Towards the Ecological Paris: Permaculture – Parisian Style


Palaces such as Versailles Paris are famed for their ostentatious gold-leaf roofs and elaborate décor. Now, a different type of gold, and a different type of leaf form beautiful guilds on the roofs. Paris is an ancient city famed for being a centre of the arts, culture, innovation, love and learning. Home to many classics which have defined new movements. There’s a difference between the ephemerality of fashion and the […]

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After the Rain, Wait Before You Harvest


According to a new research finding published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, farmers should wait at least 24 hours to harvest, after a rain or irrigation event, to protect consumers from food borne illness. A growing body of evidences suggests that, there is strong link between foodborne outbreaks and fresh produce. In the United States it is reported that, 46 percent of the foodborne outbreaks between 1998 and […]

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Christmas Island Gets It’s First Dam


Transforming an old mining pit into a 5 million litre dam has proven to be quiet the mission and has required moving about 10,000 tonnes of soil. Considering we are moving 3 tonnes in a single scoop with a 30 tonne excavator it was eventually achievable. The dam has to be lined due to the geology of the island. Christmas Island is in the middle of the Indian Ocean of […]

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Don’t Try Building Hugel Swales – This is a Very and I Mean Very Bad Idea


Let’s start out with a basic understanding of what full scale Hugelkultur and full scale swale based systems are. Then we can jump into what they are not and why combining them can be a very bad idea. First, as most permies know, a swale is a ditch on contour. They are also tree growing systems, and are not designed to grow annual gardens. They do a great many things […]

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Rebuild Sunrise Farm in Kathmandu Appeal – Plus Updates


This is worth your time and support – real bottom-up permaculture relief and development in Nepal RafterSass-Ferguson A video about the earthquake that hit Nepal the 25th April of 2015. The videos are taken in Kathmandu, mostly in sunrise farm where we volunteers. Link to our GoFundMe Campaign. My name is Chris Evans and I’ve worked in Nepal for nearly 30 years, starting as a volunteer forester. In 1988, I […]

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Humanure Is No Laughing Matter

A Sign of the Times (Courtesy of Cory Doctorow)

It’s something that becomes more and more unsettling for me the deeper I look into the issue. With every morning constitutional, with every quick run to the bathroom, the majority of industrialized humanity is carelessly waging war on the environment. In harsh but accurate terms, we are pillaging and polluting the planet in the most idiotic of ways. The way we’ve come—and much of the underdeveloped world still seems to […]

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For thousands of years, honey has been widely used for both nutritional and medicinal purposes. Over 300 varieties are available in the United States alone. These range from those that are nearly colorless and bland tasting, to strains offering rich brown hues, robust with flavor. However, many store-bought honeys are processed, removing much of the pollen content. While preserving pollen is attainable simply by using a coarse filter and minimal […]

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Planting Ginger Polyculture at Maungaraeeda Farm


By Michael Brahier, practical student at PRI Sunshine Coast. One of the projects that we have been working on the first couple weeks of the Permaculture Life Skills course is making raised beds to plant ginger polycultures. Ginger grows very well in this part of Queensland and is a commodity crop processed by a nearby factory. The other farms in the area tend to grow it as a monoculture which […]

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Long-term Census Reveal Presence of Abundant Mammalian Community in the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster Zone


An international team of researchers have discovered thriving populations of wildlife in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, bringing out the unique evidence of wildlife’s resilience in the face of chronic radiation stress. Teeming with moose, elk, roe deer, red deer, wild boar, and wolves, the Chernobyl site after nearly 30 years of chronic radiation exposure looks more like a nature preserve, than as a disaster zone. A fire and an explosion […]

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Permaculture Mandala Gardens with Chicken Tractors – Purple Pear Farm


Jordan from happen films takes you on a tour of Purple Pear Farm in New South Wales, Australia. This permaculture and biodynamic farm features rotating chicken tractor domes’ to prepared mandala garden beds. For more information about the work Jordan is doing, please visit; Previous article on Permaculturenews. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Purple Pear Farm: Music by: Canvas Music Productions

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Accommodating Garden Friends With an Insect Hotel


The vanishing population of bees and other beneficial insects is a threat to gardens and ecological balance in general. Attracting insects that are useful for pollination and the reduction of destructive pests provides the chance to sync with nature. Inviting beneficial insects (BIs) to promote the natural harmony of your outdoor environment – whether it is a small yard, farm or ranch – is achievable with insect hotels. These anthropodal […]

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Understanding Earthworks


The Permaculture Research Institute is offering an Understanding Earthworks Course from Monday the 23rd to Friday the 27th of November. These are all the elements of our course. Introduction The course begins with principle and design of earthworks as a general introduction and the reason for using earthworks in Permaculture design. Climate effect The climate effect on different features of earthworks in design and how the climate effects the earthworks […]

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