Mulch in Abundance

Mulch in Abundance feat

We use a lot of mulch on our property to take advantage of the many benefits that mulch provides. The mulch we use is grass (that I now cut with the scythe) that grows in areas around the property that doesn’t get grazed and also on the road verge for maintenance so the council doesn’t spray chemicals. One of the terms you hear in permaculture circles is “abundance”. At times […]

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This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

This Will Do: Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Create a clear, user-friendly home and life, especially for lateral thinkers and creatives, with better things to do than tidy up. If you are someone who gets inspired by the simple elegance found in Japanese culture, Aikido, Apple design or Muji, you should be here. If you get uninspired by the overwhelming list of things to do, objects to manage, and no time to do them, you should be here […]

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Home Cooking with DIY Kitchen Equipment

Cooking by Fire (Courtesy of Josh Larios)

I’m a huge fan of home-cooking and, even as a teenager, learned to prepare meals from scratch for myself, which was pretty miraculous in the 90s but even more so these days. Whatever the case, cooking at home with real food is a huge part of the permaculture lifestyle. After all, we have to do something with all the fruit and veggies we are growing. Having a decent grasp on […]

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The Casa Guatemala Permaculture Project: Phase One

A Starting Point

It had been several months of being in touch with Heather, the director of Casa Guatemala, before my wife Emma and I finally visited the once orphanage turned school, a sort of haven for children from impoverished families in which parents can’t afford to support them. Otherwise, daytime students commute from surrounding villages to take advantage of the better quality education on offer, as well as a free meal and […]

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How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows

How to Make a Greenhouse from Old Windows Feat

Can you turn something old into something new? Yes, you can and here is a great way to recycle the old style windows. The following is a basic guide on how to make a greenhouse out of windows. What You Will Need 1- Plan to collect two pair of equal sides of windows. 2- Shape the frame 3- Brace the walls 4- Secure the foundation 5- Place the windows on […]

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How To Improve Fish Tank Health With Aquaponics Systems And Herbal Gardens

How To Improve Fish Tank Health With Aquaponics Systems And Herbal Gardens feat

Fish have evolved in complex habitat often with biodiverse surrounding that provide for all of the fish’s needs such as food, shelter, medicine and opportunity for spawning. When fish are placed in aquariums and fish tanks, it often starts out as a sterile environment and then only one or two main inputs of water and fish food go into that sterile environment, quickly turning the fish food into fish waste. […]

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Permaculture Suburban Planning

Permaculture Suburban Planning

Get inspired with some footage of Davis California’s Village Homes. Nicholas Burtner visits and see how these strategies and techniques combined with appropriate technology over the last 50 years can make amazing future suburban sites! Visit his Website: http://schoolofpermaculture.com/ Visit his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/schoolofpermaculture

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Cattle and Water Use

tom cattle water feat

For years now I have been seeing posts and hearing comments from students about the enormous amount of (drinking) water used by cattle. Studies propose that it takes 12,000 gallons to produce 1 pound of beef (or 100,000 liters to produce 1 kilogram, see this article). These studies however are based on cattle consuming hay and grain. Do cattle consume hay or grain in their natural environment? No. It is […]

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Gaiacraft : Free Permaculture Learning and Teaching Tools

dawn-landscape-mountains-nature

I like to think of the four paths of permaculture as learning, teaching, doing and sharing. I have spent my time learning from elders of permaculture, learning through teaching my classes, learning through doing in my community gardens but perhaps most of all, learning through creating free open source permaculture educational media and teaching tools that combine together everything I have learned and share it with the World Community. These […]

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Clean Up Of Soil Contaminated With Heavy Metals

Clean Up Of Soil Contaminated With Heavy Metals feat

Hazardous organic and metallic remains or by-products are discharged into plants, soils, and sediments from human activities. The presence of these contaminants in the environment might render harm to humans, livestock, wildlife, crops, or native plants. Soil that’s been contaminated by heavy metals poses the greatest environmental challenge all over the world. It’s been documented that heavy metals have the ability to accumulate and reach toxicity levels with adverse health […]

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8 Common Plants to Grow for Their Medicinal Benefits (All Great for Indoor Container Gardens)

Oregano (Courtesy of cyclonbill)

Just about the same time I started getting into permaculture, I began developing an interest in the power of food as a preventative medicine. Permaculture appealed to me because it seemed obvious that the way we were cultivating our food with an overabundance of chemicals was destructive to the planet and to our own health. When it came to farming, doing what came naturally seemed, well, the natural solution. Letting […]

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Food Security through Agroecology in Africa

Cow Calf Grazing

The impact of climate change is a threat to food security around the world. The global state of food insecurity is the biggest motivating factor on why we should apply a paradigm shift to our agriculture. Extreme weather conditions and the overall effect of climate change is certainly a pressing reality which should push all of us to adapt and employ mitigation strategies in agriculture. Simultaneously, our global population is […]

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