Category: Why Permaculture?

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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Virtual Reality to Help Us Make Mistakes: Smart Failure and How it Relates to Permaculture

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Many people have spoken or written about the importance of thinking that reflects the changing world around us; “Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe,” (1) as R. Buckminster Fuller put it. The universe is constantly changing, so it doesn’t make sense for us to learn “obvious” answers because every situation we find is uniquely different. Permaculture as […]

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Homesteading Can Get You Out of Debt

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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

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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

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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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