Category: Education

Voluntary Frugality

Voluntary Frugality

This time, I’ve moved beyond dipping in here and there and really started to read David Holmgren’s Permaculture: Principles & Pathways Beyond Sustainability, a book that goes in depth into realms of permaculture that I’ve not fully explored in my time involved with the movement. And, while I’m not yet through the book, I’ve recently been struck by a bit of terminology he’s used to describe one of his own […]

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Summer PDC with Richard Perkins at PRI Tap o’ Noth, Scotland

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This summer sees our second Permaculture Design Course taking place at the PRI Master Plan site, Tap o’ Noth Permaculture, in beautiful Aberdeenshire, north- eastern Scotland. The residential course runs from 17th June until 1st July. Our inaugural PDC in 2015 was a truly international event. Course participants joined us from USA, Denmark, Canada and Zimbabwe as well as across the UK. Spending two weeks together beginning their Permaculture journey, […]

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How to get your Permaculture Project Funded

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The biggest hurdle with setting up a self-reliant property is the upfront cost. Most of us would love to be completely self-sufficient and a job or business that you go to work for play money right? When you look at the costs of setting up a property, the upfront investment is huge. The land, structures, energy systems, tanks, dams, food systems, equipment the list goes on and on. And then […]

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If That’s Not Permaculture, What Is?

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I call myself a permaculturalist, a word that still doesn’t officially register as valid on my spell check. I read about permaculture daily, and I write about it weekly. I’ve been asked hundreds of times by strangers, friends, and family to define permaculture, and to varying degrees, I’ve done so with practiced proficiency. I often find myself listening to permaculture podcasts, enthused by unusual topics—how to grow mushrooms in the […]

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Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

Our Year of Permaculture: Learning As We Go

It wasn’t far into 2015 that my wife and I decided we were ready to start the search for our own plot of land, a place in which we could pursue all of our permaculture fantasies, the integrated house and sprawling food forest, interconnected water catchments and abounding kitchen garden, composting toilets and off-grid energy sources. It was time to do it ourselves (and, more so, for ourselves) with a […]

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Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Answering for Climate Change: A Peruvian Farmer Sues an Energy Giant

Saul Luciano Lliuya lives near Huaraz, a city in the Andes. Huaraz may not exist much longer, thanks to the swiftly melting Churup Glacier. The glacier feeds a lake which has grown more than thirty times in volume over the past four decades, and threatens to swallow Huaraz, along with Lliuya’s home and his farm. Scientists believe that the lake’s growth is a direct result of global warming. Lliuya has […]

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Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Permaculture Zones of Use: A Primer

Ah, an archetypical permaculture zones of use chart. So elegant in its simplicity, yet bewildering to those who wish to transpose it. Just what are permaculture zones of use and why do they matter? Permaculture zones of use are at once an organizing force during the design process as well as a management tool. They directly aid our efforts by offering simple, but effective logic to the positioning of design […]

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Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

Have Questions, Receive Answers, How Easy is This

If you have a site specific problem or just a question you would like to have answered from an experienced Permaculturalist, please read on.

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What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

What is Degrowth? Envisioning a Prosperous Descent

This is a transcript of my keynote address presented at the ‘Local Lives, Global Matters’ conference in Castlemaine, Victoria, 16-18 October 2015. Other keynote speakers included Rob Hopkins, David Holmgren, and Helena Norberg-Hodge. Introduction Thank you for that introduction, Jacinta, good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of this land and to recognise that these have always been spaces of teaching, learning, sharing, and […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter, Part 2: The Easy-Does-It Instructions

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So, it would seem with one mountain of humanure now behind us—that, without a doubt, we should be composting human feces and urine (and, some would say, will eventually have no real choice in the matter)—it is now time to address exactly how this movement should begin. For those who missed last week’s article, please feel free to hit the pause button for a recap or simply press on knowing […]

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Baobs and Bunyas

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The Boabs of Kimberley in the North West of Australia and the Bunyas of the north east coasts of Australia are two trees with outstanding appearance and function. These are two of my special interest trees the Boab Adansonia gegoeri and Bunya Araucaria bidwiili. My visits to the Kimberley began in the nineteen seventies and continued into the eighties. In the years 1999 to2003, I was living in the East […]

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Diversified Organic Market Gardening and Arboriculture

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The method of Ferme du Bec Hellouin This report was originally published here and was translated by Marcus Busby. Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN FRANCE www.fermedubec.com Produce a lot in a small space, providing a diet invegetables for 1,000 people by the culture of land whose area does not nourish 50 if the ordinary methods were applied to it, and if anart did not come in […]

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