A Lesson in Building So It Won’t Last

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For many years now, decades even, I’ve heard people talk about how things aren’t built the way they used to be. Cars don’t last. Toys break after a few play dates. Computers seem to require replacing much more frequently. Cell phones are much the same. Pots, pans, appliances, electronics—everything has gone the way of cheap production and “bargain” sales. The cynical side of me sees industries manufacturing substandard products so […]

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Introducing The World Permaculture Association

Introducing The World Permaculture Association

Here we go! We introduce the entire global Permaculture Movement to our new organization – the World Permaculture Association (www.world-permaculture.org) – a Europe-based nonprofit whose MISSION is to mobilize and inspire people to achieve food security by improving human management of natural living systems through the use and application of permaculture principles. Our aim is to have a major impact on the world through the implementation of the following multifaceted […]

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The Permaculture Student 2

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Support the first high school permaculture textbook ever! A regenerative tomorrow starts in schools today!! The Permaculture Student 2 The Permaculture Student 2 is the first permaculture textbook designed for high schoolers everywhere. It is a full year of curriculum with projects, activities, and formulas, all included in one textbook. It is the most up-to-date, holistic, and understandable permaculture textbook. Designed for 9th & 10th graders, it is a complete […]

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The Food Forest Card Game

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You probably already know that I am in “shameless self-promotion” mode with the Food Forest card game. Fortunately for all of us, the campaign will soon be drawing to a successful close! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1436377496/food-forest-a-card-game-inspired-by-permaculture The game will eventually be available to the general public but this is the last call for now. If you know anyone who wants a copy, or to show their support, please spread the word. Any final […]

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Mental Farming 2: Tuning Into Your Environment


In my previous article, Mental Farming – Ideas for Improving Education Approaches (1) I examined a few ways in which children’s education and permaculture are linked. Some of these are surprising, such as the Immersion English camp organised by the Spanish government during which the children are exposed to an organic garden and learn about different tree types, seemingly almost as a kind of side effect from the main aim […]

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Bhutan Not Only Carbon Neutral but It’s Carbon Negative Too


Bhutan officially known as the Kingdom of Bhutan, is a landlocked country in South Asia at the eastern end of the Himalayas. It is bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is separated from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while farther south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. […]

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Onsite in Jordan at “The greening of the Desert, The Sequel”

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I am facilitating a Permaculture Design Certificate course over the next two weeks. We have eleven students that have come from or have lived in more than 20 countries which is amazing and of course having a big multicultural vibe. We have just finished day 2. Yesterday at the end of the day we put together an 18 day hot compost which we will be able to monitor as we […]

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5 Areas of Health Positively Affected by Brahmi

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Bacopa Monnieri, also known as Brahmi, is an herb used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. This flowering plant is found in the wetlands and marshes of southern India, Australia, Europe, Africa, Asia, and North and South America. It is most commonly known for its beneficial effects on the Brain and Central Nervous System. The most widely recognized components of brahmi are Bacosides and Nitric Oxides. These chemicals impact the functions of […]

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Compost Worm Experiment

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Every three weeks we have access to 80 to 100 kg of insect castings. These castings are from Meal worms, Cockroaches and Crickets. The waste is manure and leftover feed which is pollard and similar products. We use the waste in different ways and as the material is very high in nitrogen there is a need to consider the best way to approach the management processes. Usually I have been […]

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What Happens When One Walks in the Garden

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I believe in gardens, not as magical fairy lands with gnomes and smoking caterpillars on toadstools (though I wouldn’t kick them out) but as places in which we should appreciate as fully as possible. We should use them to grow food, of course, and we should also use them to grow medicine. But, that’s not all. Gardens have the ability to teach us about the world, how plants, animals and […]

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Vermicomposting – A Great Way to Turn the Burdens into Resources

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Thousands of tons of foods are being wasted everyday throughout the world and due to their improper management, they are creating further trouble polluting the environment. Though wasting food is not a matter to be happy with; but if it cannot be stopped at least the wastes can be managed in some beneficial ways. Vermicomposting is the process which will protect the environment from the pollution of food scraps, kitchen […]

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Italy & Slovenia : A New Mediterranean Alliance

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There are many uncertainties in the Mediterranean. North, South and East of the region have been experiencing different, complex and ongoing socio-political as well as economic and environmental transitions. However, while uncertainties dominate the geopolitical, economic and social spheres, there are certainties about the fundamental issues that need to be addressed collectively in the Mediterranean. The sustainable development of agriculture, food security, and rural areas are at the heart of […]

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