Survival in Different Terms: A Healthy Ecosystem Is Not Based on Survival of the Fittest

Caiman in Panama (Courtesy of Emma Gallagher

As I’m working my way through and around Geoff Lawton’s online PDC course, I’m pulling out all sorts of nuggets, things that spur my thoughts or twist a smile onto my face. It’s great to hear about familiar ideas in a new light and to feel inspired once more with all the possibilities permaculture presents and all the possibilities to present permaculture. Video: Geoff Lawton’s PRI Zaytuna Farm Tour Somewhere […]

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Cuba’s Sustainable Framing May be Under Threat

Capital building

The story of Cuba using sustainable agricultural production techniques is an exciting one. Cuba has for decades, since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in the early 1990’s, adapted and used ecologically safe agricultural practices in producing its own food. This was after experiencing a devastating food crisis that resulted directly from the lack of farm input supplies that used to come from the soviet bloc. This crisis was so […]

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Soil Formation

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Soil is formed through the process of rock weathering. Weathering is the breakdown of rocks into smaller particles when in contact with water (flowing through rocks), air or living organisms. Weathering can occur physically, biologically or chemically. Physical weathering: This is the disintegration of rocks into smaller particles with no alteration in their molecular structure. Air and water are agents of physical weathering. Windblown on rocks, heavy downpour of rain, […]

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Permaculture, a Holistic Solution, Is Applicable Empowerment to World Poverty on a Local Level

Kids in Casa Guatemala Who Helped Us with a Soil Rebuildng and Erosion Prevention Project

I worked for many years with NGOs, most of which were providing English education in order to provide people with the ability to make living in industries, like tourism or international business. Generally, I volunteered in communities where impoverishment was beyond anything I’d ever seen growing up in the USA: Houses were lean-tos constructed from randomly amassed scrap materials, schools often lacked electricity and/or materials and/or books, and people suffered […]

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Addressing Nitrogen Deficiency in Organic Crop Production

planting potatoes

In the last few articles that we have recently been publishing, a key issue has over and over crept up. This is the issue of the challenges that organic crop production faces. These challenges as outlined by a recent study were found to be the lack of nitrogen as a nutrient and the other one was seen as the lack of proper mechanism towards tackling pests and weeds. Organic food […]

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PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

PDC in Koh Phangan, Thailand at Phangan Earthworks

Since 2011, I’ve been regularly teaching permaculture design courses at a place called Phangan Earthworks on the island of Koh Phangan, one of the Gulf Islands in the southern portion of the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a schizophrenic place – people are typically travelling there for yoga retreats (to get their minds & bodies together) or the monthly Full Moon party (to indulge in lots of alcohol and bad club music).

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The Problem with Growing Tomatoes Where I Live

Homegrown Cherry Tomatoes (Courtesy of  OakleyOriginals)

Somewhere in this country people are doing it well, and truth be known, I now work at a conscientious, mindful organic farm (organizing volunteers and a farmers’ market) with vast biodiversity, animals and plants, that manages to pull enough crop to keep me in organic tomatoes. However, despite what appears to the contrary, what seemed illogical to me not so long ago, in a climate that never gets too cold […]

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An Introduction to Patterning

sea urchin

Our world is organised according to linear thinking, moving from A to B, from beginning to end, from Monday to Sunday. However, within the complex systems that make up our world, linear thinking limits our ability to understand the world and effectively interact with it. When we begin to understand the complex web of relationships that make up social and ecological networks, for instance, we can begin to develop new […]

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The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

The Use of Ducks in Rice Fields in the Control of Weed and Pest

Various communities have used ducks and geese as a weed and pest control strategy. Indeed, there exist studies that have been conducted looking into the efficiency of the strategy in terms of yield, weed control and also pest control. Ducks and geese offer an organic method of controlling pests and weeds. Ducks have a high affinity of consuming seeds made by weeds, snails, a variety of bugs and also the […]

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Could We Change Consumption to Production

Could We Change Consumption to Production

When I consider the age of current and wannabee world leaders I want to cringe. I am sixty-nine myself, and planning the end game perhaps ten years ahead. This is how things work: we live in our own timeframes. I only need enough money until I die. Teresa May is 60, Angele Merkel and François Hollande 62, Vladimir Putin 63, and Donald Trump 70. We have as much hope of […]

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The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain

The Blackgrass Challenge in Britain feat

Blackgrass (Alopecurus myosuroides) is an annual grass weed also known as twitch grass, black twitch or slender meadow foxtail. It grows to a height of approximately 90cm and is a prolific weed in Britain, common in winter cereal crop production. Blackgrass flowers between the months of May-August, shedding its seeds before the harvest of the main crop. Blackgrass has caused significant reduction in crop yield. According to Dr Stephen Moss […]

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What Can Be Done in 99 Days

What Can Be Done in 99 Days

Recently Justin Rhodes has given a vlog update on what he and his family have achieved in just 99 days. This is a great video by Justin and shows just what can be accomplished in 99 short days. From reclaimed materials though to growing 75% of his food. Connect with Justin; On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abundantpermaculturefarm/ On his website: http://abundantpermaculture.com/ Or on his very popular Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOSGEokQQcdAVFuL_Aq8dlg/featured

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