Category: Why Permaculture?

Homesteading Can Get You Out of Debt

Compost Pile

Homesteading is a really good tool to dig yourself out of debt. That was one of my big first goals: to become a homesteader. I was disgusted in the way I was living; I was dependent on money for every single aspect of my life. I felt that from the time I woke up in the morning to when my head hit the pillow, the world revolved around money. Honestly, […]

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The Quincessential Guide to Japanese Quince – Chaenomeles Speciosa

The Quincessential Guide to Japanese Quince feat

We have planted a fair bit of Japanese Quince – Chaenomeles speciosa in our gardens over the years, all of them grown successfully from seed. Initially I was disappointed by the rock hard, sour fruits that arrived in the fourth year after sowing, but have always had an appreciation for the profuse beautiful reddish pink flowers that appear in the early spring attracting bees and other pollinators. These days I’ve […]

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Designing a Lifestyle, Not Just a Garden

Ladybug (Courtesy of Anderson Mancini)

Implementing a permaculture design is much more than building a garden. It’s also more than a house that utilizes passive solar energy or barrels to catch rooftop runoff. While these things often are incorporated into permaculture plans, the practice itself is getting at something much deeper. It’s redesigning the way we live. Growing at least some of our own food is a step in a different direction from the mass […]

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Centralisation and our Fossil Fuel Future

Biogas

Globalisation seems to mean centralisation, which means that people are expected to travel more and greater distances as the world becomes “smaller”. Today I had to travel to Sydney in order to get my (Dutch) passport renewed. Up to now I have always been able to do it in Brisbane, so imagine my shock when I was told that now Dutch passports can only be renewed in Sydney. Australia is a […]

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The Polyculture Market Garden Study – Results from Year 2 – 2016

The Polyculture Market Garden Study feat

We’ve completed the second year of our Market Garden Polyculture Study with some interesting results. This year we added a new polyculture to the trials and included a comparison between growing vegetables in a polyculture and growing them in more traditional blocks.

Below you will find an overview of the trial garden and the polycultures we are growing, a description of what we record and the results from this year’s study.

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Live Without Dead Thyme: Photo Tour of Garden

Live without dead thyme feat

I spent Saturday night under a 100 year old pear tree with David Holmgren, Su Dennett, and a spirited gathering of Victorian permaculturalists, for their annual summer solstice party. Fun and uplifting times. David and Su’s property Melliodora is a genuine permaculture paradise – and an inspiring example of what can be done. My household’s urban homestead doesn’t compare, but over the years we have been making efforts to practise […]

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Bill Mollison, Time Scout

Bill Mollison, Time Scout

We cannot describe here all of the many ways in which Bill influenced the world, or the many different hats he wore during his rich and adventurous life, but, to close 2016, there is one more that we would like to highlight: Time scout. What is a time scout? It is, in many ways, what Bill devoted his life to becoming. In his autobiography Travels in Dreams, When we design, […]

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Remembering Bill Mollison, the Man I Never Knew

Chatting with Bill Mollison (Courtesy of Nicolás Boullosa)

I first encountered Bill Mollison in Nicaragua through Permaculture One, without even really stopping to notice his name, setting aside that book in order to read something from another friend I’ve never met, John Seymour, whose book The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Class Guide of Realists and Dreamers captured me for the next month (It is also a fantastic book). By the time I’d finished it that December, […]

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The Essential Practical Nature of Permaculture

The Essential Practical Nature of Permaculture feat

I undertook my first Permaculture Design Certificate in 2005 and was blown away by the opening and revealing of new perspectives in my mind. There is literally a schism in the way I view the world that I can identify as pre-PDC and post-PDC. This is what Permaculture offers to those of us who are ready and willing to engage the way we live our lives in relation to nature […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 2: Practical Ideas for How We Use Terminology

Agriculture word cloud

In the first part of this article I explored a few of the key terms associated with permaculture and how becoming conscious of their meaning and implication can help us empower permaculture as a tool, even more than it may be already.  In this part I look at some practical ways we can apply these terminological changes, and some examples of organisations or projects who are putting them into action. […]

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Science, Technology and Permaculture – How much do you really need to know?

Hand with a test tube and plant. Fertilizer in laboratory glassware.

“The further one goes, the less one knows.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Permaculture has been around for over thirty years, and is finally beginning to reach mainstream audiences as a result of decades of advocacy work by the global Permaculture community. It has yet to gain mainstream scientific acceptance, and some may find this troubling, but what’s a greater concern is that anytime people make the effort to […]

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Language and Permaculture, Part 1: Why we need to focus on Terminology to take Permaculture to the next level.

Agriculture word cloud

One of the most universally applicable attractions of permaculture is that it is a practical set of design tools, based on directly observable effects and which can be used to create physical solutions to problems in the world. Indeed, co-conceptualiser of permaculture Bill Mollison famously pointed out that one of the reasons permaculture is so useful is that it involves actually applying what you are saying to what you are […]

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