Building Up Soil for a Nutrient-Rich Raised Bed

All photos by David Ashwanden A lot of permaculture involves utilising waste streams and turning problems into solutions, and I often bring these into practice by looking at what’s available around me and how I can use it effectively. With this in mind, having come across some old bath tubs, I decided to create some raised beds, building up the soil using a layer mulch recipe rich in a mix […]

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Soil: The Hidden Frontier

Permaculturists everywhere are crazy about patterns. We are taught to “zen-out” so we can observe patterns in nature and society. But if patterns are the glue in permaculture, how do we begin to pick apart the patterns that we can’t even see with the naked eye? Enter world renowned soil biologist Dr. Elaine Ingham and her rowdy band of critters known as the soil food web. Dr. Ingham has spent […]

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GMO Myths and Truths – Second Edition

Genetically modified crops and foods are neither safe nor necessary to feed the world, a new report by genetic engineers shows. Click to download report (5.5mb PDF) The second edition of GMO Myths and Truths, co-authored by genetic engineers Dr John Fagan and Dr Michael Antoniou and researcher Claire Robinson, was released on 19 May 2014 as a free online download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open […]

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Solar Tyre Cooker

Sketch showing the solar tyre cooker With relatively inexpensive materials and easy to construct, a solar tyre cooker can be a very useful device for many of the poor people in the world. In many African countries people walk long distances to collect firewood to cook their food, or spend up to 50% of their income buying wood or charcoal. The materials needed to make this solar oven are very […]

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Permaculture Tools Instructional DVD

Permaculture Tools is putting together an instructional DVD on the use of hand tools. The project is simple: We, Permaculture Tools, are going to be working with Metta Media for the production of an instructional video on the use of hand tools. We will also be showing how to use, sharpen and repair your tools, as well as some simple blacksmithing to show you how simple it is to make […]

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The Corruption of Science

Many are the ways in which the powers that be obstruct and obscure our paths to knowledge. by Dr Nancy Swanson A fully referenced version of this article is posted on ISIS members website and is otherwise available for download here. Say it in Latin for God We need only look at the historical record to know that those who crave power have seized upon the belief system of the […]

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Permaculture, Innovation & Black Sheep

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Over the past few years, I have had the honor of being able to teach at least eight permaculture courses a year at home and all over the world. These learning and sharing journeys have weaved my story with others from places in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA. A few years ago, while facilitating a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course in Germany, a question came to […]

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Preserving With Pesto – It’s Not Rocket Science

One of the biggest challenges in permaculture is working out how to catch and store energy, especially when it comes to preserving food. I have been busy saving jars throughout the winter this year and I’m determined to find new ways of keeping food beyond the main growing season. I’m especially keen to learn about plants that have natural preservative properties so that I can avoid using sugar. Jams just […]

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Are We Bothered?

The more we consume, the less we care about the living planet. That didn’t take long. The public interest in the state of the natural world stimulated by the winter floods receded almost as quickly as the waters did. A YouGov poll showed that the number of respondents placing the environment among their top three issues of concern rose from 6% in mid-January to 23% in mid-February. By early April […]

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FoodWaterShelter Fast Fact: Tilapia Fish Farming at Kesho Leo Children’s Village (Tanzania)

At Kesho Leo we have tilapia, a freshwater fish species that is hardy and easy to farm in relatively small ponds. This makes it a perfect choice for farming families in our area. Tilapia are omnivorous, but the species we are farming (Oreochromis nyloticus, Nile tilapia) feeds primarily on phytoplankton and algae.

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Permaculture Course in English – Arusha, Tanzania, May 26th to June 6th

Time has almost run out for you to register for Foodwatershelter’s fifth Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course between 26th May to 6th June 2014. Course spaces are almost full and we don’t want you to miss out, so get your application (Word doc) in now to join us in Arusha, Tanzania, to become part of the growing number of people around the world who are improving their self-reliance and learning […]

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Dr. Don Huber: GMOs and Glyphosate and Their Threat to Humanity (Podcast)

Dr. Don Huber is an award-winning, international scientist and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University. Today he spoke with Food Integrity about the dangers of GMOs and Glyphosate (Roundup). Dr. Huber’s 50+ years of research and expertise in the area of plant pathology with a focus on epidemiology and control of soil-borne pathogens gives him much credibility in discussing the science behind GMOs and Glyphoshate. He spoke about […]

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