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I’d like to invite you to join me as I feature short videos on permaculture locations, farms, and projects in all the countries that comprise Latin America.

To kick start this series, I’m featuring a video on the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, or IPES, which has been operating since 2000. In the video, director Karen Inwood speaks about the demonstration site and how they have applied various permaculture principles.

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Do those negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership have any interest in democracy? Here’s a test.

Nothing threatens democracy as much as corporate power. Nowhere do corporations operate with greater freedom than between nations, for here there is no competition. With the exception of the European parliament there is no transnational democracy, anywhere. All other supranational bodies – the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations, trade organisations and the rest – work on the principle of photocopy democracy (presumed consent is transferred, copy by copy, to ever greyer and more remote institutions) or no democracy at all(1).

When everything has been globalised except our consent, corporations fill the void. In a system that governments have shown no interest in reforming, global power is often scarcely distinguishable from corporate power. It is exercised through backroom deals between bureaucrats and lobbyists.

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As designers, trainers and practitioners we’re always looking for tools that will help in realizing our design visions. One of the relatively recent developments that allows for the transfer of these ideas from our minds onto landscape is the emergence of 3D orthographic mapping software used in conjunction with drones.

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Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what’s to come.

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The Whole Earth Summit starts tomorrow (free and online). Join Geoff Lawton and 42 remarkable visionaries, and tens of thousands of people worldwide, as we share our passion, vision and next steps for creating regenerative communities and a whole earth. Click here to register for free. I recommend that you do this now so that you can see the schedule and mark what you’d like to attend. Registering also gives you access to 48-hour free replays.

Go to: www.WholeEarthSummit.org

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Our Montado Farms Kickstarter was launced on March 3rd!

Did you know that over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities? Or that by 2030, our agricultural production needs to increase by 40% to feed our growing population? Can our cities, governments and civilization survive our current agricultural practices? How do we feed populations in the cities with a dwindling water resource?

We can tell you one thing for sure: it’s not going to be the giant corn, soy, and wheat monocultures that dominate our food system today. Kevin Muno, a permaculture farming expert, and his highly experienced team are setting out on a journey to create a new kind of farm, a farm that mimics nature and produces a perennial source of bulk calories. Montado Farms is a proposed agroforestry/staple food crop farm that uses the California Oak Savanna as it’s ecological model.

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Trailer only – watch the full video here!

If you’re considering doing Geoff Lawton’s Permaculture Design Certificate Course later this month and want to know more, check out the Bonus $1200 Earthworks course we are including for free.

It’s a mixture of classroom and field lectures that will bring you up to speed and teach you how to build dams, ponds, swales, water features, spillways and house sites using excavators.

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Introducing PRI Tipuana Farm

A few years back Joey Delia had a vision of a Permaculture demonstration site that was highly accessible. Far enough to have a chunk of land but close enough for people from the city to see a real demonstration of Permaculture in action. There began the creation of what is now PRI Tipuana Farm. The search for the right property was long and tedious, but well worth the outcome. The property that is now PRI Tipuana Farm, a PRI Master Plan site, was better than what even Joey had imagined. The farm is situated just outside the city of San Marcos in North San Diego County — a short 7 Minutes to the center of the city, but surrounded by nature and the peace that comes with it. The farm itself is 2.5 acres. To the south, accessible by a trail directly from the farm are acres and acres of wide open California native shrub. There is water, a seasonal creek and a hand dug well. There is also a small 30 year old fruit forest near the house.

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Steve Marsh’s court case finished on Feb 28, 2014, and although we are not sure when the verdict will be out, we will put an update on our website as soon as we know the outcome of this important landmark case that could change the future of farming in Australia and beyond. Steve’s legal costs have not been fully covered yet, so please consider making a donation if you can afford it.

The WA Australian Supreme Court has taken the decision to publish all the transcripts, opening and closing addresses and witness statements online. It will take a while to read and if you have the time is recommended. It will show that the evidence is strongly in Steve’s favour, that Mr Baxter knew Steve was organic, that he could not tolerate GM canola on his farm and that he would lose his certification if it got on there. Despite this Mr Baxter planted next to Steve’s farm instead of further back and then to make matters worse, swathed (mowed, raked and windrowed) the GM canola and left it to dry for several weeks. It was during this time that the winds came up and blew the GM canola onto Steve’s farm.

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An update from the Global Resource Alliance (GRA)

Permaculture

  • Continued developing the Kinesi Village permaculture project with the local community on 8 acres of land donated to GRA by the Village Council to grow food for 35 families caring for orphans. This plot grows hundreds of trees for food, lumber and habitat, staple foods like corn, beans, sweet potatoes, sorghum, cassava and peanuts, a variety of vegetables and moringa oleifera for medicinal purposes.
  • Sent GRA-TZ permaculture coordinator Elisha Owino from Kinesi Village to a Permaculture Training for Trainers in Kenya to increase his skills and become a teacher in the field of permaculture to educate local communities and outside visitors.

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