Would You Live in a Treehouse?


Would you live in a treehouse? The appeal is obvious to any kid, but it can seem like a daunting idea for adults. Nevertheless, cultural interest has erupted in recent years. You can vacation at a “treesort,” or watch a reality show about treetop architecture, or even rent a room in a treehouse on Airbnb. In this short documentary, we interview people who build, live in, and love treehouses. These […]

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New Water Paradigm Case Study: Just Add Water


As anyone who read my post from earlier this year titled ‘Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm for Water Management’ will be aware, the issue of global water management has been a topic of great interest for me for a number of years now. Following on from the writing of this article, which was originally published in the January 2015 edition of the Holistic Science Journal, I was provided with […]

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Permaculture and Kombucha: The Ethics of Scoby


Kombucha, the fizzy probiotic tea applauded for its taste and health benefits, also follows the permaculture ethic of sharing the surplus. You may know kombucha is made by feeding sugar to a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast), or mother as she’s fondly called. In return, the scoby infuses probiotics, flavor, and carbonation into the tea. As scoby cultures readily replenish themselves, the abundance can be passed on to […]

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Jim Al-Khalili: How quantum biology might explain life’s biggest questions


How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called “spooky action at a distance” helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

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The Chicken and the Egg


We have the chickens around an area that we’ve allowed to go fallow for a while and grow back into weeds in the main crop area, in the broad chicken tractor system. We’re about to renovate this area back into a larger main crop area for bulk crops, bulk grains, mulch crops and broad scrambling crops like pumpkins and melons. So with 50 birds ranging through this area some of […]

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How to Set Up and Keep Bees


People have been keeping bees for centuries, both for beeswax and for honey, but there is still an incredible mystique about bee keeping. This is probably because bees generally move is swarms and if they attack they can kill any sized human. Coupled with this, many people are allergic to bee stings, and even one bee can cause a reaction that can be life threatening. But over time we have […]

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course with Tom Kendall at PRI Sunshine Coast


Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course, with Tom Kendall at PRI Sunshine Coast, Australia If you are looking for better health, more knowledge, tools for a better, more sustainable lifestyle and a nurturing community experience, the Permaculture Design Certificate course at PRI Sunshine Coast delivers! Tom Kendall’s passion for sustainable living, self-reliance and empowering people nourishes the mind while Zaia Kendall’s passion for food, health and nutrition nourishes the body. Living […]

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Redesigning Permaculture News


The redesigning of Permaculture News has been months in the making. You may have noticed some changes and a quieter front within the old site while we have been busy building away in the background. Now it is my pleasure to introduce to you the new permaculturnews.org. The site is responsive; from our day to day articles all the way through to our ten-year-old forums. So you can view and […]

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Free Screening this Weekend: INHABIT – A Permaculture Perspective


Inhabit is a feature length documentary introducing permaculture: a design method that offers an ecological lens for solving issues related to agriculture, economics, governance, and on. The film presents a vast array of projects, concepts, and people, and it translates the diversity of permaculture into something that can be understood by an equally diverse audience. For those familiar, it will be a call to action and a glimpse into what’s […]

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Free Screening and E-Book this Weekend: The Greenhouse of the Future


Hi Everyone, Curt from Greenhouse of the Future here. This weekend we are very glad to offer you a free E-book and a free streaming version of our film: The Greenhouse of the Future on www.permaculturenews.org Our mission is to help propel the Permaculture movement forward by developing an easy to build, 100% self-sufficient greenhouse/temple of health and abundance. We hope that our film will inspire and support you on […]

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15 or More Easy DIY Garden Projects with Garbage

Plastic Pillow Stuffing

Trash happens. It just does. And, our job as concerned world citizens, responsible for ourselves and the impact we are all individually making on the planet, is to figure out how to deal with that garbage in a sensible way. When all is said and done, we should be leaving the world in better condition than we found it, not in heaping piles of toxic waste. The truth of the […]

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Permaculture and the Myth of Overpopulation


When teaching permaculture I often start out by doing a giant problems mind map. I ask students to brainstorm all of the major “problems” they see in the world to reflect on what brought them to study permaculture. Nine times out of ten the idea of overpopulation as a root “problem” in the world comes up. Overpopulation describes a situation where there are too many people for the amount of […]

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