Charting The Sun’s Motion In Relation To Your Home And Permaculture Site

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Image source: NREL.gov Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an important aspect of a good permaculture design, as various elements like plants, animals and solar devices depend on sun for their functionality. A good appreciation of the earth’s rotation about its axis, its revolution around the sun and the consequences of these motions on the sun’s position and availability at a given location on the earth’s surface, […]

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The Advantages of Permaculture over Traditional Landscaping

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Landscaping is defined as the art or technique of designing and managing open spaces; its primary goal is usually aesthetics and the design is optimized for things such as ease of maintenance, accessibility, privacy, costs, etc. However, traditional landscaping rarely bothers to include non-anthropocentric uses in the designed environment. That is a big oversight – but one that creates a huge opportunities for permaculture designers. In this example of a […]

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Where Inspiration Grows and Education Nourishes Life

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If you want to spark curiosity, conversation and perhaps influence people to embrace particular values in their daily lives, tell a compelling story. It is through stories that natural relationships are revealed and shared and it is through stories that inspiration grows. The Cardboard Challenge is one such story. “It has been said that next to hunger and thirst, our most basic human need is for storytelling.” Khalil Gibran The […]

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Introducing Nitrogen Fixing Trees: Nature’s Solution to Curing N2 Deficiency

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Nitrogen deficiency is a major challenge to world agriculture. This element is one of the most important nutrients for the growth and survival of plants. Roughly 78% of earth’s atmosphere consists of this gas essential to supporting life. However, plant life is unable to derive vital nutrients from its gaseous form. Instead, plants must pull nitrogen from their soil. The introduction of chemicals to compensate for nitrogen deficiency has created […]

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Baobs and Bunyas

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The Boabs of Kimberley in the North West of Australia and the Bunyas of the north east coasts of Australia are two trees with outstanding appearance and function. These are two of my special interest trees the Boab Adansonia gegoeri and Bunya Araucaria bidwiili. My visits to the Kimberley began in the nineteen seventies and continued into the eighties. In the years 1999 to2003, I was living in the East […]

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Why Is the Edge So Damned Important?

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Photo: At the River’s Edges in Orgiva, Spain. Photo courtesy of Emma Gallagher. I must begin with the confession that this article began when my wife asked me to better explain the edge effect, and I found myself stumbling through an explanation. We both knew the edge was something powerful and taking advantage of it a permaculture principle, but the clear reason—something akin to defining permaculture—seemed to escape us. I […]

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Diversified Organic Market Gardening and Arboriculture

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The method of Ferme du Bec Hellouin This report was originally published here and was translated by Marcus Busby. Ferme biologique du Bec Hellouin 27800 LE BEC HELLOUIN FRANCE www.fermedubec.com Produce a lot in a small space, providing a diet invegetables for 1,000 people by the culture of land whose area does not nourish 50 if the ordinary methods were applied to it, and if anart did not come in […]

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Billions in Change – Official Film

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The world is facing some huge problems. There’s a lot of talk about how to solve them. But talk doesn’t reduce pollution, or grow food, or heal the sick. That takes doing. This film is the story about a group of doers, the elegantly simple inventions they have made to change the lives of billions of people, and the unconventional billionaire spearheading the project. To me, the largest area of […]

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Alika Atay Teaches How to Make Fermented Plant Juice

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Learn a powerful and easy Traditional Hawaiian Farming Practice for converting your abundant weeds into a source of nitrogen for the rest of your garden plants that you actually want to encourage to grow. Hawaii Farmers Union, West Maui (Mauna Kahalawai) Chapter President, Alika Atay speaks about the science behind and demonstrates how to convert weeds into a fermented plant juice (FPJ). This natural form of nitrogen can then be […]

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HOW SOIL AND CARBON ARE RELATED

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Carbon cycle is one of the fundamental requirement of life on earth. Soil organic carbon (SOC) can be described as the amount of carbon that is stored in the soil as one of the components of organic matter which comprises the animal and plant materials and different stages of decay. Organic carbon (OC) mainly enters the soil by the decomposition of the animal and plant residuals, dead and living microorganisms, […]

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How to Harvest Your Own Seeds from Fruit and Vegetables for Propagation into Nursery

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Harvesting your own seeds from fruit and vegetables for propagation into a nursery significantly reduces your costs by over 50 percent. In order to reap the maximum benefit, you must give your plants the help they need to produce healthy seeds. Harvesting and storage techniques require particular attention because they impact seed quality. To achieve the best results, one must harvest at the right time, clean with the proper techniques, […]

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6 Useful Ends for Spent Tea and Coffee

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Coffee is just divine. I’ve woken up other ways and have even taken to drinking a glass of water first thing every morning, before coffee happens, but nothing makes the world feel so right as the sun coming up over a steaming mug, even in—especially in—the muggy climates of Central America, where I spend most of my time. My wife, on the other hand, comes from proper British roots and […]

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