Transition Ethics: The Art of Compromise

Transition Ethics feat

This article originally appears in the NuMundo Transformational Times Blog. The Ranch was recently named a NuMundo Impact Center. Permaculture Design is many things to many people, but one of its pillars is a set of three ethics. These as originally laid out by Bill Mollison are • Care of the Earth • Care of People • Redistribution of the Surplus These are our primary directives for how to act […]

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What Fair Share Can Mean in the Permaculture Community

More Than We Can Eat

The quiet third permaculture ethic, “fair share”, gets much less press than the two headliners. With a grand mission that includes sustainable energy, conservation, ethical practices with animals and agriculture, and a steady rebuilding of the damage humanity has already caused the planet, earth care is something with many easily identified branches and movements to adopt. And, with its movement towards fair trade business models, safe working conditions, and personal […]

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Did you miss Geoffs’ Latest Top Five – This One Was A Doozy

Did you miss Geoffs' Latest Top Five - This One Was A Doozy feat

Highlights include: • “Magic tricks” that can make water disappear…and appear. • Bill Mollison’s surprising perspective on how to measure gardening success. Hint: It’s not just about output. • My good friend Jack Spirko’s first-ever listener-voted podcast. • An incredible long-form article on solastalgia, a “form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change.” • An electric bike coming out of Silicon Valley that uses the same batteries as […]

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Saving the Planet through Permaculture….and Zoning Laws/Building Codes?

Saving the Planet through Permaculture feat

Right now on this planet there are thousands of Permaculture warriors prepared to regenerate the Earth’s ecosystems and feed the world abundantly. Imagine if suddenly it was possible for a land owner or small farmer to get a legal permit for a ‘Low Impact Sustainable Development’ (LISD) on their land – an EcoVillage. Imagine an agency that worked with local government to standardize a framework and criteria that had each […]

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Mogendoura Earthworks 1 Year On

Mogendoura Earthworks 1 Year On  feat

Recently I had the opportunity to check out the earthworks performance where I installed a mainframe design in January 2015. I was contacted to sort out the dam wall and spillway as the client was concerned about its safety due to very little free board between the high water mark and the top of the dam wall. Also installing two levelsill spillways on each backflood swale 1, as a primary […]

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What Happens When you Receive 75 Chicks When You Aren’t Ready

What Happens When you Receive 75 Chicks When you Aren't Ready

Our 75 Cornish Cross meat Chickens arrived a day early, and I’m caught off guard. So, I quickly round up the chiddlers and head to the post office (to pick up the chicks) then it’s time to set up their brooder.

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Make a Living Growing Food

Make Living Growing Food feat

A new system for growing organic food successfully. Growing food organically should be at low cost and give high production for energy invested. This does depend on the health your soil.

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There are so many daunting environmental concerns that loom in the present and on the horizon, but perhaps none is quite as troubling and alarming as the limited supply of fresh water. In areas of drought and desert landscape, this precious resource isn’t just flushed away, but even still, coming up with enough to meet the drinking and hygienic demands of even a small population is a daunting prospect. While […]

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Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Humble Design To Make Good Things Happen

Where should you put your excellence and effort, and where should you hold back resources for later?

People who answer this question well have startups that succeed, homes that are low in friction, and a reliably bright way of facing life’s uncertainty. The cast include Atlassian’s Principal Design Strategist, an Aussie Permaculture designer, and Japanese design philosophy itself, as seen in Muji, the iconic no-name homeware’s brand.

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Plant Trees – Plant Hope in India

Plant Trees - Plant Hope in India 08

Green Tree Foundation (GTF), is a wonderul NPO (not for profit organisation), with a clear vision to establish a Green Tree filled society by means of massive revegetation by involving the farming community, schools, individuals and institutions working towards similar goals. Feeding the people and giving them a sustainable means of income. They aim to achieve this through horticulture under irrigation, agroforestry, back yard horticulture, water harvesting and kitchen gardens. […]

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10 Edible Perennial Vines for Vertical Gardening

Courtesy of Deborah Austin

Vertical gardening is a concept that is well promoted these days, especially when considering urban and suburban gardens in confined spaces. A quick search on any server will reveal a great collection of reused plastic bottles or PVC pipes suspended alongside walls and fences, little bunches of salad greens poking up periodically. Everything from old pants pockets to upcycled dressers to old pallets are used to grow food beyond just […]

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Compost as a Way to Remove Toxins in the Environment

Compost as a Way to Remove Toxins in the Environment feat

If soil changes take place in a negative form, restoring this soil back to its original state is quite a challenge. However, by the use of compost which introduces beneficial soil organisms to support the desired vegetative life, we can support the rapid regeneration of the soil back to its native state. This is left to take form in a natural manner will take thousands of years for the earth’s […]

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