How I Changed My Family To Be “Green” and Value Permaculture

Inspirator and Teacher Kenton Zerbin, from the Permaculture Research Institute of Barbados (PRIB), offers wisdom for engaging family and friends with Permaculture. Is this what you look like to your family and friends? We all know the hardest people to change are family. It’s like they don’t take us seriously, or that everything we do needs to be taken with a Costco container of salt instead of “a grain of […]

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Bringing Permaculture Solutions Back From the IPC in Cuba

In my study of the design system of permaculture, one problem that I’ve come across is that, as permaculturists, many of us tend to focus on our own lives and individual actions to create change. But, systemic change cannot occur by isolated individuals trying to live in harmony with the Earth. Society’s systems must be changed by collective action — communities acting as a collective organism to re-design the structures […]

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Over 200 Food Plants on Just a Tiny 1/10th Acre of Cold Climate Urban Land

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The scattergun technique in permaculture – planting over 300 edible plants in your backyard to see what sticks, what takes off and what dies in the process. This is the technique used by Permaculture authors Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates when they converted their 1/10 acre suburban backyard into a perennial food garden of exotic plants located at Holyoke in Massachusetts. They transformed it into a functioning cold climate urban […]

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Crash on Demand? A Response to David Holmgren

D. Lange “Mr. Dougherty and kid. Warm Springs, Malheur County, Oregon” October 1939 David Holmgren, for whom I have the utmost respect, is best known as one of the co-originators of the permaculture concept. Permaculture is an ecological design method for regenerative agriculture, where the principles of natural systems are employed in order to create a self-sustaining means for food production while building soil fertility. I am increasingly involved with […]

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Seed Saver Exchange

I sincerely hope you all share my happiness, enthusiasm and excitement when it comes to seeds. When I hold a seed in the palm of my hand, I see eternity! I also see an extremely loaded history. I see our collective future and so much more. Nowadays, when I browse my social network profile, I am bombarded with beautiful images, inspiring stories and what seems to be an endless collection […]

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Crash on Demand: Welcome to the Brown Tech Future

First published on Holmgren Design website Introduction This essay updates my Future Scenarios (2007) (1) work but also builds on the essay Oil vs Money; Battle for Control of the World (2009) (2), as a running commentary on the rapid changes in the big picture context for permaculture activism, especially in the Australian context. It assumes understanding of these previous works and, of course permaculture. ‘Preaching to the choir’ it […]

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Beekeeping – An Essential Part of Permaculture

Beekeeping can be labour-intensive during certain times of the year. Working with bees requires a gentle touch and calm disposition. It also requires a basic understanding of the honey bees and their behaviour during the various seasons and during handling and moving. There are many varieties of bees, of which about 5% are more familiar to us, and which are the ones that produce the honey. All bees spend a […]

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Mae-Wan Ho Answers 11 Questions on GMOs, Science, and Life

Paul Haeder: Where is the GMO debate now worldwide? Mae-Wan Ho: The GMO debate should be over by now, at a time when the agronomic failures of GM crops are there for all to see (particularly in the United States, which has more than 40% of global GM crops planted) together with serious health and environmental impacts from scientific studies that fully confirm what farmers have been experiencing in the […]

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Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design, Part 3 (Sweden)

This is the third of a series of articles looking at design considerations for our Cold Climate Permaculture site using the Keyline Scale of Permanence as a organizing framework, as well as an informative read for anyone interested.

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The Food Is Free Project

The Food is Free Project is an amazing initiative based out of Austin, Texas that grows community connections alongside food (very much like the Incredible Edible Todmorden project.

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Temperate Food Forest Growth Video Project (Victoria, Australia)

Almonds A food forest is a lovely and interesting place to visit. Unfortunately, visitors only ever see the food forest as it is on that particular day when they visit. For example, if a person visited the food forest here today, they would see lots of ripe citrus, almonds, pears, plums, apples, peaches, nectarines and apricots. However, things would be quite different if their visit was a month later. This […]

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Drowning in Money

The hidden and remarkable story of why devastating floods keep happening. by George Monbiot We all know what’s gone wrong, or we think we do: not enough spending on flood defences. It’s true that the government’s cuts have exposed thousands of homes to greater risk, and that the cuts will become more dangerous as climate change kicks in(1).  But too little public spending is a small part of problem. It […]

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