What It Means to and Why It Matters That We Buy Local

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Buying local is quickly becoming a trend, and though some folks may not have noticed the slow change in supermarkets and the growing numbers of farmers’ markets, only occasionally visiting the US (where I was born) or the UK (where my wife was born) has really made it have an impact on us. Each time, we notice more. We are excited about the change. It’s great to go back a […]

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Geoff Lawton Goes to Malaysia

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Murujan Permaculture Design is a growing and dedicated group of Permaculturalists, based in Malaysia working to spread awareness and education of Permaculture Design around the world but particularly in Malaysia. We were extremely honored to be paid a visit by none other than Geoff Lawton in November 2015. His visit was the beginning of what hopes to be a very important project for Malaysia in terms of Permaculture Design and […]

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Sprouting Good’s Aquaponics

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We would love to introduce you to the wonderful world of Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants using the waste water from fish or aquatic creature which supplies the nutrients for the plants. Those using Aquaponics at home will be able to deliver fresh healthy chemical free produce in their backyard with the benefit of having access to fresh fish. Our specially designed education centre has been teaching students […]

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Developing the Food Forest Card Game

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Perhaps there is no typical path for a Geoff Lawton PDC graduate, please note his new web address – geofflawtononline.com, but it is fair to say that one feels strangely empowered after graduation. For me, the first move was to establish a Permaculture meet-up group in southern New England (www.PermacultureProvidence.org) and to create an “edible landscape” garden with my son’s lower elementary Montessori classroom. The teachers in my son’s first-through-third-grade […]

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Making a Difference Thanks to the Internet

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I think it was in April last year; a post caught my eye on the Facebook page set up by Geoff for his alumni. A Kenyan farmer was reaching out to us, asking for information and help. He and the 35 farmers in his association had determined that Permaculture was the only way they could bring their land and acidified soils back from chemical fertilizer chaos and put food on […]

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Tropical Orchard Establishment Practices and Concepts: Part 2 of 3

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I’m building an agroforest. An orchard of tropical fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, tubers and vines. And this is how it is happening. This article continues the examination of the tropical orchard establishment patterns and techniques practiced at Rancho Mastatal Sustainability Education Center in Costa Rica. Part 1, found here, examined the goals of our site, the alley cropping layout pattern, and how we manage water. Part 2, below, […]

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Unseasonable Heat: The Unusual Weather of Our Times and Ideas for How We Can Work With It

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As the light begins to come back into the days of the Northern Hemisphere and springtime comes closer, now is traditionally the time to be planting seeds, ready for the proliferation of life and colour which the new season will bring. However, this year the season seems to have come early – so early that in many countries, from Spain (1) to the USA (2), flowers which should normally arrive […]

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Study Indicate That Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Can Feed The Planet

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The never ending debate as to whether organic food production could actually feed the globe is back at the debate table. And the data culled for this latest report suggests that turning to increased organic food production to feed the globe isn’t really a far-fetched idea. Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of […]

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Is Newspaper Safe for Your Garden?

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There is an ongoing debate in the agricultural world concerning the safety, or lack thereof, of newspaper use in a garden. Newspaper has been used widely in vegetable gardens as a mulch, as a natural weed killer, and even as potting cups. Newspaper is a biodegradable substance. The Nuffield Foundation, which focuses on science and social science, conducted an experiment with its students which demonstrated how microbes in the soil […]

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How to have a “Permaculture Eye”

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I hope you’ve been enjoying the great presentations that the 2016 Home Grown Food Summit have been hosting all week. And it looks like today is my turn :) Four times a year, we open up Zaytuna Farm to the public and invite everyone and anyone to come experience our teaching farm and what it’s like to live completely off-grid. Yesterday, was one of those times, and everyone — visitors, […]

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PRI – Natural Fertilisers and Nursery

PRI – Natural Fertilisers and Nursery

Lori Morris takes you on a tour of Zaytuna Farm’s diverse fertiliser composting systems. Nursery Manager Laurie Duniam explains the number of different methods of composting that occur on the site and she also describes the process of implementing fertiliser into the nursery system at the PRI Zaytuna. This is an interesting look at some of the systems that we have running at the Permaculture Research Institute. Come and learn […]

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Poultry Litter – A Great Resource to Utilize

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The delicious and low cholesterol containing meat which is accepted by almost all societies is the key to bringing an excellent boost to the poultry industry. The poultry industry, one of the largest and fastest growing agro-based industries, is not only providing a huge amount of animal protein but also producing millions of tons of waste materials whose proper utilization can bring a great economic and environmental advantage. Having numerous […]

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