Category: Why Permaculture?

Island Earth: Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food

Island Earth: Change The Way We Grow And Consume Food

“How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?” This is the question Oregon-based filmmaker Cyrus Sutton takes on with his latest documentary, Island Earth. The film follows three Hawaiians – Malia Chun, Cliff Kapono, and Dustin Barca – as they work to address the uncertain future of the island’s food production. Through the expansive cornfields of GMO companies and the loi patches of […]

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Clean Coal is Simply a Myth!

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While politicians may go around lobbying for usage of ‘clean coal’, this is just a campaign strategy. Coal cannot be clean! Right from the time it’s mined in its raw form to the time it is used after processing, it emits nothing but toxic waste into the environment. The notion of ‘Clean Coal’ ‘Clean coal’ is portrayed to be as a result of high-tech low emission of toxic substances. The […]

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How Can We Connect with Nature in Our Cities?

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In the concrete jungle of the city, it can be very easy to go through life and never really connect with nature. Since many researchers now believe that our connection to nature is very important for our overall well being, a disconnection from nature has very real consequences for our mental, physical, and spiritual health. Separated from nature, we are more stressed, heal more slowly, and we feel much more […]

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Second Steps to a Food Forest in the Southern Tablelands – An Update from 2011

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By Inke Falkner & Dominick ter Huurne In September 2010 my partner Dominick and I bought a 40 hectare property in the Southern Tablelands mostly covered with native bush. Initially we bought the piece of land as a weekend retreat, but we enjoyed ourselves too much and moved there from Sydney full-time in January 2016. We have been very busy building our house, but that’s another story. A few months […]

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Mental Permaculture, Part 3: Energy Flows

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Permaculture: a set of design tools, a way of creating gardens, of perceiving connections, of gaining insights into our environment. But can it also be rebellious? Co-founder of permaculture Bill Mollison once remarked about a book review describing Permaculture Two (1) as “seditious”,

“If you’re a simple person today, and want to live simply, that is awfully seditious. And to advise people to live simply is more seditious still.” (2)

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The Early Polleniser Polyculture – A Support Polyculture for Orchards, Farms and Gardens

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Paul Alfrey from the Balkan Ecology Project introduces a polyculture to provide pollination support for farms and gardens, yields of nutritious fruits and nuts, valuable nesting sites for endangered native bees, and spectacular flower displays to shake off the winter blues. We’re extending our Polyculture Project to include experimental perennial polycultures. Our aim is to develop models that are low cost to establish and maintain, can produce healthy affordable nutritious […]

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Does Labeling Permaculture as “Easy” Set Newbies Up For Failure?

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Permaculture is a fairly new concept to me – and it’s not, at the same time. The idea of working with, rather than against, nature in order to create infinitely sustainable systems makes sense to me on a basic level, even though it is not a current practice of mine. My educational background and emotional mindset bring me squarely on the path of caring for the Earth, caring for its […]

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Why Our Urban Areas Need Permaculture: The Problem is the Solution!

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According to the United Nations, it has been estimated that approximately 66% of the world’s global population will be living in cities by the year 2050. The implications of that statistic for humanity and for our environment are great. Since cities are typically very resource-intensive, requiring vast amounts of energy, water, food, and other natural resources, they place a very large burden on our planet to run them. However, it […]

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Commercial Permaculture Farm

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Grandpa Bill stated the prime goal of permaculture is “the aim to create systems that are ecologically sound and economically viable”. While we try to leave minimum foot print on the Earth, we are trying to produce food for ourselves and our animals. Once we go back to the roots and study Bill Mollison again, we see that “economy” is actually playing a role in every design but we don’t […]

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Permaculture Gives Hope in Today’s Challenging World

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As it was in Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Tale of Two Cities, we can say that we’re now living in the best of times and in the worst of times. While there are many advantages that living in the modern world affords many of us, such as life saving medicines, we are also facing unprecedented challenges in our world such as worldwide deforestation, the pollution of our air, land, […]

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Permaculture, Politics and Solutions Thinking

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“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” – Albert Einstein.” How we think colours everything we do, that is indisputable. Our biases definitely affect our objectivity and clarity as well as our judgement, factors critical to effective solutions thinking. Permaculture is a discipline which embodies systems thinking, the ability to think holistically, to clearly see what […]

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