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Permaculture is an enlightening journey. I’m learning new, fascinating and useful things everyday and always ask for more. How many of us would have made wonderful students had it been taught in school… A lot of this eco-logically sound and down-to-earth knowledge is enriching our practice.
To me, life is a gigantic playground on which I want to play responsibly and lovingly. I’m in a constant state of meditation, thoroughly examining my actions and everlastingly seeking to promote the humanity I believe in. I then tell stories to share what I overstood (I don’t under-stand, I over-stand).
I keep making major breakthroughs in my collaboration with nature. The latest one deals with the third pillar ethic of permaculture: Redistributing the surplus / Fair share – I prefer calling it: sharing abundance.
It was an unexpected phone call that sent my wife Emma and me from Colombia to England this past October. We’d not been in Bogota for a full day when we learned that her father was ill, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for us to visit sooner rather than later. In the following twenty-four hours, we managed to cancel two volunteer posts at permaculture farms in Colombia, buy one-way tickets to Manchester, and start processing the fact that our next six months would not be backpacking/farm-hopping our way down to Patagonia.
In short, it was not a change of events that inspired thoughts of good things to come.
We’d spent the last year WWOOFing and working in Central America, growing accustomed to a life scheduled around our whims, a wardrobe of flip-flops and shorts, and fresh food at our fingertips. We weren’t exactly sure how that was going to work in England, but not to completely doom the visit before it began, we vowed to find ways to continue along our wave, finding a means for keeping our thumbs green and our hearts full.
Using the moon as a guide
The cycles of the moon have influenced gardeners from diverse cultures over many centuries. While science may not fully understand why planting by the moon works, anecdotal evidence sugsgest that it does.
We hear a lot about infiltrating swales with water, but what do you do when you live on very flat and windy land, next to a river that experiences regular flooding and you don’t need any water in your garden because your whole land is one big soakage swale? This is what Minnesota two acre landowner, Bruce Blair experienced 23 years ago when his land was suddenly deluged in a large flood event. It was impractical to dig a drainage ditch or a high berm as the whole mass of land became saturated in one big tidal wave of water. Chinampas were non-viable because the whole mass of water would quickly dry out in the sandy soils when the rains subsided.
What can you do in a situation like this? How do you manage a flash flood that regularly sweeps through your flat land? Bruce, a landscape architect decided to put his thinking cap on and edge think his way around this problem from a Permaculture perspective.
How do you pacify the water and prevent it in a torrential downpour from ripping out your fruit trees and destroying your infrastructure? How could he manage to keep his farm and gardens intact with a low tech solution that was cheap and easy to install?
Check out Steve the “Gimponic” who grows several hundreds of pounds of fresh vegetables, fruit, and Fish from his hybrid aquaponic garden. He uses the aquaponic fertilizer to grow his garden. He also has chickens to help fertilize and take care of his extra waste. Anything his family doesn’t eat or juice goes into the dehydrator or fermentation jars for some delicious home Kimchi! Yum! Check out this incredible gardeners beautiful garden.
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Our planet is going though the most rapid rate of change in its history, and we face a future of surprises, threats and opportunities. We in the permaculture community have a key role to play in both mending the present and creating our preferable future.
To be part of this future we need to take stock of where we are as a design system. That’s why Australia’s permaculture community of practitioners is coming together in March on the shores of Bass Strait in beautiful Penguin, Tasmania, for APC12. Here we will reflect, take stock and re-imagine permaculture’s role in a future that can be different from the usual depressing, business as usual scenario, and energise ourselves for the tasks ahead.
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If we are to grow and produce enough food to meet our families’ nutritional needs in an urban situation, we need to go beyond organic, to remineralise the soil where there are deficiencies, cultivate soils rich with microbes and to grow food that is nutrient dense.
Eating: one of the most simple and basic human activities. Yet as our food systems become increasingly more mechanised and complicated, this simple act begins to carry with it a whole spectrum of messages. When you lift that juicy apple to your lips, do you think about which chemicals were used to make it so perfectly red? How many miles has it been traveling in order to reach your hungry mouth? Perhaps these questions are undesirable to think about; or maybe you simply do not know the answer. There are a number of factors it may be worth considering when it comes to food, which can help us to make choices that benefit us and the environment. These include additives, pesticide residue and diversity of food species.
What is zero-cost, waste-eliminating and can restore soils to fertility to produce abundant crops for generations to come?
Gloria Flora gave a presentation on biochar at the Fourth Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. She discussed biochar as a method for producing energy and amending soil from waste products that end up in the landfill.
That’s right. It costs nothing but time, by redirecting precious biomass from the landfill and into our soils.
PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger.
We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference.
We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers in a variety of fields looking to share experiences, knowledge, connect, and create in ways that increase passion, purpose and profit. These doers come from a variety of fields both within and outside of permaculture. Each field has its own needs and yields. It is this edge that creates the opportunity for things to happen, and it is this opportunity that offers value to the attendees – how can you fill needs and utilize yields to create more value in your life.