How to Make Cider, Cider Vinegar, and Why You Should Be Doing It

Apple Cider from Above I ran into a funny story in a Michael Pollan book not long ago: The American pioneer legend, Johnny Appleseed, used to stay two or three hops west of the colonial expansion in the USA, buying up large swaths of riverside land and planting apple trees. In most historical accounts (the Disney version), he is depicted as an angel of virtue, making sure that everyone got […]

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How to Build a Grey Water Planter Bed

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Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator

Please exercise due care when working with electricity The Non Rocket-Scientists Guide To Building Your Own Wind-Powered Generator. As you’ve probably found out by now unharnessed energy sources are literally all around us. Be it solar power from the sun or geothermal energy from the Earth’s constant core temperature we are definitely wasting money and resources when we rely on utility companies for power. Another huge asset that we can […]

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Permaculture – From Forest to Farm | Clea Chandmal | TEDxBITSGoa

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Free Screening: The Greenhouse of the Future

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Humanity Earth’s Allies

The other day I came across this viral video titled ‘Dear Future Generations: Sorry’ from a poet named Prince Ea. In short, the video apologises immensely for all the damage we humans have created in this century due to our own selfishness and ignorance. Towards the end of the video Prince Ea ends his apology, flips the tone of the poem entirely, and reminds us humanity can make change if […]

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Free Screening this Weekend: The Greenhouse of the Future

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Qualifying Dynamic Accumulators: a Sub-Group of the Hyperaccumulators.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a popular Dynamic Accumulator. To the untrained eye, a lot of scientific language appears superfluous – yet may best describe some detail or process within a broader concept. The scientifically trained eye, likewise, may be suspicious of superfluous language. Robert Kourik first uses the phrase ‘dynamic accumulators’, in 1986 to describe plants considered a valuable addition to composting due to their mineral/nutritional content. Theoretically, dynamic accumulators […]

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The Value and Significance of Saving Seeds and How it Benefits You

In agriculture, sometimes even the simplest of concepts can encourage better practice and dramatically improve the qualities of your produce. Back in June 2014 I decided to hop on the bandwagon after a good friend of mine (and much better agriculturalist), recommended I start to save seeds for the benefit of both myself and my customers. Now over the years I have grown a wide variety of food, so I […]

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200m Swale System Planting Job – Noosa Area, Queensland, Australia

This march on a hot Saturday, I had the chance to plant a diversity of plants in 2 swales with a total length of 200 meters. The swale systems was implemented by Tom Kendall from PRI Sunshine Coast together with an excavator driver and 3 practical training students at the property of Tom’s client near Noosa. Afterwards Jason Davis from Permaculture Noosa Group and myself planted together 54 different species […]

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Kiswahili Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course

(*scholarships are available through application for East African based participants, as well as group discounts) Arusha, Tanzania, June 22nd to July 3rd, 2015 This PDC will be presented in Swahili Foodwater shelter and the Kenyan Permaculture Research Institute (PRI Kenya) are pleased to offer Kiswahili speakers the opportunity to attend this Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course. foodwatershelter incorporated (fws) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational, non-governmental organisation that builds and runs eco-friendly […]

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Degrowth, Sustainability and Tackling Global Inequalities

Recently I was interviewed by Jen Wilton, a UK journalist and researcher, on the subject of degrowth. What follows is the transcript of our phone interview, originally posted here. Q: What would a degrowth society look like? SA: A lot of mainstream environmentalism still clings to the idea that we can dematerialise our ways of living without giving up what is essentially an affluent consumer lifestyle. One of the provocations […]

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