Category: Food Plants – Perennial

Fernglade Farm – Winter 2013 Update (Australia)

The rains turned up here in Victoria, Australia, in April and then kept on pouring. So far this year has seen almost no rain over summer and then about 600mm (2 foot) since about the middle of Autumn. In addition to that, winter maximum temperatures have set new records (which date back to the 1860s). The climate here is turning strongly Mediterranean. As you’d expect, everything is growing strongly although […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 2)

Continuing from: Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 1) Community trainings in the third world present a bit of a different set of challenges from your average western group. The community members often have quite a wealth of indigenous knowledge on the methods and the species of the area – they know exactly which trees are used for what (goat forage, fencing, medicine, fibre, etc.), how […]

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Regenerating Rusinga Island (Lake Victoria, Kenya)

In January, 2013, I wrote an article titled, "Helping Small Farmers Help Themselves on Rusinga Island". In December of 2012, I came to Rusinga Island for the first time under the invitation of PRI Kenya to teach a PDC to women and men subsistence farmers. What emerged out of the PDC was a small group of farmers — sixteen members — organizing themselves and setting up their own association called […]

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Food from Perennial(ising) Plants in Temperate Climate Australia, for June 2013

This is the early Winter post for the ongoing research project about perennial plants and self-perpetuating annual plants providing food in temperate climate Australia. The original article introducing this project, stating its aims, and providing participant instructions, can be found here. Growers are sending me information on a month-by-month basis, then this information is collated and published the following month. All previous posts from this series can be found by […]

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Tree Care Videos (California)

Chuck Ingels is a master teacher on schoolyard-scale orchards. In this 2-hour segment he goes through the basics of fruit tree care. Below the videos we have outlines that break down the subjects so you can skip to the sections you need.

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Common Vision’s Fruit Tree Tour – Come Plant Fruit Orchards in Public Schools! (13-29 Sept., 2013, California, USA)

Common Vision implements innovative strategies in sustainability with diverse communities and schools throughout California. Focusing on fruit trees, local agriculture, renewable energy, and community engagement, Common Vision uses inspirational education to create a healthier and more just society. Common Vision’s Emmy Award-winning Fruit Tree Tour, now in its 10th year, has inspired and empowered more than 100,000 California public school students to plant more than 5,000 fruit trees. The all-volunteer […]

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How Non-GM Cassava Can Help Feed the World

Great strides are being made in improving this important staple through conventional breeding by Prof Peter Saunders A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. The hidden importance of cassava Cassava is a food that most people in a country like the UK never think about. It’s easy enough to find, at least if you live in a […]

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Top Five Edible Shrubs for the Backyard Food Forest Garden (Canberra, Australia)

One of the key concepts of permaculture forest gardening is that we try to use all of the different layers available to us in our forest system. The trees at the top form the canopy, these trees get the most light, water and nutrients and are often the biggest ones in the system. In order to develop highly productive systems in our backyards we need to utilise the space underneath […]

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Natural Farming – from Dirt to Abundance in 126 days

Natural farming means: no water, no fertilizer, no herbicides, no pesticides. The only thing a natural farmer needs is seeds. Inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka. The first clip was taken March 7, 2013

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Nightshade, Peach and Money for Jam (Lesotho, Africa)

Peach blossoming in Lesotho Along roadsides, and in wild parts of the countryside and vacant lots here in Lesotho, many potential food plants can be found. These have been collected and eaten by people long before the start of agriculture, such as black nightshade (Solanum nigrum). Peach trees are very common on the Lesotho landscape, found around homes and in the field. In many cases they grow wild from people […]

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Growing a Wild Garden

The following is adapted and extracted from the book – The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (1978). Upon investigatiion, my garden seemed to have just as many insects as in the surrounding fields, which had been sprayed countless times with a variety of deadly chemicals. But the populations of harmful insects were a lot less in my garden, and beneficial (predatory) insects were present in far higher numbers. I realized […]

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An Easy Way to Start a New Permaculture Garden

I think that many people find it daunting to start a new permaculture garden as it appears to be a lot of work, especially digging to prepare the space. However this need not be the case, as there are ways of starting your garden without any digging whatsoever. I certainly found this the most discouraging thing, especially as the surrounding area was overgrown with kikuyu grass and various other weeds. […]

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