Permaculture Voices Mega-Conference Early Bird Discount Date is Imminent!

We wanted to remind everyone that the March 13-16, 2014 Permaculture Voices Conference (in Temecula, CA, between San Diego and LA) early-bird discount deadline for tickets is this Saturday, August 31st, 2013. Register before the deadline and save a few hundred dollars. Come out and see our own Geoff Lawton speak alongside Joel Salatin, Michael Pollan, Paul Wheaton, Allan Savory, Toby Hemenway, Dr. Elaine Ingham, and many more. This will […]

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Festival Culture – The Importance of Ritual and Organized Activity

Festival culture dates back to the very beginnings of our human existence. Originally a pilgrimage for shared belief, it is also the practice of creating a sacred space or spaces that embody a certain paradigm. The popularity and longevity of such an activity makes it evident that in human culture we must come to know an idea through experience in order for it to have the most prolific effect. National […]

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The Living Earth Festival (Mullumbimby, NSW, Australia)

A seed to plant in the ground and the mind If there is going to be a revolution, it must be a revolution of consciousness, so the saying goes. Fortunately, these words are slowly becoming a realisation as many conscious communities across Australia and abroad come together to make a change. Among them, are the people behind The Living Earth Festival. Coming into the third cycle of its yearly spring […]

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The Planet Fund: Crowdfunding the Restoration of our Environment and Communities

The Planet Fund is the first online global fundraiser created to assist projects the world over with the regeneration of our environment and communities. The Planet Fund has developed an entity of action — where we have the power to act globally as well as locally. We have developed this platform to address the need for rapid and widespread assistance to projects, people and communities all over the world.

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Emergency Shelters Made From Paper (TED video)

Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose. (Filmed at TEDxTokyo.) Most […]

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The Channon School Pond Restoration Project

AKA the PRI Ambassador Program by Erik Klockemann and Aybike Zengin The Channon Public School is a stone’s throw from PRI Zaytuna Farm and we were invited to come out and see what could be done with their old fish pond. The Channon School takes its name from the village where the public school is situated. "Channon” is a local aboriginal term for the Burrawang Palm (Macrozamia communis) of which […]

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Report on Permaculture Training in Dembe Dollo, Western Ethiopia (Part 3)

This is part three of a report on a community training program we ran in Dembe Dolo, Wolega, Eastern Ethiopia back in June, 2013. If you didn’t catch the last installments you can read them here: Part 1, Part 2. If you recall we started the training program off with introductions from the group and drew out the class motivations and aspirations for taking the training. We then briefly covered […]

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Kat Chang’s Farm in Guangzhou (China)

This farm outside of Guangzhou turned out exactly to be what I was hoping; a place to garden, to write and to relax. Kat Chang, the manager of the farm, was a great host. She was relaxed, interesting to talk to, and respected my personal time. There was also an expectation that I would work for a few hours a day. Best of all, she was familiar with permaculture and […]

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Preserving the Past to Serve the Future

A version of this article first appeared on the Mid-Atlantic Transition Hub (MATH) of Transition US, blog. Today, traditional knowledge is in danger and its disappearance would not only cause the loss of people’s capability to keep and pass on the artistic and natural heritage, but also of an extraordinary source of knowledge and cultural diversity from which the appropriate innovation solutions can be derived today and in the future. […]

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Introduction to Apiculture Course (Beekeeping) with Peter Stace at the PRI Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia

Photo © Craig Mackintosh What: Introduction to Apiculture Course (Beekeeping) Where: At the PRI Zaytuna Farm, NSW, Australia When: 4, 5 & 6 September 2013 Items covered in the Introduction to Apiculture Course are apiculture and safety, introduction to a beehive, site selection, assembly of hive equipment, owning and managing bee hives, catching a swarm, dividing a hive and requeening a hive, harvesting honey, extracting honey, wax recovery and various […]

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Geoff Lawton – Local Legendz

As soon as Geoff Lawton realized he was having "dreams of self-sufficiency and living in a harmonious way with natural systems," he started getting involved with permaculture. This was way before permaculture was the buzz word that it is today. Through his work, the movement has spread to like-minded individuals the world over. In this video, we take a walk with him through the lands that started the sustainable growth […]

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UNCCD Land for Life Award Winner – TEMA (Turkey)

The UNCCD’s Land for Life Award winners were announced on the World Day to Combat Desertification, 17 June 2012, during the Rio+20 Summit. Joint first place went to the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA) in Turkey (along with SOIL, in Haiti), this film looks at their project.

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