Food Forests – An Exploration (part 1)

Food Forests – An Exploration (part 1)

Forest gardening is one of the most exciting techniques of practical permaculture, aiming as it does to create a fully functioning, self-regulating and ecologically beneficial ecosystem which also provides a huge proportion of your food and other needs. Over time, as they become established, forest gardens require less maintenance but give more produce, until eventually the “designer becomes the recliner” as Bill Mollison has been famously quoted as saying. European […]

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Knowledge does not Equal Understanding

Knowledge does not Equal Understanding

The common expression about a person being “stuck in his ways” is correctly used to describe someone who can’t or won’t change his habits that he’s developed over time. But today, it seems we can easily apply this label to society as a whole when it comes to changing long-ingrained habits that are rapidly depleting our planet’s resources.

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Permaculture Chickens

Permaculture Chickens

The “Permaculture Chickens” film will show you how to raise your own chickens with nature (aka save you money and be more sustainable) really really fast… like in one evening.

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Social Polycultures: Using Permaculture for Building Resilient Relationships

Social Polycultures: Using Permaculture for Building Resilient Relationships

Many people use permaculture to design physical systems like farms and homesteads, to have the resilience and benefits that are found in natural systems. They use the permaculture ethics and principles, coupled with a holistic design process to create relationships between elements that foster greater ease, mutual benefit and increase positive feedback loops. Like locating mushroom logs in a forest, next to a pond, with ducks for pest control and […]

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Millions in Southern Africa at Risk of Food Insecurity

Millions in Southern Africa at Risk of Food Insecurity

Special alert issued this week estimates that nearly over 6.3Million people in Southern Africa will experience food shortages and drought attributed to the strongest El Niño weather phenomenon in 18 years. This alert was issued by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Tuesday, warning that a reduced crop and livestock production just after last year’s failed season that led to higher food costs and “could acutely impact the […]

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The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The Four Fish We are Over Eating – And What to Eat Instead

The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods.

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3 Nitrogen Fixing Trees for Snowy Regions

3 Nitrogen Fixing Trees for Snowy Regions

Nitrogen fixing trees are unique natural gifts that can solve the problem of nitrogen deficiency, one of the major problems of present world’s agriculture, without any potential ecological or environmental hazard. Apart from nitrogen addition to the soil, they are also capable of improving the quality of soils to a great extent; e.g. they can turn a disturbed soil into a good one. To facilitate their use in all types […]

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The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter

Welcome to The Definitive Guide To Keeping Chickens In Winter. Raising chickens during winter can be a challenging time for backyard chicken owners. With those dark cold mornings and the drop in egg production, it’s no wonder we don’t like this time of year!

So I decided to write this guide as an aid for all backyard chicken owners, and to answer all your questions about how to care for your chickens during winter: how to keep them warm, how to stop predators, how to keep your egg production high… you will find all the answers here.

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Australian Mining Town Going Green

Australian Mining Town Going Green

Broken Hill, once known as Australia’s “Silver City” due to world largest silver mineral deposits, is becoming famous for a different resource. This isolated desert town, 700 miles west of Sydney, is now solar farm oasis on 140 hectares, or on an area almost 200 times larger than London’s Wembley Stadium. With an output of 53 MW, it can power 17,000 average NSW homes. This solar farm and its sister […]

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Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

Multi-Use Rain-Garden Plant Lists: Invitations to Deeper and More-Connected Relationships

I grew up in the suburbs of Tucson, surrounded by lush desert vegetation. I would climb it, hide in it, and play around it. But I rarely knew any of the plants’ names, and I did not have much of a sense of what their roles (or mine) were in our shared community. It was a pleasant, but fairly shallow relationship, as the knowing of the other, the understanding of the other, was just at the surface level.

It didn’t help that my family had moved here from elsewhere. We were all greenhorns with no shared history or understanding of this place and its life.

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Care for People and Care for Planet–Exploring Social Permaculture

Care for People and Care for Planet–Exploring Social Permaculture

Care for people and care for planet, two ethics of permaculture, go hand in hand. It is for this reason that environmental restoration and feeding people are so readily achieved through permaculture. To successfully complete this beautiful task, we must understand a few things about how to make a change in a manner that is truly liberating for humanity.

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Cleaning the Oceans, One Marina at a Time

Cleaning the Oceans, One Marina at a Time

Two Australian surfers have invented a technology to clean oceans that has raised interest from investors across the world. Having spent their childhood in the ocean, Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski found themselves fed-up and frustrated at the huge amount of rubbish floating around in the ocean and together decided to resign from their jobs in order to dedicate their time and energy on researching for a sustainable solution. Seabin […]

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