Category: Education

6 Useful Ends for Spent Tea and Coffee

Coffee in the Garden (Courtesy of Montgomery Cty Division)

Coffee is just divine. I’ve woken up other ways and have even taken to drinking a glass of water first thing every morning, before coffee happens, but nothing makes the world feel so right as the sun coming up over a steaming mug, even in—especially in—the muggy climates of Central America, where I spend most of my time. My wife, on the other hand, comes from proper British roots and […]

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Designing on a Solid Foundation

Dan Halsey with Geoff Lawton

Good designing is grounded in knowledge of Permaculture and its systems. Great designing is based on experience. Its a progression of organized inquiry, organized assembly of the findings, and a willingness to allow the patterns to appear. Its a joy to watch the design emerge from all the patterns we lay across the board. We listen to the land and the customer, we do not impose our design on the […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Plastic Waste: New Research Offers Unexpected Promise as Permaculture Hack


Reducing plastic pollution has seemed a daunting prospect, until now. Can the tiny Mealworm bite off more than we can chew? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans alone throw away 25 billion Styrofoam cups each year. Styrofoam is a common polystyrene product, which is a type of plastic. These materials pose a significant challenge to environmental health because they are created with robust molecular chains that tend […]

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This is a truly eye opening location to earn your PDC


This PDC is hosted by Geoff Lawtons’ renown colleagues Rhamis Kent and Salah Hammad on the award winning Greening the Desert Site in the Dead Sea Valley just 10km north of the Dead Sea and 6 km east of the Jordanian-Palestinian border, directly east of the West Bank. ABOUT THE LOCATION This is a truly eye opening location to earn your PDC. You will be studying on the lowest point […]

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Food Sovereignty


‘Food sovereignty’ is fast becoming a lost concept; the right to have the knowledge and resources to grow our own food is an essential right. If we don’t have access to nutrient dense organic food, then where do we get the essential energy to heal our body, mind and spirit certainly not from the supermarket where the average ‘fresh food’, in Australia food often travels more than 1000klms from farm […]

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Project Somos: Revisiting the Ethics of Permaculture in One Hip, Holistic NGO

Earthbag Domes at Project Somos

(all photos courtesy of Emma Gallagher) It took me two shuttles and two “chicken” buses to make it to Project Somos. Outside a little highway town called Tecpan, it’s a place rarely visited by the average tourist. Though it is conveniently located between two of the Guatemala’s most frequently visited locations, the colonial city of Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Project Somos is part of a tiny indigenous Mayan community that […]

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Introduction to Permaculture with Geoff Lawton at PRI Australia


Introduction to Permaculture Join Geoff Lawton as he takes you into the world of Permaculture Design and introduces you to a new way of looking at the world. This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture and how they can apply it in their everyday lives to create sustainable abundance. ABOUT THE TEACHER Geoff Lawton Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this PDC course. He a […]

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Rehydration to support diversity farming for sustainable food security


Hubert Timmenga is a soil scientist and environmental scientist practicing agricultural consulting in Western Canada. He obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands and earned a PhD in Soil Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada. He recently completed Geoff Lawton’s 2015 Online PDC Course. Geoff suggested that Hubert write a paper on rehydration to encourage bigger-picture thinking. This […]

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Permaculture – a real education for children


After writing The Permaculture Student (, I soon realized that just having a permaculture class in traditional schools wasn’t enough, we needed schools that were entirely dedicated to teaching permaculture to children the full academic year and not in summer. In my research and education, I also have come to realize that we cannot force anyone to learn anything, that all is choice-based if we are seeking true intent, and […]

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2015: A year of ‘firsts’ for Permaculture in Greece!


Tumultuous times? Permaculture power! Go green, Greece! You may be hearing the worst about Greece, so here’s the best news: people are turning to permaculture! All that abandoned land, all those forgotten properties: permaculture is providing appealing solutions that make returning to the land a desirable and delicious option. It’s the only thing that makes sense in a nonsensical world! And in case you are wondering who I am, my […]

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PDC, the Loom to Weave the Net


We were in the process of organizing our next PDC and searching for an appropriate site. So we sent our talent scout Ignazio, Italian agronomist and founder of the association Laboratorio di Permacultura Mediterranea, on an exploration tour in Salento. Ever heard about this place? Maybe I should start by saying that this is the part of Puglia region commonly known as “the heel of the Italian boot” and that […]

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The Power Of Duck – A Review


A Brief Description “The Power Of Duck” is a short informative book on the integration of rice and duck farming. The book may be relatively short, however it is nothing short of thorough and abundantly helpful for anyone looking to educate themselves on the processes and benefits of rice farming with ducks. “The Power Of Duck” is a journal like book, written by Takao Furuno, describing his own rice paddy […]

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