Take Permaculture to Haiti


The Aid and Orphanage program was birthed in the heart of Nicholas Burtner, Director of the School of Permaculture, with the belief that permaculture and holistic practices truly help and empower the dis-empowered and needy. School of Permaculture provides aid to orphanages, children’s homes, women’s shelters, and struggling agricultural farms (called “aid sites”) by redesigning their environments and providing local training and site design. Regenerative sustainability is key to providing […]

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Season 2 of the Duck Chronicles has commenced!


Jack Spirko who hosts The Survival Podcast and his own Youtube Channel has been showing season two of his duck chronicles. Season one really illustrated, from the first episode to the last episode, how proper caring for ducks can make a positive impact on the environment. In season two, Jack starts off again by showing his dedication to these newly hatched chicks and ensuring that they are set up into […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2015: Future Projects


Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Part Five can be found here. Nitrogen Fixer Stacking Because we have many seeds for false indigo bushes and black locust (Amorpha fruticosa and Robinia pseudoacacia, respectively), they should be germinated in early spring and set into containers […]

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Byron Hinterland Seed Savers

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The Byron Hinterland Seed Savers is a group within the SeedSavers.net network. They host 4 events each year where gardeners, farmers and edible plant growers of all kinds come together and share seeds and plants saved from their gardens for free! Some passionate gardeners bring propagation material from dozens of different plant varieties and some folks just getting into gardening don’t have anything to share but are encouraged to come […]

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30 Years of Greening the Desert – Flowering Tree


Joel Glanzberg shows us in this short film 30 years off proof that we can reverse climate change while providing for all of our needs and making our homes beautiful. About Joel Glanzberg Playing and working in the farms and forests of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the houses his father built, Joel was steeped early on in natural systems and people working and living in them. The rigors of a self-directed […]

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The Benefits of Building a Raised Bed Garden.


Raised bed gardens increase in popularity each year. From simple, sustainable structures to elegant, elaborate works of garden art, raised beds run the gamut of styles, sizes, and spending. While farmers grew crops in the ground for centuries, why is gardening in a raised bed so appealing? Superior Soil. First, raised beds allow you to control the soil. Whether you battle clay soil or you’ve experienced a soil-born disease in […]

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Food Sovereignty


‘Food sovereignty’ is fast becoming a lost concept; the right to have the knowledge and resources to grow our own food is an essential right. If we don’t have access to nutrient dense organic food, then where do we get the essential energy to heal our body, mind and spirit certainly not from the supermarket where the average ‘fresh food’, in Australia food often travels more than 1000klms from farm […]

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Syrian War Compels To Open The Doomsday Seed Vault For First Withdrawal


Researchers from ICARDA, have requested for the backup seeds deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, to restart their collection after the primary gene bank in Aleppo got damaged due to Syria’s civil war. It’s barely been 8 years since the construction of the world’s doomsday seed vault in 2008, in a frigid Arctic mountainside on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, that the first ever request for withdrawal […]

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Project Somos: Revisiting the Ethics of Permaculture in One Hip, Holistic NGO

Earthbag Domes at Project Somos

(all photos courtesy of Emma Gallagher) It took me two shuttles and two “chicken” buses to make it to Project Somos. Outside a little highway town called Tecpan, it’s a place rarely visited by the average tourist. Though it is conveniently located between two of the Guatemala’s most frequently visited locations, the colonial city of Antigua and Lake Atitlan, Project Somos is part of a tiny indigenous Mayan community that […]

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Introduction to Permaculture with Geoff Lawton at PRI Australia


Introduction to Permaculture Join Geoff Lawton as he takes you into the world of Permaculture Design and introduces you to a new way of looking at the world. This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Permaculture and how they can apply it in their everyday lives to create sustainable abundance. ABOUT THE TEACHER Geoff Lawton Geoff Lawton is the main facilitator for this PDC course. He a […]

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Earth as a Petri Dish: The Problem of Growth


Republished with permission from http://simplicitycollective.com/earth-as-a-petri-dish-the-problem-of-growth The 1972 publication of Limits to Growth sparked a controversy that has yet to subside. This book argued that if population, resource use, and pollution kept growing on our finite planet, eventually economies would face environmental ‘limits to growth’ – with potentially dire consequences. Despite the evidence mounting in support of this position, any suggestion that we might have to give up economic growth, or […]

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Nottinghill Forest Garden 2014: Perennial Fruit Integration & Micro-water Harvesting Feature Upgrades


Part One can be found here. Part Two can be found here. Part Three (A) can be found here. Part Three (B) can be found here. Part Four can be found here. Site Observations and Species Selection I made another trip to North Carolina in July of 2014 to visit with my family. I hadn’t seen the garden in July since 2011 and was really excited to be there at […]

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