Confusing your Compost with your Mulch?

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What is Compost? Compost is decomposed organic material. It is manmade, commonly using a mix of kitchen scraps and wet & dry garden leaves, grasses and trimmings. When it is ready it is a deep dark brown, almost black, feels moist and crumbly to touch, and does not smell bad, but has an appealing earthy smell. There are various methods of making compost according to your needs, location, availability of […]

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Conventional Farming Has Higher Yields than Organic Farming: Is this Sustainable

Conventional Farming Has Higher Yields than Organic Farming: Is this Sustainable

Lately, a lot of debate has been ranging on as to whether there is any difference in output based on yield between the organic agriculture and the conventional farming. Further, questions as to which of the two has higher yields still range on. A number of analyses have been done with each side trying to support its cause. A study that has been relied upon for quite some time is […]

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Learning More on How to Think about Soil

Seedling & Soil

I don’t know why it is, but I’ve taken to waking up at about five every morning. I kiss my wife Emma on the head, creep downstairs from the loft of our apartment and spend the next hour or more watching Geoff Lawton videos from the PDC course. She knows I’m doing it. It’s nothing weird. But, for the most part, we don’t talk all that much about it. This […]

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Shifting Baseline Syndrome

Shifting Baseline Syndrome

To put it in its most simplest terms, shifting baseline syndrome is basically the way in which humans, and every generation essentially, lowers its standards over the course of time. These generations are not lowering their standards on purpose, or because they have any negative goal, but simply because they don’t know any better. It all occurs underneath the surface level, with most completely unaware of what’s happening.

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Entryism as a Threat to Stable Communities

Multiracial Young People Holding Hands in a Circle

In Nature, ecological communities are comprised of populations of two or more species that coexist in the same place at the same time. We even see symbiotic relationships between diverse species, where both benefit or gain from the relationship with each other, with mutual win-win outcomes.

In human communities we see the same patterns, different groups of people with different agendas and worldviews coexisting, hopefully harmoniously, in diverse communities, even working together to achieve common goals.

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The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

The Food Forest: A Shining Example Of Permaculture in Australia

A direct pupil of Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture, Geoff Lawton takes his decades of experience on the road, with a visit to one of Australia’s most interesting and longstanding examples of permaculture. The Food Forest, owned by Graham and Annmarie Brookman and a joint venture with their two children, consists of more than 160 varieties of food products and timber over a 15 hectare space of land in […]

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The Stockpot

Rural vegetarian broth soup with colorful vegetables and rustic

Permaculture is all about getting the most out for the least in, and aiming for minimal energy usage and zero waste. Well and a whole load of other things too. I was lying awake in bed the other night thinking about things (as you do in the wee small hours) and the image of the stockpot came to me. Powerful symbols can be helpful in directing our thinking. At the […]

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Soil Nutrients

Soil Nutrients feat

During the international year of soil in 2015, global attention was drawn to the importance of a healthy soil. One of the key facts emphasized by the food and agricultural organization was that sustainable management of soils can lead to a 58% increase in food production (FAO, 2015). Soil nutrient composition plays a key role in determining the goodness of a soil. A healthy soil will have all the essential […]

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Urban Farming, Africa Style

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When I was in junior school in Cape Town in the late fifties / early sixties, ‘grand apartheid’ had not yet kicked in. While schools and buses already had racial segregation, we lived in an integrated suburb comprising different cultures some of whom set their gardens aside for agriculture. The government’s final solution included separating the races, and passing stricter urban planning rules. These prohibited all forms of business on […]

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The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

The Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion on a Permaculture Vineyard in Piedmont, Italy.

What are the long-term impacts of soil erosion on the Langhe’s of Piedmont vineyards? The Langhe of Piedmont in north-west Italy is an area famous for its wines and truffles, particularly for the wine of Barolo and the white truffle of Alba. Which is considered the capital of Langhe. While Barolo’s wine it has been said to be the “Wine of kings, the king of wine”. The Langhe area is […]

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Wild Democracy: A Biodiversity of Resistance and Renewal

Sprout growing out of concrete

1. Introduction With characteristic insight, the great American philosopher, John Dewey, once wrote: ‘Every generation has to accomplish democracy over again for itself.’[1] His point was that, at each moment in history, citizens and nations inevitably face unique challenges and problems, so we should not assume the democratic institutions and practices inherited from the past will be adequate for the conditions of today. Our ongoing political challenge, therefore, is to […]

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Surfing the Permaculture Wave

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By 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, as indicated by the report of the World Economic Forum. Most of us have seen the horrible images of what non-recycled plastics do to the animals in the ocean, so we need a major rethink of what we use and how we dispose of it. Surfers are amongst the first in line experiencing the effects of pollution in the ocean […]

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