Pseudo-grains for Lesotho – Permaculture Design for Disaster

Quinoa This year’s very dry autumn, winter and spring in Lesotho is ringing alarm bells throughout the country. The capital city, Maseru, is down to a very limited supply of potable water. There is no significant rainfall forecast until the summer season, December / February. Last year’s grain crop was slightly better than the two previous years. This improved situation still left 40% of the population, some 725,000, reliant on […]

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Thinking Like a Forest

Why do conservation groups help to keep our wildlife in a state of extreme depletion? by George Monbiot I returned from the meetings filled with amazement, and the stirrings of a hope which has been all too rare in recent years. First, at the launch of Rewilding Europe’s Wildlife Comeback report three weeks ago, I heard about the remarkably rapid spread of large wild animals back into places which lost […]

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Permaculture Making Further Inroads into China

Major PDC at Fuzhou, mainland China, marks an important step for permaculture making inroads into China. by Robyn Francis Fuzhou, a city near the coast of southern China, has seen a flurry of a decade or so of rapid development. It is evident in the glass and concrete forests of tower blocks — many newly completed and still uninhabited and many more under construction. I’m driven through the city to […]

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Syria Back-Story, Part I: Internal Displacement and the Story Framework

Editor’s Note: Some time ago I asked one of my permaculture contacts in Syria if they could give us some reports, with their particular on-the-ground views on the ongoing crisis there. I did so in the hope of our gaining a more rounded back-story viewpoint. With the mainstream media largely owned and controlled by vested interests, I think it’s critical that websites such as this one can be used as […]

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The Planet Fund – Update

The Planet Fund: Crowdfunding the restoration of environment and communities. It’s been an extremely exciting month since the launch of The Planet Fund. Registrations and contact from projects all over the world are coming in and showing interest – but moreso, hope and inspiration.

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Lemon Balm Tea – Uplifting, Relaxing and Memory Enhancing

Having a garden is having your own apothecary. It’s great to be able to walk into your garden and harvest foods and plants which are full of nutrients to help you stay happy and healthy. I love growing herbs which I can use for medicines, tinctures and teas. I tend to dry some and also use the fresh herbs to make tinctures in apple cider vinegar which will keep for […]

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Fridays at the Farm (video)

Feeling disconnected from their food, a filmmaker and his family decide to join a local community supported organic farm. As he photographs the growing process, the filmmaker moves from passive observer to active participant in the planting and harvesting of vegetables. Compiled entirely from nearly 20,000 still images, this personal essay is a father’s meditation on his blossoming family and community.

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On Inequality and the Collapse of Globalization

Editor’s preamble: I want to preface the title article, The Collapse of Globalization, found further below, with the following two video presentations — both of which give some very interesting insights into how happiness, or, rather, the lack of it, is more directly connected to the relative inequality between indiduals and families within a particular state, than it is about absolute wealth or poverty. Worldwide, as the top 1% of […]

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Aquaponics and Sunlight

by Frank Gapinski, Ecofilms Stress is a big killer of fish. This barramundi grown in aquaponics has a fine slime coating preventing bacterial infections. Recently a friend was telling me how difficult it was to grow strawberries in his aquaponics system. He didn’t have any success in growing them and was wondering if he was doing something wrong or indeed, if this aquaponics thing was over-hyped? He didn’t have a […]

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Zero Net Energy Households

A "zero net" home is a household with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually — essentially, the idea of a zero net home is a building with a virtually invisible carbon footprint. As renewable and clean energy sources become more affordable and accessible to everyday homeowners, we should hopefully see an increase in both zero net homes, and homes that consume slightly more energy than they produce, […]

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An Interview with Elisabeth Fekonia

by Matis Aerts, Nederlands (14 years old) Elisabeth Fekonia has been practicing food self-sufficiency for the last 20 years on her six-acre property at Black Mountain on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. Besides the usual vegetable gardens, fruit trees and chooks, Elisabeth also keeps cows, goats, pigs and bees. She makes all her own dairy foods including various types of hard cheese such as cheddar, brie and feta, as well […]

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Nanjing Permaculture – To PDC or Not to PDC, That is the Question (China)

Through a lucky coincidence, we found a couch-surfing host in Nanjing that was interested in permaculture. Not only that, once he learned of our trip, he put us in touch with James Gu, a man from Nanjing who plans to practice permaculture on his newly purchased land. We met at a restaurant and discussed modern food production and the hope that permaculture will provide an answer to safe, responsible food […]

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