Category: Plant Systems

Let Us Eat Weeds – How one family took off in search of wild edibles up the East coast of Australia on tandem bikes for over a year

All the members of Artist as Family ready to hit the road. After attending a very interesting edible weeds talk a few months ago I was left with the question of whether the popularisation of such edibles would be detrimental or beneficial to an Australian landscape. Would the harvest of invasive plants help to control their spread, or encourage it? How would promoting the benefits of adding weeds to your […]

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Permaculture in Paradise

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34 Years ago Dano Gorsich asked his old permaculture teacher, Bill Mollison, what he should do with his land on the island of Molokai in Hawaii? Bill explained how he should design his tropical house, how it should face to capture the sea breezes, the sun angles, slope and orientation. Bill also suggested that Dano could earn a living by growing fruit and vegetables and then selling them to his […]

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Permaculture for Profit – the STUN System (Sheer Total Utter Neglect)

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Permaculture for Pastoralists in the Jordan Valley – Part II

Note: If you haven’t already, you can read Part I here. A Dead Sea Valley family home with their typical front ‘lawn’. Photo © Craig Mackintosh The title may lead you to think we are talking about people who manage pasture or have access to wide areas of rangeland. In fact, we are talking about people whose parents and grandparents were nomadic pastoralists that ranged flocks of animals across vast […]

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Miracle Farms on TV (Canada)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtOaxbZbN_M Duration 11 minutes. English subtitles available. This is a feature on Miracle Farms on a French Canadian TV show called La Semaine Verte.

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Jungle of the Red Spirit

This stunning piece of cinematography gives us a close-up view of the type of rainforest complexity and biodiversity we can only hope to imitate as permaculturalists.

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How Fractal Patterns Perpetuate Through a Tree, and Then a Forest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJcmlqYrEk How the same fractal pattern found in a tree is perpetuated throughout its home forest. Fascinating information for permaculture design. From the documentary, Fractals – Hunting the Hidden Dimension.

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The Fish Ponds of Molokai

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Geoff Lawton visits the Hawaiian Island of Molokai where an 800-year-old traditional fish farming system is being restored. Fish farming has been practiced for centuries in many cultures. The Hawaiians built a sustainable system that worked from the top of the mountain range and ran right down to the base and out to sea. The Hawaiians built a network of terraced gardens – small spring systems in the upper slope […]

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The Time Has Come for Agroecology

Agroecology is a different way of seeing the food system because it deals with issues related to who gets access to resources and the processes that determine this access. (Photo credit: UN Photo) “It is time for a new agricultural model that ensures that enough quality food is produced where it is most needed, that preserves nature and that delivers ecosystem services of local and global relevance” – in a […]

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SRI and SCI – How Millions of Farmers are Advancing Agriculture For Themselves

SRI-grown rice in China The world record yield for paddy rice production is not held by an agricultural research station or by a large-scale farmer from the United States, but by Sumant Kumar who has a farm of just two hectares in Darveshpura village in the state of Bihar in Northern India. His record yield of 22.4 tons per hectare, from a one-acre plot, was achieved with what is known […]

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A Bit About Bananas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkwloL3MtoA In his fantastic book Complete Book Of Fruit Growing in Australia Louis Glowinski wrote that "the banana is the most important fruit crop of the wet tropics, and may have been the first fruit cultivated by man". That first caught my eye when I first read through the book, but living in Melbourne, Australia, a warm temperate climate, bananas weren’t the highest priority for me to grow. Having recently […]

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Natural Swimming Pools for Passive Holistic Education, Increased Diversity, and Health

Where I grew up, I had two swimming choices. The first was in various rivers and ‘swimming holes’ (deeper parts of rivers, where the shape of the riverbank creates a calmer, very slow-flowing area to bathe in) around the town I lived in, and the second was the local public swimming pool. The former, while preferable, required transport — which, back in the day, my family rarely had access to. […]

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