How to have a “Permaculture Eye”

How to have a “Permaculture Eye”

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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5 Simple Ideas for Transitioning into a Permaculture Garden

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I meet a lot of people who are new to the idea of permaculture, or more so, they’ve heard of the term but aren’t quite certain what it entails. It’s using raise beds, right? Generally, I try to be broad in my description, including elements of sustainable housing, renewable energy, cyclical systems, small bonded communities, and the whole shebang…But, largely, people have heard about permaculture through the food movement and […]

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How to get a Hot Shower out of your Compost

How to get a Hot Shower out of your Compost

Anyone that has been invested in permaculture or who is beginning to broaden their horizon on the topic will know that bacteria are to be revered. For example, nitrifying bacteria break down ammonia and provide us with healthy aquaponic systems while anaerobic bacteria can provide us with hot showers, yes, nice hot showers, as well as rich compost. Compost heaps can provide hot water for showers for up to 10 […]

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Pollinators and Food Security

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Pollinators – such as bees, birds and various types of insects that fly, hop or crawl from one flower to another – have for centuries been the invisible helpers of farmers worldwide. Different types of bees have distinct tastes and roles to play in the food system. Bumble bees, for example, are one of the few types of bees that can successfully pollinate tomatoes, which heavily rely on buzz pollination […]

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Permaculture: Design For Living

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Bill Mollison is a living legend. He’s known as the genius of permaculture, “the David Brower of Australia,” or a crusty old curmudgeon, depending on the source. But whether it’s glowing admiration or sneering dismissal, reaction to Mollison is invariably strong. He is clearly one of the most interesting specimens of the human species – which he has spent years studying from a naturalist’s behavioral perspective.

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Abundance from Small Spaces

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First of all, though, we need air and water. Without these two things, we can’t live today. So clean air, and clean water in sufficient quantities are pre-cursors of sustainable human life. However, for long-term survival, we need soil. Not just any old soil: we need enduring well – nourished and nourishing soils which just keep getting more and more fertile. In fact, soil is demonstrably the true foundation of civilisation. That is ¬ fertile, accessible, living soil.

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Premier Launches Program to Give SA The ‘Green Edge’ In Education

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South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has launched (on March 4) a program offering world leadership in environmental education. CQUniversity’s Adelaide-based Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design has a world-leading faculty, a cutting-edge digital presence and is the first permaculture program to be accredited by an internationally recognised university. CQUni Associate Vice-Chancellor (Adelaide) Professor Drew Dawson says a new breed of Permaculture Design specialists will help foster sustainability in South A and […]

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On My Platter – By Design

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Unlike how ideally it should be, we first built our house and then started learning on how to build a place which would grow poison-free food for our children. Equipped with information and knowledge from teachers like Rico Zook, Jeremiah Kidd, Dwarkanath, Narsanna, and Geoff Lawton, I started on my journey. Learning from experiences of people and places I visited doubled my determination to do what I do today, help design sustainable beautiful and functional landscapes for weekend farmers while at the same time, working at making Chaitraban to be a demonstration model for people to believe that it is possible!

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DIY Antbiotics

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With antibiotic resistance becoming a bigger and bigger issue have you ever wondered if there was there anything else you could do, or are you stuck with what big pharmaceuticals put out? There are alternatives and these alternatives are actually much better! Watch this short 2:31 video by backyard food production expert and author Marjory Wildcraft on DIY antibiotics. Most people will want to do this in their backyards, on […]

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The Worlds Best Ultra Athletes Grow Their Own Energy Drinks

The Worlds Best Ultra Athletes Grow Their Own Energy Drinks

The Tarahumara Indians are recognized as the world’s fastest ultra marathon runners. One key to their success? The energy drinks they consume while running trail. And it is a drink they make themselves. Find out how in this video. Backyard food production expert and author Marjory Wildcraft will host a free online event, which features 30 backyard farming experts who will reveal secrets to growing your own gorgeous organic fruit, […]

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