

Geoff Lawton’s Zaytuna Farm Video Tour (Apr/May 2012) – Ten Years of (R)Evolutionary Design

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Paradise Dam, April 2012, from the now-climaxing food forest Photos © Craig Mackintosh (unless otherwise indicated) Zaytuna Farm Video Tour, duration 41 minutes Note: Switch YouTube player to HD if your internet connection allows Having spent the last few years seeking to establish and assist projects worldwide, and hearing some readers requesting more info on… Read more »

Plant Families – Patterns in Nature

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Climbing bean flowers have only one axis of symmetry A practical thing botany teaches is too look at similarities and differences or patterns in plants. When growing vegetables you start to see resemblances between the plants and it can be useful to develop some general knowledge about how plant families are classified. I have found… Read more »

Getting Kids Into Gardening, Part IV: Creativity in the Garden

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Inspiring our children to develop an enthusiasm for gardening is a wonderful gift we, as parents or caregivers, can give them. This theme revolves around using the garden and its produce as an outlet for creativity. The following ideas will hopefully help give you some starting points for helping your children make the most of… Read more »

Getting Kids Into Gardening, Part III: Creating a Resilience Garden

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Hands-on experience in getting the most out of a garden is going to be an invaluable skill in the challenging times ahead and getting kids enthusiastically involved, in their early years, is important for their future resilience. Giving your garden (or part of it) a theme can help inspire children and this particular garden theme… Read more »

Food Forests, Part 3: Closing the Loop

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Local legend around here has it that at some point in the past a guy by the colourful name of the “bush bandit” removed most of the topsoil from the land hereabouts and sold it off to householders in Melbourne for their gardens and lawns. Whether this story is true or not, I can only… Read more »

Indigenous Land Management Practices in the USA (Videos)

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I’ve been interested in indigenous land management for many years, but since the publication of M. Kat Anderson’s phenomenal Tending the Wild: Native American Knowledge and the Management of California’s Natural Resources I’ve been engaged in active research. This has included collaboration with the Woodbine Ecology Center and my work on a publication (read an… Read more »

Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi – Watch for Free

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In September 2008 Seed Savers released their first film, “Our Seeds: Seeds Blong Yumi”, a 57 minute documentary that celebrates traditional food plants and the people that grow them. We have now released this documentary on the net for free viewing (with English audio and Portuguese subtitles — we will put French, Chinese and Japanese… Read more »

Trellises For Your Summer Food Crops

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If you are thinking of planting tomatoes, cucumbers, winter squash, peas, beans or any vining plant, it’s worth considering growing them vertically to save space in your annual garden area. Permaculture principles urge us to create no waste and to find multiple functions for whatever we do. Instead of rushing to your garden center to… Read more »