Category: Why Permaculture?

Live Without Dead Thyme: Photo Tour of Garden

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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

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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

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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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Farming the Garden

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How small is too small? Depending in what year you asked this question I would have given a different answer. I came across Permaculture in 2004 while searching the web for ‘intensive growing systems’. I lived in the burbs and only had access to small areas. Many techniques for gardening were attempted as I jumped from garden to garden in my parents and friends yards. Permaculture just seemed to rattle […]

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Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Learn Hands – On With Geoff Lawton

Start the New Year off the right way, when you begin designing your way to abundance. If you’ve always dreamed of creating your own permaculture operation, but never really had the skills to pull it all together, you can take advantage of a limited opportunity to learn hands-on, in-person with the world-renowned permaculture expert, Geoff Lawton. For nearly two weeks, you’ll live, eat and breath the permaculture lifestyle, as you […]

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Reducing Your Footprint When You Haven’t Built a Permaculture Site from the Ground Up

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In the ideal world of most budding permaculture enthusiasts, which I still consider myself, we would have pieces of land sizeable enough to begin the adventure of a lifetime. We would be designing our own energy-efficient homes with passive solar heating in the winter and deciduous vines clambering around to keep the sun off in the summer. We would have the space for luscious gardens and food forests to grow […]

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Can You Really Make a Living From a Permaculture Farm? – 7 Ways to Find Out

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By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be urban, and in more developed regions of the world, these numbers are expected to reach close to 90%. The number of cities and mega-cities with more than 10 million people is slowly but surely increasing in number.

You can catch a glimpse of this very large organism by looking at a satellite photograph of the earth at night. Brilliant clusters of sparkling city lights that dim at the edges to produce long thinly lit high-ways connecting other distant city clusters, forming organic, treelike patterns. Even these ad-vanced human creations of steel and concrete still conform to the laws of nature that we humans seem to forget so easily…

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Hands Off Our Apples

Female hands holding red apple at garden at sunny day

Apples are, without a doubt, one of the most diversely cultivated fruits in the Northern Temperate climates. Long before modern-day humans existed, the wild apple progenitor had evolved in Central Asia, where it can be found to this day.(1) Its image is interwoven into the rich fabric of human history. Throughout the ages it has been featured in countless artistic works from paintings and sculptures to domestic needlework. The apple […]

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